Site Hiatus

I will be taking a break from the Buenahelena blog, and barely updating the Etsy shop through November 3rd. I am beginning a new job at the Medical Academy Charter High School in Catasauqua, PA and preparing for my wedding. Exciting to be sure, but also very time consuming. Check back after the big day for regular updates!


Etsy Craft Party!

All photo credit goes to Underwired!

This past Friday I got to know a few more creative folks in the Lehigh Valley area at the official Etsy sponsored craft party in Bethlehem. It was hosted by the women behind Swank Underpinnings and  Underwired at Underwired Vintage Boutique on Broad Street in Bethlehem. They share a space with another business, Sew On & Sew Forth. There was a great retro vibe, great pina coladas and daiquiris, a swap, and Bethlehem centered crafts. How fun!

Guitars, Peeps, Moravian stars, and Steel Stacks for Bethlehem style crafting.
I got some free brooches for my wedding bouquet, and others got some really silly vintage pins from me.

Photobooth and props. For those who don't know, Bethlehem is the Christmas City, hence the Christmas flair.
Good people from the Lehigh Valley Handmade Alliance and new teachers too.


How To: Resecurity Envelopes

A few weeks ago I joined the ladies (and a couple gentlemen) of Indiemade at Hive4A in Allentown for their Get Crafty night. We did some printmaking, some essential oil sugar scrub making, but one of my favorites was DIY envelope making by reusing security envelopes. We joked about calling them insecurity envelopes, but this guy already way out did that idea. I feel that they have been deconstructed and "resecured", hence resecurity envelopes.

Here's how you can make them, practically for free and never buy envelopes again:

 1. Collect and save your security envelopes. You can now approach your bills with delight, knowing you will make art out of them.

2. Cut them along the side seams or carefully peel them apart.

3. Lay them flat with the patterned side up. There are so many different, intricate patterns starting you off with a great mixed media surface.

4. Collage, draw, paint on all over the patterned surface. (Be aware of how the images will change direction when the envelope is refolded and leave a space for the recipient and return addresses!)

5.Reseal the edges with glue or tape, any kind from masking to duct, or even stitch them.

ANOTHER IDEA: Use the old envelopes as a template for other recycled or specialty papers and stencil the address section with old security envelope windows.