Indoor Gardening

Do you think your living space is too small for an indoor garden? Think again! Even if you don't have a "green thumb", or simply don't have the time, it is possible to grow your own garden indoors, any time of the year, in a small space. I had my doubts when a friend recommended this tabletop unit to grow lettuce, herbs, flowers,  and even vegetables such as cherry tomatoes and hot peppers! It sounded incredible, but I took the plunge and invested @$50 in the smallest countertop garden unit. It is self-watering, with an LCD light, and can accommodate up to 3 plants. Bigger units will require more space, and can hold more sprouts. I liked the narrow shape, size, and color of this particular one.

Equipment: 

  • Seed Pods:The unit came with 3 seed pods, and I ordered 3 more. Each seed pod is labeled with number of days needed for germination and plant heights.. 
  • Nutrients: Each seed pod kit includes a bottle of nutrients.
  • Domes: These are plastic lids which create a "greenhouse", and encourages growth.

Set-Up: 

  1. Add water to fill line. Be sure it's room temperature. City water is fine.
  2. Insert your seed pods. Place tallest in the back of the unit.
  3. Cover the pods with the cute little plastic domes. They won't really snap on, but don't worry. These lids stay on until the pods have sprouted and the leaves grow big enough to touch the tops of the lids.
  4. Remove the lid from the well and add a capful of nutrients (see photo below). When the plants need more, a light will go on. Usually every two weeks.
  5. Plug it in to turn the light on. Just know that the time you plug it in, is the time the light will go on every day, automatically. It will stay on for 16 hours/day. It has automatic shut-off, so you don't need to keep track of how much light your plants are getting. Note: The light is VERY bright, so you may want to set it so that it doesn't interfere with your sleep patterns!

That's it! Depending on what you plant, you should see sprouts within 10 days! I began with a lettuce, basil, and lavender. I suspect I shoudn't have mixed up my plants, because my basil failed to sprout. I think it was taken over by the lettuce, which did extremely well, however. So far, I have been most successful with lettuce and lavender. I planted rosemary, which did sprout, but has been slow to grow. In the future I am probably going to grow my herbs together. I have yet to try tomatoes and peppers.

I was so excited when my lavender actually flowered! As you can see, the lettuce needs pruning, which is recommended to encourage growth and make room for the other plants. The light is adjustable and can be raised as plants grow. I hope you will give this a try, even if you don't have a "green thumb"! Be sure to leave a comment if you do and share your tips for indoor gardening. Happy planting!

Post by: Nicoletta Siccone / ETSY Shop: ArtologieDesigns / Website: www.art-ologie.com

Nicoletta is a lifelong artist and art educator, with an M.A. in Art Education and Administration. She travels the world seeking cultural inspiration for her art, and has worked in fibers, acrylics, oils, and sculpture. Her current work is inspired by the reinvention of the mundane zipper, elevated to an art form into unexpected jewelry designs, and shown throughout the New York/New Jersey area as Artologie Zipper Jewelry.

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Dads + Art: How Father's Have Inspired NY Handmade Collective Team Members

Behind every artist is a group of influencers.  They may be past artists, current pop-stars, brothers, sisters, actors, friends, best friends, dogs, cats, fish, trees, cities, grandparents, cousins, moms, dads, etc. The list goes on. I'm personally influenced by trees.  I was also influenced by my deceased Dad. 

In honor of this upcoming Father's Day, two teammates tell us about their fathers and how they've influenced them and their art. Happy Father's Day to all the dads both alive and deceased. Please continue to inspire!

A tribute to my father!

By SandrineBJewelry

My father has been an inspiration to me.  He nurtured my creativity and incited my love for nature. A lot of my jewelry pieces are reminiscent of my childhood and inspired from nature.

I grew up in the urban city of Lyon in France.  As a child my father would take my sister and I on short trips over the week ends. He would drive us for a day to the beach three hours away or to the countryside where we would spend hours venturing into the forest and gather flowers. 

My father enjoyed gardening and he and I would spend time together in a community garden. I learnt so much about fruit, flowers and vegetables. To that day I love gardening and always thrive to find an outdoor area in New York City.

He also was a talented drawer. He loved watching westerns and I vividly remember his drawing of a cow boy for my German language class. A beautiful drawing! His free spirit and creativity are a true inspiration.

My father was very encouraging of my jewelry making.   I designed a custom signet ring with his initials for his 80th birthday: a ring commissioned by my mother and sister.  A pretty hefty ring that took weeks to make. One ounce gold!! The weight of the ring and the steps on the ring's top are reminiscent of the ancient Ashanti people of Africa. 

I am so happy to have been able to gift it to him before his death.

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Because I Said So

By Sara Stroman, S2 Stationery & Design

Days before my dad passed away, I woke up from my sleep because I heard his voice say my name. I knew he was dying. I went to work the next day and told my boss I needed to take time off to go spend with my dad in the hospital.

A month after he passed away, I found myself in Rome, Italy running the marathon. I ran it in his honor. My dad was always proud that his daughter was independent and traveled the world. We bonded over episodes of "Globe Trekker" on PBS.  My time after running the marathon was spent traveling around Italy, trekking up to Barcelona for a day to spend with a good friend, and ended in Paris, cheering a good friend on her race in Paris. I also had a small amount of my dad's ashes to sprinkle in the town his mother had been born in, Orleans.

That trip was epic. It is still one of my absolute favorite trips of all time, but what made it truly special was a dream I had while visiting Cinque Terre. In my dream, I opened an envelope with a note. I don't recall the note; in fact, I never saw the message on the note, I only saw that the envelope was lined with a pattern similar to a pair of tights I owned. I woke up, startled, and said out loud, this is what I'm meant to do!

Days later, while stopped in Montpelier, France to catch a connection train to Paris, I came across what became my real sign - I was crumbling up a bag my lunch had been in and as I turned it, I noticed a small logo on the bottom. It was a recycling symbol around a tree and it said "Le Papier c'es la vie!" or "Paper is Life!" I tore that piece off of the bag and on the train to Paris, devised my plan for starting what is now S2 Stationery & Design.  In those moments, I knew my business was meant to be; that the Universe had brought it to be.

It has been eight years since my dad passed away and I started S2 Stationery & Design. It has been a long journey and an exhausting one, but I know that my dad is shining down wishing me well and supporting me. And I also know that he's helping me along. There is not a day that I don't remember that story and his influence. And I know that every day, he's watching over me, gently whispering to me, "Because I said so," a phrase he would tell me whenever I asked him a question questioning him. 

Benefits Of Chlorophyll

FOOD + HEALTH

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Being a health & fitness coach in NYC I'm always hearing about the next hot commodity when it comes to health, fitness, food, and wellness. From supplements, herbs, holistic nutrition & natural beauty products it seems that something new is trending weekly. If you frequent Pressed Juicery or any of the Juice bars, you may have noticed the rise of chlorophyll water. If you follow me over on Snapchat you may have also noticed me dribbling green drops into my water in some of my  stories.... also chlorophyll !

So what is chlorophyll and why is it everywhere ?  

If I'm being honest, I hadn't heard the word chlorophyll since grade school science class. Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in plants which absorbs energy from the light in the process of photosynthesis. This energy is what allows plants to grow and flourish.  

It has become a hot trend for a handful of suspected benefits. For one the Chlorophyll molecular structure is almost identical to that of hemoglobin, the substance our bodies use to build and transport red blood cells. Meaning chlorophyll can actually help do the job of hemoglobin by increasing the quality and quantity of red blood cells in your body. More healthy red blood cells mean better oxygen absorption in the bloodstream. This means more energy all around & oxygen utilization in the body.

Other suggested benefits:

• Energy Booster  

•Immunity Booster  

•Wound Healing  

•Hormonal Balance  

•Detoxification & Digestive Health  

•Good Source of Vitamins A , C , E , K , & Beta Carotene

•Rich in Antioxidants & Vital Minerals such as Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, Calcium & Essential Fatty Acids.

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You can find chlorophyll drops at any health food store. I picked mine up at Whole Foods. They are flavorless & the bottle will tell you exactly how many drops to add to your water. If you give chloroyphyll a try let me know what you think by commenting below.

Until Next Time,

XOXO,

Rachel Leigh

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NYC Based Designer | Blogger  | Health + Fitness  

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Fresh from the Strawberry Fields

There's nothing like the taste of fresh picked strawberries! A day trip from NYC, the "u-pick farms" in southern New Jersey offer fresh fruits and vegetables for picking from spring through fall. It's currently strawberry season, and this past weekend was perfect timing to head out to the fields.

How to "U-Pick"

Upon entering the fields, an attendant will give you a cardboard tray to use as you gather your strawberries. You will see the strawberry patches have straw-covered paths for walking. Best to come early in the day to avoid crowds and the hot midday sun. You can pick as few or as many strawberries as you like, and when done, you'll stop at the attendant's shed where you can pay for the berries once they are weighed. 

If you're like me, you might end up picking so many, and inevitably wonder,,,what will I do with all these? The possibilities are, of course, endless...I like to toss them in salads, smoothie bowls, etc. One year, I felt especially ambitious and made strawberry jam (then I had more jars of jam than I could handle!).  Get creative with some simple recipes, such as this one:

Easy Crepes with Fresh Strawberries and Chocolate Hazelnut Spread 

Ingredients: (makes about 3 crepes)

  • 1/2 cup biscuit mix
  • 1/3 cup milk (or more, for thinner consistency)
  • 1 egg
  • sliced strawberries
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate drizzle (optional)

Directions:

  1. Whisk the ingredients together, adding more milk to make a thin batter. Pour into greased 9 inch pan, turning the pan to allow the batter to spread into a circle. Cook on medium heat until bubbles form, then gently flip and cook until light golden color. Repeat with rest of the batter. 
  2. Spread desired amount chocolate hazelnut spread and sliced strawberries.
  3. Fold in half, then in half again. Drizzle with chocolate (if desired), top with whipped cream and a fancy strawberry. Enjoy!

The berries featured here were picked at Hallock's U-Pick Farm in New Egypt, New Jersey.  Best to call ahead to see what's picking before making your trip. The farm is a little over an hour's drive from New York City.

Post by: Nicoletta Siccone / ETSY Shop: ArtologieDesigns / Website: www.art-ologie.com

Nicoletta is a lifelong artist and art educator, with an M.A. in Art Education and Administration. She travels the world seeking cultural inspiration for her art, and has worked in fibers, acrylics, oils, and sculpture. Her current work is inspired by the reinvention of the mundane zipper, elevated to an art form into unexpected jewelry designs, and shown throughout the New York/New Jersey area as Artologie Zipper Jewelry.

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For Immediate Release: NY Handmade Collective (formerly Etsy NY Team) is back at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! with NYC’s handmade finest

Back for a seventh season, the NY Handmade Collective (formerly known as the Etsy New York Street Team), a local community of professional artisans, will again be the sole merchandise vendor for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, the premier outdoor summer festival concert series in Prospect Park.

From June 7th through August 12th, NYHC will give show attendees exclusive access to a diverse, all-handmade capsule market of goods made by local artists – your friendly staff during all of the shows. Come in and talk shop with any one of them to find out more about NYC and the handmade market collective, the techniques that go into producing their wares, or just to say hello!

With the products this year, you can: adorn yourself with a wide selection of jewelry featuring natural gemstones, textured enamels, and vintage-inspired metals; make a fashion statement with one-of-a-kind fascinators and headpieces along with unique upcycled clothing and handmade purses, adult neckties and t-shirts; unleash your child’s creativity with magical dragon monster toys, while updating their attire with clever onesies and tees.

You’ll also be inspired to treat your skin to all-natural bath and body products; beautify your meal with hand-sewn picnic blankets, and jazz up a party with personalized crocheted and sewn decorations; and write a heartfelt handwritten note on quirky cards or organic-inspired block printed stationery.

Whether a local Brooklynite or a visitor to the borough, anyone attending BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! this summer will be drawn to supporting the NYHC artisans by shopping local and taking home a one-of-a-kind gift as a tangible reminder of the experience.

And what an experience it will be! Headliners for the free concerts this year include big name headliners such as Andrew Bird with Esperanza Spalding, Yeasayer, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and Amadou & Mariam. There will also be a handful of terrific benefit concerts to attend throughout the season, including The Shins, Fleet Foxes, and Conor Oberst. These benefit shows help to raise vital funds to provide for all of the other free world-class performing arts programming that happens at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

About BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

In its 38th season, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City’s longest running free outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park’s revitalization. Over its history, the festival has presented over 2,000 artists and ensembles reflective of the borough’s diversity. Most BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! performances are free.

About BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is a multidisciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting contemporary arts, performing arts, and community media programs that are reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and to providing resources and platforms to support the creative process.

About the NY Handmade Collective

Created in the summer of 2007, the NYHC is made up of over 250 artists, designers, and crafters based in the metro New York area who create and sell handmade items on Etsy.com, a global marketplace for handmade goods. NYHC is a vibrant, nonprofit group of regional artisans committed to educating the community and developing the potential of its members through mentorship, market opportunities, and small business development. By focusing on selling events, clarifying the creative process, and the promotion of quality handmade goods, NY Handmade Collective broadens individual possibility while bringing people together, expanding the circle of community in our wider world. To learn more about the NY Handmade Collective visit http://nyhandmadecollective.org.

What: NY Handmade Collective Back with BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

When: June 7th – August 12th

Where: Prospect Park Bandshell - 9th Street and Prospect Park entrance - Park Slope, Brooklyn

Websites:    http://nyhandmadecollective.org/celebratebrooklyn/  

Contact:  Jenny Topolski, CBK Marketing Lead

NY Handmade Collective Travels: India

I went to India to celebrate a friend's marriage.  I have known her for a decade and had been waiting to travel to India until she could personally introduce me to the India where she grew up - and the wedding was the perfect chance to explore a country I've always longed to visit.  I love interesting textiles, bright colors, and unique, intricate patterns, and India offers up all of those things in spades!  I only had a few weeks to travel, which is never enough to explore a new place, let alone a huge, diverse and complicated country like India, but my trip gave me a glimpse and I can't wait to see and experience more.

This is how we were greeted upon arriving at the wedding venue, near Jaipur.  Already the flowers, colors, and clothing was incredible!

This is how we were greeted upon arriving at the wedding venue, near Jaipur.  Already the flowers, colors, and clothing was incredible!

My room at the old Colonial palace was so lovely, and filled with historic details.  It was also the color of my room at home, so felt a little familiar!

My room at the old Colonial palace was so lovely, and filled with historic details.  It was also the color of my room at home, so felt a little familiar!

Who wouldn't be inspired by a bathroom like that?  Proof that millenial pink endures the test of time.

Who wouldn't be inspired by a bathroom like that?  Proof that millenial pink endures the test of time.

The wedding decor was so on-trend!

The wedding decor was so on-trend!

Part of the traditional Indian wedding ceremony involves the application of mehendi, the intricate henna patterns.  The women who applied it were so quick and deft, and each pattern they applied was different.  Here it is waiting to dry. 

Part of the traditional Indian wedding ceremony involves the application of mehendi, the intricate henna patterns.  The women who applied it were so quick and deft, and each pattern they applied was different.  Here it is waiting to dry. 

The groom's procession begins.

The groom's procession begins.

The groom arrived driven in this carriage, just a few dozen of the thousands of marigolds that adorned the venue.

The groom arrived driven in this carriage, just a few dozen of the thousands of marigolds that adorned the venue.

The site of the lavish and lovely ceremony.

The site of the lavish and lovely ceremony.

Henna and bangles galore! I loved all of the sequins and embellishments on everyone's wedding attire.

Henna and bangles galore! I loved all of the sequins and embellishments on everyone's wedding attire.

I got a vintage sari here in New York, but I needed help tying it and luckily, I had all the assistance I needed!  I happened to coordinate with this gorgeous room at the palace, where we had chai, as one of the many wedding events.

I got a vintage sari here in New York, but I needed help tying it and luckily, I had all the assistance I needed!  I happened to coordinate with this gorgeous room at the palace, where we had chai, as one of the many wedding events.

Some uninvited guests!

Some uninvited guests!

A few more palace details

A few more palace details

Yet more!  This is all inlaid.  Incredible.

Yet more!  This is all inlaid.  Incredible.

Even the hotel cat agrees that the palace is a sight to behold.

Even the hotel cat agrees that the palace is a sight to behold.

The wedding was filled with several days of joy, love, color, music, bangles, sequins, chai, marigolds, roses, new traditions, learning about the regions and the facets and history of each ceremony, and trying new foods (and dances)!  It was a great way to kick off a trip to an amazing, complex country.

Lauren // Wandering Laur Fine Art

Lauren // Wandering Laur Fine Art

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"Ready, Set, Summer!" – Supporting Other Artists & Where We Started

When I was 13, I was far more interested in causing trouble in Union Square than being anywhere near school on a weekend. Ironically, as an adult and working artist, I now spend a lot of Sundays back at that my junior high, M.S. 44. As an artist, I crochet sterling silver and gold wire into jewelry. One of the markets at which I sell at frequently, and enthusiastically recommend to my NY Handmade Collective (NYHC) teammates, is Grand Bazaar NYC. I also have the unique perspective of also having attended the school where Grand Bazaar has been held as a PTA fundraiser for decades. Check me out in my class picture from 1977.

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Like crochet, with time and effort, the threads of life can come together to make something unexpectedly wonderful. I’ve been working away to plan "READY, SET, SUMMER!" This pop-up within Grand Bazaar NYC on Sunday, May 21st will showcase a curated selection of NY Handmade Collective team members. Not only will it be a fantastic way to spend a Sunday for everyone attending the market, but creates opportunities for NYHC team members that also benefit my former school.

As an artist working independently, an organization like NY Handmade Collective is invaluable. It provides not only a network of other makers for collaboration and inspiration, but hands on workshops and events that personally connect me with other makers and teach skills that benefit my creative business. Likewise, while I may not have appreciated the PTA’s efforts when I was younger, I can pay it forward now. Communities like these are crucial to the continued personal development and confidence in new endeavors regardless of age.

Come check out the participating NYHC artists at READY, SET, SUMMER!

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Announcing "Ready, Set, Summer" - A Summer Market Collaboration with Grand Bazaar NY on May 21st!

For Immediate Release

NY Handmade Collective (NYHC) - formerly known as the Etsy NY Street Team, is partnering with Grand Bazaar NYC to present “READY, SET, SUMMER!”

New York, NY (April 28, 2017) - NY Handmade Collective (NYHC)-formerly known as the Etsy NY Street Team, is thrilled to announce *THE* Summer Kickoff Event! *READY, SET, SUMMER!* in partnership with Grand Bazaar NYC-a popular shopping destination located at 100 West 77th St. and Columbus Avenue.

Slated to take place Sunday May 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this special event will feature a carefully selected roster of 40 talented multi-disciplined NYHC artisans and designers, united through Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods.

“Collaborating to produce an outstanding pop-up market with the artists of NY Handmade Collective is a fantastic and really natural partnership”, said Marc Seago, Executive Director at Grand Bazaar NYC. “Part of our mission is to keep New York City creative and authentic, therefore we value and support these talented artists, designers, artisans, entrepreneurs, and small local businesses.”

Shoppers are sure to find something special, one-of-a-kind, exclusively handcrafted and locally made from a wondrous array of exceptional goods-from fine art, paper goods and stationery, jewelry and unique fashion, home decor, amazing skincare products to items for children and pets. “We are proud to present this event showcasing the team’s diversity and skills and talents of the participants who have decided to share their creations with the world.” – Andi B. O’Connor, Co-organizer.


About NYHC:

Representing one of the oldest, largest and most professionally organized teams of local active sellers on Etsy, Inc., the group, created in 2007, has cultivated a long-established, local presence in the NYC metro area by hosting a number of successful and highly curated in-person markets, workshops and events (Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, Crafts in Chelsea, and Celebrate Brooklyn to name a few). NYHC is also known for its all-volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and marketing of online selling opportunities on behalf of its members through its wide-ranging press outreach, immense social media presence, great blog and beautiful website.

From our hands to yours, NY Handmade Collective.

Visit us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter - and at our Blog and website!


About Grand Bazaar NYC

Open year-round, Grand Bazaar NYC, located at 100 West 77th St at Columbus Avenue is one of the oldest, and largest weekly curated markets in NYC with over 43,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. It is the only market with a social mission for the exclusive purpose of raising much needed funding for the four neighboring public schools, benefitting over 4,000 children.

For Further Information Contact:

Margaret Spring

m@mspringstudio.com

tel: 415.624.5147

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Dipping into Papermaking

Have you ever wanted to try making your own paper, but thought you needed fancy, expensive supplies? Making paper just for fun can be inexpensive and less daunting than one might think. Of course, one could invest in more expensive materials to make professional,  archival quality papers for various art forms. But for the novice, there is an easy, less expensive way. Using scraps of paper, a wood deckle mold, and a kitchen blender...POOF! You will have beautiful pieces of paper with those fancy deckle edges. Here’s how:

Making a Single Sheet

Materials:

  • kitchen blender
  • rectangular tub filled halfway with water
  • cheap plastic trays (to contain the water when sponging it off the paper sheet)
  • plastic cups (to separate your paper pulps, or holding your torn scraps)
  • scraps of paper, torn or shredded
  • sponges
  • paper towels/newspaper (to absorb water)
  • wood deckle mold (shown here, about $30. includes support grid, mesh screen, and white dry cloths). You can also make your own mold by repurposing a scrap of metal screen, and edging with duct tape.  I have had excellent results with this also.
  • the fun stuff:  dried botanicals, metallic sprinkles, scraps of embroidery floss for texture

Optional Materials:

  • cotton pulp (Not necessary, but does make the paper stronger when added to scrap paper.)
  • an iron, if you want the paper dry immediately
Blend a handful of cotton pulp or torn bits of paper with this much water.

Blend a handful of cotton pulp or torn bits of paper with this much water.

Steps:

  1. Blend a handful of cotton pulp and a handful of paper scraps in blender until the pieces just about disintegrate. 
  2. With the deckle mold already in place in the tub, pour the blender mixture into the tub of water. Lift the mold to drain.  The photo shows yellow paper pulp.
  3. Remove the mold and the support grid from underneath. Place the mesh over the wet paper sheet.
  4. Sponge off the water, gently.. Squeeze the water out of the sponge back into the tub, and repeat as many times as necessary, until yo have sponged off most of the water.
  5. Remove the screen, and place drying cloth, a sheet of paper, or heavy duty paper towel over your new sheet. Flip it over and repeat with press bar, if available, or the sponge.

The plastic trays help keep the water under control. If they fill up, just pour the water back into the tub, and continue.

The finished sheet. You can iron dry between two sheets of paper, or weigh it down with heavy objects. It will dry in a few days. Brown bag threads give this sheet a nice texture!

                                                                                                      Credit: Szylvia Revesz from Artist/Teacher Institute

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Other Ideas to Try

Recycled newspaper with colorful paper confetti. Before draining your sheet, toss in some shredded newspaper and paper confetti along with your newspaper pulp to achieve this look.

Recycle newspaper. Toss a handful of shredded newspaper into tub before draining sheet. 

Recycle newspaper. Toss a handful of shredded newspaper into tub before draining sheet. 

Place string over your first layer of paper so they hang over the sides.  Add a second layer of paper directly over it, and sponge off the water to seal the the two sheets together, with the string caught in between.  When dry, cut, fold, and assemble as you wish. Be creative! 

Decorative book: Layer two sheets, sandwiching string between sheets of wet pulp. Cut and assemble when dry.

Decorative book: Layer two sheets, sandwiching string between sheets of wet pulp. Cut and assemble when dry.

Post by: Nicoletta Siccone / ETSY Shop: ArtologieDesigns / Website: www.art-ologie.com

Nicoletta is a lifelong artist and art educator, with an M.A. in Art Education and Administration. She travels the world seeking cultural inspiration for her art, and has worked in fibers, acrylics, oils, and sculpture. Her current work is inspired by the reinvention of the mundane zipper, elevated to an art form into unexpected jewelry designs. Nicoletta’s artwork is shown throughout New York/New Jersey area and worldwide.

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For Immediate Release: Etsy NY Street Team to Become NY Handmade Collective (NYHC)

 

Etsy NY Street Team to Become NY Handmade Collective (NYHC)

New Year, New Name, Same Grassroots Mission

New York, NY (April 4th, 2017) - Effective immediately, the Etsy NY Street Team will now be formally known as the NY Handmade Collective (NYHC).

With a fresh, reenergized mission, name and look, the NY Handmade Collective (formerly known as the Etsy NY Street Team) is thrilled to announce an exciting, renewed focus on the local community and the potential of its creative small-business members. Through education, mentorship and market opportunities, NYHC will expand its possibilities while at the same time continuing its special longstanding affiliation with the Etsy mothership in Brooklyn, Etsy, Inc.

As NYHC grows while holding on to what’s great, this rebrand celebrates the evolution of the team as well as a renewed commitment to its grassroots effort of bringing together master craft entrepreneurs and community to help one another flourish in an increasingly commercial world. The collective in its new iteration also intends to double-down on its work of organizing local artisans to connect and educate the wider world on the positive impacts and overall human value in promoting and buying handmade. NYHC will continue its outreach through its non-profit, all-volunteer social media channels, blog and website as well as through its continued all-in-house design, production and execution of quality-curated, warm and affordable handmade markets in the area and beyond.

NYHC is committed to keeping alive the value of the small-business maker, the legacy of a shared artisan heritage, all while pushing the boundaries of modern creativity.

Diversity and unification, creativity and teamwork.

From our hands to yours, NY Handmade Collective.

 Visit us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter!

 

About NYHC:

Representing one of the oldest, largest and most professionally organized teams of local active sellers on Etsy, Inc., the group, created in 2007, has cultivated a long-established, local presence in the NYC metro area by hosting a number of successful and highly curated in-person markets, workshops and events (Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, Crafts in Chelsea, and Celebrate Brooklyn to name a few). NYHC is also known for its all-volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and marketing of online selling opportunities on behalf of its members through its wide-ranging press outreach, immense social media presence, great blog and beautiful website.

 

NYHC Mission Statement:

The NY Handmade Collective (formally known as the Etsy NY Street Team) is a vibrant, nonprofit group of regional artisans committed to educating and developing the potential of its members through mentorship, market opportunities, and small business development. By focusing on selling events, the creative process, and the promotion of quality handmade goods, NYHC broadens individual possibility while expanding the circle of community in our wider world.

 

About Etsy, Inc.

Etsy operates markets where millions of people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods. Etsy also offers a wide range of seller services and tools that help creative entrepreneurs start, scale and manage their businesses. The Etsy community includes creative entrepreneurs who sell on our platform, thoughtful consumers looking to buy unique goods in our marketplace, retailers and manufacturers who partner with Etsy sellers to help them scale their businesses and Etsy employees who maintain our platform and nurture our ecosystem. Etsy's mission is to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world, and we're committed to using the power of business to strengthen communities and empower people.

Etsy was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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