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Going Wild over Going Gnome

Creativity Uncovered

Well where might I spend my free weekend last Spring when not off in the Cape Mobile... a craft festival of course! Left my trusty sidekick at home and ventured off to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds in western Maryland. I happened upon a magical booth filled with felted gnomes and other woodland critters.

going Gnome

Going Gnome began quite by accident in 2008 by two sisters, Jennifer and Melissa VanSant. They had been running their bead and scrapbook store since 2005 and frequently spent time needle felting in the shop. They grew up knitting, sewing, crocheting and had a lifelong love of fiber. Jennifer and Melissa's love of gnomes seemed to want to manifest itself in needle felting. How well gnomes and wool go together! People would come into their shop and ask if they could buy our gnomes, could they teach them how to make them, and could they carry felting supplies in the shop.

going Gnome

On a whim Jennifer and Melissa applied to the NY Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY and managed to get a booth! They designed 3 kits, made a whole bunch of gnomes – and sold out what they brought! They were so excited and energized - they moved the shop, dropped the scrapbooking supplies and moved the felting supplies in.

going Gnome

Over the past 10 years Jennifer and Melissa have expanded their line of needle felting kits to 25, they offer 2 limited edition kits each year that change in October, Gnome of the year, and Holiday of the year. Going Gnome attends 15 retail and wholesale shows around the country each year, wholesale our kits to yarn, toy and gift stores, and spend many evenings and weekends teaching.

going Gnome

It has been exciting for them to introduce so many people to needle felting thought these channels. Three years ago they closed the doors of their brick and mortar store to focus exclusively on Going Gnome from their studio. These two talented sisters feel so honored that people have embraced this sweet and sometimes scary world they have created.

Going Gnome is active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Find their kits for sale at http://www.goinggnome.com 

 

February 08, 2019 — Holly Hagen

Happy Customer at Bizarre Bazaar!

I'm so happy to bring another superhero into the family! Come by this weekend and visit the Bizarre Bazaar, Christmas Collection. Details below. 

The Bizarre Bazaar - Christmas Collection

November 29 - Dec. 2, 2018, Thursday - Saturday 10 - 7pm, Sunday 10 - 5pm
The Richmond Raceway, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA
www.thebizarrebazaar.com

November 30, 2018 — Holly Hagen

Santa Brings Gifts in Style

Creativity Uncovered

With Christmas right around the corner it was a clear what artist should be featured next. Several years ago at the Herndon Festival, I met the artist behind Life Scooped, Amanda Mahon. Her booth was across from Creative Capes, giving me a great view of her colorful pennant banners. What melted my heart was her burlap Santa Sacks topped off with a vivid red satin ribbon. Needless to say I am a proud owner of several which get used each year during the holidays. Life Scooped

Life Scooped started as an ice cream blog, but symbolically meant so much more to Amanda – about scooping up life’s challenges and creating beauty and fun with them. Life Scooped grew from an ice cream blog to a craft business making festive pennants. She started playing with color and fabrics while her husband journeyed all over the world on a deployment with the US Navy, and she was home caring for their two young children.

Life Scooped

Amanda continues to grow Life Scooped as she balances being a mom, wife and artist. She started designing and creating Santa Sacks the year she hosted Christmas for her extended family as a special touch for that gathering. It was so well received the Santa Sacks have become a mainstay of her business, each one created with her unique stencil design. The rustic look of a decorated burlap bag with an oversized red satin ribbon makes your gifts look like were delivered right from the North Pole, and the best part is, it can be used year after year.

Life Scooped

The Santa Sacks are the perfect piece to start a special family Christmas tradition, a unique touch to delivering that special gift – or simply a lovely decoration to flank a fireplace or a tree as we decorate for the holidays. 

Visit Amanda's Etsy store to order your Santa Sacks, holiday wine bags and banners for the holidays.

November 05, 2018 — Holly Hagen

Here We Come Boston!

Boston Christmas Festival
Creative Capes will be making it's debut in Massachusetts at the 32nd Annual Boston Christmas Festival at the Seaport World Trade Center.
This show offers everything a holiday shopper could desire under one magnificent roof, the annual Boston Christmas Festival features 350 pop-up boutiques by American Artisans. You will find special and unique gifts for everyone on your list.....in all price ranges ....an endless array of gorgeous home accessories, designer fashions, fine and fashionista jewelry, holiday décor, stunning photographs and one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts for kids and adults. Be sure to sample and buy from the huge selection in the Farmers Market. In addition, Top Chefs create gingerbread masterpieces to be judged by a celebrity panel and sold with proceeds benefiting Housing Families, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending family homelessness.
The Christmas Festival is a one-stop solution for holiday shopping, November 2-4th. Checkout their website for full details at www.bostonchristmasfestival.com
October 26, 2018 — Holly Hagen

September Photo Contest Winner!

We love it when our customers post and tag us (@creativecapes) on Facebook and Instagram! Thank you Capture Sweet Moments from Pasadena, Maryland who tagged us in their photos from Ocean City Sunfest and won a 50 dollar Creative Capes gift certificate. Looking forward to presenting our next superhero photo winner!
Creative Capes photo winner
October 16, 2018 — Holly Hagen

Lions and Tigers and Bears....OH MY!

Creativity Uncovered

Strolling through the Haddonfield Fine Art and Craft Festival on a hot July afternoon I was stopped in my tracks as I came upon "Here's to Ears". I am always on the look out for creative thank you gifts for the wonderful kids who model for Creative Capes. The ears and unicorn horns done by Lori and her husband Jeff were unexpected and so cheerful they brought a smile to my face.

"Since it's inception, 'Here's to Ears' has had only one goal...To make people smile!" - Lori Persa, Owner of Here's to Ears.

heres to ears

"Kids adore wearing our loveable, furry ears. Yet, they are actually worn by more adults than children.  Doctors, Nurses, Teachers and a host of other professionals wear our ears to bring happiness to others.  Just clip them in your hair, or on a hat, and you're ready to transform into your favorite animal or character."

heres to ears

Everything about this fuzzy product is 100% U.S. made. The hand-crafted and hand-sewn faux fur always maintains a realistic look. Even the clips are sewn on by hand, maximizing the ear's durability.

Here's to Ears also offers a full line of matching faux fur tails, as well as banded Unicorn Horns. As Lori always says, "Whether you are young or old, these creative accessories will brighten everyone's day!" You can find your own ears on their website, herestoears.com

October 15, 2018 — Holly Hagen

Hometown Festival

Takoma Park Street Festival

The 37th Annual Takoma Park Street Festival will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 10am-5pm in Takoma on Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, MD to Carroll Street, NW in Takoma, DC.

The festival will once again host a talented mix of local artists offering paintings, photographs, pottery, silk-screening, bath and body care, stained glass, jewelry, woodworking, textiles, ceramics, kids’ items and much more. Creative Capes booth will be close to the farmers market area. 

Non-profits, local companies and a variety of food vendors will also participate. Takoma’s indie businesses will be open and welcoming visitors. Kids love the festival with crafts, face painting, inflatables and FUN!

Three stages with 18 bands will play all day. Don’t miss the fun!

October 03, 2018 — Holly Hagen

Our World is Full of Magic!

Creativity Uncovered

Everyone has childhood experiences that help shape who they become. For me it was family togetherness, staying off electronics which was easy since so few existed back then, and spending lots of time outdoors. Being a fan of "The Hobbit", I credit J.R.R. Tolkien for igniting my imagination and love for magical world.

Creativity Uncovered

Fast forward... Yes, I am over 50 and still get unbelievable enjoyment out of creating an artistic fairy garden. I came across Garnette, the artist of Petal Echo, at Del Ray's Art on the Avenue which happens the first Saturday in October. Garnette's organic fairy sculptures drew me into her whimsical booth and now several pieces reside in my own magical garden. 

petal echo

Fairy gardens foster wonder and curiosity, initiating pause in our gardens and inviting us to consider what exists beyond the space that we see with our human eyes. Petal Echo began creating fairy garden sculptures out of a desire to create lasting and beautiful sculptures that were durable for the elements AND for her daughters to play with. Each sculpture is hand cast in marble from her originals and painted with a weather-resistant oil paint. They are perfect in both an indoor and outdoor fairy garden.

petal echo

Treasures include fairy doors, leaf hammocks, mailboxes, shoes--even a tiny tea set! You can find her sculptures at several local festivals in Maryland and Virginia, as well as at petalecho.etsy.com

petal echo

 

September 25, 2018 — Holly Hagen

Zebra Press announces its top picks

The Zebra Press - Good News in Alexandria, VA has published the top ten must see artists at Art on the Avenue and Creative Capes is honored to be included. Over 350 artists are juried into this long standing arts festival which runs along Mount Vernon Ave. Mark your calendar for Oct. 6th, 10 to 6pm, to attend this family friendly event in Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, VA. See the full page here: http://digital.thezebra.org/?issueID=29&pageID=30

Be sure to check out our full show schedule here: https://creativecapes.com/pages/show-schedule


Zebra Press

September 10, 2018 — Holly Hagen

On Lilac Lane Breathes New Life into Aged Wood

Excited to share a recent find from the Lititz Rotary Club Craft show which is one of the largest festivals Creative Capes participates in. There are about 700 artists exhibiting so the crowds are guaranteed to find something that makes their heart sing. The show occurs in early August in downtown Lititz, PA so mark your calendar as a show not to be missed in 2019.

I had the pleasure of meeting the artists of On Lilac Lane, Creg and Carly Drake, and fell in love with their work. Creg is a full time teacher of Biology and a Dad of two little ones but somehow this couple finds the time to create custom signage using a variety of reclaimed wood. They design hand-made, customizable wooden rounds out of 100 year old barn wood, reclaimed wood, and material from a local lumber yard.

On Lilac Lane

A Jigsaw is used to delicately carve each design. Creg and Carly do lots of custom work which is ideal for wedding, housewarming and baby gifts. Their combination of reclaimed wood, craftsmanship with the jigsaw and hand painted lettering creates a beautiful piece of home decor sure to be treasured by all. 

I purchased a large wooden round for my favorite room in the house. The wording spoke volumes to me as I to wear many hats... mom, wife, artist, entrepreneur. I think we found the perfect spot above the window overlooking the backyard.

If you would like to see more of Creg and Carly's work visit their Etsy shop. They are also active on Facebook and IG @On_Lilac_Lane.

Check Creative Capes blog often to see my next "Creativity Uncovered" feature. I have some wonderful things upcoming for the ideal children's gift. - Holly

September 05, 2018 — Holly Hagen