My Etsy Shop is Open for Business

Between, crafting, teaching, blogging, work and now owning a shop, I hope I can juggle everything gracefully.

Before I tell you the great exciting news, a lesson to learn:

A Life Lesson for Opening a Business
My shop has been opened for a month or two, and considering the inventory it had, I got an OK viewing audience. But with no sales, and little interest (and a similar real life situation currently happening) I realized a slow, gradual opening is never the way to go.

They say “Start Small”, but they’re talking in the grander scheme of things. So, whether you’re opening a Pizzeria or a cyberstore, THINK BIG!

As my dad always says, “No Pain, No Gain”, so I’ve stocked up and scheduled a grand opening SALE!!! That’s right! A TWO-WEEK event starting April 2, 2013: all shoppers will receive 20% OFF every item!

My shop’s name is Mellow With a Punch. I had asked my friend Trevor how he would describe me and that’s what he came up with. Not only does that phrase fit me like a glove, but it’s the personality in my work as well.

My shop features ceramic objects, and paper goods including artist books, prints and hand-bound journals!   Click the photos to below to be linked to the item in my store!

ceramic houses

book of stairs journal

teacups etching
Whether you need a little something to brighten your day, or a gift for a friend, my shop has just what you need!

Happy Shopping!!!

xx Miss G

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Craft Fair for a Degenerate

I’m happy to announce that I will be participating in this year’s Degenerate Craft Fair.  It was founded in 2009 by my drawing teacher and artist, Amy Wilson.  The fair features over 50 artists and vendors exhibiting crafts, small works of art and unique gifts perfect for giving this holiday season.

DCF
I will be selling paper goods and ceramic goods alongside my best friend Maddy, who will be selling candles and lanterns.

I hope to see you all come out and buy your holiday gifts at the DCF!

Craft Marathon

There was a time when I was still in school that I had the time to do things besides homework and thesis projects; a time when I hosted a weekly craft night for friends.  But the ratio of free time to school time was far too little to allot time for craft night.  The weight of school work also impacted my friends as well, leaving us with mustered up creativity and no time to let it out. By the beginning of our last semester in college we began to become irritable due to lack of crafting happening in our lives. Maddy and I felt we needed to do something about it, so we planned a party.  We had to hold out for 5 more months of school, but everyone worked hard to get it all done.  And after our hard work, we let loose all of our creativity at my place for a CRAFT MARATHON.

    -Photos by Joe Scordo

I sent out an invitation via facebook explaining my intentions of the Craft Marathon. I made a list of materials I would supply and things I recommend bringing.

Basic supplies:
scissors
paper
glue
paint
paintbrushes
pencils

Limited supply of:
patterned/oragami paper
glitter
rhinestones
clay
felt
beads
string

Items you should bring:
x-acto knife
fabric
yarn
embroidery floss
knitting needles
found objects

I encouraged everyone to bring their own craft idea, so that they had all the materials they needed.  I also made a list of ideas incase they had makers-block.  I provided a description and project list for each project. I had originally planned it in the park, so we can do group activities such as sun-prints and paper making. It ended up being in my apartment, which worked out well because all of my supplies were all there.

Project ideas:
-BRAIDED RUG FROM OLD SHIRTS/FABRIC-google search diy braided rug.
They're really cool and super easy to make. so if you think you 
might want to make one *BRING OLD SHIRTS* 

-SOAP CARVING- some of you have made them before, they are fun, 
easy and decorative. *BRING A BAR OF SOAP AND A CARVING TOOL 
ie:xacto*

-SCULPEY CLAY DECORATED OBJECTS-*link below* you can make a design 
with sculpey clay then stick it onto a heat resistant object and 
bake it for a long lasting decoration. (BAKING MUST BE DONE IN A 
TOASTER OVEN i have one or you can bring it home and do it, 
instructions will be given later) *BRING AN OBJECT(able to fit in a 
toaster oven), and 1 OR 2 OR 5 PACKS OF SCULPEY CLAY (found at any 
craft or art supply store.) I will have SOME but not enough for 
everyone
** Objects you may want to bring:
BIC pen (basic white body only
mason jar
glass jars
salt shakers
plastic light switch plate

-WEAVING-weaving is very relaxing and mindless. unless you want to 
make a design with it. I will have a limited supply of yarn/ 
string. there are various different ways of weaving (ie: on a loom
 orweaving into burlap) I have tons of burlap and 2 cardboard 
looms.*BRING YARN, STRING, RANDOM PIECES OF ROPE, SHOELACES, 
RIBBONS 
LAYING AROUND.

And finally, after many hours of crafting, here is everyone hard at work and some projects they created!

  
  
                
  
I hope you enjoyed this post and it helps you in planning your own craft marathon!  Let me know how it goes, please.
xxx Mi5s G

A Book by Gionna: There Was This Dream I Had

As mentioned in a previous post, I sell some of my work at RAC Gallery in the Lower East Side.  Along with my book ‘He Kissed Me’,  I also have an edition of 6 for ‘There Was This Dream I Had’.  I once dreamt I went into a library and asked the librarian where the stairs were, so she brought me to the book about stairs, with this dream, I made this book.

Inside is a variety of hand drawn staircases and a brief story at the end. 

Not much else to say, but if you think it’s cute, go and buy one for you or friend for only!

xx Miss G

A Book by Gionna: He Kissed Me

Unfortunately, I’ve decided with my hectic schedule cooking lunch and dinner takes too much time out of my day. The up side to this realization is that I can still blog about all the things I’ll be making in the next few months to get ready for open studios.
Besides open studios, RAC gallery at CULTUREfix had asked me for more work to sell in their store, so I’ve also been working on books for them. Yesterday I brought over 4 sets of books and they liked all of them!

‘He Kissed Me’ is one of the books I brought over to the gallery. It is a book including a sentence about every boy I’ve kissed in chronological order.  The text is typewritten and the book is bound with glue.  The cover is pretty paper I bought at NY Central Art Supply.  They are an edition of 10.  You can buy a book today at RAC for $9.

   

Constantin’s Gaze: An Art Zine

About a year an a half ago I made this book, and a few months later I decided to make a MagCloud book with it. Follow the link to Constantin’s Gaze to check it out and buy one for you or a friend!

The book is made with photo transfers of drawings from artist Constantin Guys.  I embellished the pages with stamped text and embroidery to allude to promiscuity and humor between the figures in the drawings.

Miniature Ceramic Houses

Here are 4 (of 25) glazed houses from my slip casting tutorial!  I’m going to make hundreds and eventually sell them, but for now you can ogle. (I learned that word from crossword puzzles. GO ME!)

Over a year ago I began this post. And did an awful job.  WHAT WAS I THINKING?!
Anyway, between then and now: I made a bunch, gave them away to my classmates, made some more and sold them at the Degenerate Craft Fair this past December.  I also have sets being sold in my Etsy Shop, Mellow With a Punch.

I also updated my photo technology, so my documentation on all of my bottles is limited.

Below are a few photos of the collection sold at the DCF.  More photos  and details on pricing can be found at my store on Etsy.  If you would like to purchase bottles, or have a set custom made  please feel free to contact me via Facebook or Etsy.

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