As I was waiting for the window to open so I could sign into the blog to write this post, I thought "wow... its been SUCH a long time since I was here". Then the window opened and I saw the last post I wrote was on October 10th, and I was talking about having a baby in 3 weeks.
I was wrong.
Little did I know I'd have a baby in 8 days.
Hence, my friends, my long absence.
And while SO much has happened since I last wrote (shows, freelance gigs, tons of press...) the birth of my son, Emerson, is by far the most awesome, the most gratifying, the most newsworthy, and the most exhausting. The computer doesn't see much of me anymore. But my baby is almost 8 weeks old already and getting big fast (weep). In fact, if you've come to any of the holiday shows I've done this season, you likely met him... or at least saw him sleeping (he was SUCH a good boy... i think mama's got a good little helper here!).
And as I write this, I am also multi-tasking... rocking him with one arm and typing with the other. And he's totally on to me, so I can't stay long, but I did want to use this opportunity to tell you a couple quick things...
1.) If you live in the Baltimore area, please come out to the MICA Art Market tomorrow! Saturday is the last day, and its an amazing collection of work. I have dolls, cards, coasters, cozies and more for sale in the Illustration department's section. And sales help to raise money for scholarships.
2.) if you are still looking for good stuff for the holidays or need stocking stuffers (and even some larger goodies for BIG stockings), I've just added a bunch of inventory to my shop (and will be throwing the rest of my inventory in there once all the shows are done & retail shops have been restocked). There's tons of new stuff-- hair clips, earrings, cards, pin cushions and more.
3.) Thank you all SO much for your continued amazing support of me & my work. Its not easy being a full time mama & full time maker, but you make it worth while!
and last... as a special thank you, enjoy 10% off all orders with the coupon code: MERRY10
I'm leaving the shopopen through the holidays, so get in there and grab yourself something nice!
see you in the new year!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
3 more weeks.
That's about how long we anticipate being a family of 2.5 (two humans, one dog). And then... 3.5.
As you all know, I have a hard time just relaxing, letting go and NOT working. But that is even more of a persnickety challenge with a baby on the way. There's so much to dust, to fold, to wash, to put together, to make safe, to purge, to buy, to DO! Add to that the fact that I have spent the last 3 weeks with Costochondristis (which is fun to google, if you wish to, but is) basically an inflamation of the connective tissue and whatnot in/on the ribs. My entire right side is a constantly aching, frozen, tense ball of ouch... so much for working on that mural for baby.
I'm sitting here now, surrounded by piles of baby clothes that need to be sorted, folded and put into the appropriate bins on the appropriate shelves and staring at a pile of felt that is BEGGING to be cut. Not today felt... today is "baby day".
I am planning on closing up the shop on November 1st (or sooner, if baby comes early, and knowing how punctual his mama is, there's a good chance he's already eyeing the calendar and making notes). I wont be "back in business" until the end of November, and even then, it'll be with a limited collection. SO, if you are planning on giving greenstar this year for the holidays, now would be the time to stock up, right? just in case.
SO, This Week Only, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING & free gifts w any purchase over $20! At checkout, just use the code: "Room4Baby" and I'll reimburse you the shipping cost. Spread the word & have fun! I've reduced the prices on a bunch of stuff too, so take advantage of those sales, baby.
Go, go, go.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This weekend you can find more than just great books at the Book Festival!
Just a hop, skip & a jump from the main festival area, is a brand new Arts Festival.
The first annual Fine Handworks festival welcomes you to check out some of the coolest artists & crafters in Charm City, including BEST Members, and my good friends: JerseyGirlDesigns, Fuzzy Mug & The Littlest Bean. And of course, me.
Even more awesome? This is my LAST show before baby arrives, and as such I'll be looking to clear inventory so I can make room for tiny little socks and wooden teethers and all sorts of insanely adorable space taking-up-items, which we seem to keep accumulating. I won't have any Knitimals on hand, but there will be the last of the first edition Folkies (on SALE) and a bunch of Minimals to keep your plush needs met. Also, this would be a great time to stock up on Christmas ornaments and other holiday treats--- I'll bring those along too. There'll be soap and recycled plastic pins & pendants, plenty of notecards and other paper goods, tshirts and more. And of course, the now famous SALE BASKET.
If you're thinking about giving a custom Knitimal for the holidays, place those orders with me on Saturday-- you'll get 30% off the regular price of a custom doll, and it'll be ready in time for holiday gift giving.
brand new Folkie notecards!
work by jersey girl designs
work by fuzzy mug
work by the littlest bean (who, by the way, will be manning both our booths for the first hour, so hubs and i can attend our first birthing class!).
We hope to see you there!
Fine Handworks Festival
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Noon until 5:00 pm
Enoch Pratt Parish Hall, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
On N. Charles Street, between W. Franklin and W. Hamilton Streets
Mt. Vernon neighborhood in downtown Baltimore
Friday, August 13, 2010
Happy Friday the 13th!
Around here, we're celebrating with some scary movies AND a FRIGHTENINGLY awesome sale!
Starting at 5pm today, you can shop till you drop (so to speak) and enjoy some SCARY bargains too.
I've spent all week re-stocking the shop and with only 1.5 more months of production before I'll be going on maternity leave, I'm offering my good friends & readers the opportunity to scoop up some goodies before they are gone for good (or at least for a few months). Now's a GREAT time to do some pre-holiday shopping too (goodness knows, with our little November baby, I'm taking care of all that shopping NOW myself).
So, what's this sale all about?
"FreeKend"... that one little word will get you a lot.
Well, for starters-- FREE SHIPPING on all orders (i'll refund the shipping cost after you complete payment).
And, for all orders over $25, you'll get a free Knitimal Wallet (perfect for Back to School-- to carry library cards, ID cards or bus passes. And perfect for you grown ups too-- a great way to tote your ID, credit cards and other essentials when you're out on the town).
All orders over $40, get a free wallet AND a free coloring book.
All orders over $60 ship with the wallet, a coloring book AND a gift certificate worth $15 for a future purchase.
All orders over $100 get all that great stuff... plus some surprises.
Not too shabby, huh?
AND, for every purchase this weekend, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a FREE FOLKIE! Can you imagine?!
Feel free to pass this along... the more the merrier!
Remember to use the code "FreeKend" in your message to seller at checkout, to qualify for all the goodness!
The sale ends Sunday, August 15th at Midnight EST, so don't wait too long!
Happy Friday, folks.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Well, friends, I hit 400 sales (with your help!), and as promised, one lucky shopper did, in fact, win herself a Folkie. Big congrats to Stephanie (whose name was pulled blindly from a stack of invoices).
Winning is fun, no?
So fun, in fact, that we're gonna do it again!
Every order this week (Monday though Monday) will be in the running (to become America's Next Top Model... ok, no, that's not it) to win another Folkie! All you have to do is shop & include the code "FolkieLove" in the message to seller at checkout.
In other exciting news: I'm restocking like mad, and there are a whole bunch of new and wonderful items just waiting for love in the shop-- new Knitimals, new Folkies, toothfairy pillows, business card holders, keychains, cards and more. Whattya waiting for?
go check it out!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
First things first...
I've just started getting the shop updated again (takes a while to get back in the swing of things like this, you know? the photographing, the sitting at the computer and writing witty descriptions... most of the time, i'd rather be MAKING than advertising, but selling can't happen if people don't know what you're making, right?). So, as of tonight, there's some lovely new stuff in the shop, and I will be adding to it, as time permits, every day.
Curious what's there now?
In other news, as the baby countdown moves us closer and closer to deadline, I'm looking around and thinking "Man, there's a lot of stuff here, still". See, as I said before, I have a tendency to make and make and make, but a hard time with the selling. I'm not sure what the holiday season will hold for me, show-wise... I mean, I'll have a very, very wee person at that point, and might not be able to DO any shows. And if that's the case, with the exception of the Buyer's Market show at the end of the month, your only chance of getting anything from me, is gonna be online. And boy howdy, do I have products to move.
SO, I need an inventory reduction.
I'm also only 3 sales away from 400 (on etsy). So, the next 3 orders are in for a treat. Not only will your order ship with a few lovely little freebies, but ONE of your lucky folks will also win a FREE Folkie. Yep. Imagine how fun it'll be to open your package and discover a Folkie in addition to what you ordered!?!?! I KNOW!!!!
If you're interested (and how could you not be) just do some shopping and mention "SWEET400" in your message to seller at checkout. I'll do the rest.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
well kids, Artscape starts tomorrow.
mr. greenstar and i just got back from setting up the booth (and it looks AWESOME); its always an interesting adventure... first figuring out how to fit everything in the CAR and then figuring out how to fit everything in the BOOTH. Of course, try as I might, there's always new stuff premiering at Artscape, which means coming up with a new system each year. But i think we got it.
As always, there will be Knitimals & Recyclimals. And I couldn't NOT bring newer favorites like bibs, onesies & other hand drawn wearables.
New for this year though are some really cool "homegoods"--- or greenstar-on-the-go goodies... like these business card holders. Looking for great gifts? how about the brand new birdie brooches & hair clips, or original ink drawings to benefit the Audubon Society? Or maybe you want to say 'thanks' in a bright & colorful way?
Either way, there's a LOT of super cool, handmade amazingness waiting for you at Artscape 2010, and while it'll definitely be hot, we'll be trying our best to keep the tent cool (there are many fans this year) and hoping you'll stop by and say Hi!
And, if the greenstargoodness isn't enough to entice you, maybe this will... This may be your last chance (for a couple of years at least) to see me like this:
We hope to see you this weekend!
Booth E-109 (on Mt Royal Ave; on MICA's campus, in front of the Fox building and across the street from Corpus Christi Church--- same spot as previous years); Friday 12-10pm; Saturday 12- 10pm; Sunday 12- 8pm.
xoxo, danamarie (& baby greenstar)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Right you are! These new little sweeties are, in fact, ToothFairy "Pillows". Made from super soft fleece with felt accents, they each hold an egg in a nest, a heart or a star "pocket"; the perfect place to stash away a tooth treasure & for the fairy herself to reciprocate with a treat. And when tooth losing is out of season, they make dear friends to be carried anywhere and a perfect place to hide very important things.... like coins, "Silly Bandz™" or candy.
The only place to get 'em is Artscape, so come on by and grab em while you can!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
its almost that time of year, folks!
what time is that? oh, you know, the MOST AWESOME ART-TASTIC time EVER!
Yes, Artscape begins next Friday, which means you only have to wait 7 more days to feast your eyes on all the amazingness to come... and *I* only have 6 more days to MAKE all the amazingness.
But don't you worry... there'll be PLENTY of new amazingness this year. Plenty.
Want to see some sneak peeks? No problem. Well, for starters, in addition to pre-matched sets of four knitimal coasters, you'll now have your choice of SINGLE coasters to mix and match as you please.
More reveals & some coupon DEALS to come.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
This week only, any item you buy from my etsy shop, will enter you in a drawing to win a one of a kind knitimal! So, now is a great time to pick up some goodies for birthdays & graduation presents & baby showers and the like. Each item translates to another chance to win, so stock up! Purchases must be made prior to midnight, Saturday, June 26th to be eligible.
Want even MORE reason to shop? No problem!
Through the end of June, I will be donating 5% of all sales to the Audubon Society, to aid in their relief efforts in the Gulf.
AND, if that weren't reason enough, keep an eye on the shop for products made specifically to support the ongoing work the Audubon Society is doing to help our bird friends... Brand new "Bird on my sleeve" felt pins & "Bird in my nest" hair clips are loaded up in the shop and looking to take wing with you. Pins are $20 each & Clips are $10 per set with $5 & $3 from each sale going directly to the Audubon Society.
AND, even cooler still? All orders over $25 will ship with extra FREE goodies, this week only.
*Free Knitimal drawing takes place on Sunday, June 27th (so shop soon and get your name in the drawing!).
*Free goodies with all purchases over $25 this week only.
*5% of all my etsy sales through the end of June, are going to the Audubon Society.
*And exclusive Bird hair clips & pins will allow you donate an even larger gift to the cause.
thanks for the love!
Hope to see you at a show soon,
In addition-- if you want to shop in person, you can find me at the Pile of Craft show at St John's Church in Baltimore, on June 26th and at Artscape in Baltimore, July 17-19th.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Sure you do!
All orders this weekend will be entered into a drawing to win this Knitimal!
There's lots of great stuff up for grabs in the shop and any of of them will put you in the running. And better yet? Each item is another shot at winning!
Offer ends Monday, June 21st at midnight EST.
Drawing will be held Tuesday.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
so, as i mentioned, i've been getting ready for the Columbia Festival of the Arts, coming up this weekend, and (because i LOVE a challenge), I am planning on debuting a whole bunch of new stuff at this show.
I'll give you a sneak peek here:
(you're looking at some "finally made by popular demand" type items here... i think you'll be pleased).
Saturday, June 5, 2010
i've been trapped in a box filled with greeting cards.
ok, that's not true.
but i HAVE been busy.
doing what, you ask?
why, getting ready for my first show of the summer show season, of course! Next up, The Columbia Festival of the Arts-- (next weekend, June 12 & 13; 12-7pm... more details to come).
It seems ACC set me back a good deal (in a pleasant way) and I've been rebuilding stock ever since. Curious what kinds of greenstargoodies you can expect to see at Columbia this year?
I can tell you... on Monday.
Be well friends!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
As promised... i'd like you to meet The Folkies!
Folkies are the newest addition to the greenstarstudio plush family.
Folkies wear their pajamas all day long and are ready for a good snuggle at any moment.
100% one of a kind, Folkies are made without patterns and can't be reproduced. Each one should be considered an original art piece, to be collected and loved. This sweet Folkie is hand stitched and machine sewn, made with ultra soft fleece and felt accents. stuffed with polyfil, so he's sturdy but totally huggable.
Each Folkie has been cut & pieced together by hand and features a small embroidered heart on their cheek. They are then machine sewn, with emphasis on the color of the thread against the fabric & the "drawings" the thread makes. The stitches are intentionally energetic and organic--- Folkies originated as characters in my illustrations and murals, and now, brought to "life" as soft sculpture, the stitch lines are meant to replicate the unique marks, textures and patterns of those paintings & drawings.
Christopher & Maximus are the first two Folkies to be listed in the shop and if you want to give them good homes,
you can find them here!
Or, celebrate Arbor Day with this little guy (for sale in the Plush Team Shop)
Friday, April 2, 2010
Well, friends, feels like forever right?
I've been playing catch up ever since ACC and still don't feel 100% back to normal. Filling orders, working on custom pieces and trying to re-design my website have taken over the bulk of my time. The rest of my time? sleeping. Lots and lots of sleeping.
Normally, there's a nice clean break from "Show Season" between the end of December and April, but with ACC smack dab in the middle of the break, it took some adjusting to get back on schedule. And, OH, whatta schedule.
I realize too that in all my excitement and flurry of getting ready for the big show, I completely overlooked some great press, some wonderful emails and some yum-tastic recipes I wanted to share with you... so I'll go ahead and schedule those in now, ok? Better late than never, yeah?
Onward and upward.
For those of you who came out to ACC, you got an eyeful of a LOT of new stuff in the greenstarline...
including these new block print felt pins:
and Block Print Plush, the new incarnation of Minimals & my brand new art doll, the Folkie (i'll be adding more of these to the shop as soon as I can).
In the meantime...
If that weren't enough, I've just moved a bunch of Recyclimals (like Re-Tilly, above), Knitimals, toys, books, housewares and more into the sale section of my shop. There's tons of items for dirt cheap in the sale section. I've gotta get these sale items cleared out, to make room for a whole slew of brand new stuff... so, now through the end of April (if it takes that long) every sale item will ship with a FREEBIE! That's right, a totally free, super secret surprise. Nice, right?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
You might be wondering why you haven't heard from me in a million years--- it's because I have been chained to my knitting needles and sewing machine making all sorts of new & wonderful goodies specifically for my debut at the American Craft Council next week! Aside from all the amazing fine craft you can find at the annual council show, this year the Alt Craft section will be lousy with BEST Baltimore Craft team members, including my good buddies: The Broken Plate, Dandelion Blu & Elisa Shere Jewelry. Alt Craft is very special, because it showcases 20 emerging "Alternative Craft" artists, and each artist can only participate in this section once. I'm very excited and feel very honored to be included... and a little bit sick and scared. But, it'll be awesome nonetheless.
SO, if you'll be in the Baltimore area February 25th- 28th, do come by and see me in Booth #6. You'll be amongst the first to see FOUR brand new additions to the greenstarstudio product line!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Schools, libraries, government etc have been shut down for days, but greenstarstudio doesn't rest! No!
The post offices are open, but the streets aren't drive-able, so they aren't coming to us.
So rest assured, good folks, if you ordered anything from me in the last few days, I just treked 2 miles in the unplowed snow, through streets only pedestrians could travel, often succumbing to 4 ft drifts and twice slipping on ice, to make sure that your packages will reach you AND your loved ones, by Valentine's Day.
No problem, guys. I love ya.
Let me know when you get them!
For now, I'm gonna trek back home, grab a beer and do some knitting.
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