Art Opening Tomorrow 5/21

“Straw House” a small exhibit of new works by Willa (Goldthwaite) Brown will officially open tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The reception will take place from 6:30-8:00pm at the Casano Community Center on Chestnut Street in Roselle Park, NJ.

From the artist:
Most recently I have been concentrating on smaller works, their fantastical, dreamlike subject matter inspired by my three-year-old daughter. “Straw House” refers to the crowd at a circus when it is “Standing Room Only”. When there was a full house, they used to pull in bales of straw to create additional seating. To me, the idea of “Straw House” is attracting an audience to see something visually awe-inspiring. Hopefully some of these images create that sort of magical feeling.


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2 Chances to Shop Handmade for the Holidays!


Time is running out to shop for everyone on your list!

Arts Intertwined will be selling our handmade goodies (perfect for gifts, toppers for gift wrapping, stocking stuffers- wink, wink, hint, hint) at indoor holiday markets the next two Saturdays. Shop in person to receive special offers and get your buys on the spot, or shop online now to order in time for holiday delivery.

Saturday December 7th 11am – 4pm
Not Yo Mama’s 3rd Annual Happy Holiday Fair at Boca Grande Mexican Cantina in Jersey City
We will be raffling off a $15 gift certificate to use on anything from handmade notecards to fine art prints to knitting patterns or even custom hand-knit orders!

Saturday December 14th 10am – 5pm
Happy Holiday Market at Caldwell College in Caldwell, NJ
Year after year this market never fails to deliver. Featuring over 80 quality vendors including Ever After Design and Arts Intertwined, this is a great opportunity to grab some last-minute gifts and even have them wrapped for you right then and there!

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Next Craft Fair – Sunday November 3rd

Arts Intertwined and Ever After Design will have our booth at the Short Hills Art & Street Fair.

The first Short Hills Street Fair will be held on Sunday, November 3rd from 11:00 to 5:00 along Millburn Avenue in Short Hills. More than 100 crafters, artists and vendors will line both sides of Millburn Avenue from Short Hills Avenue to Baltusrol Way which will be closed to vehicular traffic for the day. An international selection of foods will be available as well as live music, inflatable rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, clowns & jugglers.



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Great time at the 3rd Annual All About Downtown Street Fair!

Thanks to all who came out and visited our booth – Enjoy your hand-knits!

IMG_4760Shelby with her NEW Designs!

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Booth Partner – Who doesn’t need a pair of Bedazzled Chucks??


The 3rd Annual All About Downtown Street Fair is around the corner- just 2 weeks away!

We will have new designs including mini bows (perfect for hair clips for little girl pig tails) and big bows (great as bow ties for men) as well as baby bum glove and cowl sets.

Also available will be our original knitting patterns and a selection of quality yarns so you can start your very own project!

And joining us in our booth is my crafty cousin-in-law. She makes all kinds of amazingly creative goodies for kids and kids parties. Her latest? These sparkle toe Converse ~ custom made to your size and color specs!

This is not one to miss. Live music, food trucks, bounce house and more! See you there at the Grove St PATH Plaza at Newark Ave in Jersey City. Saturday September 21st 11am-6pm.

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Spring’s here and I JUST finished L-Rae’s winter set :(

I’m so happy it’s spring but I hope my L-Rae won’t grow too much before next winter because I just finished the last piece of her 3-part winter set.

My mom and I developed a pattern for a kids cowl because L-Rae loves wearing my cowls and scarves so much – pattern (with matching baby bum gloves) coming soon!)

The cowl in purple, this photo by Lisa Hibbert. Cowls available for purchase in our Etsy shop.

So I was inspired to make her some matching mittens. I found a basic pattern online and they were super fun and so quick to knit up.


Just recently she really grew out of all her hats so I found another awesome pattern on Ravelry. I made it a little big because I think it’ll be cute to be a little slouchy and it’ll definitely fit her next year.


I used Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere in black for all three. It’s very soft and warm (and affordable!)



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Crafting as “Nana” this week!

I have had a couple of weeks all to myself.  My husband has been in India on business and all of the kids have moved out!  It’s kind of crazy…but I’m getting used to it.

With all of this alone time I’ve had the opportunity to concentrate on completing some projects that I’ve had hanging around…I’m sure you know what that’s like!

We have our second grandchild due at the end of March.  My stepson Jeff and his wife, Amy, are expecting a baby boy!  I knit a sweater, hat and sock set and am now working on a crib blanket to complete the set.  They are made with Rowan Handknit Cotton…really soft and lovely.  The pattern for the sweater, hat and socks is from a wonderful book…“Itty-Bitty Nursery” by Susan B. Anderson

Baby Sweater, Hat & Sock Set

Baby Sweater, Hat & Sock Set

A few months ago Willa bought a pattern for a cloth appliqued growth chart from Anna Joyce on the Etsy site.  We looked through our stash of fabrics and found what we needed.  Most of the fabrics are cotton prints…but the tree trunk is this cool textured rayon that we had and it’s perfect for looking like tree bark!  The project sat there for months and never got off the ground…and Lilah-Rae keeps growing!!!  So this week I was able to get it done!

Owl Moon Growth Chart

Owl Moon Growth Chart

We’ll soon have Lilah-Rae’s height marked on there! Having the grandchildren to make sweet things for is such fun.  I’m loving it!

I have so many more unfinished projects in my studio…I’ll have to consider what will be next.  Oh…I know!  I’ve started warping one of the looms for making fabric for a handmade bag for my sister.  That will be next.

But first a trip to Johnson City, Tennessee to visit my sister and do a SoulCollage Workshop while I’m there.



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