2012 Classes at Crafty Goodness

2012 is going to be even craftier than 2011! Tons of classes will be on the schedule, some old favorites and some brand new! If you have found Crafty Goodness through the Living Social Deal, please email me at for a full list of specially selected courses just for you and to schedule an appointment. If you have taken a class in the past, sign up for our newsletter(link to your right) to be the first to know what we have cooking on the crafty menu. We also host parties in the classroom, a great idea for birthdays, ladies night outs, girl scouts, Mom groups and more! Please call the store for more details.

Adult Classes:

1. Glass Fusing
2. Mosaics
3. Beer Stein/Wine Glass Etching
4. Vegan Baking Basics
5. Beginning Machine Sewing
6. Knitting

Child Classes:

1. Beginning Sewing
2. Painted Treasure Boxes
3. Domino Pendants
4. Diaries

Classes for Everyone(8 and up)

1. Glass Tile Pendants
2. Tie-Dye Shirts
3. Freezer Paper Stenciling
4. Embroidery
5. Cross-Stitch
6. Hair Accessories
7. Beginning Poly Clay
8. Various Jewelry Classes including Button Rings/Bracelets
9. Various Sewing Projects

New classes will be added periodically! Zentangle will be returning in the Spring!

After all the chaos of the holidays, relax in January with a fun class. And why not bring a friend!


December Crafting for a Cause

Our last Crafting for a Cause for 2011 will be sewing stockings for the Metro Hospital Maternity Ward. Tis the season for giving! The stockings will be cut and ready to be machine sewn, pick up at the store and return by December 20th. The pattern is very simple and will take only a few minutes to sew. Once all are collected they will be delivered to the hospital. The nurses will take photos of all the babies born during the Christmas week inside the stockings for the Moms, then they will be given the stockings to take home with a special treat just for them. The nurses have been doing this for a few years, and all the Moms love it!

December is a busy month, but please take time to do something nice for someone else. If you can't sew, that's ok! Open the door for someone when you are out shopping, let someone go ahead of you in line, visit an elderly relative/neighbor who may be alone during the holidays. Remember every little bit helps. Happy Holidays!


Late Night Thursdays on Madison!

The holiday shopping season is upon us! To make it easier for people to buy local and support area businesses, many of the shops along Madison Avenue will be extending their hours until at least 8 pm on Thursdays. From restaurants to unique shops, Madison Avenue has something for everyone on your list! More information can be found on the Madison Avenue Merchant's Association Facebook page.

Specials include:

Carol Lynn's Salon
15410 Madison
Open until 8 pm
Stocking stuffers & more!

Crafty Goodness
15621 Madison
Open noon-9 pm
Locally made gifts from over 70 different artists
$5 gift projects to make and take, no appt necessary
Beverages & Snacks

Future No Future Vintage Clothing
15027 Madison
Open until 9 pm

Goddess Blessed
15729 Madison
Open 6-9 pm
$30 cash for 15 minutes of reiki, massage, and a tarot reading
Beverages & Snacks

LaBella Cupcakes
15208 Madison
Open until 7 pm starting December 2nd!

14203 Madison
Open noon-8 pm

Metro Home Design*Food & Wine
15226 Madison
FREE olive oil and cheese tasting

The Red Rose Cafe
14810 Madison
Open until 2:30 a.m.
30 cent Wings dine in only till 1am$4 1/2 Pound Burger & Fries from Noon till 7:30pm

Rockflower Studio
15707 Madison
Open until 9 pm
Beverages & Snacks
Christmas crafts from 12/16-12/22 $5 gift projects to make and take, no appt necessary

Winchester Music Hall
12112 Madison
Open until midnight or later
Open Mic Night

Plus many other wonderful shops. Make Madison Avenue a destination this holiday season, you will be glad you did!


Knit In! Crafting for a Cause

November Crafting for a Cause

Our November Crafting for a Cause is a Knit In!(or Crochet In!) It will be held on Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th from noon-7 pm. Bring yarn & needles and stop in anytime. We will be crafting to keep those who are less fortunate warm this winter. Knitters, crocheters & those who want to learn are welcome! Simple & quick scarf and hat patterns are on the menu, all can be completed rather quickly, hopefully in two hours or less using bulky yarn(think Lion Brand Thick n Quick, etc. & big needles.) Have a favorite pattern? Bring it! A selection of yarn will be available to purchase for a nominal fee, and needles/looms will be provided for you to use. Let's put our craftiness to good use!

If you know anyone who would be interested, please share the invite!

Here's the link to the patterns so you know needle size to bring/yarn:

Knitting Patterns

Crochet Patterns

To see photos, go to

Christmas at Crafty Goodness

Can you believe Christmas is a little over a month away? Such an exciting time of year! The season is not only about what you can buy and give, but also about sharing and doing something nice for those around you. We will be Crafting for a Cause this Friday & Saturday, check out more details about our Knit In here. We will be making warm wintry items to donate to the Domestic Violence Shelter, or bring store bought goods and drop them off. In December we will be making stockings, more details coming soon.

Stop by the store and see all the great gift items we have, in all price ranges. We will also be offering layaway with just a few dollars down, stop in for more details. Stay out of the big box stores and give the gift of handmade this year!

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Crafty Goodness 3 THIS Saturday!!!

CG3 will be on Saturday, November 5th from 10 am to 6 pm. You know the drill: no plastic canvas crap! There will also be no geese in clothes or crocheted towels to hang on your stove, just a selection of the coolest crafters in the area. Facebook invite here, make sure to rsvp!

Vendor List

CMS Designs: Pottery, Fused Glass & More

Cherry Lane Goods: Sewn Goodness & more

Pepi Plush: Cute Baby Items

Zween: Recycled/Upcycled Cards, Bags & More

Buza Bags: Purses & Clutches
Artables: Mosaic Boxes

Ingrid Nolan: Fused Plastic/Knit/Crochet

Kathryn Mellott: Chainmaille Jewelry

Theshhhsound: adorable plushes

Crafty Goodness: A selection of the store items

Barbara Bloom: Hand Dyed Silks, Olive Oil Soap

Ossuary Arts: Home Decor & Jewelry Made from recycled glass

Snikitty: Hoo-Doo Dolls and Hair Accessories

Custom Crochet: Crocheted Jewelry & More

Fanciful Cakes: Recipe Boxes, Rockabilly Inspired Accessories

Wolf Creek Creations: Jewelry & Holiday Items

North Coast Beach Glass: Beach Glass Jewelry

Lilly Pea Designs: Greeting Cards & Stationary

Lazy T Crochet: Knit & Crochet

1-Up Gallery: Old school Nintendo awesomeness

Beethings Studio: Jewelry, comic book buttons, greeting cards

Brite Ideas by Design: Lightbulb Vases

Peepal Tree: Accessories, Baby Items, Cards

Abigail & Colleen: Jewelry & Small Gifts

Dani Marie: Purses & Wallets

AJ Jedryczka: Skin Care Products

Two Birds of a Feather: Accessories, Hair Extensions & Jewelry

Cleaner Wiener: Organic Dog Supplies

Snow Store: Adorable Amigurumi Animals

Blastmaster: Sandblasted Glass

Duct Tape Diva: Divine Duct Tape Creations

TattooInk1981: Kids clothing, housewares

Kit's Confections: Alcohol-Infused Adult Confections

Patti's Cakes: Cupcakes & other Treats

Twisted Silvers: Beautiful Sterling Silver Creations

Linda Rahel: Vintage Purse Pins & More


Halloween Art Walk THIS Saturday!

Boo! Halloween is almost here! On Saturday, October 29th from noon-6 pm, Madison will be full of treats, no tricks at our last art walk of the season. Look for the balloons outside these participating shops:

Carol Lynn Salon Plus
15410 Madison
***OPEN 8:30-3:30 pm***
Handmade 100% Natural Pumpkin Facial Kits for sale with FREE Gift!

Crafty Goodness
15621 Madison
Free Goodie Bags for the kids
10% off all Halloween Merchandise
Halloween Crafts for all ages

Rockflower Studio
15707 Madison

Goddess Blessed
15729 Madison

Breakneck Gallery
17020 Madison

Over 100 different artists will be represented, with specials at each location. Visitors to the art walk will be entered into a raffle to win a cool gift basket full of Madison Avenue goodness. Passports for the raffle will be available at each location. Pick up your passport, get it stamped after visiting each and of course enjoy the local art! RSVP to the facebook invite here.


THIS Saturday! Halloween Spooktacular!

Join us at CG for a fun day filled with crafts and local art. We are very excited to feature a Forlorn Dolls Trunk Show throughout the day. The creator of these exquisite dolls, Samantha, will be on hand to discuss her art. We will also be having a special Halloween-Themed Drop In & Craft with spooky, creepy and cute $5 & under projects for all ages:
1. Make your own Mummy
2. Trick or Treat Bags
3. Bat Pins
4. Pumpkin/Skull Magnets
5. Halloween Necklaces


First 18 children will receive a special Halloween treat bag
10% off all Halloween merchandise
Raffle Basket & More!

Lots of treats, no tricks! All the fun starts at noon on October 22nd. More information can be found here.


Meet the Artist: Forlorn Dolls

Crafty Goodness is very excited to be featuring a Forlorn Doll Trunk Show at our Halloween Spooktacular on October 22nd. Each amazing hand-sculpted doll takes between 20-40 hours to create. All the clothing is hand-sewn as well. The maker of these amazing art dolls considers herself "Lakewood obsessed" and not only lives in Lakewood but also attended college right here at Virginia Marti. She cites the "history, the architecture, the arts and community events have wrapped around us like a cozy blanket. The kind of blanket most people search their whole lives for. It's called home."

On to the interview...

Who is Forlorn Dolls?
I grew up in a home which nurtured my love of the arts. My oldest brother, Jeff, is a digital artist. And when we were younger he was always painting on the garage door and basement walls. His creativity later helped create the infamous dancing baby who sashayed its way onto Ally McBeal. You could say my parents encouraged us to be creative. In fact, unlike most parents mine wanted an artist in the family. I wanted to go into criminal justice. But my mom would smile down at me and say, "You could be a court sketch artist!"

When it came time to select colleges I had finally settled on Art. And my high school art instructors Sean Crum and Jim Messenheimer had worked to prepare me for the future. I had been accepted to the Columbus College of Art and Design and the Cleveland Institute of Art, but even with the scholarships I received the expenses of these institutions were just too much. So I attended Lorain County Community College beginning my studies in Fine Arts under the classic teachings of Reid Wood. Oddly enough, I made my very first sculpted doll in the LCCC Fine Arts program. It was a project I absolutely hated. But I still have the doll and he is staple in my studio. I went on to study Graphic Design under Dennis Ryan before I transferred to the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design in Lakewood to switch my studies to Fashion Merchandising. There were two courses which I feel lend so much to what I am doing now that were both taught by Barb Havranek: Textiles and History of Costume. If it wasn't for Barb I think I would be so lost in costuming the dolls.

I would say throughout my educated life I had five great influences which really have stuck with me. Each of the instructors I had brought something different to the arena which I have been able to retain and meld together with my own ideals to harness the Forlorn Doll style.

Your dolls are really amazing. How did you start creating them?

How I started making the dolls is actually a funny story, in a slightly creepy way. I have to admit first, that for several years I had actually abandoned art after I graduated college. I had felt burnt out and uninspired. Very lost. There was no direction.

My husband and I went to Salem, Massachusetts for our honeymoon two years ago. The morning following a weird paranormal incident which occurred during an evening walking tour we decided to cross over Boston to the home of the infamous Lizzie Borden. This was the house in which the gruesome axe murders of Lizzie's parents took place. It would be a change of pace from the busy tourist attractions in Salem, and a chance for our GPS to recoup from its demonic possession at the Salem graveyard. We arrived... it was cold, dreary and rainy; all the classic workings for a haunted tour.

From the street outside, the Borden house stands quite charming and serene. Inside as well it feels the same way. It's beautifully decorated, well-maintained and dutifully run by a exuberant young woman who takes visitors on an in depth tour of the home and its dark seedy past. What we never expected to see while there, however, was Lizzie Borden eighty-four years after she had passed.

It was in the old barn/shed, which now serves as the gift shop and ticket office for the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast that I saw her. I had been peeking around at merchandise while waiting for our tour to start. From the corner of my eye something unique and quite peculiar struck my attention. I didn't react instantly. In fact I hesitated a bit. I even turned to my husband and whispered to him about what I was seeing. I felt myself even grow anxious about it, overcome with curiosity and and assortment of other emotions I could not define in that moment. Finally, I approached the clerk's counter to get a closer look. Perched quietly and quite delicately like a lingering ghost from the past was this exquisitely handcrafted doll in the likeness of Lizzie Borden. She was so unusual and so beautiful.

Up until that point I had no interest in dolls, but I ask the merchant about her and how much to purchase the doll. Sadly, I was informed the Lizzie doll was not for sale but the clerk did explain she was a one of a kind art doll created by Joyce Stahl.

We had brought a laptop with us, so when we returned to our hotel that night I instantly went into research mode. I looked up Joyce Stahl's dolls online which parlayed into other doll artists. I had been inadvertently introduced to a new community I had never heard of before: Art Dolls. And of course there was so much terminology to be defined as well and a plethora of styles and mediums in which art dolls were constructed. When we returned home I jumped right into selecting the medium I felt would work best for my abilities and style and started combining everything I had learned from art and fashion into Forlorn Dolls.

In a weird little moment I had a little spark of direction where for so many years I felt lost an uninspired by art and even lost hope that I would ever find my way back into creating. And it's almost laughable, and people do laugh, when I say I was at a murder scene and that's where I found my inspiration. But I attribute finding that direction to Joyce Stahl. And at the beginning of this October we finally met face to face after a few months of emails, facebook and phone conversations and I was able to thank Joyce in person for being my inspiration.

To create something so amazing must take a long time, is it a long process?
This question always makes me laugh because when I first started making the dolls two years ago it was a very quick and painless process to make one doll. But as time has progressed and I have grown in my techniques (ie. improved my self taught sewing) it takes so much longer now. One full size doll, depending on the amount of detail just in the garments, can take between twenty and forty hours of work. The sewing is all hand done, no machines; so it is a very lengthy process.

What are you working on now?
I am working on many things at the moment. Aside from Halloween preparations, I have plans to start various projects which will include a series of Circus centered performers and fairytale themed characters like Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, but with the Forlorn twist. But next on my work bench is the Phantom of the Opera, a Victorian-styled alien, and a special large scale bridal pair which I started several months ago and had to put on hold while I was doing the summer shows. I have too many ideas running through my head at the moment and just not enough time to get started on them.

To see these amazing dolls in person and meet the artist, stop by Crafty Goodness on October 22nd. More information can be found here.



***All projects that follow CAN be done as a class at CG, if you aren't feeling crafty enough on your own! Call the store to schedule a time!***

Magazine Tree:

Recycling is great, and when you can tie a Martha Stewart craft in with it, perfection. Here I will explain how you can turn a regular magazine into a TREE!

Materials Needed:

2 magazines(not super thick, think People Magazine not Glamour)
Hot Glue Gun
Spray Adhesive
Spray Paint
Wooden Disk(you can find these at any craft store in the wooden section. Or just cut out a thick piece of cardboard, both would work)

Step 1. Select a magazine, open to the center and begin folding.

You will fold into the center, crease well. You want it as close to the binding as possible, the top of the page should be pointy. Once ALL the pages are folded for the entire magazine, go to...

Step 2. Fold each page into the center again, remember to crease well and keep the top of the page as pointy as possible by creasing into the center of the magazine binding.

Step 3. Now you will have all the pages folded twice, and your magazine will look like this:

All these flaps need to be folded inside so the bottom of the "tree" will be flat.

Step 4. That was fun, wasn't it? Now take magazine # 2, repeat all steps.

Step 5. When both magazines are folded, run a strip of hot glue down the outer spine of each and glue together. Then finish the bottom

by gluing in the center the wooden disk or cardboard circle. Now, the fun and messy part.

Step 6. Move to an area with good ventilation and a place that can be messy. Preferably outside/your garage. Take your spray paint and spray with your desired color. You may want to just frost the edges or paint the whole dang thing, totally up to you! Once that dries for a few minutes, coat one small area at a time with the spray adhesive. IMMEDIATELY sprinkle the glitter after spraying the adhesive, it dries quick. Make your way around the whole tree and voila:

You have yourself a pretty swanky holiday decoration! Try different colors:

and embellish with stickers, bows, whatever. If you can hot glue it on there, go for it!

Step 7. Get out your vacuum/dustbuster/broom, because you now will have glitter all over the place.