October Crafting for a Cause

For October we will be crafting for a local Lakewood-based dog rescue, All Dogs Heaven. Layla, the sweet little girl in the photo, is just one of the many dogs I am hoping we can help out. When I saw the post on the Lakewood Observer's page about Layla and her struggles, I just knew we could try to help in some small crafty way. Every little bit helps!

We will be decorating 100% cotton tote bags on Saturday, October 15th at the store, from noon to 8 pm. These bags are great for grocery shopping, I always have a stash in my car for shopping. Kids can use them while trick or treating, because Halloween is only a month away! We will be embellishing the bags with paint, fabric, all kinds of fun stuff. They will be only $5 each, with proceeds going to the shelter. This will be a great activity for all ages, kids and adults welcome. Save a tree(by using your own bag at the store) and help save a dog!

RSVP to the facebook invite here.


Zentangle Illuminated Letter Class

CG is excited to exclusively offer the Zentangle Illuminated Letter Class in October! It will be a two-session class, Monday October 17th and Monday, October 24. Class times will be 6:30-8:30 pm both days. The class will be taught by Launie, our CZT(certified Zentangle Teacher.) The only prerequisite is Zentangle 101.

Class description:

Create a beautiful piece of Zentangle Inspired Art suitable for framing. This makes a lovely gift for the holidays or any occasion! "Gild" a large initial of your choosing, add color washes, tangle and shade. Tangles CAN be done in Black Micron Pen as well as Brown, Burgundy and Sepia. You should consider larger Micron Pens (.01 is the regular size from ZT101 & 201) as this will be a much larger project. Please bring your own Micron pens. You may also want to bring your own #03 or #04 round brush. The paper, ink washes, gold gilding and some brushes (to borrow) will be provided. These materials are included in the cost of the class. The finished size will be 11"x 14". You will be learning more tangles so please bring a small sketchbook to practice them in first.

Class Fee $40

Sign-up online here or at the store!


Meet the Artist: Emily Good

It is a great debate: art versus craft. While the store may be called Crafty Goodness, everything inside CG's four walls are art. Whenever you take a raw material and turn it into something unique, that's art. Maybe your "blank canvas" isn't a canvas at all, perhaps it's a yard of fabric, a skein of yarn or a block of wood. It's the creative process behind each item we have for sale that makes each vendor at CG a true artist.

Every few weeks, we will be featuring a different vendor and giving insight into their art. Our first featured artist is Emily Good.

Who is Emily Good?
A Junior at the Cleveland Institute of Art. After studying Industrial Design for a semester she switched her major to Communication Design, with a minor in Ceramics.

What is your favorite medium?
"I really love working with wood but I started working with letter press last year and I fell in love with it. I also love ceramics and working with metal."

Currently Emily's wooden chess set is being featured at Crafty Goodness.

What woods were used in the creation of the set?
Purple Heart, Maple and diseased Beech

How long was the creation process?
"I worked on the set everyday for 6 weeks. Every single part of the set was hand cut and sanded by hand."

What's next for Emily?

"I just finished building my first track bike frame. I am in the process of slip casting book ends and pressing porcelain tiles. I am also working on a self promotional piece and a couple random assignments for my classes."

Be sure to stop in and check out this exceptional set. Makes a unique, one of a kind holiday gift!