Chalk It Up! Workshop

Yes, that’s right! The next AfroMartha Studio Workshop is official!

Transform upcycled items in your home with amazing magical CHALK PAINT that you mixed yourself! Take your decor from Drab to Fab with just a few simple items! It’s fun, It’s Creative, It’s Green!

In this workshop we will learn all about chalk paint, we’ll make our own, and we get to turn something we might have thrown away into a statement decorative piece for our homes! All materials will be provided for the cost of the ticket, along with a light snack.

Date: Friday, August 1st

Time: 6:00pm -9:00pm

Place: Hope Arts Center
inside Hope Lutheran Church
500 Hickory St,
Dayton OH 45410
Cost: $35 per person, all materials included



Fabric Block Printing Workshop Recap


I am so happy to report that the inaugural AfroMartha Studio Workshop was a smashing success!  Each participant learned how simple and easy it is to create something so totally custom and unique, from your imagination, using very simple and easy to find materials.

The group represented different skill levels, from ‘terrified-of-sharp-knives’ to ‘art teacher.’ Yet each was able to create something beautiful all their own! That’s the beauty of art and design…no matter what your skill level, if you’re having fun, you will end up with something beautiful.

I was more than a little impressed by the level of talent displayed at the workshop. It is humbling to see what my little instructions brought out in everyone.



And have fun we did! There was food, drink, conversation and laughter.  Enjoy the pictures!

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So it looks like spring may have finally sprung in the midwest, though I remain cautiously optimistic. As of monday (was it?) we had a dusting of snow on the ground. This was just days after we had almost 80 degree weather. Welcome to Ohio, where you can have all 4 seasons in 1 week!

That said, I am excited to be exhibiting at the annual Bloom, a handmade shopping party, hosted by one of my favorite people in the world, Julie Crusenberry of Steph’s Jewels.

bloom flyer 

This is a fun show for me as it gives me a chance to see my fellow handmade Dayton members that I don’t see often. There is food, drink, fun and lots of cool handmade items!

I have been up to my eyeballs in making stuff, both to prepare for the show, as well as to ramp up production for the shop side of AfroMartha.  I have been printing, printing, printing! I’ve been mostly doing test prints, trying out different color combos, sourcing material and all the fun parts of creating. I’ve also been honing my pillow-cover skills!


The theme (as you might notice) is C O L O R ! Lots and Lots of colors! I’ve been dyeing fabrics, testing out color combos and diffent patterns!

I’m also in love with shimmer, lots and lots of shimmer!


And, oh look! Earrings, and necklaces, Oh my! Color, color everywhere! I blame it on spring fever!



So now I have all this stuff!

I think it might be time for a


Check back on monday for details…

Happy Easter weekend!

A few of my thrifting finds


When I’m not making stuff, I love to thrift. Thrifting is the ultimate intersection of my serendipity + bargain hunting. When I’ve got a hankering to find accessories that are just so, I hit the thrift. I’ve collected a few things in the last few years and thought I’d share them with you. You will notice a distinct boho/earthy vibe with these picks. Some are vintage, some are not.


beaded belt

Beaded Belt for when I’m feeling boho-chic-like


Red wooden necklace for a bold statement…

beaded purse

Vintage beaded purse with lacquered wood detail: goes with anything


Braided leather belt for a touch of the trendy


Vintage Brass beaded belt: for 70s disco queen vibe


For a surpise pop of cool color: Patent Leather Clutch


For channeling my inner Urban Cowgirl… (Even the picture it rests on is thrifted)

orange bag

My favorite go to for stylishly toting all my essentials: Orange straw bag with brown reed handles

I love seeing other people’s fabulous finds too, so please share!