Tiny Houses

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We just finished up our all-school auction project. Last year I made a quilt with the kids, with the children each dyeing a piece of fabric. I paper pieced that quilt and it took many, many hours. So this year, we decided to try an art project instead. Since I’d always wanted to make a quilt of little houses, we decided to make a project with tiny wooden houses, each cut from balsa wood in varying shapes. The finished piece is 36″ x 48″, so each house had to be around 2″ wide and tall to allow 386 houses to fit on the wooden background.

Once I’d cut the houses, I passed them along to our school art teacher Kelley, who had each grade use a different technique to design their houses. Techniques included Pollack splatter painting for the youngest kids, Kandinsky houses with pastels for pre-K, Mondrian houses for kindergarten, plus pointillism, tissue paper overlays, paper mosaics, acrylic and sharpie, and black and white Zentangles. Some of the houses were representational and some abstract. Kelley did an amazing job with the kids and we were both surprised at how much detail they were able to get on these small houses. Then I painted the background with acrylic paint, glued each house on with wood glue and varnished the finished piece. I think that all of the individual and unique houses coming together in one project is such a sweet metaphor for our school community.

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ICE Finds

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Here are some of my new favorite shops from the Indie Craft Experience this past weekend.

Felt Flowers from Muncle Fred Art.

Jewelry from F. is for Frank.

Prints and Pattern from Katrin Wiehle.

Letterpress from Brown Parcel Press.

Felted Animals from Petit Felts.

Ceramics from Bean & Bailey.

If you live in Atlanta, be sure to visit the ICE Pop-Up Shop on McLendon Avenue for more great handmade finds!

Holiday Shopping Spectacular

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This weekend! My friend Laura and I will be at ICE Atlanta’s annual Holiday Shopping Spectacular. Booth #47. Looks like an amazing line-up of vendors this year, so hope I have some time to shop!

See below for location. Hope to see you there!

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Quick Crafty Round-Up

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Tablet Clutch from Made with Moxie.

Felt Wall Panels from Design Milk.

Kennedy Bag Pattern from Big City Bags on Sew, Mama, Sew.

Punched Paper Balls from This Heart of Mine.

PacMan Ghost PopUp Cards from MiniEco.

Charley Harper Pajama Pants from Birch Fabrics.

Faceted Clay Rings from Poppytalk.

Quilt-as-you-go Baby Bib from Simple Simon & Co.

Indie Craft Experience

Indie Craft Experience 2013

Mark your calendar! The Indie Craft Experience is coming up November 23-34 here in Atlanta.

Indie-Craft-Experience-2013 Felt Jar and The Long Thread

My friend Laura (of Felt Jar) and I will be selling some felted and fabric goodies. Come visit us! The event will again be at Ambient Plus Studio from 11am -6pm both Saturday and Sunday.

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