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  • Cultivate Creatives Picnic

    In the middle of July, fresh after a rainstorm, creatives gathered in a garden for a picnic. It was a great opportunity to connect and enjoy a delicious assortment of food and get to meet each other! We have another picnic scheduled for September 6, and would love for more creatives to join! Check out more info here.

  • Curiouser & Curioser

    “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
    -Alice in Wonderland                                           



    This past year, I was commissioned to create a few pieces for a family in Charlotte. I was contacted by a women at work, who was by far the most fun grandmother ever! She helps to decorate her grown-up daughter's house, and has filled it with whimsical items and lively colors. Walking into the family's home you can see how playful their spirits are. It took a while to complete all three projects, but I can finally say they're done! It was such an exciting experience for me, I certainly grew and learned a lot during the process. Since it was the first time I've accepted a freelance commission, one lesson being that I probably won't be doing such large scale freelance for a good while. Who has the time with weddings to attend practically every other weekend in the summer and trips every month or so for work?? However, I am excited to share with you the finally completed projects!  
    The first project was inspired by a piece I had constructed for the store, chairs with exaggerated height to hold hanging apparel. So, we pulled that idea, and tweaked it to create shelves for the little girls bathroom, to hold her towels and trinkets.
    This is the original sketch I drew for them, when first asked to create this installation. It's not all too common that the actual execution looks better than the original sketch, but I think it does in this case! Hello- poor scale, and awkward height.
    The final piece is perfect for the little space between her water-closet and sink area. As you can see, the room has adorable pink illustrated paper, with pink and white stripes in the water-closet. They added the polka-dot ribbon to edge the shelves, which just makes it even sweeter. I'm obsessed with the white and block checkered floors! With all these special details, and the rabbit print in the background, how perfectly Alice in Wonderland does this feel?!
  • Earth laughs in flowers

    I don't understand things like this. I come from a family where we buy things. We don't sit and make blankets [or flowercrowns].
    -Somara, fellow bridesmaid

    Last weekend, I had such a wonderful time visiting old friends from college. I spent Saturday traipsing around NYC with Kathleen, who just moved there after landing a job with a photo studio, and her husband, David. Then we traveled out to Princeton to visit our friend and bride-to-be, Gina, who hosted us for a pre-wedding weekend of fun for all the bridesmaids. One of these said pre-wedding festivities we partook in was creating lovely flower-crowns before we embarked on a day full of surprises. Gina has a mix of girls with art backgrounds, and non-craft oriented backgrounds. There were lots of laughs and merriment as we helped each others crowns come to life. I wanted to share with you some pictures of the crafting that took place!
     


    We created the structure of the crown with two pieces of floral wire twisted together. Snipping the buds off, leaving about an inch of stem, we then used jewelry wire to secure it to the crown. 



    We had a table full of supplies at the ready. Whatever could possibly be needed. Ribbons for sweet bows, hot glue for finishing touches, paper clips for.... who knows?



    Kathleen donning her crown.
     
      And me smelling the roses :)
  • DIY ornament or decorative spheres

    Start with a styrofoam ball, size of choice and a few packages if thumbtacks. I worked with silver, and white for my spheres. Use Elmer's glue to give a little extra security to the tacks hold, once you start to layer them like fish scales, they'll be tightly locked in place! Start on one side and work your way around to give a cyclical pattern around the sphere. I worked in small sections at a time, but sure to top the ball off at the point opposite of its bottom.















  • Engage!13 Paper Cut Wedding Dress

    I had the incredible fortune to be asked to create a paper wedding dress for Engage!13 at the Biltmore Estate. It was to be inspired by Cornelia Vanderbilt, who's wedding reception was hosted at the Estate in the 1920's. The dress was on display for the grand Great Gatsby-esque Gala on the last night of a several day conference. Emily Chidester was wonderful enough to tag along and document the process and final installation of the dress! 

    The event space was incredible to see and it was so exciting to be a part of the set up for such a grand evening! Check out this video that captures some of the magic or this one!

  • Dixie Seating Co. Market Booth

    Last week was a busy week of installing a booth for the furniture market in High Point for the Dixie Seating Company! They shared a sneak peek of the construction and a simple how-to based on some display I designed for the space. Check it out here.

  • Vancouver Craft Store Inspiration

    A couple years ago, I had the incredible fortune to visit Vancouver working an Anthropologie store opening. I recently was digging through my computer folders and came across some images from that inspiring trip. Thanks to Design Sponge's city guide at the time, I found a clever little craft store that every city needs! Sadly, I think it has been removed from the most recent version of the city guide, however you can find information directly on Urban Source's site

     
    Urban Source is on Main Street, a bustling area of town filled with local shops and delicious restaurants. There was such fun and random little oddities that were a delight to discover, and I returned twice after my first visit over the course of the trip! What makes this store so great is shared on their main page:
     
    "We collect from over 100 different local industries, diverting safe, useable 
    off-cuts, discards, misprints and over-stock from the land fill. Materials 
    are then sorted, organized and prepared for the store."

    Upon entering the store, you are prompted to chose which size brown paper bag you'd like (think snack size, lunch-bag, or grocery bag size). You then fill the bag up with whichever items you chose from their bins. 

     
    Reasonably, there are some quantity limits for certain items- only 3 slides per bag, or you can pay a flat 45 cents. 

    They also sold rolls a various papers, thin sheets of wood ply, specialty sheets of paper.

    Using the materials and objects they sell, they've created whimsical creatures that peer down from shelves or hover overhead as you shop.

    The train may be one of my favorites….

    But so is this baby elephant!

    And I love the frame in which this jelly fish is hanging!