Friday, June 25, 2010

I Love Libraries

I went to the Oceano Library today to do a workshop with the kids. Always fun. We did the Alebrije painting project (no paint on the nice carpeted library floor!). Somehow it worked out, with an age range from 3 to 10 years old, GRACIAS to the adult helpers!!!
LIBRARIES ARE AWESOME! How amazing to go and be able to check out books, videos, hear speakers or particpate in workshops. And all free. I love to see people in there taking advantage of the resources and enjoying themselves. A big applause to all the parents and caregivers who take their kids there - clap, clap, clap!!
The children's librarians at my SLO Library are amazing and kind. Margaret has been promoting my art educator self with Sally's support, and wonderful Kristen, she was my librarian when I was a kid in Cambria! One of my many dreams is to be a librarian I think....
July 29 I'll be doing another workshop:
NIPOMO Library, 2:00, t-shirt bookbags.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pillowcases ROCK!!

So every once in a while I have the chance to have inspiration and go for it, sew, sew, sewing away till 1am. I recently scored some great new pillowcases at my favorite SLO thrift store- they must have just come in!

If you want something custom made, I can do it! Skirts, toddler dresses, blouses or aprons....

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pot holders for that special someone

I made a pot holder/hot pad for a relative who is graduating from law school and likes to cook. Salsa is his thing! And then I made some more for Father's Day...

Customized pot holders, I think I'm on to something here!

Ah, summer, the calendar is filling up fast. Birthday parties with bounce houses, father's day, craft nights...

UpcycleSLO will be at Chronic Cellars in Paso Robles for an Art and Wine event this coming Sunday. Check out for more details ($5 gets you wine and cheese pairings and lots of art to look at!)

I finished off my two months at the south county elementary school where I have been working with 1st graders this week. Kids are great. I had a new hair cut and one girl said, "Miss McGrath! I didn't recognize you!" Our last project lasted 3 classes (which means we finally got to finish a project and TALK about it!) We did some Eric Carle style painting, mixing secondary colors and dragging combs through the wet paint to add texture. Then we talked about Alebrijes, a Mexican folk art form, and started a cut paper collage of an invented animal, or alebrije.