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Arts Advocacy 2017

Every day that I work as a Teaching Artist is another day that I see the positive changes that art can bring to students, teachers, schools, and communities. Whether it’s with 5 year olds learning about spiders and the various environments that they can live in; or 7th graders learning how to use mandala art more »

Loss & …

My lovely, sweet, kind and thoughtful mother passed away in January after a long, sad journey with cancer. Said journey was also filled with her humor, her love, her wonderful vegetarian recipes, her intelligent advice, her love of history and forensic science nonfiction books and with her being a very good friend and mom to more »

Spring Education

I love spring. The other day Adam and I took a walk in our woods and saw 2 turkeys, 2 woodpeckers, 2 snakes, 1 hawk watching over the nest and numerous bugs, cardinals, robins and other small birds. It was amazing, Spring is also the time of year when I want to start new things. more »

Open Studio Class: April 17

**Usually Open studios include no teacher instruction, and have prerequisite requirements.  However, the April 17 Open Studio includes a FREE lesson on how to create your own dyebath. Perfect for fabric dyeing novices.  Do you have some experience with fabric dyeing, but don’t have the facilities at home to cleanly do it? Have you always more »

Inspirations: Interplay of Color

I have always always always loved the interplay of color. Layers of color mixed and washed over each other…mmhmm! The other day I looked down at a pile of fabrics that I had haphazardly thrown about and saw these great mixes of color and pattern, too. Some great ideas have come from them and found more »

Boutique Spotlight: Art Star

Hurray! I have admired Art Star and it’s fine selection of handmade wares for awhile now. It feels great to announce that Xmittens will now be available in their shop! One of best things about Art Star is it’s deep support and connection with the independent art/craft world.  Art Star is now developing a series more »

Small Biz Advice: How to adjust during a personal crisis

Life has been severely challenging for me for awhile now.  I am currently on a long, hard road full of family emergencies, sickness and, for one of my dear parents and other people I was close to, death.  Of course, in the midst of all of this I started my own business and in November more »

My Story: Education & Training

I never thought I would become a teacher.  Actually, I resisted it in college (Carlow University when it was still just a College).  Most people in the art therapy crew pursued an arts education certificate as a back up plan.  We were all required to take an arts education class, or two for our art more »

Reminder: Open Studio this Weekend!

In case you missed last week’s post on the event, here’s a friendly reminder to let you know that my Open Studio Sale with Adam Shreckhise is this Saturday December 17th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area and you’d like to stop by, please RSVP and I will send more »

Featured Stockists: M Vintage & Marmalade Jewelry

This week I’m featuring two more shops that carry Xmittens in addition to a plethora of other intriguing goods. Once again if you’re looking to stay handmade and local this holiday season, I recommend checking out these places if they’re in your area. First up, M Vintage! Located in Jonesborough, TN, here’s how the owner more »