Picasso said that art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life. Yesterday we blew through at least 400 - 500 pieces of paper and most people only made one print. That's a lot of dust free souls! Last night I cleaned all the brayers and stencils before I hit my fatigue-wall and left the printmaking trays soaking in my bathtub overnight. Today I will finish the arduous task of post faire clean-up in the art studio aka "Makery". I would like to thank Chelsea and the Mighty Girls for all their hard work. I would like to thank Gelli Arts - Gel Printing Plate for creating such a terrific printing plate and for sponsoring our giveaway. I would also like to thank all the organizers and volunteers of NoVa Mini Maker Faire for creating such a wondrous event!
Let the wild rumpus staaaart! Registration for the Summer 2016 session is now open...Reserve your seat in the Mighty Tipi !
The Summer Session is held in a 30ft tipi located in a scenic meadow. There we celebrate ourselves as vibrant creative souls by exploring a variety of mediums as tools for self expression. We enhance this experience with the use of soulful prompts, evocative music and inspiring atmosphere. Classes are small to insure individualized attention, and foster a sense of connection, therefore we fill up rather quickly. If we are full before you've had a chance to register, please contact us so that your daughter can be placed on our waiting list.
Registration for Summer 2016 is NOW open!
The dates are Aug 1st - 5th
( 9am - 12pm)
Tuition is $175 *Art supplies included.
Tuition is $175 *Art supplies included.
Registration button and forms are now located on our main site.
Click here to register!
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Information: Parents must check in Mighty Girls at at the meadow each day by 9:00 a.m. sharp and pick up Mighty Girls at Noon. We start on time and late arrival cuts into your daughter's valuable creative time! In the event of stormy weather, drop of and pick-up location will be at the art studio. Detailed information regarding parking / location will be sent via email welcome letter the week before camp starts.
Camp Forms: Registration forms are due by July 18th. Failure to submit these forms will result in the forfeiture of your daughter's space. The space will be offered to a child on the waiting list. Parents need to submit one set of forms per child.
Cancellation / Refund Policy: Request must be received 30 days prior to the session start date to receive a full refund of tuition and enable us adequate time to fill that space. Cancellations received after deadline will receive a 50% refund to help defray the cost of supplies purchased for your child.
Attire: We are making art and that can get messy so please dress accordingly. We also take nature walks so wear shoes that can get wet. Wear insect repellent and sunscreen.
Bring: A bottle of water and a snack. Bring your creative, adventurous heart!
And don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.
It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous. - Rumi
Here's a bit o' crafty goodness to try over winter break! I will now be going into winter hibernation, researching new ideas for MGA Summer and working on my own creations! I'll be back and soon we will kick off Springtime at Maker Faire NoVA 2016!!! Until we meet again, wishing you and yours peace, comfort & joy in the coming year!
Made so & rooted by love,
Make your own Antler Ornaments with clay...
Download the lovely freebies from on of my favorite illustrators, Penelope Dullaghan
Enter the Gelli Arts Ginormous Holiday Giveaway!
Yarn bomb some twigs and fill your vase with something wooly and wintry...
|Photo by Aesthetic Outburst|
Try this charming napkin fold...
and make yourself some tree cookies...
|Tree Cookies from BH&G|
|I made mine with chocolate dough!|
Make a snow globe! Add an LED lid for a wintry nightlight.
|Anthro knock-offs I made with my son.|
Make wool snowballs. for indoor snowball fights! I made these for my son when he was a toddler. Just wrap wool roving around a wiffle golf ball then use the same method that you use when making your felted soaps. Unlike the soap, these can be thrown in the dryer before cutting them from the stocking!
"Let the beauty that you love be what you do" - Rumi
2016 NoVA Mini Maker Faire in March!!! Stay tuned for more information.
Maker Faire is an event organized by the well know DIY magazine "Make Magazine". Maker Faire has been dubbed the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
* Also this is an open call for 4 Mighty Girl Volunteers. Mighty Makers will learn the behind the scenes workings of creative presentation from set-up to clean-up: presenting themselves as makers and teaching their craft to community, organization, teamwork, and networking with their kindred makers. If your daughter is interested in this exciting and fun opportunity please message me asap.
"It is the way of all things
that the night ends
& the light returns.
The light always returns." - Brian Andreas
I awoke under a starry sky reminding me of the glass glitter that the Mighty Girls are so fond of. Today is our last session in our Wintry Workshop series. "How did our 4 weeks fly by so quickly", I asked myself while awaiting their arrival.
We began the day with hot cocoa and catching up since we last saw each other before the holiday. Our first project of the day was monoprint holiday cards using the fabulous Gelli plate by Gelli Arts! Gelli plates are a must-have for Mighty Girls because they are versatile, fun, and enable us to create monoprints without a press!
Our second project of the morning was pillar candles to add warmth and light during the cold and the dark of winter. We always make some form of lantern or candle in the wintry workshop, but this particular project which utilizes transfer prints is a Mighty Girl fave.
The girls wanted to light them right away. They made a circle with their candles representing each girl in the group.
Before we went on our nature walk, we decided to launch our wishes into the air with Flying Wish Paper!
Then off we ran into the woods for a bit of fresh air.
It's been so wonderful spending a month of Saturdays with you! You were a lot of fun, a lot of laughter, and you made so many lovely things.
Thank you, Mighty Girls, for the gift of your presence! May you have a beautiful holiday season and share the gift of your creativity by making gifts for those you love!
Made so & rooted by love,