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Leela of Native Bear held a stamp workshop on Sunday at her new studio space in Candler Park that she shares with the ladies of Indie Craft Experience.  The day was rainy and grey but since the front of the studio is all windows, there was still a good bit of natural light for photographing the event – while also participating.  My friend Amanda joined in on the class with me and since I actually know Leela personally it was like just hanging with friends being crafty!
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Leela shared her story about how she got started and grew her business and then gave a run down of how to safely carve and then we began sketching out our designs.  I had jotted down some ideas of what I wanted to carve but hadn’t actually sketched anything yet.  Amanda, who’s the in-house artist at Whole Foods came prepared with some drawn out ideas. We both liked the bird and sun sketch the most so she put some finishing touches on it and decided to go with that as her stamp.
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For printing there was card stock, tea towels and canvas fabric. I first went to the tea towel station and made two towels for our kitchen using the teepee stamp and cactus stamp.
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Besides the folks I knew, the class as a whole was a really great group of people, which helps when you’re doing something creative!  Several ladies did their company’s logos and others went with carvings like mine to make patterns.  Everyone did such a good job, so much talent!
I was so happy with how everything turned out!  We’ve been using the towels in the kitchen and I’m really liking the fabric and size. Thinking I’ll get some more and make gifts for friends because they are so much better than using paper towels.  I printed enough cards to have a complete set of stationary which is fun because I love snailmail.  Amanda did something really creative and combined two inks to make a fade in her design (lower left hand corner) that turned out really cool!

We all had so much fun learning, creating, laughing- I can’t say it enough how good of a job Leela did hosting this workshop! I love her work so much that she has made our save-the-date stamp and will soon be making our invite stamp for our wedding. I’ll share those with you after they’ve been sent out.

She hasn’t announced the next class but if you follow her on Instagram, @NATIVEBEARATL, you’ll be in the loop.  Big time recommend!


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I’ve picked up a new little side hobby I’d like to share!  You’ve probably seen the weaving and wall hanging trend that’s been popping up for some time now and either wanted to try or at least pinned it to your DIY board. Well, I did the same so now I’m actually going to make it happen!

I wanted to get some good quality yarn to start with so I looked around and found Camellia Fiber Co. out of Tennessee. I picked out this ombre blue made of 40% alpaca, 40% merino and 20% silk. It’s so incredible soft I wish you could feel the computer screen!

Above is her photo I ordered from and below is my photo when I received it. Things aren’t always exactly how they appear on screen but in this case it was exactly as expected and even better!
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A while ago when I was renting a studio at The Goat Farm Arts Center I picked up lots of supplies for dream catchers that I never actually made.  After failing at that project and having a bunch of money sunk into the materials I got pretty discouraged and thought “maybe I should just stick to photography and blogging..”  Well now that I’m in a home and have the space to be more crafty and not feel like I’m over stepping boundaries with a roommate, I feel more inclined to give the crafts thing a go!  I unpacked my box of dream catcher supplies and grabbed all the brass hoops I bought off Etsy. Then added some of the yarn and boom, wall hanging! This one is very small aka adorable. The hoops is a mere 3″ in diameter. It’s the only one I have of this size so I’ll probably keep but I’m planning to make a bunch more with the other hoops I have and sell at a festival or pop up shop here around town. Stay tuned!

December Root City Market

This past Saturday I shot my third Root City Market.  It took place over at Stove Works in Old Forth Ward. As always it was a success and a whole lot of fun!  I chatted it up with lots of vendors and friends stopping by. Bought a Christmas gift for Dustin and a cheese/bread board for the new house I’ll be moving into this weekend. The wood came from Front Page News, a bar in Little Five Points, which I thought was very cool!

One of the free activities was a “draw your neighborhood station” made by my roomie, Sarah.  It consisted of vintage inspired postcards she designed that were hung on the window with washi tape that you took down, drew on the back and hung back up with your drawing facing outward. The outcome was so cute and everyone got into drawing their neck of the woods!
Most of the volunteer crew though some were having to hold down the fort! Jen, the creator and curator of RCM is in the center. She’s the sweetest!
Drawing of my current neighborhood, Poncey-Highlands, and my little family :)
The one I got is 4th from the left! Such a neat shape.
Allison of Flower Crown Society made the whimsical wall and ceiling hangings. This is one talented lady!

Good luck wrapping all those gifts and getting your Christmas shopping completed!


last weekend I was invited by the sweet gals of Birds of a Feather Creative to attend Salvage hosted by the ladies of Indie Craft Experience to check out the selection of vintage clothes, housewares, handmade goods and locally made jewelry at Ambient Studios. in the past I’ve attended a few ICE events as well as Salvage and they always seem to have the BEST in indie and vintage goods! Ambient is a beautiful space with great natural light, high ceilings and lots of room to mingle around. 
not only does Leela have sweet handmade stationary, calenders and stamps but her setup is super cute as well!
my two favs: lace + suede
cats, moons & embroidery OH MY! 
Tara of Hot Pink Poo finds and resales vintage treasures all over the South, makes jewelry, runs a bar a restaurant with her hubby and plays dress up with her adorable mini-Tara named Roxy. cat necklace is a Pretty Pink Poo piece that belongs to miss Lindy Lane!
you may recognize this green haired gal from the Artlantis post back from the beginning of Summer who runs the jewelry and accessories line called Melting Sun. 
Jessi and Christina aka Birds of a Feather Creative – first time I met them IRL was at the 90’s wine party a few weeks back hosted by a mutual friend so when we met up at Salvage we had to reintroduce ourselves since we looked a little different minus the flannel, beanies and hair buns!
so many rad kicks worn by rad ladies!
Jess was so stoked on this $21 skirt purchase *as any vintage loving fashionista would!* she plans to wear to her work’s formal party, if I remember correctly she “felt like a princess!!!”
sweet gals behind Lily & Lucille antiques and collectibles
Kelly looking pre-Fall sharp
Loft dress, UO sandals, Madewell earrings, vintage bag & sunnies from Clothing Warehouse
I has purdy franz!
“guys, we crushed some vintage shopping” -lil Jess :P

good times with gal pals who share the love of all things vintage and handmade!

NEXT UP: Recapping Music Midtown Day1 & (a VERY rainy) Day2!
-make today a HAPPY MONDAY!


couple times a year artists gather here in ATL for the Indie Craft Experience at Ambient Studios to sell and promote their hand-crafted goods. this past weekend after grabbing brunch with my gal pal we went to check out the goodies and also to support my boyfriend who was selling dog bow ties he crafts for his new side business called “Distinguished Domesticates.”

i snapped a few photos of the event with my new Canon 50mm 1.4 lens that i recently acquired, soooooo much fun playing with depth of field i can’t control myself!

bought a camera stamp from this booth “Small Object” 
my distinguished man :)
creative lady Leela of Native Bear made a hand-stamped 2013 calendar, which sold out in the first 1/2 of the first day-you go girl!
more available in her shop here:
just for fun, here are some pics from the LeahAndMark photo booth we were more than
happy to play in!
have a happy Thanksgiving friends!