Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Miscellany: More Felting, Tony's Book News, Upcoming Shows and Projects

Hard to believe that a week ago I had just gotten back from a mini vacation in South Haven.  Last week was so busy, it feels like that getaway happened many months ago.  Thought I'd just do a little catching up -- let you see what's been going on and what's coming up.

The exciting new this week is that my son, Tony's, four children's books are now for sale at all three Art Is In Market stores: Laurel Park Place, Twelve Oaks Mall, and Partridge Creek Mall.

As I've mentioned before, Tony is on the autism spectrum and attends Eastern Michigan University, where he is studying Children's Literature and Children's Theater.  He is thriving there and doing very well academically, thanks largely to the college supports program for students on the autism spectrum that is run through the Autism Collaborative Center at EMU.  Tony is donating 15% of the profits from his book sales at Art Is In Market to the ACC's College Supports Program. 

Tony was also just featured in a very informative Associated Press article and video regarding college options for autistic students.

As far as my endeavors, I've been finishing up some of the felted crocheted bags that I was working on and making a few new ones.  Here are some photos of the ones I've completed.

Has a removable, cross-body strap.

Removable chain  and hand-embroidered and appliqued details.

This one is done in a wool/mohair blend -- hence, the "fuzzy" look.  Crocheted, beaded appliques. Removable chain.
Multi-color striped mini purse with crocheted, beaded embellishment and hand embroidery.

I love this color of periwinkle blue.  The button is one-of-a-kind, handmade by a glass artist.
My plan for this week is to start work on some felted iPad covers,  Rather than crochet the covers, I went to the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop and purchased some gorgeous wool sweaters to felt and use for this project.  I will take photos as I work on this project and share my progress in my next post.

Finally, I just wanted to post my schedule for upcoming shows during the holidays.  I will continue to have my creations for sale at Art Is In Market at Laurel Park Place Mall in Livonia, Michigan, but I will also be attending these artisan/crafter holiday markets:

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - The Lindbergh Holiday Boutique at Lindbergh Elementary School in Dearborn, MI. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - The 2nd Annual Holiday Galleria at First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn. (Proceeds from this event are donated to local charities benefiting women and children in need.)

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Ann Arbor City Club, 30th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, Ann Arbor, MI.
(A portion of the proceeds from this event goes to local community outreach programs.)

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