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>Finding the Perfect Hand-made Gift

>Need to find a gift for someone special that has it all or is just plain hard to buy for?  Consider a hand-made item.  Giving hand-made items is not a sign of extreme frugality.  In fact, it is actually a thought provoking action.  It takes much more effort to seek out a hand-made item and it also definitely takes much more time and thought into creating it.

Club Creative Studio offers cost-efficient items both online and at craft fairs.  The convince of finding unique one-of-a-kind gift items online are at your finger tips by viewing and ordering from the online store: www.clubcreativestudio.com

We have expanded our jewelry line to include many price points and have also ventured into making several new items that incorporate the hand-rolled clay beads and the hand-torched glass beads.  I strive to create focal points for your everyday wardrobe,  and now have created many items to be used and appreciated in your home decor efforts.

Our hand-made art is an excellent way to make a statement about your unique personality, interests, and lifestyle.  To obtain a hand-crafted item shows that you have an eye and an appreciation for art and the artists you have purchased from. As you avoid the normal preference to shop and give gifts that are mass-produced, know that you are supporting the creative efforts of artists and own the sophistication of sharing enchanting expressive art.

Remember, when you bequest an artful item, you give gifts filled with imagination, distinctiveness, aptitude, substance, enterprise, zeal, style, and merit from your exemplary acquisition.  Your efforts are appreciated for finding a great gift!
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>Color My World- With Paint Chip Samples

>One of the reasons why I loved being an Art Teacher in the past was because I had a range of freedom on lesson plans and how I wanted to introduce a topic and engage the students.  Sometimes I miss that interaction time of instruction and inspiration of others on a daily basis.  It is however, still  a  joy to get or give ideas based on a seemingly everyday or normal occurrence and turn it into a teachable or inventive moment.

Author, Keri Smith has a creative book out that I am experiencing called: How To Be An Explorer  Of  The World – Portable Art/Life Museum.  It is a hands-on book, ready for fill-in-the-blanks, self-discoveries, and assignments.  On page 41, there is a fantastic exercise that reminded me of a lesson plan that I made for my art students in the past.  My lesson included the normal box of crayons and an additional larger box of a larger count and variety.  The task was to investigate the names of the crayons and rename them or mix a new color and name that hue.  Based on the student’s life experiences, the color name choices ranged from personal (Dawson’s dirty baby diaper) to inventive (kitty’s fur ball gray) for example.   The exploration in this book deals with paint chip samples.  And, if I were still teaching I would use this as an exercise in creativity.  It’s really along the same line of thinking that I challenged my art students with several years ago. For example: in the book, a few paint chip samples are named: ladybug red,  you are my sunshine, golden vista and calypso blue.  The examples of what came to mind as an association were: ladybug red= my red shoes, you are my sunshine=Nana’s House, golden vista=sunset on 01/09/08, and calypso blue=the mailbox.  It would be fun to see how creative a class could be with this.

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>Storage for the Storage

>There are times that your storage system takes room and then you have to make room for your storage system plus the items you need to store.  What do you look for in storage?  It may be important to have a system look good, fit properly, take up as little space as possible, be portable, be stackable, and of course, hold the things you need to store securely.

I found, by accident a great system for  adding to my storage and organization.  It fits many characteristics that are favorable for holding many items close at hand.  At Target, near the stationery aisle, there is often times a discounted area.  This is where i found these collapsible boxes.  They snap together and stack well.  The available colors were bright and bold colors and the snaps on the sides make for portable storage as you need it.  I paid only $2.00 per box.  the original price was still manageable at $3.00 per box.

If you are looking for new storage, look in this section of a store from time to time, as well as in the home ware section where plastic bins or other containers are.  You may find a great fit for the size items you normally work with.  It feels great to have things stored attractively as well as easily.  Best wishes for finding what works the best for your crafts.

This system was offered in bright colors and included a window for adding identifying content.  It has silver tone details.

The flat box is pre-folded.  It is easy to form by folding upward and pushing snaps.
The box snaps are fashionable and the finished boxes stack well for display purposes.
When not in use or for waiting use, the box can easily collapse again…great find! 
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