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Top 10 Tips On Setting Up Your Art Space

Do you have a home art space for your kids? If you're thinking about setting one up, or your current space could use a little help, be sure to check out my top ten art space tips, featured on Hello, Wonderful. If you're not familiar with Hello, Wonderful, you'll want to poke around afterwards. This awesome resource is filled with gorgeous photos, clever projects, and inspirational interviews.

Let me know if you try out any of my tips and how they're working for you. Enjoy!
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Art Studio Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek at the art space I am currently working on. The project is to design a full art studio for a 15 month old and 3.5 year old with a table for Mom and Dad as well. The space is the bottom floor of a back unit that used to be a kitchen, making it the perfect spot for an art studio. It has a country vibe, but my client's design style is a mix of country, traditional, eclectic, and natural/organic (with a hint of modern). I threw in some industrial elements that work well i...

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Art Closet Makeover

Do you have art supplies tucked away in a cabinet or closet? If so, you might relate to my recent client who was having trouble organizing her art supplies in her hall closet.

Because her art table is in their living room, she wanted to keep their supplies out of sight. While this is not ideal for promoting children's spontaneous independent explorations (out of sight often means out of mind), I believe that you have to make it work for your family and lifestyle.




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News

Pop-Up Shop!

If you're in the Bay Area this weekend, please visit us at our first ever Art Pantry pop-up shop. Remeber all of our awesome kids art supplies and crafty gifts? They will all be on sale now that we have cleared out the warehouse. Most items will be 50% off retail prices.

Bring your kids! We'll have a crafts table and refreshments both days.

It's a great opportunity to stock up on Back to School items, birthday gifts, holiday gifts, etc.

Event Details:

When: Saturd...

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Shop Closing

Our shop has closed its doors...

Closing our online store has been bittersweet. So much hard work and love has gone into our store and it's been tough to let it go. It doesn't mean that we won't source great products and share them with you anymore, we just won't be the ones selling them to you. Through our new blog, we'll be sharing these great finds as well as helpful tips and information for your kids' creative journey. And of course, we'll finally be able to ...

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Art Nook E-Design

I'm excited to share my latest e-design project with you! I was recently hired to help a mom of two girls, ages 3 and 7, get their art nook organized. Her goal was to refresh the space with new containers (that fit better aesthetically and spatially), find a solution for accessing supplies in the deep cabinets, and get inspiration for new materials and projects for her kids.




I was able to source some great containers that not only look good in the space, but encourage creativit...

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Our Art Pantry


I'm excited to share our art space with you! To celebrate the launch of our new Art Pantry Design Services, you can find me over at Tinkerlab chatting with Rachelle about our art space. If you're inspired to get started with an art space for your kids, I'd love to help! Just check out the Design Services to get started.






Party

Birthday Party Photo Booth!

We recently celebrated Ora’s second birthday with a “lollipop” themed party (she was given a lollipop on Halloween - her very first candy- and has been obsessed ever since!).
We wanted to keep it simple with a few neighborhood friends, some face painting, and lots of food on sticks! We bought a bunch of lollipop sticks from a kitchen supply store and served all of our appetizers lollipop style.
What’s better than cake for a lollipop party? A cake pop!



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Guest Interviews

Meet Rebecca Picker!

Rebecca Picker is a mother of 3, performer, costume designer, and founder of Studio Sprout, a children’s art studio and discovery garden in Santa Cruz, California. Rebecca and I have been friends since first meeting in college at UC Santa Cruz. When we re-connected at a college reunion a few years ago, she was super excited to hear about how I had started a toddler art studio out of my back cottage. This got her thinking…
With a little encouragement from me and a lot of talent and...

Garden

Wildflower Seed Bombs

It's almost springtime, my favorite time of year. The sun is lingering around a little longer these days and delicate flower blossoms are popping up along the branches of our bare trees. As we begin to plan for our spring garden projects, I'm also thinking of ways to bring our art activities outdoors. One artful garden project that we love to do is make seed bombs. Seed bombs are small masses of clay, mixed with soil and seeds that will grow in any plot of land with a little water and su...

Holiday

DIY Valentines from the Heart

Encourage kids to express authentic gratitude and love this Valentines Day, by making something from the heart. Handmade Valentines are easier than you think! Just set up a Valentine crafting station with some fun supplies like blank cards, patterned paper, fancy scissors, glitter glue, markers, washi tape, stamps ,stickers, or whatever else you have around. Invite your children to make their own Valentine cards for friends and family. If they need a little inspiration, you can create a few samp...

Holiday

What Makes The Best Kid's Gift?

Ever since I was a little girl I have looked forward to the entire month of December. To me, this time of year is about celebration, decadence, warmth, indulgence, creating, giving, and receiving. As I've grown older, I've become much more of a minimalist, but Christmas just doesn't seem right without a pile of presents under the tree.
With Hanukkah coming early this year, my girls have already begun amassing a new collection of toys and it has got me thinking about a better plan f...

Invitations to Create

Challenge Highlights

Did you participate in our October “invitations to create" challenge? We had a lot of fun with it and hope you did too!
In case you missed it, we launched our first 30-day creative challenge in October. The goal was to set up a daily “invitation to create” for 30 days. This simply means to set up a few thoughfully chosen materials in an interesting way and invite your child to create (click here to learn more about invitations to create).
From my experience with my own...

Holiday

Invitations to Create- Halloween Style!

Since our 30 day "Invitations to Create" challenge took place in October, we couldn't forget to throw in a few Halloween-themed ideas.
This spider web watercolor resist (inspired by Blog Me Mom) was a really fun way to work together on an invitation, exploring the technique and the shape of the web.

Day 26- Do it Together)
* Photo of a spider web (for reference). If you don’t have a photo, look at an image on your phone with your child
* White crayon or oil pastel
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Invitations to Create

Invitations to Create Challenge

For the month of October, we'll be embarking on a super fun, "Invitations to Create" challenge. This simply means setting up a few art materials in an interesting way and inviting your child to create- easy peasy!
The challenge is to do this daily for 30 days to see how it improves your child's relationship to art materials and to the creative process (and it will!).

The hard part is coming up with variations of art supplies to help your child think out of the box and en...

Painting

Painting Among The Redwoods

Our small town of Mill Valley is nestled at the base of Mt. Tamalpais State Park, home to Muir Woods national monument. In addition to being known for its 250 ft. tall old growth redwood trees, Muir Woods is also known for its crowds. Lucky for us, Mill Valley is full of kid friendly trails and lesser-known spots where we can get away from the crowds during the summer.
One of my favorite spots is Cascade Park. It’s a fairly small area with a short trail that loops up a hill and around a ...

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Awesome Wall Organizer

Our art pantry sits in a corner of our living room, inviting Karuna to create whenever inspiration strikes. This little area is squeezed between a door and our wall heater and has just enough room for a table and a few narrow wall shelves. I couldn’t find a table that would fit this awkward space, so I made one using a piece of wood and legs from an Ikea stool.
For nearly two years she used this space often, but neither of us could figure out how to keep it organized! With most of her su...

Art Display

Perler Bead Display

Perler beads (AKA Hama or Fuse beads) are awesome. They are great for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Karuna would come home with one of these a day from preschool. Her whole class was obsessed! As you can imagine, by the end of the year we had a large bag full of these creations. Rather than stuff them into a drawer, never to be seen again, we found a way to display them!
To make them gallery ready, arrange them onto a nice canvas, then attach them with a glue gun. We used a line...

Guest Interviews

Meet Tiffany Shlain!

Tiffany Shlain is a mother of two, acclaimed filmmaker, writer, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Ken Goldburg, and her two daughters, Odessa (10) and Blooma (4). Tiffany and her family exude creativity and are always cooking up fun, artful ideas- from cardboard sculptures to wacky house parties! I recently visited Tiffany and her daughters at home to check out their art...

DIY

Duct Tape Cell Phone Case For Dad

As the girls work on their Father’s Day art projects, I decided that I wanted to make my own gift for Aaron (my hubby) for Father’s Day. With duct tape being all the rage these days, I wanted to experiment with this fun medium and see what I could come up with. Here’s my recipe for a duct tape cell phone case with a photo holder (a great way to showcase your kid’s artwork too!).

Ages: 8+ (or do it together with ages 5+)
Prep time: 2 minutes Total time: About 20 min...