Friday, September 30, 2011

Thrift Finds

I decided to stop in at one of my favorite thrift stores today and they did not disappoint! So many places these days mark up their vintage items and I just think that's wrong. Especially if the thrift store is a charity shop. This shop is a charity shop for a local charity and everything they sell is marked reasonably. I love it! Here are a few things I found today soon to be at Horse & Hare Vintage.

Pagoda Salt & Pepper and Condiment Serving Tray. You probably can't tell from 
this picture but the handles to the tray are bonsai trees. 
I'm always on the lookout for men's belt buckles and quickly spied this tooled leather 
Honda buckle from the 60's or 70's in the case! I think this one is pretty rare as I can't seem to 
find another one like it online.

I can't seem to find anything about the maker, Povy,  of these folksy bird bookends online. Unfortunately the one on the left is in need of some repair but it's not very noticeable and nothing a little glue won't fix!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Adventures in Teaching Art

I didn't really expect to be teaching art, it's never been in my plan, but when Neil and I were asked to for my daughter's new school I thought what the heck. I have Kindergarteners through 2nd graders and Neil has 3rd through 6th. I must stress that I have no educational training. Neil started to get his teaching certificate and did some student teaching so he was a little better prepared but I went in this almost completely blind. I only have five students and thought that it would be pretty easy but my daughter is nine now so it's been awhile since I've had to deal with younger children. I had forgotten about how little one's psyches work at this age and the lack of a prolonged attention span. It's really been a learning (and re-learning) experience for me as much as it has for them. So any-hoo, I thought I'd share some of the projects we've done so far! The first three are from my class and the last is Neil's. 

Our second week project was Spider Monkey Mobiles! The kids were learning about rain forests in class this week so I thought I'd tie it in with art class. I got this project from a book called Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Rainforests by Kathy Ross. This book had lots of great projects but I love monkeys so I had to do this one! One tip I have for this project if you are doing it with Kindergarteners would be to pre-cut your shapes. This cut down our time making them which was around an hour. I think if they had had to cut them they would have probably lost interest but this way they just had to assemble the pieces and then they could add unique touches like in the pic below the student decided to give her monkeys clothing!

For the third week we did cave art since the kids were learning about the beginnings of ancient history.
We first watched a virtual tour of the Lascaux caves in France (see here). Then we looked at cave and rock art from other cultures such as African, Aboriginal and Native American. Some of the kids got on a volcano kick while others liked to draw animals and symbols that they made up. 

This past week I grabbed our project from a book I have called How to Teach Art to Children. This book is great for teaching young children grades 1-6 about the 7 elements of art - line, shape, color, value, texture, form and space. It's filled with very easy to do projects and also worksheets. The first week of school we had done some line exercises so I thought I'd come back to that this week. The idea was to do line designs, each containing either vertical,  horizontal or diagonal lines but it kind of turned into a free for all and the kids just did whatever they wanted which was ok by me as long as they were engaged and content!

For Neil's first class he had them do aboriginal inspired (endangered) animals. He pre-cut the animal shapes for the students to decorate. He also brought in ground up pigments from rocks and clay he had made for them to use in addition to regular acrylic paint. 

All in all, I think our projects have been successful. Hopefully in the next couple weeks I will get this whole classroom management thing down! If you have any project suggests or teaching tips 
we'd love to hear them! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

T-Shirt Tuesday - Seattle Style!

I'm back from Seattle!  Since I didn't find an actual t-shirt for Andy on my trip, my selection comes from Seattle via etsy...

First off we have a tribute to Steve Wozniak by MightTees
If the irony is lost on you, then this shirt probably isn't for you.
MightTees t-shirts are printed with eco inks on part organic and part recycled fibers.

This t-shirt design was drawn by Karl Addison. Hand printed on 100% Organic Cotton, grown and using methods and materials that have a low impact on the earth. Ready more about Partybots here.

Lastly we have this Grasshopper T-shirt by Sam Hamrick of Fiddlebones.
Hamrick works primarily in the woodcut and linocut print mediums and has been making prints for over thirty years! Check out this interview with him here on Etsy Treasures blog.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dispatches from Seattle & The Schoolhouse Craft Conference

For some reason I've never really given much thought into Seattle. People have told me a little about it... that it's a great city but it's never had much of a draw for me. Most cities have something that it's known for and usually that something for Seattle is coffee and rain...not much of a tourist attraction. But after being here only a day this city has worked her understated charms on me. 

 Today's Schoolhouse Craft Conference did not disappoint. Everyone I've met has been so nice and we're all so eager to learn from one another! I can't wait for day two! I'm really tired and ready to conk out but I'd thought I'd share a few pics from today. I will be sure to share more details later on! 

Students make their own customized crafty name tags.

Schoolhouse Craft provided these lovely handmade journals by Ex Libris Anonymous

 Students in the Community Hall at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

 View of Green Lake from the top floor of the center.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Autumn SALE!

I'm marking down items! Check out the new Sale bin at the Horse & Hare Vintage Shop...many items have been marked down - housewares, jewelry, dresses, sweaters and accessories....and more to come! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

T-shirt Tuesday - Food & Drink Edition

I thought I'd step out of the realm of etsy this week and look around at some other online shops. The first two are from the well known threadless and the last is from society6. This was my first time really looking around Society6 and was pleasantly surprised by by what I found. The artwork is created by artists around the world and then produced by Society6. They do art prints, laptop skins, iphone cases and obviously t-shirts and hoodies.

So for this week's T-shirt Tuesday I went with a food theme which turned into a food with a face theme but I stayed away from meat because Andy is a vegetarian and also because cartoon meat with a face is kind of creepy. So without further ado....

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Prints!

Mr. Hare is keeping latin alive with this series of latin name prints! Just Added: Malus Domestica (apple) and Lumbricus Terrestris (earthworm). Available at Horse & Hare!

Sneak Peeks and Miscellany

Thistles are one of my favorite flowers.

Andy wore his Hug Life shirt to a recent Sup Club and Jen gave him the ol' one two to the gut.

Neil is still working on the screen printing. These are a a couple of Twains he printed on flowers he had painted awhile ago on canvas boards.

And I've been working on this portrait of Kim Gordon. It's appropriated from a photo by Autumn De Wilde seen here. It's not quite done yet.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Life's Little Surprises

This past week was a little crazy...much like this leprechaun sculpture I saw at a yard sale the other day.
I think it had something to do with the impending full moon which is tonight. But I digress, let's just say the week was filled with some surprises...a mis-set alarm on the first day of school, a willful child in my first art class, computer systems down at work...basically nothing went as planned but I also got a very big happy surprise too! I won a trip to Seattle to the School House Craft Conference!

I entered on a whim a couple weeks ago and lo and behold I actually won! I'm really excited about it. 
For those of you that know me or have been following the Horse & Hare blog over the past year, you know how I've been working to build up our etsy and freelance businesses. This conference is all about running creative small businesses focusing on craft, art and design. Some of the classes are - Organize your Business and Create Life Balance, Productivity for the Overwhelmed  (that's for me!), Blogging 101 and an etsy admin will be reviewing shops each day. See the complete class list here
Well, hopefully next week with the full moon come and gone the trip will go off without a hitch and I will be sure to set two alarms for my second first day of school of the year! Wish me luck! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Beach pics and sneak peeks!

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep 
and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

The young one and I got back from the beach (Rehobeth, Delaware) on Monday. It was nice to get away for a few days before the madness of back to school and autumn/winter projects ensue. This season the horse and hare will be especially busy. We are doing several new things - participating in a couple of holiday craft fairs, selling our work in another shop (details to come) and we're teaching art at our daughter's school! Also, we will be doing a little more traveling than we normally do which I am super excited about. So, with all these things in mind among numerous other things flying around my head, the transition from vacation mode to school/work mode has been difficult these past couple of days! But anyway...while we were away sunning, swimming and crabbing (for the first time) Neil was at home toiling away as usual. Here's a few things he's been up to...

Also, in case you didn't know...a good tote was hard to find until now! The Horse & Hare's first Flannery O'Connor tote bag is now available in our etsy shop!

Hopefully in the future we will be cranking these out in abundance but for now we are still learning and working out the kinks so this it for now! Get it while you can!