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Started the new year with an easy project that was more exciting then I knew. All I took to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market were foam cubes donated to reDiscover Center and sharpies. I knew the permanent markers would be exciting. Many children are not allowed to use them at home because they are not easy to clean up. But in an outdoor environment with an exciting target no one seemed to draw on anything but their cubes. And the cubes! The children drew everything from faces to animals and outdoor scenes to Minecraft characters.

Richard Heaven making his foam friendSetting up the cubesRichard's foam friendFoam Friends PyramidListening to instructions  First of the foam friends Foam drawing Foam Queen Double friends The boys loved the foam too The beginning Lots of concentration Richard helping out Foam princesses MineCraft corner Cube games  Even little ones got into it Serious study Great friendsOwls and fruit Owl Non-stop fun MineCraft! Foam world

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What do you need to entertain children for a couple of hours? Pipe cleaners and scissors. That is all I brought to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market to use for craft making at the reDiscover Center‘s booth in December. That and my fantastic assistant Richard Heaven. The both of us entertained and encouraged children of all ages to create their own holiday decorations out of pipe cleaners.

Here are some fun images from the day.

Candy Canes Pipe Cleaner Bracelets Bracelet making Pipe Cleaner Hat Decoration making Snowman making Instruction Pipe Cleaner Glasses Pipe Cleaner Fun

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Luckily it was not a blustery day on the first Sunday of November. I brought many scraps of tissue and wrapping paper, empty containers, glue sticks, scissors and markers to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market for my arts & crafts booth for reDiscover Center. I was a bit late that day because I had been asked to be in a video about being an artist and reDiscover Center. It is a short three minute video for Santa Monica local television. An honor to be asked. I love talking about art and reuse. Although I may have been nervous and flubbed what I said, however they edit it down it will be fun… or funny…. or both. ha ha

So when I got to the market there were all sorts of activities in progress. Two parades, one for Day of the Dead and one Native American inspired. The second group danced in front of my booth which brought even more people over. Lots of containers were turned into baskets.

Music & MarkersCuttingPlacing the handleMore GluingGluingDone with snowflakesGreen containerCreatingPurple containerMakingCarolyn helpingPink & Green container Dinosaur container More cuttingGreen container

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For the month of October I worked one extra Sunday at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market. The two weeks before I worked at creating tiny witch hats out of felt and hot glue. Many finger burns later (luckily hot glue doesn’t burn just the surprise of touching the hot part of the glue gun hurts for a second) there were about 50 hats created. Thank you Mary Beth, Director at reDiscover Center  for helping cut some out! Needless to say with 250 pumpkins 50 hats were used up quickly leaving others to create their own versions. It was impressive what the children came up with. Thanks to my friend Carolyn for volunteering her time and helping at the tables. Many many thanks to Richard Heaven for being my awesome assistant for the day and taking most of the pictures!

Pumpkin Decorating CousinsDecorator princesses Smiles Crowd Action Lots of Pumpkins! Ideas Artist Done Perfect  Pumpkin ears Maker fun Scary! Perfecting Decorated Amy & Carolyn Richard and Amy

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A group of girl scouts from Redondo Beach came to the reDiscover Center and created their own mini forests. I read The Tin Forest to them and then they each created their own version of the forest.

Working together Sharing ideas Gluing1st finished project Posing nicelyPlayful poseBeing silly

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The first Sunday of October brought super heroes, flying princesses, caped crusaders and other protectors of humans to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market! Starting from the reDiscover Center‘s booth for the Big Draw LA and running throughout the market were children of all ages clad in their own drawings freshly done and worn as capes! It was so much fun a few children came flying back with friends to make capes for them. Some came just over with excited parents asking if this was were they could make capes. It was a special day as I had my lovely assistant Richard Heaven by my side photographing and assisting the super children!

MVFMMarker drumsSuper CapesCape beginning Cape on!Super action Cape admiring Cape adjustmentsTake off! Super hero!Team effortCape Creating Finished CapeWires!

 

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On Saturday, September 13 I taught an intimate sewing class for Trade School LA at reDiscover Center. We went over invisible and visible mending. We hemmed skirts, sewed on buttons, practiced hand stitches, and even set up the foundation to machine sew our own reusable t-shirt bags! I will definitely be teaching this class again. Keep posted for dates. And feel free to let me know what you would like to learn and/or review.

There was a male sewing student, facilitator and photographer (we were all busy sewing that I forgot to take a picture of Richard!). All images by Richard Heaven.

Sewing hemsButtonsSample timesDiscussing suppliesCatch stitch learning Practicing3 catch stitches Richard's button done!

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