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October, 2013

Creating Wool Foxes for a Community of Little Readers


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Local teens + HANDMAKERY came together to create over 17 soft sculptures using reclaimed wools to give back to their community!  Each teen created a fox to live at the local library for children to read with, while visiting the library.  The process of hand-stitching these little woodland creatures took several weeks of LOVE + PATIENCE + DEDICATION + HARD WORK + HANDWORK + GIVING OF THE HEART  ♥.  Each fox is very unique and includes a photo of the artist + the name and personality of the fox!  Check these out at the local, NEW,  library!  {Photos of the process, foxes + delivery below.}

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Creative + Eco Friendly Lunch Design


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Must haves for creative and eco-friendly lunch design!  This is what we’re packing to head to the studio to create!  Love that it’s all beautiful + washable + eco-friendly!  Packing lunches = FUN!

1.  two+two chic reusable bags that are food-safe + eco-friendly and are locally based in Carbondale, Colorado.  Find them on-line, at the Aspen Saturday Market or in local shops!

2.  Stainless steel, stackable and easy to wash lunch containers with a convenient carrier system.

3.  To-Go Ware bamboo lunch utensils that include a set of chopsticks, fork, spoon, knife + a washable travel bag that clips onto your lunch box.

4.  Labels- Don’t forget to make creative + durable labels for your creative lunch wear so it will find its way back to your kitchen.  Create your own or head to Etsy!


Ami Maes

Founder + Creative Director

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Creating at Oktoberfest 2013 in Historic Downtown Carbondale | CO

HANDMAKERY: A Children’s Art Studio set in the outdoors of downtown!

It was a beautiful fall day that started out a little chilly but quickly warmed up as the sun began to shine in the Colorado, bluebird sky!  Art making began at 11 and didn’t end until well over 3PM as the children just kept coming downtown to create!  We had over 40+, little aspiring artists come to our art making/outdoor studio to create HARVEST CROWNS made of recycled cardboard + noodles + kid friendly paints in an array of festive fall colors + glitter to dazzle!  What a fabulous day of creative fun, set to the tunes of Polka + delicious Austrian food.  Lots of locals were out and about mingling.  Take a peek at our HANDMAKERY HARVEST CROWNS below!  A HUGE thank you to Carbondale Recreation Department for organizing this family fun event for the fall and keeping it FREE!  HANDMAKERY loved being part of Oktoberfest 2013!


HANDMAKERY HARVEST CROWN on one of our fabulous assistants!

Pictured below is a bit of what we captured when our hands weren’t full of glue, paint, glitter or tying aprons…our only wish is we could have captured even more!  Please view our entire photo collection of Oktoberfest 2013 in our HANDMAKERY GALLERY! (Continue Reading…)