Crafted Westside Holiday Pop Up Shop

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With three arts and crafts festivals, a donation to a benefit, my artwork at Crafted Westside full time, and my actual full time job, teaching, I decided I didn’t have enough to do in the month of November. To help alleviate my boredom, and I think in a moment of madness on my part, I decided to jump on board with a pop up shop through Crafted Westside at the adorable Westside Provisions, next to J. Crew and behind Yeah! Burger.

The pop up shop will run this Friday, November 21st, through December 24th. It is an amazing opportunity to check out the talented artists at Crafted Westside, at a new location. Despite having moments of feeling overwhelmed, I am excited to be a part of the venture with Crafted. It will help the artists and store gain exposure, and provide yet another space for holiday shopping.

At the shop I will have items available both at the pop up shop and Crafted, as well as a few new additions only available at the pop up. Check out my pottery below, and don’t forget to check out the shop, located at 1100 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318.

Joe Mugs1 212x1024 Crafted Westside Holiday Pop Up ShopMy “joe” mugs will be at the pop up shop as well as Crafted Westside. At the pop up shop I will have them in blue and green, check out Crafted for a wider variety of glaze colors.

Decorative Bowl 568x1024 Crafted Westside Holiday Pop Up ShopI used to do playful patterns using underglaze, but set the techniques aside to try new things. I had an extra bowl laying around, and decided to try my hand at whimsical patterns once again. A few more additions in a similar style may be coming soon!

Hydrangea Bowl 325x1024 Crafted Westside Holiday Pop Up ShopI love decorating my larger, wheel thrown bowls with clay flowers. This bowl is covered in clay hydrangeas, and is glazed with beautiful blue/green and celadon glazes.

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My flower mugs will also be available at both Crafted and the pop up shop. A wider variety of color options are available at both!

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I am finally trying my hand at slip casting, and my first completed pieces are these wheel thrown bowls, decorated with slip cast pieces. Leaves, flowers, parts of squids, and jellyfish decorate the rims of these bright colored bowls

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In addition to my pottery, I will also have my matted letter prints available at both Crafted and the pop up. At only $15.00 each, they are an easy, personalized gift to grab.

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Art and Craft Fair: St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace

logo marketplace Art and Craft Fair: St. Pius X Holiday MarketplaceIt has been one busy month! I have yet another art and craft festival to share about. This is the third I have been involved in this month, and not quite the last one. I have enjoyed every minute of the arts and crafts festivals I have participated in. It has given me a taste of what it is like to be a working artist. And, I must say, I am liking it.

This Saturday, 11/22/14, is the St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace. This is another huge festival, the perfect place to get a head start on your holiday shopping. This is the 21st annual Holiday Marketplace, and with over 160 vendors, a raffle, and bake sale, this is an Atlanta event you have to check out. It costs just $3.00 to get in the door to check out all the amazing booths. The $3.00 also provides a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win a handmade item from one of the 160 items donated to the raffle, and all proceeds go towards the St. Pius X scholarship fund.

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My dove silhouette encaustic is one of the many items you could win in the raffle.

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I can’t wait to start setting up this Friday, and I have a wide variety of items and prices to offer. My display has held up well through all of the events this month, and I am looking forward to putting it to good use once again.

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growth of a tree Art and Craft Fair: St. Pius X Holiday MarketplaceI will have a variety of sizes available of my mixed media encaustic works of art. They range in size from 24″x 24″ to 6″x 6″. Prices range from $650.00-$25.00.

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I have just completed another set of my three mixed media birch tree encaustics. They look beautiful hanging next to each other, with the background moving from dark to light, or sold separately. They each measure 12″x 12″ and are available for $100.00 each.

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I will also have my encaustic letters as well as matted letter prints. These are easy to grab and give as personalized gifts to a friend or family member. The encaustic letters measure 6″x 6″ and are $25.00 each. The prints are 6″x 6″ and are matted in white 8″x 10″ or 8″ x 8″ mats, and are only $10.00 each.

Come check out the 21st St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace! Get additional information and directions here.

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Fused Glass Plates: Backyard Chicken Decor

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I very rarely make art for myself. Typically, I will put together pieces for gifts, commissions, or they are immediately added to my Etsy shops after their creation. When I began dabbling in the world of fused glass, it was no different. Everything I make goes straight to Crafted Westside, or my Sweet Celadon store. One day, while developing a fused glass lesson for my 3D II class, I decided it was time to be selfish. I was going to make a set of chicken plates all for me.

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While touring the annual Stacks Artist and Loft tour in Cabbagetown, Atlanta, GA, I discovered a stained and fused glass artist, Susan McCracken. She had amazing fused glass plates of fish, foxes, and other animal assortments. You could see thin lines where she pieced the background around the forms, to create a two layer fused piece. Immediately, the wheels began turning in my head, and I decided to make a lesson out of it.

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I began experimenting with the process of cutting the background around the object, by making a rooster plate. It was inspired by my then rooster, Richard Parker, a Rhode Island Red. He has since found a new home, with a lot more land and hens. If you look closely, you can see the thin lines that mark the cut lines.

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After success with my rooster plate, I decided to make a plate for each of my chickens. It was a great way to hone my glass fusing skills and decorate my home. After completing Richard Parker, I took on Amy. I bought a sheet of glass with a mix of oranges and yellows, to match her Buff Orpington colors as close as possible.

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After Amy was complete, I began on Thackary Binks, my Barred Rock. I love her black and white patterning, and I found the perfect glass pattern to mimic it. This plate is my favorite out of the set. I love the movement of the chicken bending over, the pattern turned out just right, and she has so much character (in real life and in the plate).

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I waited as long as possible to take on Wendall, my Ameraucana. She has the most complicated patterning out of all three chickens, and it took a bit of planning before I could get started. I carefully cut small black triangles, for her black neck, tail, and wing feathers, and intermixed them with orange and the mottled orange glass. While I struggled to piece everything together, I was happy with the end result. I think she looks the least chicken-like of all three plates, but this is my Mom’s favorite of the set, which makes me feel better about the end result.

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The Wendall plate has the most obvious cut lines showing.

So far, I have taught the glass fusing and piecing lesson two times. Both times the students have been very pleased with the end result. They have created a range of designs from elephants, to sailboats, to under the sea scenes. My students love the glass fusing process, and I hope to continue to include it in my lesson plans in the future. Check out my glass fusing set up and lesson plan here.

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Arts and Craft Fair: Whimsical Wares in Marietta, GA

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It is time for art and craft fair number two, at the annual Whimsical Wares show in Marietta, GA. Over the summer, Debbie, one of the co-founders of the show, reached out to me about including me in their 18th Whimsical Ware show. I loved her enthusiasm, the setup sounded easy, and a portion of the sales is donated to CURE Childhood Cancer. How could I say no.

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I quickly decided I would commit to the show, and began putting together a variety of fused glass and encaustic pieces to display. Despite being sandwiched between two shows I was already committed to, I decided I could make this fit into my schedule as well. One of the main reasons I was able to commit, was because of the low commitment required of the artists. I am excited to attend the artist meet and greet on Thursday 11/14/14, from 6-9, but am glad Debbie, Helaine, and other volunteers are taking care of the rest.

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This past Sunday, I set up my items, and headed home. The show opens today 11/12/14 (from 9-5) and runs through Sunday 11/16/14. I am not required to be present for any part of it, and in return, they get a percentage of all sales. It gave me time to prep for my next show, at St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace on 11/22/14, and regain some energy after a very busy beginning of the month. Last weekend was spent at the Marist Holiday Traditions festival, which was a huge success. However, I am in need of a weekend at home, and am thrilled I can participate in another event, while being able to do that.

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I have a wide variety of items, and prices, at the Whimsical Wares festival. I have fused glass plates, bowls, and slumped bottles that range in price from $8.00-$48.00. I also have mixed media, encaustic paintings that range in price from $50.00-$650.00. One of the newer items have I begun offering are matted prints of my mixed media, encaustic letters, at only $15.00 each.

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I have enjoyed putting together all of my fused glass pieces. I have nest designs on bright colored backgrounds, birch tree plates, and geometric designs. I am also in love with the slumped, antique coke bottles, which are perfect for spoon rests.

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My 6″x6″ encaustic paintings were one of the most popular items at the Marist Holiday Traditions show. I love seeing people connect with the different imagery, tying a memory or special moment to the various objects.

IMG 1791 1024x594 Arts and Craft Fair: Whimsical Wares in Marietta, GAMy backyard chickens are an endless source of inspiration for my artwork, and I can’t seem to keep my chicken paintings in stock. These are the latest chicken themed paintings I have completed. Real chicken feathers are encased in layers of wax, with oil painted chickens on top. These both measure 12″x12″.

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The Whimsical Wares show is currently open in an adorable retail space at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Paper Mill Road, in Marietta, GA. Check it out, take care of some holiday shopping, and help CURE Childhood Cancer buy making a purchase.

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Giveaway & Review: Customizable Stamp via Stampanda

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With my many craft fairs on the horizon, I had been on the lookout for an affordable stamp company to order a customized stamp from. For two out of the three craft fairs I’m participating in, I have to provide my own display, transaction tools, and packaging. I have been on a long journey to brand myself and appear to be a professional artist crafter (although the majority of the time I am going through trials and errors, running around like a crazy person). To come across as professional, and put together, I wanted my packaging to reflect my brand. I love the look of the brown, recycled bags, and wanted to personalize them with a Sweet Celadon or Whitney Panetta themed stamp. Shortly after my search began, I was contacted by a stamp company, called Stampanda, about reviewing one of their products. It couldn’t have been better timing, and they offered customized options. The deal was sweetened even further when they agreed to pair the review with a giveaway for my readers.

Stampanda is an online website, based out of Florida, that offers a range of stamp products from kitchen themed to bridal. Their website is easy to navigate, and offers beautiful product pictures to tempt you the entire way. They boast high quality products, made by hand, in the USA, at a very speedy rate.

They have a variety of shapes and styles to their stamps. You can find girly swirls and flowers, as well as trendy, and quirky, mustache and bird themes. You can buy stamps for your envelopes, to claim books, thank you cards, save the dates, kitchen tags, and anything else you want to stamp. They also have a wide variety of inks and stamp holders to choose from. You can go more traditional, with the separate ink and wood handled stamp, or go modern with an all in one, self inking stamp.

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With every design, you have customizable options. You can choose a design that allows you to edit a single line, to keep it simple, or 3 or more lines, to include more information. I was on the hunt for something a little different. I needed a design that represented my brand, as well as a size that would show up well on a bag. I tried out multiple designs before settling on my little bee.

This design allowed me to add 4 different lines of text, which was perfect. I added my shop name, “Sweet Celadon”, at the top of the circle, and “by Whitney Panetta”, at the bottom of the circle. I really wanted to include my tagline, “perfection is overrated, buy handmade,” but couldn’t find a way to fit it. I eventually decided simply having, “perfection is overrated,” was enough to get my point across. I wasn’t sure what to add to the final line, until my hub suggestion I include our zip code. It was a sneaky way of saying, made in Georgia. It was perfect.

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By the time my transaction was complete, and my stamp was in my hand, I decided Stampanda could stand up to all of their claims. My order was processed quickly, and arrived less than a week later. The stamp was very high quality, and exactly what I was hoping for. I am so excited to finally have my own stamp to personalize my bags. This stamp will be put to good use, and will hopefully be used a lot in the coming holiday months.

If you live in the state of Georgia, or Atlanta area, come see my beautiful stamped bags for yourself. The Marist Holiday Traditions art and craft fair is this Saturday, 11/8/14, the Marietta Whimsical Wares is next Wednesday 11/12/14-Sunday 1116/14, and the St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace is Saturday, 11/23.

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You could win your own, fully customizable stamp, by following a few steps and commenting below. To enter, visit Stampanda and check out their products, then like their facebook page here. Comment below with the name you liked their facebook page under. To get a second entry, visit my facebook page here, like it, then comment (in a separate comment) below with the name you liked my page under. For a third entry, follow one of my Etsy shops, Whitney Panetta or Sweet Celadon, and comment below (in a separate comment) with a link to your favorite product.

The winner will be randomly selected using the plugin, “And the Winner Is…”, next Friday 11/14/14. The winner will be e-mailed, and will have 24 hours to confirm. Once they confirm, I will send over their coupon code for their free custom stamp. If the winner does not respond in 24 hours, a new winner will be selected. Good luck!

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