If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while,
You know I’m nuts about crafting.
My standard line?
I’ve never met a craft I didn’t want to try.
I also love to see what others are doing and making.
I think hand crafted anything is pretty cool.
But since I moved to Charlotte,
I’ve been especially on the lookout for crafters & makers with aesthetics in line with mine.
It took me two years to find them.
When I stumbled across Jen & Katie of Modern Craft Collective,
I knew I’d finally found my local crafting kindred spirits.

In the Small Hands Big Art Studio

Jen & Katie are a source of arts and crafts knowledge & experience.
Print making.
Textiles.
Wood crafts.
String crafts.
Shibori dying.
Ceramic hand building.
Watercolors.
Alcohol inks.
I’m telling you… just name it & they have experience with it.
The best part?
THEY LOVE TO SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE…
…And they are darn good at it!
So when I heard they were offering a Christmas Craft Camp,
I made sure I joined the fun.

Their craft camp was a three hour extravaganza of “all you can make.”
Tables were set buffet style with six different projects to choose from.
My craft-loving heart started pounding the minute I saw all making possibilities.

Playing with Tooling Foil

I started by trying something totally new:
Tooling foil.
It was quick, easy fun with an interesting result.
Once I finished my design,
Katie tacked it into a wooden block
and even attached the picture hanger on the back.
What a treat to have her handle the mundane part of the project for me!

Never enough garland

Next I jumped over to the garland making station.
Can I just say…
There’s always room for one more garland.
(Smiley face)

Watching E set nails for string art

While I was hopping from craft to craft,
My boy tackled the most challenging project:
String art.

E and his reindeer

He drew his own design.
Set all the nails in place.
And then very carefully looped embroidery floss all around.

Struggling to set my nails straight

Once I saw E with the string art,
Of course, I had to try it too!
I plopped a Pinterest pic of  Christmas tree string art right on top of my slab of wood
and got hammering.
Handling all those little nails turned out to be a little tricky.
But I took my time and didn’t freak out over crooked nails.

My favorite take homes from MCC’s Craft Camp

And there it is.
Three hours of crafting fun.
Four completed projects to take home.
And a whole lot of new crafting inspiration.
A big thank you to Katie & Jen.
Modern Craft Collective is the best!