Last night I had the pleasure of joining several other ladies for an owlcrafting workshop led by Nicole McGee. Nicole is one of my crafting role models. She is the creator of both Plenty Underfoot and Collective Upcycle, two businesses that use upcycling to create beautiful, original works of art. In addition to learning how to upcycle vinyl tile samples into adorable, wearable art, I was childishly excited to finally get to see Nicole's studio.
Here is Nicole's studio. I love how the pool noodles that made their debut at an installation at CMA's Solstice Party a few years back (and then graced the store front at last summer's Collective Upcycle) found a new home here as a festive curtain.
After some introductions and snacks, we were all ready to create our owls. Nicole had all of the supplies really well organized into separate containers for owl bodies, beaks, eyes and those little crests owls have on their foreheads. Crafters could assemble their owls from Nicole's pre-cut pieces, or cut their own embellishments.
Owl assembly was quick, easy and fun. Since we were using super glue, Nicole recommended we gather our pieces and lay them out first. This was important, because once a beak or eye was glued down it wasn't going anywhere. As we crafted, Nicole and her helper Devon were on hand to assist with glasses and nests, which some of the ladies opted to make.
Nicole is offering a second owlcrafting workshop next week, but it is already full. I hope that last night's success will inspire her to offer more workshops for different projects in the future.