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All this week, craft enthusiasts have been celebrating American Craft Week. Whether you’re a hard-core preservationist or just want to learn how to knit some socks, there are still plenty of events to be enjoyed nationwide.

I’m hoping to stop by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, an American Craft Week participant, on my weekend camping trip to Gatlinburg, TN. If you can’t make it to an event, you have until Oct. 30, to enter the Why American Craft Is Important essay contest. The winner gets a $500 gift certificate to their favorite craft retailer or artist’s studio.

The New York gallery Relative Space is hosting an exhibit spotlighting cheeky, modern designs by our neighbors to the north. The boutique show From Quebec features 36 of Montreal’s most talented houseware, apparel and interior designers. Check out their deconstructed, yet totally playful, designs all this month.

And fans of neoclassical designer David Easton are flocking to Atlanta on Oct. 27, for an evening of design dish celebrating his new book Timeless Elegance: The Houses of David Easton. Mrs. Howard, the shop of stylist Phoebe Howard, is hosting the book signing. Visit her site to RSVP.

Innovations:

The textile designers at SensiTile Systems (possibly the coolest company ever) have taken mood lighting to a new level.

Their new line of PIXA slabs contain optic light channels embedded in concrete. I can finally recreate the light-up sidewalk scene from the Billie Jean music video.

Remember those famous three piggies with very different ideas on shelter reinforcement? Mother Goose didn’t know about the fourth little piggy. This little piggy discovered that wool and seaweed join forces to make the strongest, most non-toxic weather-resistant bricks. Take that, Big Bad Wolf.

Contests:

If you’re like me, you’ve got a couple of pairs of jeans hanging around that you never wear (or just can’t get in to anymore…sigh). Banish the dungaree blues by upcycling them into something ultra-cool. Fashion site Ecouterre has partnered with Gap for the Recycled Denim Challenge. Jean mixed-media art? Denim coasters? Enter your creation by Oct. 20, for a chance to win a $200 Gap gift card to use on some jeans that actually fit.

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3 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    How can I get my candles in a Friday Freebie…please post info on this so I can submit my info…thanks! I make and sell 100% natural soy candles and would love to give some gift baskets away for people to try them out!

  2. M Throne says:

    I personally only burn soybean based candles and have for many years now. They are much cleaner burning and cooler too. Clean up with soap and water. Once you burn these you wouldn't burn anything else. Kinder to the environment too.

    These are the best…
    http://www.soylights.com

  3. Merci pour ce joli blog. C’est tres bien.

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