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etsy in action: tiny art

I live in an incredibly small space. I love my studio apartment, and as studios go, it’s quite livable (separate kitchen, lots of light, enormous closet space). That being said, trying to maintain a small business and my daily life in the same limited space stretches the laws of physics and poses a decorating challenge. I never want to live without art, so I’ve learned to populate my home with small but effective art. Small pieces of sculpture cluster on my bookshelf and nestle in plants. Groupings of aceos and small prints hang on windowframes or lean on stacks of supply boxes. Magnets are one of my favorite tiny art forms, and I manage to find small magnetic surfaces all over my home to display a great graphic or a little piece of hilarity. Here are some of my favorite tiny art purchases from Etsy. Shops are listed below, with links.


A. Boleyn aceo on stretched canvas by stilettoheights
B. Good Luck ceramic bird by sproutstudio
C. Red Cross embroidery sampler by miniaturerhino
D. Always magnet by mincingmockingbird
E. Baby Jackelope by skunkboycreatures
F. Moss terrarium by TheOakLeaves
G. Ceramic magnet by CircaCeramics
H. Small wooden house sculpture with recycled tin dress cutout by shixie

*My original plan for this post was to take pictures of these pieces in my home, but it quickly became apparent that if I waited to have time for that, the post would never happen. Therefore, the “in action” part of this post is a little sketchy, but I promise my home really is decorated with all this tiny art!

friday. in which i entertain myself at the studio.


I spent several hours at the metal studio on Friday, practicing basic techniques on scrap metal pieces. I’m most interested in texture, so I did a lot of damage with a roll press, several hammers and stamps and a really beat up metal brush (I think I’ll bring my own next time…). And let’s confess, I annealed my copper unnecessarily at least twice because I just like torches and t
he pretty colors that the heat makes and that nifty snuffing sizzle that happens when you drop hot copper in water. Didn’t really come out with anything finished, but I did amuse myself by making two sets of matching copper tags that say grr on one, and argh on the other (I got carried away and added one too many r’s on grr. Extra fierce.). For those of you in the dark about why that’s funny, I venture to suggest that you may be watching the wrong tv shows.

Afterwards I went to Margie’s for an ice cream shake, because nothing’s better than metal studio followed by ice cream on a hot summer evening.