Julia Green at Flying M and Twigs & Twist 

If you haven't been to Flying M to sip on a peppermint mocha and contemplate the vast chill of Jason Sievers' spacey stop-animation stills, here's some good news: There's still time. Sievers' show "Liner Notes," a collection of CD booklet inserts, stills from music videos and fuzzy Internet shorts is on display through the end of December.

But come January, things will change drastically. Julia Green, local Boise State illustration student and concert poster artist, will premiere her new show "Wild Wilderness." Green already has a few sketches for the show up on her blog at juliagreenillustration.blogspot.com, and the vibe seems to be Precious Moments meets the death of Bambi's mom. Her cartoonish illustrations of prancing acorns, regal owls and gasping trees speak to the majesty of the forest, all the while acknowledging the wild and unpredictable temperament of the natural environment. To check out either of these shows, head to Flying M Coffeehouse at 500 W. Idaho St.

If you're experiencing crafter's block, now is the time to bust out the rubber cement or dust off the sewing machine and reacquaint yourself with the wonder of handmade goods. All over the Treasure Valley, opportunities are popping up for craft-minded folks to learn new skills in the company of like-minded peers. In addition to craft classes offered at Puffy Mondaes in Nampa and workshops offered at Art Cellar off Broadway and Boise avenues, a new craft spot has recently sprung up.

Twigs and Twist, located next to Caledonia Fine Fabrics and Fuzz at the corner of River Street and Americana Boulevard, opened its doors on Dec. 3, with a weekend-long grand-opening bash. The space, which features local arts and crafts, reclaimed furniture and a sewing and crafting studio, has a few upcoming classes scheduled through the end of December.

On Wednesday, Dec. 23, from noon to 2 p.m., Twigs and Twist will offer a $10 class in which participants can create last-minute gifts--like an eyeglass repair kit or a patchwork scarf--from recycled wool. Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the store will host a $20 open studio during which crafters with minimal sewing experience can work on home decor projects like pillows or drapery. Sewing machines and basic tools will be provided, but materials won't be. For more information on Twigs and Twist, call 208-342-0600 or visit twigsandtwist.com.

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