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This year I was seeing my immediate family on my mother’s birthday and my husband’s aunt’s birthday. Both in early October. I decided to let bring presents not only for them, but also for a young niece and nephew how have birthdays in August and September. Plus Christmas presents for all the nieces and nephews. Phew that was a lot of gift giving sewing! Luckily everything was small and did not take up much room in the luggage.

Birthday presents:

For my niece I made her a hedgehog from a Jo Carter pattern as seen in Simply Sewing (UK sewing magazine I love). Like I stated in my last post, I don’t usually follow patterns for stuffed animals. But these are really some whimsical super cute stuffed animals.

sadie and hedgehog

My niece and her hedgehog. Plus bow in her hair!

For my nephew I made a triangle with letters on it. He immediately grabbed it and ran off with it. Perfect size. Now if he wasn’t so quick I could have got some more pictures of him with it.

Evan and triangle

My nephew, still holding onto his triangle! 

For both my mom and aunt I created their own potholder/hot plate trivet out of fabric. I also cut out and sewed an individual design to each. For my mother I made a simple heart that I used a wide blanket stitch to attach to the top of it. For our aunt I drew a dove, used a little bit of fabric marker to outline a branch it was holding and hand stitched it onto the top. This took some time. I drew my design out of paper first and used that as a pattern piece to cut out the fabric. Then trimmed the fabric as needed.

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Front side of potholder. Dove cut out. 

Christmas presents:

Two nephews equal two double bow ties that match! If the family every is able to coordinate then I will imagine both of them wearing their bow ties the same time. I won’t hold my breath through.

For my nieces. The little one got hair bows that match the bow ties. She immediately took them apart. I fixed them, but she is in the take apart stage so these may need some fixing again when I next visit them. The older one got a little bag I constructed out of interior design fabric. She likes dark colors so I made it black/auburn and dark purple. It can be used quite literally for anything. I think she will find use for it. I know I have for each little bag I’ve made myself!

I’ll have to work on getting some pictures of these things. Seems I was in such a hurry making I didn’t document! That happens with most of my creations. I make them and pass them onto others without ever taking any images. Haven’t we all though : )

Now I just have two more birthdays and three more Christmas plus Hanukkah presents to make for 2017! Better get back to my sewing machine!

 

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I sold a double potholder I custom made for a friend and ever since I’ve been meaning to make one for my husband. I had to adjust the sizes for larger hands and some how manage to use up the scraps (I mean remnants!). I had a personal goal of not buying anything new for this project. I managed it! Used three different colors of seam binding to add some slight detail. He loves it. He even got it dirty already, which is a sign of a good cook. We took some pictures of it this weekend so I could share with you all. Adjusting sizes (or grading in pattern making terms) is really easy. The only challenge was doing it with remnants. Would of not been to difficult to match up different pieces, but I only had this blue terry cloth and was determined to use the largest pieces I could get out of it.

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Started the new year with an easy project that was more exciting then I knew. All I took to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market were foam cubes donated to reDiscover Center and sharpies. I knew the permanent markers would be exciting. Many children are not allowed to use them at home because they are not easy to clean up. But in an outdoor environment with an exciting target no one seemed to draw on anything but their cubes. And the cubes! The children drew everything from faces to animals and outdoor scenes to Minecraft characters.

Richard Heaven making his foam friendSetting up the cubesRichard's foam friendFoam Friends PyramidListening to instructions  First of the foam friends Foam drawing Foam Queen Double friends The boys loved the foam too The beginning Lots of concentration Richard helping out Foam princesses MineCraft corner Cube games  Even little ones got into it Serious study Great friendsOwls and fruit Owl Non-stop fun MineCraft! Foam world

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What do you need to entertain children for a couple of hours? Pipe cleaners and scissors. That is all I brought to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market to use for craft making at the reDiscover Center‘s booth in December. That and my fantastic assistant Richard Heaven. The both of us entertained and encouraged children of all ages to create their own holiday decorations out of pipe cleaners.

Here are some fun images from the day.

Candy Canes Pipe Cleaner Bracelets Bracelet making Pipe Cleaner Hat Decoration making Snowman making Instruction Pipe Cleaner Glasses Pipe Cleaner Fun

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Yarn-O-Polis is on view now at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles until mid January 2015. Eight columns were covered by several yards of yarn. Two of which are artistic doilies created by me. So stop by for some food (fantastic tacos, burritos, oysters, beverages, pizza, everything you can think of plus a great outdoor seating Texas BBQ bar next door) and view the great Yarn-O-Polis by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.

doilies doilies and i

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After several weeks of clearance I was finally able to began teaching my first class as an Art Therapist for Elizabeth’s Canvas at Harbor UCLA in Torrance, CA on October 30, 2014. I work in the children’s playroom for out-patient children. I have them create their own Artist Trading Card(s). Here are images from my first three classes. It was loads of fun and I look forward to working more with the children there.

EC18 EC17 EC16 EC15 EC14 EC13 EC12 EC11 EC10 EC9 EC8 EC7 EC6 EC5 EC4 EC3 EC2 EC1

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Luckily it was not a blustery day on the first Sunday of November. I brought many scraps of tissue and wrapping paper, empty containers, glue sticks, scissors and markers to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market for my arts & crafts booth for reDiscover Center. I was a bit late that day because I had been asked to be in a video about being an artist and reDiscover Center. It is a short three minute video for Santa Monica local television. An honor to be asked. I love talking about art and reuse. Although I may have been nervous and flubbed what I said, however they edit it down it will be fun… or funny…. or both. ha ha

So when I got to the market there were all sorts of activities in progress. Two parades, one for Day of the Dead and one Native American inspired. The second group danced in front of my booth which brought even more people over. Lots of containers were turned into baskets.

Music & MarkersCuttingPlacing the handleMore GluingGluingDone with snowflakesGreen containerCreatingPurple containerMakingCarolyn helpingPink & Green container Dinosaur container More cuttingGreen container

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For the month of October I worked one extra Sunday at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market. The two weeks before I worked at creating tiny witch hats out of felt and hot glue. Many finger burns later (luckily hot glue doesn’t burn just the surprise of touching the hot part of the glue gun hurts for a second) there were about 50 hats created. Thank you Mary Beth, Director at reDiscover Center  for helping cut some out! Needless to say with 250 pumpkins 50 hats were used up quickly leaving others to create their own versions. It was impressive what the children came up with. Thanks to my friend Carolyn for volunteering her time and helping at the tables. Many many thanks to Richard Heaven for being my awesome assistant for the day and taking most of the pictures!

Pumpkin Decorating CousinsDecorator princesses Smiles Crowd Action Lots of Pumpkins! Ideas Artist Done Perfect  Pumpkin ears Maker fun Scary! Perfecting Decorated Amy & Carolyn Richard and Amy

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A group of girl scouts from Redondo Beach came to the reDiscover Center and created their own mini forests. I read The Tin Forest to them and then they each created their own version of the forest.

Working together Sharing ideas Gluing1st finished project Posing nicelyPlayful poseBeing silly

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The first Sunday of October brought super heroes, flying princesses, caped crusaders and other protectors of humans to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market! Starting from the reDiscover Center‘s booth for the Big Draw LA and running throughout the market were children of all ages clad in their own drawings freshly done and worn as capes! It was so much fun a few children came flying back with friends to make capes for them. Some came just over with excited parents asking if this was were they could make capes. It was a special day as I had my lovely assistant Richard Heaven by my side photographing and assisting the super children!

MVFMMarker drumsSuper CapesCape beginning Cape on!Super action Cape admiring Cape adjustmentsTake off! Super hero!Team effortCape Creating Finished CapeWires!

 

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