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08/06/2009

Art from the ♥

 Artist: Alicia Edwards

I believe in giving back. While I don’t currently have an on-going philanthropy I support, I am always looking for new ways to lend a hand with my art.  Last summer, I saw a call for artists to participate in a collaborative art doll project.  As art dolls are not my thing, I almost disregarded it.  But they were looking for charms, and I was in “charm mode!”  When I saw that Ties That Bind was to benefit cancer research, the deal was sealed. My contribution was a charm made from guitar picks and vintage costume jewelry.

When in Doubt, Sing Loud charm

When in Doubt, Sing Loud charm

Now completed, the doll is made entirely of handmade charms and embellished men’s dress neckties.  It will be raffled with proceeds going to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).  I feel honored to have participated in this project, and it had a great impact on me.  I experienced a real connection with other artists, and the excitement really fed off itself.  Some participants were cancer survivors themselves, and to read their stories and experience their positive attitudes was a reminder for me to slow down and appreciate things.

Hip or Square Glass Pendant in Red, Yellow and Orange

Hip or Square Glass Pendant in Red, Yellow and Orange

I also facilitate an online art journaling project called BookMooch Journals that operates within the framework of BookMooch.com, the book trading web site.  More than 500 journals have been released and sent to other journalers who continue to add their art and, in turn, pass them along. This has been a very wild ride, as I never know what treasures await me in the mailbox. Documenting this project fuels my passion to create.

Hip or Square Fused Glass Plate

Hip or Square Fused Glass Plate

 My job by day as a telecommunications consultant is very black and white with no gray areas, and  I must color inside the lines.  I think that this is part of the inspiration for my art to favor bright colors.  Alicia’s Colors features fused glass, altered art and mosaics.

Red and Black Mosaic Mirror

Red and Black Mosaic Mirror

With an online shop and online art journaling project, I’m excited to also be doing something locally in my hometown of Marietta, GA. The Strand Theatre, an integral part of the history of the city, has been re-opened.  I am thrilled to be able to support their Developing Education Program by donating a marble gazing ball to the silent auction.

Marble Gazing Ball

Marble Gazing Ball

Blog: http://aliciascolors.com/

Facebook Business Page http://bit.ly/53Cae

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06/29/2009

Monday Morning Musings

Historic Ballparks American Baseball by geministudio

Historic Ballparks American Baseball by geministudio

My dad was a big baseball fan and use to take us to night games at Comiskey Park in Chicago.  We lived on the north side of the city, so by all rights, we should have been Cubs fans.  Anyone who knows anything about Chicago knows that northsiders root for the Cubs, and southsiders root for the White Sox!  There was only one problem – the Cubs did not play night games at Wrigley Field.  Sooooo, we would drive across the city to Mama Batt’s Restaurant on Michigan Avenue and Cermak Road where we would have a delicious early dinner.  Then we would all pack into the restaurant bus and be driven to the ballpark.  (I think that I was out of college before I attended my first Cubs game.)

So, it should come as no surprise that I begin our America’s pastime journey with a tribute to the White Sox and the Cubs.  According to Alvin Dark, former shortstop and major league manager, “Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs.  That’s baseball as it should be played – in God’s own sunshine.  And that’s really living.”

eileenheneghan designed this Chicago Cubs bracelet that comes with a matching set of sterling silver earrings.

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Chicago Cubs Bracelet with Matching Sterling Earrings

These White Sox earrings by everydayelegant08 are great for “opening day or any other day that they play.”

Chicago White Sox Black Onyx Take Me Out to the Ballgame Earrings

Chicago White Sox Black Onyx Take Me Out to the Ballgame Earrings

And you can proclaim your team spirit in this pair of hoop earrings by lindab142.

White Sox Hoop Earrings

White Sox Hoop Earrings

What better way to support the home team than by dressing your favorite pooch in baseball gear.  Here is a Red Sox dog coat by sewwer52.

Red Sox Dog Coat

Red Sox Dog Coat

I am almost certain that any birds flying by this fabulous NY Yankees birdhouse by birdhouseaccents would be more than confident to stop for the night – kind of like driving on the Interstate and spotting a sign for a Hampton Inn.  You know that you will always find a comfortable bed with great pillows.

New York Yankees Bird House

New York Yankees Bird House

Boys of summer – meet girls of OMG.  I guess they were serious when they said that a picture  is worth 1,000 words…

L.A. Dodgers Panty by woopsydaisies

L.A. Dodgers Panty by woopsydaisies

Minnesota Twins Wedding Garter Set

Minnesota Twins Wedding Garter Set by GartersByKristi

If you are suddenly feeling a bit underdressed, try on one of these sassy, classy women’s baseball caps by ifthehatfitsbyjackie.

Rouge Sur Le Rouge

Rouge Sur Le Rouge

Chocolat Sur Le Chocolat

Chocolat Sur Le Chocolat

What would a baseball blog be without a – you guessed it – a baseball SOCK MONKEY!

Rockford Red Heel Sock Monkey from the sockmonkeystore

Rockford Red Heel Sock Monkey from the sockmonkeystore

Hopefully, I have whet your appetite for the American pastime.  Now, how about joining me in the REAL American pastime, and let’s go shopping – do you want me to drive?

06/18/2009

Art from the ♥

Filed under: Art From the Heart — foxygknits @ 12:10 am
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Artist: Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri
Herd of One-Year-Old Baby Elephant Orphans

Herd of One-Year-Old Baby Elephant Orphans

Elephants have been my favorite animal since I was a little girl. They are highly intelligent, very social animals.  My fiancé is from Kenya, and when we went to visit his family last December, he took me to Daphne Sheldrick’s for my birthday. I got to see what amazing work they are doing, and I challenge anyone to watch one and two-year-old elephants playing in the mud and not fall in love! My goal is to raise enough money through my shops to be able to sponsor an orphan.

Cuddling Baby Elephants

Cuddling Baby Elephants

The David Sheldrick Wild Life Trust, popularly known as “Daphne Sheldrick’s,” is run Daphne, but officially named in honor of her late husband. Daphne Sheldrick’s is an orphanage for wild elephants and rhinoceroses in Kenya. They rescue the baby animals (mostly elephants but a few rhinos as well), bottle-feed them, raise them, and when they are old enough, reintegrate them into the wild. They also do a lot of work with communities about the importance of wildlife conservation.

Baby Elephant in Kenya

Baby Elephant in Kenya

Purple Elephant Beret

Purple Elephant Beret

In Elephunk’s Trunk I design and sew accessories, primarily hats, but also ribbon choker/headbands, pouches and coin purses and fascinators. I enjoy working with fun and different fabrics and enjoy upcycling fabrics from old saris or clothes I have laying around. Fifty percent of all sales in Elephunks Orphans go to help rehabilitate orphaned elephants in Kenya, and all of the items have elephants on them – elephants benefiting elephants!

Pink and Black Brocade Cocktail Hat

Pink and Black Brocade Cocktail Hat

In Elephunk’s Eyes, I sell photography prints and greeting cards, primarily of wildlife and nature scenes. The photographs are from all the places I have explored – including India, Kenya and my own backyard.  The Elephunk’s Orphans section contains photographs and cards with pictures of the baby elephants at Daphne Sheldrick’s.  Again, fifty percent of all sales in Elephunk’s Orphans go to help rehabilitate orphaned elephants in Kenya.  To date,  I have raised $21.50 for the Trust.

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

When Celeste isn’t designing, sewing or photographing, she is working on her PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University. Right now, she is still in course work, but plans to write her dissertation on Gender-based Violence, Human Rights, and the Myth of American Exceptionalism. She is very interested in the ways in which violence against women gets framed and talked about differently when it happens in the United States versus when it happens in other parts of the world.  She also work part time (full time in the summer) for the Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) Project at Emory University where she helps organize conferences, maintains the FLT website and does research assistant work for Professor Martha Fineman.

06/06/2009

A POST-it Note

On May 28, Art from the ♥ featured Seedlings: Jewelry Because, where twenty percent of all sales benefit Heifer International on a monthly basis.  Thanks to everyone who purchased in May, Seedlings Jewelry was able to buy a beehive plus add a little more to their Team Heifer goal!

06/04/2009

Art from the ♥

Artist: Brandy Christian

Etsy Shop: www.sewcuteshop.etsy.com

Blog: www.sewcuteshop.typepad.com

Brandy_avatarI started sewing last year and fell in love. My grandmother taught me “old school,” and I take my time and do finishing by hand. All my items are handmade and sent out with a smile guarantee.  

Amy Butler Frenchy Shoulder Bag
Amy Butler Frenchy Shoulder Bag

Earlier this year, my sewing took on a whole new meaning/mission when Riley, my best friend Teresa’s son, was diagnosed with adrenoleuokodystrophy (ALD).  If you have ever seen the movie Lorenzo’s Oil, you are familiar with this disease.

 From about.com (written by Mary Kugler, R.N.): The 1992 movie “Lorenzo’s Oil” brought a rare disorder called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) to the world’s attention. It is a progressive degenerative myelin disorder, meaning that myelin, the “insulation” around nerves, breaks down over time. Without myelin, nerves can’t function normally or at all. Unfortunately, the body can’t grow replacement myelin, so the disorder is progressive — it gets worse over time.

 There are several forms that ALD can take. The most devastating type, what Lorenzo Odone had, is the childhood cerebral form, meaning that nerves in the brain are destroyed. About 35 to 40 percent of all cases of ALD are this type, which usually appears between 4 and 8 years of age in boys. These boys will usually become totally disabled in six months to two years and die sometime after.

Unfortunately, there is as yet no complete cure for cerebral ALD. However, there are several methods being tried that seem to slow down the destruction of the disease. One method is the use of “Lorenzo’s Oil,” made from olive and rapeseed oil, and a very low-fat diet. The oil, if started early in boys with ALD but no symptoms, is now known to have some benefit in preventing the childhood cerebral form of adrenoleukodystrophy. Researchers are still trying to understand the complex relationships among fats in the body, and how Lorenzo’s oil could be further modified to be more effective.

Brandy and Riley at Duke University Medical Center

Brandy and Riley at Duke University Medical Center

A second treatment for cerebral ALD is bone marrow transplant. The idea is to replace cells that have a defective ALD gene with cells that have a normal ALD gene and will break down fats.  In early March, Teresa, Joel and Riley (teamgreene) were sent to Duke University Hospital for Riley to begin a healing process with the assistance of a bone marrow transplant. To date, Riley has been isolated from the outside world for more than 50 days.

For as long as Riley is in the hospital, all proceeds from the SewCute Shop will be donated to help teamgreene with medical and living expenses.  SewCute features handmade sewn items, including purses, blankets, aprons, camera strap covers, kitchen towels and little man onesies. Thank you in advance for any purchase you make from SewCute Shop – it is going to a SewGood Cause.

Amy Butler Apron

Amy Butler Apron

Little Man Tee and Onesie

Little Man Tee and Onesie

Michael Miller Pillowcase Dress

Michael Miller Pillowcase Dress

Visit www.carepages.com/carepages/teamgreene for more information on Teresa, Joel and Riley

Riley’s Page on The Christian’s family blog: http://bit.ly/9HOyh

Facebook: Joseph Riley Greene ALD Contribution Fund Page: http://bit.ly/KFq3y

 For more information on ALD: Stop ALD Foundation:  http://stopald.com/

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/adrenoleukodystrophy/adrenoleukodystrophy.htm

05/28/2009

Art from the ♥

Artist: Sharon Paradiso

Company Name:  Seedlings: Jewelry Because.

Etsy website: www.seedlingsjewelry.etsy.com 

Peas and Carrots Earrings

Peas and Carrot Earrings

A friend recently asked me, “What does because mean in your company name.” The meaning is two-fold.  First and foremost, I want what I make to be natural and easy…something you can wear any time “just because.”  The second meaning has to do with why I give a portion of sales to Heifer International.  Although I feel strange getting paid for doing something I love, I don’t feel strange turning that into sustainable resources and education for a community.

Ghana Sky Earrings

Ghana Sky Earrings

The mission of Heifer International is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.  For more than 60 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income.  Since 1944, they have helped 48 million people through training in livestock development and livestock gifts that multiply. Heifer currently works in more than 57 countries, including the U.S. 

Every gift of an animal provides direct benefits such as milk, eggs, wool and fertilizer, as well as indirect benefits that increase family incomes for better housing, nutrition, health care and school fees for children. Recipients “pass on the gift” of offspring of their cows, goats and other livestock to others in an ever-widening circle of hope.

Sharon explained how she came to support Heifer International:  My first encounter with Heifer International was Christmas several years ago when my sister purchased a portion of a heifer as a gift in my name. The next Christmas she gifted beehives, which I thought was really special since our maternal grandmother had been a beekeeper, and we grew up with honey.

When I started Seedlings: Jewelry Because., I didn’t want it to just be about selling jewelry. One of the joys I get is watching people get excited when they discover my jewelry, put on a pair of earrings and love them, and know that their purchase is going to help communities to become self-reliant.

Crazy Moon Earrings

Crazy Moon Earrings

My parents raised my sister and me to be self-reliant (raising a garden, learning how to sew, etc.) so it is very important to me to support groups that can do the same on a larger scale. We have been fortunate to be blessed with resources, support and talent, and if we don’t share whatever we have at our disposal, it is then not a true blessing.

Seedling Leaves Earrings

Seedling Leaves Earrings

To meet other artisans in the area, I recently joined the North Georgia Etsy Street Team. I was thrilled to discover they sponsor an etsy shop that donates to regional charities picked by team members.

Across the Universe Bracelet

Across the Universe Bracelet

Seedlings: Jewelry Because. features handmade jewelry inspired and created from natural materials (including recycled materials wherever possible). I work mostly in silver, copper, shell, pearl, glass, and I’m branching out into stones such as aventurine and turquoise. Additionally, I’ve set three green goals for myself this year:

  • move to 100% recycled or ethically sourced materials
  • use fair trade or recycled beads when possible
  • be mindful about toxic chemicals, and replace them with less harmful ones where possible

Twenty percent of sales go directly to Heifer International on a monthly basis.  Keep track of our progress on our own Team Heifer Page: https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=178641&lis=0&kntae178641=CDCA2333C7554BB38C09D08B9DFB1187&supId=249504257

Blog: http://seedlingsjewelry.blogspot.com 

Follow me on twitter: http://twitter.com/seedlingstweets

Seedlingsjewelry Fan Page on Facebook: http://bit.ly/AujVA

E-mail: seedlingsjewelry@gmail.com

05/04/2009

Monday Morning Musings

Handmades are a Girl’s Best Friend!
December Swap

December Swap

Each month, etsy Team North Georgia members have the opportunity to participate in a themed swap. December 2008 was the first month in which I participated, and the theme was “holidays.”  I received this beautiful pillow ornament from Srijana of Eye Design.  The color is gorgeous and the work impeccable.  Although it was given as a holiday item, this pillow hangs on the door of my pie safe throughout the year.  And I am enjoying it in April as much as I did in December!

January’s theme was “anything to do with entertaining,” and I received this handmade mug and set of matching magnets from Ellen McCorkle.
January Swap

January Swap

In February, we had a “supply” swap – kind of our own mini destash.  I got some wonderful wrapping tissue, ribbon and yarn from Worth Soy Candles.  March was very predictable with a “green” theme. I received a beautiful bracelet, journal and tin with clover, hand-painted magnets and chocolate from Nature’s Charms.
March Swap
March Swap

We are just completing April’s swap, and I have received the most amazingly fabulous gift of all – drum roll, please.  Rebecca of Smelly Rhino Studio made me this “Totally Tubular, but Really Rectangular With Pockets and a Picture Window Custom Tote” in the colors of my banner and avatar.  There is a place on the front for my etsy logo/avatar (or a picture if I wish to switch it out) and for business cards on the back. It turned out so well that she now has it listed as a custom item in her shop!  (I also received one of her special ACEOs and, of course, chocolate!)

April Swap

April Swap

Back of Totally Tubular Tote

Back of Totally Tubular Tote

Numbered and Signed ACEO

Numbered and Signed ACEO

Hopefully, the gifts that I have given to my swap partners have given them as much joy as the ones they have given to me.  Are you involved in a swap?   And what is the best swap present you have ever given or received?

04/15/2009

Art from the ♥

Company Name:  Fiber Felter

Contact: Libby White

Website: www.raven333.etsy.com

Blog:  www.fiberartisttoo.blogspot.com

E-Mail: rachae19@mindspring.com

Larkin

Larkin

CorgiAid www.corgiaid.org/ is dear to my heart, as I have a 3 ½-year-old Corgi named Larkin who owns me, and I will probably get several more through rescue.  I hate to see him grow up, but he is so silly and still acts like a pup!  CorgiAid is a nonprofit organization that raises money to meet extraordinary expenses for rescue Corgis – Cardigans, Pembrokes, and mixes – with special medical, transport, training or fostering needs.

I regularly donate pieces of my original art to various organizations that support Corgi rescue. For example, Crafts for Corgis auctions off crafts, art and other items and turns over all the proceeds to CorgiAid. This semi-annual auction gives people an opportunity to purchase art prints, books (sometimes rare), needlecraft and countless other items generously donated by artisans and others in the Corgi community.

Framed Cloth Assemblage
Framed Cloth Assemblage

Fabric art is my primary medium at this time.  I love to take existing fabrics, such as scraps of silk, brocade or other fabrics and weave, embroider or sew them together until they become a totally new fabric.  I also enjoy going to animal fiber shows and buying processed wool directly from the farmers. What I actually buy from the farmers is called “roving,” which is wool that has been cleaned and has all the fibers combed in one direction. I then take this roving, which is usually white, and dye it various colors, depending on the project on which I am working.  I sometimes do rainbow dyeing to get many colors into one length of roving. Next I create items such as scarves, hats, purses, pouches, wall hangings and felted jewelry.  When my fiber muse occasionally dries up, I take found objects and make them into jewelry which usually has some fiber worked into the piece.  I also enjoy designing art dolls, most particularly their incredible costumes.  Many of these items are available in my etsy shop: www.raven333.etsy.com/

Heart Art Quilt
Heart Art Quilt

I demonstrate felt and jewelry making at various art shows and craft fairs in the southeast. One of my favorite events, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (www.saffsite.org/dnn/Default.aspx), occurs the last weekend in October in Fletcher, NC.  This is where many wool and fiber vendors gather to show their animals and to sell their products.  I teach people about different types of sheep, along with their various wool textures and how to best use each.  And I always find a vendor that needs a demonstrator to show people how easy it is to felt.  This is a venue where youngsters become fascinated with the idea of felting, and I particularly enjoy working with them!  I also belong to several area art groups: Tangled Threads Doll Club, The Heritage Society and Southeastern Felters Guild.

Ballerina, a Fiber Art Doll

Ballerina, a Fiber Art Doll

 

04/08/2009

Art from the ♥

Company Name:  Jamilary (pronounced juh-MEE-luh-ree)

Contact:  Jamila Thomas

Website:  http://jamilary.com  

Blog: http://jamilary.blogspot.com

E-Mail: sales@jamilary.com

 

Jamila Thomas wearing one of her original designs

Jamila Thomas wearing one of her original designs

After experiencing tingly numbness and reduced vision in one eye beginning in April 2007, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on July 10th of that year.  I recognize that I am quite fortunate in that I received a relatively quick diagnosis.  Although I have some residual effects from that first MS episode, I have not had a relapse.  I attribute this to being on medications to delay the progression of the illness and making both exercise and a healthy diet high priorities.  Research has helped to identify these factors as important to MS maintenance, and research will help lead us to a cure.  I’m proud to be able to contribute to that research.

To date, I have donated some of the proceeds from my MS Awareness Bracelet to the National MS Society. Depending upon whom you ask, the MS awareness ribbon is silver – or a prism color that has some iridescence – or pearl-colored. I believe that the lack of an official color is one indication of the limited degree to which public attention has been placed on the disorder.  Celebrities like Montel Williams (who has MS) and Michelle Obama (whose father had MS) are, hopefully, bringing MS the much needed attention it deserves. The MS Awareness bracelets that I make are made of sterling silver and labradorite.  I chose labradorite because its changing colors symbolize the multitude of ever-changing symptoms people living with MS experience.   

 

 

MS Awareness Bracelet

MS Awareness Bracelet

Additionally, I plan to donate some of the proceeds from my Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.  I have had two aunts battle breast cancer in the past few years.  Fortunately, my Aunt Natalie’s cancer was found and treated in its early stages.  My Aunt Diane fought cancer for several years and, sadly, passed away from it this past fall.  

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet

Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet

Throughout my 26 years, I have been a student of fashion with a keen eye for what is right for me stylistically, and I have not been afraid to set the trend.  Launching Jamilary, my jewelry company, in March 2007 was a natural progression: http://jamilary.com/   My designs incorporate freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and natural materials acquired through my worldwide travels and the travel of my family.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, I currently reside in South Burlington, VT.  In addition to being a jeweler, I am a 3rd year doctoral student at the University of Vermont in the clinical psychology program.  My research and clinical interests are psychopathy and forensic populations.

Editor’s note: If you or a person you love is living with MS, here are several websites where you can get input from others seeking information on diagnosis, treatment and complications of this often frustrating condition:

www.medhelp.org/forums/Multiple-Sclerosis/show/41

http://boards.webmd.com/webx/topics/hd/Brain-and-Nervous-System/Multiple-Sclerosis-Peg-Shepherd-RN-PhD/

http://dailystrength.org/c/Multiple_Sclerosis_MS/forum/

04/07/2009

A POST-it note

Filed under: A POST-it note — foxygknits @ 2:50 pm
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If a person’s character can be judged by how he or she deals with adversity, then Jamila Thomas is my hero.  She is a third-year graduate student and a jewelry designer (www.jamilary.etsy.com) who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) several years ago.  Jamila still finds time to donate a portion of her sales to MS as well as to breast cancer research.  I hope that you will return on Thursday to read Jamila’s inspiring story in Art from the .

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