A beautiful week prepping monkeys culminated in an Operation Sock Monkey workshop today to create 46 sock monkeys (30 of which are ready for the April 24 trip!) as part of a Passion Foundation (Loretta Cella) and Global Sorority (Tia Kelly) project to provide leadership training to young girls and bring comfort to victims at the Patch Centre, South Africa.
Thank you’s to the sock monkey makers who helped me this week:
Hannah, an enormously talented artist and extraordinary young mom, shared some beautiful thoughts regarding CRAFTIVISM:
Crafts are my comfort zone. It’s the one thing I can always lean on when I’ve had a bad day, or great day. Craftivism is letting my soul and mind leak through my fingers onto paper, metal, wood, felt and, of course, socks. The BEST thing that means the most to me about craftivism is that it’s something I can enjoy with Nova- creativity that I can pass on to her, and something she will never lose or forget. Art is everywhere, and our lives would be dull without it. I refuse to go through life without leaving something behind. - Hannah Pettinato
Some examples of Hannah’s art:
To celebrate, I am giving away this little piece I finished a few days ago. Head to INSTAGRAM to enter!
My mother often claimed that she was not artistic, that instead she was an artistic director. She had an amazing eye for design and style.
She was artistic and crafty and influenced my love for tradition and craft.
I was ELATED to find her unfinished tapestry the other day as we sorted through her box of treasures. She started this piece in the late 60′s and my childhood was colored by it. I would spend hours watching her work on it, helping her add stitches, laughing with her as she lost count, rubbing my hands over the texture, copying the images… the unfinished aspect is magical. I converse with her now as I look at the instructions and smell the wool.
Her basket also contains some smaller unfinished projects. I love this basket. LOVE. And so happy to have found it.
Karin Thorsen Sept 17, 1936- Nov 8, 2008
Last Friday I was ELATED to be part of Craft Night at Salmagundi West! The main theme: SUGAR SKULLS. OH MY GOD- so much fun!
Thank you Anne, Ariel, Kali, Amy, Melanie, Hannah and Ashleigh for a marvelous night!!!
Stay tuned for other craft glory! Until then- HEAD TO GASTOWN and
check out Salmagundi‘s storefront and store decor now!
Support this INCREDIBLE SHOP!
Love you, Salmagundi!
Message from Salmagundi West:
Always arriving at our door after hours? Come down to SHOP HOP this Thursday October 17th from 5-9. Gastown shops will stay open late and best of all; SALES! We are offering 20% off everything in the shop!
Local. Handmade. Gifts. Baby & Kids. Clothing. Eco-Friendly. Cooperative.
I am delighted to discover the new store IN GOOD COMPANY a couple of blocks away from my apartment filled with eco-friendly, handmade, made-with-love, children-welcome, ETSY-for-real, artisan-celebratory shop!
I had my first official visit yesterday and I was so impressed with the friendly and inviting space that allows the visitor to immerse into incredible arts and crafts, fashion, food, vintage items etc. It is very child-friendly (kids can be kids) and has a workshop space in the back.
From the IN GOOD COMPANY site:
The creators of IGC are Janelle and Jean – North Shore based small business owners and busy moms to 5 little kiddos.
Our own retail store? Are you kidding me?! We are so excited that this partnership has allowed us to have a prime retail space in the heart of LoLo (Lower Lonsdale), run our businesses, plus spend time with our families. We also wanted a place where like-minded local artisans and small business owners can showcase their amazing products and talents and create a supportive network for each other.
Twitter & Instagram: ingoodcompanynv
Snail Mail and IRL:
67 Lonsdale Ave,
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2E7
HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY VISIT YESTERDAY:
CONGRATS JANELLE AND JEAN ON MAKING YOUR DREAM COME TRUE AND FOR NOURISHING OUR DREAMS!
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