I love this blog. It has been part of my social media collection of sites for years now. Its main focus has been my personal crafting projects, craftivism and Operation Sock Monkey, and I have loved sharing the magical moments with you.
So why retire it?
As I prepare to fully focus on my art career and on freelance therapeutic art facilitation as well as spending much needed time creating new crafts and developing an accompanying curriculum– I am harnessing in my blogging and sharing my various creative processes and teachings and musings on one main site: katthorsen.com
I am leaving this site up, as it contains a long visual history of my crafts and several how-to’s.
Thank you and tons of love! See you at katthorsen.com
Last Sunday I had the pleasure of working with “my gang” at Rideau Manor again! 5 seniors participated in an Operation Sock Monkey (OSM) workshop and prepped a bunch of sock monkeys in celebration of Clowns Without Borders South Africa!
I want to acknowledge the extraordinary work of Operation Sock Monkey founder and lead operative Lindsey Hodgson. Truly my HERO! Where would we all be without her incredible vision and hard work? OMG. So many of us are operatives and happy sock monkey makers/therapists thanks to HER! And despite being a busy mom and professional woman, she takes time to man craft fairs and make sock monkey kits and manage OSM to help the cause expand and keep going. We are TRULY INDEBTED to this extraordinary woman. [APPLAUSE] Photo by Keith Lynn Staff
Announcing our 2nd Holiday craft sale , Strathcona Winter Craft Fair. This is the 3rd year we’re participating, always a great event, stop by and stock up on crafty goods, locally made!
I LOVE PREPPING PRODUCT! So relaxing and heartwarming. Here are some of my latest:
And thank you to Lynn Gosnell (Auntie Lynn), Lenore Kane and friends for adding to the cornucopia!
On behalf of Operation Sock Monkey, huge thank you to Lenore Kane, Keith Lynn Staff and friends for the sock monkey additions for this year’s craft fairs! Love from Lindsey Hodgson and Kat! PS. And THANK YOU to all our OSM Operatives like Diana Brugos and partners around the globe!
2015 will be a very special OSM year filled with GLOBAL events, that’s for sure! Yay, sock monkeys! Keep sewing!
Yesterday, residents at Rideau Manor in Burnaby BC, participated in an Operation Sock Monkey (OSM) workshop! I had pre-prepped many sock birds for the residents to decorate (and to keep one each!). During the workshop, I talked about OSM and we decorated monkeys and birds. It was an afternoon of smiles and laughter!
We talked about the Operation Sock Monkey Handbook and had a raffle at the end of the workshop. This lovely resident won the “Canada Ambassador” and loved decorating her sock bird.
Many of the residents are visually impaired yet loved creating through the sense of touch.
Thanks to Brent for arranging the opportunity and to Parmida for doing video capture for upcoming video! And thank you to the participants for being part of the cause. And to all the local OSM operatives who made the sock monkeys!
Lindsey , OSM founder, picked up the batch of birds and monkeys today to add to this week’s shipment to Clowns Without Borders South Africa! The sock creatures will be a part of the continued development of the Sinovuyo Caring Families project in Cape Town, South Africa.
Rideau residents sent along some lovely notes with the sock monkeys and birds for Lindsey to include in the shipment:
Sale benefits Operation Sock Monkey Handbook development!
“All my possessions for a moment of time.”
― Elizabeth I
Huge thank you to Lindsay Ross for donating supplies. SO INSPIRING!
Next dress is a Frida Kahlo Tehuana Huipli and skirt:
I am truly in awe of and inspired by the powerful work being done globally by my friends at
The Passion Foundation
Girls 4 Girls
And I am delighted to see our Operation Sock Monkey sock monkeys at work on the ground in Cape Town!
Photos courtesy of Global Sorority and Passion Foundation:
“Today the young women joined the @globalsorority community. As a sign of sisterhood they gave each other a bracelet with an intent of good will that they voiced to the woman as they placed the bracelet on.” – Loretta Cella
“The young women loving their sock monkeys!! ” – Loretta Cella
“These girls loved their sock monkeys!!! The squeals and excited was amazing!” – Loretta Cella
“@vrybalka leading warm up this morning for @globalsorority #southafrica” – Loretta Cella
“Young women of @globalsorority #southafrica working on their communication skills” – Loretta Cella
“Sock monkey love #southafrica ” – Loretta Cella
“Another awesome positive me #southafrica #leadershipdevelopment” – Loretta Cella
“Module 5: Cooperation #leadershipdevelopment #women” – Loretta Cella
“Amazing courage shown today as the group writes down all their limitations and works to create change in their emotional and mental beings” – Loretta Cella
“Positive me drawing from one of the girls” – Loretta Cella
“A jump for joy after releasing their limitations and creating a new way of seeing themselves in this world” – Loretta Cella
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:
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