Latest craft: Elizabeth I Sock Monkey. Sale benefits @woollybananas handbook development.

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Now for sale on my ETSY site!

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:

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Frida Kahlo themed window display @GranvilleOptic May 3-31! Proceeds benefits life skills program development!

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Thank you Granville Optical for this wonderful opportunity!

The proceeds of any monkey sales goes toward the development of my Sock Monkey Life Skills Entrepreneurship Program Development Phase 1!

Here are a few highlights from the installation! Huge thank you to Merv Glip for collaborating- especially making all the beautiful paper roses and the paper maiché anatomical hearts! And thank you, Reid Boultbee for making all this happen!

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PROCEEDS BENEFITS

Curriculum Development Series 1:

The @BY POSTSTREET

Sock Monkey

Life Skills and Entrepreneurship Program

for youth groups, schools and community organizations

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All proceeds from purchases oat Granville Optical May 3-31, 2014 are directed towards program development.  

THANK YOU!

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Operation Sock Monkey Day for Passion Foundation and the Patch Centre, South Africa

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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:
Darcy G.
Lindsey H.
Loretta C.
Laura M.
Fran W.
Fred T.
Cher H.
Jasper L.
Ashleigh M.
Julian B.
Anna T.
John D.

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Unfinished projects contain hope. #crafts

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There’s nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book.

Carson McCullers

I’m in the process of moving, which means looking through my collection of unfinished quilts. There’s something quite beautiful about unfinished projects to me. They contain privacy, internal dialogue, connection, hope. I’m really ready to revisit and finish these.

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This felted fox by ROOST warms my heart as it reminds me of my Dad.

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I bought this little guy (Felted Fox by Roost) at the 2013 Swedish Cultural Society’s Christmas Market on November 16, 2013.

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I just fell in love with him.  He’s about 3 inches tall and has a leather backpack and a pipe.  It’s not just that I love little crafts like this.  This fox reminds me of cross country skiing with my family in Northern BC in the early 70’s.  Dad would have a leather backpack containing delicious sandwiches by Mom and the hot chocolate thermos.  His pipe was a constant.  IMG_4840 IMG_4843 IMG_4844

On the anniversary of my mother’s passing, I spend time with her unfinished tapestry.

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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.

But…

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.

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Her basket also contains some smaller unfinished projects.  I love this basket. LOVE.   And so happy to have found it.

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Karin Thorsen Sept 17, 1936- Nov 8, 2008

Evolution of a sock pig.

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Start with the inspiration:

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Sketch out the idea:

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Do not disturb the cat:

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Find just the right socks:

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Start sculpting:

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Cat woke up.  Put on Netflix.  She wants to watch the new version of House of Cards and compare it to the  1990 BBC version, which she loved:

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And the rest takes care of itself:

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Violet is engrossed in the show and luuuuuurrrrves it:

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Cozy hand-knit “tree-trunk” scarf with little scarf bird by Poststreet

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The scarf and sock bird are both hand-knit.  The big green buttons are vintage and were found in a curiosity shop in Fort Langley BC.  The wool is made in Italy and is 50% new wool and 50% acrylic which makes it very comfortable around the neck.  I bought the wool at the heavenly Knit & Stitch Shoppe in West Vancouver BC.