48 hour sale! Dia de los muertos sock monkey only $45 USD plus shipping!

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Special 48 hour sale! Only $45 USD plus shipping until Aug 8 midnight ET!

TO TAKE ADVANTAGE: GO TO MY ETSY SITE!

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This sock monkey is MADE TO ORDER.

This deluxe Día de los Muertos [Day of the Dead] sock monkey is handmade/handsewn by Vancouver artist/therapeutic art facilitator Katarina Thorsen, and is part of her POST STREET sock creations!

“The visible stitch is the mark of the artist.”

This hand-sewn adorable and cuddly sock monkey is made from classic work socks and has a hand-drawn embroidered sugar skull face. The monkey wears single cloth flower headdress and skirt (each order unique). It has a hand-drawn, embroidered portrait of Frida Kahlo on the skirt. It measures about 24 inches tall.

POST STREET sock creations are individually made and hand-sewn.

Note: Frida’s face, flower, lace, skirt and skull designs will differ order to order.

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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Stores I love: IN GOOD COMPANY, local artisan cooperative, North Vancouver

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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!

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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.

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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.

Email: hello@ingoodcompanyshop.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ingoodcompanyshop
Twitter & Instagram: ingoodcompanynv
Snail Mail and IRL: 
67 Lonsdale Ave, 
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2E7

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY VISIT YESTERDAY:

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CONGRATS JANELLE AND JEAN ON MAKING YOUR DREAM COME TRUE AND FOR NOURISHING OUR DREAMS!

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Squirrels and pickled aliens. The latest crafts by Darcy Glip.

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Glorious sock alien by Darcy Glip

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Closet Outsider Artist. “Sock Aliens” Originator. Custom Paper Rose Artist.

I began making Sock Monkeys a few years ago through a friend of mine. She is an Artist, Art Therapist and Mentor. She was hosting a class of youths who were making sock monkeys and creating Art of all kinds. I was immediately drawn in, and welcomed by her and her group.

From there we formed a group of Adult Sock monkey makers to create a surplus of monkeys to donate to a fantastic cause Known as “Operation Sock Monkey”. You can learn more about them on their website http://www.operationsockmonkey.com/ 
Please help them continue their great work by donating or purchasing a sock monkey kit from them and learn the joy of Sock Monkeys!

“Sock Aliens” came to me during that period while surfing the internet and getting sucked into Alien stories, crop circles and sightings and bad scary movies of abductions etc., and came to the conclusion that Aliens have gotten quite a bad rap. I think they deserve a fair shot at friendship. If this universe is as big as they say it is. Then we need to be better more fearless representatives. I would like everyone to just hold one in your hands and look into those great big “see in the dark” eyes and just be there for them. And they will be there for you. There is no power greater in the universe than Love and these fellas may just need a home to learn that. 

Love an Alienated being today! 

Darcy Glip

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Darcy made this adorable squirrel for my nephew, Henrik!

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Crafts I love- a dreamy handmade doll from Pakistan and a treasure trove of @_Khaadi handicrafts

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I just received a beautiful package from my niece in Pakistan, Emma Varley- medical anthropologist.

A handmade doll and Khaadi handicrafts:

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Khaadi is an amazing treasure trove of textiles in Islamabad, and the handicrafts in Gilgit are wonderful… I think the dolls are all cute and quirky and funny and odd … their character is what I love so much.  I asked each of the women making the dolls to come up with their own faces for each one, and the range is wonderful.

– Emma Varley, 2013

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Emma began the memory doll project in 2011:

After several weeks of effort, we have finally had two doll protoypes made that represent what we hope will be the final product – or something very close to it! The dolls have been made so far by local women who are receiving skills and handicrafts training at a missionary run sewing school.

The master trainer who made these dolls – an Ismaili woman from a nearby village, Oshikandass – says that it takes her 2-3 hours to make one doll. We are supplying the women with all the necessary materials – fabric, filling, thread – and are negotiating to pay a commission for the work completed.

The faces of these dolls are definitely quirky, but I like the design as it represents how locals typically draw facial features. We have asked the women to be as imaginative as they can with each doll and to have fun with the designs.

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Given the difficulties in ensuring standard doll sizes/construction and also quality control – particularly in poorer households where it would be difficult for women to keep material clean and in a good condition – we decided that we would sub-contract the construction of the dolls’ bodies (which will be based on a jointed rag doll design) to ‘Shining Light’ students. [‘Shining Light’ employs and trains poor Sunni, Shia and Ismaili women in Jutial Mohalla, which is one of Gilgit Town’s largest neighbourhoods.] Supervision for the body construction will be the responsibility of the center’s master trainers, all of whom are local women who were once students and are now in-charge of various components of the program (e.g., embroidery, weaving, pattern design and cutting, etc).

 – Emma Varley, 2011

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Crafts I love: magical caterpillar by @SketchChange #recycledart

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Our original journal was pulled apart to offer to the community.
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My father pointing at a favorite journal page.

I am so excited to be witnessing my Father’s dream project of community journals unfolding.  Take a look at what my dear friend Jennifer did!!!
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Jennifer Lyons pulling apart the journal and choosing her pages!

Take note of the spiral binding from the journal.

She transformed the spiral binding into a magical caterpillar filled using recycled materials.  It’s GENIUS.  Filled with empowering sayings, endless visual candy.

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He even has a pair of glasses and his own little copy of Drawn Together!

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She created beautiful cards out of the pages.

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Kat Thorsen always brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart. I love her raw enthusiasm and character. I jumped with excitement when I found out that the journal pages that inspired drawn together were being shared to re-make. As an avid recycler and re-purposer I thought it was brilliant and courageous to let the pages that held her and her father go to be re-born through others creativity. Thank you for sharing Kat and ecstatic to keep re-making with the pages! For me the process of creating art from recycled materials is like a metaphor for my life. what was once old can now be new through the process of transformation, much like the caterpillar. – Jennifer

THANK YOU JENNIFER!  Check her out:

CREATIVE LIFE EXPRESSION ON FACEBOOK

JENNIFER ON TWITTER@sketchchange

JENNIFER is an INSPIRED AUTHOR at INFLUENCE PUBLISHING:

The Sketchpad that Changed the World
Making world peace your personal mission through the use of imagination in the change process.

If you have ever wanted to change the world be inspired to make your own difference. This story presents how a sketchpad changed the life of a people pleaser trapped in a box. It is an inspirational message that shares the tools Jennifer used to release her past and embrace her gifts while following the joy of her hearts desires.

Biography

Author Photo: Bopomo Pictures

Author Photo: Bopomo Pictures

ADD TO THE JOURNAL PAGES AND BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT

Join now on ETSY:

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Sign up for $30!

YOUR PURCHASE INCLUDES TWO ORIGINAL HAND-MADE DOUBLE-SIDED THERAPEUTIC JOURNAL PAGES CREATED BY MY FATHER AND I FOR YOU TO ALTER AND ADD TO.

YOU ALSO RECEIVE OUR BOOK, “DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART.”

Click on image to sign up:

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My father suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him paralyzed on one side at the age of 75. Then on November 8, 2008, Roar’s beloved wife (my mother Karin) lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Despite all these major life changes, my father’s tenacity, stubbornness, strength, creativity and most importantly his humor- allowed him to forge a life that was both fulfilling and rewarding.

Though he resided in a long term care facility and required assistance in the most basic life necessities like toiletry and dressing, Dad always said, “I love my life.” He would wake each day excited about his next drawing. Creativity has truly saved his mental health and gave him sense of purpose and empowerment.

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My father passed away October 25, 2012. I am blessed because he died knowing we realized our dream of creating a book about his post-stroke art; we pressed send to the publisher on October 15, 2012.

The book, DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART, is now in my hands and ready to be shared with the world!

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READ MORE AT: DRAWN TOGETHER

But I want to share it with you in a unique way by adding YOU to the journey.

Dad’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world. We made journals together for many years as we processed life’s challenges.

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Dad’s dream was to include the community in these journals. So I am making available pages from our special journals we created around 2002-2005. They are your journal pages to keep, but my hope is that you add to these pages- IN ANY WAY YOU LIKE- and send them back to me to create a COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT that will be exhibited at a DRAWN TOGETHER art event.

BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT!

AND CHECK OUT GRETCHEN MILLER‘s GLORIOUS PAGES:

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"[Added to] December 2002 Page from Kat & Roar’s Journal"

“[Added to] December 2002 Page from Kat & Roar’s Journal”

"[Added to detail] Another December 2002 Journal Page"

“[Added to detail] Another December 2002 Journal Page”

GORGEOUS!!!

 

Sock owl wisdom…

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This morning I posted a journal exercise on my art blog:

Boundaries and Owl Wisdom- come from a place of wholeness.

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Because owls and all creatures of the animal realm are pure energy, and they come from a place of wholeness. As such, they communicate in a unified voice. They speak in the language of the trees, the wind, the moon, the sky, etc.

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I was inspired to continue the journal exercise by creating a sock owl:

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Ashleigh’s sock duck: handmade nostalgia in Merino Mousse Wool

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Ashleigh’s adorable sock duck is made from my fave B.Ella Socks purchased at Sockshop on Haight!

LUXURIOUS Extra Fine Merino Mousse Wool