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Christmas Break Projects

For the past semester I've been away at costume school. Although it's so very interesting and fun, there is not much time left over for my own projects. And, truth be told, I always seem to find some kind of distraction from the many projects that are swimming through my head. But the plague of procrastination ends here and now. Having 3 weeks of break I've decided to Embark on 3 projects:

Project #1: Create a Hawaiian retirement Paradise for Flopsy the dog
This is going to be a Christmas present for my sister. When she was little she had this cute dog plushy toy named Flopsy, since he is very floppy. His increased flop over the years has resulted in many a remark that Flopsy needs somewhere nice to retire in his old age. I've already made his Hawaiian shirt. Now I just need to find a display case, in which He will be relaxing on hammock, drinking out of a coconut and enjoying the lush surroundings.

Project #2: Sew a Regency period dress for myself
One of the projects we …

Orsinal: A dose of cuteness

So I was looking for some super easy going online games and I found these super cute ones. They are all pretty simple and straightforward but they are very artistically made. Their music is lovely, inspiring even, and they have sweet pastel colour palettes for the most part.

Knitting with Chopsticks

A couple days ago I got the urge to learn how to knit. This was spurred on by a pamphlet on how to knit that my boyfriend's mom kindly gave me. So I bought some yarn and eagerly settled in on my couch only to realize I had no knitting needles. However I was not deterred. I looked around for what I could use and I found chopsticks! They were quite adequate to learn and practice on. The pamphlet, however, was beyond me. So I sought out video tutorials online and found a really good one on Youtube:

Today I was eager to start some projects so I went out a bought a pair of needles. To test them out I made a little sweater for my cell phone. Now it's all warm and cozy!

Table Numbers and Cake Topper

Last Weekend I attended my roommate`s wedding. Since I roomed with her over the school year I was able to help out with some of the fun, crafty things that she was making. The wedding colours were blue and yellow and the theme could be described as spring picnic. She came up with lovely centerpieces: She collected tin cans and gave them a light spray of blue paint. She put in twigs in the cans and decorated them with her hand-made paper flowers. Then the table numbers, which was the main thing I helped out with, were attached with a cute, little clothes peg.

She also asked me to make the cake topper. It was made from old-fashioned, one piece clothes pegs; ribbon roses and bits of fabric. I used the template from, as seen in my April 2 post.

CD Design Project

Today was my last day of design class. Our final project was to design a CD cover, plus the back cover and also an inside page. We also had to design a poster, a web splash page and a business card for the Artist we chose. I picked Regina Spektor and here is what I came up with:

Web Page


Back Cover

Sample Inside page (with lyrics)

Front Cover

Clothes Pin Dolls

Recently, as I was browsing online for crafty things I bumped into some of the cutest, simplest dolls I've ever seen. I was also extra interested because I know my roommate was on the look out for a simple cake topper for her upcoming wedding. These work perfectly! They're made out of old-fashioned clothes pins and look great simply painted or fancier, by adding fabric, arms or different heads, too. I found two especially good tutorials showcasing both styles of clothes pin dolls:

Simple bride and groom:

Cute girl dolls from:

My Philosophy on Art: An Expression of Truth, Beauty and Goodness

In this "Post-Modern" age of defenestrating all conventions in a claim that they are nothing more then that, I think we've thrown out somethings that we shouldn't have. It's like when you throw out your only good knife with all the vegetable peelings. I assume that booting out all those norms that past generations lived by was an attempt to free ourselves from the past. But freedom, I believe, is not synonymous with anarchy.

I think that this idea of convention vs. universal truth is key in unlocking the true definition of art. I once read a book that asked the question "what is art?" and the conclusion was basically that it is any expression that one makes of their feeling. Thus, if someone spits at the ground out of disgust, that is art. Suddenly, there are no universal norms, and art can be anything. Who's to say what makes something good art or bad art.

I can't deny that art is an expression. Usually an artist is inspired by something and the…

Current Projects

Well, I actually have some art projects going on that I can't get out of. This is a very good thing, because if I left them to my own motivation they would, in all probability, never happen.

The first project, or really series of projects, is for my design class that I'm taking this semester. The current project is a collage that deals with a social issue. I've desided to deal with the effects of industrialization and consummerism on our wellbeing and that that of the world. I should have it done and posted by the end or next week.

The second project is one that I signed up for online. It is called the bead journal project. This simply means that I need to make a piece every month for one year that includes beads and is like a visual journal entry for the month. I'm really looking forward to it especially since I've never beaded before (except for simple braclets and things when I was a kid). There won't be anyone enforcing that I follow through or marking my w…

The Peace and Joy of a New Year

As I wrap up my degree in humanities I am anxiously thinking about what to do next in my life. But my worry is easied and I experience a strange peace and joy, two words that we often hear around Christmas time. But why?

The answer is not far, however it seems distant in the swamp of consummerism that is our culture. If we just step away, take a quiet moment and reflect on what this season is all about we find the key. Yes, a baby was born in a stable over two thousand years ago. But that has a direct impact on our lives today--that baby grew up to be our Saviour. He is the son of God, and He gave Himself completely as a gift to us. That makes all the shiny presents under the tree seem worthless. After all most often they were bought and wrapped with little effort or struggle. In other words, we are loved more than we can possibly ever imagine. The thoughtfulness and sacrifice of our families is but a pale image of that infinite love.

So if God created the whole universe, knows every li…