Thursday, December 30, 2010
I am rather proud of a few things I have made recently so I wanted to share them.
The first was a Christmas Eve inspiration for my husband. When he cooks or does dishes he puts on his headphones and listens to his ipod, so.... I used a black pillowcase and made him an apron. The colors and map of Africa refer to his reggae obsession. The pocket has a side perfect for the ipod to go in.
The second is a thank you to a friend who loaned me her sewing machine for an entire year! She is a wonderful artist, and I tend to get quite inspired making customized pot holders (who knew, this could very well be my niche!)
Fun fun fun! My New Years goal is to make more things for my own house (no more craft sales for a while), but there seems to always be a birthday or thank you present to make. But it pleases me immensely to be able to make people things. And customize them to their interests. Which gives me an idea: any creative people want to do some bartering?
I am making small attempts to have Lupe not grow up in a consumeristic way. I hope that she will grow up remembering her mom announcing an upcoming party and heading to the sewing machine. Not that there always needs to be presents, but making them is a good thing. I have spoken to a lot of moms recently who are all on different points of the scale between fullout buy buy gift giving, to none at all. I think the best is to feel comfortable with where you are at personally and to have small goals if you want.
I got a Barbie Dream House as a kid and I turned out all right!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
For almost a month now lupe has been playing with her tiniest animals in a Leggo house. They are there for a fiesta, and have been waiting for their pizza for a LONG time, alas, it is always too hot to eat.
So that inspired a craft today, while we watch the rain that never seems to stop!
Materials: Tin can lids, construction paper, scissors, hole punch and glue.
The hole punch makes easy and tiny tomatoes and olives, shredded paper for the cheese. They were really tasty!
Grandpa has promised to make a kitchen for Lupe, but xmas is too soon, so it'll probably be a birthday gift in May. Meanwhile, I saw a cool kitchen on the web (I think it was Family Fun mag), made from cardboard boxes and plastic lids.
If I can find a dry box, that's our next project!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Yet still, I have managed to finish a couple of gifts, and wrapped them. I knew there was a reason I have been saving cereal boxes (a weater fit nicey inside a box of Cheerios) in a kitchen cupboard, and tp rolls (perfect size for a couple of flower pins I made) under the bathroom sink! They are all being used now to wrap presents. So, REUSE the cardboard instead of RECYCLING it, have your child go crazy with the paints (I used old life drawings from my college days), and you have fab gift wrap!
Another thing I did was use those mailers that come from craft stores telling you about all their Xmas deals on fabric, ribbon, scrapbooking, etc and cut them up into little flowers with leaves (can you see this detail in the pic?)
One of the childhood Christmases I remember most was when I was about 12 I think, and we used old paper we already had, and went crazy with litter and glue, each package had a unique design. I don't even remember what I got that year, but I have a picture of the boxes under the tree.
I made one gift splurge for my husband, but other than that, I have made them all mostly. And today I found building blocks, a toy house, books and a video at the thrift store- Lupe's gifts, all for under $7! This makes me feel good, not just cause I'm poor, but gifting this way is MORE CREATIVE!!
What is your most creative gift idea you have given/received? What are you doing this year? Respond to this post, and I may just make something for you!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Also, do NOT forget, UpcycleSLO's Eco Craft Bazaar is THIS Sunday from 9am to 1 pm.
1068 Pacific St at Santa Rosa St in Downtown SLO.
Coffee cup cozies, silverware caddies for camping or your bag, reusable snack bags, and the coolest clothing and accessories ever!
We are benefiting the Women's Shelter, and we have a contest for YOU!
Bring in any of the following items and be entered in a RAFFLE TO WIN a hand-made item by yours truly. You will either win a silverware caddy (perfect for camping, biking or keeping your silverware clean in your purse when you take your lunch to work) OR, a personalized cloth banner (come to the sale and you'll see what these are!)
WHAT THE SHELTER NEEDS: Diapers (size 3), pull-ups and wipes. Also, with the holidays fast approaching food cards, Visa gift cards and even frozen turkeys or hams are always needed.
See you SUNDAY!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
9am to 1pm
HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR
brought to you be your local eco craft collective UpcycleSLO
Check out www.upcyclelso.blogspot.com for more information.
Clothing for women and children, jewelry, kitchen and household items and more!
UpcycleSLO is a creative collective who's aim is the creation of crafts and items using mostly repurposed materials and encouraging the ideals of green consumer behavior while supporting local artists and crafters.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
unrequited love. And zines. I started making zines in high school and spent a lot of time at Kinko's. With all the blogs around, does anyone make zines anymore? I sold zines at Zine Shops in San Francisco and the East Bay, I bought other zines and had written correspondance with other rebel girlz expressing themselves through words, pictures and snail mail. I reread a letter from a punk girl who admitted to liking raves- ah! Scandalous!
Does anybody remember Gillman St? Are there still shows there? Spitboy, Bikini Kill, Jawbreaker, Dead Milkmen. Speaking of Dead Milkmen, found an autographed picture of them, dedicated to yours truly.
ANd going even further back, I found a digital print portrait of myself and Michael Jackson, inside of a heart with some mushy words about true love....Ha! I think it was from Universal Studios. Too bad I can't find my red pleather and zippered jacket!
Okay, the toddler queen of the house needs breakfast, enough reminiscing for the day!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
CUENTOS Y CANTOS this coming Tuesday at 4:15 at the SLO Library
Nos vemos alli!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
since i have taught myself to sew the last few years, that has been the main focus of my creativity, and i am loving it! much to my husband's chagrin i'm sure, i can't stop collectin fabric; old sheets, pillowcases, scraps from garage sales, thrift stores, friends closets, i can't stop!
bracelet cuffs from cut up tp rolls, with fabric and buttons....
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
You can embellish as much as you want. A fun idea is to sew on one or both of the sleeves as a pocket....
Saturday, July 24, 2010
We made over $100 to donate to the Women's Shelter!
Go to http://www.womensshelterslo.org/ to find out how you can donate more.
KSBY came out to see what UpcycleSLO is all about. Check out the local news tonight at 6:00 (chanel 6, or http://www.ksby.com/) to see an interview with your host, Sara McGrath!"
Thursday, July 22, 2010
CRAFT SALE THIS WEEKEND to benefit the Women's Shelter.
Saturday July 24
Pacific and Santa Rosa Streets, downtown SLO
You'll find jewlery, clothing, baby items, kitchen items, cards, chalkboards and more!
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
See you Saturday!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Vengan para escuchar cuentos, cantar un poco y comer!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
A woman who walks by our house every day to an office next door asked me if I'd trade some of my apricots for some of her eggs, she has chickens at home. And I traded with someone else- apricots for plums. And the neighbor across the street brought over some of the first ripe figs from her tree, and avocados from her neighbor's tree. And a friend who makes barettes said maybe we could do a trade, with a onesie I made for her upcoming new baby. And my latest is custom making pot holders.
Wherever I go I bring apricots to give to people. And I feel SO good having something to GIVE. And I don't want to see them go to waste! They are falling off the tree faster that I can pick them up. Last week I made preserves with my moms. I fantasize about being as capable as the womenfolk of yore, who made clothes, baked, canned, and raised the kids.
Can you imagine what changes we'd see in our community if more people thought about sharing and trading services and such, and not just money?
That being said, I know how to sew, draw, walk on stilts, tell stories in English and Spanish, and I have an apricot tree. What can YOU contribute?
Friday, June 25, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Vengan a esuchar cuentos, cantar canciones y celebrar la literatura!
ALSO, Saturday is the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts, there will be a lot of fun activities going on through out the day.
UpcycleSLO will be doing a booth in the Youth Area from 10am-3pm.
In the spirit of artist and children's book illustrator Faith Ringgold, we will be doing story quilts. Using upcycled material participants can cut and glue fabric or draw with fabric markers, and when finished the quilt squares will be sewn into a whole, on the spot.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
I started 1st grade teaching the primary colors and symmetry. We made butterflies with construction paper and practiced folding paper and cuttingout shapes - to get two equal shapes- and glueing them on symmetrically.
The next class we continued with primary colors and also looked at artist Piet Mondrian, an artist who is not symmertical in his compositions. I love how each of them turned out so differently!
Kids put pictures together in such a fresh way, that we grown ups can never do! Isn't it great?
Thursday, May 6, 2010
In this section I show how to turn a pillowcase into a blouse.
My section is the very end of the program, easier to sit through if you understand Espanol!