This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. Friday is World Suicide Prevention Day.
I have not been affected by suicide issues, but it is known that people like myself, with a Mental Illness, are more likely to be affected with suicidal thoughts and/or tendancies. Please consider writing LOVE on your arm today! I am trying to raise awareness for Mental Illness & suicide prevention!
I suffer from Bipolar Disorder. It is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with or without one or more depressive episodes.
Let me tell you that it is NO joke. It is not about just being happy & then sad. I am one of the cases where I am highly functioning, but there are some who can barely cope with life. I use my crafts to cope in many ways.
Mental Illness has a very negative stigma that needs to be erased. I want to help in any way I can. Today is National Write LOVE on Your Arm Sept 8th to recognize National Suicide Prevention Week. So, I wrote LOVE on my arm!
Will YOU write Love on your arm?
I just received my business cards, but didn't want to put them in my purse or wallet & have them get dirty or bed, or what have you. So, in my typical "crafty" fashion, I found a pattern & sat down to make one! It turned out SOOO cute! I am very proud of it! I really want to sell custom ones. Where someone can pick out their yarn color, etc. It was super easy & pretty quick to put together! What do you think? LOVE it? ;)
If you're interested in a CUSTOM business card holder, please contact me @ email@example.com! I am selling them for $12.00 shipped!
Off to make something else!
I have some kinda blury pictures until I get my new camera for my birthday next month. Just a warning.... I made these into hair clips to sell on my Facebook page and my Etsy shop. I can't seem to stop finding patterns & crocheting stuff!
Fluffy Flowers Bow!
As I said, I can't stop making bows!
I've been super busy making things lately! I have been constantly finding things to make! I started with crocheting some hair bows, attached them to clips. I then started making flower rings, still making bookmarks, I found a cute as heck pattern for business card holders. Whew! We'll start with a super cute pink set I made for my husband's cousin, Amanda.
I had made the necklace a month ago & immediately thought of Amanda when I made it. It's a sheer ribbon necklace (pink) with a pendant that is a black heart with spiderwebs in it, a skull & roses on top. It has pink & black Swarovski Crystals hanging.
I then discovered the pattern for hair bows. I took some of my craft thread & made a pink & black bow, and attached it to a hair barrette. After looking through Amanda's pictures & talking to her, she's got a new obsession with bows! So, naturally, I thought of her while making this bow. I then moved on to small, crocheted flowers & decided to turn them into rings. This one has a black center with pink flower. I sewed a 4mm Sterling Silver Stardust Rondel to the center. I absolutely LOVE this ring!!
I was reminded during a Cool2Craft
show recently about recycling old books. Watching PBS a few years ago, I saw a show where someone turned a old, hardback book into a purse! Of course *I* had to try it. Because every time I see someone make something I've never made, I have to try it! I found the ONLY hardback book I had in the house, gutted it & started! Fold & tuck your fave fab fabric & either hot glue (like I did) or use Aleene's® Tacky Glue®
on the inside. I found a tutorial here
. The only thing missing from my attempt at a book purse was a clasp. Mine kept flopping open. Next time I made one, I will be using some sort of clasp!
Here's my first attempt!
To decorate the front, I used a celtic stencil & used a silver sharpie!
Seeing these old photos, I'm going to have to attempt again!
Happy crafting (and reading!)
RIGHT this VERY minute it is time for Cool2Craft! A very nice, interactive web show with some very creative artists @ crafters!
If you have not checked it out, PLEASE do!!
Last night, I participated in the Cool2Crafty Pajama Party Live over the internet! Usually, I do participate in these shows, but last night was ultra special. Lisa Fulmer
asked for people to volunteer & show their projects. My friend, Kelly
, bless her heart convinced me to show my crochet bookmarks. Now, I'm all about showing my stuff, but over the internet, in front of all these wonderfully creative crafters? My face got all hot, but I decided, why not? I scurried to find my bookmarks & a pair of earrings I made.
After my face cooled down, and my husband told our oldest son that if he jumped around in front of the web cam, he'd be in trouble... I jumped in the speaker's queue & took a deep breath. Of course, I have nothing to worry about, because all of these uber talented crafters are also ULTRA supportive of others. I really did have a good time, showing my "goods" and even let our oldest pop his head up into the camera.
So, if you all haven't participated in a Pajama Party, I HIGHLY recommend it! You don't actually have to speak on camera like I did, but just joining in on the chat & watching these AMAZINGLY talented ladies, and SUPER funny Lisa is just an awesome experience! Ever since I joined Cool2Craft, I have had some awesome experiences with some great people. I have made some wonderful crafty friends that inspire me daily and they have also become my personal friends! (Right Monica & Kelly?!)
Cool2Craft is THE place to be COOL!
I am super excited to be participating in the Sampler Village's January 2011 sampler box! I have committed to sending in 100 crocheted bookmarks for the February "Be My Valentine Box". This is such a great opportunity for me & I am so proud to be involved in such a great company! Not only do I get to have my product "out there", I am meeting some wonderful creative people in the process! This is expanding my crafty journey tremendously! Thank you Traci for having me in The Village!