Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Chakra Collage Recap: Eye Candy!

I taught Chakra Collage for the first time last fall, and I'm getting ready to start another class February 23rd. The participants did a collage for each of the chakras, or energy centers, of the body, focusing on a different color each week. As part of preparing for the workshop, I went back and looked at some of the amazing images that came out of that class - and I wanted to share a few with you.

I'll start with a sample from the Root Chakra. If you want to see more, I did a whole post on the Root Chakra here. The color is red, and the element is earth.

Then, the Second Chakra, or Sacral Chakra. The color for this chakra is orange, the element is water.

The third chakra is the Solar Plexus Chakra. The color is yellow, and the element is fire.

The fourth chakra is the Heart Chakra. Its color is green, its element air.

Then, we move to the Throat Chakra. The color is blue, and the element is sound.

I couldn't pick just one for the Sixth Chakra, or the Brow Chakra. This one is also called the "Third Eye." Its color is indigo and its element is light.

And finally, the Crown Chakra. Its color is purple, its element is thought.

Alanna, Marta, Robyn, Patricia, and Deborah did an amazing job of working with their intuition and a collection of found images to create really unique and expressive collages! I had such a good time with this class, and I can't wait to teach it again!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How the Knittn' Kitten Made My Holiday

The holidays may be long gone, but I have to tell you that I'm still getting a lot of joy from what the holidays brought me. There is, of course, the extremely lovely hand-knit hat and scarf set from my great-aunt Billie, a print of my dear friend Leslie's painting Divide, a super-cool t-shirt from the Sweetie that says "And Buffy Staked Edward. The End." Oh, and let's not forget the air compressor and hand-beaded necklace from the in-laws! EEEK! All my crafty, arty, and geeky bits were well taken care of.

The real joy, though, is that I had a little bit of time to make some gifts for family and friends - of course, that also meant that I didn't post on the blog at all in December! I was way too busy making things like the tea towel in the picture above to blog about it . . .

Back in the fall, you may remember me talking about local crafters getting together and coming up with free project sheets to support our favorite craft supply thrift store, Knittn' Kitten. There were a lot of cool projects that came out of that effort. In fact, you can hop right on over here and pick up a FREE .pdf that includes all of the projects! The one that caught my eye, though, was a stash-busting, tea-towel decorating project from Sister Diane over at Craftypod. I picked up a huge bundle of cotton dish towels from IKEA and the Dollar Store, and started hunting through my fabric stash. Look at the cool bird and handwriting fabric in these!

I made at least one for almost everybody on my list, and even had energy left over to make a few for myself! I'm so glad to find a way to feature the vintage kitchen fabric in these! Check out those cups!

Now, with any luck, I'll be able to get back to a more regular posting schedule . . .