Welcome to Craft Schooling Sunday, a wonderful creative get together which spans the globe, thanks to all the wonderful crafters and bakers that contribute every week! Fall is certainly here, which means it truly is a wonderful time to get crafting, and in this case, crocheting! The following features from last week's party are sure to inspire, with something for everyone:
One of the highlights of our four night beach get-away on The Sunshine Coast, British Columbia (Canada) in a little cottage not far from Gibsons this past August, was walking by these glorious corrugated metal raised beds on our way to the beach!
The raised beds were the perfect solutuion for a backyard garden on a hill, and the effect is truly charming together with a classic yellow house. Truthfully raised beds certainl don't have to be this high, but this height sure does save one's back, and allows one to show off the beauty of plants that might not otherwise be appreciated viewed from the top!
A mini green house and that pink wheel barrow also had me drooling a bit, and I promised myself to never forget this lovely idea just incase I ever have the opportunity to build some raised beds somewhere!
And the fact that the neighbors on the other side of the path also landscaped their yard with huge boulders and gorgeous landscaping certainly does make the whole picture quite idyllic! And yes, corrugated metal siding may not appeal to everyone, but I love how it spans industrial, vintage, farmhouse and modern styles quite nicely!
When my mother gave me a bag filled with tiny balls of yarn scraps left over from my childhood crafting (gasp!) I instantly knew just the little crochet project that I would turn to to use up this bag of preciousness— the crochet yo you coverlet pattern, courtesy of Sarah London. And now that I have at long last woven in the ends of the tiny coverlet I have produced, I can share it with you. (Just please ignore the no so great photo quality, my good camera has been sent away for repairs.....) A little crocheted yo-yo coverlet like this one could be a wonderful little doll blanket, or a sweet wall hanging, or even a pillow cover! At the moment I'm enjoying it hanging from my little shelves filled with Matroyshka dolls!
And of course, once you decide how to use the mini coverlet you've created, don't forget to block it a bit, which I clearly have not done here, as the future of this piece is still undecided! And yes, crocheting something like this does take some patience, I actually worked on this last winter while waiting for my kids during their piano lessons! Enjoy!
Welcome to my mini tour of some of the fabulous works of public art that I enjoyed viewing while walking around the waterfront areas of Vancouver, BC. The "digital orca" sculpture above was created by the Canadian artist and designer Douglas Coupland was designed to commemorate the workers in and around Burrard Inlet and Coal Harbour. The stunning backdrop of the harbour and Rocky Mountains is a perfect contrast to this modern piece which truly took my breath away!
This dramatic sculpture called "Engagement"is one of a series of sculptures by Dennis Oppenheim, depicting two diamond engagement rings. This version was installed in 2005 at Sunset Beach. Standing nearly 30 feet tall, the "diamonds" are illuminated and tilting away from one another, composed of translucent plexiglass boxes, steel and aluminum. While I originally read that the sculpture examines the relationshiop between marriage and the traditional dwelling, I just read that the sculptor generally declined to comment on the meaning of his work, and my initial impression was that these were two modern versions of the traditional Jewish wedding ring which is actually a little house cast as a ring!
I just couldn't resist this little departure from the topic, as I just LOVE these rings, created and used in 18th and 19th century Europe during the Jewish wedding ceremony under the chuppa. As I understand the ring belonged to the community and was used at each wedding. The home, or "bayit" is an important Jewish symbol, and it is customary to wish a new couple that they merit to build a bayit ne’eman b’yisrael (a faithful home in Israel). What does a faithful home mean? It means implanting a foundation firmly in the ground so that the housedoesn’t fall over. It means creating an atmosphere of strength, commitment, and will. And dear readers, as you can see, the wedding ring sculpture above is certainly firmly implanted in the ground, so that is my personal interpretation, maybe I'm right? As it turns out the artist's father was Jewish, so I may be right on track, though the artist passed away in 2011, leaving us guessing.
I absolutely love this sculpture, entitled "The Drop" and located at the foot in Burrard Street at Canada Center and next to the Vancouver Convention Center. The sculpture was created by inges idee a group of four German artists: Hans Hemmert, Axel Lieber, Thomas Schmidt, and Georg Zey, and depicts conceptually a large, gentle "raindrop" captured in its descent at the moment of contact.
These color blocked concrete silos aren't truly sculputre, but I couldn't resist sharing this photo with you, as I just love the color combination chosen and I truly appreciated the effort made to make this active concrete factory located on Granville Island just a little bit artsy, as it is located next to a well known Canadian art and design school as well as an area filled with artist's studios.
This inukshuk sculpture, located in English Bay is built from stacked blocks of granite to depict a human form. This sculputure was originally built for the World Expo 1986, and sited at English Bay after the fair. Artist Alvin Kanak said, "By a lake an Inukshuk means lots of fish." The figure is a "reminder of the ingenuity of my people in addressing transportation and communications challenges prior to the introduction of modern technology." To learn more about Inukshuk, read my previous post here.
This sculputre by Liz Magor, entitled Light Shed, is actually made of aluminum! Located on the downtown seawall near the Coal Harbour Community Centre and facing Stanley Park, the sculpture is based on the old boat sheds that used to line the shoreline. The artist cast a ½ scale model in aluminum and coated it with luminescent paint. At night a soft glow emanates from inside, I'll just have to go back sometime to witness that!
The olympic cauldron designed for the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver isn't technically public art, but it certainly is sculpture! The Cauldron remains as a permanent landmark on the Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre. At 32.8 ft (10 m) tall and set against a stunning mountain and harbour backdrop, the Cauldron continues to attract visitors and locals alike. I was certainly happy that I walked the stretch of the sea wall leading into Coal Harbor so that I didn't miss this!
That is it for my mini tour of some of the many many public art works one can enjoy in Vancouver, and if you are interested in delving further, the City of Vancouver has an extensive public art registry that you can access here. Enjoy!
Welcome to our sukkah! Yes it is true, this year's sukkah is quite similar to last year's sukkah, because hey if it works, go with it! And since I really loved the festive look of all the colorful soda bottle flowers and striped Moroccan tablecloths covering the walls, I was happy to use what we had neatly packed away once again this year! Not to mention the huge amount of time it saves to not have to create a whole new look.
I did however add some more soda bottles to the look, hanging over the frames, though I already know what I'm going to do there next year instead.......and some strips of torn fabric simply attached to the bottom of the frames also gave that wall a bit more of a substantial look.
We had a HUGE rainstorm just an hour before the first night of Sukkot started and so I was able to save the tissue paper flowers by covering them with plastic fortunately. I'm hoping to make a waterproof replacement for those flowers next year, maybe with some stiffened fabric. Well see!
The striped Chinese paper lanterns held up quite well packed away in the attic, and I think they'll be good for at least another year, yippee! That is it for a little peek into out Sukkah, my camera is broken and the repair center is very far from home, so in the mean time I'm settling for rather poorer quality pictures courtesy of my daughter's point and shoot Canon, together with Photoshop which is a big help. That is all for now!
Welcome to Craft Schooling Sunday, and my apologies for the delay in getting the party started, unfortunately my dear mother-in-law passed away on Shabbat, and we had to travel immediately after Shabbat for the funeral, arriving home early in the morning. Because we are in the middle of our festival of Succot, the mourning that is usually observed (by the children and spouse of the deceased) for seven days after the funeral is postponed until Thursday night. So now we must resume our festival, which also includes this party and all the amazing features from last week:
Love these crocheted peace signs from homemade at my place (Indonesia), and this fantastic knit bird by our resident knitting genius ginx craft.(United Kingdom)
Anne Marie (The Netherlands) is one of my very favorite crocheters, with such sweet creations, including this autumn garland.
And no surprise, Anne Marie (The Netherlands) also crocheted this fox pouch that she uses for crochet hooks, but could also be a pyjama bag. The simple crocheted flower tutorial from lizzie bella, (The United States) is perfect for coasters and garlands.
Another super crocheted lamp shade cover from estrea chikitu (The Netherlands), reminds me that I've been wanting to make one too!
And for the dessert portion of the party, a great looking apple shortcake with honey, cinnamon and lavender from Winnie, (Israel) and super fudgy brownies from everyday Trish (The United States.)That is it for the features, what have you been up to?
This is what my Succah looked like last year, well, sort of. I actually added a few soda bottle top flowers using photo shop! Time is of the essence right now with the holiday of Succot beginning tomorrow night, and since I have decided I'll find the time to make some more soda bottle top flowers to add to those I made last year, I played around with a photo from last year to see how many more I really need to make!
As I see itI need to make a minimum eight more for that wall with the frames. Ah, wait a minute, I had some mobiles that were hung in other places in the succah, maybe I should just dismantle those to use in this spot....hmmmmm. Or maybe I should try to make another 16 or so to make our succah look truly wonderful? I'll let you know what I ended up doing, but in any case there will be no all nighter, or even late nighter tonight as I'm working on being an "early to bed, early to rise" kind of gal, not so simple for the night owl crafter type that I have always been!
The holiday of Succot is on our doorstep, (it starts Wednesday night) and fortunately for me all the decorations I labored over last year are still in good condition, phew! While my kids want to spend time today whipping up a bunch of fun paper decorations, I hope to have time to make some more soda bottle top flower mobiles (above) to add to the collection. As far as ideas for some last minute crafting, here are some projects that I would recommend:
Here is the reminder that we really should have been doing all of this during the summer, sigh. But nonetheless is you can get the beads and craft foam together you could still whip up a bunch of these craft foam lanterns fairly quickly.
A fall bunting with golden apples is simple and sweet. Rags, rags and more rags could be great as chair garlands, or I've been thinking of making pom poms or tassels with rags......go raid that linen closet!
Spheres made from bracelets are gorgeous but a bit delicate for this stage of the game, why not try this idea with large hoops of some kind?
Accordian folded paper medallions always look great, and can be done with starched fabric as well! Thats it, gotta run, the Succah needs decorating, and gotta cook for a crowd. Enjoy your holiday preparations, and just remember, no matter how you decorate the succah, once the holiday starts the space always feels truly special regardless of the deoorations!
Welcome to Craft Schooling Sunday! We have just completed the holiday of Yom Kippur, which for many of us included a 24 hour fast, and now with the holiday of Succot in just four days, we are rushing to get ready for the wonderful 7 day holiday (8 days outside of Israel) for which I will hopefully get in some crafting! Succot is the craftiest of the Jewish holidays, and I have been known to pull all nighters creating decorations and making our succah truly special, but this year I already have some good decorations from last year, so there is less pressure than in previous years, which is great timing! As always the contributions from this international creative get together are certainly an inspiration, so thanks to you all! And now for the features from last week's party:
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