There is a whole world of dog people out there. In my neck of the woods some are friendly, some shy, some snooty. But the dogs always rule.
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Good day my friends!
Everyday there is a 100% chance that I will doodle a chika. So I thought it would be nice to share them with you 🙂
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Contributed to an altar in memory of our crafty abuelas (grandmothers). I do not have pics at this time but please enjoy the pic below. Two of the members of El Stitch y Bitch taught a youth summer knitting class and this is one of the many beautiful yarn bombing installations at their closing show.
The Day of the Dead exhibit runs through December.
Cocoa Beach Florida with my sister in July. Catching a show about the history of female surfers. Left my footprint there…
Annual Pros Arts We Are Hip Hop Festival
Canvas donated to Pros Arts Studios…
Oh lovely mess…
Cupcakes inspired by: Hello Naomi
Happy Birthday Ruby!
Waiting for sunnier days in Chicago…
Goodbye for now 🙂
Last Saturday was a rainy windy day but I made sure to get to the Chicago Zine Fest taking place at Columbia College. It was a 2 day event with readings, art show and film fest at different venues the night before and a Zine exhibition on Saturday. I’m more a comics reader but there are many zines that include artwork along with writings and I appreciate anything handmade. When I got there I was surprised to see so many comics and other artwork for sale. I saw small and large prints, notecards, stickers etc. One artist modge podged original cat art into the inside of jar caps and attached magnets on the back. Unfortunately my budget did not allow for this awesome purchase.
Below is a pic of what I was able to buy. Papercutter (issue one) features several comic artists from different U.S. cities in one comic. A diary in comic book style by Gabrielle Bell called L.A. Diary. A signed copy of Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream by one of my favorite Chicago comic artists Laura Park. She was also creating original drawings on matchbooks which I also picked up, so amazing! Also shown is a mini zine by my friend Eric Bartholomew and his Junk Drawer series. A 25 cent mini comic about Chicago pigeons by Small Science Collective. And finally a “celebration garland” which is hanging in my work area by canadian artist Sandi Falconer of DEADWEIGHT. This gal was one of my favorite print artists. Her color schemes and paper crafts were absolutely fab.
There were also so many other Chicago comic artists I admire present. I wish I had the courage to snap a pic with Laura Park in that minute that I was talking to her she really is such a friendly and smiley person. Oh well next time!
Some years ago I had learned some basic crochet stitches but didn’t know how to read patterns so I gave up pretty easily. I had always heard of the cute amigurumi creations through the crafting community and last year I stumbled upon this excellent book. I later added it to my Christmas wish list – Thanks Mom!
Let me just say, if you enjoy crocheting or are just learning then I recommend you get this book! Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli is absolutely wonderful for the experienced or novice crocheter! The first several pages in this book are all you will need to make such super cute little creations as the one I just completed above. The stitches are clearly illustrated and include patterns not only of cuddly animals but of veggies, cupcakes, and cacti oh my! The sizes vary and since I do have some time constraints the smaller amigurumi projects work out so perfectly. So far I’ve made a bunny with a complete outfit of skirt, hat and scarf – ooh la la! The latte coffee cup I’ve posted here and currently working on a cute red cat!