Monday, December 22, 2008

Give-aways on my blog


Hope everyone is having a peaceful lovely holiday!
I've posted some give-away offers on my blog
http://lanipuppetmaker.blogspot.com/2008/12/three-give-away-offers-from-me-to-you.html
as well as a posting on Play and Relaxation with lots of great links:
http://lanipuppetmaker.blogspot.com/2008/12/play-and-relaxation.html
Remember to always create time for play and relaxation! Especially during the holiday season!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Phrases for Shrinky Dink charms

Collage by Lani, "YOU are the gift"

This came from Gioia:
The faculty at GW art therapy program is
getting together for a potluck/ jewelry making, and last year I had
whipped some simple necklaces I gave out--some cool "art heals"
charms would be nice....what are other cool sayings I could say..I
should use you all's tag lines under your signatures...they are
always fun...let's see..

draw from within
play more
art heals
art is life
make art, not war
discover yourself, create more art!
create joy
be grateful
be still
peace
appricate life
Graditude Rocks!
smile
we are all artists

anyone got more short and sweet sayings to fit on my shrinky-dink
charms?

Jan replied:
Your event sounds so fasinating...how nice to share your art too! A few short words I like:

Be Gentle With Yourself
Expect Miracles
Believe
Miracles Happen
Dream
Hear the Music
Dance Everyday
Breathe
Dreams Are
Be Real
Remember Before
Maria had this thought:
Gioia and Jan, I love your "words" and wouldn't it be great to use them for art or art journaling or even activities to get a group going? An artist friend of mine made me an altered book as a thank you gift that is hollowed-out in the center. She filled it with many different sayings and told me to use it with clients/students to start conversations, art inspirations, etc. I just love it and "words" reminds me of this.

Gives a person ideas!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

'Tis the season for giving gifts

I loved exploring links from Chrysti's blog and what I have discovered is there's some wonderful generosity out there. Here's the first one:
Susan Tuttle's long awaited (by me anyway) new book, Exhibition 36: Mixed-Media Demonstrations + Explorations has just been released and the exciting, generous news is that she will be giving away a copy to a lucky, lucky person. There will be a drawing on Tuesday, December 16th at noon. If you want to be a part of the drawing, it's easy:

Just mention Susan's book in a post on your blog and include the Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/64h9tm
Then mention the contest and include a link to it in your post: http://ilkasattic.blogspot.com/2008/12/book-give-away-contest.html#links
Then leave Susan a comment for this post that includes your contact info, so I know how to find you if you win.
She also says "Feel free to grab the .jpg image of the book cover to use in your post (not required)."

Another beautiful giveaway in going on over at Kelly Rae's blog. Donate $5 to the building of a new house for Esteria a friend of Jen Lemen's who is a friend of Kelly Rae and a person I admire hugely! It all has to do with a trip to Africa which you can read about here. Kelly will pick a lucky donor to win one of her paintings.

There's also a giveaway going on at Nancye's Art and Beautiful Junk blog. She's a part of the 29 day giving challenge community, so she will be giving away one of her new booklets on making folk art polymer clay dolls.

And of course because Chrysti's giveaway is for 29 days, you can keep checking in with her. She's got a lovely one today of a beautiful calendar. Take a look and join in the fun!

Isn't all of this generosity just about the best thing going?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Do you know Chrysti Hydeck?

Image from Chrysti's email. (TtV and crayons)

There are happy times going on over at Chrysti's blog. She's gotten hooked by the 29 Days of Giving project and it seems to me that all her blog visitors will benefit. Even if we don't benefit by all of the amazing give-aways, we will surely see the happiness that this generosity will create for Chrysti and all her friends! Quick, go visit her blog and get happy!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Another blog award...


Couture de Papier awarded us this sweet little butterfly.http://couturedepapier.blogspot.com/ Thank you CdP!!!

Here are the guidelines for receiving this award:


1. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you
3. Nominate 10 other blogs for this award
4. Add links to those blogs
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

I'd like to share this award with the 14 Secrets bloggers:

Monday, November 3, 2008

Random Acts of Postal Kindness Challenge


Collage by Lani


Over at 14 Secrets we have been talking about how to cheer up our postal workers. Here's what the conversation looked like:

Lani: (re: healing tags)oh oh oh!!! I wonder when my postal worker will be finished looking at my healing tags!

Gena: Oh Lani, so you have one of those postal workers too... I have a whole line of them here. You'd think they'd never seen postal art before :) Hey maybe we could sometime make something just for them :)


Lani: Excellent idea! I once participated in a "nervousness.org" activity of postal friendliness, in which we gave our postal workers a surprise artful gift, took a picture and then contributed the picture to a book of some kind.
It was fun. I left a mug and a packet of hot chocolate with an artful card in my mail box. I got my mail pretty regularly from that postal worker... Hmmm. There's an idea in this...


Lynn: I love that idea! I often send mail with big bright smiley faces
and "Have a great day" written all over them. My thinking is that
message is as much for all of the postal workers who handle that mail
as for the person receiving it!

Our cranky postal workers are always very friendly to me, which I know
irritates other customers who are grumpy by the time they get to the
counter. I've always got a big smile along with my brightly colored
mail... I send lots of letters to our troops and often they are
decorated brightly to help brighten their day when they receive that
surprise piece of mail!

I just have a hard time sending "naked mail" and do my part to brighten
things up!
I've sent postcards to our letter carriers when we've been on vacation
and at the holidays I often leave them a card with some small gift
certificates for coffee or a burger. Our poor gal is often delivering
our mail at 5:30PM or later so I know she could use a little treat
after such long days!


Gena: Wow, your postal workers must really love you. How thoughtful you are!

I think they might have a tedious job and get everyone's flack. I know they love our packages. And I am sure they love your surprises... what a great show of appreciation! :) Thank you for these great ideas!


So here's the challenge:
Think of several wildly artful ways to surprise your postal worker, new ways to make them smile. Think of how they spend their days: walking, sorting, and dealing with canine and human moods. Let us know what you come up with. Take a photo and we'll post it here.

Share your ideas and mail art joy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thank you Carol Henley!!!

Carol Henley posted this great link in a comment. Take a look.
29-Day Giving Challenge


She'll be writing a book so she has a call to writers on this web page.
ATTENTION WRITERS: Call for PERSONAL ESSAY SUBMISSIONS for book
Topic: THE HEALING POWER OF GIVING
Submission Deadline: November 29, 2008

Book Title
29 GIFTS:
How to cultivate a daily giving practice that will ignite your energy for life
by Cami Walker and the 29Gifts.org Community

Book Description
29 Gifts is the story of how 29Gifts.org founder, Cami Walker, healed from a major illness by taking an unusual prescription from a South African medicine woman. The remedy? Give 29 gifts to others in 29 days. Midway through Cami's 29 days of giving, after seeing many miraculous changes in her life, she launched a website encouraging others to take the 29 Gifts Challenge and share their stories about how it impacted their lives. Six months and 1,879 committed givers later, a publisher said YES to Cami's proposal to write a memoir. The book is scheduled for release Fall 2009. The details of the publishing contract are confidential at this time.

In addition to Cami's inspiring personal story, 29 Gifts will also include a supplemental collection of personal essays from other writers about the Healing Power of Giving.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Visiting Patti's Blog "Altered Attic"

I was visiting Patti's blog and a few of the things she loves. Wow, how inspiring. And check out the side bar, it's loaded with delicious art and ideas! Here's one:

Thursday, October 2, 2008

How do you feel about making art?

I posted this over on my blogspot, but I think it should go here as well. Very heartening!

Cathy Malchiodi has a great blog entry today: Women Making Art: A Time Guiltily Seized. In it I found this lovely clip from filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll. Her documentary, "Who Does She Think She Is?” relates the stories of five women who are professional artists and mothers, the critical importance of art in their lives, and how both parenting and art making are often devalued in our culture. Read Cathy's blog and enjoy the clip.

Friday, September 26, 2008

New SuziBlu Video...

SuziBlu has a great idea for an artspace!!! So useful!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

With One Image Challenge

Edith Kramer as a young girl.

The August/September 2008 issue of Somerset Memories has a great challenge! There was an article about a collaborative project by the Arte ed Anima Group, 20 women that worked on postcards using the same basic image as a starting point, a cute little ancestor-as-child cabinet card image. The same image was used on all the artwork, but each piece was unique and different. They put out a challenge to try it out with your own group. "Collaborate with friends or do a grouping by yourself and show us your designs! Results will be published in the April/May 2009 issue."

I figure we could do it with an image of Edith Kramer as a kid which is a common ancestor for many of us, since she was one of the grandmothers of art therapy. But even if you are not part of the lineage, you may like to play with the image. (See the above image) So here's the deal, sign up in the data base (at 14 Secrets) for "With One Image" and I'll send you via email an antique photo jpg that you can print out and work with in real old fashioned ways, using paint, collage, etc. Read all about it here.

This will need to be a pretty quick turn around time. You will need to get the finished work to me by Oct. 15.

Our Specs:

Portrait (up and down rather than landscape)
4.25" x 6" (like a post card) Heavy paper, poster board, water color paper, cover stock, just so it'll stand up to what ever they put it through.

No margins necessary.

I'm sending out 2 images so if you blow one you have a second, or if you want to keep one then you can. Have fun with this. Pick up a copy of the magazine if you can, to give you an idea.

When I have all our images (land mail, hard copy, not digital - my address is in the database) I'll bind them in a book, create an eZine for us and send the original to Somerset, while we get to keep the eZines.

All artwork must arrive in Nova Scotia by 15 of October so I can create a book and send it out to Somerset. They basically want original art work, so they can photograph it to its advantage.

All artwork must be identified with the artist’s name, address, e-mail and phone number clearly printed on a label attached to the back. Artwork often gets separated from instructions during the Somerset selection process, so they need you to inscribe your name and address somewhere on the art.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

#2 video from GrittyArts

A Question from Carol Moore

Here's a question from Carol Moore:
Since Monday, I have been the ask the artist on the Artella 
Daily Muse. Something a little different for me, but it has
been a lot of fun.
The question today was about art materials 
It made me wonder how the 14 secrets group would reply to the following 
question:
What is the most interesting art material you have created with?
Carol from the mountain of Virginia

And here are the answers:

From Carol H.:
That is a question that I had to reflect on seriously.  I have played with so many materials over my many years as an artist.  "Most interesting" seems to narrow it down to something that I found new, enticing, challenging.  Artists do have a tendency to have what might be called "periods" of art.  I at one time had a "period" when I was into what I called then wood batiks, right now you would probably call it encaustic painting.  It was very experimental for me as back then we had no net to find information on techniques.  Another time, after finding an old rusty horse watering tank on this piece of property, I was into cutting and bending rusty metal.  I made some gorgeous frames for mirrors out of that old thing.  LOL  However, that lost its charm once the horse tank was reduced to refuse.  No other piece of metal has been so enticing.  Right now, I am attempting to make a sculpture from cement, as I read an article from one of the popular magazines about a lady's art using this form.  It is definitely the most challenging thing I have tried, so far, I think.  Thanks for sharing this question, it was rather fun to go back over my art and think about things.
 

From Nell
In days of yore we used to iron autumn leaves or crayon shavings between slips of kitchen waxed paper. I will try the Handiwrap for a more crystal look 
with my 2nd grade Girl Scouts. 

For those who live in the land of the winter deep freeze, try cutting 
snowflakes of colored tissue, placing in a pie tin filled with water 
and freezing outdoors overnight. Don't forget to leave a string 
looping out at the top as a hanger. They make beautiful outdoor 
suncatchers. If you have a winter traditon of decorating a tree for 
the birds with seeded pinecones, citrus fruits, suet balls, and other 
simple treats-- these make a sparkling addition. Sculpture for the 
birds!

From susanna:
One of the most interesting things I worked with was "Handiwrap" you can heat it with a warm iron and encase things in it. We used natural materials found outside before the workshop. We made a frame of vine or twigs and hung them in our windows. They were marvellous!

I guess the next thing would be old broken bits of crayon. We melted them on an old "griddle" or warming tray and than used expired photograph papers to scoop up delightful designs which then were incorporated in other mixed media collages.

Then of course if you're under 4 you might like fingerpainting with pudding and yogurt!

Just play!

From Gena:

One of my favoirte art materials is penscore. These are pieces of plastic type material that you heat and then form, which then makes a stamp. You can use paint to stamp backgrounds. I love the stuff. Have lots of fun with it and when you are tired with the stamp you just heat it up again and use a different form.. presto and voità!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mary Bogdan's work

Here's an interesting artist, that Adela sent me the link for. Mary Bogdan has such a variety of work, very inspiring, take a look.



I just love her assemblages!
Thank you Adela!

Do you know Robert Genn's The Painter's Keys?

The Painter's Keys is a wonderful newsletter which almost always has some perfect piece of wisdom to delight us. Gioia forwarded this one which I thought was perfect for 14 Secrets.
John Cage
Dear Artist,

What a remarkable clearing house this twice-weekly letter is. After that last one about building a factory, this old factory computer was backed up with creative folks who positively get off on the factory life. Almost no one disagreed with me. This could be a bad thing. Truckloads of related items came in as well. Louise Nel Phillips deposited John Cage's "Rules for Students and Teachers." Here they are:

1. Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.
2. General duties of a student--pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
3. General duties of a teacher--pull everything out of your students.
4. Consider everything an experiment.
5. Be self-disciplined--this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
6. Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail, there's only make.
7. The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
8. Don't try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes.
9. Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.
10. Break rules. Even your own rules. Leave plenty of room for X quantities.

John Cage (1912-1992) was a composer,John Cage's Variations VII
John Cage's Variations VII print maker, performance artist, writer, philosopher, editor, teacher, mushroom expert, collaborator and poet. Fact is, John Cage had a lot of fun in his factory. Considered one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century, he produced works with one note, no notes, notes by chance, and a noted organ composition that takes 639 years to play.

Thinking about the life and "happenings" of John Cage, it's not difficult to see that joy, imagination and brilliance flow from factories. "Life," he said, "is a workshop."

Best regards,

Robert

PS: "Music is purposeless play, an affirmation of life, not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we're living." (John Cage)

Esoterica: During a joint concert of Cage's "Etude for Piano," the video artist Nam June Paik cut off Cage's tie and then washed his hair with shampoo. Performance art is not limited to public galleries. Of his university life Cage wrote, "I was shocked at college to see one hundred of my classmates in the library all reading copies of the same book. Instead of doing as they did, I went into the stacks and read the first book written by an author whose name began with Z. I received the highest grade in the class. That convinced me that the institution was not being run correctly. I left." Cage's favorite saying was "nichi nichi kore konichi" or, "every day is a good day."


Thank you Gioia!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Creating Texture with GrittyArts


GrittyArts has a few "how to's" which I'll be posting here. Here's #1. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Secret # 13 (check the list to the right of post)

Here's an altered book that Lore made for her teacher who was retiring. ( Art as a gift.) Click on the images to see them enlarged. Can you imagine holding such a lovely gift in your hands? Oh my!:













And here's what her teacher said:
Lore, Dear,
I read your book-gift this morning as part of my meditation. Wonderful,
such a sweet combination of truth and artifact; I think it embodies my
profound conviction that somehow the stuff of the world carries the
essential truth of it, and that our interactions with this stuff can
either serve to obscure the truth more deeply or bring it closer to the
surface. Thank you for the caring, energy, and attention with which you
filled these pages.

And here's a gift of a doll Lore made for Carol. Very sweet, Lore! Carol, you are so lucky to have such a great friend!

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for September 3, 2008

Mountain Moments

Pink rising
over pale
sky blue
forest green mountians
sleepily covered
with morning dew
birds in flocks
flying
hummingbirds
getting ready to leave
monarch butterflies
have arrived
arriving at a meeting
a black swallowtail
flew around me
landed on a flower
in front of my hand
without thinking
I stroked the wings
as the butterfly
continued to enjoy
nectar
marveling at the joys
life provides for us
pink skies
to begin a morning



Carol Ingram Moore
http://www.grannysarthouse.com
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Have you ever wanted to alter a kid's board book?

Here's a SuziBlu tutorial on altering a board book. (check out the other tutorials also, she's fun!) (I also think she fits in the Secret #4 category for sure!)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Carol Moore's Beach Moments from August 3, 2008

Raspberry skies
summer sun beginning to dissolve
turning left
we begin an after dinner walk
sand sculpture turtle
child size labyrinth
dug deeply into the sand
with three feet walls
alligator scupture
lazily spread across sand
two year old child
wet hair sticking to her face
sitting in a large wading pool
carved out of sand
a pit with sand walls
two layers of beach chairs
on right and left
of the green sea turtles nest
Miss Jan telling us the eggs
laid 61 days ago
may hatch this evening
incubation period is 56 days
we walk back
Maggie walking the labyrinth
telling me why the sky is red
wondering about ice cream
as she sleeps
I wake to see stars falling
we walk this morning
sand cool under our feet
Miss Jan walking towards
the sea turtle nest
broom in her hand
she invited us to sit
wait and watch
as stars fall from the summer sky



Carol Ingram Moore
http://www.grannysarthouse.com
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Carol Moore's Moutain Moments for July 27, 2008


About the art piece:
The background is the mountains of Big Stone Gap.
My hand is holding a butterfly.
The butterfly is the swallowtail that wintered in the house.
Awoke one afternoon to find itself on our carpet.
Talk about pictures, Ray and I both grabbed our cameras.
After a while, he gently lifted the butterfly.
Out she went. Flying.
Ray is an incredible photographer. He also enjoys creating art with his images.


The thought had crossed my mind that it would also make a nice print.
If you are interested, just email.





Carol Ingram Moore
http://www.grannysarthouse.com
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for July 14, 2008

Mountain Moments

Thick impenetrable
clouds covering the green mountains
wisps of silver grey
breaking off
gently touching the earth
like tendrils of curls on a child's head
outline of birds
flying up into the sky
first you see them
then you don't
morning sun will burn off the cloud cover
for now
faeries could dance
unicorns walk across forest paths
trolls find their way back to caves
magic in the mountains
if you just believe


Carol Ingram Moore
http://www.grannysarthouse.com
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Links for Backgrounds from Gena

"Playing with backgrounds" by Lani


This came from Gena:


I have been looking for background techniques that might be fun for you to try if you so feel inclined. Below are a few links. Check them out if you wish...

1. Check out her easy as pie background, which is easy and so full of energizing color...

http://somethingtwocrowabout.typepad.com/something_two_crow_about/2006/08/easy_as_pie_bac.html


2. Here are some cool ATC backgrounds that you may want to try:
http://kucachoocrafts.wordpress.com/category/atc-background-techniques/

3. Here is another cool background, more for ATCs than for our purposes, but you never know, it could work with the tags, though would be a little more effort. Maybe sticky glue them all down together and make a big design over them...

http://www.artdolls.info/atc_backgrounds_cheater_style.html/

4. Last one here is for easy paste papers...

http://gomakesomething.com/ht/background/paste-papers/


Have fun and inspire with your tags!


Thanks Gena, these are fabulous!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for July 10, 2008

Mountain Moments

Tendrils of silver grey white
clouds rising like fingers
reaching to grasp the sky
as they rise melting
into the air

Slips of color
flying past the upstairs windows
blues, blacks, brown, greys,red
birds swooping, ambling, waltzing
through the morning



Carol Ingram Moore
http://www.grannysarthouse.com
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for July 9, 2008

Mountain Moments

Soft tiny brown feathers
lie around the feeders
black feather stands still
rising from the green grass
a brown thrasher came yesterday
a light brown robin size bird
ground feeder
mixing with the abundance of birds
Adolescent morning doves
are the comedians of the yard


a sleek young black cat arrived
this morning
heading right to the bird feeder
a light tap on the window
stopped him from hiding
in the ferns

pink glads like soliders in a line
follow peonies
everything orderly in the neighbor's garden
A new heady summer smell
white tall flowers like phlox
volunteering throughout the yard
mixed with Black eyed susans
letting nature rise where she will

Praying mantis, hummingbirds,
bees, wasps, unusual bugs,butterflies
every so often a dragonfly
flying around the yard

Each moment filled with the awe of summer
sounds, smells, and sights


Carol Ingram Moore
http://www.grannysarthouse.com
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Monday, July 7, 2008

What in your life is calling you?

Wild iris blooming in Prospect (through the viewfinder).
From the Terma Collective "The Box"

And suddenly, out of the silence, someone whispered to me:
"You are the one. Come immediately!"

What in your life is calling you?
When all the noise is silenced,
the meetings adjourned,
the lists laid aside,
& the wild iris blooms by itself
in the dark forest,
what still pulls on your soul?
In the silence
between your heartbeats
hides a summons.
Do you hear it?
Name it, if you must,
or leave it forever nameless,
but why pretend it is not there?
Don't think for a momnet
the Mind
that designed the maple leaf,
the mountain, & the Milky Way,
(our endless need to love & be loved)
has forgotten you.
Listen!

Images from Gioia on the beach...



Thank you, Gioia!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for June 27, 2008

Photos by Carol Moore
Mountain Moments

As the sun was setting
daylilies were closing
vivid orange flowers
petals slowly moving
inward
capsizing upon themselves
chilled by night air
they hang
limp and tired
as the sun rises
new lilies opening
catching the sun
vibrant
alive
enticing butterflies
encouraging bees
vital life force
an orange daylily



Last year as part of an art project, I took photographs of the lilies every thirty minutes from closed to fully open.
To see a flower, you really have to look at the flower.
They are incredibly amazing.
May you take the time to ponder nature today.

Carol Ingram Moore
http://www.grannysarthouse.com
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for June 15, 2008 (Happy Father's Day)

Mountain Moments

What is a miracle?
I have been pondering this question for several days.
And today, father's day
a word dances around in my mind
Life
The birth of a child, a bird, a butterfly
Mystery, joy, pain
Waking each morning
Thirty-one years ago, we became parents
The nine pound nine ounce son
Held gently in our arms
Ten fingers, ten toes
A miracle looking right into our faces
Understanding before the death of my father
The importance of saying I love you and
Holding your tongue
Watching our grandchild being born
Celebrating the ninetieth birthday of my father in law
Miracles are life
Each breath we take
Each moment we pause
Each flower that blooms
A butterfly landing in the palm of an outstretched hand
A father loving his children
Each day forever and always




Carol Ingram Moore
http://www.grannysarthouse.com
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Carol Moore's Mountain Moments for June 2, 2008

Mountain Moments
Two tired girls
dirty barefeet
playing at the park
with granddaddy
sitting on church steps
sucking on honeysuckle flowers
Why are they called honeysuckle, I ask
Because they have honey
are sweet
and you suck on them
response from Maggie
Millie holds up a brown haggard blossom
These are the sweetest
they don't look like they would be sweet
as she bites into the honey
crumpled flowers and leaves
gathered for the compost
girls gathered for cool drinks

Receipe for Fun
Two girl friends age five and six
Flat plastic container
Bubbles
Plastic soda can holder with six circles
spatalua
bubble blowers
Mix all together on a sunny day
Watch the fun begin
Add a towel
Hose with several settings
for bubble spills
Spray



Carol Ingram Moore
http://www.grannysarthouse.com
Take time to play, create, and have fun!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Amulet Bag Swap for the 14 Secrets group



Thanks Carolyn, Nell, Marilyn, Maria, Mary, Lore, Lorina, Kathy, Jan, Joyce, Gena, Darlene, Carol, and of course Deborah!

From Deborah Gilchrist:
Amulet bags, medicine bags, gris gris, charm, herb, mojo bags - by whatever name, they are designed to be a personal totem for the wearer, dispelling negativity and carrying whatever energy is needed. The traditional bag used by many cultures holds a charm or talisman (or a combination of several that can work together). There are subtle differences, from what I've read, for instance, between an amulet bag (intended for spiritual enhancement) and a medicine bag (which carries special accoutrements to encourage physical healing), but all are intended to bring the wearer in alignment with the energies she needs most at a given moment in her life, according to what is contained both within and without (embellishments/design). Traditionally, they are beaded or made of leather, but we are only limited by our own imagination!

Some links (also from Deborah):

I searched the web high and low and found several resources for beaded bag instructions. I did find one pattern also for a simple fabric bag and one for a lovely crocheted bag in several styles.

If you're interested in trying your hand at beading in a tubular peyote stitch:
http://www.angelfire.com/co2/beltana/peyote.html

Fabric pattern:
http://www.geocities.com/fullmoon_magic/sachets.html

Crocheted and beaded:
http://www.knitting-and.com/crochet/beaded-amulet-bags.htm

Crocheted 'lunch money' purse which could be adapted:
http://www.crochetnmore.com/lunchmoneypurse.htm

A little bit of history (and some photos near the bottom of the page):
http://www.native-languages.org/bags.htm

Some GORGEOUS beaded bags for inspiration:
http://www.stanford.edu/~jamila/amulet.html

And here are some intriguing and lovely medicine bags made of paper:
http://www.cjmorgan.com/paper-vessels/index.htm