Monday, February 18, 2008

Of bra's and books...

JoAnnA's purse with her kind permission.
So over on 14 Secrets we are cooking up some creative ideas. Many of us are either cancer survivors ourselves and/or have friends who are. All of us know people that are now no longer with us because of cancer. So we are thinking of books and bras. Some would like to do an altered book round robin by invitation only where the theme would be related to our various experiences with cancer. The bra challenge is being discussed and here are some wonderful links and ideas.

The image and first link is from JoAnnA Pierotti. I first met JoAnnA through Paper Whimsy (a favorite of both of us!)

Anyway, she's a wonderful writer and artist and I'll let her speak for herself. Here's her blog entry about the altered bra purse:
http://mosshill.blogs.com/joannas_journal/2007/10/breast-cancer-a.html

And her cancer support group in Amador County, California:
http://justbeginagain.typepad.com/

And you can find her cancer story here:
http://mosshill.blogs.com/joannas_journal/2007/10/my-breast-cance.html

"My heart goes out to all women who have experience breast cancer. It is not a fun ordeal and it does change you, and for me, I believe was for the better. I cherish life and I cherish those around me every day. I enjoy the simple things in life like I never did before. I am living until I die, whenever that might be. I hope not for a long time...too much to do...to much art to create!

To LIFE!!

Love to all...JoAnnA"


Here's JoAnnA's favorite instructions link:
http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/efs_bra_purse.html

Thanks so much JoAnnA!!!

Here are some more links of altered bras for charity:
http://www.wtww.org/
http://www.wtww.org/2007_exhibition_bras.htm


Deb Gilchrist's Grandma's links for bra purses:
Here are some links to instructions for making bra purses. It appears they can be assembled either by hand-stitching or using hot glue. I think I'll opt for stitching, but I'm including the directions I found for both methods. The last link has photos (scroll down). What amazed me is that some actually look like evening bags and you'd never know they started out life as undergarments.

Have fun!
Deb


http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/efs_bra_purse.html
http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1165&print=
http://www.lubbockredhats.com/brapurseinstructions.html
http://www.lubbockredhats.com/brapurse.html

Buy ... the book "Crazy, Sexy Cancer" by Kris Carr. You wont regret it, and she will love it. There are resources in the book for alternative healing to work in conjunction with modern medicine or alone, as well as Kris's own story of survival. - Jodie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmjcKqXHJSM (a trailer for the film version of Crazy, Sexy Cancer)

Jeannie K. reminded us about alternatives to the medical approaches to cancer, like caisse's tea (sometimes called Essaic). It's just four herbs that you can combine yourself, take a third cup a day.

The history and recipe are here:
http://www.healthfreedom.info/Cancer%20Essiac.htm


Then another idea came in from Nell which is very exciting:
keys to the lock..... I am wondering what you do to unlock your creativity when you find yourself at a creative deadend?
Watch birds fly.....Stand before the big lake (or sea) and let the
power of the waves wash your mind clear.......

Maybe this would be a good tag swap? We could each share a Key to the
Lock on a tag (make as many copies as there are traders) and in the end
we each end up with a series of tags to make our own tag-books, based
on collected ideas and wisdoms. -Nell

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