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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Help! Ideas for art projects for adults with disabilities on: January 28, 2009 07:20:48 PM
I recently started volunteering with a local charity. I run an art class every week for groups of up to 20 adults with disabilities. I see 2 groups every week, spending about an hour with each group.

I am trying to think of ideas for easy art projects that aren't too childish. The adults I am working with need varying levels of support. Some are quite independent, others have limited speech and need more help with new things. I think art is great for everyone because you can't get it wrong - it's up to you what you make. I want to give people a chance to experiment with different colors and textures, create something new, build their confidence and give them another way to express themselves.

Does anyone have any ideas for projects we could try?

Thanks!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My dog says "Save The Date, Grr" on: May 29, 2007 08:33:54 PM
I saw sarahlotfi's photobooth style save the date's ages ago and stored the idea away in my head. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=66606.0) Now I'm finally getting round to making my own, but my fiance wasn't keen on posing for pictures, so I had to adapt the idea a little bit...

We got Ollie from the Humane Society last year and he was more than happy to hold up the signs for me, as long as they were tied to a stick.

They're not as photobooth-y as I was originally intending, but I had to give up trying to get Ollie to pose in any kind of structured way. I'm going to be sending them out in an email, with a little note alongside about how it's taken us so long to get anything wedding related sorted out that Ollie decided to just get on with the save the date's himself.

I'd love to know what you think of them.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Salvaged Blue Beads: CheerMeUp Necklace! on: May 03, 2007 02:02:15 PM
I was given a long cord with these beads strung on at random intervals. It was meant to be worn casually slung around your neck. I knew I'd never wear it like that, but I really loved the beads, so I picked it apart, then restrung the beads on wire. Each bead it on its own individual piece of wire, which I curled into a loop on each end so that they would connect together.

The earrings it came with almost touched my shoulders and were destined to a wasted life at the bottom of a jewellery box. So I redesigned those too. Hurray!





I'd love to know what you think.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wowza! Comics bookcase! on: April 16, 2007 02:05:00 PM
We got the bookcase for $5 because it was damaged, and spent this weekend covering it with pages of comics from the 25cent bin at the comic store. We used watered down Elmer's glue to paste the pages on.

Now we just need to give it a few licks of varnish - anyone have any advice on what would be the best kind to use?

Before:

Halfway done:

After:


more pics here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/teacup/sets/72157600083569159/

(edited to fix pictures because I'm a fool and I didn't read the 'how to insert pictures' guide before I posted... oops)
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wire Butterfly Card on: November 07, 2005 03:40:12 PM
It was my Granny's birthday last week but I only just finished making her present this weekend (organisational skills not so strong in this one) and I made this card to go with it. The paper is sort of maroon coloured, but it looks brown in this picture because it was cloudy and miserable today  Sad I attached the butterfly and the little flight trail loops thingy with little pieces of thinner wire pushed through pinpricks in the card and twizzled round on the back.


She's mad about butterflies, and I wanted the card to sort of match her present (a beaded butterfly that I posted in the Beads section http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=61872.0 ).

Hope you like!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Butterfly on: November 06, 2005 11:22:25 AM
Just finished making this... hands still hurting a little bit from that wire. I'm sure the people who live across the street thought I was crazy when I was trying to take pictures of it hanging in our window. It's going to be a birthday present for my granny, who loves butterflies.


I'm sure there are easier ways of making things like this, but I sort of made it up as I went along using things I had in my box(es) of random craft stuff . So, I made a little frame out of silver 24 gauge beading wire and then filled in the gaps with seed beads on green 28 gauge wire. The wire at the top that looks like an extra set of antennae is a loop to hang it up.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Stockings on: October 30, 2005 05:39:22 PM
I just finished making this for my boyfriend... I know it's a bit early but I thought it would take me much longer to finish it because I don't have a sewing machine so it's all hand-sewn (blah). It's made out of two old shirts and a little bit of leftover red ribbon. Anyway, I finished it tonight and now I wish it was Christmas so we could hang it up  Smiley

Is anyone else thinking about Christmas waaaaay in advance? What does your Christmas stocking look like?
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