My personal #Chakra #SelfCare #CheckIn #Toolkit

I can’t help but love the magical thinking that happens when considering the chakras!

The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. – source

So I have been developing a toolkit to enhance my imagination and awaken my inner creative!

This Chakra Self-Care, Check-In Package includes:

  1. Personalized Hand-drawn Chakra Chart
  2. Chakra Healing Sock Monkey
  3. Embroidered Centering Heart
  1. The Chakra Chart is hand-drawn, depicting a Frida Kahlo-esque goddess and illustrates the 7 main chakras and pertinent notes regarding each chakra.  This is a tangible, visual check-in chart to allow me to have a relaxed dialogue with my body as I consider where I am feeling blocked- physically and emotionally.

 

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18″ x 24″ on newsprint.  It’s meant for me to USE- write on it, fold it, hang it up, add to it, not be afraid to spill on it, copy it, research and add more notes etc.

I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.

– Frida Kahlo

2. The Chakra Healing Sock Monkey is something to hold and meditate on and cuddle.  The tactile experience allows me to feel childlike abandon and helps me to imagine that I release those blocks.  And I place a felt heart at the root chakra.  The grounding base.  (Some people are squeamish about the heart at the crotch… I say, don’t worry about it.)

Depicted here is the sock monkey I made my Dad in 2010.

3. The heart is THE CENTRE.  And this Embroidered Centering Heart almost acts as a labyrinth, as I run my finger along the knooks and crannies of the heart.

Embroidered heart on cardstock.

I use chakra check-ins in my own self-care and in my therapeutic art classes.  Considering the chakra chart is a powerful visualization technique.  It may not be proven science but simply creating space and time to reflect on the idea of the chakras helps us let go in the moment and take a breather.  A mini-vacation, if you will.

Your biography becomes your biology.

– Caroline Myss

Special edition sugar skull sock monkey

This handmade, handsewn sock monkey is a special version of my sugar skull sock monkey line!

She has an embroidered face and her dress is soft stretch cotton with crow design.  She is adorned with flowers and a little bird sits atop her head.

Materials:

Work socks

Hypo-allergenic polyester fibre stuffing

Embroidery thread

Cotton

Felt

Artificial Flowers

UPDATE: SHE WAS DONATED DECEMBER 11, 2015 TO THE SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER AT MOUNTAINSIDE SECONDARY SCHOOL CRAFT FAIR BENEFITING THE KYT FOUNDATION.

  

 

  

Craft: three birds, two monkeys, one tea towel. 

   This cozy sock monkey measures 18 inches tall and wears a tea towel dress and a little bird on her head.  Let her accompany you in your kitchen; she’s washable- so let her infuse your kitchen with magic as you wipe your hands on her dress.  The little blue bird adds an extra delight and spice.

Now available on ETSY: LINK

This adorable little monkey is accompanied by two birds.  He measures approximately 12 inches tall.  He’s super cuddly and a real good luck charm. His friendly demeanour is ready to soak up any anxieties and the birds will safely process all your worries.

Now available on ETSY: LINK

    

10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Art blog event. Frida No. 1: sock doll. #recycledcraft

I’m celebrating my blog with an art event.

The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

(How many of you that know me are right now rolling your eyes and saying, “duh”…!?!?  I realize I am a tad obsessed.)

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For the next 10 Tuesdays, I will be creating 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another.  It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever…  A surprise.  I will be posting one a week.

These new and unique Frida arts and crafts are my own designs and will be for sale here on the blog for a special presale price before I put the item onto my online store.  The sale price for each product will last for one week, then it gets listed if not sold here.

Frida No. 1: the sock doll

This Frida is made out of 100% recycled, gently used product.  Her body is made from a work sock and her hair is made from a black sock.  Her skull face has a white sock as ground color.  The dia de los muertos/sugar skull face is embroidered.  All the thread is from my mom’s old sewing basket.  Her tattooed arms feature Frida portraits from discontinued socks from Haight and Ashbury, San Francisco.  Her dress is made from vintage materials and her flowers are made from an antique hand-crocheted doily.  The little lamb is made from an old blanket.   The doll is about 24 inches tall with skirt (body about 18 inches).

PRICE: $175.00 CAD (Shipping free in Canada).  Email me for purchasing details.

CONTACT KATARINA: Email

UPDATE May 27, 2015 : ITEM IS SOLD

     

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There is nothing more precious than laughter.

Frida Kahlo

 

New shop in my neighborhood: @ingoodcompanynv: #Local #Handmade #EcoFriendly #Cooperative #Inspiring

I love connecting with people who pursue a dream and then execute the plan.  Janelle Bakker and Jean Stenhouse in North Vancouver are two such people:1377267562

Local. Handmade. Gifts. Baby & Kids. Clothing. Eco-Friendly. Cooperative.

I am delighted to discover the new store IN GOOD COMPANY a couple of blocks away from my apartment filled with eco-friendly, handmade, made-with-love, children-welcome, ETSY-for-real, artisan-celebratory shop!

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I had my first official visit yesterday and I was so impressed with the friendly and inviting space that allows the visitor to immerse into incredible arts and crafts, fashion, food, vintage items etc.  It is very child-friendly (kids can be kids) and has a workshop space in the back.

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From the IN GOOD COMPANY site:

The creators of IGC are Janelle and Jean – North Shore based small business owners and busy moms to 5 little kiddos. 

Our own retail store? Are you kidding me?!  We are so excited that this partnership has allowed us to have a prime retail space in the heart of LoLo (Lower Lonsdale), run our businesses, plus spend time with our families.  We also wanted a place where like-minded local artisans and small business owners can showcase their amazing products and talents and create a supportive network for each other.

Email: hello@ingoodcompanyshop.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ingoodcompanyshop
Twitter & Instagram: ingoodcompanynv
Snail Mail and IRL: 
67 Lonsdale Ave, 
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2E7

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY VISIT YESTERDAY:

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CONGRATS JANELLE AND JEAN ON MAKING YOUR DREAM COME TRUE AND FOR NOURISHING OUR DREAMS!

Check out IN GOOD COMPANY in:

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An ode to @Iamyokoo #portrait #inspiringartist

18" x 24" China marker on newsprint
18″ x 24″ China marker on newsprint

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Running a one-woman knitwear enterprise from home, Yokoo is an artist, a perfectionist and a ”total control” worker. She enjoys being a part of the entire process: thinking, designing, sketching, picking up the material, creating, photographing, promoting, trading and sending. She still gets butterflies every time she packages up a new order.

SOURCE

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Yokoo on ETSY

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MOTHER on ETSY

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YOKOO AT ANTHROPOLOGIE

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ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE VIDEOS. IT’S A REMINDER TO ME OF WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: