More goodness from Instructables Best of 2009 lists....
Best of Category
The most popular projects at Cut out and Keep
Current Hottest New Topics on Craftster
Me and my tribe (sister Norah and daughter Holly) are volunteering to run the Pictures with Santa booth at the Petsmart on Craig & MLK this Sunday 12/20 from 10AM to 4PM. Bring your furry buddy out for a holiday memory and support the best animal rescue group in the city. HCWS works on the principal that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." The majority of their funds are spent on spay and neuter programs to ultimately lower the number of pets needlessly put down every year in the Las Vegas valley.
From the HCWS website:
Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) animal humane organization, was formed in 2000 by a group of 5 concerned citizens with the lofty goal of building a beautiful 20 acre sanctuary to house all of the unwanted animals in our community. In the meantime, animals were and still are dying at rate of around 30,000 per year in our local shelters while many more simply die on streets. Therefore, we decided to refocus our efforts away from rescue and more into promoting spay/neuter as the solution to our pet overpopulation problem here in Las Vegas.
We learned early on that spay/neuter was one of the prominent common denominators that other successful cities and states have used to reduce euthanasia in their shelters and since have focused heavily in this area. Through simple spay and neuter surgeries, thousands of unwanted litters are prevented each year in our community.
During the past 7 years we have spay/neutered close to 40,000 cats and dogs. Last year, because of the Nevada Community Foundation’s assistance, we were able to sterilize an unbelievable 7,745 animals! We also placed close to 900 cats and dogs through our adoption programs. Amazingly, we do all of these great things without even having a public facility!
The latest and greatest news is that we will be opening a spay/neuter clinic location in the City of Las Vegas this June. This clinic will serve as a much-needed resource for those who aren’t able to afford sterilization services at regular veterinary prices. We are also working on securing a permanent clinic location in the City of Henderson. On April 19th a resolution was introduced to award Heaven Can Wait a 2.4 acre parcel of land adjacent to their shelter for the purpose of building an even larger spay/neuter clinic and office facility. If passed on May 19th we will then sign a 50-year lease at $39 a year and will have 6 years to plan and begin construction on our future.
In addition to focusing on animal spay and neuter programs, Heaven Can Wait successfully operates several additional programs aimed at reducing animal suffering and euthanizations through educational and rehabilitation programs throughout the community.
I think after reading that you'll agree that their approach makes sense for both people and animals. Come out out and give them a few bucks!
Sew, Mama, Sew has once again posted their Handmade Holidays series for 2009. You can also access the master lists for 2007 and 2008. All of the projects on these lists are fairly easy to sew and none of them are large investments of time or materials.
All images are copyright the respective authors.
Here's a few of my favorites from 2010:
Here's my next two classes at UNLV educational Outreach.
PHOTOSHOP CS4 WORKSHOP: CURVES DEMYSTIFIED
Curves (when used with adjustment layers and masks) are the most powerful and flexible, but least understood, editing feature in Photoshop. By the end of this workshop, you will understand exactly what the lines mean and how to analyze a photo to create a curve to fix common photos issues such as underexposure, color casts, dull color, washed out skies, faces in shadow, and a myriad of other problems in a few clicks. This workshop is not held in a computer lab. Students may bring their personal laptops with Photoshop CS4 to the workshop if they wish to follow the topics that are being presented. .3 CEU
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge and experience in using Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop - Level I completion is recommended for those students without prior background.
Wed. 5:45-8:45pm, Jan. 13
UNLV Paradise Campus (PAR) Room 107
$69 Includes parking permit and CEU
TWEETING THE BOTTOM LINE: HOW TWITTER CAN BUILD YOUR BUSINESS
Everyone is "tweeting" about Twitter, but what is it good for? Discover how this social media application can become a powerful and free tool to grow your business and customer base by keeping your customers informed and by spreading your brand's message virally. Open another avenue to build relationships with targeted audiences while you explore how other companies are using Twitter. Learn what your business should and should not tweet, and learn how to build a following of users that want to hear from you and your organization. This class is not held in a computer lab. .3 CEU
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of the Internet is required. Experience with online chat and other social media applications is helpful.
Wed. 5:45-8:45pm, Jan. 20
UNLV Paradise Campus (PAR) Room 107
$69 Includes parking permit and CEU (1 session)
Some years ago I made a fall applique leaf quilt that hangs in my sister Sarah's front hall. She's been asking me for a little Christmas wall quilt since just about a week after I gave her the first one, which was.. gasp! ... probably 5 years ago. So this weekend, I FINALLY made her up one. Just a simple freehand cut raw edge applique that was quilted on the sewing machine. These will not be washed much so the edges probably won't even fray much.
Each little quilt is about 8" x 10". There is a hidden ribbon hanger on the top one and a set of ribbons hold them together. All made from scraps, too! They are both self-bound. Total time was about an hour from start to finish.
Right now, I am making up one of my micro-messenger bags for my other sister, Kim and one for my Nana as well, plus two Christmas stockings and several sets of oven mitts and microwave mitts. I guess the sewing damn is good and broken!
It's been months since I've had time to create anything for sale, but I finally finished a new bag this week! Borneo is a fold over flap bag with some heavy beading and embellishment. It doesn't have a velcro or a snap ... just the weight of the bag makes it flop over ... so you could put taller stuff in it. I went just a little nuts (I think from pent up creative juices) so this bag features 3 other artisans. Karen from Ruby Mountain Dyeworks contributed that smashing lime green hand dyed base fabric, Beadfreaky made the ceramic turtle button and Midnight Coiler made the other small ceramic charm located on the front panel. It also uses this neat flat yarn with multi-color squares I picked up on clearance. The edges of the bag opening are raw edge patchwork and are designed to fray with use. I've had that teal flower print on the inside for quite a few years so I am glad it told me it wanted to live in this bag instead of on my shelf. The whole look kinda speaks to me of beachy sailboat cruises where you really do get away from it all, so I gave it an exotic locale for a name. It's over here in my Artfire shop if you want to see more pics.