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Craft Day with the Neighborhood Kids – Holiday Gobblers for Relay for Life

Last Saturday was “turkey day”. The neighborhood kids came over. Some of them used the computers and some learned how to make the Holiday Gobblers for our Relay for Life Team. I was pretty busy helping them through the process and rethreading yarn, but I did take a few shots:

Plastic Canvas - Jovon, Tyrek and Jacal at Work
Boys At Work (Well, two of them)

Plastic Canvas - Jacal Glues Eyes
Jacal Glues on Eyes for Greg Z’s Turkey (THANKS GREG!)

Plastic Canvas - Tyrek Works
Tyrek Finishes Up A Piece

Henry was on hand for moral support:
Plastic Canvas - Henry Lays Around
Henry and Supplies

And here are some of Saturday’s efforts:

Plastic Canvas - Tyrek's Turkey, Vicky's Turkey
Two Finished Turkeys

Holiday Gobbler - Grey and Pink
Grey and Pink Turkey

Do you covet a cute little turkey of your own? Simply make a November donation to our Hunter Street Hope Relay for Life Team.

Tyrek’s Donation Page
Khalif’s Donation Page
General Team Donation Page

November 16, 2010 at 5:00 am 5 comments

Relay for Life – Holiday Gobblers

The last two years, Ryan, ZJ and I weren’t alone at Relay for Life. Both years we had neighborhood kids accompany us. Since the kids are very enthusiastic about the event, this year we making our team a “Hunter Street Team“. Ryan and I are donating the registration fees for the kids who want to participant. (Ryan has already been convinced to give Tyrek an additional donation as well 🙂 ).

Recently I have been exposing some of the kids to plastic canvas.

Plastic Canvas - Jacal Works on Magic Card Holder
Jacal Stitches Himself a Deck Protector for his Magic Cards

Building on that skillset and inspired by Thanksgiving, this month as a thank you gift for donations, we’re going to make these Holiday Gobblers as Thank You Gifts.

Holiday Gobblers
Holiday Gobblers for Thanksgiving

We have four colors:

  • Burgundy (aka “The Hokie”)
  • Dark Brown
  • Tan
  • Black and White Spotted

When you squeeze them, they will give you a kiss, specifically a Hershey Kiss. Or…. you can use them to decorate your nose. Holiday Gobblers are multifunctional!

Plastic Canvas - Kissy Bird Bites Jacal
Jacal is Attacked by a Holiday Gobbler

Donation Pages
Khalif’s Donation Page
Tyrek’s Donation Page
General Team Donation Page

P.S. If you are craftsy and would prefer to make your own, we can send you all the supplies (except for glue and needle) and the instructions instead!

November 12, 2010 at 5:00 am 3 comments

Weekly Winners – February 1 – Feburary 6th

This week’s Weekly Winners is accompanied by drawings by a promising local artist by the name of Hannah S. On Sunday, Ryan Somma and I attended a Super Bowl Party at her parent’s house. Hannah loves to draw so she was put in charge of decorating. A sign on the front door welcomed us to the party. Throughout the house, there were signs labeling important landmarks such as the living room and the food buffet. A banner of hand drawn footballs hung from the mantel.

During the game, Hannah further demonstrated her artistic skills by drawing herself as a super hero. Her favorite color is black and she loves to skate board, so her super hero donned a black mask and a time traveling skate board. And thus Skate Board Girl was born.

Later this year, the 1986 critically acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen will come to life on the big screen. That’s a 23 year long journey that featured a number of failed adaptation attempts and a bitter copyright suit. Young Hannah, on the other hand, was able to bring her vision to life the same evening. Using black construction paper, she made herself a mask and viola – Skate Board Girl lives!!!

SkateBoardGirl Superbowl - Skateboard Girl

Knowing that I liked to rollerblade and my favorite color is green, Hannah’s next character was “Fire Blade Girl”. And knowing that Ryan Somma is exceedingly smart, she created “Fire Brain”.

“His brain is working so hard,” Hannah explained, “It’s on FIRE!!!!”

And of, course, we needed masks to match.

Fire Brain & Fire Blade Girl
Fire Brain and Fire Blade Girl by Hannah S.

Superbowl - Masked Ryan and Masked Vicky
Fire Brain and Fire Blade Girl

Watching Hannah making masks was very much like watching an episode of Project Runway (which like Watchmen  has its own set of legal complications). For each of her creations she had to have the model report for a fitting before securing the final seams.

Superbowl - Hannah Masks Ryan
Ryan Prepares for his Fitting

At the end of the evening, I discovered Hannah isn’t the only one in her family with artistic talent. I thought I was all cool making a Plastic Canvas Icosahedron. That is… until I saw the amazing Plastic Canvas village Hannah’s maternal grandmother made. It is the most impressive plastic canvas project I have seen to date.

Superbowl - Train Through Plastic Canvas
Beautiful, Intricate, Impeccable Plastic Canvas Work

More pictures of the Super Bowl Party are up on my Flickr site. Also, be sure to check out more of this week’s Weekly Winners out at Sarcastic Mom!

February 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm 9 comments

Plastic Canvas Icosahedron

It isn’t unusual around Christmas time that I do some sketches, get out some graph paper and work on a Plastic Canvas project for someone on my list. Usually my patterns are in the form of cartoon characters (such as Beavis or Cartman) or Hokie Birds. This year, I did something a little different for the science geek on my list. I made a plastic canvas icosahedron. It’s not a cartoon character, but it did have a solid role in the Futurama: Bender’s Game movie!

An icosahedron is a 20-sided platonic solid. In the regular icosahedron, each face is an equilateral triangle. Icosahedrons are everywhere. If you shake a Magic Eight ball, your fortune is being reported back to you by an icosahedron. Like Scattergories or role playing games? The die you play with is an icosahedron. Do you have herpes? Well then, my friend, you are infected with microscopic icosahedrons!


Icosahedrons at Work – Magic Eight Ball (Photo by greeblie), 20 Sided Dice (Photo by slayer23), Scattergories (Photo by JimmyMac210), Herpes Virus (Photo from Health News Blog)

And as if herpes and Magic Eight Balls are not treasure enough, you can now have your very own icosahedron constructed out of plastic canvas!


Plastic Canvas Icosahedron (Pictured with a souvenir lizard from Jost Van Dyke)

It was actually one of the more simple stitching projects I have taken on. The steps are quite easy:

Plastic Canvas Icosahedron - Original Hexagon Plastic Canvas 1) At Michael’s, I purchased some nifty hexagon shaped sheets of plastic canvas. They are also available online at Everything Plastic Canvas. You’ll need four hexagons for this project.
Plastic Canvas Icosahedron - Six Equilateral Triangles 2) I cut each hexagon into six equilateral triangles. That gave me 24 rectangles– 20 for my solid and 4 extra.
Plastic Canvas Icosahedron - Single Triangle 3) Stitch each triangle to your preference. I just used a simple backstitch using decreasing shades of purple and a black center.
Plastic Canvas Icosahedron - Sewing the Pieces Together 4) Start stitching the triangles together. I found it much easier to put the pieces back to back as long as I could (That gets more difficult as our solid takes shape). I used a standard overcast stitch. I typically did two stitches in each hole, with extra stitches at the triangle points for additional support.
Plastic Canvas Icosahedron - Five Piece Cap 5) With the assembly strategy, I first stitched five of the triangles together to create a little cap.
Plastic Canvas Icosahedron - Adding Triangles to Original Five Piece Cap 6) Next, I stitched an upside down triangle to the bottom of each triangle in the cap.
Plastic Canvas Icosahedron - Adding Triangles Between the Triangles 7) Between each of those newly attached upside down triangles, I stitched a right-side up triangle. After that endeavor, there were 15 pieces sewn together.
Plastic Canvas Icosahedron - One Five Piece Section, One Fifteen Piece Section 8] I set aside my work so far and stitched another five piece cap. Now I had two sections– a 15 piece section and a small 5 piece cap.
Plastic Canvas Icosahedron - Done! 9) Finally– I stitched my two sections together and viola — Plastic Canvas Icosahedron.

Additional Icosahedron Projects

Now say you covet your very own icosahedron, but you don’t want to work with plastic canvas and you don’t really want herpes. You can make icosahedrons with just about any arts and craft technique and out of a variety of materials– even marshmallows! Here’s a quick collection of links to help guide you on your icosahedron whims:

Technique/Materials Link
Origami Instruction Video
Knitting Blog | Photo
Crochet Blog
Designer Paper Blog
Zome Tool Blog
Map Photo
Picture Photo
Wire Photo
Marshmallows and Toothpicks Photo

Do you have your own icosahedron project? Let me know! I’d love to hear about it!

January 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm 17 comments


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