Friday, March 20, 2009

Expressive Arts and Crafts Therapy

Expressive Arts and Crafts Therapy

You don't have to be an artist have what you would think of as artistic talent to gain therapeutic value from practicing arts and crafts as therapy.

Art therapy can be in a professional setting, but doesn't have to be; practicing any form of artistic expression can be used to reduce stress or create a peaceful moment in your life.

Arts and crafts can include all sorts of forms of creative expression- it is not limited to painting, but can include dance, singing, music, writing, scrapbooking, knitting, crochet, drawing, sewing, pottery, acting, collage, photography, and so much more.

Check out some of these links and let the expressive arts healing begin!!

Arts and Crafting as Therapy

Art Therapy Blog

re: knit

HAUTE*NATURE: lindsay pemberton: rekindle project

Crochet links to visit

If you click here, you will be brought to a Squidoo lens that I created and there's a lot of links to crochet websites and patterns. Please add more, and I will eventually get them up on here too!

Click through to see the plexo

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Running in Circles

I've finished my free-form crochet table runner, or centerpiece. It's a gift for a friend, but I'm liking it so much that I'll probably do another couple and will write out a pattern for it too at some point. I want one in black and white, purple and olive, and red, black and white. This would be a great rug if you did it with wool in dark colors, or felted. So many possibilities....

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Craft Lake City

The first annual Alternative craft fair- Craft Lake City is happening in August!! Check out the website, and keep checking for more developments.... Craft Lake City

From the website:

Get your craft on

The first annual Craft Lake City Festival will take place on Saturday August 8, 2009 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the The Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. This event will be FREE and open to the public.

Links for place to buy and sell knitting and crafts

Art Fire
Buy handmade, sell for free
The place to sell and buy handmade crafts

Buy and sell handmade crafts made with care

Shop Handmade
Hand-crafted, hand-made arts and crafts

Made it Myself
Buy and sell handmade crafts

Craft Recipes
Market your crafts here

Monday, March 16, 2009

Welcome to Arte de Shelley

Hi, I'm Shelley "Staysik" on the left, and Jimi Germ is on the right. Arte de Shelleyan arts and crafts blog- including traditional and not-so-traditional arts, postings and art mostly done by me. I will post free patterns, and so check-in often for the newest craft. Feel free to submit your own patterns or how-to tutorials on your crafty creations. I have two online shops, and will continue to spread the word on crafts: another blog, I do with my fiancé Jimi Germasidle, called
Germasidle is also interesting and more generally punk-rock music focused, and be sure to vistit my online shops for gifts and handmade creations. I also write online with the bulk of my writing being how-to articles, many of them with lots of resources, links and crafty instructions.

I will provide links to great crafting patterns, blogs, websites and books, magazines and online 'zines. I hope to inspire some to begin crafting and to spread the word of the fantastid art and work that is being made out there.

Arte de Shelley Shop
Staysik designs