Bottoms Up!

While today’s TWO-CENT TUESDAY  post does not actually cost a mere two cents you might save a few cents if you use a coupon for this necessary baby item…diapers.  Let’s talk about designer diapers!  What are designer diapers?

The diaper industry can be creative too.  It doesn’t matter if you use disposable or cloth diapers now-a-days by way of fashion.  Both include items that can help your little one be more visibly attractive when sporting a little covering like a simple diaper.

Prettier diapers will be pricier. A pack of about two dozen of the toddler-size diapers will have a suggested retail price of $15.99, about $6 above plainer versions. Popular designer Cynthia Rowley has designed 11 styles of Pampers, including pastels, stripes, madras and ruffles. Enjoy the examples of what a designer diaper can look like.  They also make great baby shower gifts, along with including a coupon for more of the same.  Sometimes the fancier diapers can be reserved for special occasions out as well.

The camo diaper comes after the successful launch of the Huggies brand Jean diaper last summer. The designer diapers can
cost up to 20% more than regular diapers with most packs having fewer diapers. But, none the less aren’t they cute?

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The gFlutter pant by gDiapers comes in bright spring colors.  How wonderful for people to use this as a fashion and eliminate a little bit of the pressure to spend money on other clothing fashions for children.

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Cartoon characters and animals are also popular designs for diapers. Sesame Street characters are featured on Pampers
Cruisers. You will find solid colors, pastels, and other designs.  There are diaper services that are available that allow you to personalize with monograms or cute messages like: “Change Me”.
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Special eco-diapers by gDiapers feature pink ruffles for girls. The company claims its diapers are eco-friendly because they offer a biodegradable disposable diaper or reusable inserts. If you are thinking that these are new, they really aren’t.  Designs may be new or brighter in color or the fabric quality may have changed but, I actually used these covers 17 years ago with my daughter.  They were available with the diaper service I had.  I loved them because they were easy to use, snug, conscious of our environment and of course fashionable!

I am sure that this is a somewhat low-cost way to express creativity by way of your infant child.

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Inspired By Irene

Club Creative Studio Art is often inspired by nature.  Sometimes the colors in nature are represented, sometimes the shape or feel of nature is inspirational.  This FEATURE FRIDAY is a brief focus on how the beads I have created bring to mind nature… again. This time,  Mother Nature shows her control around the East Coast in the form of wind, rain and surf  in our upcoming hurricane system known as Irene 2011.  The harsh weather conditions are upon me yet, I can’t help but want to spend time I am stuck indoors in the development of celebrating the shapes that remind me of this tropical storm.

Club Creative Studio Hand-Rolled Clay Beads

As the FRIDAY FEATURE today, I share with you a few hand-made, hand-rolled clay beads that will be transformed into jewelry today. I will post the finished creations on the Club Creative Studio Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio this weekend.  Be sure to check it out, share a comment and check the “like” on the page as well. I also encourage you to invite a friend to view and “like” the more viewere, the marrier.  I love to share ART THAT SETS YOU APART!

When it is hurricane season, it is a time for great concern but, it can be a time for great fun inside your home with others or with an activity you enjoy that occupies a big chunk of time.  I am electing to use my time wisely in creation of art today.  For me it is a slight distraction of the consistent news and updates about my coastline weather reports on my television and radio.  Stay safe if you are included in the path of this storm.  I am also taking safety precautions and I am set to be productive at the same time.  Enjoy the sneak peeks of the first phase of creating beads, and gathering them with other complimentary components.  Enjoy our Art!

Hand-Rolled Beads & Components await a future creation.
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Open Your Mind-Insert Foot

Do you have an open mind when it comes to shoe function and fashion?  Today’s This-N-That (TNT) post is an explosive concept that I have been seeing for some time now in my workouts in the gym.  Usually, I am not concerned with my fashion or what others are wearing in the gym. But, it is hard to ignore creative and unique shoes on women or men.  These shoes have many changing their views about footwear.

Shoes like these are known as Five Finger Toe Shoes.  Do they look comfortable? I don’t think they look  fashionable but, others may beg to differ.

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Five Finger shoes are said to have many good qualities, so if you agree with the descriptive favorable points you can over-look the fashion.

1. Strengthens Muscles in the Feet and Lower Legs – wearing Five Finger Toe Shoes will stimulate and strengthen muscles in the feet and lower legs, improving general foot health and reducing the risk of injury.

2. Improves Range of Motion in Ankles, Feet and Toes – no longer ‘cast’ in a shoe, the foot and toes move more naturally.

3. Stimulates Neural Function Important to Balance and Agility – when wearing these type shoes, thousands of neurological receptors in the feet send valuable information to the brain, improving balance and agility.

4. Improves Proprioception and Body Awareness – those same neurological receptors heighten body awareness, sending messages about body mechanics, form, and movement.

5. Eliminates Heel Lift to Align the Spine and Improve Posture – By lowering the heel, our bodyweight becomes evenly distributed across the footbed, promoting proper posture and spine alignment.  These type shoes are said to also allow the foot and body to move more naturally.

Vibram Five Fingers Shoes

Find five-finger shoes online or at your favorite sports store.

DISCUSSION:

Do you like the look of these?

Do you believe they are good for your feet?

Would you wear these if the price was right?
 
Do you think the fad will last long?
 
Have you seen anyone in these type shoes lately?
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Don’t Quit That Day Job

Two-Cent Tuesday’s post on creativity happens to do with several creative occupations.  What makes for an interesting job?  The best jobs just may also be the most unusual.  The book entitled: Odd Jobs by Nancy Rica Schiff introduces you to the real-life people who perform  peculiar jobs on a daily basis for a living.  Nancy Rica Schiff is a photo essayist and photographer. The book Odd Jobs, highlights sixty-five personalities and their oddball professions. This post will mention a few that are written about in her first of two odd-ball job books.

Book: Odd Jobs by: Nancy Rica Schiff

Did you ever wonder who blows the bugle at the Kentucky Derby? Who might sniff dog’s breath for a living? Who could be an earthworm farmer?  At the time of the writing of the 2002 book, many persons were interviewed and spotlighted. I just want to mention a few of these creative jobs.  Why do the ordinary nine to five job when there is apparently variety in life and creative ways to make a living?

Think about your “day job” and if you would change or quit yours for one of these out of the ordinary occupations. 

Page Turner– New York, New York

Louis Yelnick, as a page turner is inconspicuous and turns pages for pianists in Carnegie Hall of Avery Fisher Hall.

Coffin Maker- Christoval Texas

Doug Keys, creates custom-made caskets in pine or more lavish materials.

Dinosaur Duster -Washington, D.C.

For over thirty-five years, Frank Braisted serves as the one and only bone duster at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Golf Ball Diver- Kissimmee, Florida

On a typical day, Jeffrey Bleim in scuba gear may collect 5,000 balls from waters on a golf course.  For a week his total may be 25,000.

Odor Judge– Cincinnati, Ohio

Odor tests are conducted daily on armpits, breath, feet, cat liter, and diapers at Hilltop Labs.  Betty Lyons has sniffed for over thirty-five years.

LEGO Model Maker- Enfield, Connecticut

Francie Berger has her dream job creating from an endless supply of LEGO blocks. Her favorite is a six-foot tall surfing hippo image.

Ocularist- New York, New York

The art of painting artificial eyes has been enjoyed by Annette Kirszrot for over thirty years.

Crack Filler- Keystone, South Dakota

Jeffery Glanzer repairs the wear and tear cracks that appear on the weathered sculpture on Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills.

Stanley Cup Keeper- Toronto, Ontario

Someone has to chaperone that revered Hockey famous cup and Phil Pritchard is the keeper of the cup, seated next to it on planes.

Visit www.nancyricaschiff.com to discover more about Nancy’s photographic and writing works.  She is a creative published photographer. She even has another book that follows in the foot steps of the first book called : Odder Jobs.  I wonder about those jobs.

 

Book by: Nancy Rica Schiff (cover jacket)
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Feature Friday- Beautiful Beads

I posted on the Club Creative Studio Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio a photo of small plastic disks.  The disks are used in golf as markers for golf ball placement and they are pushed into the ground and stay put by the protruding part in the middle of the disk.

I use golf markers differently
I pose the question:  What might someone do with this item that is different from it’s intended use?  How creative can you be?  Think hard. Do you know a way that a common item can be used differently to help you?

I recently posted  a great definition of creativity on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/clubcreativeart “New thinking leads to new possibilities.”  I do believe that you need to be able to open up to new experiences to gain the opportunity to see things in a different light.  Also, being brave is a big part of creativity.  One has to step out-of-bounds to experience a different view from the world of rules and expectations. When speaking and referring to creativity, risk-taking is a desired characteristic.  Being strong and willing to look deeper with new materials and techniques is what can transform creative juice into a totally new concoction.

I have used a common golf marker disk in an uncommon way in art.  The disks now help me in my business because it makes a job easier.  It was a challenge for me to take a photograph of a bead because of its potential to roll.  It  is now an easier task for me as I conveniently place an individual bead onto the golf placement disk.  It is held secure, still and is a solution to better picture-taking.  The ease and swiftness of  attaching my bead leads to a smooth photography session, and ultimately a better photograph.  Yeah for thinking outside of the box and making it work for my needs.

Club Creative Studio Hand-Rolled Clay Beads

Enjoy admiring the details of my hand-rolled polymer clay beads. I enjoy creating one-of-a-kind, limited count beads in various sizes, shapes and with hand-mixed colors.  You will find some beads are also hand-glossed and some are left sanded and in their natural state after baking.  These wonderful beads are so fun for me to create.  Most beads involve upwards of 13 steps before completion of a single bead from start to finish.  Club Creative Studio beads are a labor of love to say the least.  Items that incorporate our hand-made beads are considered ART THAT SETS YOU APART because of  uniqueness and special visual qualities. I strive to BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY!

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I love to share great ideas!

 

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Beautiful Baby-Inside and Out

If you are looking for a read with a focus on creativity you have landed on the right place.  Today’s TNT post (This-N-That) post is creative.

I have found many areas to blog about that deal with many different types of creativity.  This is another unique and creative topic.  Take a look at what has been popular for many mothers-to-be.  It is known as “body casting”, “body  molding”, or “body masking” to name a few.

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Hold off if you have any reservations or opinions about the photos shared here.  Behind these creations are very personal and meaningful stories. Basicly,  it is a plaster form of a pregnant woman’s abdomen.  Often times breasts, shoulders, hands, arms and thighs, etc. are also included in the sculpture form.  This three-dimensional plaster sculpture is a unique and safe way to capture the transformation of an expectant mother’s body shape during her pregnancy.

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Purposeful to create a stunning, one-of-a-kind piece of art to keep forever, the casts are often times made to be displayed as art.  A belly cast can capture and preserve the special time in a woman’s pregnancy and in the child’s life.  It commemorates and honors the miracle of life.  As far as resources go you can find on the internet people who provide this service, tips and advice for the process, materials for the do-it-your-self artist, cast kits, books and even instructional videos.

There is no “best-time” to consider a belly cast however, it is suggested that the time that determines the most shapely point possible is between 35-38 weeks in pregnancy.

The belly casting with the 2 hands and seashells is one of the artistic creations from Ann Lyneah Curtis of http://www.lifecasting.net It’s just beautiful!

More about the process:

Bare skin works best but, one can plaster over a bra.

It is a messy project.  Tile floor is the best surface with a drop cloth included during the process.  A chair is sometimes needed or one may opt to stand where one can also lean.

The time frame for the belly cast project may be up to one hour or longer.  Petroleum jelly is used to cover the body surface before the plaster strips are added in layers.  At removal, up to one half additional hour is needed for drying time, reinforcing weak areas and clean-up  and reshaping of edges. It is best to have the cast set for about a week before you begin to sand, paint or drill holes for display purposes.

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Many avenues  can be researched to provide the casting phase which can start at $70.00.  Likewise, if you hire a professional to custom paint your casting prices will also vary. I did notice one posting that the artist charges in the range of $120.00- $240.00 to decorate it.

This is known to be a baby shower keepsake, and as a work of art, a mother-to-be may enjoy the personalization idea herself.  To offer additional suggestions on what to do with such an item, consider the following ideas.

 

 

Decorate it with Photographs

Paste quality photographs of family members or copies of your ultrasound pictures in a collage design.

 

Make it a “Birth Certificate”

Make the belly cast into a birth certificate by writing the baby’s vital statistics on it after they are born like this: Name:___Birthdate:___ Time:____ Height:___Weight:____ Birthplace:____Doctor’s name:_____Foot Print Area:_____First Photo Area:_____

Incorporate  Nursery Theme

You can decorate your belly casting art to match your baby room theme or use the colors to coordinate for your wall art.  Perhaps adding the calligraphy of the lyrics to a favorite baby lullaby or poem can also be added as decoration.

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More Belly Casting Art Decorating Ideas

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Paint it in bronze colored paint so that it resembles a bronzed item. Have family and friends sign it and write personal messages to your baby on it.

Drill adequate holes for hanging in a safe place in the nursery.

Acrylic paints dry quickly and you may also spray or paint an acrylic coating for protection from scratches. Are you ready to beautify your baby in the womb from the outside of it?  Good luck expressing  creativity, but most of all best wishes for a happy life with your new addition to your family.

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I Am Flippin’ Out Here!

For the Two-Cent Tuesday post I need reassurance that it is alright to “Flip Out”.

Sometimes this term of “flipping out” refers to when a person goes bonkers or crazy over something, they get out of control.  As to suddenly become excited, frightened or crazed.  When I thought about  this blog idea, it “flipped me out”.  Let’s talk about Flip-Flops!

Summertime is the most common time that we see persons wearing flip-flops.  They are carefree and cool for summertime feet exposure.  And now-a-days they are common-place and acceptable attire for footwear in most situations/occasions.  Although they should not take the place of a nice dress shoe or heel, no matter how nice they seem or how well they are made (in my opinion).

Flip-flop sandals can also be a  fashion and creative statement as well.  They can be purchased to be inexpensive or can be pricey depending on the materials used, the bling attached or the store that provides the sale.  Do you have happy feet because of your flip-flops?

Flip-flops for the most part are cheap and are known as cheerful staples of summer wardrobes, normally costing less than $20.00 in U.S. funds.  I have even seen them in the $1.oo type stores.  So, they are widely available to the public in general, not rare by any means.

So, what can be so special about any pair, then, which will set one shopper back a sick $18,000?

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Chipkos today announces the release of a one-of-a-kind pair of sandals.

Made by Chipkos, ‘the world’s most expensive flip-flops’ feature hand-painted art by renowned LA-based artist, David Palmer. But other than that, they look pretty normal.

If you are convinced to pay this price for these flip-flops, the funds do go to a good cause.  By buying the $18,000 pair, Chipkos pledges to adopt 100,000 square feet of  endangered rainforest ‘for the protection and preservation of land, species and natural resources.’ 

Maybe this will be your summer splurge?  While the art is beautiful and the cause is kind-hearted and sound…can you be artistic as well?

By designing your own flip-flops, you can also add your personal, unique touch.  Paint with acrylics to create a colorful sandal of your own.

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Not really known as a great painter?  

Willing to part with your buttons?

Can you tie a knot? 

There are many ideas to try when you are decorating flip-flop sandals. How about using glue to attach buttons onto the sandal strap? 

Willing to try out a tying technique?  My daughter and her cousin made the balloon flip-flops during a summer visit and they made them quickly for themselves and for friends.

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  • 1.  Empty water balloons from their package and lay them out in a single row on your working surface. If you’ve chosen a multicolored assortment of balloons, move them around until the color arrangement pleases you.
  • 2.  Flip every other balloon and position them so that the mouthpiece ends alternate with the rounded ends. Keep them in a single row. This will be the order you will use when attaching the balloons to the flip flops.
  • 3.  Push the mouthpiece end of the first balloon under a flip flop’s strap.
  • 4.  Even the ends of the balloon and tie them loosely around the strap with a single knot. Push the balloon all the way to where the strap meets the sole. Tighten the knot as much as you can without breaking the balloon. If the knot is tight enough, you won’t have to worry about the balloon coming off. 
  • 5.  Push the rounded part of the next balloon under the flip flop’s strap. Repeat Step 4. Shove this balloon tightly against the one next to it.

Continue adding balloons by repeating Steps 3, 4 and 5 to cover the flip flop strap’s entire surface. The most important thing to remember is to bunch the balloons together as tightly as you can to give the appearance of fullness.

Even more challenging are straps that are crocheted.  I suggest the book: Happy Feet Flip Flops by Jennine Korejko.  Great Ideas.Crochet Happy-Feet Flip-Flops
 
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What Does It take to Be An Artist?

This Feature Friday Post is different.

I’d like to share information that may give you a new understanding about what it means to be an artist.  What makes you think that you

Club Creative Studio Artist

can be identified as a full-blown artist?  What are the questions or qualifications that allow you to be known as or referred to as an artist. Believe it or not, it is not based purely on talent.  What are some interesting considerations or characteristics needed to become an artist? Consider the blog statements to learn if you or anyone you know can readily identify with “qualifications”  like these to be known as an artist even if it is only in your own right. 

 

YOU KNOW YOU ARE AN ARTIST WHEN…

You were more concerned about the color of your car than the fuel consumption.

The highlights in your hair are from your palette and not Clairol.

You are having lunch with the girls and the fragrance you wear is eau d’linseed oil.

You butter your toast with your fingers, just to feel its texture.

The only piece of new furniture you have in your home is a $2000 easel.

You know what shade of green the lichen is on the trees.

You can’t find a nice outfit for your date because everything has paint smears on.

Your date ends up with paint smears on her/him.

You’re late for the date because you suddenly knew exactly what that detail of your latest painting needed and just had to fix it while it was fresh in your mind.

You chose to buy that new Russian Sable Number Six Round instead of a Big Mac, a Large Fry, a Milkshake, Dessert, and five gallons of gas.

You purchase a ton of books, and most are blank inside.

When viewing a sunset, you think in terms of cadmium yellow (light hue), salmon and gold, a tinted teal mixed with gold for the water….”

  You explain your deplorably bad housekeeping by saying, “it’s a work-in-progress…”

You do judge a book by its cover.

You watch the latest kids’ digital animation movies and drool over the effects as much as the story.

You bought paint instead of food!

You create more than you talk.

ARE YOU AN ARTIST AT HEART LIKE WE ARE?

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