National Geographic CUBA Article 2012

July 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Posted in 2012, article, capitalism, communism, Cuba, Cuban, embargo, national geographic, November, politics, socialism | Leave a comment


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Hi Everybody! I’m taking a Cuban Film class this term, and my teacher wanted us to read this article from National Geographic 2012. Well, I couldn’t find it online, so I got the back issue. The article is really interesting, so I thought I’d share it here with you all. I didn’t scan all of the pics, but the bulk of the article is here. :)

Click this link to find the article about Cuba from November 2012! 

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Lots of New Kitties!

January 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Posted in 2012, 2013, Animals, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Birds, Books, Color, Colorful, cozy, craft, Cute, design, dolls, dots, fabric, feathers, feline, Friends, Fun, green, Handmade, Happy, hearts, Hello Kitty, Holidays, Kawaii, Kids, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, ornament, parrots, plushies, polka dots, ribbon, scarf, sewing, sewn, snowman, Stuffed Animals, Valentine | Leave a comment

I’ve been busy over the holidays making more and more kitties! They are so fun! :) Here are pictures of some more of them. :)

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Fashion Fix: Presents From My Favorite Companies!

December 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Posted in 1XL, 2012, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, Body, Body Image, Body Narrative, Bracelets, Clothes, clothing, Extended Plus Size, Fashion, Fat, Fat Acceptance, Free, Kristin Bell, Plus Size, presents, scarf, Simply Be, Ulla Popken | Leave a comment

Imagine my surprise when I got something in the mail that I didn’t even order! The pictured bracelet came from Ulla Popken for no reason at all! How nice! And I love what it says! The scarf is from Simply Be, simply because I entered a photo of me wearing my favorite Joe Brown’s item! A big thank you to both companies for not only the items they gave me, but for catering to the plus size chubb-chubb girls like me! Without them I’d be naked!!!

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Mental Illness in Light of the Recent Shootings

December 21, 2012 at 4:50 am | Posted in 2012, discussion, gunman, Guns, Kristin Bell, Mental Health, Mental Illness, school, shooting, stigma, Video, Violence | 1 Comment

Purple Cupid Pillow

December 21, 2012 at 3:51 am | Posted in 2012, 2013, cozy, craft, creative, cupid, Cute, fabric, Handmade, Holidays, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, Love, pillow, Pillows, purple, Valentine, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Just finished making my purple cupid pillow! :)

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Cupid Fabric Just Rolled In! Yay!

December 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Posted in 2012, 2013, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Colorful, craft, creative, cupid, Cute, Decorating, design, design your own fabric, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Handmade, Happy, heart, hearts, hobby, Holidays, Illustrated, iPad Art, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, Love, Pillows, quilting, spoonflower, Valentine, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

I wanted to share the cupid fabric I made with you guys! It just came today and I love it! I went a little crazy with the cupids! haha. If you are interested in checking out these and other designs I’ve created, click on this link: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/kristinbell

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Shootings, Shootings Everywhere!

December 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Posted in 2012, Clackamas Town Center, Connecticut, controversial, Crime, crimes, Culture of Violence, Denial, Discrimination, gunman, Guns, insanity, Kristin Bell, Las Vegas, Lunatic, Male, Men, Mental Health, Mental Illness, OR, Oregon, Paranoid Schizophrenia, Portland, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Denial, Psycho, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, school, shooting, Shopping, Suicide, Support System, Surviving, USA, Violence | Leave a comment

In the United States in the past week we have been shocked and devastated by public shootings. First in Oregon at Clackamas Town Center, then in Connecticut at an elementary school and then in Las Vegas at a hotel. Most people, myself included, are horrified at the violence. Naturally, we now all seem to be debating about how to prevent these senseless acts. Some people latch onto gun control, some people latch onto our violently oriented culture, and some people latch onto mental illness as an issue. I honestly don’t know that there are any answers or actions that society can make as a whole to prevent things like this happening in the future, but this bit of rant is not about answers exactly. What I want to talk about is what is NOT the answer.

What is NOT the answer is scapegoating any one group of people. From my perspective as a person living with mental illness, I am (of course) sensitive to people ranting about how the mentally ill should be locked up or about how all of the shooters must have been mentally ill. Honestly, we don’t know enough about the situations or people to comment. What I have to say time and time again is that statistics bear out the fact that mentally ill people are generally not violent and are, in fact, more likely to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrators of violent crime. People with mental illness are often more of a threat to themselves than to anyone else. Even if all of the shooters turn out to be mentally ill, that does not mean that all people with mental illness are violent. We can note also that all of the shooters were male, but that doesn’t mean that all men are violent and that all men should be locked away from society or have their rights stripped.

It is distressing to me that so often the conversation will turn into attacks on mentally ill people aka “the crazies” and how to keep them away from “the rest of us.” There are literally millions (or more) people living with mental illness who never harm anyone. If someone is violent AND mentally ill, that does not mean they are violent BECAUSE they are mentally ill. They are violent, because they are violent. We should focus our energies on how to make the world a less violent one with people who are less violent, not perpetuate stereotypes and attack other humans who have done nothing wrong.

White Background Cupid Wrapping Paper! Yay!

December 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, craft, creative, cupid, Cute, design, design your own fabric, fabric, fabric design, Holidays, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, sewing, spoonflower, Valentine, Valentine's Day, wrapping paper | Leave a comment

I just got my white-backed cupid wrapping paper today! I love it! Supercute! :) I made the drawings of the cupids on my ipad and then adjusted everything in Photoshop. Then I sent it off to spoonflower and viola! Here is the link to the page for this design on spoonflower if you are interested: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1636589

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Beautiful Cupid Wrapping Paper!

December 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, cupid, Cute, design, design your own fabric, Holidays, Illustrated, Kristin Bell, Love, spoonflower, Valentine, Valentine's Day, wrapping paper | Leave a comment

I know…it is a bit early for Valentine’s day, but while Spoonflower.com is still making holiday wrapping paper I figured I would get my cupid design printed! It turned out to be so great! I love it!  The paper is nice and thick too, so you could use it for things other than wrapping. If you’d like to check out the design, it is available at this link: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1636622.

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Kitty Pirate! Eh, Matey?!?

December 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, Cute, dolls, Handmade, Hello Kitty, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, ornament, pillow, pirate, plushies, sewing, sewn, Toy | 2 Comments

Made this pirate kitty for my friend’s son. His pants are removable. Bit of an OOPS in the fabric placement for the crotch area on the front. Luckily the pants cover it! haha. He’s also got an eye patch (but no eyes) and a bow tie. I hope he enjoys his matey! Arrrggggh!!! :)

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Some New Kitty (or Bear?) Ornament Dolls

December 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Posted in 2012, artist, arts & crafts, Beach, Bears, blue, Cats, Children, Christmas, craft, creative, Cute, design, dolls, fabric, feline, Friends, Fun, green, Handmade, Happy, Hello Kitty, hobby, Holidays, Horses, Kawaii, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, ornament, pillow, plushies, sewing, sewn, Toy, yellow | Leave a comment

I can’t figure out now if these are actually kitties or bears or some weird hybrid! lol. I decided to make some of these kitties for different people using different fabrics. Here we have: green kitty, beach kitty and horse kitty! :) SWEET! I’m currently in love with these little things! lol

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Hello Kitty Holiday Doll Made by Moi!

December 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, craft, Cute, design, dolls, Handmade, Hello Kitty, Holidays, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, ornament, pillow, red, sewing, sewn | 2 Comments

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My supernice friend Debby gave me some Hello Kitty holiday fabric and I decided to make a Hello Kitty ornament doll with it. I made two other smaller ones, but their hands were shaped more weird, so I enlarge the pattern I designed and came up with this Hello Kitty! I thought she could do with a skirt/apron too! hehe. The red stripes are the back. Even though she has no real face, I think she is pretty cute! :)

JOY!

November 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, Decorating, elves, fabric, Holidays, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, pillow, sewing, sewn | Leave a comment

I just finished this JOY decoration. I turned my wreath into the ‘O’ and then I made a ‘J’ and a ‘Y.’ Not too shabby I say. It isn’t perfect, but I like it a lot! Yay!

Merry Little Elves Wreath

November 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Christmas, elves, Handmade, Happy, Holidays, Kristin Bell, merry, pillow, Pillows, plushies, sewing, sewn, wreath | Leave a comment

I just completed this little wreath that I made to go with my candy canes! It turned out fairly well for my first ever attempt at such a project! Yay!!!

A Jingle Bell Candy Cane!

November 24, 2012 at 11:59 am | Posted in 2012, arts & crafts, Candy Cane, Christmas, craft, Cute, Decorating, Kristin Bell, pillow, Pillows, sewing, sewn | 2 Comments

I just made this little jingle bell candy cane! It even has a ribbon for hanging! I think it turned out pretty great if I do say so myself! Yay! :) The pic is a view of the back and front of it.

Some New Pillows!

November 24, 2012 at 2:34 am | Posted in 2012, Angelica Kauffman, Art, art history, artist, arts & crafts, body parts, Cat Break, Cats, craft, creative, cuddle, Cute, Decorating, design, design your own fabric, drawings, fabric, fabric design, feline, female, feminist, for sale, Fun, funny, gender, Goofy, Grrls/Women, Handmade, Happy, Humor, In Other Words, Kristin Bell, Magic, Mary Moser, pillow, Pillows, plushies, Portland, sewing, sewn | Leave a comment

Here are some new pillows I’ve been working on. I’m going to be selling on consignment at In Other Words in Portland, Oregon. I’m pretty excited about it! The first one is Henry Miller Magic cat with red stripes. The second one is Judy the Utie(rus) with minis on the back. The third one is a pillow of Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser having tea.

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Henry Miller Magic Cat side view

Judy the Utie(rus) pillow

Judy the Utie(rus) backside

Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser Having Tea pillow

Back of Angelica and Mary pillow

 

 

 

Stuffed Hello Kitty Turkey Video

November 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Posted in 2012, Cute, Happy, Hello Kitty, Kristin Bell, plushies, Stuffed Animals, turkey, Video | Leave a comment

Kara Walker at Reed Until Nov. 18, 2012 FREE

November 2, 2012 at 2:12 am | Posted in 2012, antebellum, Art, art history, artist, controversial, gallery, gender, kara walker, Kristin Bell, OR, Race, Reed College, sexuality, Slavery, things to do | 2 Comments

Hey Y’all! Anyone out there in the Portland, Oregon area should check out Kara Walker’s art exhibit at Reed College in the Cooley Gallery. Here’s a link with more info. about the exhibit. On the link there is also audio of Kara Walker’s talk that she gave at Reed a few weeks ago.  It is FREE and going on until November 18, 2012. Kara Walker is an internationally famous and controversial artist whose work touches on the themes of antebellum America, race, sexuality, gender, stereotypes and the legacies of slavery. She has been vaulted into art world super stardom by her silhouette works, but at the same time has been denounced for her questionable imagery.

See Kara Walker on Art21 Here

Bring Change 2 Mind!

October 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Posted in 2012, Activism, Allies, Anti-anxiety meds, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, awareness, Bipolar, Bring Change 2 Mind, Depression, Kristin Bell, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mood Stabilizers, neuroscience, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Denial, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, stigma | Leave a comment

Hi! As you might know if you have scanned my blog, I make it a point to talk about mental health/illness, because I have schizophrenia and I believe in stomping out the stigma of mental illness. Well, I have this cute story to share! I was waiting outside of the classroom for my biology lab class to start this fall and started talking to a supernice girl who was in my class. We got to talking and to try to explain why I had been in school so long I decided to tell her that I have schizophrenia. Lo and behold she says “oh yah, my mom has bipolar and my brother has schizophrenia too!” What a small world!!! It turns out her whole family is active in the mental health field in advocating for the erasure of stigma related to mental illness and they have a website called http://bringchange2mind.org/ . I am always surprised when I talk to people about my own illness and then they also know someone or are someone with mental illness too! It is such a big thing in peoples’ lives and when we talk about it, it is surprising/amazing/wonderful that we aren’t alone in our struggles. So, I just wanted to share this little story and a link to the Bring Change 2 Mind website. It was a wonderful feeling to meet someone else at school who knows first hand about mental illness and to be able to talk openly about it! :) Three cheers for no more stigma!!! :)

Physics Clicker Cozy

September 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, arts & crafts, cat with glasses, Cats, clicker, College, cozy, Cute, design, design your own fabric, Education, fabric, fabric design, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, Physics, quizzes, school, school supplies, sewing, sewn, spoonflower | Leave a comment

Well, I had to buy yet another clicker for school! This one is for Physics class. So, I decided to make a clicker cozy for this one too. I got this cute fabric at spoonflower.com at this link: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/425256. I just love this cat with his glasses and sweater! :) He’s sure to help me get an A in Physics! haha! I wish! :)

Pink Piggy Pillow!

September 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, arts & crafts, creative, Cute, Decorating, fabric, Handmade, hobby, Kawaii, Kids, Kristin Bell, pig, piggy, pillow, Pillows, Pink, sewing, sewn | 1 Comment

I had this cute fabric with pigs on it, and I was just itching to use it in some way, so I decided to make a pink piggy pillow. BTW, you can find this supercute pig fabric at Hawthorne Threads. Here is the link: http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/david_walker/get_together/pig_toss_in_pink. It looks much cuter in person and is super soft and comfy too! Anyway, I started out with the pig shape face and hand-stitched the pig. I added a little bit of fluff to the feet and ears and when I sewed the pig on the pillow I added a bit of fluff between the pillow and the pig face. I also put on the back pig butt and added some fluff in that too. And what piggy could be complete without a ribbon on his tail?!? I’m including some pics of the pig in process and the pics of the finished pillow. Click to enlarge. :)

Strange Pic of the Day: I Got a Crown on My Tooth!

September 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Posted in 2012, cavity, crown, dental, Dental Care, dental hygienist, dental work, dentist, dentistry, filling, gold, Kristin Bell, Teeth, tooth, tooth decay | 1 Comment

Yes, this is definitely a strange picture. I just got the permanent gold crown put on my tooth today. If I ever run out of money I guess I could chip it off my tooth! lol My dentist did such a great job and even with all of the procedures, nothing hurt! How amazing is that?!? I know! It was awesome! :) The other blackish parts are where I have fillings. So sad that I had to ever get fillings. I wish my mouth was perfect, but oh well. :)

Earth Science Fabric for Spoonflower Contest

September 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, arts & crafts, earth, earth science, fabric, fabric design, geology, Handmade, Kristin Bell, plate tectonics, quilt, quilting, school, Science, sewing, sewn, spoonflower | Leave a comment

I just got my Earth Science fabric in the mail today that I made for the spoonflower.com Earth Science fabric contest. I like the way it turned out, but I don’t know what to use it for yet. I might make another pillow or try something more exciting. :) Here is a link to the fabric on spoonflower if you are interested: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1407354. You can click the pics to zoom in and enlarge.

Donkey Elephant USA Fabric

September 10, 2012 at 4:22 am | Posted in 2012, democrat, donkey, election, elephant, fabric, fabric design, Handmade, Kristin Bell, obama, red white and blue, republican, romney, sewing, sewn, spoonflower, United States, US Government, US Politics, USA | Leave a comment

I made this fabric for another contest over at spoonflower.com . For this contest, we were supposed to use the donkey and the elephant and incorporate them in a way where they were kind of getting along (much the opposite of reality unfortunately)! I wanted the middle stripes to be purple as a symbol of the combining of blue and red, but it sort of turned out more blue that I’d hoped. I also wanted the donkey and elephant to look like they were talking to each other. If you want to check out the fabric, it is available at this link: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1406600

Finished Black and White Typewriter Pillow

September 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Posted in 2012, Art, arts & crafts, black, Black & White, craft, Cute, design, design your own fabric, fabric, fabric design, Kristin Bell, pillow, Pillows, sewing, sewn, spoonflower, typewriter, white | Leave a comment

So, I took my typewriter fabric and made a pillow out of it. I like it a lot! It took a lot of stuffing to fill it, but it is super comfy now! :) The back has black and white polka dot fleece that is available from Joann Fabrics (http://joann.com). The front is made from the fabric I designed. If you’d like to get your own fabric with this design, just check it out at: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1399770. I messed up a bit on closing up the hole where I stuffed it, but it is okay. :) Yay! Click the pics to enlarge. :)

Stripey Black and White Typewriter Fabric

September 7, 2012 at 12:10 am | Posted in 2012, Art, arts & crafts, black, Black & White, drawings, fabric, fabric design, Handmade, Kristin Bell, sewing, sewn, spoonflower, stripes, typewriter, white | Leave a comment

I made this stripey black and white typewriter fabric for the weekly design contest at Spoonflower.com. If you want to sign up with spoonflower and vote for me, that would be great! Anyway, they have a different contest pretty much every week. This week it was using black and white with the theme of typewriters. I ordered the fat quarter of the fabric and got it in the mail today. I haven’t ironed it yet, but the pic is what the fat quarter looks like! I think I’m going to make a big pillow out of it. I love designing different fabrics and seeing them printed! It is so exciting! :) Oh, I forgot…here is a link to the fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1399770

Lindsey’s Experience with Schizophrenia

September 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Posted in 2012, Anti-anxiety meds, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, Art, artist, Haldol, Health, insanity, Kristin Bell, Lindsey Cormier, Medicine, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, Seroquel, Zyprexa | 2 Comments

 Hey check out Lindsey’s vlog! Great to hear her story! :) She is also an amazing artist! Check out her art at http://www.etsy.com/shop/lindseycormier

Unchained Melody

August 29, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Posted in 2012, Kristin Bell, Music, Singing, Song, unchained melody, Video | Leave a comment

Acrobatic Squirrel

August 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Posted in 2012, acrobat, Animals, Backyard, Cute, funny, Kristin Bell, Nature, North America, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, squirrel, Washington | 1 Comment

I saw this squirrel dangling in our back yard and I just had to take a few pics of him! I’m so glad he stayed put while I got my camera and took photos. He’s eating bird food by the way. I love the squirrels in our back yard! They are so funny! :) You can click the pics for a larger view. :)

Nature Kitties Done 8/22/12

August 22, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Posted in 2012, Animals, Art, arts & crafts, bugs, Cat Stories, Cats, cozy, craft, Cute, Environment, fabric, Friends, green, Huge Eyes, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, Nature, plushies, sewing, sewn, Stuffed Animals | Leave a comment

I wanted to make these kitties for a friend who is a nature/environment lover. I hope it cheers him up a little when he gets it. :)

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