Ojai Yarn Bombers Flower Power

1000 Flowers

The City of Ojai was abuzz buzz……the bees of Ojai were abuzz buzz……who wouldn’t be with a 1000 flowers dripping from the famous pergola in a stunning array of rainbow colors. Strolling through the pergola gave you beauty, happiness and a joyful giggling heart♥

Pergola 7

Pergola 5

Pergola 6

The people of Ojai certainly enjoyed being enveloped by these beautiful flowers. They came in droves and stayed under the pergola for hours……it did what it was supposed to do……give people beauty, give people joy, give people peace……

Pergola 1

Pergola 3

Pergola 4

Pergola 2

On a sadder note……after only three days of this joy, right after Ojai Day ended……for some reason a mob mentality broke out and people of all ages, adults and kids, started tearing the installation down (perhaps for souvenirs) and within an hour it was all gone……down to the last petal……

We choose to remember the beauty and joy it gave to our community in Ojai……

……it sure had a massive impact!

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YarnBombing for Monster HeadPhones and Instagram

ShoppinCart in Action

We had the best time YarnBombing for a Monster HeadPhones commercial on Instagram! We headed downtown to the Arts District in Los Angeles and my cousin’s daughter Carmen got to be the star of the commercials. It was her very first gig and she did so great!!!!!! I had a blast setting it all up and YarnBombing a Shopping Cart, Bicycle and Dumpster……Bring it On……

Lise and Shopping Cart

Here I am getting it all ready for Carmen:-)

Carmen working on Shopping Cart

Carmen at work being filmed!

……and here is the link……Shopping Cart Commercial on Instagram

Bicycle Yarn

Yarn ready to Bomb the Bike……

Carmen working on Bike

Carmen and Bike

……and the link…..Bicycle Commercial on Instagram

Dumpster Yarn

Yarn ready to Bomb the Dumpster……

Dumpster

Dumpster ready to YarnBombed……

Dumpster in Action

Dumpster YarnBombed

……and the link……Dumpster Commercial on Instagram

YarnBombing for NAMI Ventura

Christine and Blue Pole

NAMI Ventura (National Alliance for Mental Illness) just had their annual Walk at the beach in Ventura to raise awareness on Mental Illness and help break down the stigma.  The clients at Turning Point Foundation spent weeks making pom poms, finger crocheting chains, crocheting flowers and vines to get ready to YarnBomb the city in time for the walk…… spreading joy, fun, color and a lot of smiles to the public. Thousands of people showed up for the every successful event……it was a Happy Day!

There is something very special about contributing to your community……by helping others you help yourself, it’s as simple as that. It’s a beautiful thing to see how many people stop and smile and wonder when we install the yarnbomb……giving us an opportunity to just be of service……making us smile in return……and the clients get to go home with an amazing sense of Self:-)

Here’s the story in pictures from Start to Finish

Red Pom PomBlue Hanging Pom PomBlue:White and Green Pom Pom

 

FingerCrocheting TurqoiseFingerCrocheting BraceletFinger Crocheting

Yarn Ready for Yarning

Coral and Susan Yarning

Charmaine and Ana Yarning

Lisa Yarning

Man Yarning

Red BenchPink Bench 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Bench 2Blue Bench

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple PolePurple Pole with SignPurple Pole Close Up

 

Poles and BenchGreen Pole Close UpFlower Blanket Close Up

Blue Poli with HeartsChristine and Blue Pole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Pole at Craft Fair

Finches – The New YarnBombers

Finch in Nest

We adopted 100 Finches and they quickly needed to build some nests in their new aviary. What’s better than giving them soft, warm and fuzzy alpaca, angora, mohair and a finely spun merino in an array of colors to yarnbomb away and get ready for a       long, cold winter!

Finches Top Level

Figuring out the color scheme……

Top Level and Top Floor

I’m ready……in my light winter palette……

 

Upstairs Downstair Nest

I want a little more couflage……with a little zest from the feathery turqoise……

 

Campuflage

Can you see us?……

 

Finch Nest 1

First Prize for the best use of color……

Prototypes Girls YarnBomb for Charity

All Poles

It’s Fabulous, It’s Fun, It’s Fantastic, It’s Yarntastic……some of the words we overheard the day of the Event!

 

The YarnBombers

 

The Girls from Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard, my friend Christine and I spent an afternoon YarnBombing Ventura Harbor just in time for the 16th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race benefiting the Turning Point Foundation, an organization that helps to provide services for the homeless and people struggling with mental illness.

 

Green PolePurple PoleThe Girls

 

I have been teaching knitting and crocheting at Prototypes for 5 years now, and this was the first time we got to do something “outside” of the house. We YarnBombed six 14 foot poles right smack in the middle of the beautiful Ventura Harbor. People were stopping and taking pictures and asking questions……and the girls were so good at explaining what yarnbombing is and that they were also doing it for a good cause……giving back to their community……

 

Misha and LauraChristine YarnBombingthe Girls at the Harbor

 

There’s something about being together, in recovery together, being girls together, creating together, having fun together, giving back together, eating chocolate (shhhhhh) together, putting smiles on other people’s faces……together……

The five of us who were there were somehow chosen to be together this particular day for this particular event……all for different reasons. For one it was unknowingly being sent back to the scene of her old hangout and coming out strengthened, having created new memories of sober fun, laughter and girlfriends. For another it was tapping into yet another source of creativity, and one step closer to finding and realizing her own beautiful potential. One realized that who she was giving back to was indeed the organization that had helped save her life……and one experiencing the true beauty of women in recovery together.

 

The Girls and Me

For me……yet again I discover the magic that happens when we are together, the grace I continue to receive, the many many ways my life is blessed today……yet again I remember one of my favorite quotes “There is no Me, without You”

 

Lise and Green

I had to go back the next day and HUG our pole!

Thank You Girls!

Ventura ArtWalk and Knitting Installation……for a Purpose

Ventura ArtWalk Aricia

YARNBOMBING, ARTWALK, KNITTING FOR THE HOMELESS……

What a Great Community Event we had here in Ventura California!

WE DID IT:-)
Here is what we accomplished in 10 days……
We asked for 12×12 knitted or crocheted squares
One Square……becomes 50 in a week……becomes 150 in 10days……becomes a Communty Patchwork Quilt installed on Michele Chapin’s Fence in time for the ArtWalk……to later become blankets for our homeless♥
Anacapa Square

Squares for ArtWalkAll Squares
……and Prayer Flags blowing the wind……
Back Fence
Front Fence
Ventura ArtWalk Fence and PrayerFlags

After our Community Patchwork Quilt Installation……out of the blue arrives the YarnBombers from Ojai……to add to this FiberFest and colorful Extravaganza in time for the annual ArtWalk……

Ventura ArtWalk Yarnbombing at work
Ventura ArtWalk Cops
I guess they were caught by the local police, but hopefully no harm done in beautifying the world a little……
Ventura ArtWalk Trees
Ventura ArtWalk Tree
Gate
Bench and Squares
Ventura ArtWalk Bench and Squares
OXO Blue Square

XOXOXOXOXOXO back to you WE LOVE YOU

 

Ventura ArtWalk Booth

And after all the excitement and fun, Scot and I got to show our work among hundreds of other artists in Ventura. The town was buzzing with art, color, music, food……the whole community in support of the importance of All the Arts.

Ventura ArtWalk Scot and Lise

It’s a Happy Time!

Ojai YarnBombing – The Wave

Wave Daylight

The old abandoned carwash in Meiners Oaks, Ojai received a beautiful “SPLASH” of color in the form of flowing and dancing waves. See the JellyFish diving into the action?

JellyFish

Ceramic Head with yarn and glass beads flowing behind

The Wave Detail

Detail of Wave

The Wave Installation

YarnBombers in black in the black of night

The Wave Full

The very last touch