Saturday, May 18, 2013

Diabetes Art: Day Six of Diabetes Blog Week

The Fourth Annual Diabetes Blog Week, Day Six: Diabetes Art

The Prompt:
This year Diabetes Art moves up from the Wildcard choices as we all channel our creativity with art in the broadest sense. Do some “traditional” art like drawing, painting, collage or any other craft you enjoy. Or look to the literary arts and perhaps write a d-poem or share and discuss a favorite quote. Groove to some musical arts by sharing a song that inspires you diabetes-wise, reworking some song lyrics with a d-twist, or even writing your own song. Don’t forget dramatic arts too, perhaps you can create a diabetes reality show or play. These are just a starting point today – there are no right or wrong ways to get creative!

Here's Eleanor's Diabetes Art Project.  She's making a chain out of all of her test-strip canisters, she's done it from the very beginning.  I think she just discovered that she could snap together the lid from one bottle onto the bottle of another, and before long the chain had grown quite long.  If you consider that every bottle represents 25 test-strips, (and 25 finger sticks) That's a LOT of test strips for 69 days.

We were having trouble keeping Eleanor's Dexcom receiver near enough to her to keep a reading going.  She'd walk off and leave the room and it would lose the signal.  We joked with her that "Piggie misses you!" She named it Piggie.  So, I put it in the wallet that came with it and attached a lanyard so she could wear it around her neck, and of course, she can clip it to her waist band if she has one, but this is a girl who likes to wear dresses.  So, I dug through my sewing stash and came up with this design.  I used clear vinyl on the outside of the pocket so we can push the button and check Dexcom without taking it off, and I used fleece on the side that touches her skin, for comfort.  I used soft comfort waistband elastic, the kind you'd find on underwear or pajama pants.   We liked the design so well, I bought some more comfort elastic… so the last picture is of "Diabetes Art Yet To Be."  

Fancy decorative elastic trim banding from
And finally… and perhaps most exciting.  Eleanor is working on some Diabetes Art in the form of music.  We just couldn't get it done in time.  Stick around, read the blog, and we'll have a diabetes musical parody video up for you very soon.


  1. wow what a great design for the dexcom! Those elastics are so pretty too, looks like you'll have some fun projects in the future.

  2. OMG the strip vial mobile wins at life. (Everything else is cute too, but...) :)

    1. I totally agree! That's why I put it first… my junk was just filler! :-)

  3. Love to see the Diabetes Crafts:) Very cool!!! And what a super cutie you have!


  4. Love the strip chain! That is awesome!


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