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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Is there a way to incorporate craftiness for this organization? on: July 14, 2010 01:53:58 AM
So I'm currently an affiliate with Seeds 2 Empower, a new organization that makes up and ships boxes of seeds to schools, villages and orphanages in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan. (Being the uber-activist I am, I wrote up a Facebook 'Note' about S2E, find it here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=411192603402&id=605451553&ref=mf, it explains our mission and views.) Basically we collect seed packets from donors, ship them in a box with a disposable camera (with a self-addressed envelope and money for postage if deemed necessary due to postage rates per country/city) and then wait for the camera to come back. We donate seeds to help start or supplement communal or family farms, thus giving the recipients a way to sustain themselves with food and extra crop to sell; the money can then go towards buying more food/household necessities, health care, water and sanitation, schooling, whathaveyou.

My question is this: is there a way I can create and include a crafty element to further ensure success? We're NOT fundraisers, we in fact do not take cash donations, only seed packets. I'm thinking of something like peat pots or biodegradable starters for seeds, or small tackle-boxes for storing and organizing seeds (I use this with my own farm). I have to think relatively small, though, because though the administration covers shipping cost, we don't want to have much more than 4-lb boxes shipping to recipients due to an outrageous increase of posting after that weight.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!!!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow "Let It Be" LGBT Shirt on: July 12, 2010 01:12:54 AM
So yesterday was Girls' Craft Night at my house and I've been wanting to make a LGBT rainbow shirt for myself (I was the president of my HS Gay Straight Alliance this past [senior] year and will be the president of my university chapter this coming year, woo!) since I'm so active in the cause. So this is what turned out Smiley

So here I've painted the shirt with regular acrylic paints and some sponge brushes. I was going to use the stencil I worked SO hard on (took FOREVER, from doing the design on MS Paint, to getting supplies, drawing the sucka onto the plastic stencil page and then finally cutting it out), but it didn't like being painted over and made some really interesting shapes. I ended up freehanding this bugger but I like it. Well, I did until I dropped the paintbrush...RIGHT after finishing!  Shocked

Loads of white paint to help cover up the...err... yeah. I don't like it all that much, but it's still cool. Those who care about it won't matter anyway, and those who matter won't care that I messed up in some spots. I still might go back at it with some matching fabric pens to further delineate the borders of the peeps... or not. I like it this way, it's kinda queer in it's own right.

And finally an action shot! It ended up being a little small for me (I am SO blaming my dryer!!), but it's still great. If it's too small for real I might end up just stuffing it with some fiber-fill and making it a pillow. Or giving it to my smaller friends. Who knows?

I think what I love best about it is that both the people and words make little hearts in their places.... Not real conscious of that when I did it, but it makes for a lovely end result. Enjoy!

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