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651  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bleach Pen decorating on Henna Dress on: September 30, 2011 12:59:04 PM
This is so amazing!  I've never seen clothing decorated this way ~ You truly are an artist!!  Thank you for sharing  Smiley
652  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Pillows on: September 21, 2011 10:09:47 AM
These are so awesome!!!  I love your colour combos~ Nice work!   Grin
653  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Seeking Advice for New Crochet Club for ESL Students on: September 21, 2011 10:05:15 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm starting up a crochet for charity club for students in the ESL department at the university where I work.  I meet a lot of really friendly but quiet students who want to get involved and practice chatting in English while volunteering, but are too shy to sign-up for the more common charities or events that are available on campus.  It's an idea I've been wanting to put in to practice for years, but have been too busy.  It's time!!!  We're going to be making little toy animals and dolls to send to kids in Namibia. Our international department sends a group of volunteers to Namibia each year to do builds and help out where needed, and this group will take the toys along with them to give to kids in the schools & villages that they visit.

Our first meeting is next Tuesday and I have no idea what to expect!!  There are 500 students in our program and I'm a little terrified that I'll either get way too many people, or no one at all!  I'm planning to have the coordinator of the Namibia trip come and do a short presentation to the group and show them some photos of the kids she has met over the years, and then to hand out 'how to crochet' instructions to the group and show them some of the toys I've made for the cause.  I plan to teach everyone how to crochet using a combo of you tube videos, handouts & personal guidance and have my fingers crossed that at least one or two other experienced crocheters will join me...  Undecided

So far I've received 3 yarn donations and one offer for financial support, so we're on our way.  I'm just terrified of the unknown of the initial meeting...  I'm desperately seeking advice &/or suggestions!

We've been trying to decide whether to buy hooks for everyone to use while they are at the club meetings, or if we should have each person buy their own...  What do you think?  I'd like to know how other charity club organizers have approached the start-up of their clubs - What have people brought with them, what have they expected from you, etc.

If you have any patterns that you'd like to offer the group to use for free, please let me know~ I will be sure to share them with our students and send you photos of completed projects once I have some!

Thanks in advance,

Koreen  Grin

654  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Rustic Fabric Pumpkins on: August 26, 2011 03:04:17 PM
These are so great~ Perfect project for my neice & I, thank you for sharing!
655  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: COOKIES!! round 2 on: August 26, 2011 02:51:16 PM
As promised, here is a photo of the awesome package that I received from Oyhana:

Thank you again~
656  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: COOKIES!! round 2 *Sign Ups July 25/11 - Aug 8/11* *Send Out Aug 29/11* on: August 25, 2011 01:59:50 PM
Guess I'm the first to receive!!!  Thank you Oyhana~ I absolutely love my package!!  I don't have a camera with me at the moment and so will have to wait to post photos until tomorrow, but didn't have the self control to wait and take action shots of the opening  Embarrassed

I've tried all 3 kinds of delicious cookies and have been spoiled royally!!  Thank you for the Coffee Shortbread (yum!), the Key Lime Meltaways (double yum!!) and the incredibly delicious Chocolate Raspberry Fudge!!!  I just couldn't wait  Grin

I also received a really nice card, some super cute cookie cutters, some cupcake papers & accessories & the cutest plaid spatula ~ That's right, a plaid spatula!

SOOO glad I joined this swap~ Thank you AGAIN Oyhana, I really appreciate the time you put into this for me Grin

657  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Little Red on: August 16, 2011 07:52:30 PM
This is absolutely amazing~ Thank you for sharing.  You are incredibly talented!
658  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Yummy Rum Soaked Strawberry Turnovers Recipe included! on: August 16, 2011 07:44:25 PM
I am so making these at our BBQ next weekend!!  Love the idea~ thanks for sharing!
659  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ga Ga for Grannies Granny Square Swap on: August 16, 2011 05:47:25 PM
FINALLY!! My gorgeous squares from  kismetfyrechyld & zatanna~ sorry for taking so long to post these ladies

And my double set from myrrda (thanks one more time!!)

Original set (of 8 ):

Bonus set:

And my full set of amazing squares (plus a super-cute crochet hook from myrrda)

Thanks to everyone one last time for an awesome first swap experience~ Cheers!
660  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: COOKIES!! round 2 *Sign Ups July 25/11 - Aug 8/11* *Send Out Aug 29/11* on: August 16, 2011 09:03:24 AM
Holy busy summer batman!!  Can you believe that it's already the middle of August?? Wow!

I'm really looking forward to spending some time in the kitchen this weekend to get danynn's cookies ready  Cheesy  I've decided to make 3 different kinds instead of only 2 ~ I hope she won't mind! Roll Eyes  When I tossed out her likes/dislikes to my facebook folk, I got too many good suggestions to only make 2.

Thanks for sharing the link on how send cookies safely - Would never have thought to individually wrap them before packing in order to reduce breakage...  What a great idea!

Anyhow~ Happy cookie making everyone Smiley
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