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21  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays on: April 10, 2016 04:42:07 PM
Since having sufficent table space was an issue, for the next sale I suggest checking with a lumber yard or home repair store to see if they would loan you plywood to use as table tops. They might be willing to do that for some free publicity. Furniture stores might save appliance boxes for you to use as bases.

That's a good thought Kathy, but we can also use the dining tables in a pinch and until I find another parent to help I have to budget my energies. Next time we will be ordering a few more tables so it shouldn't be an issue unless it really grows.  He really just didn't know how many tables we needed. Smiley

I am trying to find a mechanic who would offer up his services for free in return for publicity.  We would just pay for parts.  I'm going to ask if we can get the van checked out by my friend's mechanic to get an estimate on its life.  I am hoping to start us saving for another.  Smiley

And we are starting a brick wall campaign where you can purchase your name to be on a virtual brick wall.  Smiley  I'll let you know just in case any of you want to get your name/company out there.  Smiley
22  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays on: April 10, 2016 04:35:31 PM
Congratulations on the successful event!  It looks great!  I'll plan to donate a larger item next time.  Grin

Yay!  Thank you!!!  Your sewing ROCKS!
23  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays on: April 10, 2016 04:10:47 PM
BTW Bea, your teddy bears, hearts, and ducks went like hotcakes.  I was hoping to win a bear myself, but got outbid on both of them. Smiley
24  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays on: April 10, 2016 04:04:48 PM
I loved those flowers!  I am sure you can show the kids that learning a craft is something that can help them in so many ways down the road.  People still enjoy knowing that something was made by hand.

lol pet the chicken $1 per pet...ha ha ha

I know she went to a good home!

The flowers they make are usually donated to the various hospitals.  I think that it a perfect way to share them.  Smiley

The chicken is treasured for sure!

I am looking forward to hearing (reading...) the total amount that the DMs made from the auction. I hope it exceeds everyone's expectations!

A bit early to ask, but do you think there is going to be another one of these silent auctions with handcrafted goodies in the future?
If so, you can count me back in.

I think a good idea for the next time is to mention the original price of the item (for those of us that sell their work), or an estimated value, so that the bidders get an idea of the actual value of the item. That way the bids might get a little higher and the DMs would make even more money. Just an idea.
Of course you want to have many items in every price category, for different budgets, so that kids can afford to buy stuff they like with their own money, and some parents, grandparents and school staff can perhaps afford to buy the more expensive items.

As for necklace stands: I have a tutorial with printable pattern (for sale in my shop, but I'm closing my shop at the end of April), which I'd be happy to share with the DMs. The necklace stands are easy to make from cheap materials, so I think the kids could make a bunch of them for displaying the necklaces that have been donated.

Just keep us posted on things you need and we might be able to help you out.

Go Difference Makers!

Thanks Bea!  We raised $3400 thanks to everyone!!  Smiley  Bryan, DM and I am thrilled!!  And YES we are definitely doing it again!
The monies raised here are going to pay for serious van issues and hopefully there will be enough for supplies/tools for our other projects. Smiley 

Each bid sheet had the value listed on it.  I made guesses where people didn't tell me a value, but I sell stuff so I definitely gave each a good value.  Smiley  The items were organized by type because I didn't have enough to make a high rollers table.  I think it worked out ok though.  Also I had a buy it now price.  Next year I will raise this to $5-$10 higher than the actual value to get a little donation into that.  Smiley

Learning how to make necklace stands would be great. Thank you!!  I had some, but not enough and the tables were small.  I had to bring 2 of my craft tables and we raided classrooms for others.  Bryan rented some tables for me, but they cost money and he had no idea that to display 200+ items you need alot of tables.  Smiley

I will definitely keep you all in the loop.  Lana is going to run for office so hopefully I'll be more in touch with everything.  Once I get this auction done (still collecting money) I will put a detailed list of what support is needed for each event in case anyone wants to contribute towards it.  Smiley

Thank you all for your continued generosity and support of Difference Makers!!!  Your kindness really means the world to me.  Smiley
25  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays on: April 10, 2016 06:03:56 AM
Wow. So much fun stuff - looks like there was something for everyone!  So glad we could all help - they seem like a great group of kids!

Everyone loved the crafted items.  I really should have charged people to pet your chicken TBA.  She had the MOST fans!  Smiley  Thanks again so much!!!
26  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays on: April 10, 2016 04:51:20 AM
Hi Always!
Well they really loved it all. There was a huge age range (5-70+) even though this was at a middle school because so many families came.  In terms of raising the biggest sums of money the larger items (sewn, felted, jewelry) did the best because they were the higher priced items to begin with.  Smiley  The kids loved the little things that they could get for a few bucks, lipbalm, key rings, coin pouches, accordian books so while it didn't bring alot of money in, it brought alot of joy! Smiley  If I can get the DMers to craft quality items they could fill this spot and you all could make the more expensive items if you wanted too...but really every and anything is loved and everyone should craft whatever they like.  BTW DMers made the flowers at the end of the Facebook post. Lana made a few of them.  Smiley
Thanks again all!!!!  We're going to work on our thank yous to the rest of you once GYSW is over.  Smiley
Have an awesome day!
Rox
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! on: April 09, 2016 06:59:11 PM
me!!!  esp since I have a dance partner in mind!  Smiley
28  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays on: April 09, 2016 06:14:12 PM
OMG!!! We had a very successful auction thanks to all of you!!!!  I'm only posting 2 shots here, but if you go to our Facebook page you can see closeups!  The smaller items I used for a BIN table for the kids and the larger items went into the auction.  Everyone went bonkers over the hand crafted stuff.  I kept hearing responses like, "No way!  Someone made this?"  They were even more jazzed when I told them that you all are professionals and doing this for fun.  They loved hearing about Craftsters.  It was an amazing night.  Thank you  all so much for your love and support.  I truly couldn't have done it without you.  We had nice donations from restaurants, etc., but the art stuffs were very much appreciated by everyone.  I won Bonnie's resin pendant and the tee that Summer made!  Yay!!  Everyone LOVED the chicken and they petted it to death!  It went to a very nice home, but unfortunately the media teacher got outbid. Deanna's and Abigail's jewelry, Emma's screenprinted and sewn items (my friend got your Dr. Who scarf for her daughter); Linda's chapsticks and Bea's crocheted balls were also a huge hit, as were Ashley coin pouches and Nikki's felted items.  I wish you could have been there in person to witness how much everything was loved and oo'd and ah'd about.
Thank you all so much!  Your support really means the world to me!




The monies you helped raise are going to be used for craft supplies/tools, and van maintence. 

Lana is running 2 craft-a-longs with her chorus on Mon/Tues.  Check us out on Facebook to see what we're doing.


What kind of craft supplies/tools?  Some of us might be able to help out there as well as giving finished items.

Aw, thank you Kathy!  You have such a big heart!  Smiley  I will let you know once plans are more firmly in place.  Bryan just discovered that I can craft a little.  LOL.  The first thing we are working on is pinatas for Extraordinary Birthdays.  I will help them with that on Wed. Lana is  a pinata pro so I'm sure they really won't need my help.  After this they are probably going to focus on making stuffies for a while.  I'm going to see if they want to help with my pillows for the NIH Children's Inn.  They only need to be stuffed with fiber fill and sewn up.  My personal thoughts are that DM should learn how to make jewelry that they can use to help charities like Extraordinary Birthdays and either sell or auction off.  If we go that route then simple jewelry tools are probably the most need item.  I have fabrics to share with them if they aren't too picky.  I would love to teach them how to make bibs for their Newborns in Need projects.  Smiley  There are so many fun possibilites, tie dyed/bleached tees to sell, knitting/crocheting hats for vets/babies, sewn items.  I can't wait!!!  Smiley 
29  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays on: April 08, 2016 08:45:21 AM
Thank you TBA!!!  I already feel that it is with great friends like you helping us.  BTW Bryan really likes your chicken!  I am hoping that the media teacher who is a big chicken fan (has a awesome chicken outfit and a rubber chicken that he "hits" the kids with) will win her.
30  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays on: April 08, 2016 07:11:56 AM
WOO HOO!  Today is the big day!  Thank you to all of you for sharing your wonderful talents with us!  I can't wait!  I know everyone is going to go crazy over all the handcrafted items!  Smiley  The monies you helped raise are going to be used for craft supplies/tools, and van maintence. 

We have a very big week coming up.  Global Youth Services Week!...well it is actual GYSD, but there was so much the kids wanted to do that they made it a week.  Lana is running 2 craft-a-longs with her chorus on Mon/Tues.  Check us out on Facebook to see what we're doing.

Thanks again and have an awesome day!
Rox
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