This may be the wrong place to put this lil' thread, and if so, do let me know. But anywho, I'm looking for a messenger bag for when I go back to school, and I would like to give my fellow craftsters some business if at all possible. So I was just wondering, does anyone have or know of crafty shops that sell messenger bags? Even really large totes would do, if it was sturdy and big enough to carry school bags, and have straps long enough to allow me to sling it across my chest like a messenger (ideal for my bike ride to school - need the bag to be somewhat out of the way).
It's been said already, but I must stress: Yours is sooo much lovelier than the Roxy one! I hope your friend adores it; I do The pink and brown look great together, the polka dots rock, and I like the pockets with the ribbons arranged as they are...
Thank you for all of your suggestions. Things are going a little better right now. The Red Cross has put the family up in a hotel, and they're even looking for an apartment for them to move into, which they will pay the first month's rent for. Different organizations throughout the town have donated money and other necessities, and my friends and friends of my fiance and his family have all been great, offering their love, help, and prayer. There's still a rough road ahead, but things are definitely starting to look up, due to the kindness of strangers and loved ones alike.
As for the crafty side of it all, I made some fleece scarves for the family, and I went out and searched the thrift stores and dollar generals for clothes, products for around the house, and toys and little things like that. I spent every last penny I had, and my parents helped out too, so hopefully the things I've scrounged up will help make their Christmas a little merrier.
And everyone loves a nice big plate of homemade cookies.
Thank you - Those are great ideas! I don't really know how to make soap or anything like that, but I could probably find stuff like that at the Dollar General and fill the purses and such up with them...I do have plenty of fabric scraps.
Oh, that's so awful. It does seem like I hear about something like this every year around the holidays. Is there any way that you can get this on the local news? Oftentimes the news will be interested because they like horrible stories like this, but it can also have a human interest angle. It could be a way to let locals know they can donate items to your fiance's family. this time of year, people will make the extra effort to help out. You could also check your local Red Cross to see if they can help out with anything--they respond to lots of apartment building fires. http://www.redcross.org/ Good luck!
Those are wonderful ideas as well. I'm just so shocked and everything still, I haven't even thought of these things. I think if people knew, they would try to help however they could. Thank you
Last night my fiance and his family's apartments burnt down. He lives in an apartment above them, and he lost everything; the rest of his family is salvaging what they can, but there's not much. The whole apartment is being bulldozed later today. You always hear about these sad stories right before Christmas, and I always feel bad for the people, but I never thought it would happen to anyone so near and dear to me. To add to it, a friend of us all who lived in the uppermost apartment above my fiance did not make it out...
Besides losing pretty much everything they own, my boy and his family have also lost to the fire all of the Christmas presents that they'd bought for each other. I'm hoping the Salvation Army will do what they can to help, but it stands nonetheless that they may be having a rather homeless, presentless Christmas this year, and I need to do something about that. Unfortunately, I'm entirely broke by now, and though I'd gotten some things for my fiance and one thing for each of his family members, I definitely want to give them more now.
Does anyone have any ideas of crafty things I could make for them? Keep in mind that I don't have much money, and while they deserve any and every gift, they also probably need some practical things now as well. I'd really appreciate any input or advice, and for those of you who pray, I ask you to please keep this family in yours prayers (as well as the family of our friend who was lost in the fire) during this holiday season.