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Topic: Suggestions Needed for Naughty Boob Crafts - Breast Cancer Fund Raiser  (Read 7831 times)
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« on: March 04, 2006 06:36:29 PM »

One of my friends was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is a single mother with no health insurance and a low paying job. 

(That's her - all the way to the right)

My girlfriends and I are trying to think of ways to raise money for her medical bills and expenses.  We've already had one event where a group of us read some of our blogs at a local bar.  It was a huge success and we plan on doing it again.

Since I'm a crafting addict I'd like to plan a craft show.  We've talked about making plaster casts of our breasts and decorating them to auction off.  I know that will be a big hit!  I'm trying to find some other estrogen heavy crafts to make also.  I'm having trouble finding anything that doesn't look like Pepto-Bismol exploded all over it.

So that's what I need your help with....  Help me find boob related crafts that are naughty, risque, silly, and/or surprising.
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2006 08:18:49 PM »

Someone on Craftster made a knit or sewn boob...plus posted a funny story about a guest seeing it.

Maybe you could make a "boob" checker set. I am thinking maybe fimo/sculpey to make little boobie checker pieces! Or perhaps ceramic items painted to look like, well ya know! I imagine you could make anything with roundness into breast-related items.   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2006 08:22:13 PM »

Wow, I'm very sorry about this. But your friend is very lucky to have all of you. I would suggest doing a bake sale with the craft show. Maybe you could decorate cookies or cakes to look like breasts. Also just do regular baking goodies. I like the plaster idea, it sounds great! Maybe someone could make buttons, everyone likes buttons. You could do a pink ribbon as well as fun sayings. Sorry I don't have many ideas but I wanted to say you are a great friend for doing this.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2006 01:54:24 PM »

I'm a polymer clayer, and there are many boob-y polymer items that you could make ... they could have different functions too, like:
...jewelry, bowls, covered votive holders, covered pens, etc.
They could be items, or cane images, or transfers, or molded items, or stamped images or impressions, etc., etc.

I also once made something inadvertently that immediately screamed boob to me. 
The edges of a polymer clay sheet (after it's been passed through a pasta machine a few times) will retain a sort of rough, crackled appearance... I had cut this edge off to make a nicely smooth edge on the main sheet, but then had rolled up the leftover strip on my work surface (so the cut edge was even on the bottom side)... this left a sort of pointy boob shape which was quite interesting, elegant even <g>.  I did it again, and put two of them together, and voila... very cool.  If you don't have a pasta machine, you could either use a "dry" clay (like FimoClassic) or leach any clay but Sculpey, then tear off strips of it and do the same thing (tearing should leave an uneven surface like that).  Or, of course you could just do the rolling up thing with a long triangle of polymer clay, then cut the resulting "croissant" or "magazine bead" in half to make two boobs with smoother edges.

Another possiblilty would be using half (or only the front) of a flattened bicone shape... for more info on those, check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm
(...click on "Bicones, using Flat Surface Roller"...)

And here are some other simple boobs for inspiration:
...bride has a large cone of alum. foil, topped with polmer chest/boobs, neck and head
http://www.marcysclaypen.com/bridegroom/bridegroom.html
...various boob possibilities by Joanne
http://www.glassattic.com/~glassatt/imagesOBJ_SEAS_MISC/Hallow+/Joanne_Dia.htm


Also, this may not be relevant for sales, but there is also an ongoing "project" in the polymer clay community for making "Bottles of Hope" (or Bottles of Caring) for breast cancer patients and for friends with breast cancer. 
You can read all about these on this page... I'm sure she would love one of these from you and/or her other friends:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/BOH.htm


Best of luck to your friend!



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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2006 02:19:35 PM »

AWE! *Sorry about your friend, but I'm sure with a friend like you she is a *FIGHTER* right? Smiley Seriously though, I was very moved by you post!
  Here's a suggestion, maybe have someone make some collages with pictures od breasts and womens faces and maybe incorporate some words to along with the theme.. I dunno. Maybe words like "Fighter" "Strength" "Strong"  "Surviour" etc Smiley  You could even have paper maches boobs glued down onto your surface and collaged/painted,etc!
Good luck!!! Let us know how it's going ok? Smiley
*God Bless you and your friend* Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2006 02:28:03 PM »

How sad, but what thoughtful friends you all are.

What about decorating bras and auctioning them off? You could go really wild with beads, sequins, feathers etc. and make them into works of art. Or just stencil regular bras so that they could still be worn.

Lv2Scrpbk's idea of a bake sale is a great one... what about also making chocolates or truffles? In a conical shape, dipped in white chocolate, and a dab of pink icing on top... I find that people will pay quite a bit for a little treat if they know it is for a good cause.  Or cupcakes?  Easy to make, and the right shape (more or less).

If you or your friends are knitters, Knitty made a breast cancer mini-issue, the boobie scarf is in there:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/knittyF04surp.pdf

Wishing your friend good health and yourself good luck with your craft sale.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2006 02:45:56 PM »

condolences for you friend- i lost my grandfather of cancer the day after Christmas a couple years ago
A few small craft ideas popped into my head- these include magnets, bean bags,... have you ever seen one of those soup/cookie in a jar things? maybe you could make those and decorate them appropriately.
i don't know. Please wish your friend the best!
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2006 05:03:26 PM »

Thank you so much for the kind wishes and great ideas!

I love the baking ideas.  We could even get our kids involved in that.
Sculpey boobs sound like fun!  I can think of all sorts of hysterical jewelry we could make!
Decorating bras is something all my girlfriends would get into!
The knit things are really neat.  I'm going to have to dig out some needles and see if I still remember how to knit.

I'm having visions of crafting parties!!!
Keep the good ideas coming!
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2006 05:14:50 PM »

Or the knitted bra/tank ("zaftig") from Knitty?
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/PATTzaftig.html

I'll try to keep thinking of other things....

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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2006 05:27:09 PM »

Lamps made of bustiers or other lingerie frozen with starch or however you do it?  I'm not thinking well right now.

Bras signed by local celebrities?

handmade pasties? (see pastease.com or nippies patch of freedom)

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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2006 05:34:03 PM »

hmm i saw around here somewhere someone made knitted/ crocheted nighties and other forms of lingere, also someone made purses out of old bra's of their mother who had breast cancer and no longer could use them. Personally i think if you did an auction or craft show it'd be funny to have boob baskets, that had a bunch of boob items in them. and for some reason chocolate covered cherries remind me of boobs heh and the boob pillow was on here! It also depends i guess on who exactly your audience is going to be. you could have items that local group (like red hat's/ or shriners/elk lodge) members might be interested in. i think a boob cake has to be thrown in there somewhere as well. Good luck to your friend! and has she gotten information from the american cancer society?
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2006 05:36:49 PM »

When my brother turned 16 we made him a "boob cake" you could make semi circle cakes.  They are fun and easy, use nude colored frosting, dar ker for the nipples, and a cherry on top "   Grin  And if you dont want nude ones, you could make bikinis on them   Hope that helps   Kiss
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2006 06:06:55 PM »

I am so sorry about your friend.  She is so lucky to have you and her other friends around.  I'm sure she'll always appreciate you and your group and all you are doing for her.

I just saw a really cute idea of making a purse out of a french underwire bra..  I believe it was by a craftster named pattiewack. 

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=79128.msg745734#msg745734
This is one of her posts about the bra ( or just type in "my bra purse" in the search screen).

She also has it on her website...
http://pattiewack.com/bra_art_purse.html

HTH and healthy wishes to your friend.
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2006 06:57:41 PM »

Wow. You guys are great friends to do that for her! The best of luck!

I've made a few myself, bra purses! I don't have any pictures of the ones I made, but here's some examples:


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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2006 06:58:39 PM »

I love the bra purse idea!  If you are sure you'd like to do a craft sale for her.... let us know.  I'd love to donate something to the cause!
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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2006 07:52:20 PM »

Those bra purses are VERY eyecatching! I'd bet they would sell beautifully...maybe you could get a Victoria's Secret store (or something equivalent) to donate for the cause!
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« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2006 08:05:16 PM »

I've made boob cakes for some male friends using stainless steel mixing bowls for the cake form.

A really cool fundraising idea I've heard of is a school selling baskets at a silent auction during a benefit dinner.  Each class had a certain theme (one was barbie for example) and each child brought in one thing for the basket. (so a few barbie dolls ended up in it, some clothes, someone made a babie storage thing, a barbie pillow, etc.)  I don't know if this would be something you could use, but maybe you could have her work put one together, her knitting club do one, each of her good friends make one.

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« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2006 08:33:26 PM »

a local breast cancer foundation does something with the decorating bras idea, but they get businesses and people to "sponsor" a bra. basically, you pay $100 or something to get the bra, then you can decorate it, send it in, and they're all on display at a charity night dinner or whatnot.

for charity work like this, i've found that local businesses are super responsive. if you're in the us, try getting in touch with your local chapter of ACS for backing!

best of luck to you and especially your friend.
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2006 08:40:30 PM »

first of all, my best wishes to your friend.  We do fundraisers every month at work (for people in need at work).. 50/50s go well and so do bake sales.  We also had a soup bar....5.00 a ticket.. and you got homemade soup and bread..What makes these work is that everything is donated.  Last month someone's child passed away.  Everyone at the plant donated bluejeans and I made a blue jean quilt out of the legs.  It raised 450.00....You can also see if you can have local business' donate things like haircuts and carwashes or oil changes.

I know we have a local hospital that will work with you and help pay expenses if you are someone with a lower income.  You might want to see if there is one in your area that will do the same (Ours is St. Mary's)

Finally, cans in gas stations/bars etc seem to go well but make sure you only have one person doing the collecting.  We actually had someone steal the money out of the can that worked at the plant.... EVIL

Finally, just pass a card around work and have people donate their popcans... In a months time we collected and raised 3000.00
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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2006 09:27:18 PM »

A slight variation on the bra purse is the corset purse. There's quite a few examples here: http://www.oliveoyls.com/store/corset.html
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« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2006 09:39:45 PM »

Ok, just because I don't have time to read the whole thing (not that it is very long at this point...), but ideas started flowing when I read your original post here's some things that came to mind... Sorry if these have already been said...

You can get fabric stiffener, and stiffen up some thrift store bras (or whatever), then decorate them all crafty like, then they are art! You can do boob cupcakes for your next blog reading, you could do a boob calendar (either of single boobed, double boobed, or no boobed ladies...), you could get local (or with some effort not so local) celebrities (local news casters are always kinda fun for this) to decorate one of your bras as suggested above... you could also do a transfer to t-shirt of someone's boobs. I am sure polymer clay boobs have been suggested, a singel boob on a piece of leather around you neck would be cute, also knit, crochet, sew, molded, papermache, whatever a boob and make it a pin or adornment for a bag, find a screen printer and wholesale tote bags, and viola! boob bags.
I think it is perfectly acceptable to have a bucket simply asking for donations for your friend too. I am sorry to hear about her cancer. Please let us know if we can do anything to help... When are your next events? Maybe I can make a stash of something and send them to you? PM me...

Hope something here was original, and hope that something I've said has inspired something else!!!;)
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« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2006 09:49:14 PM »

If you are into something this risque I saw a docmentary about an artist that makes paintings by painting parts of the female body and pressing them against canvas.  This would be easy to do on those small cardboard canvases from the craft store, then you just need poster paint. You paint right on the skin, then press the canvas agains the painted skin.  At first when you look at it you may not know just what it is but the more you look...and the paintings actually turn out really nice.

Here is a link to give you a better idea of what I mean.

http://www.bernadinefox.ca/breast_plates.html

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http://www.marycathrynroth.com/painting/1996-1997/1996-1997.htm



 
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« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2006 09:53:12 PM »

If you are into something this risque I saw a docmentary about an artist that makes paintings by painting parts of the female body and pressing them against canvas.  This would be easy to do on those small cardboard canvases from the craft store, then you just need poster paint. You paint right on the skin, then press the canvas agains the painted skin.  At first when you look at it you may not know just what it is but the more you look...and the paintings actually turn out really nice.

Here is a link to give you a better idea of what I mean.

http://www.bernadinefox.ca/breast_plates.html

Or here:

http://www.marycathrynroth.com/painting/1996-1997/1996-1997.htm

Doood! that's a sweet idea! I reneg all the suggestions I made to do this one! Smiley


 
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« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2006 12:27:26 AM »

you could make boob cupcakes and bonbons always looked like breasts to me anyway.  my aunt had a "bye bye boobie" party where everything was breast related in a fun way to lighten her spirits and i think she even had boob lolipops made out of white chocolate or something.  Good luck!
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« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2006 04:19:16 AM »

I don't know if anyone has suggested this yet, but Irish comedian Graham Norton gave Dolly Parton a boob pillow. Kind of a homage to her girls. The picture doesn't really do it justice, it has sequins on and glittery things ^_^

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« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2006 04:51:17 AM »

someone may have suggested this, but what about a raffle? Get local businesses to donate items, and/or you and your friends could make things to raffle off. 

I know that one of the big quilter's magazines did a fundraiser for breast cancer by asking for donations of quilt blocks.  Readers made the quilt blocks, sent them in to the mag, and they were sewn together into quilts and auctioned off on ebay.  If you and your friends sew, perhaps you could do a variation on that idea somehow?

A really easy idea for your craft/bake sale would be to make melt and pour soaps, if you could find a mold the right shape. Or chocolates- many joke stores sell ice cube trays shaped like breasts, that you could use for melt and pour chocolates.

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« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2006 04:55:41 AM »

You could learn how to make pasties (I could show you), find a burlesque performer willing to volunteer their skills for an afternoon and then organize a tassel twirling workshop! Everyone would pay a certain amount, and for that they would receive a pair of tassels and a lesson in different twirling techniques.

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Yopu would be amazed at how many people will volunteer their time to help others out - it really reaffirms your faith in humanity!

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« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2006 05:10:10 AM »

What about a boobie cake walke?  Having a table filled with cupcakes were decorated like boobs with various sized and colored nipples... and then you could have a contest to either find the closest matching pair or the pair that most resembles your own???

If you hold a benefit - you could try engaging the industries her friends work in too.  For example, a classmate of mine is holding a benefit for one of her friends who is battling cancer. She's an insurance agent, she sent out a letter about her friend to local insurance agencies - she rec'd a blind company donation of $1,000.00 - she doesn't know who saw the poster and decided to donate.  She asked each of us (and mind you, we're just classmates of the friend holding the benefit...) if we would help fundraise as well.  I think part of it is branching out as much as you can so that you have many people benefitting.
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« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2006 05:32:50 AM »

Did you consider this one?


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« Reply #30 on: March 06, 2006 08:36:41 AM »

While I do find a lot of humor in that.. I wonder who would wear that in public.. hehehehhe
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« Reply #31 on: March 06, 2006 09:11:00 AM »

Makes you wonder what their men's belt would look like.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #32 on: March 06, 2006 06:41:37 PM »

If you are into something this risque I saw a docmentary about an artist that makes paintings by painting parts of the female body and pressing them against canvas.  This would be easy to do on those small cardboard canvases from the craft store, then you just need poster paint. You paint right on the skin, then press the canvas agains the painted skin.  At first when you look at it you may not know just what it is but the more you look...and the paintings actually turn out really nice.

Here is a link to give you a better idea of what I mean.

http://www.bernadinefox.ca/breast_plates.html

Or here:

http://www.marycathrynroth.com/painting/1996-1997/1996-1997.htm



 

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« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2006 09:02:38 PM »

If you are into something this risque I saw a docmentary about an artist that makes paintings by painting parts of the female body and pressing them against canvas.  This would be easy to do on those small cardboard canvases from the craft store, then you just need poster paint. You paint right on the skin, then press the canvas agains the painted skin.  At first when you look at it you may not know just what it is but the more you look...and the paintings actually turn out really nice.

Here is a link to give you a better idea of what I mean.

http://www.bernadinefox.ca/breast_plates.html

Or here:

http://www.marycathrynroth.com/painting/1996-1997/1996-1997.htm

Doood! that's a sweet idea! I reneg all the suggestions I made to do this one! Smiley



this might work cool for a calander too
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« Reply #34 on: March 07, 2006 07:37:37 AM »

You are all amazing!

I'm spending the day figuring out a date for the show and a place to have it.  I'm so excited!
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« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2006 04:15:51 PM »

Have you thought about a Poker Run? I'm not a biker myself but many of my family members are and we open the event to cars, trucks, etc. We do an annual poker run (this year will be the 3rd year) and I think in the last 2 years we've raised about $15,000 total. We do it in honor/memory of my mother-in-law and donate the proceeds to local breast cancer charities.

We got the 5 bars to donate $100 each for using their location, then we do raffle tickets at $2 each and get donations from local businesses. Last year we did a 50/50 drawing and raffled donated items. This year we're going to try an auction and see how that works out. In addition we sell koozies and I'm doing my "Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye" Lip Balms that I make. It can be a lot of work but the results can be amazing. You can see more info on our poker run at www.dreamsofpink.co m.

If you organized such event you could incorporate many of the ideas suggested here - You could even make some of your own raffle/auction items. Good luck with everything and please keep us posted on your progress. I wish you and all your friends the very best. It really helps when you have a big supportive group as it seems you have.
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« Reply #36 on: March 30, 2006 07:22:05 PM »

More potentially saleable items:

Sets of notecards: B&W photos of bras or nekkid torsos mounted on hot pink paper.
Tit Bit kits -- if OK with the pattern owner (published in Knitty)
Zipper pouches with stencils of boobs or snarky anti-cancer slogans

Good luck to your friend.  She can beat this!
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« Reply #37 on: March 30, 2006 07:28:54 PM »

i've GOT IT!

what about lollipops in the shape of a boob with a nipple? you could make some sort of mold and pour chocolate or candy or something like that... you could call them gazonga pops Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: April 01, 2006 06:02:13 PM »

http://www.onestopcandle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=OSC&Product_Code=CM774&Category_Code=_ADCM

http://www.onestopcandle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=OSC&Product_Code=ECX113&Category_Code=_ADCM

That's an EXCELLENT idea!  I sent ya a few links to come cool molds!
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« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2006 11:22:00 AM »

I didn't read through this entire post to see what has been suggested b/c I'm kinda rushing before going someplace and I wanted to tell you how wonderful you are for doing this!
So many women can't seek the help they need b/c of our crappy insurance problems (or lack thereof).  You're a blessing to your friend for helping out with this. 

My suggestions:
a knitted booby pillow -- you can't go wrong with those
polymer clay ... you could make squares and inside the squares have a pair of breasts and wrap the square in a pink #4 flat sheet of clay... (to make into a necklace pendant) (b/c pink is the breast cancer awareness ribbon color Cheesy)
- you could also make little squares or circles with the pink ribbon inside of those as well
cd necklaces - those are such a hit among my friends and family now.  they have no idea how i make them, they just want one. they look like faux dichroic glass and although they are so cheap to make you could easily sell them for $15 or so. 
beaded stitch markers!!!  you can find all kinds of tutes on how to do this but if any knitters see these things they'll flip out... they're amazing.  i made a ton to give as easter gifts last night for my knit group and they've never seen them and now they're working on projects just so they can divide their stitches.  Cheesy
record bowl kits-- fill up the record bowl with a 'theme' of some kind... or just use cheapy baskets from the thrift store.  i found a cancer awareness ribbon washcloth (knit) http://knitwits-heaven.tripod.com/breast_cancer_awarenesst.htm here, and a soap sack http://www.knittingknonsense.com/awarenessribbon_soapsack.html, oh and an illusion ribbon cloth http://www.knittingknonsense.com/illusion_awareness.html.  you could make awareness kits in baskets... (i'm brainstorming as I write this so forgive all the holy long run on sentences)... with pretty soaps and a card stating who they're helping... it gives a real sense of community and feel-goodness for people to know that they're not just buying 'stuff', but they're helping to save a life. 

Good luck! Let us know how these events go for you!
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« Reply #40 on: April 16, 2006 10:26:01 PM »

im really sorry to hear about your friend.. this isnt really CRAFT related. but my mom came down with breast cancer when i was a senior in high school.. she worked at a doctors office and the girls at the dr. office planned out a whole car wash thing for the weekend to raise money to help with bills during the times she couldnt work..

we made ALOT of money.. lots of people came to help. family, my friends, drug reps, it was amazing. someone had brought some homemade goodies they donated as well to sell.. it was a big success
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