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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Crafting swap proposal for Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati OH on: November 22, 2011 08:33:06 AM
Hi All!

I work at the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati OH on their Power Pack program.  It provides a bag of 9-12 shelf stable food items to kids in schools that are at the most risk of weekend hunger due to the lack of free and reduced meals over the weekend and holidays.  These bags contain items to cover breakfast and lunch for both Saturday and Sunday for 10% of the kids who are on the free and reduced lunch program at schools that have 60% or over of their population in the free and reduced lunch program.  The Power Packs are provided to the students and schools at no cost to them. 

We are currently having the issue of negative stigma being attached to the bags by older students in need due to a number of reasons however the most prominent being that the bags are packaged by the Freestore in clear plastic bags.  This means that it is easily known what the recipients are getting and why whenever they get the packs.

I was wanting to get feedback from you guys on the possibility of doing a craft donation of simple fabric bags or envelopes that could cover the Power Packs and help to make it easier for students in need to accept the packs.  These could be in any fabric of choice as long as it was sturdy enough to hold about 4 pounds and opaque.

Does this sound doable? If so, this is the first time I've done any swaps or things like this, how do they usually go? 

Also I'd be wanting to get almost 4,000 bags... so not sure about that possibility.

Thanks guys!
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Van Gogh Pumpkin on: October 29, 2011 02:27:07 PM
Van Gogh's "Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette"  in pumpkin form!

Carved with just an X-acto knife.
First time attempting something like this.

Original Painting
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cat stand and scratcher on: September 20, 2010 10:04:21 PM
My two cats recently went to live with my parents since I was unable to keep them with me in a dorm room this year.  To keep them away from my parent's furniture, and to provide them with a comfy place to sleep without me there, I built a cat stand/scratcher from materials I had available at my parent's house.  Leftover carpet from a town home my dad is selling, old plywood from his boyscout project that was never made, a blanket and pillow I was going to donate, and some leftover vinyl.  The only thing I bought was a package of staples for the upholstering. 

The entire stand ended up taking 4 days of work to finish, one to cut and construct the plywood frame, and three to upholster it. 

I lined the entrance holes and one support beam with leftover vinyl scraps since my tabby cat loves to rub on all things pleather.  The bottom is upholstered with a blanket covered in vinyl so that it will not slide on nor hurt the wood floor its on. 

There are three cats in the house total so I provided three levels so all of them can be on it together, however my mom tells me the top seems to be the favorite spot with it's padded base and the best view out the window. 

I wrapped the end support beam in some rope that my dad had saved from my grandfather's stash of tools.  Prior to wrapping it I drilled a hole for their toy to slide in so that they can play with it during the day when my parent's are at work. 

I didn't plan this but the circular holes on the lowest level are a perfect fit to hold an Ikea crinkly cat tunnel that we had bought earlier.

They seem to enjoy it and love to use the multiple entrances to sneak up on each other for play time. 

I wish I could be with them but I was glad to give them this before I had to leave for school.   
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fat cat freestanding felt plushie. on: May 17, 2010 12:27:53 AM
I made this after looking at Flying Ferret's Mr. and Mrs.!.  I really liked the look of the cat with its face and body combined but I wanted one with a big butt and four legs.  So this little guy was born.

Side, can see tail and whiskers in this one. Also he has four legs.

Close up. Poorly done satin stitch for the eyes and noes and a pink outlined triangle for the inner ear detail. Whiskers are some sort of super thick thread.

Just hanging with his alter ego

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