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1  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: February 17, 2018 05:45:21 PM
omg--swants are so funny...I knew people made leg warmers with the arms of old sweaters, but complete pants?  ha ha ha

oh, so nice to see that people really do enjoy decorating a Hiro for charity...everyone wins!
Oh, they love them.  We are seriously behind in the stuffing and sewing them up part.  I think we have about 250 that we need to finish up now.  We have another stuffie workshop at a synagogue in March!  Smiley  I think we will do something different for GYSD day.  Smiley

Great projects, AIMR! The heart is so cool! It's so fun to make things for kids to get creative with.

I finished fixing the Shirt We Don't Taco 'Bout for The ManFlesh today! Replacing the burnt button placket and adding the patch went quicker and easier than I expected. What a nice change of pace that was!   Roll Eyes

Love your taco shirt!  Epic!!!

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: February 17, 2018 03:10:28 PM
OMG!!  Thank you Always!  Smiley  We will definitely put them to good use!

Lana held a stuffies social today for members of the Silver Spring Timebank (a neat organization that trades skills for time that you can use to purchase other peoples skills).  These are going to Children's National once we have enough!

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3  Difference Makers and Small Things Matter Silent Auction - April 6 in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by underthemountain on: February 05, 2018 05:56:18 AM

Hi everyone!

This year DM will be teaming up with Lana's nonprofit Small Things Matter to host the auction.  Our silent auction will take place on April 6, 2018 from 6-9 pm at Takoma Park Middle School to raise money our various projects.  Difference Makers is a student run 501(c)3 nonprofit at TPMS that performs many community service projects including running the Kokua Foods Program, which supplies fresh food and pantry-nonperishable food items for TPMS, RTES, and coming in March NHEES and 6 area shelters including Shepherd's Table and Casa Ruby (LGBT youth shelter). Small Things Matter is 501(c)3 nonprofit that engages youth to craft items for children in the hospital and those in need.  STM is currently making monster stuffies for Children's National Medical Center and is trying to develop a Books for Bedtime Project for children in need in our community. STM/Lana was featured recently here: https://www.sourceofthespring.com/silver-spring-cares-superhero/

Our auction is a nice blend of items donated by businesses (gift cards, theatre tickets, autographed baseballs) and handcrafted items.  My Craftster friends have contributed many wonderful items to our event (including handmade jewelery, greeting cards, purses, stuffed animals, scarves, and cloth covered notebooks.  People are seriously in love with the handcrafted items BTW!!!  Smiley
If anyone is willing to donate an auction item to Difference Makers please send it by March 17 if possible so that I can get the placards, space, everything else made in time.  Please include your name/company name, website, and business cards for me to share with others that might have lost the bidding and would like to contact you.   I can also provide you with an acknowledgement letter that you can use for tax purposes if you itemize and give me an approximate value.  There will be prebidding 1 week prior to the auction on April 6.

Please send your items to the following address:
Difference Makers
Attn: Bryan Goehring/Craftster Friends
9295 Maxwell Court
Laurel MD 20723

Please mark it Craftster and please PM me when you send to him so that I can ask Bryan to be on the lookout for it.  Thanks!

THANK YOU for your continued kindness and support!!!

Find out more about DM here:

Find more about STM here:
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4  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by underthemountain on: December 25, 2017 07:04:06 AM
Lana finally opened up her 2 Secret Santa gifts!

OMG!!!  Thank you both for the amazing wonderfulness that was inside.  I can't find the pic I took of them wrapped (I'm sorry), so I'll have to go straight to the awesomeness.  There was much squeeeing about both of these wonderful gifts!!!

Thank you Secret Santa 1 for Lana's amazing hat!!!  The color, fit, everything is sheer perfectness!!!  I think her smile says it all!

Thank you Secret Santa 2 for Lana's unicorn hat/scarf.  It is adorable, amazing, and sooo kawaii!!!!  Am I bad for thinking that I could wear it too?

Lana will be rocking both of these lovely hats for a long time to come! Thank you both for spoiling the heck outta us.  You made my baby so very happy and I treasure your kindness to us.  Merry Christmas all!!! Rox & Lana
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5  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by underthemountain on: December 03, 2017 02:35:46 PM
I received from 2 of my Secret Santas as well.  And they both spoiled the heck outta me!  Thank you both for the lovely cards!  I'm going to add them to our wall of cards this year. Smiley

First off I received this lovely gift to donate to charity!  75 amazing wish bracelets!  Talk about perfect timing because we also received the IRS determination letter establishing Small Things Matter as a 501(3)c on the same day!  Smiley  Secret Santa you are going to be the first person that I can send a donation letter to so that you can claim it on your taxes and you can qualify to be a STM partner!  Thank you so much for your kindness! Smiley

My Secret Santa also sent this lovely gift for Lana.  Lana wants to wait till Christmas to open it.  She's killing me.  I don't want to wait.  I was tempted to take it somewhere and upwrap it and then rewrap it.  Thank you for spoiling us!

My second Secret Santa spoiled us as well.  I squealed as soon as I saw the pouch.  I loved this idea and I am now a proud owner of one of her famous house pouches.  What was inside was equally lovely....a little shroom ornament. He is so kawaii and we can't wait to add him to our Christmas tree!

Thank you both sooo much!!
xxRox & Lana
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6  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: November 22, 2017 07:39:15 PM
Been making birthday pinatas with Lana for children living in shelters.  We made some with balloons as well.  Smiley

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7  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by underthemountain on: October 16, 2017 05:01:03 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial Bunny!  I need to conquer my fear of zippers.  This may be the perfect way to start! Smiley

Still enjoying all the inspirational projects.  Thank you guys!!!  I haven't been doing much crafting lately and this keeps me going.  I'm busy repairing some jewelry for a friend atm. 

I did manage to make this for Difference Makers upcoming participation in DCCX (a cyclocross event in DC) that my friend Mark organizes.  We'll be making waffles, vending drinks, and handing the trash/recycling.  I'll be selling these to raise money for DM.  The crafting part was a snap, but cleaning tons of bike chain wasn't.  LOL.
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8  Small Things Matter stuffies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by underthemountain on: September 25, 2017 03:20:37 AM
Hi all!

First off this is a long winded post intended to take you along on our journey.  Please feel free to skip to the pics if this gets boring for you.  Smiley  I wanted to share about Small Things Matter (Lana's crafting club) and the stuffies we've been making.    

Recently Lana and I decided to expand Small Things Matter from making buttons as a fundraiser for Difference Makers to a crafting club that would try to give kids of all ages a chance to give back to others in need, specifically children in hospitals and shelters.  We wanted to make something fun, inexpensive (since we need to donate these in batches of 75-100), and meaningful. Thus our stuffies project was born.  I designed a simple pattern that could be imagined into a wide variety of creatures and then Lana and I set out to sew them up!

Lana sewing and our first stuffie Mr. Hiro!  The last time we sewed she was 2 and controlling the pedal while I manuvered the fabric. Scary.  

To get the word out about STM we partnered with Difference Makers at KIDfest...not that hard to do since Lana is co-president of DM this year.  LOL.  We provided them with 350 stuffie blanks and gathered up safety eyes and felt for them to decorate them with.  The stuffies are being donated to the NIH Children's Inn and area hospitals.  Many of you know that the NIH Children's Inn has always had a special place in our hearts and Lana has been able to get Difference Makers to support them by crafting origami for their Thoughtful Treasures Program that provides a small gift to these brave young people facing rare and often incurable diseases each day of their stay at the Inn.

While we were doing this I happened to see on a neighborhood listserv that someone was looking for a charity experience for their child's 10th Bday.  This was something we were planning to do in the future so we decided to take the plunge.  The crazy part is that it was the day before KIDfest, but hey I'm a Craftster.  Smiley

Our Crafting for Charity Party (got parents permission to post pics). I was really impressed with the Bday girl.  Not only did she have this crafting party, but in lieu of gifts she asked for donations to educate girls in India.  Lana told them about Thoughtful Treasures Program and led the crafting.  The kids had a blast making stuffies and really did a beautiful job.  They were very proud of their creations and were happy to sign tags to attach to the stuffies so that the kids at the NIH would know who it was from.  

KIDfest the following day!  10,000 people attend this Maker fest.  221 stuffies were made in 5 frenzied hours.  Seriously it was crazy, but fun!  The kids were sooo creative in what they were able to do with just these simple materials! What really impressed me was how all of them were so eager to help the sick children by making these for them.  It was truly heartwarming!  Also notice that some kids thought outside the box and crafted on them upside down.  These stuffies still need to be filled with fiber fill and sewn up so we have a bit of work ahead of us.  Smiley

If anyone is interested in our pattern you can downloaded here:  www.smallthingsmatter.org
We are hoping to engage kids of all ages to use their talents to help others.  They can either donate  to us so that we can get enough to share them with a hospital or shelter or they can craft on their own to do the same or leave it as a Random Acts of Kindness and we will feature them on our website and add them to our members list.  If any Craftsters or Craftster kids would like to donate a decorated stuffie for us that would be fabulous.  

Lana and I are having fun coming up with our next community project and hoping to find more groups that want to craft with us!  Smiley

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9  Re: Abandoned Art Swap Rd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by underthemountain on: September 23, 2017 05:24:03 PM
Finally got nodsu's lovely creations out into the world!  I decided to do drops during the week as I did my errands, work, etc.

telephone pole on my street...lots of people love to walk in my neighborhood

recycle bin in the lobby of my workplace

bathroom of Northwood HS

Strathmore...where Lana has choral practice


I'm sure they will brighten many people's day!  Smiley
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10  Re: STS Winter Market 2017 **SU Sept 10-24; Swap closes Nov 4/17** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by underthemountain on: September 12, 2017 03:49:50 AM
Welcome to Underthemountain!  I'm CLOSED

All items crafted in a smoke-free, but bird friendly home.  Smiley


man in the moon pendants - 2 points.  Made from vintage watch faces and a detailed metal stamping. Comes on a silver chain. Choose from top 1, 2 , 3 or bottom 1, 2, 3

Ceramic Leaf Pendants - 1 point  choose from "blue 3" or "green".  Each comes on an adjustable leather cord.

custom address labels - 3 sheets/1point (30 labels/sheet)
Please send me custom image for your label or I can find one if you tell me what you'd like.

2 lego bracelets-1 point.  Tell me what custom colors you'd like.  Some examples here:

custom buttons five 1" buttons for 1 point.

custom buttons two 2.5" buttons for 1 point.

Steampunk rings- 2 points.  Made with vintage watches from the 50s-60s.  The red stones are the rubies used in these jeweled movements. All mounted on adjustable, hypoallergenic bands.  Please indicate row position (top, middle, bottom) and number from left to right (1-6)

Closeups of the last row here:

Lego pendants - 2 for 1 point or 0.5 points each.  Samples below.  Please contact me for actual combos.

gone: 1st Row 4th over Gray with Pink Flower and 1st Row 7th over White with Blue Flower[/s]

Lego ring- 2 for 1 point or 0.5 points each.  Please indicate color.  Not all colors available.  Please ask before claiming. All mounted on adjustable, hypoallergenic bands.

lego heart pendants - 1 points[/b] burgundy, yellow, black, grey, and blue available.


Started with: 3  
Pending: 0
Current: 0

Claims made by me:
Send by September 20
calluna to underthemountain - Milagro Sacred Heart - 3

Claims from me:
Send by September 20
underthemountain to kayrun:  man in the moon pendant - 2 points

Send by September 22
underthemountain to gala_apples - man in the moon pendant top 1 (2 pts)

Send by Nov 5
kayrun to underthemountain - Big Cakes yarn (colorway = shadowberry) -1 point

Wishlist: hmm, fun items from Mexico, neat things that I can gift, will have to ponder this a bit more.
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