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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Random Acts of Kindness: Rock Painting for GYSD on: April 22, 2018 07:06:59 PM
Hi!

Just wanted to share a little RAK that Lana did for Global Youth Service Day at her school this Saturday.  She led a rock painting project and then got the kids to leave them all over Takoma Park as well as donated a batch to the NIH Children's Inn.  Smiley

Our first attempts using paint pens!









The project was supposed to last 2 hours, but the kids didn't want to stop painting!!  They finished both huge bags of rocks!

Lana also organized the GYSD event for the second year!  Smiley  There were hundreds of people coming in and out all day!  Check out our Facebook to see all of our events.  https://www.facebook.com/makeadifferencewithus/
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Difference Makers and Small Things Matter Silent Auction - April 6 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!!!
Roxanne/underthemountain

Find out more about DM here:
http://www.difference-makers.org/
https://www.facebook.com/makeadifferencewithus/

Find more about STM here:
http://smallthingsmatter.org/
https://www.facebook.com/thesmallthingsmatter/
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Small Things Matter stuffies 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

Thanks!!!!!
Rox
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Coral Pendants on: September 04, 2017 07:24:09 PM
Just got back from a wonderful visit back home.  While Lana spent lots of time on the beach body surfing and swimming, John and I roamed about picking up shells, coral, and beach plastic.  I decided to use some of what I collected there to make a few items for the Abandoned Art Swap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452836.0 as well as for the upcoming Shop the Swap.  Tongue

I made the necklace using nylon cord and a puka shelll (puka means hole in Hawaiian).  I used the same technique here that is to make ti leaf leis.  John helped me not only by drilling the coral, but he also taught me me how to make a whip finish.  Smiley

the batch


a closeup of one of them


I had lots of fun making these.  I have some more projects planned to use the beach plastic as well as some koa sheets that I got for free on my last visit home.

Aloha!
UTM
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / honu bracelets on: July 29, 2017 06:02:07 AM
Hi all!

Our honu bracelets were inspired by a combination of Lana's random acts of kindness projects which including a stamped penny drop in the summer, our love of Hawai'i, and the Abandoned Art Swap 2 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452836). 

The honu or sea turtle are one of many amakua or deified ancestral spirits and as such hold a very special place in the hearts of the Hawaiian people.  We are hoping that they remind the lucky recipients that we need to take care of our planet and be respectful of all living creatures.   




Lana and I had fun crafting them.  We can't wait to start sharing them while on vacation in Hawaii and in the DC metro reason this summer.

Hoping to visit the real honu while back home.  2 summers ago Lana went swimming with them on the Big Island.  Smiley


Rox
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 GALLERY on: January 21, 2017 07:10:53 PM
Post all of your wonderful Geezer goodness here!

The Discussion Thread is HERE: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451215


Partner chain:
edelC --> camelama --> Averia --> noelle --> kittykill --> kbrison --> Annchen --> vkvhawk --> Onyxnox --> anna.wahnsinn --> Abbeeroad --> LadybugsAndBumblebees --> Sarasmile --> LeapFeetFirst  --> underthemountain --> Helena Puck --> edelC

When you name is green, you have sent
When your name is orange, you are sending late, with communication
When your name is red, contact organizer ASAP as there is an issue
When your name is struck out, feedback is given
When the name in the bracket appears, in bold, that person has received


7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Difference Makers Silent Auction March 31, 2017 on: January 07, 2017 02:32:43 PM


Hi all!

Difference Makers, a non-profit student run group that my daughter belongs to is hosting their second annual DM Silent Auction on March 31, 2017 6-9pm at Takoma Park Middle School in Silver Spring MD.  Most of you know about the club, but for those of you who don't I put some information at the end of this post.  Smiley

The auction was a huge success last year not only in terms of raising some much needed funds for our club, but also in terms of building community.  Much of the success of it was due to my generous Craftster friends who donated AMAZING items to our auction.  I wish all of you could have been there to hear all the comments.  Some people have never seen handmade items that look so professional and they were shocked to know that someone actually made it.   Grin  I'm hoping that some of you will join in again to help them!

Here are some photos from last year's event:
https://www.facebook.com/makeadifferencewithus/posts/1116636718380148
  
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 card (1 for each item since people may gift them and 1-2 extra 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.  Smiley  The items will be put on display for 1 week during which time the students can bid on them and will end with a night event on March 31st where parents can come in and bid on the items.

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

Please mark it Crafsters otherwise they might open it up and lose the contents and please PM me when you send to him so that I can ask Bryan to be on the lookout for it.  Thanks!   Grin

I have already received some wonderful items from my friends at the Canada meetup. THANK YOU for your continued kindness and support!!!
Rox



Mission
Difference Makers (DM) is a non-profit, student run organization at Takoma Park Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Our mission is to make a difference in the world. We strive to accomplish this mission by engaging DM members in a variety of service opportunities that allow them to foster an altruistic attitude while helping communities in all demographics at the local, regional, and international level.

DM Projects
Our projects range from fundraising campaigns for charitable organizations such as Special Olympics & Newborns in Need to community outreach programs such as our Snow Angels Project in which DM members clear the snow from driveways and walkways for the elderly and disabled and collecting food/clothing for the needy. Local Projects serving the community • Snow Angels Program – provide snow shoveling service to Takoma Park/Silver Spring/Rockville residents that are elderly or disabled. • Make A Difference Day – students go into community to clean-up, collect donations of food, clothing, toys, and books. • Takoma Park Community Clean-ups – (fall and spring) in conjunction with Friends of Sligo Creek • School yard landscaping –pull weeds and provide basic landscaping • Recycling and Conservation at the school level • Thanks-for-Giving Program –conduct food drive for 80+ needy families, • Clothing and food drives for Shepherds Table –conduct drives through-out the year • Takoma Park Folk Festival – set up tents, tables, sell items that support Takoma Park community programs Regional (within the state of Maryland) • Special Olympics MD (year round) - provide volunteer support and fundraising • C & O canal – remove debris from the canal • Extra Ordinary Birthdays Program – provide birthday gifts for homeless children • Samaritans Chest – provide gifts for the needy • Community Cafι – provide lunch service for those in need • Reading Reconnects Families – provide reading materials to those that are incarcerated and/or in need Nationally/Internationally • UNICEF – Fundraising efforts • Newborns in Need – provide infant clothing, supplies • Race for Hope – Fundraising efforts • Jude’s Hospital – Fundraising efforts • Fundraising efforts for communities dealing with natural disasters

Find out more about us here:
http://www.difference-makers.org/
https://www.facebook.com/makeadifferencewithus/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3i-EUvZGfOpLKjwy6qvQ5g/videos

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 4/1/17 on: January 01, 2017 02:53:06 PM


Swap name: Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap , Round 7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: underthemountain
Sign-up date range:  Jan 1 - Jan 13, 2017
Date to send item by:  April 1, 2017



Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement?  30 years old or older before Jan 2017


Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 30 years old: YES/NO


Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YE
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 30 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap: (thanks to Dulcinea and Sevsonlygirl!)
This is a swap for the geezers.  The idea here is that we've all been crafting for eons, and are pretty good at what we do.

This is also a swap where there is a sizeable commitment, both for time, and resources.  We are going to be crafting one really big, really nice item for our partner.  If you cannot commit to the time or resources, please consider carefully before signing up for this swap.

You'll make up a list of 5-10 large things that you would love if someone made for you.  You'll also make up a list of 5-10 things that you're really good at, that you'd love to make for your fellow geezers.  And if you can make it from your stash, and reduce the stash, making room for more, NEW stash, so much the better.  

What's a large item, you ask?  generally, we're talking something that takes 3 or more hours, is large in physical size, or costs $30 or more in materials (or any combination of those).

You need to post to this thread, so that it comes up as unread replies if I have something to tell y'all.

I will not tolerate flakers.  We all will have 2.5 months to craft and send out.  That should be enough time.  A DC or Customs number is required, if available.  If you do not have a DC or Customs number, you MUST send me a scan of your postal receipt, showing that the package was sent out.

If you are a week late sending (after the sendout date), you will receive a temporary negative.  This will be changed back to In Progress upon proof of sending.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that you are 30 years old or older before Jan 2017 (yes/no)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country (If so you MUST be willing to ship air postal or an equivalent which will take a maximum of 3 weeks.) Are you willing?
Do you promise to take pictures of the goodies you send/receive?

Here are the things I would love to death if someone made for me (don't forget to include color and size preferences, and link if an example or the pattern is out there on the web)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Which one would you want the most? (that's right, you have to pick one):

Here are the things I'm really really good at, and would love to make for my fellow geezers (don't forget to include link if an example or the pattern is out there on the web):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

URL of my wist:
URL of my Pinterest:
URL of my blog:

Relevant sizes for the things I'd love to receive:

Colors you like:

Colors you don't like:

Symbols/patterns you like:

Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Anything you do not want to receive:

Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?

Do you have pets?  What kinds? (allergy reasons)

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Any other information you want to pass along - allergies, strong preferences, etc.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide https://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Here are links to the previous rounds:
Discussion Threads:
round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217022.0 (Dulcinea)
round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305081.0 (SevsOnlyGirl)
round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345358
round 4: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383646.0
round 5: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408008
round 6: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437591

Galleries:
round 1:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219680.0
round 2:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311538.0
round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348957
round 4: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387016.0
round 5:   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408009.0
round 6: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438192.0

So excited to ring in the New Year with all of my friends in a fun swap!  Please join us!
Rox


Our Wonderful Swappers:
1. underthemountain
2. Helena Puck
3. LadybugsAndBumblebees
4. camelama
5. Abbeeroad
6. anna.wahnsinn
7. vkvhawk
8. edelC
9. LeapFeetFirst
10. Onyxnox
11. kittykill
12. kbrison
13. Sarasmile
14. Averia
15. Annchen
16. noelle


Partner chain:
edelC --> camelama --> Averia --> noelle --> kittykill --> kbrison --> Annchen --> vkvhawk --> Onyxnox --> anna.wahnsinn --> Abbeeroad --> LadybugsAndBumblebees --> Sarasmile --> LeapFeetFirst -->  underthemountain --> Helena Puck --> edelC  


GALLERY
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451421.0
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone up for another Geezer Swap? on: December 12, 2016 06:07:59 PM


Anyone up for a Geezer Swap?  They are pretty fun.  Basically any crafter over 30 years old can play.

Details of swap: (thanks to Dulcinea and Sevsonlygirl!)
This is a swap for the geezers.  The idea here is that we've all been crafting for eons, and are pretty good at what we do.

This is also a swap where there is a sizeable commitment, both for time, and resources.  We are going to be crafting one really big, really nice item for our partner.  If you cannot commit to the time or resources, please consider carefully before signing up for this swap.

You'll make up a list of 5-10 large things that you would love if someone made for you.  You'll also make up a list of 5-10 things that you're really good at, that you'd love to make for your fellow geezers.  And if you can make it from your stash, and reduce the stash, making room for more, NEW stash, so much the better.

What's a large item, you ask?  generally, we're talking something that takes 3 or more hours, is large in physical size, or costs $30 or more in materials (or any combination of those).

Here are links to some of the rounds:
Discussion Threads:
round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217022.0 (Dulcinea)
round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305081.0 (SevsOnlyGirl)
round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345358
round 4: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383646.0
round 5: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408008
round 6: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437591

Galleries:
round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219680.0
round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311538.0
round 3: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348957
round 4: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387016.0
round 5: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408009.0
round 6: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438192.0

So whaddah think?

If there is any interest we could start signups on Jan 1st!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Leaves and Ukes on: August 12, 2016 02:38:16 AM
Hi! Wanted to get back to my favorite crafting medium...clay! so I signed up to take a pottery class last month.  I was hoping to practice my wheel work, but I had to cut my time short since Lana's school is starting so I wimped out and did what was easy.  I made a few slab work pieces and thought I'd share them with you today.  I used some "borrowed" hosta leaves for the platter and a cookie cutter for the ukulele ornaments.  I embellished the ornaments with a dowel to press a hole and my rib tool to make some abstract lines to suggest the strings.  Anyhow this will probably be my last forte into clay till next summer. 
Enjoy! R

hosta leaf plate...you can see my name in kanji at the bottom if you have good eyes.  Smiley


ukulele ornaments that I made as Christmas presents for our halau.  Will probably sign the back with 2016.


Also made a few pendants and mugs...some pendants may sneak into my Shop the Swap Shop once I figure out how I want to put them together.
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