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« on: October 04, 2017 10:33:06 AM »

My donation to society is the gift of crafting.  Bear with me, this is gonna be a long post.  I work for a fantastic company that encourages creativity and sharing new, fresh ideas.  My boss's boss's boss came to me and said "I would like you to spread your love of crafts to the masses"  I happily obliged.  Hence, craft night was born!

I have hosted 4 nights of crafts after hours in our conference rooms.  Everyone was invited, all skill levels encouraged and we had a blast.

Here are the 4 nights we've had so far:


The majority of these women have never even stepped foot inside a craft store let alone created anything with their own 2 hands.  I was so happy to get to spread my knowledge with them so they could make and do beautiful things. 

We started night #1 with mason jar luminaries.  I brought all the supplies (thanks to my stash at home) and let everyone's creativity run wild.  Everyone loved it and were very impressed with themselves that they created such beauty.

(I'm the one holding the bag of Epsom salts)


Here's boss lady working hard

and the finished product:

Everyone was amazed that they were able to make something to be proud of in such a short time

Craft Night #2 was learning to crochet!  This came as a little bit of a struggle but everyone caught on and I was SO proud of them.  We made crochet coffee cup cozies.  The perfect stocking stuffer to put with a coffee gift card Smiley



Jen Jen working hard

The finished product:


Night #3 we went back to the basics and made glitter Christmas ornaments


The girls are very proud of their work (and with good reason)



Show-Off-Sheila (her new nickname) made AWESOME Harry Potter ones

These were the most fun in my opinion because it was instant gratification and the outcome was stunning

Night #4 was marble coffee mug night

Dipping coffee mugs into nail polish led to some amazing results
Here I am fueling my coffee addiction


Thanks for sticking with me to the end, nothing gives me greater pleasure than sharing my gift with others, I take for granted that not everyone sits at home all weekend and makes crafts, hopefully I've spawned some new craftsters (I told them all about it)
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017 12:15:22 PM »

You have given these women a gift of creativity and joy!  I love the crafts you picked so that they could be successful!  I hope some of them will continue their journey into crafts for themselves, their family, their community!

Thank you for sharing this uplifting post!  You have been an inspiration to me as well...and, I am still working on my Frieda blanket! ha ha ha
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2017 01:04:35 PM »

Wow, that's awesome that your company is down with letting you do crafting nights and you put in all that effort to make it happen!  More businesses should do stuff like that; if nothing else, I'm sure it works wonders for employee morale/camaraderie.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017 10:13:39 AM »

I think I will speak for everyone here--WE ALL WANT TO WORK WHERE YOU WORK!!!

Just curious, does your employer contribute some funds to your crafts nights, or maybe supplies some snacks?
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2017 11:16:14 AM »

I think I will speak for everyone here--WE ALL WANT TO WORK WHERE YOU WORK!!!

Just curious, does your employer contribute some funds to your crafts nights, or maybe supplies some snacks?

YES!  I work in the catering department and she is the VP of Food and Bev so we always have lovelies floating around!

My job is amazing, these women are so inspiring and wonderful, we joke around that now we work to fund our crafting habits Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2017 12:28:04 PM »

Oh looks like so much fun!  What wonderful way to sharing crafting!
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2017 04:34:20 PM »

Aww, this is so lovely!  What an amazing time.
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017 07:56:49 AM »

What fun! I love all the projects you've done so far.
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2017 02:21:54 PM »

I would also like the add that this invitation was open to the men in the office as well, many of them were interested but no one participated the first round.  As we've had more craft nights, interest has piqued, i have a feeling we can lure some of them in to the next night Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2017 11:25:38 AM »

I just love your sharing of your skills. This project totally rocks.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2017 12:33:31 PM »

Way to spread the love of crafting!
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2017 01:05:02 PM »

Every little bit of this post is amazing.
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2017 08:57:43 AM »

This has been such an awesome challenge!  Thank you so much for crafting and entering. Kiss

The time has come to vote for the winning project!  To vote, visit the challenge info thread here.  Feel free to invite friends, coworkers and even the mailman to vote, but only one vote per person/account.  Good luck! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2017 02:03:50 AM »

"I take for granted that not everyone sits at home all weekend and makes crafts"
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totally cool way to spread joy among the masses!  Maybe come up with a "ManCraft" to lure them in.  um...TV remote holder?  Beer can insulator?  in the colors of their favorite sports team?
yeah, I'm being sexist.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2017 04:28:14 AM »

totally cool way to spread joy among the masses!  Maybe come up with a "ManCraft" to lure them in.  um...TV remote holder?  Beer can insulator?  in the colors of their favorite sports team?
yeah, I'm being sexist.  Roll Eyes

I LOVE that idea, and plenty of women in the office enjoy sports too
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« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2018 09:33:09 AM »

Just wondering, any new craft sessions to report on?
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