Monday, October 17, 2011

Creative Ways of Giving

It's Monday morning and Rosie and Angus say hello!

Saturday was a great day, sunny and breezy, perfect for a yard sale with my friend Debbie. Lately I've been going through my fabric stash, which is enormous - evaluating, paring down and even eliminating fabrics which I know I'll never use. I knew it would be painful to let these many rolled up pieces of fabric go, so I put them out with this sign and an empty vase:

It was gratifying to make some money for a good cause, and people enjoyed rummaging through the fabric and leaving a donation!
Then this morning I read about an fundraising event on my friend Sharon's blog, which I thought was a great idea - a church near her in Wisconsin had an Empty Bowl event to help feed the hungry. Local potters had donated hand thrown bowls, which attendees could purchase, fill with soup and sit down to a delicious dinner for a good cause. Read more about it on Sharon's blog or here.
And, finally, my friend Karen first alerted me to something called the Winter Warmth Project on her blog in September, after Hurricane Irene caused such devastating flooding in Vermont. This project is collecting quilts and fabrics for quilts for the families in Vermont who lost so much in the floods. You can read more about it here.

Oh, and I nearly forgot - I recently bought this book, which is a treasure chest of opportunities for making items to improve the lives of people around the world. There are suggestions, patterns and addresses throughout the book to make giving easy - coupled with the joy of making something useful for someone in need! 

I hope everyone who reads this is enjoying a beautiful Monday!!


tea time and roses said...

Hello Judy,

This is wonderful!! I have not seen the book "Craft Hope", but have knitted for charity and love it! :)

What lovely fabric bundles! As a crafter, I know just how hard it is to let go. :) Just recently I went through my yarn stash. I did not realize I had so much yarn packed away from years of knitting. I thought it was certainly time to share. Some were sold and some were donated to a women's shelter.

By the way, Rosie and Angus are certainly a sweet pair.:) Continue to enjoy a lovely Autumn season dear Judy.



Simone said...

Some great fund raising ideas Judy. I bet the locals were very happy to relieve you of your fabric stash. I hope they were generous to you in return! Have a lovely week. x

sharon said...

I just love those cats! Couldn't be cuter.
I spy several pieces of fabric I would have happily donated to snatch. Lovely idea, Judy.
And thanks for the link to Empty Bowls. I'll let you know what the final tally was if I hear of it.

Karen L R said...

great post, judy! glad the malware has been resolved.

Judy Hartman said...

Thank you for visiting, Beverly! So good to hear from you! Simone, I was very happy with the donations we received! And Sharon, I would love to hear how Empty Bowls made out.
Karen, I'm so glad you told me about the problem with the malware. Thank you!!