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03/04/2010

Art from the ♥

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ARTIST: ROBIN NORGREN – IN HER OWN WORDS…

Have you ever just had a place that you know in your heart that you must visit before you die?  That place for me is India.  I have no relatives there nor do I know of anyone who lives there, but when anything comes along about aid to India, my heart strings tug.  So for years, I thought that I would do a humanitarian trip there, but finances have always been an issue.  Then, when I became certified as a yoga instructor, I thought that might be the vehicle to get me there. 

Wrist Cuff

Wrist Cuff - Dream

I have also wanted to support an organization that helped in India, and in 2006, I learned about CARE on an Oprah segment. As one of the world’s leading international humanitarian organizations, CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.

Wrist Cuff - Friendship

Wrist Cuff - Friendship

Fast forward four years to 2010 when I decided to connect to India in a way that is unique and in line with my current life as a stay-at-home mom and artist.  Through my etsy shop, Well of Creations, I am donating all the proceeds (after PayPal and etsy fees) from the items in the Wrist Cuffs for India Section to Power Within, CARE’s new signature program.  Their goal is to empower 10 million vulnerable girls, primarily ages 10-14, to access primary education and gain leadership skills by 2015.

Write Cuff - Love

Write Cuff - Love

My hope is that as I give my time and resources through my craft that others will support this worthwhile organization and at the same time receive a beautiful creation to remind them of their generosity. And I finally feel connected.

You can connect with Robin:

Etsy shop: http://wellofcreations.etsy.com

twitter: www.twitter.com/wellofcreations

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wellofcreations.myetsyshop

Blogs: www.wellofcreations.com and www.wellofcreations.blogspot.com

[Editor’s Note: Well of Creations features one-of-a-kind crocheted totes, purses, scarves and wrist cuffs.]

purse crochet

Easter Basket...Little Purse...Skies are Blue...For your little girl...ages 3 to 7

scarf crochet neutral

Scarf...Peace Flows...Like a River...Neutral with a Burst of Color

01/21/2010

Art from the ♥

Making tails wag – one bead at a time! 

Beaded Tail AvatarSharla along with her mom, Sheri, are the artisans behind BeadedTail.  They use their love of creating quality beaded jewelry to benefit their love for animals. Each of their one-of-a-kind designs contains an animal theme – from paw toggles to cat face beads or animal awareness ribbon charms or butterflies. A portion of ALL sales proceeds benefit animal awareness causes.

Cat Face 14K Gold Filled Earrings

Sophia - Cat Face and Clear Swarovski Crystal Beaded 14K Gold Filled Earrings

Sharla supports various local and national animal charities, including organizations that work with feral cats and practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) policies.  According to Sharla, feral cats taken to traditional animal shelters are usually euthanized because they are not socialized and are considered unadoptable.  Feral cats that are TNR’d can live their lives outside as they are accustomed to without continuing the cycle of more kittens being born.  She  also support organizations that help senior pets find forever homes since it is often harder for them to be adopted out of shelters than kittens and puppies. In 2009, BeadedTail donated a total of $686.50 to organizations such as Beaufort Community Cat Project, SaveHaven Humane Society and Alley Cat Allies.

Onyx and Leopard Glass Bead Earrings

Onyx and Leopard Glass Bead Earrings

Sharla has had pets literally all her life. Currently, she and her husband have a Husky named Sadie that was rescued from a puppy mill by the Humane Society.  They also have two cats, Isabella and Angel,that they also adopted from the Humane Society. Sheri has an American Eskimo named Samy that she adopted after someone got him as a puppy and was unable to take care of him. Their animals are a huge part of their lives and now live like royalty!

Black Dangle Beaded Sterling Earrings

Pawsome - Pawprint Ceramic and Faceted Black Dangle Beaded Sterling Silver Earrings

Sharla and Sheri are keenly aware that there is a great need for animal awareness education to prevent overpopulation, abused and homeless animals and are most grateful to be able to sell their jewelry on Etsy to benefit animals.

Contact:  beadedtail@comcast.net

Blog:  http://beadedtail.blogspot.com/

Follow BeadedTail on twitter:  http://twitter.com/BeadedTail

12/23/2009

Art from the ♥

[This post originally ran on July 30, 2009.   In the true holiday spirit of giving, there is no other artist I know who is more worthy of  being featured during Christmas week.  Everything Betty does is for the good of others and from the heart.  So, without further ado, here is art from the heart.]

Artist: Betty Refour

Her Dreams were of Colors Contemporary Abstract Painting

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My favorite color as a child was yellow-orange; it had to be on everything I drew. Growing up, I wanted to be a Fashion Designer and loved the classic style to the designs of Coco Chanel who was my idol. After finishing design school and not immediately getting a job as a Head Designer *smile*, I pursued other interests.

After a back injury some 15 years later, I started painting as a form of therapy.  I had continued to draw, but I had never painted. When a friend asked me to design a card for her baby shower, I got the idea to put my artwork on cards.

Breast Cancer Awareness Note Card

Breast Cancer Awareness Note Card

Through brefour, I support The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The International Myeloma Foundation.  My sister, Rose, who is also an artist, has autism.  She is mostly non-verbal and will often use art to express herself. A portion of the proceeds from the items she creates is donated to the The Autism Society of America.

Abstract Art Note Card

Abstract Art Note Card - Artist with Autism

I am motivated to support these particular causes for very personal reasons.  Rose and I lost our maternal grandmother to breast cancer and our mother to myeloma. In addition, giving back was something I was taught growing up.  And what better way to honor the people that taught me that valuable lesson?

Abstract Art Blank Note Card

Abstract Art Blank Note Card

Thoughts of Her Dreams Contemporary Abstract Painting

11/05/2009

Art from the ♥

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Foxy G. has stepped outside the den to spend a few days with the Foxy Mama.  In the meantime, for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of meeting IMA SUVIVA♥™, she first appeared in a feature  that ran on 3/25/09. 

Artist: Maris Corush

Ima_red

Red Ima ♥

The idea for Ima♥ was inspired in the fall of 1999 when my sister, Lois, was diagnosed with cancer.  I wanted to give her something visual to acknowledge her strength in facing and overcoming the challenges of her disease. So, for Christmukah, I presented her with a bare, cloth doll, a gift card that explained the concept of IMA SUVIVA♥™ and my plan to market the doll and donate a portion of the proceeds from each doll sold to charity.  At that point, Ima♥ was still an idea.

After moving from Chicago to California in the fall of 2000, my love of walking and the desire to meet new people led me to embark upon the challenge of training and then participating in the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk.  What an inspiration it became!  Over 3,000 women faced the challenge of a 60-mile foot journey from San Jose to San Francisco.   Each of these women was strong, and each was determined to reach her goal.  This was the embodiment of what Ima♥ symbolizes – strength and courage to face life’s challenges – to survive and thrive!  Still no doll!

Fast-forward to 2003 and a move to Marin County, where I discovered that Marin has the highest rate of cancer in the country.   Articles cited the need to find the reason for this and a cure for the disease. I felt the need to do something too.  The idea for IMA SUVIVA♥™ that had been percolating for several years was beginning to brew. I began connecting with people who enabled and encouraged the creation of the doll.

In time, Ima♥ began taking on a personality and a “look.”  She has now evolved into a strong, feisty, cute, spirit lifting, sassy doll, a daily reminder to survive and thrive!  Ima♥ is the perfect gift for anyone facing a life challenge…and best of all, a portion of her proceeds will be donated to cancer fighting charities. She’s a “feel good” endeavor for both the giver and the receiver. 

Ima_pink

Pink Ima♥

From a vision, my Ima♥ doll has become a reality. And IMA SUVIVA♥™  is my way of giving back to the community. 

Website: www.imasuviva.com  E-Mail: imasuviva@earthlink.net

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10/29/2009

Art from the ♥

This article first ran on 5/07/09. It is well worth rerunning at the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a reminder that breast cancer is pervasive and needs to be eradicated.  It is also a testament to the human spirit.  Meet Willie Zuniga, an awe-inspiring woman who deals with the trials and tribulations of her own illness by helping to raise the spirits of other cancer patients.

mgd_avatar3I first began making jewelry during a long illness, and what began as a means of keeping busy soon became a passion. I returned to work briefly, but in 2003 my recurring illness forced me to leave my job permanently.  This was one of the most difficult times of my life…I couldn’t imagine how I would remain a productive, useful person without working, let alone learn to live with the results of the surgeries and treatments that were required.

During this time, I came across AccessoriesSusan.com, a website that featured Victorian-style jewelry components. There I found a whole new world – one filled with photographs of Susan’s creations, design ideas and lesson plans, all using the most beautiful products imaginable. (Lesson plans and photos can now be found at vintagejewelrysupplies.com, her beautiful new site.)

VintageVintage Garnet Czech Glass Pendant and Earring Set from Angels in the Parlour

VintageVintage Garnet Czech Glass Pendant and Earring Set from Angels in the Parlour

I immersed myself whole-heartedly into learning to design with these  beautiful filigrees and jewels.  Although I was still very sick, this process shifted the focus away from my seemingly hopeless health problems and onto the timeless beauty found in this avenue of design.

During my day-long hospital treatments, I would often bring along a piece of jewelry on which to work. This sparked an interest from some of the other patients, and “Angels in the Parlour“ was born. Armed with extra supplies and tools, I began to share what I knew, and soon we had a small group of budding designers … all very sick, but each changing what might have been a terribly dismal time.

Purple Passionberry Victorian Style Amethyst Antiqued Brass Necklace Set

Purple Passionberry Victorian Style Amethyst Antiqued Brass Necklace Set

As a result, I have formed many wonderful friendships, and most cherished of these is that with Susan Street, the owner of AccessoriesSusan.com. Susan continues to give freely of her time, experience and resources, and truly makes the Angels project possible by maintaining a high standard of quality and variety in her products. Even a beginner can make something extraordinary!

I offer an heirloom-quality selection of vintage-style jewelry, reminiscent of the Victorian and Renaissance eras, in Morning Glory Designs.  Each piece is hand-crafted with exceptional care, in the hope that it will be cherished for generations. 

Forest Lights - Vintage Inspired Antiqued Brass and Olivine Glass Bracelet Forest Lights

Forest Lights - Vintage Inspired Antiqued Brass and Olivine Glass Bracelet Forest Lights

I hope you’ll take a moment to look through our Angels in the Parlour category. One hundred percent of your purchases from this section will be used to buy supplies for our project, and whenever possible, we’ll feature items made by the patients themselves as well.  Although my hospital visits are just once every three weeks at this time, I additionally hold informal jewelry-making “classes” in my home, and no patient is ever asked to pay any dues or fees.

Butterfly Blush Bracelet from Angels in the Parlour

Butterfly Blush Bracelet from Angels in the Parlour

I find the greatest joy in the company of these courageous ladies; they are truly amazing women!  Amidst their shared joys and sorrows, they create and dream and laugh…all while fighting the greatest battle of their lives.  My eternal thanks to these “angels,” for it is through them that I have found a happier and more productive, useful life than I ever dreamed could be possible.  I didn’t consciously plan it…it just took on a life of its own!  My only explanation is that God is behind it, and I will always be grateful that I am allowed to be a a part of it.

Sierra Sunrise Bracelet from Angels in the Parlour

Sierra Sunrise Bracelet from Angels in the Parlour

10/22/2009

Art from the ♥

Artist and Philanthropist Sue Hoese Travels to Ethiopia with Oprah Winfrey

Oprah and Patient at Fistual Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Oprah and Patient at Fistual Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

I learned about obstetric fistula after seeing Dr. Catherine Hamlin on the Oprah Winfrey Show in January 2004. Obstetric fistula is an injury that can occur during child birth when a woman has obstructed labor that goes unrelieved because there is no emergency obstetric care. The resulting injury leaves the woman incontinent, and she often lives a life of loneliness and shame.  I was shocked to learn that so many women suffer from this devastating child-birth injury in developing countries. Dr. Hamlin’s Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia provides free surgery to repair these injuries.

How did you get from seeing Dr. Hamlin on Oprah to making bracelets?  

After watching Oprah, I was so shocked and saddened to learn that millions of women in developing countries are suffering from this devastating, cruel childbirth injury. As a mother, it was upsetting to learn that childbirth is so dangerous for women in developing countries. I was so touched by Dr. Hamlin and her work that I had to do something to increase awareness of this issue and help raise funds.

Why bracelets in particular?

For several years prior to seeing the broadcast, I had enjoyed making beaded jewelry as a hobby and received great pleasure from giving friends and family members gifts that were made from the heart.

Dr. Hamlin explained how she gives the patients a brand new dress before they leave to go home as a symbol of their new start in life. I was really touched by that gesture and wanted to give these women bracelets to go with their new dresses as a gift from women in the U.S. and as a symbol that women in the U.S. care about them and are supporting them.

That was when I had the idea to host bracelet-making parties. It was a great way to get friends and family together to not only do a fun project, but to spread the word about this issue and recruit help in supporting this cause. 

Bracelet-Making Party

Bracelet-Making Party

I recruited about ten friends, and they, in turn, starting hosting bracelet-making parties. After a couple months, we had made over 1,500 bracelets. 

All the Bracelets

All the Bracelets

When the Oprah Show heard how inspired I had been by their show on Dr. Hamlin, they invited me to travel with them to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia and present our bracelets to the fistula patients. 

Sue Helping Two Patients Pick Out Bracelets at the Fistula Hospital

Sue Helping Two Patients Pick Out Bracelets at the Fistula Hospital

How did the Oprah Show learn about how inspired you were by their show on Dr. Hamlin?

I emailed the show to thank them for bringing this issue to our attention and told them about the bracelets we made for the patients. Shortly thereafter, I was invited by the show to travel with them to Ethiopia to deliver our bracelets to the patients. It was such an honor to meet Dr. Hamlin, Oprah, the patients and the incredible hospital staff. The lasting impressions I have are of the women who arrive at the hospital in such despair, but leave with their bodies healed and their dignity restored. 

Serena, Dr. Hamlin and Sue

Serena, Dr. Hamlin and Sue

When I got home, I worked with jewelry designer and manufacturer, Jill Johnson, to create a bracelet that the Fistula Foundation could use to help raise funds to support the Fistula Hospital. The silver-plated Dignity Bracelet incorporates the Fistula Foundation logo and the word “Dignity” in English on one side of the central bead and in Amharic, the most common language in Ethiopia, on the other side.

Dignity Bracelet

Dignity Bracelet

Are you still affiliated with the organization?

I have represented the Fistula Foundation at International Women’s Day in Minneapolis and still speak about this issue at different events in the Twin Cities. I am now a life-long supporter and advocate.

10/15/2009

Art from the ♥

Artist: Manju Dhat
Onyx V Black Crystal and Glass Ring

Onyx V Black Crystal and Glass Ring

Manju Dhat has worked with many non-profits, including UN Volunteers, explorASIAN and her lifetime project, the Dhata Foundation. In her own words…

My family-run, grass-roots Foundation currently caters to the impoverished people of Punjab, India.  We fund cataract/lens replacement surgeries at no cost to those who cannot afford the procedure. Bear in mind that the realities in developing nations are not the same as those in westernized countries. People go blind for many reasons, including lack of food and clean water, as well as environmental conditions.  Many of these sight-impaired people become reliant on their family members to help them where those members could be bringing in that $1 a day to contribute to daily necessities such as food.  By enabling “vision” with these surgeries, these people become independent and functional contributors to their homestead and to the society in which they live. It’s a domino effect really. According to the latest assessment by the World Health Organization:

“…age related cataract is responsible for 48% of world blindness, which represents about 18 million people.”

Silver Brushoff II Pendant

Silver Brushoff II Pendant

Imagine, it costs only $37 to give someone back his or her eyesight.  I don’t know what I would do if I could not see – if I were unable to express myself through the love of painting and the act of creating – if I were not able to see the true beauty in the world. So, “vision” is an obvious mission in life for me and my major motivation for contributing to Dhata Foundation.

Flower Power Cuff Links

Flower Power Cuff Links

I am a graphic/web designer by day and an Etsian/painter by night. I have been a designer for nine years and an artist all my life. My favorite materials with which to paint are oils, canvas, door skin and sometimes walls! In my collective at Kaur Funktion, we sell handmade glass pendants, cufflinks, unusual beads, art prints, and art cards. (Kaur means princess and/or lioness in Punjabi.)  Each artist has his or her individual specialty and unique talents, and yet we are all bound by the common belief that art can indeed save lives.

Seriously of Ishq Series by KreativeKaur

Seriously of Ishq Series by KreativeKaur

Eventually, the offerings from this website will allow me to pursue my humanitarian goals and further my social intentions through my own artistic and business practice. Art can be labeled on many levels, but I think it is the act of creating that drives me to invest my time in something that contributes to the beauty and inspiration that the world has to offer. By creating a business of artistic practices with other like-minded individuals, I hope to nurture and pursue these humanitarian interests.

Editor’s note: Manj’s lifelong endeavor: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi. Is there ANY question in your mind that she will achieve this and much, much more LONG before the sunset of her life?

Manj is giving away one of her wonderful prints to one lucky winner.  To enter, all you need to do is go to KaurFunktion, and post your favorite item in the comments below.

This giveaway will begin October 14, 2009 and end at 11:59 pm EST on October 20, 2009.  Random.org will be used to pick the winner, and he or she will have 72 hours to get respond.

This giveaway is open worldwide! Good luck!

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10/08/2009

Art from the ♥

Artist: Cheryl Nall

Until November 2005, I lived a fast-paced stressful life.  It was then that I was diagnosed with epilepsy.   While trying to get my epilepsy under control, I ended up losing my job with the Department of Motor Vehicles.   As I started to gain control of my epilepsy and my seizures decreased, I felt a strong need to make things.  I’ll be honest; I was the child who failed art.  Back then I couldn’t create anything, nor did I want to!  But now, I began envisioning things that I wanted to create.  It seemed that the more things I created, the better I got.  And the better I got, the stronger the need to create became. I started playing with different crafts and techniques to see what my potential. I went through many different crafts and eventually started beading and making jewelry. 

Pink Awareness Anklet Dee Dee

Pink Awareness Anklet Dee Dee

For the past three to four years, I have been giving most of my pieces to family and friends as gifts.  Almost everyone that saw my jewelry urged me to try to sell my creations. It took a while for me to get use to the idea that I could make something worth selling.

Eventually, I had the motivation to open my shop, but the shop needed a name. I wanted the name to be something to which I could connect. Earlier this year, I learned that March 26th is “Purple Day.”  Wearing purple on that day supports Epilepsy Awareness. Purple has always been my favorite color, so I decided that the name of my shop would include “purple.”  Now, I had one word, but I still couldn’t figure out the name. Then one day out of the blue, I remembered a gift I received in junior high from my best friend, Dee Dee. She had given me a purple cow with a poem attached:

“I never saw a purple cow;

I never hope to see one.

But I can tell you anyhow:

I’d rather see than be one.”

I had completely forgotten about that purple cow!  I began surfing the web looking for a purple cow and found a book titled “Purple Cow” that was based upon this popular poem. The book offers tips to succeed in business by being the purple cow among all the regular cows. The purple cow represents something extraordinary.

Purple Awareness Ribbon Bracelet Donna

Purple Awareness Ribbon Bracelet Donna

CherylsPurpleCow features awareness jewelry and hematite jewelry, as well as items that are completely metal free. In addition to epilepsy awareness, my husband and I support cancer awareness. Both of our mothers survived cancer early in life and were taken by it much later, within six months of each other. 

Hematite Bracelet Green and Purple

Hematite Bracelet Green and Purple

I support Family TIES of Nevada with my art.  Family TIES of Nevada is a statewide nonprofit organization directed by people with disabilities and their family members. My donations are earmarked specifically for families that are dealing with epilepsy. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I will be donating 10% of the sales of any pink item to Family Ties of Nevada to help families affected by breast cancer.

Pink Earrings

Pink Earrings

I speak publicly to help support epilepsy awareness. Before each engagement, I have a practice run through with my speaking coach who is in Virginia. We use the web cam so that she can watch my facial expressions and body language.

Non-Metal Delicate Seed Bead Bracelet

Non-Metal Delicate Seed Bead Bracelet

I have also volunteered time to help provide transportation for people with epilepsy.  As I was unable to drive for two years, I know first-hand how much of a burden that can be. Epilepsy is a condition that affects each person differently. The effect depends on the area of the brain involved in seizures. I have right temporal lobe epilepsy and it affects my memory. Thanks to technology, I have a Palm to jot notes and to keep track of my contacts and appointments. I also have a cell phone that I carry with me so that if I get lost, run into problems or have a seizure, I can call my husband.  Living life fully with the daily challenges of disability and chronic health concerns takes courage and endurance.

My best friend Dee Dee was never ordinary, and neither was I. We are both still purple cows. I never realized how wonderful it was to be different. When I located Dee Dee her through the Internet, I found out that she has Lupus. The Awareness Ribbon for both Epilepsy and Lupus is purple. Strange coincidence?  I’ll let you decide… 

Awareness Ribbon Bracelet Jana

Awareness Ribbon Bracelet Jana

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10/01/2009

Art from the ♥ Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Meet Koryn Hutchison.  She is married to a military officer and is a mother of three sons and a daughter.  She enjoys walking, cooking, baking, kayaking, shopping and beading. Koryn, likes so many other women, is currently undergoing chemo therapy for breast cancer.  Her etsy shops are a great means of coping and staying productive.  

Cancer Awareness Bracelet Swarovski Crystals Sterling Silver

Cancer Awareness Bracelet Swarovski Crystals Sterling Silver

MothersPreciousGems, named for Koryn’s four “precious gems,” features custom designed mothers’ and children’s jewelry, as well as cancer/disease awareness jewelry. Koryn donates 10% of MothersPreciousGems proceeds to the American Cancer Society.  In November 2008, Koryn opened BosomBuddies, a shop that features great gifts and products there for breast cancer patients. 100% of shop profits are donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for cancer research.

Hope Necklace

Hope Necklace

Fight Like a Girl Greeting Card

Fight Like a Girl Greeting Card

You can check out Koryn’s personal cancer journey which she is documenting at http://motherspreciousgems.wordpress.com

Portion of proceeds donated to support breast cancer initiatives

BRefour lost her grandmother to breast cancer.  A portion of proceeds from the sale of these cards are donated to support breast cancer initiatives.  (Betty was featured in Art from the  ♥ earlier this year. )

Breast Cancer Awareness Bouquet Note Card

Breast Cancer Awareness Bouquet Note Card

Breast Cancer Awareness Note Card

Breast Cancer Awareness Note Card

Pink Hope Cancer Awareness Charm Bracelet by lindab142

Pink Hope Cancer Awareness Charm Bracelet by lindab142

Breast Cancer Awareness Dave's Homemade Triple by DavesHomemade

Breast Cancer Awareness Dave's Homemade Triple by DavesHomemade

Pink Ribbon Earrings by HandmadebySandi

Pink Ribbon Earrings by HandmadebySandi

During the month of October, you will receive a free Signature Pink and Pearl Bracelet with every order from Celizabethdesigns.  In addition, a donation will be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Signature Pink and Pearl Bracelet

Signature Pink and Pearl Bracelet

$1 from the purchase of each bar of soap from the Pink Ribbon Soap Collection by spottedcowsoaps will be donated to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Pink Ribbon Soap in Lemon Sunshine

Pink Ribbon Soap in Lemon Sunshine

Items that promote Breast Cancer Awareness
Crocheted Breast Cancer Awareness Coffee Cozie by kimwhitecreations

Crocheted Breast Cancer Awareness Coffee Cozie by kimwhitecreations

Pink and White Mini Spa Washcloth Set by yarncoture

Pink and White Mini Spa Washcloth Set by yarncoture

Ascot Scarf Cowl Neckwarmer with Breast Cancer Awareness Brooch by yarncoture

Ascot Scarf Cowl Neckwarmer with Breast Cancer Awareness Brooch by yarncoture

Breast Cancer Pink and Cream Skinny Scarf by JaybirdDesigns

Breast Cancer Pink and Cream Skinny Scarf by JaybirdDesigns

Breast Cancer Awareness Fairy Art Magnet by aquariann

Breast Cancer Awareness Fairy Art Magnet by aquariann

Pink Ribbon Key Fob by ragamuffinquilts

Pink Ribbon Key Fob by ragamuffinquilts

Hope - Awareness Ribbon Bookmark by adornyou

Hope - Awareness Ribbon Bookmark by adornyou

Hand Knit Pinkalicious Scarf by foxygknits

Hand Knit Pinkalicious Scarf by foxygknits

Pink Ribbon Bead Pen by BlackBrookShop

Pink Ribbon Bead Pen by BlackBrookShop

You have an opportunity to help women in need receive early detection.  Please visit The Breast Cancer Site, and click the big pink button.  This is at no cost to you!  Bookmark the site; you can click the button once a day.  You can also follow The Breast Cancer Site on facebook.

Sometimes a picture is worth more than 1,000 words…

BabyBoobs

09/24/2009

Art from the ♥

Artist: Teri Stout

By day, I do bookkeeping and accounting.  By nights, weekends and during lunch breaks I craft.  I love to quilt and sew, but I also dabble in crocheting and knitting.  RagamuffinQuilts features handcrafted quilts, blankets, totes, diaper bags, home décor and more. 

Pink and White Floral Cotton Rag Throw Quilt

Pink and White Floral Cotton Rag Throw Quilt

Earlier this year, I was approached by an Operation Showers of Appreciation  (OSOA) founder to see if  I would be willing to donate items for moms and/or babies.  OSOA is “A volunteer based organization that assists active duty and active duty reserve military and their families expecting babies. OSOA honors these families for the many sacrifices they have made in a unique way by providing baby items and hosting large scale baby showers in their honor. Being from a multi-generation military family and growing up as a Navy brat myself, I anxiously accepted the offer. 

Cloth Pouch Red and Beige Multi Print
Cloth Pouch Red and Beige Multi Print

The first thing I did was to recruit my fellow online quilters.  Via my blog, I let them know that I needed their help.  In addition to items for the newborns, I wanted to send along some items for the new moms as well. So, I put out a call for donations of materials necessary to make newborn rag quilts and receiving blankets, along with cotton yarn for handcrafted “spa” items for some much needed “mom pampering.”  I also put out the word to any crocheters or knitters who were willing to help make these items to include in the care packages.

Set of 4 Reversible Cloth Coasters

Set of 4 Reversible Cloth Coasters

In early July, I received my first bundle of charity flannel from a wonderful quilter and friend, Nikki, who also made tissue holders as a little something for the moms. I am working on that project now and hope to have a big shipment ready for their next baby shower which should be good timing for the winter babies that are due.

Pink Green Yellow Frog Quilted Tote Diaper Bag

Pink Green Yellow Frog Quilted Tote Diaper Bag

Editor’s Note: In addition to Operation Showers of Appreciation, Teri is very involved with breast cancer awareness and prevention.  This summer, she donated one of her handmade totes to the American Breast Cancer Foundation auction.  Her eBay quilting group is combining efforts to make a wonderful rag quilt to be auctioned off in early October.  Last year’s auction was in honor of Teri’s late mother, who lost her five-year battle with Stage 4 breast cancer in October 2004.

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