As a long time Sheepishly Sharing community member, Sister Margaret Mary reached out to us to ask for our assistance. Sister runs a top-notch music program for her school located in a lower income area of Kentucky. We all know that The Arts are seriously underfunded in most every school so educators need to be creative to achieve funding to 1) keep the program alive and 2) keep improving it. Sister takes that mission to heart and one of her fundraisers is a booth at her school’s fall festival. She’s allowed to keep the proceeds from her sales for her music program.
In the past, she and her students made the inventory but Sister is currently battling health problems that prevent her from producing an adequate number of items! (And it’s worth mentioning that Sister Margaret Mary is vision impaired but can crochet much better and faster than I can when her pain allows! She has even developed an adaptive crochet technique that she teaches in this video!)
How We Can Help
Could you spend some crafting time making Christmas-themed items for Sister’s craft table?! ANY type of craft is welcome! Search Pinterest for “Christmas Crafts” to send your imagination soaring! Unfortunately, non-Christmas themed items don’t seem to sell at her booth so let’s focus on holiday items only!
Deadline: October 5, 2018
Mail to: Sister Margaret Mary, SJW
St. Joseph Academy
48 Needmore St.
Walton, KY 41094
St. Joseph Academy is a 501(c)(3) institution.
Tax ID #61-1155444
UPDATE: Thank You Note from Sister Margaret Mary
“I would like to thank my “guardian craft angels” for their donations. I was so impressed with everything I received to help support the music program at St. Joseph Academy. All of the items were works of art made with perfection and a lot of TLC! What really touched me the most was all the letters and notes of support! I just wasn’t receiving hand-made items alone… I was receiving treasures from the heart from each person! What a tremendous blessing! I love you all! There is a special bond between us… sharing God’s gifts with others!
I have another special request. I am in need of fun fur and eye lash yarn in large amounts (bigger skeins). My crochet and craft club members are excited about making teddy bears on the Addi Express knitting machines. Julie Greenfield is the designer of the teddy bear patterns. Her tutorials can be found on YouTube. I purchased a couple of six-packs of eyelash yarn from Amazon. Oh my goodness… I did not realize how little yarn is in one small little skein… Since the skeins of yarn are on 50gm (approx. an oz), it will take six skeins of fun fur or eyelash yarn without any mess ups! If people would like to donate, I need six skeins of a color. All 12 kids want to make a teddy bear. I have no stash of this type of yarn.
I am attaching my first sample teddy bear using Red heart Super Saver. I am currently making another teddy bear with eyelash yarn.”
While Christmas shopping online, I ran across this Ted Baker “Tizzy” Pom Pom scarf for $125 at Bloomingdales. It’s no longer available but you can purchase it from the designer’s site for the same price if that floats your boat.
Naturally, this prompted the “I Can Make That”
mindset so, knowing I couldn’t get the nice materials Ted used, I went with a more silly option with endless theme or color choices. Since it’s close to Christmas, I was thinking about Santa and thus, we have this version!
This was a simple, fun and fast project and I can see it being a great indoor project for kids to tackle. It took about 2+ skeins of Herrschener’s Worsted 8 yarn. (It was hard to tell because I used scraps along with one brand new skein.)
Here ‘s the tutorial:
How about some simple, novelty scarves for the holidays?! These are so fast and easy and sure to bring a smile! Skip the elf shoe and change the colors for an “anytime” scarf!
For the scarf, I used some inexpensive acrylic in Christmas colors. While this was done on my Addi Express Professional (circular knitting machine), you can certainly do a simple tube scarf with your knitting needles, crochet hook or knitting looms! Gauge is not really an issue but my scarves measure about 3″ in width and 36″ in length.
You can use store-bought mittens or gloves (as I did for those red gloves) but patterns for the mitten shape and elf shoes can be found with a simple Google search but if you’d like to use mine, download the pattern here. (Of course, you could always find a simple pattern for knitting or crocheting your own, too!)
Instructions can be found here:
I love natural scents in my home so it made
scents sense to make some of these!
- Pine cones from your backyard (or someone else’s backyard but don’t trespass!)
- Baking Pan
- Essential oil of your own choosing (I used Cinnamon Bark)
- Something to display them in!
A great way to get a quick overview of your upcoming months is an extra large dry-erase calendar! I use 2 so I can see the month ahead as well (although I wish I had 4 so I could see the whole quarter). I was determined to use only what I already had on hand so this project cost me NOTHING!
- old frames
- painters tape
- something for covering (fabric, paper, wallpaper, felt)
- yard stick
- spray paint (optional)
For a complete tutorial, see the video below!
So… What “trash” do you save for your DIY projects?! I had to start over since the move to Atlanta but here are some things I’ve been saving lately. Be sure to read the comments on the YouTube video watch page if you want even more great ideas. And/or hop on over to the Sheepishly Sharing Facebook Group to see even more suggestions!
How about a pegboard-inspired organizer without installation headaches? (Great for renters because it’s portable, too!)
- 1 8ft x 2ft piece of vinyl lattice (available at home improvement centers for around $12)
- Saw (circular saw is easiest OR have it cut to fit at the home improvement center)
- 2 over-the-door hooks (mine came from the Dollar Tree)
- S Hooks (number depends on your need)
- Various organizers to hang on the lattice
- Cut the lattice to fit the door. (Be sure to save your scraps for small-space organizing!)
- Place over-the-door hooks and hang lattice.
- Arrange S Hooks on lattice to suit your needs.
- Get creative with your containers
- Move and rearrange as your storage needs change!
More Details Here in this video: