07 July 2014

I'm Crafting for a Cause

Last fall, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I had a bit of a breakdown. Work stunk. I was in a funk. Blah, blah, blah. After a really uncomfortable "discussion" with my boss, I realized a lot of things - about life, about myself. I might go into that at some point, but the important takeaway today is that all of that chaos led to something pretty awesome: Northwest Ohio Crafting for a Cause.

I needed to find balance between work and, well, life. Crafting has always been a hobby of mine, but spending time on it honestly makes me feel guilty. There's always laundry or dishes to do. Toilets to clean. Windows to wash. Dust to, um, dust.

More importantly, there's always BB to play with, read to and spend time with.

But, in a stroke of genius (if I do say so myself), I decided that crafting can be important as well - if I have a good excuse. That was how Northwest Ohio Crafting for a Cause was born.

I rounded up several of my crafty friends and started talking through my idea: what if we organize our other crafty friends and make things for organizations in need. Things they could use or raffle or auction off to raise funds for things they could use. (I should note that a lot of people do this. We're not the only ones by any means.)

Thanks to some amazingly supportive friends, we started our first project in April, creating items the Theatre Workshop of Toledo could auction off at their annual fundraiser to raise money for summer camps. I made these (terrible) bags:

But several other people made some pretty awesome stuff, which you can check out at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nwocraftingforacause.

We are currently making blankets for the Troy/Oakland County Chapter of Project Linus, which collects handmade blankets and donates them to children in various situations who could use them. Our goal is to donate 10 blankets by the end of the month! Here's one I made:

We have an advisory committee made up of 6 crafty ladies, including myself. Our goal is to participate in 4 projects a year, primarily to benefit small, local non-profits. If you want to help us with our projects (we're always looking for crafters!) or if you would like to suggest an organization for us to support, e-mail us at info@nwocraftingforacause.com. You can also check out our Facebook page, where we share information about our projects, including photos of completed donations. We also hold fan raffles every so often, so like us, too! Here are two things we've given away in the raffles so far:

Isn't it amazing how that old cliche about good things coming out of trying times can sometimes come true? Happy Crafting!

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