Monday, October 22, 2012

My kind of DIY video

I love video tutorials as much as the next crafter - but sometimes I'm not really into making a specific thing (project) as much as I want to really properly understand how to do a thing. Why certain things work the way they do - if I can get that bit, then I can usually figure out the rest.

That's why I'm excited about this proposed idea by Kim Werker and Ben Z Cooper to produce a series of tutorials that focus on the fundamentals of various kinds of skills. Except that makes it sound boring and I know Kim, so I know it won't be boring - it'll be awesome. Their goal is to arm us all with the confidence that comes from understanding enough about something to figure out what questions to ask next - that is a powerful thing.

If you're into this kind of thing, then please join me in contributing to their campaign to raise enough funds for a pilot season!

Kim explains it far better than I do....


Friday, October 19, 2012

Craft Fair!

Blim Market
Heritage Hall (Main St @15th Ave)
Noon - 5pm

I'll be working a table at the Blim Market on Sunday, Oct 21. The organizers and give away a table for free to a group doing something awesome - I told them about my greeting card project to raise funds for animal rescues and I got the Oct table!  Yay!

If you're in Vancouver, please drop by! I'll have the greeting cards and other cool Maked stuff - with all proceeds split between HomeFinders Animal Rescue and Katie's Place Animal Shelter

Monday, October 01, 2012

Cats & Kittens in support of... cats & kittens!

When I started getting the super lovely photos from my volunteer photographers for Orphan Animal Pics, I quickly realized that I needed to do something with these great photos besides post them on the internet.

I figured there had to be a fundraising idea there somewhere. I mean - cute photos of kittens are a surefire win, right? My general approach to fundraising is to find things people buy anyway, and create a product they can get from me instead. This is how I came to operate a mini-corner store out of a filing cabinet at work - selling my co-workers food at outrageously high prices to raise money for animal rescues (nearest store is 5-7min away; my co-workers are all very busy people=lots of $ for charity).

This time, I'm trying greeting cards!  I've got 4 designs: 2 birthday, 1 holiday/christmas, and one blank\all occasion.

The proceeds from all of the cards will go to animal rescues in/around Vancouver (HomeFinders Animal Rescue & Katie's Place Animal Shelter - since their cats are featured on the cards this time).

If you're the sort of person who sends cards - and these tickle your fancy (or might tickle the fancy of a recipient), please consider buying a few of them. My hope is that this print run sells out and I can do more designs!

All the cards are posted in my etsy shop.  Please feel free to share the link widely. Let's raise some $ for these great rescue groups!

There are 2 birthday cards featuring adorable kittens (funny cards), 1 blank card and 1 holiday card (that should make you chuckle).