I’ve been noticing more and more companies promoting happiness and small acts of goodness lately. And I love it! Here’s a great example from Kodak. They’re sponsoring two guys, the “Compliment Guys” to be exact, to drive the around the East Coast giving people (and animals apparently) free compliments. They dub their travels the “Brightside Tour” complete with website, youtube videos and twitter. Here’s a video of them giving free compliments in NYC.
It’s here and I’ll be there! Beat the heat, shop till you drop and support local independent crafters at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall this weekend (August 1st and 2nd from 11:00am – 5:00pm).
I will be volunteering on Sunday so stop by and say hi!
Just got an email from the Warm for Winter campaign. It’s time to start crocheting and knitting those hats and scarves for their annual handmade hat and scarf drive. Last year they received 5,967 items!
This year, the goal is to collect over 1,000 hats and scarves by 11/15/2009 (Pacific Fabrics will be collecting again). According to the Warm for Winter website, “The number 1000 represents the number of housing units needed to be created each year to successfully tackle homelessness in King County.”
If you could make a hat week between now and 11/15, you would be able to help 17 people stay warm this winter.
I know it seems strange to think about in this 90 degree weather, but tanning while crocheting sounds fun to me. I’ll be hosting crochet/knit social this fall so stay tuned!
Finally some math & science cred for crafters. Watch this TEDTalk by Margaret Wertheim who is leading a project bringing attention to coral reefs, mathematic figuring and other brilliant endeavors – using crochet of course. Crochet is the ONLY way to accurately recreate hyperbolic shapes in the real world – who knew!
Doing good cannot be done alone. This week Mashable created a How To: Start a petition on Twitter and reviewed four services that allow you to start your own online petition and hopefully gain some interest in your cause:
I like Twibbon myself, as it allows people to add a small image supporting their cause to their Twitter avatar. You can search for a cause to add to your Twitter avatar too.
Who doesn’t need to experience a little positive moment every now and again? KindOverMatter created a batch of printable affirmations and an adorable box to put them in.
Some of my favs:
“Today may I smile with my heart;
Today may my words be rooted in love;
Today may I spread joy in random & beautiful ways;
Today may I hear the whispers of my spirit; and
Today may I sparkle.”
I’ll be putting mine on my desk at the office so I can reach for one of these instead of the afternoon candy drawer…
Fabricshoppersunite.com has launched a new database (in Beta) aimed to help cratfy guys and gals make more of their materials purchases from independent quilt and fabric stores.
Says Project 95, “Did you know that 95 percent of fabric shoppers make their purchases at chain stores? That’s right, only 5 percent shop independents. Let’s change that.” I think everyone knows that shopping inide and local helps communties flourish, but it’s not always easy (I heart Target…).
The site lets you search by area and locate shops on a handy Google map. I quickly located my favorite indie shop in Seattle – Stitches. I wanted to see if could find some in Paris too. Imagine visiting an indie fabric store on you next vacation! You’ll need to know a zip code to get the map going, but I still wasn’t able to find any places in Paris – yet. The project has just released in Beta and I’m excited to watch it evolve.