October 20, 2011
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, “nearly 70% of all breast cancers are found through self-exams and with early detection the 5-year survival rate is 98%.”
Enough said…learn more about a breast self-exam at the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website.
On a related note, you can also help underserved women get free mammograms.
Free Breast Cancer Awareness Printables
For your next fundraising event, consider some of these beautiful free printables.
a generous 44 pages of all-you-could-ever-hope-for printables from from chickabug.com
hope sign, flags, water bottle wrappers, boxes and more from frogprincepaperie.com
breast cancer awareness party circles from heylovedesigns.com
pink ribbon party circles printable from thetomkatstudio.com
Crochet for the Cause
I haven’t made any of these…yet.
pink ribbon scarf crochet pattern from krazyawesome.com
prayer shawl crochet pattern from bernat.com
skinny scarf crochet pattern from youcanmakethis.com
ruffle scarf crochet pattern from crochetspot.com
October 17, 2011
All the wonderful Halloween printables from my last post inspired me to take a stab at making my own.
Not too bad for a first try. I’m sharing the file with you.
Free for personal use – download, print and have fun!
October 16, 2011
There are so many amazing free Halloween printables. Here are a few favorites.
August 16, 2010
Made this plushie for a friend who is having her first baby (a girl) in just a few weeks. Hopefully, this will inspire sleep in the early weeks…and lots of giggles as the months go by.
Make your own with this tutorial (pdf) from Chez Beeper Bebe.
May 2, 2010
If you love fabric, origami and clever ideas then you’re going to love Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps by Jennifer Playford. This delightful book provides step-by-step illustrated instructions to wrap just about anything using fabric.
At the heart of this book is the furoshiki, a traditional Japanese square cloth used for wrapping a carrying items, a practice which dates back to the 17th century. Along with easy-to-follow instructions that will inspire a whole new approach to gift presentation, Wrapagami includes a brief overview of the history of the furoshiki, directions for creating your own furoshiki, ideas for reusing furoshiki and resources for purchasing furoshiki.
Not only is fabric gift wrap a creative and eco-friendly way to present a gift (no paper, tape or scissors required) — the fabric is a gift in itself, especially for those of us who love fabric.
I recently tried my hand at creating my own furoshiki and wrapping a few handcrafted treasures for a friend — a set of crocheted trivets (more about that in a future post), a recycled gift card mini notepad and a duct tape wallet.
Wrapagami is going to be a treasured item on my bookshelf that will get repeated use. I may even buy a few copies and wrap them wrapagami style to give as gifts.
Check out Jennifer Playford’s website for how-to videos or to purchase furoshiki with her original designs.
By the way, here is a close-up of the duct tape wallet for those who are curious. Crafted by Us has an amazing duct tape video podcast/tutorial if you’d like to make one.