Plenty To Be Thankful For

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Well, yesterday’s Thankful Giving Crafternoon was a great success. We collected lots of donations for the food pantry at the Greenpoint Reform Church, from handknit scarves to holiday cards and lots of healthy food for those in need. It was a great gathering of very young friends and older ones; total newcomers and Crafternoon superfans.

We had a delicious spread, including tasty casseroles from Rufus’s mom, Susan, and from the lovely Emily Farris, author of Casserole Crazy

Some of the amazing items that were crafted included knit squares for the scarves we donated…

(Please note the use of name tags. I love name tags for Crafternoon! I had forgotten to bring name tags to the last few Crafternoons, but trust me, it is sooo much easier to memorize names when folks are wearing a name tag. And that makes for a friendly Craftercrew.)

We made lots of really cool cards for the food pantry to include in their holiday grocery bags…

It was a lovely turnout, and I’m so thankful for Christine and Vinnie at Word Bookstore for hosting us in their lovely space. And I’m so thankful for all the generous crafters who came out to give something back to the community.

Yes, it is a time to be thankful for all of the good things, and I am in awe of all I have to be thankful for.

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Thankful Giving Crafternoon

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
Greetings, Crafternooners!

The weekend before Thanksgiving is always filled with lots of preparation and anticipation, and this year I’d also like to fill it with some charitable good times.

As we give thanks for all of the good things we have, shouldn’t we share our bounty with those who have not? We are lucky, we Haves, but we ought to be generous, too.

So Saturday, November 22nd, from 2-5pm, I’m throwing a Thankful Giving Crafternoon and Casserole Extravaganza at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. If you are in the New York area, please stop by!

I am obsessed with Word, the best bookstore in the city, and the lovely owners are kind enough to share their lovely space at 126 Franklin Street with us.

Crafters are encouraged to knit or crochet hats and scarves to be donated to those in need. We’ll have lots of yarn and knitting needles on hand, but feel free to BYOYarn and Needles to work with. And if you’d like to get a jump on your project this week, well, heck, go right ahead. We’ll be happy to take finished products.

We will be donating these winter accessories to the  the Greenpoint Reformed Church. The church runs a food pantry, so please bring along a can or two of something tasty to pass along.


But fear not, non-knitters! We’ll have projects for you, too. We’ll be making handmade cards and decorations to be given included with the Thanksgiving groceries going out to the needy.

What’s that you say? Oh, where do the casseroles come in to play? Well, we’ll be eating them, silly! The lovely and talented Emily Farris, author of Casserole Crazy and host of the Annual Casserole Party, will be on hand with a casserole or two for you to taste.


And remember, tasty snacks and yummy beverages to share with your fellow crafters are always welcome.

I’m really looking forward to crafting for a good cause with you. We’ve got so much to be thankful for. And if you can’t make it, I encourage you to throw your own Thankful Giving party. You’ll have so much fun, and you’ll be doing good, too. And then you can thank me for it. ;)

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