Thursday, December 27, 2007

Holiday Ornament Mayhem

I've been in an ornament making mood this year. Here's one that I made with sequins... about 600 of them attached with little sequin pins and silver beads.

The husband thinks it looks like Pinhead.

I had no idea when I started that this little bugger was going to take around 2 hours to do. I started another one but had to run back to the LCS for more sequin pins. The first box of pins only had 800! (only 800?!)

I remember my grandmother always had plenty of sequins and pins around for craft projects as a child. I'll have to get some of her ideas for some future ornament making projects.

I may have repetitive stress disorder when I get done with these.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

Ragamufyn's Holiday Giving Guide

Holiday Giving Guide

A few things to make your holiday a little brighter.

One learning child. One connected child. One laptop at a time.

The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we're doing and want to help make education for the world's children a priority, not a privilege.

Since November 12th, OLPC has been offering a limited-time Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During Give One Get One, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution. Thanks to a growing interest in the program, we are extending Give One Get One until the end of the year. You also may donate laptops via our Simply Give and Give Many options. Though the increasing public interest in OLPC, we hope to give many more children the opportunity to grow, explore, learn and express themselves. more...

Africa Yoga Project

The Africa Yoga Project aims to provide empowerment to some of the most marginalized people of Nairobi, Kenya. They look towards Kenyan organizations such as Sarakasi Trust and NAFSI acrobats, as models for being platforms of change in communties.


I Love Yoga donates 50% of the profits of this shirt to THE AFRICA YOGA PROJECT, turning young lives UPSIDE DOWN and creating sustainable livelihood through the yogic arts. The proceeds go directly to the care and education of the students in the program. more...

Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving.

The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that can be seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.

The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect. more...

Happy Holidays!

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