Category Archives: charity

Craft Fair and Finger Puppets

My company had a craft fair back in december. This is the first craft fair that I have ever attended as a participant and it was a lot of fun. We were given an opportunity to sell some of our handmade items (with some of the proceeds going to the local boys and girls club) and we also got to do demonstrations of our crafts.

I thought a long time about what I wanted to demonstrate. I figured no one really wanted to watch me knit or embroider. So I thought it would be fun to do a hands-on make-and-take item for people to do and get to take with them.

The problem with this is, it needed to be something easy that people could make. I’ve found it take about 2 hours to teach someone how to knit. And that just gets them to the point that they can go home and wrestle with it. I taught a brief embroidery class at my SnB last year and it takes about 30-45 mins for people to work through some basic stitches. All these things take time to learn and then time to practice. We weren’t going to have either of those for this event. So I decided that a super easy activity would be some type of felt applique. That lead me to search around for felt crafts and I found two great examples of monster finger puppets at the following sites:

mahar dry goods and
emotional moster finger puppets at etsy.

I didn’t get a chance to make any like this, but I love the designs.

I spent about a week making finger puppets at night to have examples and to get the supplies together for the craft fair.

(My favorite is the red one because he is freaking out)

I also made a Gene Simons but he isn’t technically a monster.

Everyone that made a finger puppet had a great time and I got a lot of comments about how easy they were to make. I enjoyed making them also.

Special Olympics charity scarf

The SnB that I belong to tries to do several charity activities each year. Currently we are making scarves for the special olympics.

Charity scarf
This scarf was made using long rows of double crochet in alternating colors. I then went back over the finished scarf body and added a decorative edging and fringe along the bottom.

I always enjoy making charity items quite a bit and often wonder where the items end up. I hope who ever receives the scarf enjoys it.