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Etsy Craft Party Preparations are Underway

I LOVE Etsy Stickers from The Crafting Place

Stickers made by The Crafting Place

We are hosting an Etsy Craft Party this year in Conway, Arkansas and couldn’t be more excited.

Crafting makes me HappyWanted to created a space for our finished projects so we can photograph and tweet them out with all the other Etsy Craft Parties happening around the world.  This cork board is my solution.  From our local craft store, I purchased a set of four cork boards.  Glued two of them together.  Used a hot glue gun to attach a very Etsy-ish feeling ribbon around the edge.  Added a tack with a stylish paperclip to the center.  Finished with the @Etsy and hashtag for the event #CraftParty in the corners.

Etsy #CraftParty Photo Embellishment Showoff BoardNow finished, the board is on an easel and is the perfect spot to show off all our #CraftParty photo embellishment creations.  Follow us on Twitter and Instagram during the event to see all the creations on June 6th, 2014.  Follow the hashtag #CraftParty to see all the worldwide creativity.  If you are in our area, come join in the fun at The Locals on 1024 Van Ronkle, Conway 72034 starting at 6 PM.

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Handmade for Arkansas Tornado Relief

rofit benefit Tornado Victims

Handspun Yarn by The Twisted Purl

Tornadoes ripped through Arkansas on April 27th, 2014.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighboring cities of Vilonia and Mayflower and all those dealing in the aftermath of this natural disaster.  Blessed my family was spared from the utter, unbelievable amount of destruction this powerful storm caused, this hit too close to home.  My heart is breaking for those affected.

Yesterday, I traveled to Little Rock from Conway, on Interstate 40.  At Mayflower, I drove directly through the devastated path the tornado left.  The massive scale of the scene was too much to take in and the amount of wreckage was unbelievable.  There were RV’s stacked and twisted together, concrete buildings only half standing, and a tremendous amount of indescribable loss.

After seeing everything first hand, I knew I had to help.  There are many ways people of Arkansas are banding together and I’m proud being part of this state.  (We are #ArkanSTRONG)   I’m just one person, one small handmade business, but I know that every bit helps.  The news reported a $10 donation to the American Red Cross can give two blankets to victims.

In the wake of the tornado, not only are people involved, but pets too.  Our local Humane Society has a number of lost, injured, or orphaned pets in need of care and shelter. They are hosting an Arkansas Tornado Pet Relief Effort.  They are raising more funds to help with the surplus of activity they are experiencing.

For the entire month of May, The Twisted Purl will give:

10% of all profits to the American Red Cross

10% of all profits to the Humane Society of Pulaski County

A portion of our gross profits from any purchase from The Twisted Purl Etsy shop,  website store, or from one of our shows this month will be donated to the above charities.

Etsy Make a DifferenceThere are a few other local handmade Etsy shops helping to raise funds for the Humane Society of Pulaski County  as well.  All have agreed to give at least 10% of their May gross profits!

Any purchase from the shops listed on this Facebook Page: Arkansas Strong: Etsy’s Tornado Pet Relief Effort Fundraiser will benefit the Humane Society.I’ll be adding the handspun yarn photographed above and more to my Etsy shop.  There are a few other handmade items, including our felted soaps, available.

By no means do I want to profit from this disaster, just want to help raise extra funds I would not otherwise be able to contribute.  Below are more resources for different ways you can help.

Additional ways to help:

The Made Thing has a couple posts:

AR Scene has put together this information:

Donate funds directly to the American Red Cross

Donate to the Humane Society of Pulaski County

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2009 ArtsFest Fiber Arts Hands On Exhibit

On Saturday October 10th, 2009 I had a booth during the Hands On session of ArtsFest in Conway, Arkansas. It was an absolute blast!We set up two tables for the event. One that was full of dye and wet roving so the kids, and adults, could paint right on the wool. The other table was a sample of different types of fiber so everyone could feel the difference.The outcome of the day was 32 ounces of painted beauty! The kids did an amazing job. The roving is now set, dry, and ready to be turned into yarn.

Over the next few days, I plan to spin all of this up into yarn.

Once all of this is turned into yarn, I will post more pictures, so stay tuned. The yarn will be listed in my Etsy shop, if you are interested in purchasing any of it. It will be at a discounted price, compared to my usual yarn.

Since I ended up with much more painted wool than I thought, I may even knit a few scarves with it and list those as well. For those of you who may not knit or crochet but would love to have something out of the yarn.

ArtsFest 2009 was a blast! Thank you so much for all of you who came out and played with fiber. You totally made my day! ♥
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Back on Etsy

After a crazy long break from Etsy, I’m back! I posted 12 items this morning and have a stash of about 20 more handmade yarns I plan on listing over the weekend. CHECK IT OUT The above yarn is some funky fun yarn painted on some cool novelity stuff.

I have a couple Valentine’s Day yarns listed. A Boucle:
And some sock yarn:
I also have a few handspun listed, but not as many as I will have over the next couple days. I will keep you posted when new items are listed. Until then, as always, happy crafting ♥

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Feeling Sheepish

With the computer crashing and learning all types of new software, I have to admit, I have been going through quite the computer/internet/technology depression. Hopefully, I will get back in the swing of things soon.
Here are a few of my favorite “sheepish” things from etsy:

Etsy Shops listed from top right to bottom:
Thanks to all these Etsy Sellers! Be sure to check out their shops. ♥