9-5: Community Thursday!


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“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

Welcome to the first Community Thursday of this September!  I know that they’ve been a little sparse of late, but LOTS of things have been going on, and that’s GOOD. However, it’s time to get back into the groove, and share what neat-fun things I’ve found happening around our community… so without further adieu…

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Doing kindnesses to animals in need has great rewards – to the animals that are saved, of course, but also to those who save them. However, costs can climb quickly in these rescues, especially if the animals came to their rescuers in particularly bad shape.

Rose [formerly known as Jazzy] came to Seven Spirits Farm missing most of her tail, and with a lot of foot/leg issues. She’s a sweet horse who deserves a s second chance, and Jennifer of Seven Spirits Farm is trying her best to give that to her and to the other horse that came along with her to the farm. Others in the Fiber Arts community have gathered together to offer some help to the financial part by starting an auction on Facebook. If you’d like to help, please take a moment to shop, bid, and support a kindness to animals who truly deserve it. Thanks to Stacy Shipley of Lush Fiber Farm for putting this together.

https://www.facebook.com/events/420404741402042/

Photo: Amelia Garripoli, http://askthebellwether.blogspot.com/

Photo: Amelia Garripoli, http://askthebellwether.blogspot.com/

I love when someone is told “well, you can’t do this” and decides that’s a challenge, not a fact. In this case, it’s The Bellwether aka Amelia Garripoli deciding that where there’s a will, there’s some charkha plying to be done – and obviously, she manages to figure it out just fine. There was a learning curve, but when *isn’t* there? I love this, and I love that she made a spindle kate on the fly, too.

http://askthebellwether.blogspot.com/2013/09/how-do-you-ply-on-charkha.html

Click on the pic to go to Blacksburg Belle and watch the video!

Click on the pic to go to Blacksburg Belle and watch the video!

Color palettes are really useful – in creating everything, really! I use them when I dye and spin custom orders, especially ones where the patron wants something inspired by a specific idea or photo. They’re useful in most creative arts, including web design and business branding. Blacksburg Belle April Bowles-Olin explains how she makes her palettes, and how she uses them. Her videos are always inspiring and easy to follow!

http://www.blacksburgbelle.com/2013/09/how-to-make-and-use-color-palettes/

“Success is about creating benefit for all and enjoying the process. If you focus on this & adopt this definition, success is yours.” – Kelly Kim

 

Photo: Ella Claire

Photo: Ella Claire

 

I lovelovelove tips like this! Useful for packaging, spinning [yes really, burlap yarn!] , or papercraft – and probably other applications I haven’t thought of yet. She figures out your yield at being about .17 a yard for this burlap ribbon, which no matter how you figure it, it’s a HUGE savings over buying it premade. Clever clever!

http://www.ellaclaireinspired.com/2013/08/how-to-make-burlap-ribbon-cheap-and.html

 

photo: Post Punk Kitchen

photo: Post Punk Kitchen

 

I know that a lot of you are gardeners – I am, but though I’m not growing zucchini this year, it’s everywhere and cheap. If you have a zucc glut, just love zucchini, are gluten-free/veg*n/clean eating, or just like to cook, this is for you: Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce, courtesy of Post Punk Kitchen. YUM. [sorry, non-peanut people. I’ll put something up for you soon, I promise!]

http://www.theppk.com/2013/08/zucchini-noodles-with-peanut-sauce/

 

Get your bloom on! And give some away! Photo: One Sheepish Girl

Get your bloom on! And give some away! Photo: One Sheepish Girl

 

One reason that I love yarnbombs is that they bring such joy to wide groups of people – both those who find them, and those who make them and let them loose in the world. One Sheepish Girl is organizing/encouraging a group yarn bombing experience for this weekend – Sept 6 – 8th 2013. The idea is to knit, crochet, sew, stitch, or fold a flower creation and leave it somewhere out in the world. Attach a kind note and include the hashtag #sheepishbloomdrop so that the community at One Sheepish Girl can follow along! There are lots of ideas at the blog post – you might want to comment there and let them know if you’re joining in, too.

http://onesheepishgirl.blogspot.com/2013/08/group-yarn-bomb-sheepish-bloom-drop.html

 

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” -Dhirubhai Ambani

 

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd that’s it for this Community Thursday! The assortment of things change every week, as you can see – but if there’s stuff you’d like me to focus on MORE or LESS, then you need to help me by giving me input. Ahem. 😉
Also, I encourage you, as always, to contact me and let me know if there’s a project or blog post or creation you’d like me to feature, whether it’s yours or someone else’s. That’s how community is built, my friends!

 

Thank you endlessly for your support, and for making this Community the best one I know.