Saturday, April 25, 2009

GoodSearch and GoodShop

I just learned about GoodSearch and hope you will check it out. Started in 2005, GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers — the users and the organizations do not spend a dime! As of today, they are 79,044 participating non profits and schools that you can choose to donate.

In 2007, GoodSearch was expanded to include GoodShop, an online shopping mall of world-class merchants dedicated to helping fund worthy causes across the country. Each purchase made via the GoodShop mall results in a donation to the user's designated charity or school – averaging approximately 3% of the sale, but going up to 20% or even more.

This precious little bundle nearly died before she was correctly diagnosed and sent to the University of Michigan for cardiac surgery. Her grandmother told me how the Ronald McDonald House made it possible for the mother to be with her baby throughout the hospitalization. Now she uses GoodSearch and GoodShop when she can to support them.

Check it out, I bet there is a non-profit charity you want to support.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

10% off Heather Yarn

The winter of 2008-2009 seemed longer and harder than usual for most of the US and when the calendar date for spring only brought cloudy, dreary days the desire for color became very strong.
I was restocking the yarn shelves when my memory clicked back to our original choices of yarn colors. We wanted colors that would meld with each other and with other yarns, nature provided the perfect palette, green of new grass, blue of the sky , red, yellow and lilac of the flowers.

I picked up a skein of each and held them together like a bunch of flowers... yeah, corny but it made me feel better - and the sun came out for awhile. I know that was coincidence as well but maybe I can offer my euphoria to you with a sale of our heather yarns for a short time. It begins today and for today will only be available to our blog readers.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cats in the yarn shop

Nearly 4 years ago, a starved cat found her way to the farm. She was so small that we named her Minicat and it soon became obvious she was carrying kittens.

Today she is the queen of all her surroundings, occasionally she will still groom her kittens but today the roles were reversed. Sophie, the black female kitten, decided it was time to groom her mother, even if she had to hold Minicat down to do it.
We haven't convinced them the shop is not for animals, their favorite spot is on top of my Aran Wrap which is displayed on the yarn rack.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Wet Felted Vessels

I seem to hop from one fiber art to another, I don't think I am alone. The daffodil leaves popping through the leaves in the flower bed must have signaled my inner self that I was going to need vases soon... so I made a wool vase.

Of course that isn't going to hold the daffodils,who will need water in their vase so I made some lilies for the wool vase. See them laying on the table in the next photo.
When I made the tan striped vase, I was thinking tall; it is 11 inches tall, 9 inches wide at the base by 5 inches deep at the base. This view makes it look a little tilted, it isn't; I was trying to photograph the white wool inside the vase.

I made the stems on the lilies long enough for the vase, but without a heavy wire in their stem, they wanted to lean over. I did use an 18 gauge wire in the stem but that wasn't heavy enough. No problem, make a new vase!

The next vase is wet felted wool and mohair blend for the outer greenish layer, the inside again is white - our merino rambouillet wool.

The wool and mohair vase is 8 1/2 inches tall, 8 1/2 inches wide at the base by 5 inches deep at the base.

I was pleased enough with this match of lilies and vase to display it for the month at the local Downtown Bakery & Deli, hopefully to have people vote for it with their pennies. The money collected will then go to the artist's charity choice. Wish my charity, Allegan Seeds of Grace, and the lilies, good luck.