Many of this blog's readers are beyond talented! Cooking, scrapbooking, paper crafts, sewing, weaving, painting, and wood crafts are just a few of the arts that captivate my artistic friends. I'm really honored to have so many gifted people read my blog faithfully. Local charities, especially during the holidays, need a wide range of volunteer help. Knowing this, I thought today would be a good day to share 2 of my favorite crafting and hobby, curated, super sites, The Spruce along with Knit and Crochet Daily.
The Spruce is a site with so many great ideas! The layout is really clean and easy to navigate (I'm not a big fan of graphics heavy pages due to information overload). It is especially handy if you need information in a hurry! (which is usually my problem LOL) The photo layout index to the site just creates a simple way to find what you need on the site without a lot of fuss. Less fuss during the holidays is a very good thing.
With everything from cleaning tips to recipes, and shopping bargains The Spruce is basically a one stop charity bonanza. I know some of my friends take the time to help churches, soup kitchens, and food pantries by decorating or doing repairs. The Spruce makes easy to find great indoor and outdoor decorating ideas that won't break the budget. It's a great way to get the kids involved too!
Our church has a beautiful kitchen that is staffed, and has been cleared by the health department to use for community dinners. I'm no great cook however, with The Spruce on your side you don't need to be a great cook. Cooking with the family to give something special to those less fortunate is a good tradition.
Ultimately charity really does begin at home. If you are stuck for ideas here are some fantastic ideas from The Spruce to help you brighten someone's day. I'm sure that as you read this blog ideas are already bubbling over. Holiday seasons are very difficult for some people, when we lighten a burden, we give the best gift of all.
Now to my favorite, "help I need a pattern NOW" knit and crochet site. WARNING: there is some content on this site that people MIGHT find offensive for which I apologize in advance. It seems one cannot get away from strident political statements these days. I keep politics OUT of my charity work!
Knitting, loom knitting, and crocheting, are the skills I know best (As I've mentioned before the folks at Knit And Crochet Daily have created an easy to navigate website. The eye catching photos are accompanied by both a search box and a category listing so you can find what you want easily. (whew!)
Right now in the Northern Adirondacks the temperature outside Out of the Parc Designs is 28 degrees F... We have already had some bitterly cold nights in the single digits and teens. In our area we have at least 2 groups trying to fight the cold with hats, scarves, and mittens. I found some adorable hooded cowls that serve to keep both the head and neck warm. They are an excellent 2 in one idea.
The chemo treatments save lives but they also have a whole host of other side effects including feeling cold all the time. A lap blanket or shawl can be the perfect thing to donate. During the holidays it must be especially hard to deal with the chemo, and a bright colored blanket and hat might be just what the doctor ordered.
I am not sure how many schools are involved with collecting items for underserved children. Some children fall through the cracks of the social services systems or their parents just can't quite seem to make ends meet. Therefore, the schools will collect coats, and other winter gear for kids to wear. Ask your local schools if they collect winter warm items. Northern Adirondack Hats for Hope Initiative donates to 2 school districts currently. Here are some good patterns for both boys and girls.
Knit And Crochet daily has hundreds of patterns literally, at your fingertips ready for you to make and donate. The curators have done all the work for you, all you have to do is point and click. I do wish to thank the curators for their hard work.
Both The Spruce and Knit and Crochet Daily have so many great ideas to share. Truthfully, when a day has been stressful I often visit The Spruce or Knit and Crochet Daily for inspiration. I thank them for their hard work and encourage everyone to visit their social networking pages. Thanks for reading the blog today.
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.