2 things seem constant in my life at this particular moment. One is terrific, the other not so good. It has really made think lately about what is really important out there.
The terrific thing I see is that every day when I log on the computer, I am really wowed by the amazing talent you craftswomen have. I get blown away daily by it. There seems to be several of you that really produce excellence in your particular craft. I also see an incredible desire from craftswomen to learn new things. I can't help but be stunned by it all. You should all be very proud.
Now for the bad news. Every time I log onto the computer, I also see the BP oil spill, soldiers fighting, homeless people in our cities, women in shelters....on and on and on. It's pretty awful.
Years ago, I made a kind of a weird promise to myself. I wanted to be able to play a musical instrument. I won't tell you which one. But, I promised myself that if I ever was able to create beautiful music, that I would share my gift and use my talent to help a few charities.
But the music thing never happened for me. Instead I am cursed with this desire to create sawdust. Occasionally though, I use my woodworking talent in the same way that I intended to use music. I belong to a local guild that does a variety of projects for some very needy groups and individuals. The guild has tackled projects like building furniture for women's shelters, wheel chair ramps for shut-ins, cabinets for soup kitchens, and doing educational woodworking seminars for kids and moms. It is a pretty amazing guild, to say the least.
Here is what I would like to know from all of you. Do any of you talented crafters out there use your talent to make the world a better place? Do you quilters ever make blankets for the homeless? Are there any of you that pick up a paint brush to help rejuvenate a neighborhood? Do any of you fabulous cooks ever help feed the hungry?
I am asking this because I have come to realize that blogging craftswomen are a very large and talented group of individuals, who I think could really make a difference out there.
I would like to hear some conversation from all of you regarding the use of your talents for charitable projects. If you have done it, let's hear about it. Tell us all about your project. If it has been something you wanted to do, but haven't done, tell us what you would like to do if you could. Which projects are important to you and why?
I am not sure where I am going with all of this. But, if enough of you out there get involved with commenting on this post I may try to do a link party or some feature posts where you can show off your charitable project. For right now, let's just hear from all of you.