Craft for a Cause: Goods Giving Back

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Hi folks!

As you know, I like to make things. Correction, I love to make things. I bet you do too, after all, that’s why you landed on this crafty blog, right? You came here for a tutorial, a pattern, or a creative tip. You love to sew, crochet, and/or knit, just like me. You may even enjoy other crafts like scrapbooking, jewelry making, or candle making, etc…

And just like you and me, Dana Lardner, a California mom and philanthropist, also loves to make things. But one day, Dana decided to take her love of creating one step further.  She wanted to combine her creative inspiration with her wish to give back to those in need.  So she founded Goods Giving Back, a website dedicated to supporting non-profits through the donation and sale of handmade goods.


Handmade Goods for the Greater Good

Goods Giving Back provides a marketplace for Dana and other creative makers to sell some of the items they create while the proceeds go directly to a non-profit organization of their choice. The process is fully transparent so buyers never have to wonder if the funds actually made it the intended non-profit.

When I first learned about Goods Giving Back, I thought it was a brilliant idea and just had to be a part of it. So of course, I am a Goods Giving Back maker! That means you can find some of my handmade goodies, as well as some fabulous items by other makers, in the Goods Giving Back marketplace.

Each of the organizations supported by Goods Giving Back is a small, U.S. based non-profit where even the smallest of donations can make the biggest difference.  The proceeds from my donations currently support Silver Rescue, a dog and cat sanctuary and rescue.   You can read more about Silver Rescue and the other great non-profits supported by the Goods Giving Back makers by clicking here.

Become a Maker

Crafters are also often collectors.  You know what I mean.  You have drawers, bags, cupboards, and shelves overflowing with yarn, fabric, beads, buttons, bows, ribbons, etc.  You tend to find needles, hooks, and other crafting tools in or under the couch, spread out over the dinner table, in your purse, or even tucked behind your ears.  You have piles of projects.  Some finished, some unfinished, some are gifts, some you forgot about, and some you meant to give away, but never did.

And even though you have all this stuff, you still can’t pass up that yarn or fabric you saw on sale at JoAnn’s.  So you collect more stuff.  Hey, I’ll be the first to admit that I am guilty of this.  My craft stuff is my biggest clutter problem and I can’t seem to stop it from growing because I just can’t pass by that great deal without buying something!

One of the best things about Goods Giving Back is that it gives me a reason to use up all that stuff and it gives me a way to let all the completed stuff go.    I can feed my craft addiction without overloading my craft space.

I use my craft supplies to make something and then put on Goods Giving Back.  The item then gets purchased by someone who wants it and a non-profit receives a much needed monetary donation!  It’s a 3-way win-win!


Empowering Charitable Crafters


If making things to donate to nonprofits in need interests you, Dana also has a site to get you started and you can even become a part of The Create to Donate crew.

Create to Donate is dedicated to empowering crafters to create and donate their handmade items for the greater good.  It’s part of the Goods Giving Back community and it’s where Create to Donate ambassadors, like me, offer information, tutorials, project ideas, and articles to inspire and encourage others to craft for a cause.

Its goal is to both teach and support those who want to be or already are charitable crafters. There are guides on how to get started in crafting for a cause, what to make, and where donations are needed.  You can find out what inspires others to create and give, like in my article Knitting and Coffee Mean Love.  There are even posts encouraging charitable support for the non-crafty, such as How to Support Literacy in One Easy Step.

I am grateful to be a Goods Giving Back Maker and a Create to Donate Ambassador.  Dana has created something truly unique and inspirational out of her simple desire to create and give.

Isn’t it amazing how the greatest things often start out as a single heartfelt idea combined with someone’s will to make it happen?


  Join us in giving for the greater good by becoming part of the Create to Donate Crew.

Click HERE 


Until next time…  Happy Crafting!


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Craft for a Cause: Mother Bear Project

Craft for a Cause: Mother Bear Project.


In January 2003 Amy Berman, a Minneapolis mom, read a magazine article that changed her life.   Working in advertising sales at the time, Amy had no idea that she would one day become the accidental executive director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing comfort to humanity’s most innocent–children.  But that’s exactly what happened.

The article was about infant and child rape in Africa, an increasing problem caused, in part, by the myth of the “virgin cure”–a belief that if a man has sex with a virgin, including infants and toddlers, he will be cured of AIDS, a disease that has reached pandemic proportions in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The youngest victim in the article was only 2 months old.

Amy was shell-shocked.  She simply could not close the magazine and continue on with her everyday life after learning the horrifying pain of these children.  She felt compelled “to do something”.

The article mentioned that the Child Protection Unit in Durban, South Africa was collecting teddy bears, dolls, games and books to deliver to the rape victims.  Amy thought of the one item that had brought her own two children comfort throughout the years.  A teddy bear knitted by her mother using a pattern circa World War II.

Although Amy was not a knitter, she was so motivated that she learned quickly, under her mother’s instructions, and soon began teaching other women to knit.  The price for her lessons?  One knit bear sent to a child in Africa.  Thus, Mother Bear Project was born.

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Craft for a Cause: The Preemie Project

“It’s for the Babies!”

~The Preemie Project


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There is nothing more wonderful or amazing than a baby.    There is nothing more challenging than watching your baby struggle to survive.  And there is nothing more devastating that the loss of a little one.  I say these things with heartfelt sincerity.  Maybe I believe them because I just had my first little one 8 months ago, so now I have the love of a mother’s heart, but I’d like to think that everyone believes them.

Since the birth of my son I can’t stop thinking how lucky I am.  How lucky I am to have him.  How lucky I am that he was born perfectly healthy.  How lucky  I am that he was not premature and had to fight to stay in this world.  Indeed, I am lucky.  But not every baby story is as lucky as mine.

Some babies are born early.  Some babies do have to fight to live.  Some families spend weeks, even months, with fears, heartaches, and challenges that I will never know.  Thank goodness for organizations like The Preemie Project.

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Craft for a Cause:  Cardiac Stitches

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Crochet & Knit

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Individual images courtesy of Cardiac Stitches.


Hi folks.  I’d like you to meet Madyson Manalang.  Isn’t she beautiful?  Madyson was born with a heart condition called Tricuspid Atresia.   It is a form of congenital heart disease in which the tricuspid valve is completely missing.  This means that her heart has trouble supplying oxygen to her other organs.  And she is only three months old.

Madison Manalang, the inspiration for Cardiac Stitches.

Madyson Manalang, aka “Forever Strong”.  Image courtesy of Alison Manalang.


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Craft for a Cause: Twiddlemuffs for Sensory Disorders



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Those in Need

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Twiddle muff image courtesy of Sari Suvanto


Hi folks! This month’s craft for a cause feature is crochet and knit twiddlemuffs (also spelled twiddle muffs). Let me guess, you’re thinking, “what the heck are twiddlemuffs”? I know this because I can read your mind. Kidding. Kidding folks. Stop panicking. 😉

For real though, I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too. Twiddlemuffs, huh?  What exactly are these and how are they related to a charity cause?

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Craft for a Cause: Crochet for Cancer

“Caring for others one stitch at a time”

Image courtesy of Crochet for Cancer, Inc.


Hi and welcome to my second post in the Craft for a Cause Series! Today I want to highlight the organization Crochet for Cancer, Inc.

It was a long train of thought that led me to this cause. You see, over the past year cancer has touched several of my family members. As I was thinking about my loved ones who have fought or are currently fighting this horrible disease, it hit me… cancer will probably touch the lives of everyone in the world at some point. This is because anyone can get it. You, me, our acquaintances, our friends, our family. Cancer does not discriminate.

This made me think about all the people I have met who bear battle scars from fighting this despicable illness. It made me think of all the people I have met who have lost the battle.

The first one I can remember was only about 5 or 6 years old. I was only a year or two older. He was a little boy in my mom’s Sunday school class. I remember bringing flowers to his tombstone. It was the first time I can recall seeing my mother cry.

This was my first exposure to cancer and the tragic pain it can cause, but it would not be my last. Not by a long shot.

With all this on my mind, it’s no wonder I somehow found my way to Crochet for Cancer, Inc. when researching this month’s Craft for a Cause.

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Craft for a Cause: The Prayer Shawl Ministry

Use Your Gift to Create a Gift for Those in Need

The Prayer Shawl Ministry

Craft for a Cause.

Hi there folks, today I want to talk about something a little different.  This will not be a “how to” post.  It won’t be a roundup, a review, or a “what to do if” post either.  Yet, this post carries more weight than the other types.  It has more meaning.

Today I want to talk about crafting for a cause.  I’ve always had a desire to serve others, especially those in my local community.  Even as a young girl I had a drive to do whatever I could for those in need.  Usually this was in the form of volunteering.  Whether it was serving meals at a shelter during the holidays, tutoring people who were trying to get their GED, or simply spending time with the seniors at one of the assisted living facilities in my neighborhood, volunteering gave me purpose, gave me fulfillment, and gave me humility.   I hope it gave those I served at least a small bit of comfort, joy, or empowerment.

Years later I learned that traditional volunteering isn’t the only way to help or serve your local and/or global community.  There are actually hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to use your imagination and talent to serve others. “Crafting for a Cause” is an amazing way to show how much you care.  Reaching out to those in need is so important to me that I have decided to start a series in which I highlight a particular craft for a cause and share with you the information you need to get involved. Continue reading »