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Etsy Item of the Day: Ugly Sweater Basset Hound Ornament

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As I’ve made abundantly clear over the years, I LOVE basset hounds. Due to my floppy-eared fascination, I’m always on the look out for basset hound holiday decor, and boy do I adore this ornament. The porcelain ornament features an original illustration of a rather happy basset looking adorable in his ugly Christmas sweater. Too cute!
Ugly Sweater Basset Hound Ornament

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Let’s Bring Light and Hope to California Wildfire Victims

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Seeing news of wildfires ravaging California has been so heartbreaking. The photos and videos of the fires look like something out of a film, and yet this horrible reality is what thousands of people are experiencing. Disasters are devastating any time of the year, but especially during the holiday season. At a time when we normally celebrate in abundance and excess, it’s unbearable to think how many families have lost everything.

One city in particular that is heavy on my heart is Ventura. I’ve visited this city several times in the last few years while attending Craftcation Conference. The folks I’ve met at this conference are my crafty tribe, so naturally, I really wanted to find a way to help out. After doing a little digging online, I found a few ways lend a hand.

Keep reading for ways to get involved.

Buy a Ventura Pin

These lovely lapel pins were designed by none other than Nicole Stevenson, co-founder of Craftcation. Each enamel pin costs $10, and 100% of profits will aid fire victims in Ventura via RAKlife, a charity that will use the funds to provide direct assistance to those in the most need. Click here for the Ventura Strong pin or here for the Ventura Love pin.

Drop Off Items at Ventura Strong

Ventura Strong was created by Ventura native, Sara Masterson, to help those affected by the Thomas Fire. You can get involved by donating online, purchasing a product from their shop, or by dropping off much needed items at one of Ventura Strong’s drop off locations.

Donations Needed (as of 12/15/2017):

  • Clothing and shoes (all/any sizes)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Baby items
  • Toiletries and women’s sanitary products
  • Furniture and bed sheets
  • Pet food
  • Hangers
  • Laundry detergent and dish soap
  • Books

Donation Drop Off Locations:

Ventura Strong

482 E Santa Clara Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Mission Church

2875 Elba Street
Ventura, CA 93003

Ventura Fairgrounds (through Red Cross)

10 W Harbor Boulevard
Ventura, CA 93001

Give to a Verified GoFundMe Campaign

Eager to help, but don’t live nearby? Consider giving to a monetary gift online. GoFundMe has created a list of verified campaigns, which you can view by clicking here. If you, like me, find it hard to select one campaign over another, then you may prefer donating to The Direct Impact Fund, which provides help to all who are affected by the Southern California fires.
GoFundMe • California Wildfire Relief

More Ways to Lend a Hand

  • Red Cross of Ventura CountyApply online to be a volunteer or make a donation online.
  • United Way of Ventura County – Donations can be made online, over the phone by dialing (805) 485-6288, or by texting UWCC to 41444.
  • Ventura County Community Foundation – Give a donation online, by check, or wire transfer. Click here for details.

In this season of giving, will you join me in helping my friends in California?


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Etsy Item of the Day: Felted Holly Berry Brooch

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Add some festive fuzziness to your coat, scarf, or purse with this felted holly berry brooch. This sweet and squishy brooch is dry needle felted by hand using wool in bright red and various greens. If you adore this but aren’t one for wearing brooches, you could always attach it to one of SNEAL Made’s gorgeous felted wool bowls. After the winter, simply remove the pin [or swap it out with a different one!] and keep the bowl out year round.
Felted Holly Berry Brooch

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Providing Security Blankets All Across the United States

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The year was 1995. The day, Christmas Eve. As Karen Louck flipped through Parade Magazine, she was moved by an article about a toddler, Laura, undergoing intensive chemotherapy. Karen read about how a special blankie had comforted Laura, enabling her to get through numerous hospital visits for treatment. Inspired by this story, Karen began making security blankets to give to a nearby hospital, and soon thereafter Project Linus was born.

Project Linus

Since that night 22 years ago, Project Linus has expanded to all 50 states and has given more than 6.5 million blankets. That’s a lot of blankets! Given to children from newborn to eighteen, Project Linus specifically aims to bestow these handmade blankets on children who are very ill or traumatized. The blankets that Project Linus receives from volunteers are given to hospitals, social service agencies, shelters, and other places where there is a child in need.

Wondering how you can get involved in this heartwarming mission? Keep on reading!


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Etsy Item of the Day: Lussekatter Earrings

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Glad Lucia! Today is St. Lucia’s Day in Scandinavia and elsewhere. On this holiday, folks in Sweden eat lussekatter, which are delicious saffron buns. If you—like me—adore these swirly buns, then you’ll simply love these lussekatter earrings. Handmade with polymer clay, these wee buns would the perfect accessory on Luciadagen or any other day during the holiday season!
Lussekatter Earrings

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