Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. ~Robert Fulghum
Or maybe, we could launch fabric…
How’s that for a secret weapon?
I’m sure many of you remember the Iraqi Bundles of Love project, or IBOL, from last year. Art La Flamme (affectionately known as IBOL Guy), is back with IBOL II: Give a Little. For those of you not familiar with the effort, Art was serving in Iraq when he started a grassroots campaign to ship sewing supplies from the US to Iraqi families, individuals and sewing co-ops. The sewing, knitting and craft community responded en masse, shipping nearly 3500 bundles of supplies to a US military address where it was organized and distributed by US service men and women to Iraqi aid organizations.
Although last year’s effort was a huge success, the need is great, thus phase two of the project. IBOL II packages will be distributed in Salah and Din, around the area of Tikrit in northern Iraq. You can send fabric, thread, yarn and notions. Check out the IBOL blog for detailed information about what to send and how to package it. (Please note that a customs form is required, but the shipping costs are the same as mailing within the US.)
Last year we at Sew,Mama,Sew! were honored to be able to participate by putting together and selling 161 bundles of fabric and notions. We procured supplies at a great price and offered it at cost to people (many of you!) who wanted to support IBOL but didn’t have a huge stash to share. (After it was all over, Art and his wife, Kristin La Flamme, were kind enough to pay us a visit! See IBOL Guy in the SMS “secret lair”.)
This time we’re doing something similar. Art mentioned that many people sent yards and yards of fabric last year, but the overall supply of thread was a little skimpy. It makes sense–we all have beautiful, uncut fabric on our shelves, but we don’t have many spools of thread that haven’t been partially-used. We anticipate there will be a similar imbalance this year. To compensate somewhat, please help us provide 300 Iraqis with a bundle of thread, needles and pins by buying an IBOL II Stitch Bundle for $4. Each individually-wrapped package will include:
- 2 spools of white thread
- 2 spools of black thread
- 1 spool of natural thread
- 1 pack of sewing needles
- 1 pack of straight pins
The $4 selling price is below our cost and includes packaging and shipping fees to the IBOL APO address. (A big thanks to Marshall Collins at Petersen-Arne for giving us a great deal again.)
Purchase an IBOL II Stitch Bundle for $4 now! Help us send these much-needed supplies to Iraqi families and sewing co-ops. The shipping deadline is October 1, so we only have 2 weeks. And please spread the word. Thank you so much for your help.
And now, to change the subject completely….
We’re thick into our Handmade Holidays planning. If you’ve followed along in years past, you know that we always include a recipe for a fabulous giftable food. To qualify for Free Fabric Friday this week, please tell us about the best food gift you’ve ever given or received. Five winners will be randomly selected to win one yard of fabric on Monday. Peace!