Thursday, May 27, 2010

Past & Present Volunteers

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Meet Cindy Williams

Here you are about to view my first adventure with a new source (to me), of Social Media. I had the most fun with this once I got over using a microphone. Then had to learn what was in my tool box (computer) to get this completed. (Soon a video will talk about this in more detail.) Like any new project, there is room for improvement - practice makes perfect.

In this video you'll view some of my earlier work I handcrafted for the Homeless Veterans, those in need and the terminally ill. There was a time that I went shopping for used John Deere tractors to aide me with the Alpaca farm. The thought of picking up poop twice a day still doesn't thrill me all that much. Instead creating and running Teaching Hands to help others does.

Thank you for viewing our first video.

Friday, May 21, 2010

We are working with Veterans Resource Network

The pictures you are viewing have nothing to do with what I'm about to share with you. Wait! I lied! ;-) They were works in progress of handcrafted items that are already given away.

When the weather permits I do like to knit or crochet outside. Two weekends ago the temperature was just right. . . the smell of the Lilac bush was delicious.

Let's get to the story at hand.

With the highest population of the Homeless Veterans being women in Boise, Id; We got excited in learning the Veteran Resource Network wanted to work with us. They also need our help with the 4,000 Idaho Military being deployed this Fall. I'm sure as time moves forward there will be other things we'll be doing as a group.

You are welcome to join us in handcrafting items like; skinny scarves (to let the women know someone cares.), comfort shawls (for the moms sitting in the cold burn unit), crocheted or knitted flower pins, slippers (for the soldier in the hospital), blankets and lapghans. We meet the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Hillcrest library from 6-8pm. See you there!

Our biggest goal is to let the Idaho Military know the community cares about them and loves them. Because of the men and women going to war in Afghanistan and past wars we have our freedom. . . .

We are in the beginning stages of teaching the families how to cope with a loved one going to war through the arts. Some say that any form of art is therapeutic. We are offering a creative outlet during this difficult time of their life. The same principle applies to the Military returning from war to peace.

Between Veteran Resource Network and us we have created a community with numerous resources to help Military families. There's nothing more rewarding than handcrafting an item for another person. New skills will be developed for the person involved and spread to the new comers.

I've gotta get back to work with yarn and hook. Take care!

Lapghans for the local Veterans

Shirley crocheted the first three lapghans or laprobes you have viewed. The red, white and blue one cause a commotion between the Veterans. :-) The last two are the ones I created; Jacobs Ladder and knitted basket stitch meets crocheted granny stitch. The knitted portion was donated to me from a widower. I used a portion of the granny stitch to complete this ghan.

Photography by: Cindy Williams