Only The Good Friday #4

Do y’all have a hard time adjusting to the time change? I tell you what! I do! I think it’s the Five Cat Alarm I have. They all expect breakfast at 5 a.m. — and they can’t read the clock! Now, it’s breakfast at 4 a.m!

It makes me grumpy and growly, so it’s a darned good thing I have Only The Good Friday to change my attitude. Just thinking about what I might post makes me turn every bad thing around and try to see the good in it (the good news about the cat alarm is that now I have an extra hour in my day! Ahem.). Here is a link to all of the Only The Good Fridays I’ve done so far.

I’m trying to get y’all to join me in spreading an optimism virus around on the internet, and I hope you will. If you are wondering what to post, this is what I said the first time around:

Use your imagination! You can post a picture, or just tell us good news for the day. You can say one good thing about the political candidate you oppose (well, maybe not). You could post about a favorite charity … so we can get the opportunity to do good. You can share a joke or your Aunt Nelda’s kick butt recipe for Bacon Brownies. I don’t care.

It makes me so sad that no one has posted a kick butt recipe for Bacon Brownies, because I seriously love bacon. I couldn’t actually eat Bacon Brownies due to high cholesterol, but the good part of that is that I am easily satisfied with vicarious thrills. If you want to add your two cents, and help spread this virus, just write a post about The Good and link back to this page. Maybe some of your readers will join, too!

I have to start my contribution this week by telling you some really bad news:

My local Michael’s store is completely re-vamped!

Somebody save me! The scheming store owners devised an insidious plot to get my money by putting the beads, bangles, and charms in an enormous section at the front of the store! They even have a sale! All those brightly colored jewels scream at me, “Shelly, come give us all your money!”

I cannot resist.

That’s horrible news for my poor pocketbook, BUT it’s great news for the Good Medicine Project. I was needing some decorations for medicine bags for boys. Looks like I found them!

The Good Medicine Project is my attempt to give some love to children who will be attending Camp Sanguinity this summer. It’s a summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. Last year, I did a different project that involved more than 400 volunteers from around the world. They helped make 140 granny afghans to give to them in the Share A Square Project. It was an amazing endeavor! The outpouring of love was phenomenal — in fact I got more than 10,000 squares in the mail! That was enough to make an extra 50 + afghans to give to children who were too sick to attend camp! I’m still working to finish those extra afghans.

Share A Square took over my life and my guest room, so I decided on a smaller scale for this year. Medicine Bag necklaces won’t take up nearly as much room, but I think the children will cherish them for the rest of their lives (may those lives be long, healthy, and happy). I expect to gather 140 small “medicine bags”–4 inches x 4 inches–each filled with three lucky charms and a note of hope or love from the giver.

I had hoped to have them all gathered by December, but the project is off to a slow start. That would be bad, but the good news is that we have until July and LOTS of folks have said they want to help.

Last week, I got a package from Robin in Israel with a handful of lucky coins and charms to put in the bags. Heather in BC sent me two beautiful crocheted bags with charms, and Katie Alender sent me six whimsical hand-stitched bags with charms! I have made a passel of them, too. Right now, Katie’s and a few of mine are on my Flickr page, and I hope to add the rest today and tomorrow.

I also found some boxes at a garage sale this weekend that are the perfect size for these gifts. I bought somewhere around fifty of them for a couple of bucks. Do you know where I can get more?

Now, I can do this all alone, but I don’t think I have to do that. I am betting that YOU want to help. Do you have three tiny charms you want to send to a child? I’ll make a medicine bag for them if you aren’t crafty. If you are crafty, you can stitch, knit, crochet, weave, felt, or bead a bag.

Oooooh! Felt! I forgot that I can make funky felt with colored sheep’s wool!

I gotta go — I feel some creativity coming on!

Y’all have a really Good Friday!

  5 comments for “Only The Good Friday #4

  1. November 7, 2008 at 8:52 am

    See, I really should read your posts before I do mine, because I always feel more inspired AFTER I read yours.

    Anywho, mine is not quite as phillantropic, but I’m still trying to spread good things…mainly this week, creativity! 😉

    Now, your post reminds me, I have some charms laying around my house I really need to get in the mail to you…I think I’ll call and leave myself a message on my answering machine to remember to look tonight.

    OH, right, here’s my post:

    Creativity is a darned good thing…Congrats on all the NaNoNaNaNa! I never can remember the names Your novel looks like it’s going to be great fun.

    YES! Send me some charms (even if you have to remind yourself on the answering machine…silly). And, let me see if I have anything to tell you for your creativity. I might not this month (cause I’m crazy and not sure I understand all the rules). But, if I can figure it out–watch out NEXT month! Thanks for being a part of Only The Good!

  2. Mo
    November 7, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Okay, I’m on board! Hope your entire weekend is filled with Only the Good!! 😀

    Mos last blog post..It’s ALLLLL good!!

    And, your story made me CRY! A GOOD cry, though! Thanks for joining in!

  3. November 7, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I love this idea for a Friday blog post!

    I am so glad you liked the bags and so happy to help you with this great project.

    😆 Since Friday is an end of week for most people in the states, it isn’t too hard to be upbeat. Maybe I should have made it on Monday, so folks would have to think about the good instead of the week of work ahead?

    I love the bags you made, darlin’. Thank you.

  4. November 10, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Keep it on Friday, let us work up to Monday, I write on a Monday morning.

    I had decided on denim and boyish for the bags I make, so your timing in showing the boy oriented decorations was perfect, thank you. But don’t expect them until after NaNoWriMo is over. 😆

    Y’all’s bags are so cute!

    Marcias last blog post..Contrasts of Busch Gardens

    Definitely I will be needing bags for boys. It can wait until after the NaNo nana. Denim is a great choice. I appreciate you, you know. Even if I don’t answer comments promptly.

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