AND THEIR SIBLINGS,
WHO WILL ATTEND
IN JULY, 2009
I thought it might be good to let those of you participating in The Good Medicine Project know exactly what happens to the bags and charms you send me. I guess more than anything I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m not just sitting around on my rear all the time (although I admit to a fair amount of that).
When I receive your bag and charms, the first thing I do is try to take a “purdy pitcher” of it. I then have to upload that to my computer, crop the picture, re-size the picture, upload it to Flickr, and add a link back to you (if I have the link to your website). For three bags, this can take me thirty minutes or more — it depends how long it takes me to find an uncluttered flat surface in my house! Once it is uploaded, you will find it at the Flickr page. Click the badge above to see what we have right now.
After that’s all done, I check to see if you included a tag to go with every charm and every bag that you sent. If you sent tags, I laminate them.
[Yes, I laminate them! Last year when we gave out the afghans, the small children were so excited bout wrapping themselves in their blankets that they ripped the tags right off the squares. I cringed, but didn’t say anything — after all, it was their blanket at that point. But, this year I want to make it a little harder for them to rip!]
If you didn’t send tags, I go to my clunky pc (which is still running–but just barely) and cuss at it while I make tags for your items. That tag includes a tiny bit of clip art and your name and location. Then, I beat on the printer until it spits those tags out. I trim around them with scissors that make those fancy edges, laminate them, then trim the plastic away. I have to wait until I get enough charms and bags to bother with the laminating. This whole process can take as much as an hour for a handful of charms and bags.
The medicine bags get one of your tags tied to them. The charms are put individually into plastic “bagettes” with one of your tags. Bagettes are little3″ x 5″ ziploc plastic bags. I put aside the charms until I have a large enough collection to match a charm from 3 different people with a bag made by a 4th person. When I’ve made the match of charms and bags, those are put into a sandwich bag. It’s not the prettiest packaging, but we need to be able to see the bag that we are giving to each child (to make sure that some macho 9 year old boy doesn’t get a frilly, lacy bag!).
The gift gets put aside until the first week of July when it will be delivered into the eager little hands of a child at Camp Sanguinity. That child may be one fighting cancer…or may be the sibling of a child fighting cancer. Either way, they are going to love these Medicine Bags! And, they will know that four people cared about them.
So did you want to participate?
It’s easy! Here’s my address:
P.O. Box 2241
Denton, TX 76202
Now, remember that arrowhead you have tucked away in a drawer? Or, maybe you have a “lucky coin” or two? Perhaps you have a tiny figurine or charm for a bracelet that a little kid might treasure? Tuck one, two, or three of those into an envelope and mail it to me. I will not be the least bit offended if you make your own tags for each one that I can laminate for you.
Are you crafty? You can make a medicine bag. Knit, crochet, weave, stitch, felt, bead … I don’t care. Make a bag that is no more than 4 inches by 4 inches and designed to hang around the neck. To be perfectly honest, I could use more bags that would interest teenage boys or are “gender neutral.” I know, I know! It’s more fun to make the frou frou stuff. Think “Native American.” That’s going to be the theme at camp, anyway.
Do you have a blog? You can add a button for The Good Medicine Project to your sidebar. Are you on Facebook? A member of a craft group? Spread the word and send people to this post. If you tell three people and they tell three people we just might get so many medicine bags that I have to find a second camp to take them all! I promise I won’t complain about that!
When do I need this? Originally I had hoped to have everything here by December, but that didn’t happen. I really don’t need it until June. Let’s call it the first week of June.
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