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Monday, April 7, 2008

We're still here!

Sharon speaking! As the official keeper of the A Little Something blog, I just wanted to reassure everyone that it hasn't gone away--although I did.

The last few weeks have found me up to my eyeballs in lesson planning that went on throughout spring break, then battling an outbreak of shingles, and then attending a conference in New York City. Truth be told, I probably spent more time in my hotel room trying not to lose my mind from the shingles outbreak than I did actuallly attending conference sessions and meetings.

I only mention this because I know there are some of you out there who check in with our blog on a regular basis. Since I am the designated blogger, I feel it would be remiss not to let you know that this particular activity--and my hands-on participation in the crafts project--are a bit difficult for me to handle at the moment.

I know, I know, you're thinking "Why doesn't someone else take over for now?"
Well, our project is just a little, little bit on the back burner, but only for a week or so. Anna was sick and then had to go out of state to help her mom who fell ill and was hospitalized. Susan had the flu and then laryngitis, and despite her best efforts, has had residual issues with a bug that just won't let go. Even Haiffaa and Khadiga have had some serious health problems in the last month. We're collectively a wreck!! My doctor hinted that perhaps we've all been pushing ourselves too hard, but I, for one, have chosen to ignore the possibility of "busyness" being our shared health hazard.

We may be down, but we're not out. I have to fly to Florida next week to help my mom who is going to have surgery. I hope to be back in the swing of things shortly after that. Stay tuned--our big field trip to the bead show is coming up late in April and that should be an adventure well worth blogging about!


Margot Potter said...

Hang in there! Remember to have fun, that's the point of creativity. You sound like you need some help, can you outreach maybe to local high schools or bead shops or dare I say your local publishing house for some assistance...guest teaching...something?

Just a thought.

I'm cheering you on from afar.


Madame Bluestocking said...

How did this organization get started? I've been trying to come up with something like this for the refugee women that I work with, and would love any advice you could give me on how to get started. If you have time, I'd love to hear from you at bonheurtriste (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Kudos on making a difference.

Sasha Crow said...

Great project! I am founder/co-director of an Iraqi refugee / IDP project ( ) I was searching the web about other handcraft projects for Iraqis and....

We have begun a women's craft co-op in Amman, Jordan as a means of providing small income and community to Iraqi women there. I haven't posted many photos of the women's work on our web site yet but do check in to visit our online gallery soon.

We also have a "Beads Not Bombs" project to encourage jewelry crafters her to donate beads and findings for our jewelry makers in Amman.

All best to you in your wonderful efforts!

in peace & action,

The Bead Women said...

Our start was pretty simple: We had an idea, we told a lot of people about it, and we got started with the help of material donations and lots of word-of-mouth. You can learn more at our first couple of posts:

For information on some other similar projects, check these two posts:
We are not alone

and Share the Love

We had no idea what we were doing at the start or how exactly to proceed, and we're still figuring it out as we go along. Good luck!

Margot Potter said...

Bead Women!

I awarded you on my blog today.

Hope all is well!