Get Ready…Get Set…Go!

A special behind the scene look at how we’re preparing for our biggest giving season ever.

When we were kids, my sister and I couldn’t wait for summer to roll around. The days seemed endless as we soaked in the sun with our best friends drinking lemonade and day dreaming. Those flashbacks remind us that the most meaningful and memorable memories are the ones we share with the people we love. Not much has changed for us in that respect, we still love summer and we’re still doing what we love, with the people we love. Our summer days are now filled with yards of yarn, colorful buttons, dozens of scarves, and field trips to the local craft store.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -Pablo Picasso

Making Friends Along the Way

Four years ago when our mom was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer we were blindsided. In that moment we couldn’t imagine or predict how much our lives would change and how losing her would force us to find meaning amisdt the pain. Grief is an interesting experience, it often times isolates us from the rest of the world. It can lead someone to believe they are the “only one’s” who have ever lost a loved one, when in reality many of us have. We found that through helping others we could find new meaning in what happened to us and finally begin to heal.

Since 2013, over 700 hand knit scarves have been donated to patients undergoing cancer treatment, the homeless, and children transitioning into foster care across the country. No man is an island, and we couldn’t do the work we do without the support of others who share in our mission. Organizations like the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, the Imerman Angels, Khloe Kares, the Little Lambs of Utah, the Beauty Bus Foundation, and the Foundation for Living Beauty help us distribute our scarves to those who need an extra dose of love and encouragement.

Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.

Art and design is something that has always been close to our hearts. My sister and I both graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After graduating we went into the non-profit sector to help other organizations develop their brand identity never thinking we would have the opportunity to spearhead our own project. Fast forward ten years and here we are working alongside one of our all-time favorite illustrators, Susan Black. Susan asked us early on, why we wanted her to illustrate our gift tags, given the fact she lives so far away in a seaside town called Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The answer was easy — her work is lovely! We are inspired by her “whimsical & bold mixed media style which combines elements of collage, bits of vintage and patterned paper, hand drawn typography, inspirational or motivational words, paint, ink … all stirred together with lots of passion & curiosity.” Susan’s work has a lot of heart and that’s what we were drawn to. We wanted our tags to be bold and colorful but also friendly and hopeful. I think we accomplished that when we partnered with her the first time (see picture above), so we are doing it again for Halloween & the Holidays. Stay tuned to see what we come up with!

Join our Knitting Crew & Put Your Talent to Good Use

Each year we challenge ourselves to surpass the number of scarves given during the previous year. This year a projected 300 scarves will be shared during the cold winter months. WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you or someone you know likes to knit e-mail us at craftdwithlove@gmail.com. Putting your talents to good use can be very rewarding.

“There are those of us who feel fortunate and blessed and want to share these small tokens of love as a way to pay back what the universe has given to us.” — Edna Lozano, Knitting Crew Member