Okay, so that about sums it up! Not to count our chickens before they hatch, but we may or may not have our FIRST official CHAPTER!!! (AGAIN!) Third time’s a charm! Anyway, the Magazine… (…it’s a Friday night and I’m at a bar with Mick…it’s so loud in here, I can barely hear myself think…) ANYWAY!!! MAGAZINE TIME! I paid the 75 dollars (finally) for the non-profit status (through NYS), and now another $25 per page (through YUDU). Hopefully we can get the $/page lowered, once the papers come back, from NYS, approving us!
I have a question for you guys to answer in our comments please! The only rules:
Please DO NOT be vulgar, or rude!
Please answer using the comments system.
All answers WILL be read, and WILL be used.
Now here’s the question:
What would you like to see us write about on our website, and in our magazine?
Soon, we will be switching over to a newsletter, which readers will have to subscribe to. Their will occasionally be posts on here, but not as often. If I do post it will mostly be about how the magazine newsletter thing is going, and how one may subscribe. All money made from said magazine, will go directly to March of the Blanketeers. It will go towards our upkeep, materials, website (which eventually will have it’s own domain), and of course keeping us a non-profit (so we can keep striving to comfort sick kids). Follow us, and keep reading, for more details and updates on when this will happen!
Welcome to our organization, phoebe, and gina. They are both copy editors and helping us shine! Check our website to read the articles they have edited!
We are Little Bears! We are from Poland, a wonderful Human lady made us! We were given to March of the Blanketeers, in the United States, so we can put smiles on sick kids faces! There are twenty of us, and we are all friends!
A very nice human lady here in the US said that we’re going to a place called Huntington Hospital.
Okay, so I didn’t know what this meant until I read the previous post who got it. It’s a game! Liebster is a German word for Darling, it’s not anything mean or nasty, nor offensive in anyway. It’s just nice!
- Acknowledge the person that gave you the Award and follow their blog. (see above ^_^)
- Answer the 11 interview-type questions from your gracious presenter. (available on their blog; see, you have to visit their blog!)
- Visit the blogs that received the Award along with you.
- Grant the Award to 10 other bloggers that are just starting or have less than 500 followers. (200 is a bit low for me and remember to send this award to someone other than the person that sent it to you)
- Award the “report” to each of your winners, ie: tag them somehow or post on their blog letting them know about the Award.
- Link back to your site so they can answer the interview-type questions you have posted for them. You can use the questions that you answered or ones that you come up with on your own but please do not ask questions that might be considered offensive; someones religious/political practices or sexual preference is not your business to ask about.
- Remember, this is for fun and virtual foot traffic. You are under no obligation to participate. There are no judges, no “special” rules, and no official site and/or team coming with a giant check and balloons to your doorstep. If you receive the Award you can do one of two things; Accept and pass it along or don’t.
Here’s the questions for me:
- Do you like to bake and cook? I do it only when I have to. I burn stuff too easily.
- Where are you from (city, state, country)? East Setauket, NY, USA
- Dog or cat? Both
- What crafts are you interested in? crocheting, knitting, cross-stitch, machine and hand-sewing, quilting
- Do you have children and grandchildren? nope, not yet… I’m 23!
- What motivated you to start blogging? Orignally, cuz I needed a place to vent, but now years later… I own a small business (Sam’s Crazy Crafts), and run a charity, that I need to keep traffic up on.
- Do you play online games of any sort? If so what kind? MMORPG’s (Runescape)
- If money was no object what would you like to do? Cure Cancer
- What do you want to accomplish with your blog? Get some more volunteers
- Do you feel connected with DAY or NIGHT more? DAY!
- What about your blog, craft, and/or hobby are you most proud of and why? I don’t know actually, I’m really never proud of myself for anything.
Questions for MY RECIPIENTS:
1. What country, and state or province are you from?
2. Do you like to help out? If so, where do you go to volunteer?
3. True or False? Volunteering is for the older generations
4. Have you heard of March of the Blanketeers before?
5. If you were a child in a hospital, and needed some comfort would you want something to cuddle up to?
6. Are these too many questions related to us?
7. Did you go to college?
8. What’s your favorite craft, if any?
9. Do you take pride in your work?
10. PC, or MAC?
11. Does this look infected?
For those of you new to March of the Blanketeers, we are a non-profit organization accepting hand-made teddy bears, blankets, and hats made by you, for kids and premature babies in hospitals in the US. It’s a wonderful cause, and you may join anytime! I’m Samantha, the founder, who also runs the Headquarters (the Long Island, NY chapter). I do all of the tax work, and all of the not so fun behind the scenes work. I make the Thank You postcards which volunteers receive after participating in one of our opportunities. Some volunteers, don’t even want to be thanked, they just love what they do! I say, “That’s the spirit! More Power to you!” And not out of unwillingness to do what I do either, just because it’s important to have that kind of heart (at least I think so).
Anyway, on volunteermatch.org we have listed 14 different opportunities with our organization. I always think of more stuff, so check this blog, the website (I worked very hard on this! It looks super awesome!), or Volunteer Match.
We always need chapter leaders, someone who will be dedicated, diligent, and willing to take risks. A hard-worker who is NOT on Long Island in NY (that’s where the HQ is located), is what type of person we are looking for, who has at least 10 hours a month to devote to an organization. Remember, if you are reading this and want to start a chapter, you have to keep in contact me from the very beginning at Marchoftheblanketeers@yahoo.com
And of course, we need little tasks done, like a copy editor (someone who checks for grammatical and spelling errors in written works), someone with NEAT hand-writing who can make labels with the ribbon given and a provided fabric marker. Which bring me to, a hand-sewer (which is yet to be put up on volunteermatch) who comes over once a week and helps me sew one labels on blankets, and attach them to the sewn bears backs.
Then, there are the basic things which keep us going, such as hand making teddy bears (any pattern, any way), blankets (even fleece, and flannel knot blankets work too!), and hats (kids, and preemies).
Donated today… They loved it! The secretary at the desk downstairs in the lobby was talking to ,me about how there’s a lady who works part-time there and SELLS her stuff. ”They’re Hand-made! Why are you donating? You should be selling?”, she asked.
I replied, “Becuase the kids enjoy it, and it’s the right thing to do.”
She said, “You’re an angel. You’re the founder of what organization?”
“March of the Blanketeers” I repeated.
“Oh, never heard of it!”
Anyway, the nurses were thrilled with the many bags, and bags, and bags, and bags (well you get the point, there was a bunch of STUFF). They told me a story about a kid a couple of weeks ago that they gave a hat and blanket to, which the Dad wanted to see a hat for.
* I just started a flickr group for any projects made using my tutorials. Please feel free to stop by and post your finished or WIP!
*Bibs made using this pattern may be sold on a small scale basis by independent artists (i.e. craft shows or etsy). They may not be mass produced and sold. Please credit the designer (me) if selling online with a link to my blog.
Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be donated 16 adorable teddy bears, and a ton of soft blankets as well as hats, to north shore LIJ’s Huntington Hospital. Next week I will be receiving more blankets to wash and donate to probably good samritain.