Progress Update – November 9, 2017

I have finally finished the Dark Orchid scarf. The picture is below:

Unfortunately, my shoulders are getting quite a bit worse and more painful. There are times that I can hardly hold the crochet hook, let alone to actually crochet. It’s upsetting, but I still make ,myself keep doing the crochet. No matter how long it takes to finish a scarf, I am going to keep on crocheting so I can have as many scarves as possible finished by the time my friend and I hand them out sometime this month.

The color scarf that I am starting on next is a Delft Blue. As usual, I will post a picture as soon as I can upon finishing it. Just a reminder, the holiday coasters, pot holders and trivets are available for a donation of $5 for the set of coasters, $5 for a pot holder, and $10 for a trivet. See picture below:

If you would like a complete set of all three, the donation is $15. All items will have Shipping & Handling added to them. All you need to do is to email me at bonnie@mammahen.org   

Once I receive the email letting me know which item(s) you want, I will email you back with the amount you will need to pay. There is a Donation button on the first screen you come to. When you press that button, it will take you to my PayPal where you will enter your credit/debit card information, and once I receive the payment, the item(s) will be shipped to you. After the holidays are over, I will take whatever donations I have received and purchase more yarn to make more scarves.

If by chance, you wish to make a donation to help me come up with the money for my Not For Profit certificate or license, I don’t know which one it is called, all you need to do is to let me know how much you are donation toward it, and I will set it aside until I have saved up the $500 that it cost. You will notice the green lock in the URL area. That means that the website is secure, and your card information is safe. The information is not kept on file anywhere. Once it is used to process the payment, the card information disappears.

Update On Items For Sale For A Donation

As of today, October 4, 2017, I have finished doing the first batch of items available for sale for different donations. I have twelve of each item, meaning 12 sets of coasters – 4X4 (4 to a pack), 12 pot holders – 6X6, and 12 trivets – 7X9. See picture below for sample of each:

The donation amounts for these items are:

Coasters are $5 per set of 4.

Pot holders are $5 each.

Trivets are $10 each.

If someone wants a total set, that includes all three items, the cost will be $15. Shipping and handling will be added to each order.

At the current time, if anyone wants to order anything, they will need to email me and give me the information on what they want along with their name, address, and email address. I will contact them and let them know how to pay for them. A donation button is available that will take them to the PayPal that is attached to the website. There they can make a credit card payment. This site, and therefore the payment process, is totally secure. The reason that I need the person to email me about what they want is that the selection process to add amounts together and come up with a total amount for donation has not been set up yet. My website designer has been very busy with other clients and does not have my new website ready yet. That being the case it will be necessary for me to add the items together and the S&H, and let the person know the total that they will need to donate to receive their order.

As soon as my website designer completes the websites that he is currently working on, he will do the donation process part of the new website and temporarily put it on this website until my whole new website is ready. At that time everything from this website will be moved over to the new website and this one will be deleted. The name will remain the same for the new website as it is on this website. Only the logo and the working of the donation process will be changed. All of the blogs and pictures will be carried over to the new website.

Special Notice About Items Available For Sale

In my post on August 29, 2017, I told all of my readers about items I am crocheting* to sell for different donation amounts. I have to add shipping and handling to all sales. All of the donations received for these sale items will go right back into the project for mailing supplies, like the plastic bags and the mailing envelopes, and more yarn, to make more scarves for the homeless. I have put aside crocheting the scarves for this month only, and am making the holiday coasters, pot holders, and trivets so that I will have them available whenever someone contacts me about buying any of them.

I will start back on the postings about each scarf as I finish it when I start back on crocheting them some time next month. Needless to say, I am going to take advantage of being able to purchase the holiday yarn, and get as many skeins as I can to make the holiday items. I will divide my time on scarves and sale items to keep up with the demand for the sale items. I have to take advantage of being able to raise money for more scarves whenever I can. That being the case, as long as orders are coming in for the holiday items, I will continue to make them. But I will also be making scarves at the same time. The rest of this month, September, is the only time that I will devote to sale items explicitly.

In that former post I mentioned that I was making holiday items from red – white – and green multi colored yarn, and patriotic items, from red – white – and blue  multi colored yarn as well. There is no way to tell how each crocheted item will turn out until the item is finished. See pictures below:

  a picture showing holiday items

You can see each of the three different sizes of holiday items.  The trivet is the top left, the pot holder is top right, and the 4 coaster set is across the bottom. As you can see, no two items are the same.You can also see that the red – white – and green shows up throughout each coaster. There are no coasters that are only two colors. This is due to the way the yarn was dyed. The coasters will be put in sets of 4 as the fourth one is complete.

  a patriotic set of coasters.

You can see that the patriotic coasters turned out completely different from the holiday coasters in that all three colors are not in each of the 4 coasters. There are two coasters that are only red and white, there is one that has all three colors in it and one that is only blue and white. The scarf turned out really different from what I thought it was going to be too. See the picture below:

This pattern was repeated two or three times in the scarf, with there being a few lines of just red and white and then the blue and white together, with a few lines of the red and white again.

The patriotic coasters I made were done from the left over yarn from the patriotic scarf that I made, to give to a homeless person. The left over yarn only made 7 coasters. That means one complete set that I can sell to the first person that contacts me about buying them, and the 3 left over coasters will sit in the box for a long time. I would make more, but the patriotic yarn is no longer available this year, and I don’t know if it will be available next year or not. However, if anybody would be interested in only 3 coasters for a donation of $3.75 plus shipping and handling, then please let me know.

The holiday yarn arrived last month, but I had to wait until my disability was deposited to buy some. Like I pointed out in the earlier post, the coasters are in a set of 4 for a donation of $5 and are 4×4 inches square, the pot holders are sold separately for a donation of $5 each and are 6×6 inches square, the trivets are sold separately for a donation of $10 each and are 7×9 inches rectangular. You may also purchase a complete set of all three items for a donation of $15. This is a savings of $5 over buying each item separately, you just have to say that you want a complete set.

I am planning on having an e-commerce website on mammahen.com, but the website has not been designed yet. I am researching how to set one up, and then I will contact my web host/web designer Staffords Technologies about doing the website. Once the website is finished, any and all pertinent information about items for sale for donation will be on that website. I will make any necessary post to alert my readers to visit that website to obtain the information.

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*Sizes are approximate, as the tension in the stitches will vary from item to item. This happens due to several people crocheting the items. I do have templates cut out for each size, and hold each item up to whatever template applies to that item, to make sure that the item is as close as possible to the correct size.

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