This combo auction has a go-green theme with items by Lilly Anderson and Abby Slutsky Meares, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.
What: Lilly — I am donating a cloth tote bag that can be used for groceries, books, beach items, baby items and craft projects. I began making these totes because my husband wanted some reusable grocery bags that weren’t made out of plastic. Plastic reusable bags don’’t help the environment because they are not recyclable, and when they break (and they break often), you have to throw them away.
I made a pattern by drawing the outline of a reusable grocery bag, which I already owned, on newspaper pages. I looked at how the pieces fit together on the model bag and began sewing. My fabric comes from the red tag (sale) material at Jo Ann Fabric.
Abby — A set of four handmade crocheted dish rags made out of 100 percent cotton. The dish rags come in two color combinations.
How long: Lilly — I have been crafting for as long as I remember. As a little girl, I weaved pot holders, painted paint-by-number pictures, embroidered pillowcases, made Christmas ornaments and stitched needlepoint pictures. I taught myself to knit at age 10 and made an afghan and baby booties. I recently had to relearn how to knit because I forgot what I had learned as a 10-year-old. When I was 12, my mother let me go to sewing classes at a fabric store, and I made my first dress. I had an older friend, and we tie-dyed T-shirts (these was the hippy days of the 1960s) and sewed lots of pillows and skirts.
Abby — Off and on for a long time but crocheting is something new for me.
Why: Lilly — I donated the tote bag for the auction because I heard about Jaclyn’s brother and wanted to help. As a student teacher, I had a girl in my class with autism and was sympathetic about her learning challenges. Then as a a substitute teacher, I was often called to teach special education classes, and with a teacher’s aide we had lots of fun with the students.
Abby — Because I love Jaclyn and I want to support her in her efforts to raise both money and awareness about autism.
This auction will be open until 11.59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9. Each day through the 14th, I will post two to three auctions. If you like the item up for grabs, place your bid in the comments, and be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you should you win. Each item will be a separate post, and each post will indicate when that particular auction is over.
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