Today Rhododendron Crafts was honored to be a part of a new Grand Rapids tradition: GR Sunday Soup at the DAAC. There were four entries: us, Can’t Pocket this Love (a great zine & cd project), the Quick Library (a creative effort to learn collaboratively), and Nibs and Noms (a zine, food blog, and so much more that I can’t even comprehend). It was $5 to attend the event, eat, and vote. First, we all ate tasty soup. Then, each entry got a few minutes to talk about their project. We all voted. The votes were tallied and the winner announced: Rhododendron Crafts! The winning proposal got the sum of everyone’s $5 entry fee. Since there were 40 participants, we got $200!
We are already trying to get creative about how we will spend the money (did someone say “revolving loan fund?”), and gearing up for our next sale (in April, location TBA). Keep updated either here or on our facebook page for more information forthcoming. If anyone has an idea for a great sale location, let us know, we are open to suggestions and collaboration. Here is a photo of us all eating soup (courtesy of the DAAC):
Not only was money pooled for a good cause, but valuable connections were made. Sunday Soup is going to be a great initiative well into Grand Rapids’ future if we all keep supporting it, so I encourage you all to mark your calendars for Sunday Soup #2 on April 25th, there are sure to be even more great proposals to choose from!
I don’t think there are any other words that could better describe our first craft sale. There were people coming in and out all day, and the house was especially full during the first two hours of the afternoon. We were treated to excellent Nepali tea and biscuits from Prasha, and listened to enlightening Aradhna music. I was encouraged by how many new and old friends stopped by to shop and chat. Quite a few of our artisans were on hand to answer questions and discuss custom orders. Not to focus on numbers, but we also made a TON of money! 100% of the Rhododendron Crafts money will go towards the artisans who made the goods, and all of the Higher Grounds (jewelry) money will go towards victims of human trafficking in Nepal. The money from Salai’s poetry books will go towards fighting poverty in Malaysia, and the money from the Himalchuli CD’s is going towards Chris Hale, a musician who has made the CD available to any Bhutanese refugee for free.
Also, we were featured on Fox News 17 at 10:00 PM! Wow. When a reporter showed up at my house, I was extremely surprised, but excited about how the word had spread.
Thanks to all of you who came out for the sale! Remember, even if all you did was tell some friends or co-workers to stop by, you made this sale a success. If you would like to be added to the email list for future sales, please comment on this blog with your email address or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is also the address you can email if you need custom orders of rugs, bags, or scarves, or if you have any other questions. As always, you can find us on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grand-Rapids-MI/Rhododendron-Crafts/296352698541 I hope to post pictures of the craft sale tomorrow, so please stay tuned!
Rhododendron Crafts members and friends will be selling crafts on Sunday, March 14 from 2-6pm at 111 Fitzhugh SE in Grand Rapids. Refreshments will be provided.
Come and browse through crafts made by refugees who have come from all over the world to West Michigan.
Watch out especially for: hand-woven rugs and placemats, jewelry, knitted scarves, and woven key chains!