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Meet //unravel//
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Image by Craft_Country
Helen from //unravel// makes characterful items with almost entirely recycled materials. She makes softies, (owls, rabbits, dolls) brooches, bunting, greeting cards and small art works.

PRODUCT RANGE
//unravel// makes new and unique items depending on the materials that come her way and what’s inspiring her. For //unravel// the emphasis is on finding a way to make recycled materials into something fresh and desirable.

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No two //unravel// softies are the same: each has it’s own personality so be in early to get the pick of the lot and a special toy for the kids in your life.

BUY FROM //UNRAVEL//
//unravel// is one of 30 indie crafters and designers selling at the Craft Country Fair: Saturday 10 December 2011 from 10am-3pm at the Greytown Town Hall.

Us vs. George W. Bush/McCain
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Image by kristiewells
From an email received: Right now you have a unique opportunity to go head-to-head with George W. Bush.

This week, John McCain and George Bush gathered behind closed doors, away from the cameras, to raise money for McCain’s campaign.

McCain used Bush to raise a reported .5 million from a group of about 500 Republican contributors.

That’s a lot of money that will undoubtedly be used to attack us and make the case to continue George Bush’s failed policies.

But I have an idea about how we can match it. And we don’t need George Bush.

Right now, you can be the reason that someone decides to take the leap and own a piece of this campaign. If you make a donation today, your gift will match their first donation and double their impact.

You’ll see the name and hometown of the person you inspired to give. And you can even choose to exchange a personal note about why you’ve decided to support a different kind of politics.

Your past support has helped us grow this movement. Please make another donation and double your impact.

Your donation of will equal for our cause. Make a matching donation now.

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blue and cream pottery lid photo holder
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Image by rustiqueart
An orphaned ceramic tea pot lid has a new purpose as a photo holder! I added a small metal cross for a touch of whimsy. Perfect size for your desk, bedside table or bookshelf. Holds one photo. Can be use to hold recipe and or business card too!

On of a kind! Very unique! Great gift idea, just add a photo and wrap it up!

Lid (base) size: 2.25" diameter
Color: blue and cream
Height: 3"
Materials: ceramic lid, sculpted wire for photo holder

milk glass lid photo holder
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Image by rustiqueart
An orphan milk glass sugar bowl lid has a new purpose as a photo holder! I added a little turquoise cross for color and cuteness. Perfect size for your desk, bedside table or bookshelf. Holds one photo. Can be use to hold recipe card too!

On of a kind! Very unique! Great gift idea, just add a photo and wrap it up!

Lid (base) size: 2" oval diameter
Color: white
Height: 4"
Materials: Lid milk glass, sculpted wire for photo holder

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`Chandeliers` by Imani Renae Interiors at Acolyte Home and Gifts
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Image by AcolyteH
Introducing the latest from Imani Renae Interiors – The `You`re Gorgeous` Collection with its exciting wall transfers is something completely different. Iconic images which are so 2012 yet also timeless.

They`re substantial in size, unique in design and the only aspect that isn`t unusual is that they have the attention to detail and quality which we associate with Imani Renae Interiors.

We`ve included some lifestyle shots for each transfer – to give you a good idea on just how large they are! If you love a particular design but find it just a little too big for the wall you have in mind – not a problem. They can be scaled down as well. Need them even bigger? Again, not an issue.

`Lamp post` by Imani Renae Interiors at Acolyte Home and Gifts
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Image by AcolyteH
Introducing the latest from Imani Renae Interiors – The `You`re Gorgeous` Collection with its exciting wall transfers is something completely different. Iconic images which are so 2012 yet also timeless.

They`re substantial in size, unique in design and the only aspect that isn`t unusual is that they have the attention to detail and quality which we associate with Imani Renae Interiors.

We`ve included some lifestyle shots for each transfer – to give you a good idea on just how large they are! If you love a particular design but find it just a little too big for the wall you have in mind – not a problem. They can be scaled down as well. Need them even bigger? Again, not an issue.

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Milano – Slovakia Pavilion
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Image by corno.fulgur75
Rho Fiera Expo Milano 2015
Theme: Slovakia. World into the Pocket
Designed by the Slovak architect, Karol Kállay & Agentura EVKA, Slovakia’s Pavilion is inspired by the creative concept of “Slovakia. Recharge yourself”. It is imbued with the spirit of “a country that is rich in natural energy resources, but also a country full of the energy, cultural heritage, traditions and extraordinary experiences.” This concept is articulated by its Pavilion in two basic sections: the first, the Recharging Zone, is an external relax area dominated by an energy pylon. Here, visitors can take a break, relaxing on a Tuli bag, and recharge their mobile phones, tablet or laptop.
The second represents the energy and diversity of Slovakia and is located within the Pavilion as an area where visitors can discover the idea of energy linking modernity and cultural traditions across six themes of Traditions, Innovation, Sports, Culture, Experiences, and Nutrition and made visible throughout the exposition by a symbolized heart logo. At the Pavilion’s restaurant, visitors can enjoy a selection of Slovak dishes and modern reinterpretations of traditional specialties, or call in at its shop, where they can find souvenirs and gifts of Slovakia, send a postcard from Slovakia, or buy a unique USB charger developed in Slovakia.
(Via Expo Milano 2015 official website)

Milano – Slovakia Pavilion
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Image by corno.fulgur75
Rho Fiera Expo Milano 2015
Theme: Slovakia. World into the Pocket
Designed by the Slovak architect, Karol Kállay & Agentura EVKA, Slovakia’s Pavilion is inspired by the creative concept of “Slovakia. Recharge yourself”. It is imbued with the spirit of “a country that is rich in natural energy resources, but also a country full of the energy, cultural heritage, traditions and extraordinary experiences.” This concept is articulated by its Pavilion in two basic sections: the first, the Recharging Zone, is an external relax area dominated by an energy pylon. Here, visitors can take a break, relaxing on a Tuli bag, and recharge their mobile phones, tablet or laptop.
The second represents the energy and diversity of Slovakia and is located within the Pavilion as an area where visitors can discover the idea of energy linking modernity and cultural traditions across six themes of Traditions, Innovation, Sports, Culture, Experiences, and Nutrition and made visible throughout the exposition by a symbolized heart logo. At the Pavilion’s restaurant, visitors can enjoy a selection of Slovak dishes and modern reinterpretations of traditional specialties, or call in at its shop, where they can find souvenirs and gifts of Slovakia, send a postcard from Slovakia, or buy a unique USB charger developed in Slovakia.
(Via Expo Milano 2015 official website)

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The dichotomy of the valley
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Image by kern.justin
Another image from a very famous place
Do we need another image from Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park? One could argue that after Adams took his iconic "Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park" in 1944 there has been little need to recapture the public’s imagination with the view of this grand valley from a simple roadside pull-out. Yet there is rarely any shortage of photographers and nature lovers peering out over the stone wall making memories and photographs of the valley’s major features laid out in such stunning symmetry. So then, what is the reason for snapping away (see below for proof of just how many people bore witness to the grandeur represented in this photograph)? Do we need more nature images of landscapes thoroughly inhabited and (theoretically) protected? Why is a culture so hell-bent on consuming and utilizing every natural resource possible even interested in nature photographs, especially of landscapes which have been (at least temporarily) spared from mining, drilling, clear-cutting and development? I have two answers to these questions – the general and the personal.
The Wellspring

The valley called Yosemite, and a few other spots on Earth, have served as the nursery for ideas. These ideas were the basis for a series of successful and unsuccessful marches in the name of conservationism and environmentalism. The valley was the gray-walled and sand-floored crib of Muir’s preservationism. If Muir loved the wilds before (and he certainly did) he came to Yosemite, he got so near to the heartbeat of the Earth that he wanted for the rest of his life to try and get nearer. The valley was the luminous, storm-ravaged epic landscape of Adams’ classic photograph – laid out like some glamourous nude, covering just enough with a lacy veil of fog and snowcloud to elicit excitement and inspire others to the same end as Ansel. Camp 4 was the cradle of the American love affair with rock climbing and the first rungs of Rowell’s ladder from a poor mechanic to influential photojournalist and world-explorer. Perhaps too The Valley has been the nursemaid to our love of hiking and exploring the wilder places of America as something, if not vocation, then more dear than avocation. Thomas Jefferson famously wrote, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure." Conservationism did not die as some antiquated nineteenth century ideal, but it too must be refreshed from time to time. It’s night-soils were the words of Muir, the photographs of Adams, Rowell, and others. There is much yet in this world, and even in the Yosemite Valley, that needs protecting and conserving. I don’t know that my photographs will change anyone else’s mind about how to behave in the valley or in their own backyards, but I do know the process of taking photographs of this place has fixed in my mind the value of this wonderful place. The argument, therefore, is that ideas need expression and the continual flow of nature imagery is an effort to convince the apathetic and timid of the great value inherent in conservation. Great photography is a call to action, it draws the breath from our lungs and the blood from our hearts for a moment only to rush it back two-fold and inspire us to do more (by doing less) than gnaw with an axe at old, pine-perfumed gardens. Maybe Ansel’s was just an aperitif to some great and yet-unmade masterpiece more completely encapsulating the million-fold images, emotions and experiences that are Yosemite. Not all of us are going to make these still epics, however, and the reason to justify our personal photographic efforts are perhaps subtly different.
Making memories and photographs
The process of taking photographs is more about what is not in the photograph than what makes it into the frame. This is true in the compositional sense – often exclusion of extraneous elements and isolation of subject is the key to a successful photograph (a lesson I must constantly learn and a tree that is continually refreshed by the "manure" of deleting photographs poorly executed). This statement is also true in the figurative sense. These photographs are about more than their subject. They are about an amazing light show as dessert to a full meal of hiking and camping, they are about sitting at what seems like the top of Eden and enjoying a simple cup of hot soup as the blood-crimson of sunset gives way to steel-blue of twilight and finally to soot-black of night. They are about the fan-blade whoosh of ravens’ wings over the Pines campground and the long light of drawing winter skies in the high country of the Tuolumne Meadows – sundogs and all. The act of photographing is an act of personal education and change.

What I’ve learned in my time as photographer hobbyist is that you cannot collect or consume nature images. This is where I think most of us who aspire to wonderful amateur photography fail. There is an oft-considered difference amongst photographers between "taking" a photograph, like a vacation snapshot or a record shot of some event, and "making" a photograph through careful composition, consideration, patience and thought. So too there is a difference between remembering things and making memories. Stopping at a roadside pullout and clicking away at even the most gorgeous and tumultuous light shows of our Earth, only to pop back into the car and head out along a drab ribbon of asphalt is to take a snapshot in your mind’s eye and does disservice to the photograph, no matter how grand. If I could have told something to my younger self when looking to learn about how to make photographs, I would have told myself "Sit the $&#@ down and absorb the world you’re trying to photograph – you can’t photograph something you don’t understand and you won’t understand it until you let it in." I say all this because the photograph above of the valley from the famous Tunnel View pullout was populated with an enormous number of photographers, each very earnest and very serious and very talented. I counted at least two workshops going on and quite a bit of knowledge seemed to be in the offing. By the time I took the second photograph – my wife and I were alone. We had been alone for an hour by the time I took the fourth photograph on this post.

"Letting it in" is something different for everyone and I probably couldn’t teach it to my younger self, let along a stranger. It’s something like how Buddha can’t share enlightenment, but can only share the "way." It is a balancing act between imaging, imagining and observing. Compare the difference in the quality of the light between the photograph that leads this post with the one below (taken just a moment apart). The conservationists problems would quickly end if only he or she could bring all the skeptics, miners and misers to Tunnel View for a late-fall light-show and therein lies the dichotomy.

The Dichotomy of the Valley
Tunnel View is famous because it presents the major aspects of the valley so harmoniously. Yosemite’s scale seems to grow in proportion to its distance from the viewer. Half Dome is distant but towering, El Capitan is accurately represented as an impossibly sheer and impossibly beautiful slab of granite, some titanic slab table laid on its side, and nearest of all is the Bridalveil spilling fresh mountain run-off from the high country into a flower garden of amber- and ocher- and scarlet-leaved trees. The valley has just overcome the crisis of its birth, trees new and the cataclysm so near that water has not yet had time to erode its way, crashing instead from precipitous heights and providing our only clue of the impossible scale involved. I had made the pull-out having just hiked 12 miles of the valley floor trail that day and the complementary 10 miles the day before. In that hike I was struck with the out-of-place luxury of the guest resorts within the valley. To me there is something idealogical irreconcilable between a luxury hotel and a preservation of wilderness like Yosemite. I had many thoughts rattling around in my head while I took this last 16-minute exposure. I was thinking about originality, documentation, and the value of an image. The idea I wanted to convey was the dichotomy inherent to these national parks of ours. Yosemite village has a gift shop that sells purses and t-shirts and other trinkets designed to separate bused-in tourists from their money. The shop has a large plaque decrying how many plastic water bottles were consumed in Yosemite the year previous. The plaque is hung above a display selling plastic water bottles. Forever increasing pressure from the outside world to bring more visitors, to consume more wilderness, is one aim of these parks. In stark opposition is the initial, Muir-esque ideology of the parks – a preservation outside of development and the mar of humanity. So I waited for the last rays of twilight to fade and I left my shutter open for what seemed like an eternity, capturing the light pollution of a parade of cars, thundering past Tunnel View, casting their headlamps on the bows of nearby pines and then, on the valley floor, weaving through the gathering fog along the park road between the Pohono bridge and the northern park destinations; I imaged behind it all and above the valley the collected pollution casting a red pall on the sky like the representation of distant war by some Renaissance master.

Originality
To take a step back, and to put an end to my ramblings, it is hard not to take a good photograph from Tunnel View, or for that matter, of the valley. In two trips, I have been able to produce what I think are two rather unique images of the place (at least to the degree that any photographic act is one of creation or uniqueness): "The Dichotomy of the Valley" (above) and "We are Killers" (below). Far more importantly I spent two unforgettable evenings trying to absorb a bit of the grandeur in the thin and chilly mountain air. Had I to boil down the thesis here at play I would simply say that what is lacking in poor photography when compared to great photography are ideas and the successful expression of those ideas. The world is full of information easily found about how to successfully express a photographic idea, but often woefully short of fresh ideas themselves. This is why there was only one Muir, one Adams and one Rowell and why there is only one you. The reason that we need more images of nature, of Tunnel View, of the valley is that no two images are the same, they are all products of their respective creators and our thirst for brilliant creators is never quenched though the wellspring of Yosemite has provided amply. The trick isn’t to represent Tunnel View, but to represent yourself through Tunnel View.

animal-safari-boys-zebra-detail
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Image by purplemtnbaby
Hand crochet Zebra adorns the Animal Safari Baby Knit Collection from Purple Mountain Baby. Choose a baby blanket or cardigan or back zip hoodis baby sweater or a baby romper and this adorable Zebra will be included along with giraffes, elephants and a lion.

Find more keepsake baby knit gift ideas at
Purple Mountain Baby.

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Stitch-in for a Living Wage outside Marks and Spencer BRIGHTON, Western Road 29th June 2015
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Image by craftivist collective
Photos by PollyBraden.com
Outside Marks and Spencer BRIGHTON Western Road, 29th June

Press Release: Craftivist campaign launches after survey shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid a Living Wage

The Craftivist Collective is joining forces with ShareAction’s AGM Army this summer to press UK retailers to pay a Living Wage. The campaigners are coordinating a series of “stitch-ins” at branches of Marks & Spencers across the UK, for crafters to sew hand-made messages onto M&S handkerchiefs, to be delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant at its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium on July 7th.

An online poll shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid staff a Living Wage. (Source: Opinium survey, 12th-16th June 2015, based on 2002 online interviews across the UK).

The first “stitch-in” will take place on June 22 in London at 6:30 pm outside the Marks & Spencers on Liverpool Road, N1 0PR. Another “stitch-in” is scheduled for June 23 in Cardiff, another in Brighton on June 29, and another in Milton Keynes 30th. There will also be stitch-ins in Warrington, Lincoln, and Birmingham amongst others.

The idea of the “stitch-ins” is to show M&S that in addition to major shareholders with billions of pounds under management, its core customer base is also fully engaged and supportive on the issue of the Living Wage, and that they expect the company to show leadership on this basic fairness issue.

Each unique hand-stitched hanky encourages board directors of M&S to commit to paying the Living Wage of £9.15 in London and £7.85 across the UK to all staff. This is a part of ShareAction’s campaign in partnership with Citizens UK to achieve the Living Wage across the FTSE 100 through shareholder activism. Nearly a quarter of FTSE 100 companies have now accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, but no high street retailer has yet signed up.

ShareAction has organised AGM questions on the Living Wage at more than 20 company AGMs so far this year. ShareAction is simultaneously mobilising an Investor Collaborative for the Living Wage made up of institutional shareholders with billions of pounds in British companies, including asset managers, pension funds, charity and faith investors. These large shareholders have written in 2015 to all of the FTSE 100, including M&S, in support of the Living Wage.

Crafters will be giving M&S handkerchiefs with personalised positive messages stitched into them to all 14 board members of M&S, as well as to its largest shareholders, and to the 2014 celebrities who feature in the company’s ad campaign: Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson, Alex Wek, Rita Ora, Dowreen Lawrence, Lulu Kennedy, and Rachel Khoo.

They will also be handing out 250 special handkerchief craft kits with a Living Wage message printed on them to shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting, so that shareholders can stitch too, to encourage themselves to support the Living Wage. These kits include an ethical hanky, needle and thread, instructions, and a briefing note on investment risk.

M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland is paid £2.1million a year. Last year, his company refused to consider a Living Wage at its Annual General Meeting. Later, at a meeting with campaigners, the company again refused to consider paying the Living Wage.

Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, said: “Marks & Spencer is supposed to be a company with solid values threaded through all that they do, which include paying your workers fairly. We’re sending the board and shareholders these carefully hand-stitched handkerchiefs to encourage the company not to ‘blow’ their chance to support life-changing decisions.”

Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction says: “This craftivist initiative at the M&S AGM is nothing to ‘sniff at’. Sarah and her amazing stitchers are devoting hours to creating gifts the M&S board we hope will treasure and remember forever. People adore M&S but they want to see the company step up and become a Living Wage employer. The many big shareholders backing this call know it makes business sense as well as being the right thing to do.”
ENDS

Notes for editors:
ShareAction is the UK-based movement for Responsible Investment. For further information, please contact Matt Davis, Director of Communications and Public Engagement at ShareAction on matthew.davis@shareaction.org

Craftivist Collective brings together craft and activism in order to make a difference to individuals and society, exposing and tackling issues of local and global poverty and injustices through provocative, non-violent creative actions. For further information please contact Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective on sarah@craftivist-collective.com

Stitch-in for a Living Wage outside Marks and Spencer BRIGHTON, Western Road 29th June 2015
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Image by craftivist collective
Photos by PollyBraden.com
Outside Marks and Spencer BRIGHTON Western Road, 29th June

Press Release: Craftivist campaign launches after survey shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid a Living Wage

The Craftivist Collective is joining forces with ShareAction’s AGM Army this summer to press UK retailers to pay a Living Wage. The campaigners are coordinating a series of “stitch-ins” at branches of Marks & Spencers across the UK, for crafters to sew hand-made messages onto M&S handkerchiefs, to be delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant at its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium on July 7th.

An online poll shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid staff a Living Wage. (Source: Opinium survey, 12th-16th June 2015, based on 2002 online interviews across the UK).

The first “stitch-in” will take place on June 22 in London at 6:30 pm outside the Marks & Spencers on Liverpool Road, N1 0PR. Another “stitch-in” is scheduled for June 23 in Cardiff, another in Brighton on June 29, and another in Milton Keynes 30th. There will also be stitch-ins in Warrington, Lincoln, and Birmingham amongst others.

The idea of the “stitch-ins” is to show M&S that in addition to major shareholders with billions of pounds under management, its core customer base is also fully engaged and supportive on the issue of the Living Wage, and that they expect the company to show leadership on this basic fairness issue.

Each unique hand-stitched hanky encourages board directors of M&S to commit to paying the Living Wage of £9.15 in London and £7.85 across the UK to all staff. This is a part of ShareAction’s campaign in partnership with Citizens UK to achieve the Living Wage across the FTSE 100 through shareholder activism. Nearly a quarter of FTSE 100 companies have now accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, but no high street retailer has yet signed up.

ShareAction has organised AGM questions on the Living Wage at more than 20 company AGMs so far this year. ShareAction is simultaneously mobilising an Investor Collaborative for the Living Wage made up of institutional shareholders with billions of pounds in British companies, including asset managers, pension funds, charity and faith investors. These large shareholders have written in 2015 to all of the FTSE 100, including M&S, in support of the Living Wage.

Crafters will be giving M&S handkerchiefs with personalised positive messages stitched into them to all 14 board members of M&S, as well as to its largest shareholders, and to the 2014 celebrities who feature in the company’s ad campaign: Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson, Alex Wek, Rita Ora, Dowreen Lawrence, Lulu Kennedy, and Rachel Khoo.

They will also be handing out 250 special handkerchief craft kits with a Living Wage message printed on them to shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting, so that shareholders can stitch too, to encourage themselves to support the Living Wage. These kits include an ethical hanky, needle and thread, instructions, and a briefing note on investment risk.

M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland is paid £2.1million a year. Last year, his company refused to consider a Living Wage at its Annual General Meeting. Later, at a meeting with campaigners, the company again refused to consider paying the Living Wage.

Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, said: “Marks & Spencer is supposed to be a company with solid values threaded through all that they do, which include paying your workers fairly. We’re sending the board and shareholders these carefully hand-stitched handkerchiefs to encourage the company not to ‘blow’ their chance to support life-changing decisions.”

Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction says: “This craftivist initiative at the M&S AGM is nothing to ‘sniff at’. Sarah and her amazing stitchers are devoting hours to creating gifts the M&S board we hope will treasure and remember forever. People adore M&S but they want to see the company step up and become a Living Wage employer. The many big shareholders backing this call know it makes business sense as well as being the right thing to do.”
ENDS

Notes for editors:
ShareAction is the UK-based movement for Responsible Investment. For further information, please contact Matt Davis, Director of Communications and Public Engagement at ShareAction on matthew.davis@shareaction.org

Craftivist Collective brings together craft and activism in order to make a difference to individuals and society, exposing and tackling issues of local and global poverty and injustices through provocative, non-violent creative actions. For further information please contact Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective on sarah@craftivist-collective.com

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Facing Your Fears with a Purpose
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Image by TEDxSanAntonio
Cindy A. Sebek

Facing Your Fears with a Purpose
Cindy will share with TEDxSanAntonio ways in which one person can make a significant difference by facing their fears and finding courage to follow through with their own big idea. The difference between simply having big ideas and actually making those ideas come to life stems from overcoming your fears, believing in yourself, and having determination, perseverance, and (the biggest reason) the “why.” Her own big idea was to make a difference in hunger using a bottle of wine as a “one-for-one” business model. The concept is very simple: For every bottle of The Gracious Gift Wine purchased, meals are donated to that area’s local food bank (zip code specific). For example, in San Antonio, 1 Bottle = 7 meals donated to the SA Food Bank. The unique thing about this wine is it makes a local impact. It’s important that consumers know they are helping out their hungry neighbors in need. This idea in action has provided more than 60,000 meals year to date!

Jowling!
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Image by Krypto
My chum Ben and I bought a photo frame as a gift for a friend’s housewarming party, and decided it was terribly boring to leave it empty. After pondering for a while, we (okay, I) remembered a recent Photojojo newsletter which had introduced the wonderful concept of jowling. The idea is to ask someone to loosen their facial muscles and shake their head from side to side, then take a photo. So we did.

After half an hour and *many* fits of the giggles we had a truly unique housewarming gift 🙂 I’ll spare Ben the embarrassment, but here are my outtakes.

Facing Your Fears with a Purpose
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Image by TEDxSanAntonio
Cindy A. Sebek

Facing Your Fears with a Purpose
Cindy will share with TEDxSanAntonio ways in which one person can make a significant difference by facing their fears and finding courage to follow through with their own big idea. The difference between simply having big ideas and actually making those ideas come to life stems from overcoming your fears, believing in yourself, and having determination, perseverance, and (the biggest reason) the “why.” Her own big idea was to make a difference in hunger using a bottle of wine as a “one-for-one” business model. The concept is very simple: For every bottle of The Gracious Gift Wine purchased, meals are donated to that area’s local food bank (zip code specific). For example, in San Antonio, 1 Bottle = 7 meals donated to the SA Food Bank. The unique thing about this wine is it makes a local impact. It’s important that consumers know they are helping out their hungry neighbors in need. This idea in action has provided more than 60,000 meals year to date!

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Special Mother’s Day Edition of ZANE’S COOL STUFF LIST featuring 10 Unique & One-of-a-Kind” GIFT IDEAS FOR COOL MOMS
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Posted via email from ZANEOLOGY

Special Mother’s Day Edition of ZANE’S COOL STUFF LIST featuring 10 Unique & One-of-a-Kind” GIFT IDEAS FOR COOL MOMS
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Image by zaneology
Posted via email from ZANEOLOGY

Meet Joy of Yarn/Fibre Alive
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Image by Craft_Country
James of Joy of Yarn takes New Zealand fibres (merino, alpaca, possum) and hand dyes them to create unique skeins of yarn for hand knitting. He’s a Greytown local, with his own home and shop just down the road from the Fair.

PRODUCT RANGE
Hand dyed yarn.

GIFT IDEAS
James is the master of sock knitting so if you’re looking for a holiday challenge that will lead to warm toes in winter, he’s the man to talk to.

BUY FROM JOY OF YARN/FIBRE ALIVE
Joy of Yarn/Fibre Alive is one of 30 indie crafters and designers selling at the Craft Country Fair: Saturday 10 December 2011 from 10am-3pm at the Greytown Town Hall.

Joy of Yarn/Fibre Alive is also stocked in the Craft Country Shop; at the end of the zebra crossing, main road, Featherston. The shop is open 10am-3pm Fri-Sun.

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backstitch hanky
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Image by craftivist collective
Photos by PollyBraden.com
Completed stitched handkerchiefs & hand-written notes by craftivists for M&S board members & other VIPs to be wrapped and ribboned to hand over as gi]fts at the AGM on Tuesday 7th July 2015.

Press Release: Craftivist campaign launches after survey shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid a Living Wage

The Craftivist Collective is joining forces with ShareAction’s AGM Army this summer to press UK retailers to pay a Living Wage. The campaigners are coordinating a series of “stitch-ins” at branches of Marks & Spencers across the UK, for crafters to sew hand-made messages onto M&S handkerchiefs, to be delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant at its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium on July 7th.

An online poll shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid staff a Living Wage. (Source: Opinium survey, 12th-16th June 2015, based on 2002 online interviews across the UK).

The first “stitch-in” will take place on June 22 in London at 6:30 pm outside the Marks & Spencers on Liverpool Road, N1 0PR. Another “stitch-in” is scheduled for June 23 in Cardiff, another in Brighton on June 29, and another in Milton Keynes 30th. There will also be stitch-ins in Warrington, Lincoln, and Birmingham amongst others.

The idea of the “stitch-ins” is to show M&S that in addition to major shareholders with billions of pounds under management, its core customer base is also fully engaged and supportive on the issue of the Living Wage, and that they expect the company to show leadership on this basic fairness issue.

Each unique hand-stitched hanky encourages board directors of M&S to commit to paying the Living Wage of £9.15 in London and £7.85 across the UK to all staff. This is a part of ShareAction’s campaign in partnership with Citizens UK to achieve the Living Wage across the FTSE 100 through shareholder activism. Nearly a quarter of FTSE 100 companies have now accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, but no high street retailer has yet signed up.

ShareAction has organised AGM questions on the Living Wage at more than 20 company AGMs so far this year. ShareAction is simultaneously mobilising an Investor Collaborative for the Living Wage made up of institutional shareholders with billions of pounds in British companies, including asset managers, pension funds, charity and faith investors. These large shareholders have written in 2015 to all of the FTSE 100, including M&S, in support of the Living Wage.

Crafters will be giving M&S handkerchiefs with personalised positive messages stitched into them to all 14 board members of M&S, as well as to its largest shareholders, and to the 2014 celebrities who feature in the company’s ad campaign: Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson, Alex Wek, Rita Ora, Dowreen Lawrence, Lulu Kennedy, and Rachel Khoo.

They will also be handing out 250 special handkerchief craft kits with a Living Wage message printed on them to shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting, so that shareholders can stitch too, to encourage themselves to support the Living Wage. These kits include an ethical hanky, needle and thread, instructions, and a briefing note on investment risk.

M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland is paid £2.1million a year. Last year, his company refused to consider a Living Wage at its Annual General Meeting. Later, at a meeting with campaigners, the company again refused to consider paying the Living Wage.

Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, said: “Marks & Spencer is supposed to be a company with solid values threaded through all that they do, which include paying your workers fairly. We’re sending the board and shareholders these carefully hand-stitched handkerchiefs to encourage the company not to ‘blow’ their chance to support life-changing decisions.”

Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction says: “This craftivist initiative at the M&S AGM is nothing to ‘sniff at’. Sarah and her amazing stitchers are devoting hours to creating gifts the M&S board we hope will treasure and remember forever. People adore M&S but they want to see the company step up and become a Living Wage employer. The many big shareholders backing this call know it makes business sense as well as being the right thing to do.”
ENDS

Notes for editors:
ShareAction is the UK-based movement for Responsible Investment. For further information, please contact Matt Davis, Director of Communications and Public Engagement at ShareAction on matthew.davis@shareaction.org

Craftivist Collective brings together craft and activism in order to make a difference to individuals and society, exposing and tackling issues of local and global poverty and injustices through provocative, non-violent creative actions. For further information please contact Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective on sarah@craftivist-collective.com

John Paul Flintoff with his stitched hanky for Emma Thompson, Actress & M&S ‘leading lady’ in SS14 advertisements
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Completed stitched handkerchiefs & hand-written notes by craftivists for M&S board members & other VIPs to be wrapped and ribboned to hand over as gi]fts at the AGM on Tuesday 7th July 2015.

Press Release: Craftivist campaign launches after survey shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid a Living Wage

The Craftivist Collective is joining forces with ShareAction’s AGM Army this summer to press UK retailers to pay a Living Wage. The campaigners are coordinating a series of “stitch-ins” at branches of Marks & Spencers across the UK, for crafters to sew hand-made messages onto M&S handkerchiefs, to be delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant at its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium on July 7th.

An online poll shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid staff a Living Wage. (Source: Opinium survey, 12th-16th June 2015, based on 2002 online interviews across the UK).

The first “stitch-in” will take place on June 22 in London at 6:30 pm outside the Marks & Spencers on Liverpool Road, N1 0PR. Another “stitch-in” is scheduled for June 23 in Cardiff, another in Brighton on June 29, and another in Milton Keynes 30th. There will also be stitch-ins in Warrington, Lincoln, and Birmingham amongst others.

The idea of the “stitch-ins” is to show M&S that in addition to major shareholders with billions of pounds under management, its core customer base is also fully engaged and supportive on the issue of the Living Wage, and that they expect the company to show leadership on this basic fairness issue.

Each unique hand-stitched hanky encourages board directors of M&S to commit to paying the Living Wage of £9.15 in London and £7.85 across the UK to all staff. This is a part of ShareAction’s campaign in partnership with Citizens UK to achieve the Living Wage across the FTSE 100 through shareholder activism. Nearly a quarter of FTSE 100 companies have now accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, but no high street retailer has yet signed up.

ShareAction has organised AGM questions on the Living Wage at more than 20 company AGMs so far this year. ShareAction is simultaneously mobilising an Investor Collaborative for the Living Wage made up of institutional shareholders with billions of pounds in British companies, including asset managers, pension funds, charity and faith investors. These large shareholders have written in 2015 to all of the FTSE 100, including M&S, in support of the Living Wage.

Crafters will be giving M&S handkerchiefs with personalised positive messages stitched into them to all 14 board members of M&S, as well as to its largest shareholders, and to the 2014 celebrities who feature in the company’s ad campaign: Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson, Alex Wek, Rita Ora, Dowreen Lawrence, Lulu Kennedy, and Rachel Khoo.

They will also be handing out 250 special handkerchief craft kits with a Living Wage message printed on them to shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting, so that shareholders can stitch too, to encourage themselves to support the Living Wage. These kits include an ethical hanky, needle and thread, instructions, and a briefing note on investment risk.

M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland is paid £2.1million a year. Last year, his company refused to consider a Living Wage at its Annual General Meeting. Later, at a meeting with campaigners, the company again refused to consider paying the Living Wage.

Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, said: “Marks & Spencer is supposed to be a company with solid values threaded through all that they do, which include paying your workers fairly. We’re sending the board and shareholders these carefully hand-stitched handkerchiefs to encourage the company not to ‘blow’ their chance to support life-changing decisions.”

Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction says: “This craftivist initiative at the M&S AGM is nothing to ‘sniff at’. Sarah and her amazing stitchers are devoting hours to creating gifts the M&S board we hope will treasure and remember forever. People adore M&S but they want to see the company step up and become a Living Wage employer. The many big shareholders backing this call know it makes business sense as well as being the right thing to do.”
ENDS

Notes for editors:
ShareAction is the UK-based movement for Responsible Investment. For further information, please contact Matt Davis, Director of Communications and Public Engagement at ShareAction on matthew.davis@shareaction.org

Craftivist Collective brings together craft and activism in order to make a difference to individuals and society, exposing and tackling issues of local and global poverty and injustices through provocative, non-violent creative actions. For further information please contact Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective on sarah@craftivist-collective.com

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Christmas Markets at a Shoon near you.
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Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? With only 4 weeks (or 28 days – which seems even less) to go until Christmas, I’m thinking it’s probably a good idea to give it some serious thought. Let’s face it, there is a lot to do and at the top of the list, is enjoying all the festive cheer. So if that means juggling mince pies, carol singing and wrapping paper, then it’s a crash course in circus entertaining for me.

Seasonal goodies, winter festivals, ice rinks and festive farmers markets, what’s not to love about a little (well planned) shopping at this time of year? The high streets are transformed into alpine wonderlands where you can try out cheeses, charcuteries and chutneys all under a sky of twinkling lights. Mugs of ‘good for the soul’ Gluhwein are always on hand to take the strain when it comes to present buying and are always a welcome distraction.

As shopping is our bag, we have made you a list of some of the Christmassy events happening near all of our Shoon shops over the next few festive weeks.

The SHOON guide to Christmas Markets.

Bath Christmas Market 27th November – 14th December
“The most magical Christmas Market” with handmade toys & festive tipples.
Guildford Dates throughout November & December
Enjoy a host of traditional Christmas events in Historical Guildford, cobble streets and pretty lights bring a nostalgic atmosphere to the fun festivities.
Kingston upon Thames festive extravaganza 13th November – 24th December
Step inside the world of, The lion, the witch & the wardrobe as Kingston is transformed into Narnia.
Winchester Christmas Market 24th November – 21st December
Inspired by traditional German Christmas markets with wonderful gifts and festive foods.
Salisbury Christmas Market 27th November – 20th December
A very British affair with lots of local producers, pretty chalets, twinkly lights and a huge Christmas tree.
Brighton’s Christmas Market 1st November – 24th December
A magical atmosphere in Churchill Square with alternative gifts.
Cheltenham Christmas Market 4th December -24th December
The Promenade in Cheltenham will be transformed for Christmas with a huge range of festive crafts and gifts.
Reading’s super cool Christmas Market 27th November -7th December
Stock up your Christmas larder with local delicacies, sample some regional wines and liquors and look out for Santa’s grotto.
St Albans Christmas Market 27th November – 21st December
A magical experience with an emphasis on quirky, handmade and unique gifts as well as a programme of seasonal entertainment.
Tunbridge Wells Market with dates throughout November & December.
The Pantiles is the place to be at Christmas with boutique shopping, Christmas themed markets, Reindeer and carol singing.
Newbury St Nicolas Christmas Market 11th December -21st December
A wonderful selection of Christmas goodies, seasonal food, drink and crafts and a festive atmosphere too.
Northwich Christmas Extravaganza Saturday 29th November
Christmas lights, a market full of seasonal treats, a lantern parade and Santa’s grotto. The promise of festive fun for all the family.
Windsor 29th November – 4th January
Spectacular outdoor ice rink at Alexander Gardens with festive food and drink from the Ice Bar and Grill.Christmas fun for all the family.