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Mom’s Day Crafternoon

May 31, 2013

Mother Made Baltimore was so proud to put on our very first public event, Mom’s Day Crafternoon on May 4, 2013.  It was a pristine spring day in Baltimore. The energy at D Center that afternoon was amazing with over 100 friends, family members, co-workers, sweet children, and supporters in attendance, along with Station North community members who stopped in.  Our guests enjoyed delicious refreshments, familiar tunes on acoustic guitar by Adam Fischer, face painting by core leader Carol Lampkin, and a variety of DIY craft projects with materials donated by Artist and Craftsman Supply and Utrecht.  Our members and volunteers  assisted our guests in creating colorful bracelets, headbands, personalized pins from Button Up, and appliqued tote bags.

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Excitement leading up to the event was generated by a variety of wonderful raffle prizes, including gift cards to decadent restaurants and fine cinema in Baltimore.  We are so grateful to our donors including Woodbury Kitchen for offering a bountiful $100 gift certificate, Tapas Teatro for a very generous $75 gift certificate, and $50 of the only square pizza in town from Joe Squared. Other donors included Milk and Honey Market and the Charles Theater.  Decadent cake pops were donated by Ny’ilah Covington of Petite Treasures, and a matching parent and child apron from our own Serena Anderson of Serena’s Custom Aprons.

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The enthusiastic support for Mother Made generated from the raffle and product sales will make it possible for us to begin our community skill share workshops at our studio in the Liberty Rec and Tech Center in Northwest Baltimore.  We believe that joyfully teaching and learning from each other leads to empowerment.  In our sewing workshops, we hope participants will come away with a sense of accomplishment armed with practical skills. We hope to spread the simple enjoyment of working with one’s hands, and create a warm, positive environment.

We are grateful for the support of MECU with the award of a “Neighborhood Event” grant.  Core leader Serena Anderson completed the grant writing process from start to finish for the very first time.  We are so proud of her diligence, and inspired by her willingness to take on new challenges.   The Maryland Institute College of Art also helped make our event a success with the support of a generous community engagement grant.  Thank you to D Center for hosting us for the afternoon in the heart of Station North.

Our event planning began in the chill of January.  Core leaders worked together with enthusiastic volunteers Krista Green and Rachel Abbott. Thea Canlas jumped right in and designed all of our beautiful posters and graphics, revamped our website, and sewed many tote bags in preparation.  Our wonderful volunteers brought such valuable skills and fresh energy to the project. We worked in small committees, truly learning and growing in the process.  Meetings were held in core leader Hannah Brancato’s living room, Paul’s place in Pigtown, and coffee shops mid-week while we were in studio limbo, with a great flurry of communication in between.  In the middle of March we happily moved into our new space at Liberty Rec and Tech, while April afternoons were spent rotating out to the playground to care for little ones while their talented mama shared her quilted creations and skills with us. We had a memorable day-long working party at the studio with 2 bubbly Collington Square teens helping to create signs and prototypes while singing along to the radio. The sewing machines were humming as day turned to dusk, and we chatted and laughed over Chinese take-out.  I think we all floated out of D Center at the end of the afternoon on May 4th, smiles all around.  Working together and feeling the sense of accomplishment of a great Crafternoon has joyfully brought a bright energy and unity to our unique intergenerational group of strong, creative women.Image

Thank you David Sloan for these brilliant photos!

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