Image by heavenlystuffed via FlickrFirst of all, I would like to apologize for my lack of posting. Life has been, well life and being pregnant has been over-riding a lot for me. Thank you for understanding if you know what I mean! Today I have been inspired to write about what I can do for my community as a stay at home mom who crochets.
I have talked a bit about this in the past, but today I want to share with you my aspirations on contributing to my community. Awhile back I posted a few things about The Toy Society. It's an organization that promotes the crafting of toys to be given freely to your community. What is great about this is that their motivation for this is to give to others without gaining anything from it. With that said, I am going to make a goal to make lots of toys for my community.
So far I have only done about 2 or 3 'toy drops' (what the toy society refers them to). I'd like to significantly increase the amount of toy drops I make for my community. The beautiful thing to me about making handmade toys is for children to find them in their neighborhood. The child is receiving a gift out of love absolutely free. When we are children, situations like this impact us differently and stay with us for the rest of our lives. My hope is that these toy drops can add to the building blocks these children gain throughout their lives in understanding that they are loved by someone.
What I have in mind is making 10 or so toys at a time, preparing them in bags with the toy society information, then dropping them off in small groups of certain locations in my neighborhood. There are a lot of pros to toy dropping as well. Let me share some with you.
If you are new to crocheting, have an appetite for learning more of it and your toys are pilling up fast, this is a great way to keep the flow going! Plus you are blessing a little child with a handmade treasure. Not only will you become proficient at your craft, but you have room to be creative and experiment as well. If you are trying to find your style, master a new technique or whatever it may be, this possibly may be your answer to doing that and investing in a little one's life by giving the toys away. Sometimes when we are crocheting toys for our kids they get bored with them fast. I have noticed that with my daughter lately.
Although my daughter cherishes her Totoro hat and perhaps the crocheted cookies I made for her, a lot of the things I have made have gone neglected compared to her other toys. Children love contrast, just like adults. Perhaps my daughter isn't too fond of all the crochet toys because they seem the same to her. But, a child that has never owned a crochet toy or are unfamiliar with handmade ones will most likely love their toy drop because it is 'contrasting' to all their other store bought toys.
I hope this post has been of some help to you. I would like to try posting more often to keep you all up to date. Feel free to share any of your ideas iin the comments section of this post. I'd love to hear from you!