Author Archives: Nikki Rockstroh

July 2022 Sew Day

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We had a good day of sewing at the Crafty Weasels in July.  We are small but powerful!!

Morgan brought her two sweet boys for us to hold in between sewing pieces of bedding.
Attendees:
Johnny
Trella
Margaret
Karen
Morgan
Florence
Accomplished:
13 – FN Sleepsacks
10 – FN Hammies
17 – WonTon Flower Hammies

June 2022 Sewing Day

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We had one extra step before I could send out our monthly message for our June meeting.

Johnny took home a bag of bedding that had to still be QA/QC’d before we could do the final count.
Attendees:
Johnny
Margaret
Nancy
Trella
Karen
Florence
Completed:
Wontons – 10
Sleepsacks – 19
Hammies – 19
Johnny was kind enough to bring his two furkids which everyone wanted to hold for the pictures.  I posted one of the fun pictures of the antics of Freckles, Nancy and Karen.
We were a small group, but we all pitched in, wore masks, and we really got a lot accomplished.
Trella found out about a good deal on material, and posted a message on Facebook, and received money from these people to help us with our mission:  Brenda Taylor, Diane Lund, Daniel Kromke, Sabbie Bovens, and also Trella.  (Sabbie is from Belgium – how cool is that ??!!!!)

Exciting News! May 7

Hi everyone:

Great news … Lisa just ironed out things with Brookdale and they want us back on May 7thand are looking forward to having us there again.  This will be our first get together in over 2 years, and we will proceed with caution and make sure we cover all bases.
We will start at 10:00.  Margaret and I will probably be there about 9:30.  It will be our normal craft room which we have used in the past.  Masks are mandatory  especially when first coming into the center.  The dining room will not be open to us, but then again, we had expected this.  We can all bring something to eat, or I can make a run to Dreamland BBQ and pick up enough for everyone.  I will definitely need a head count for this time, specially to pick up food, etc.
Please let me know your thoughts, concerns, etc.  I’ve bcc’d everyone on this email, so if you have concerns to share with others, let me know when you respond.
Just a reminder location:
Brookdale Chambrel Roswell
1000 Applewood Drive, Roswell, GA 30076
My cell if you need it:  770-401-1107
Morgan is going to bring her two boys to visit with us.
We have been doing a lot behind the scenes to get ready for this.  If you let me know you will be coming, it will make it easier to know how many machines, and which different parts can be covered and completed while we are there.
Looking forward to this first time back!!
Florence

March 2022

Hi Everyone:

Lisa had a good conversation yesterday with the people of Chambrell, our original place.
They are open for us to resume our first Saturday of every month in the same room as before.  If you are interested in this, and attending please let me know.  If you have concerns about protection, also let me know.
Not sure we can do a turn around as quickly as April, but thinking we might be clear to do it for us in May.
This is exciting, but also we will need to maintain caution.
Thanks for what you all have done since covid, and maybe we can finally get back to being a group again … just note as  “close” to each other doing the day.

February 2022

Things have been a bit slower for the Crafty Weasels, due to so many things revolving around Covid, etc.  But …. I do have some progress news, so wanted to update you all.

Johnny and Margaret have been coming over to help with cutting, so we finally have things for Karen to match.  Karen recently gave us 12 huge bags of matched bedding, which Johnny has been pinning like crazy.  Sooooo, much pinning that we got some extra pins to keep up with him!!

Here is what we have accomplished in January:
20 toys – Karen
75 toys – Lisa
12 Wontons – Johnny and Margaret
26 Inside/outside hammies – Johnny and Margaret
3 Comfort Slings – Florence

We had enough to send out 3 boxes this month (to makeup for the last 3 months we didn’t).   The boxes went to Colorado, Tennessee, and Alabama.
Sooooooo, now I need to kick myself in the butt and get started on the FN sides to rotate to Dyna or Jennifer to do the clip and flip.  Until we get those going we are completely out of the FN sets to send out.

I truly appreciate everyone that continues to help, and Trella and  the wonderful people from up north that donated such beautiful fleece to keep us going.

Many blessings to all of you,

November 2021

Hi Everyone:
Trella saw the need for us to have more fleece to cut (we were totally out!!!), and she put the word out on FB, and got several people involved, including Brenda from the Indiana shelter.  Lots of thanks to Trella for always taking the initiative to make sure we have supplies this year.  Trella coordinated with Margaret to get the bedding here so we store and cut.  Then, Brenda sent huge fleece bags with Lisa Watson, who transferred it to Jewelz, who then brought it to me to store and later cut.  Jewelz had also gotten a large black bag of fleece donated from Linda Sheridan for the CWs too, so she gave that to me at the same time.

Good news … we still are making bedding, and haven’t stopped. The process is just more time consuming and different.  We aren’t able to gather together, but we are rotating the bedding to get it completed.

Margaret, and I are cutting, Karen is matching, Johnny is pinning (twice between sewing times), Margaret and I are sewing, then Dyna is cutting and flipping, and pinning, and most of the time doing the final stitching and QA/QC.  Jennifer has done a bit of the QA/QC when Dyna hasn’t finished it herself.  Lisa has made toys, and Trella has sent crocheted eggs.  So, all in all, we have continued to keep the bedding rolling.  Here is the count for the last two months.
22 – PennyButton Hammies
21 – WonTon Flowers
8 – Sleepsacks
7 – Hammies
We still have hope for the future of getting together.  We just will be proceeding with caution.
Please keep Meliah and BJ in your prayers.  We read yesterday that they are both in the hospital in ICU with Covid and Meliah had been put onto a ventilator.  It is really serious, and all prayer lists you can put them on will be appreciated.

May 2021

Hi Everyone:

Well, we are still sending out boxes, but things have slowed down a bit because we need to get more material and fleece cut.  With being extra cautious, it has been harder to have people in our house for several hours at a time.
The good news is that last week we completed some more bedding that needs to be added to our total.
Completed:
13 – FN Hammies
10 – FN Sleepsacks
1 – Wonton Flower Hammie
ALSO …. Trella has again helped our cause by ordering and getting a wonderful easter basket of crocheted eggs sent so that I can send these also in the boxes.
Thanks everyone for continuing to help and keep us going.
Much appreciated everyone!!!

January 2021

Good news is that 2020 has finally come to an end.  The best news is that the Crafty Weasels never stopped making bedding to send out. There were ways we had to adjust to rotating the bedding to the next home, but we never failed.  We shipped atleast one box each month to a ferret shelter needing bedding.

Our total for 2020 was:  398 not including toys (441 with toys)
Just to give a comparison.
Here are our 2019 results:  481 not including toys (606 including toys).
I’m very proud of the Crafty Weasels that never gave up through the year, but continued to make the extra effort to accomplish our mission of sending boxes of beddings to those in need.
I’m looking forward to getting things rolling for 2021.  Hoping we will be able to meet on some type of limited basis until things are good for us to meet again monthly.
I so appreciate all those of you that participated this year (you know who you are!!), and I appreciate those that have kept us in their thoughts and prayers helping us push to continue the mission that is so dear to all our hearts.

October 2020

Just wanted to thank Lisa for handing me a bags full of stuff to help our Crafty Weasel yearly count.

27 rattle toys
5 Multi sized sleepsacks
Pam Polhemus donated a big bag of cute flannel material to the Crafty Weasels.  When things get a bit easier to do some cutting, this will definitely beeee really a cute addition!
We are still doing our rotating for all the Crafty Weasel bedding.  It is so appreciated, and the good news is that we are still sending a box of bedding each month to a shelter in need.
I appreciate all of you for continuing during this tough time!
We are strong enough to outlast this and come through on the other side!!!

October 2020

Hi Everyone:

Well, more good news.  Jennifer just gave me the final bedding which she finished the QA/QC on, and it is now ready to send out.  Special thanks to Karen for the matching, Johnny for pinning (two different times), Margaret for initial sewing, and I completed the final sewing.
Karen, please add this to our yearly count.
10 – sleepsacks
10 Hammies
4 – Comfort Slings
Thanks everyone … we are here for each other if you need anything!!
Sooooo, proud of you all!!