Wednesday, March 12, 2014

We had a wonderful meeting today!  For those who weren't able to come to the meeting today - we missed you!  The show and tell was fabulous.  A great program on felting was given by JoAnn Luco.  And we had a very productive and interesting business meeting in which we decided on a charitable project and a community outreach/education venue.

Our charitable project will be to sew stuffed animals or hearts to turn into the Common Thread Circle, who will then stuff & finish them and distribute them to patients in area hospitals.  Gwynne Ross provided us with patterns which we can use (or we can use our own).  If you would like to participate, these sewn pieces will be due at the June TAODA meeting.  If you have questions or need more direction, please contact Gwynne at  Gwynne will bring patterns again to the April meeting.  I hope we will have lots and lots of sewn animals and hearts to donate.  Our last charitable project was in 2012, when we made over 100 pocket dolls for the Dress a Girl Around the World project, so the bar is set pretty high!  But since we don't have to stuff them, we should be able to easily meet that goal.  If you are outside the Houston area and would like to mail some in they would be most welcome.

For our education project we decided to participate in Hands on Houston once again (a free craft-activity open house on the first Saturday of every month at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft).  Lots of good ideas were discussed at the meeting.  If you have an idea and can present it at the April meeting, we would like to choose something that we can then present to HCCC and pick a date that works for us and them as well.

Finally I want to remind everyone about Gathering of the Guilds on Saturday, April 26 at HCCC.  TAODA always has a booth at this event.  We have a sign up for manning the booth, and have openings for the 2-5 p.m. time slot.  If you can volunteer for TAODA at this fun event, please email me:

I look forward to seeing everyone next month when the fabulous Neva Waldt will present the program on Armatures.


Janet Bodin