Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Happy Heads press release

For more information, contact:

Emily Landsman (DC Craft Mafia) 202-258-1287

August 18, 2010



The DC Craft Mafia is teaming up with Stitch DC to promote Happy Heads, DC, a local charity that benefits the District of Columbia’s youngest residents. An afternoon of knitting, food and craft giveaways on August 22 at Stitch DC’s Capitol Hill location at 731 8th St. SE will benefit Happy Heads, DC. Crafters from across the area have been invited.

Happy Heads, DC was launched during the 2003-2004 winter season by a former employee of the Safe Shores—The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center, a direct service nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and working directly with child victims of sexual and physical abuse in the District of Columbia. DC area knitters and crocheters were asked to pool their talents to make hats for children served by Safe Shores, many of whom did not have proper winter clothing protection.

In 2005, the program received attention from members of Congress, including Safe Shores supporter Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC At-Large), Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY 2nd), and former Congressman Bud Cramer (D-AL-5th), founder of the National Children’s Advocacy Center.

DC Craft Mafia is the local chapter of the national group Craft Mafia, which is dedicated to strengthening the independent artist community and educating the public on the importance of buying handmade crafts and performing community outreach. This will be Happy Head’s first event at Stitch DC. Participants are asked to make a donation of new school supplies, new toiletries or other items that Safe Shores needs in order to continue to protect and serve DC children.

Information on the upcoming August 22 event can be found on the Happy Heads' website at

Stitch DC –

DC Craft Mafia –

Safe Shores –

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ballston Arts & Crafts Market TOMORROW - August 14th

August 14th is TOMORROW and you know that that means! It's time for the monthly Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. The weather forecast looks perfect--86 degrees and partly cloudy--the perfect weather for an outside Art show.

So come join us from 10am - 4pm in pretty tree-lined Welburn Square to see a wonderland of handcrafted items by the area's most talented artists, like:

Herban Lifestyle

Bette's Bags

Mint Parcel

bLuGrn designs

The BumbleBee Studio

And SO many more! See you tomorrow!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Happy Heads update!

Hi folks,

We're just over two weeks away from the big Happy Heads/DC Children's Advocacy Center/Stitch DC event!

Here's an update on the festivities...

Snacks will be available!
Free hat & scarf patterns for knit and crochet!
Super hourly raffles! Cool!

Remember that this is a fundraiser for Happy Heads and the DC CAC. As such, we ask that you donate in order to participate in the fun. This list comes to us dire
ctly from the folks who work at the CAC. Please bring at least one of the following items:

School Supplies:
Colored Pencils*
“Jumbo” kindergarten pencils
Filler paper*
3-ring binders*
Book Covers*

Clothing/other Items
:$1 Toiletries; baby wipes*, travel baby toiletries, deodorant, Vaseline*, Kleenex, hand sanitizer*, travel toothpaste and tooth brushes

Children’s socks*

Packaged children’s undies

Boys/Girls undershirts*

*indicates items of greatest need

Remember, please bring new items that you'd give to your own kids. You can also make a small monetary donation ($5-$10) if you don't want to bring items. Either way, CAC staffers will be with us to give you a receipt of your items if you'd like.

Then, hang around with us on what will most likely be a hot summer afternoon and knit some hats for kids for the upcoming snowy months!

Want to help spread the word? We'd love it if you would tell your craft and fiber friends, media friends and others who like to participate in their community in DC. Feel free to leave us comments if you have an idea.

Thanks again to Stitch DC and the DC Craft Mafia!