Crafting for a cause… I LOVE THIS IDEA

A lot of you already know that me and the lil man D are into something called Abandoned Art.. but this is something new to us. What a fantastic idea for a Christmas gift for the kids in your life. Some of these lil people are too young to involve in some of the charitable causes we would like to support like food kitchens and such.. but there is still a way to involve your kids in charitable giving at an early age.

This is a totally new Affiliate to me and I am so glad I ran across this one…. what a fun and unique way to involve the kids and teach them about giving.

Little Loving Hands – Kids Crafts for a Cause

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It’s the perfect Christmas gift box idea  for kids who already have way too much of their own already.

I love this idea so much… If any of you decide to support these charities by  purchasing these craft kits through my links, I am going to donate the money  earned in affiliate fees  from these kits at the end of each year.  Every little counts and I think this is an idea that myself and Lil Man D would love to support.  Please share this blog post as much as you can so we can  reach as many people as possible.

You get to choose from various Charity recipients:

Hearts for the Homeless Box

Provide love and support to a homeless mother and her child.

Create a soft heart pillow and a memory match game that will warm the hearts of a mother and her child at a homeless shelter. Your gift will be used by Enchanted Makeovers to transform a shelter and promote creativity, self-expression, and worth.


Cloud Nine Box

Help a foster child reach for the sky and dream in bright colors.You will make an adorable cloud toy and colorful rainbow mobile for a foster child supported by Together We Rise. Your precious creations will bring smiles and happiness to a child looking for brighter days, making them feel on cloud nine.


Monkey Business Box

Send fun and hope to a child in need with a personalized monkey toy.

You will design and customize a card and silly monkey toy for Operation Sock Monkey! Your special toy will be sent to a child struggling thru humanitarian challenges, and provide them hope for brighter days ahead.


Puppy Love Box

Create a leash and treat bag to be given to an adopted dog!

You will make a fun dog leash and an adorable treat bag to be used by Friends of Homeless Animals to gift to an adopted dog. Your creations will be cherished by a forever family that adopts a dog from this animal shelter, helping them show love and care to their new furry family member.

Military Gratitude Box

Show our military friends that people from home are thinking about them and appreciate everything they do.

You will be making a card and keychain gift that will have an extra personal touch by using your handprint! Your handmade gifts will be used by A Million Thanks and sent to our troops stationed around the world. You will also create an American flag pin that they can wear proudly as they protect our country.

Happy Doll Box

Make a special happy doll that will travel the world and be cherished by a child in need.

You will decorate a unique doll and a cute globe magnet that will be sent around the world via MSTERIO to be given to a child in need. Your unique creations will be enjoyed by multiple children during its travels, and then ultimately be given to a child that will truely cherish your special gifts.

Spotlight Series Day 20, Sherri- My Besties

Who are you?  Sherri Baldy, My-Besties



My Besties Designs Color & Create Facebook Group
My Besties shop
Sherri Baldy Etsy Store



Where are you?

Riverside, California


When did you first start drawing/designing seriously? 

I sold my first works of art in the 4th Grade, so that was it for me I was a forever artist.


What was the first product you ever had for sale?



How many people work with/for you?

We are a small family based company that is run from our farm… We have over 150 from staff to designers.



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What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Loads of Chocolate, Cafe Mochas every morning !


What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?

I have always been a artist in one fashion or another, Makeup artist for Ester Lauder, Designing clothing for the Country Music Awards, Illustrating Books…Creating and licensing my art for years, as Doll, Figurines, greeting cards and more and now many years in the crafting and scrapbooking.


What’s your favorite color?



What was your favorite subject in school…?



What’s your favorite horror movie?

Jeepers Creepers …. 🙂


When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Yes often 🙂


What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

My Besties digis and Coloring Books on XO













What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

Pencil and eraser!


Which decade do you think had the best music?

50’s 60’s and 70’s ..Sorry couldn’t pick just one…


Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so.. was it fun, or a nightmare?

No, but I have had a Nightmare date before …Haven’t we all 🙂 LOL


What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax? 

..Draw, Color, Gardening, Cooking!


What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

“Miss Otis Regrets she is unable to Lunch today!” Bette Midler



The Night Before Christmas





What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Hummmm that is a hard one I love them all… But I would have to say a Mix between Christmas and Halloween!






Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?



If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

Don’t like to fly or heights, but I would ask someone to take a Messy Bessy Bestie and put it on the moon!


If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

Hummm I love so many, but a Thunderbird convertible would be so FUN!


How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

From start to finish if I color it in takes a full day! If I am just drawing, I can whip them out! 🙂



Big Eye Big Head Dolls Charlie Sue

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

Charlie, Loved that name for a girl when I was a kid 🙂


When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

… I see the back side of our farm… Our Barn, Gardens and horses and across the valley..its very peaceful .


What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

I have been so Blessed to meet so many amazing wonderful and talented people with my work! I just feel so very Blessed and Thankful! to have the opportunity to work with them and have them create with my work it is truly wonderful!


Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

Hmmm another very hard question, I am so thrilled that My Besties have be made into so many things, Stamps, crafting products, figurines, Dolls, Fabric, Back to School products and so much more …BUT that said I am so over the moon to say that Oprah Winfery has one of my Dolls that was hand made by me …Commissioned by Mark Victor Hansen Author of “Chicken Soup for the soul! He came to me and asked me to design and make a Doll for Oprah for him to give her for Christmas .. so that was pretty exciting when she had it on her show …





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Freebie Friday 10/30




Only 2 days left to get the October KennyK Monthly Freebie. This month it is Frankie Knuckles and the image for our monthly KennyK challenge on the message board.






Over at CUP ( CraftsUprint )  they have a cute new Friday Freebie.

Christmas jumper shaped card with a cute mouse in a Santa suit. The kit has 3 sheets which include the card front, card back, insert, decoupage, sentiments and a gift tag. There are 3 sentiments – Merry Christmas, Christmas Wishes and Christmas Fun – or a blank tag for your own message.







Santa stockings is the Friday Freebie over at





Check the try before you buy section  for a selection of free images.  Lots of really cute images both free and paid.




Imagine That DigisCheck the try  before you buy section  for a selection of free images.  Lots of really cute images both free and paid.



Lots of cool freebies and paid images on here 🙂 digital stamps, papers, sets & sentiments.









Over at digitaldelightsbyloubyloo There are a bunch of freebies and some really nice digital stamps for sale.. hop on over and check them  out 🙂



Over at tiddly inks  there are a bunch of freebies available along side their digis for sale…




Over at limitedrunsstamps the current freebie is  “Old Fashion Halloween Pumpkin”.  While I was poking around I also found a link to  win free digis for uploading your finished cars to their gallery, if anyone is interested….customer-gallery









Don’t forget the awesome digis over at  freedeariedollsdigistamps ..currently there are some great fall images available.. but don’t forget to go back through the archive… lots of really awesome images and cards to see.






Over at Mygrafico  they have a bunch of freebies… not only digital images, but digital papers to print and other cool items.

Head on over to






Tiffany Doodles and check out her images..including the latest freebie… check below the freebie image for the checkout code.


NEW !!!!!!!


Dustin Pike Blogspot


Check the archives for lots of cool freebies




 ( Another Dustin Pike )


Color and B & W options available.  Lots of cute $ digis on here too for the budget conscious.  This one is definitely going on my ” check it out more” list..I saw a bunch of cool digi’s I need to lay my hands on 🙂







“A new Freebee will be added with each new monthly challenge, the first Friday of every month. A new free image with purchase will be added the third and fifth Friday of every month.”





Mari digis

Lots of very cute pre-colored digis in her store.  Check it out if you haven’t seen her work before 🙂