Crafts for a Cause Auction Has Begun!

Hey guys — the Crafts for a Cause auction I talked about last month has begun and lasts through March 27th at 6PM EST.

The fundraiser, organized by Binki Shapiro of Little Joy, will benefit the relief efforts in Haiti via Artists for Peace and Justice.

Artists who have donated one-of-a-kind items include Christina Aguilera, Drew Barrymore, Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear, Fran Healy from Travis, Kate & Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Liv Tyler, Shirley Manson, Tegan and Sara, among many many others.

The Strokes signed wallet

A wallet designed and signed by the Strokes is currently at $182.00. Get on there and bid to move that needle!

Musicians and Celebs Help Crafts for a Cause Raises Money for Haiti

Binki Shapiro of Little Joy has gotten a TON of top-notch musicians, artists, and celebrities to contribute custom made artwork and items for her Crafts for a Cause auction. All proceeds will be donated to Artists for Peace and Justice, a charitable organization started by filmmaker Paul Haggis.

The online auction will begin on March 15th, but for now you can check on Binki’s Tumblr blog for the event which features teaser shots of some of the goods that will be for sale. Contributers are a who’s who of popular indie rock and mainstream musicians (Daft Punk, The Strokes, Norah Jones, No Doubt, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Mark Ronson, Adam Green, SIA, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, just to name a few!!!) and film celebs (Spike Jonze, Natalie Portman).

Photo of Fab Moretti and Nick Valensi with the signed bag from The Strokes from the Crafts for a Cause site

You’ll find hand-drawn artwork, signed canvas bags, designed t-shirts, embellished guitars, and much more.

Sounds like an amazing collection of artists helping out for a great cause. Don’t forget — March 15th the auction starts online!

Here’s a video of SIA creating the wallet she donated:

SIA for Crafts For A Cause! from binki shapiro on Vimeo.

Plenty more info on the Crafts for a Cause website or on Binki Shapiro’s Twitter

Some Cool/Slightly Nerdy Things I Learned Today

In no particular order…

The Observer UK has an entire section devoted to crafting, and a running series on how to make your own versions of designer clothes!

You can send photos to Adorama on 18th Street
and they will print them out for you in a number of different Ilford and Kodak Professional photo paper. So much better than going to CVS.

Green lifestyle guru Danny Seo has a line out for JC Penney.

Found this out a while ago when I went to Seaport Yarns, but nonetheless still fascinated: square knitting needles!

Contact Me: Music-Loving NYC Crafting Group

Some of you have expressed interest in a NYC knitting group. I thought it might be cool to not only have knitters in the group, but other crafters–softie sewers, paper designers, etc. If you would be interested in such a group, please email me at laura @ with “CRAFTING GROUP” in the subject line and what part of NYC you’d be interested in meeting up around (LES, Union Square, East Village, etc.) and if you are on Ravelry, your username.

The idea would be just a bunch of peeps who and would like to get together and knit/sew/socialize/talk about the latest Raconteurs album. Oh, and crafty dudes are totally welcome as well.