Whether your best friend's just been dumped by her boyfriend and is all broken up about it, or if your mom is ill and needs a lift--it can all be healed with a little craft and a little love! And that's what cheerycraft is all about.
We all know it's awful to have a friend or member of the family be down in the dumps and feel like you can't do anything about it, but now you can! Just let us all know what's up, what's on your mind. And more importantly, what's on their mind. If members of cheerycraft feel compelled to help, your friend or family member will soon receive a surprise package in the mail. We hope it will have a warming effect and just makes their whole day that much brighter.
Now do you have to be a crafty diva or the king of all things cool and creative to be a member and participate? No! But you do have to become one of those things. Honestly, everyone in this world has the Craft Bug inside of them. Sometimes its dormant, snoozing in the back of your brain. And it can be awoken by the urge to lend a helping hand!
⇒RULES: READ THESE OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE. RULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DECISION OF THE MODERATOR(S)
For all members:
1. DO send cards. We encourage cards. DO send packages. We encourage packages. DO NOT send pipe bombs. We don't encourage pipe bombs.
2. Cards and packages DO NOT all have to be handmade, they can be store-bought. As long as they send the message of caring and encouragement, cheerycraft is happy. I mean cheery. And in this way, we are a bit similar to the famous bday_packages, except it doesn't have to be your birthday.
3. When you have sent something to someone, MAKE A NOTIFICATION POST, so I can know. Include who is it whose friend or family member you have sent to (link to their LJ NAME).
4. We love pictures! If you can, include in your NOTIFICATION POST pictures of what you have made, even how you made it. We're all curious here! Up to TWO 300x300 pixel images can be posted outside of an LJ-cut. Anything bigger or more than that should be kept inside an LJ-cut. For information on how to perform the complicated procedure that is LJ-cutting, please look here. Even if you have already posted your NOTIFICATION POST without pictures, just go back an edit it. This is to keep things organized, so that whenever your NOTIFICATION POST is linked to, it will have the pictures that are meant to be there.
5. DO NOT be nasty or derogatory, lest you will be given a warning twice until you are thrown out for good. I don't really care about foul word use, lest it be meant to damage. If having a four-letter word thrown about colloquially offends you, ignore it and move on. If someone is bothering you, contact me immediately.
6. This community is about honesty and doing things out of the goodness of our human hearts. If you are somehow using this community just to benefit yourself, you will be banned.
7. If you are interested and want to help cheer someone else, comment on the respective STORY POST and request the address to send to (leave your e-mail).
8. DO NOT sell, buy, or trade on this community. If you see something that someone has made and you are interested, you can ask for their e-mail for this reason or go on their LJ and comment. DO NOT discuss selling, buying, or trading here. We are not responsible for any transactions.
9. In your package, DO include all of the things in the form under "THE FORMS" section down below. If you don't, your recipient will have no idea who you are or why you sent them a package; that is not good.
For those whose friends or family members receive:
1. Any sort of dissatisfaction that your friend or family member may experience cannot be held our responsibility. The only punishment we are capable of is banning, so we can't sue them.
2. DO NOT send nasty return letters to anyone who may have sent you anything. If this is heard of, you will be banned.
3. When you have gotten word that your friend or family member has received a get, MAKE A POST. Include who it was from (link to their LJ NAME).
4. We love pictures! If you can, include in your NOTIFICATION POST pictures of your friend with his/her new stuff, or even just get a little blurb outta them of how much they liked it.
5. If you have more than one family member in need, MAKE SEPARATE STORY POSTS for each of them, please.
6. SEND THANK YOU LETTERS! Of course, we here are doing what we do because we care about giving, not receiving--PSH, what all the crafters here love most is appreciation. We send out stuff to your friends and family members because we know that it will touch their hearts and that they will truly appreciate it. Remind us that we're right!
7. Now you, you kind person you. You keep posting because you have so many friends and family members that you care for and you want them cheered up, BUT you never send anything to anyone here yourself. Now how are you helping all the other cheery crafters? While we all love giving, this really is a give and receive relationship. For this reason, I'm going to be stingy here and say that you can ONLY POST ONE STORY POST ever until you have SENT AT LEAST ONCE. That's not so harsh, is it?
8. Your friend MUST NOT know what's coming! Don't tell them to expect some cheer-uppers in the mail because we want this to be a big, happy surprise. We want to imagine the gleeful looks on their faces upon receiving! DO NOT post if you believe that they might be disgruntled by the fact that their personal information is somewhere out there on the Internet. Of course, being a happy, healthy surprise is what Cheery Craft is all about! We are hoping that the positive of receiving something in mail will outweigh the negative at having a stranger know how to contact you. If your friend or family member is upset upon receiving, please contact me so that I can both delete your post and remove it from our profile page.
⇒THE FORMS: WHAT TO POST, WHAT TO SEND, AND "ARE THEY REALLY SICK?"
Note: When it comes to feeling like crap, no one can judge. There is no division between serious illnesses and a broken heart here. A depressed friend needs just as much help as a mother with breast cancer. As mentioned before, DO NOT judge or make nasty comments about someone's condition or the "intensity" of it.
Note: We accept ALL ages. A small child, a teenage girl, a middle-aged man, they're all welcome here.
Note: Introductory posts are NOT necessary.
Use this form or wing it when telling us about your friend or family member (DELETE all of the stuff in parentheses and BOLDEN all of them for easier reading before you post; be as lengthy and detailed as possible):
My name (Note: First names only!): Their name (Note: First names only!): Their relation to you (i.e. best friends of five years, bummed co-worker, stepmother, etc.): Age/gender/location (state/province/country): Their story: Favorite hobbies: " color(s): " music type/artist(s): " animal(s)/pet(s): " candy/snack(s): Do they have a "style"?: What you think they would really appreciate: What you think they would absolutely hate: Any allergies or pet peeves: Clothing size (measurements are not necessary but appreciated): Shoe size: Any wishlist(s): Any blog(s): Mailing address (do not change this): Comment with your e-mail and I will send it to you.
Include these things in a note that you should include with your package you are sending so that the recipient isn't completely befuddled and thinking they have gotten the wrong mail:
Name: LJ name: Name of the person who posted: (Include a reminder for them to let that person know they received and the URL to Cheery Craft)
Here is an example:
Hello, _____! My name is _____, and I am from Cheery Craft, a Livejournal community dedicated to uplifting the spirits of those who need it. Your (friend/family member), _____, let us know that you were down, so I decided to lend a helping hand. I hope this brightens your day a bit!
⇒QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, AND COMPLAINTS: CONTACT ME VIA THESE METHODS AND NO OTHERS
If you have something to say, DO NOT make a post about it on this journal. Please use one of these methods (only one now).
cheerycraft(at)gmail(dot)com: Checked at least once a day.
frozenboogereatr(at)gmail(dot)com: If it is completely urgent, you may e-mail me directly. Otherwise, please keep all community-related comments to the community e-mail.
theaveragedream: I made and moderate this community. I don't mind having community-related issues discusses on my private journal, but please keep all negative comments to the community e-mail so that they can be dealt with accordingly.
⇒CHEERIEST OF THEM ALL: MONTHLY RECOGNITION OF THE AWESOMEST GIVERS EVER
If you want to "nominate" someone, like if you saw what they made or the reaction what they made received, and you just thought it was so cool, please contact me. Include your LJ name and their LJ name and the link(s) to the post(s) you would like to recognize them for. Don't let them know you've nominated them! Each month, this person will receive an appreciation prize, either from member donation (i.e. something they make specifically to show the community's gratefullness), by a moderator, or from a sponsored shop. Please consider donating to the Cheery Craft fund in order for us to better award those who truly go above and beyond, so that we may buy craft books or fulfill wish-lists (If you are interested, scroll down the to "HELP THE HELPERS").
No one yet!
⇒THOSE WHO NEED CHEERING: START SHARPENING YOUR CHEER-UPPER SKILLS
This is a compilation list of all those in need, with a little blurb about why. All those who have been cheered up accordingly now have their stories residing in our Memories. There is an asterisk by their name for every time they have received a gift.
Alex ~ Kimberly (thatonegurl_) wants us all to comfort her future sister-in-law, who has just recently lost two people very close to her.
Barbara, Kayleigh and Zack ~ As the mother of Kayleigh and little Zack, Barbara's has gone and is going through hard times--especially with her SO being away. Her sister, Carolyn (rowann), would love to see a smile split open on her face from something sweet and unexpected.
Lois and Howard ~ For surviving the many ups and downs of life, as well as being incredibly amazing whilst doing so, their granddaughter Kelly (sexymuffintins) believes they deserve some cheering!
⇒HELP THE HELPERS: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MODERATOR, ORGANIZING ANYTHING, OR DONATING
For organizing anything:
To organize something, you must be a moderator and then you must consult me about it. Just as craft swaps are organized, cheery crafts can be organized. For instance, a moderator or any member may feel the need to get a large group of crocheters together and have everyone make a square, to be made into a blanket, to be sent to someone in need of a good cheering. That member should contact me to ask about getting something together, and then a moderator will take over. OR that member can propose becoming a moderator TO organize this.
For future moderators:
As of right now, I am not in need of any moderators, but you can still let me know you're in line to be one so that when I DO need you, I can call on you and see if you're still interested. Keep in mind that moderators need to follow certain conduct. They should not use foul language. If a moderator participates in an argument or comments nastily, they will be a moderator no more (lest it be in dealing with an argumentative member). They should have at least sent out before once.
All donations to Cheery Craft will be put into a fund that will be dipped into periodically to promote (via business cards, graphic banners, advertisements), to buy gifts for those who we wish to recognize monthly, or to upgrade this account to a paid one in the future. Right now, everything is coming out of my pocket (or my boyfriend's). Donations are greatly appreciated, and the amount is up to you!
⇒PROMOTING YOUR COMMUNITY: CONSIDER YOUR COMMUNITY CONDEMNED IF YOU DON'T READ AND ABIDE
Mostly, the Golden Rule applies: If you post in mine, I post in yours. BUT, if your community has nothing at all to do with craft, charity, or helping someone/something in any way, we don't want to hear about it. No selling/trading/buying communities! Posts will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Here are some communities you might find helpful or just plain cool. If you have any suggestions, contact me with them. You can look to these communities for advice, inspiration, or to buy a gift for someone to brighten their day: