*PLEASE CHECK OUT THESE GREAT SERVICE ORIENTED SITES
doing great things for people less fortunate than ourselves.
(SOME GREAT FAMILY FRIENDLY LINKS FOLLOW THIS SECTION!)
"Make a Wish Foundation" Granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy!
Make this your home page and give free food to people in need every day with every click!
Click each day to help prevent life-threatening diseases, restore vision to blind children, and enable child amputees to walk.
Give the life-changing gift of a Heifer International animal in honor of a friend or loved one. It's a gift that brings promise to hungry families and the opportunity for a better life to the less fortunate. Giving a Heifer gift takes the stress out of shopping while putting the meaning back into giving.
Existing to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
The Natural Family Living Magazine
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.
An organization helping to protect and share the world's abundance and knowledge for the benefit of all people. Plenty's focus is on Indigenous People, youth, women, and the environment. In practical terms, this translates into sustainable development to promote local self-sufficiency in economically disadvantaged or otherwise threatened communities. Over it's 27-year history Plenty has helped to implement projects in fifteen countries on four continents.
World Camp for Kids enriches the lives of children in disadvantaged communities throughout the world.
Creating lasting and positive change in the lives of children in need.
Support for breastfeeding mothers.
America's Second Harvest feeds over 23 million hungry Americans each year, educates the public about hunger in America and advocates for public policies that positively impact hungry Americans.
Somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brasilian marching street band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini. Playing at political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, clean water, and public broadcasting. â€œItâ€™s like an urban musical travelogueâ€¦and I think as citizens of the world and in a sense as musical ambassadors for the United States, we must always strive to study the languages, customs, and histories of other countries." says founder and pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale.
Enabling musicians throughout the world to share their music to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among peoples with a special emphasis on the displaced or distressed who could benefit most from the healing power of music.
[Pedal Energy Development Alternatives] develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology. We believe that bicycles and pedal driven technology are a key component to both reducing our negative environmental impact on the planet, and to improving the quality of life for people locally and globally.
The Maya Pedal project; Supporting the basic family economy, through the design and distribution of bicycle machines, providing an efficient alternative for the rural development of Guatemala. Our son Noah volunteered here. He had a great experience!
A nonpartisan, independent voice for improving children's lives while helping sustain commitments to putting children first.
Recognized and Respected on The World Wide Web
An approach that can help parents raise children who are secure, bright, compassionate, non-violent and drug free.
*AND, HERE'S A FEW MORE SITES...
...that are family friendly, feature natural children's items, fine wooden toys and puzzles, or are other small home-based businesses like ours!
(in alphabetical order)
Our crafts friend Rosemary makes beautifully knitted chenille clothing in gourgeous colors!
J. C. Ayer & Company wooden jigsaw puzzles; High-quality wooden jigsaw puzzles made from fine artwork or custom-made from your own photos and images, made using Yankee ingenuity to produce a superior puzzle at a very reasonable price.
We own quite a few of these blankets and we call them our "Dream Blankets" because they sleep so well and promote the most wonderfully warm dreams. All made by the nicest family of blanket makers you could ever know...We love them!
Provider of Custom Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Cutting Services & Gallery Puzzles. All puzzle cutting by John S. Stokes III
Carl makes handcrafted and unique quality knives, preserving the high carbon steel heritage in your kitchen. His knives are affordable, functional and easy to sharpen. Please check out his selection...Carl is an artist with his work!
Proud to be an exhibiting member of the ElectronicCottage Online Arts and Crafts Gallery!
Want to go to an Art Fair, (in your home!), without having to find parking and wade through the crowds? Please check out this site!
Hanna is an old family friend with this site featuring her work with sculptural clay. She is a creative artist making vessels, abstract heads, tile wall pieces, and wall masks. She says about her work; "In each piece I hope to create a sense of peace, a thoughtful nature, even a feeling of sanctuary." Hanna's work is quite unique...Please check it out!
Brooke is an artist creating wonderfully intricate and imaginative dioramas within duck and goose eggshells. We love her work and think you will too!
Custom Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles! Artistic Puzzles, Advanced Puzzles, Photo Puzzles, Wedding Proposal Puzzles, and Much More!
I (Marvin) used to play games with my cousin Mary when we were young. She now owns this great toy store that is very involved in doing wonderful things in her community. She also supports other small toy and game makers around the country which makes her toy store one of the most unique we've ever seen! Kazoodles Toy Store is an inspiration and model of what all toy stores should be....Please check Mary's store and website out!
Computer puzzles and games from The Netherlands!
Segmented Wood Vessels by Marilyn Endres and Eucled Moore. Believe us...These are two of the most unique wood vessel and platter makers in the world! Two of the nicest people you could know do unbelievable work!
This artistic master jeweler (and freind!) handcrafts beautiful niobium jewelry reflecting all colors of the rainbow!
A fellow craftsman, Lee Risler, has been making beautiful, handcrafted sandals since 1963...check 'em out!
Daisy is an artist specializing in making beautiful handpainted and botanical lamp shades, natural ceiling glass covers, collage art glass and bamboo lamps, each a unique work of art!
Liz is one of our favorite artist friends working with mixed media such as oil paint, pastel and torn paper on canvas and board. We love her work for it's playful, "off kilter" perspectives on life and images of rolling countrysides. Her work has seen the "travelogue series", the "home-life series", the"nostalgia series". Her "road series" takes us through the rolling hills and blind curves of life. Please check her work out....We think you'll love it!
MGC's Custom Made Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles & Fine Art Gallery - Makers of unique hand crafted wooden jigsaw puzzles for adults and children with 4 to 4,000+ pieces, using personal enlarged photographs, fine art prints, logos and digital images. Each jigsaw puzzle is custom made to order and completely personalized for Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Anniversary and Holiday gifts.
This award winning California oil painter creates original landscapes and figurative work in an impressionist style.
Conrad Armstrong's artistic wooden jigsaw puzzles
Tim and Connie are our role models! They make and sell exquisite, earth friendly and child safe wood toys from their home in Questa, New Mexico.
Makers of fine wooden jigsaw puzzles. Platinum Puzzles, hand crafted wooden jigsaw puzzles made to order. Luxurious heirloom quality from your photos and prints. Please check out their onsite YouTube videos...Very neat!
Quality wooden and natural toys for creative and imaginative play
Global Peace puzzles and a great links page to service organizations around the world! A site that started with a dream!
Limited Edition Photographs by a friend of ours who is a great artist with a camera!
An old friend and great Craftsman; Greg Rounds, designed and made the best quality wooden toys and trains we have ever seen...His son Jason now carries on the tradition. Please check out their signature New York and Standard trains. If you are looking for collector quality, made in a small shop at a reasonable price, this is the place to go!
A truely unique pottery collection by an old friend of ours Steven Summerville.
A great selection of beautiful hardwood products by a small family business and good friends of ours in the Scholfield Valley of southern Oregon!
Two artist friends of ours Terry and Larry Brown make and sell "Sun Face Sun Catchers". They're bright, colorful and a lot of fun! (We're talking about Terry, Larry and the Sun Catchers!)
Bruce Whitehills site offering the latest game and puzzle news, forums and information for those looking for a complete source of everything you would want to know about the handmade game and puzzle industry!
Ed and his wife, Suzanne, have been making bright, colorful wooden puzzles, selling them at Craft Fairs and through the mail for over 20 years. All of their puzzles are individually hand crafted with quality and education in mind!
www.ThumbFunKalimbas.com Rick and Louann make some of the nicest gourd kalimbas we've ever seen!
Great Jumping Jacks, clocks, magnetics and ornaments made by our crafts friends Terrie and Richard Floyd.
Two friends, Carol and Rusty, are pioneers of fusing transparent dichroic glass jewelry.