The Silent Auction for Katie is now complete! The auction took place on Friday, March 19 - Sunday, March 21. A huge thanks goes out to our generous sponsors who donated such amazing items, and to each and every bidder who participated! Now let's all walk away REAL WINNERS by donating our bid amounts directly to Katie to help pay for her medical care. After all, that's why we're all here in the first place!

Learn about our incredible Sponsors by reading our "Sponsor Spotlight" series, with interviews and insights into these unique artisan's work! We encourage you to support their shops.

Be sure to read more about Katie's inspiring story in her fight against cancer on the right hand column below. And follow our blog for updates... there's more to come!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sponsor Spotlight - Twilight Crafts

Twilight Crafts is widely known as one of the biggest, best crafting groups for Twilight fans around. With a large membership that's always growing, and fun events like craft swaps and challenges, it's no surprise that Twilight Crafts is a haven for creative fans of the series.

A supportive community that's always challenging each other in creativity and skill, Twilight Crafts is the place to be for any Twilight fan who loves to make - or buy! - handmade items. We sat down with one of the four mods, Courtney, to learn about the group. Want to know more about this crazy-talented tapestry of women? Read on in our interview below!

Donations for Katie: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! First, why don't you tell us a little about yourself.

Courtney: About me: I'm a 24 year old girl from a small town outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I do not have a swamp in my backyard, there are no pet alligators (that I know of), and I can pronounce the words 'beignet', 'roux', 'Tchoupitoulas', 'Natchitoches' and 'Decatur' correctly and without a blink of an eye.

Twilight Crafts comes in two parts. 1.) The livejournal community that started it all, where bloggers came together to express their love of the series and their crafty habits in one place. 2.) – a more official blog where we showcase many crafts and talents.

DfK: How was Twilight Crafts created?

C: Twilight Crafts was created back in February of 2007 when Jen (founder and co-mod) realized that there were no outlets for crafters in the Twilight fandom. Having always been a fan of the creative outlet of crafting, Jen figured if she couldn't find one, she'd create one! We started off very slowly, with a handful of members. I didn't come on as a co-moderator for a month or so. I haven't regretted one moment of it.

DfK: What do you love most about the group?

C: I've never met a more passionate group of people in my life. Crafters are kind, dedicated, and generous. They look out for one another without question, and they encourage each other to try new things and to push their boundaries, creatively. There's never an end to the things you can try, and the end results are so rewarding. I know when I finish crafting something Twilight-inspired, I'm immediately posting it to the group, because I know I'll get great feedback.

DfK: Where do you get your own crafty inspiration?

C: I get inspiration from everything around me. I get inspiration from books such as Twilight and Harry Potter, to a shirts I see on designer websites that make me think, “Hey, I could do that myself!” But one of the things that inspires me the most are my friends, and watching how they can accomplish so many things – it makes me strive to be a better crafter.

DfK: What made you decide to support Katie through this auction?

C: As an affiliate of BellaBejeweled, I came across the blog for Katie and was immediately determined to do something to help. I'm no Donald Trump, nor am I friends with the President...but I can create things with my hands. Crafting is something I love, and if by doing something I love I can help one person receive the help he/she needs, I'd make hundreds of crafts.

DfK: Anything you'd like to say to Katie directly?

C: Katie, I know we've never met, but I feel like I know you already! You've got this amazing support group that is doing something fantastic and I'm truly honored to be a part of it. I hope that somehow, even if it's just a tiny bit, I can help you fight this. You're in my thoughts!

You can learn more about Courtney, the other 3 mods, and Twilight Crafts by visiting their website!

~ Don't Miss Out! ~

The mods of Twilight Crafts have generously donated a total of 4 items for Katie's auction! If you're a Twilight fan or have a friend who is, you won't want to miss these! Browse the auction now to find them... and remember the auction ends TONIGHT!