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Kids #Craft and #Charity Corner: Coming To The #LongBeach Sunday Market!

COMING AUGUST 1: Kids Kraft Korner!

Starting on August 1, Brianne’s Basics will be hosting a Kids Kraft Korner at the Long Beach Sunday Market.

Every first Sunday, the Market has an Arts Theme. So for our kick-off event, we’re having the kids make Summer Journals, which are pretty  cute and easy. We’re asking all the kids to bring photos and mementos to make the books. We’re also taking pictures for them to put in the books.

We’re also kicking off monthly charity drives! For August 1, we’re collecting both school supplies and items for the  troops, benefitting Love In The Mirror and Soldier’s Angels. (To see exactly what we’re collecting, click on the links). Each month, we’ll have a different theme and we’ll be collecting different items.

Each craft is a $1-2 donation, depending on the craft.

I am very very excited to be taking on this project for this awesome Sunday Market! It’s a very family-centric place. I have  three kids, and I obviously do a ton of charity work. They say charity  begins at home. So I’m trying to do more in the Long Beach area.

I was also inspired by Kids Are Heroes. Kids can change the world, one event at a time.

If you’d like more information on sponsoring a craft, or having us collect items for your charity, please contact Heather at heathercrownelson {at} gmail.com


PHOTOS: 4th Of July Bike Parade

I decided to start my 4th of July off on a different note. I volunteered for the Great American 4th of July Bike Parade, sponsored by Justin Rudd, the C0mmunity Action Team, and Gazettes Newspaper. In addition to the parade and the Bike Decorating Contest, there was also a Patriotic Speech Contest, Patriotic Costume Contest, Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. I was working the raffle booth, and BOY were we busy! I honestly don’t know how much our booth made, but it was quite a bit.

Justin has been doing absolutely fabulous and inspiring things here in Long Beach. I urge everyone to check out his amazing work, even if you aren’t a Long Beach resident. It’s pretty darn inspiring 🙂

More photos after the jump!

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HUGE thank you’s to the following people who donated to my participation in the Ronald McDonald House Walk For Kids…

Uncle Mike: $30

Fiel: $5

Thomas Skeen: $10

Lisa from the LB Depot for Creative Reuse: $10


If you’d like to donate, please go to https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=339023&supId=283530443 

I can also accept donations at my Paypal address, heathernelson@live.com



A friend suggested I sell space on my shirt for the Ronald McDonald Walk For Kids LOL I love it!

I was already going to wear a shirt saying something like “I walk for Michael, Kaylee, Robert, & Cameron. But I could also sell space on my shirt. Maybe include a gift certificate to my etsy store.

Good idea… maybe!


Good point! Someone asked if they could donate via Paypal. I AM accepting Paypal donations via heathernelson@live.com for the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House Walk For Kids. ANY AMOUNT HELPS!


My uncle donated to my participation in the Ronald McDonald Walk For Kids, Apr 11. I’m really really excited. That was so awesome of him 🙂 I’m preparing physically for the walk! I can’t wait, it’s going to be VERY cool http://bit.ly/aj9TI1