My Africa Story with Compassion International

Was Your Entry Deleted?

First of all, double-check to make sure it was actually deleted.  If a few people ahead of your entry were deleted, it might have bumped your number up several places.

Please note that I automatically delete any posts that link back to the front page of your blog, instead of directly to the WFMW post.  This is not because I’m a control freak and a meanie (really!  I’m not!), but as a courtesy to (and at the request of) the other participants. 

See, people will be scrolling through these links all week long.  If you’ve linked to the front page of your blog (instead of directly to the post), then once you have a few posts on top of your WFMW post, it’s hard for others to find the right place.  And then they get cranky and e-mail me.  And I don’t like cranky e-mails.

So, for all our sanity, I automatically delete links done incorrectly, and (the good Southern girl in me shudders) the volume of participants prohibits me from contacting each participant personally to explain. 

This post will explain fully how to link directly to your WFMW post.  If it still doesn’t make sense, e-mail one of your bloggy friends, and they can probably walk you through it.

Other reasons posts are automatically deleted is if they don’t offer a link back to the main page (really, that’s another courtesy to your readers–the point of WFMW is to generate traffic for your fellow participants, and that can’t happen if you don’t link to the main page), or if they don’t actually contain a WFMW post!

Thanks for understanding, and feel free to re-enter your link correctly once you’ve figured it out.  I’m sorry if this causes anyone frustration, but playing by the rules on this one makes it more fun for everyone.  If you have any more questions, please look through the guidelines.

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Reviews & Giveaway Policy *NEW* Effective January 2010

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After a year and a half and seventy-five DIY projects, I’ve decided to alter my weekly DIY projects that I usually post every Friday.
Let’s face it, my house is decorated. I don’t have a spare square left. I have thoroughly enjoyed creating and crafting with you. It’s been a fun and creative outlet for me!
I will still do some projects –especially gifts (around holidays, birthdays, etc) and family projects that have meaning.
I just want to refocus my efforts and instead of doing projects for me, do them for others.

While I was Googling charities that might need craft projects, I discovered Craft Hope. Wow. This is an amazing site that collects thousands of beautiful quilts, dolls, dresses and distributes them to orphanages and charities in need. I was so inspired, but knew knew that this was way out of my league. (I can make bean bags on a sewing machine, folks.)
So, in a way, I’m proposing the same idea, only on a much smaller scale and with a glue gun. I will announce one project a month, with a tutorial and ask you to make one or ten of the same. Once you’ve completed the project, you will mail it to me. I will collect them from everyone and deliver them to the charity in need.
All the while, I’ll keep you updated and reminded of how many have come in, show some of your handiwork in pictures and remind you of the deadline. I hope for each of the projects to be family-friendly and easy enough for you to do together with your kids!
(If you have ideas, please email me

Project 1-Fleece Blankets for Hospice- more than 75 blankets were given to Hospice
Project 2-Cut-out shapes for African Sunday School Children-500 were sent in and shipped!
Project 3-The World’s Largest Nerf Party-Mason had an awesome time celebrating!