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July 22, 2008
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Sugarcube Society Shop

I chatted recently with Melody Claussen-Furry of Sacramento whose son, Christian, now 14, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005. The family spent a lot of time understanding what Melody calls "the diabetes ropes."

"We're still learning new things all the time," she says.

Diabetes awareness became a goal of Melody's, as well as raising funds for research. That's how she came to open her own "shop" on Etsy, an online independent crafters' marketplace. She put some of her own crafts there and enlisted help from her "craft sisters" at the Sacramento Craft Mafia.

"They all quickly gave from their own shops for my son's (and millions of others) cause," Melody says.

Today, her Sugarcube Society Shop is getting donations worldwide, even from Australia.

The shop has some really interesting and unique items, including the Blue Moon knitted hat (pictured) hat was donated by Stacey, a local craft mafia member. Two vintage moon-shaped wood buttons accent the front, and it sells for $20.

All proceeds (after etsy fees) from Melody's shop will go to JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). If you're interested in donating an item for this shop, please contact Melody at or shop her "shop" by clicking here.

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