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It’s back! Every year, our handcrafters turn their talents and love to something new and surprising. This year is no exception.

Click SNEAK PEEK to browse. Please be aware that items are one-of-a-kind, so if something catches your eye, come early or be prepared to take an equally wonderful alternative.

We have you covered, this we know, from Baby Lily to Uncle Joe,
Their heads and shoulders, knees and toes, for summertime or when it snows.

We have a lot of things you’ve missed for table tops and Christmas lists,
For Fred the Dog or Kitty Bliss. We’ll help you out – we promise this.

Each week or so before the sale, we’ll post some shots and spin some tales.
See samples of our lovely things and get ready for a shopping fling.

This year the Peek will look a bit different but will be stuffed with great teasers. Click on each picture to open the full post and be sure to go to the bottom of the Sneak Peek page to search for your favourite product categories as the weeks progress.

Share the link with your friends and family and download and print  these handy purse-sized posters to give to everyone you meet.

OCTOBER 14 BOOK LAUNCH – Revised Location

WHAT: Book launch for Powered by Love: A Grandmothers Movement to End AIDS in Africa. By Joanne Henry with Illana Landsberg-Lewis
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
WHERE:  Foothills Lutheran Church, 3104 34 Avenue NW, Calgary. From 32 Avenue NW , turn north on 31 Street NW and then east on 34 Avenue NW. Parking is on the east side of the church. You can see the church from Charleswood Drive and Crowchild Trail NW.



Friday, October 20 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM and
Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

LOCATION is the same
Marda Loop Communities Association Hall
3130 16 Street SW Calgary

VOLUNTEER registration will be up and running on October 1 so be sure to watch the website.

Please note September gathering dates and times for dropping off your last items for the sale. But if you can’t make it to one of these gatherings, check for final drop off dates below. Please tag your items before dropping them off – only you know what they are made out of!

Friday September 29 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM and
Saturday September 30 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Because of timing of pricing committees, we cannot promise that items received after these dates will be included in the 2017 sale. Late items will be held for next year’s sale.

Download and share the handy purse-sized posters and the page-sized posters.




Hello All,

I hope you have enjoyed a good August as I have. A highlight of the month for me was driving with my husband Chris to Winnipeg to meet up with my brother from England to do some research into our family history – but that’s another story! Instead let me tell you about some of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers moments I had on this journey.

We decided to break up the long drives by using the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s (SLF) Beds Without Breakfast (BWB) scheme. First stop was with Sheila in Regina who was on the SLF Africa trip with me three years ago so it was great to have a catch up. She is with a very lively group named Grandmothers4Grandmothers and I was particularly interested in hearing about their biggest fund raiser, an annual sale called Art From The Attic for which people donate works of art. Having started very modestly they now raise over $30,000. Sheila said that every year they are amazed by the amount of donations that keep being produced from those attics which reminded me of way we think about the yarns and fabrics that keep coming in for our big sale. On the way back in Moose Jaw we met Nola. She already knew a bit about Ujamaa as she had stayed with our own Anke who is on the BWB list and she obviously enjoyed a lovely time with her in Calgary.

When I asked Chris what he thought about staying with BWB he thought it was “great, very friendly and good to be with people who we immediately have things in common and connections with”. Also despite its name, our hosts served us with delicious light breakfasts to send us on our way. So we can heartily recommend SLF’s Beds Without Breakfast which can be found across the country.

In Winnipeg, a visit to The Museum of Human Rights was a must. I immediately went to the 7th level to take in the “Inspiring Change” exhibition. This includes a panel about the Grandmothers’ Campaign and I was thrilled to see the yarn-bombed model tree there. This  illustrates their feature on the work of Hillcrest in South Africa one of SLF”s longest running partners. I was especially interested in this as I had the privilege of visiting Hillcrest on my SLF trip to Africa. The acacia tree at Hillcrest was yarn bombed with squares from the South African grandmothers together with pieces sent from Canadian grandmothers. This museum tree was decorated by Winnipeg’s Grands ‘n More group using squares sent over from Hillcrest . A wonderful example of the solidarity that SLF promotes. At this link there are some great photos and an article about the project written by a researcher for the museum.


After experiencing that, gallery visitors are asked to “reflect on how each of us may contribute to positive social change” I went on to read that “this gallery incorporates objects and images from events that have promoted human rights, and asks us to contemplate our own role in building a better world for all people”.  Once again, I think how proud I am to be a part of Ujamaa Grandmas and SLF for the opportunities they give me to help build that better world.

In solidarity,



Something exciting to consider –

In February 2018, the SLF is planning a trip to the Grandmothers Gathering in Tanzania. This is the latest Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign delegation to Africa. Each and every member who has had the wonderful experience of visiting our African Grandmothers at their projects and gatherings has come home with a clearer picture of their hard work and many successes as well as how vital our contributions are in helping that happen.

Any of our Grandmothers can apply to be part of the Canadian group travelling to the Tanzania gathering. For more information, please contact Carla or Marilyn at message@ujamaagrandmas.com. Further details will be explained to those interested in the trip. And more information will be coming in the next Granny Bulletin as well.


Grandmothers across the country are gearing up for a busy Fall around the book launches for Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa.
Many groups are organizing special events to include the launch as well as having their regular ones. This is an exiting time and busy one for all Grandmothers groups. Be sure to save the date for Ujamaa’s book launch: October 14th.
The Year in Review Annual Report is being sent to the leads of all Grandmothers groups and will also be available online. This gives us the bigger picture of the successes of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and could answer your questions about the entire Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
We would encourage you to sign up on the Grandmothers website in order to receive the Granny Bulletin andGrassroots. Each of these publications keeps us up to date and more knowledgeable about what is happening for both African and Canadian Grandmothers – as well as our UK and Australian sisters.


Are you interested in becoming more involved in UJAMAA GRANDMAS?
Are you looking forward to meeting more members? 
Do you have organizing skills and an interest in managing some of the inventory for BB&B?
Do you have a flair for display and marketing?
Are you interested in handbags and purses?

If you can answer yes to any or all of these questions please read on.

The Handcraft Committee is currently looking for product custodians for Handbags & Purses. This product category lends itself to two custodians working together; one working with fabric purses, and one with felted purses. The custodian role is a very rewarding one and provides a great opportunity for interaction with members. Check HERE to read about the custodian role in detail or contact the committee at handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.com for more information. The new custodians can get in on the 2017 sale preparations working with the current custodian, Leslie Buckle who is stepping down after 13 years of purse custodianship. Many, many thanks to Leslie for her expertise and dedication. 

There may be other positions opening up over the next several months. Watch E-news for more details. This committee is very collaborative and supportive with members stepping in to help as needs arise. Most members have been involved for several years because we love the tasks and the friendship of the committee members.  If you are interested in getting involved, contact us at handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.com and Dawn Bolger or Patty Cucman will be in touch. Thank you in advance for offering to help!