Safelight Project 2018

I am reposting about this project and the prizes you can win as perhaps last week was just too busy with spring break.  My blog was also down for a couple of days as the upgrade was completed to remove ads and complete the redesign of the blog.  I hope you like the new look!  Back to the business of today, domestic violence touches so many lives. Our local Safelight organization incorporates many services for domestic violence victims and sexual assault victims providing counseling, case management, court advocacy, support groups and job training under one umbrella organization.  One of their services, a shelter for women escaping domestic violence has undergone some changes in the past year with the opening of their remodeled facility to house 30 residents with their children.  Last year’s spa bags went a long way to making a difficult transition a little better. The 45 bags that we donated last summer lasted until March (just barely 8 months from our August delivery), and the last one has been given away.  The shelter is constantly providing a refuge for new people, so the need is ongoing.  These bags provide much needed support for residents who are going through a horrible time in their lives, betrayed by someone they loved, fleeing abusive situations with their children and virtually nothing else. I really hope we can do it again, but I need your help.
The Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

There are three ways you can help
and be entered to win prizes!

First, I had many requests last year to donate a sewn item, so this year I’d like to include reader sewn cosmetic cases and sunglasses cases as I talked about last month.  I created a free pattern for both of these and you can download the pattern by clicking on Omiyage for Safelight.  It is a wonderful way to use up some scraps of fabric and batting.  They can be all the same fabric on the outside, or you could piece them if you liked.  Just make them so it is clear they are a set.  You can see the detailed instructions on the post on Omiyage.  Please mail by April 25th to arrive by the end of April.  I’ll be stuffing them with sunglasses and cosmetic items for the bags.

Safelight Project 2018 at From My Carolina Home

Second, once again I want to include special handmade cards with inspirational messages in each bag, so I need my stamping readers to make cards again.  In my mind, and the counselors at Safelight agree, the cards are really the most important part of the gift.  The cards are to provide encouragement and support as these women (and sometimes men) take a big step to getting their lives back.  The cards can be read over and over as residents need lifting of their spirits.

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

Third, you can sponsor with a monetary donation to support the costs of filling the bags in two different ways, if you use Paypal, you can send your donation to my email {frommycarolinahome (at) gmail dot com} using the send money to a friend option.  If you are not a Paypal user, you can mail a check made out to me to my address below.  Sponsor half a bag at $5, or a whole bag at $10, any help is appreciated.  I’ll be ordering the bags and items in bulk online this year, as I can get free shipping and upgrade the quality of the bags.

So, I will collect donations of money, cosmetic bags and sunglasses cases, and cards until April 30. The bags will be delivered in early May. Everyone who participates in any way will be entered into a drawing for one of these fabulous prizes! You can see the bags already sent in on the post a week ago, along with card ideas from last year’s project HERE.

First, from Quilter’s Dream, a queen size Dream Green batting!! Dream Green is made 100% from recycled plastic bottles! With a high standard of quality, Dream Green is soft, wrinkle resistant and can be machine-washed and dried with little to no shrinkage. Each pound of Dream Green Batting keeps 10 plastic bottles out of our landfills! It quilts beautifully and you will never guess it is made of recycled plastic. I have used it myself and am totally sold on it. After all, we need to buy recycled goods wherever we can if we want recycling to be profitable enough to do and help keep our planet clean.

Dream GreenDream Green

Next, quilting fiction author Frances Dowell will ship a copy of both her quilting fiction books to one lucky winner in the USA. Birds In The Air is a novel, and Margaret Goes Modern is a collection of short stores. I have read both these books, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I reviewed both on Goodreads, and here on the blog.

Birds in AirBook Giveaway at From My Carolina Home

My favorite thread, Aurifil, will ship a small spool collection to a donor to this project, it will be a mystery collection so the winner will have a nice surprise. These spools are from my own stash, the winner will receive a different collection. International participants are welcome.

Aurifil Threads

Stampin’ Up is donating two fantastic kits for our stamper friends in the USA.

HappyCardsKit
The Lots of Happy Card Kit shown above contains –
* Makes 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs, using the included Lots of Happy Stamp Set
* Folded card sizes: 2″ x 3-1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, 4″ x 3-1/2″, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
* Includes set of 7 photopolymer stamps
* clear stamp block
* 20 printed card bases and coordinating envelopes
* giftable kraft box
* printed, gold foil, white, and vellum die-cut accents
* white/gold foil labels
* Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
* full-size Watercolor Pencils in Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry
* Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ombre Ribbon
* Stampin’ Dimensionals

SoftSayingsCardKit

The Soft Sayings Card Kit shown above has –
* Makes 20 cards–2 each of 10 designs–using the included Soft Sayings Stamp Set
* Folded card sizes: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 cm x 14 cm), 3-1/2″ x 5″ (8.9 cm x 12.7 cm), 3″ x 3″ (7.2 cm x 7.2 cm)
* Includes set of 15 photopolymer stamps, clear stamp block, 20 printed card bases and coordinating printed envelopes, giftable kraft box, die-cut accents, Stampin’ Spot, Baker’s Twine, washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals

SoftSayingsKit

The Fat Quarter Shop will give one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate! That is enough to get some goodies and cover the shipping too, even for international winners!!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

To enter, just participate in this project in any way you feel moved, make cards, sew cases, make a donation. Makers of cosmetic bags and sunglasses cases will get one entry per item (two entries per set). Makers of cards will get one entry per card. Monetary donations will get one entry for every $5 donation. International participants welcome! Yes, you can participate in however many ways you choose. Yes, you can make a bag set, and make cards too. Yes, you can make cards and a donation of money. Every participation will enter you in the drawings. Be sure to include your name and email address in any donations mailed, along with your first and second choice of prize if your name is drawn. If you donate through Paypal, put a note on your donation with your prize choices. I’ll draw all the winners in early May at one time, and distribute the prizes guided by your choices. I will try to ensure that a stamper wins the Stampin’ Up kits, and someone who doesn’t quilt doesn’t end up with batting.

Address to send bags, cards or checks (made out to Carole Carter) –
Safelight Project
c/o Carole Carter
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758

Thank you to those who have already sent in donations of money and bags!  Can you help with this project to help the victims of domestic violence feel treasured and encouraged as they take a huge step to changing their lives for the better?

Safelight Project 2018 at From My Carolina Home

7 thoughts on “Safelight Project 2018

  1. Patricia Evans

    Thanks for the reminder, Carole. I did forget already, but will go write my check as soon as I’m done with this comment. Glad to help with such a worthy project.
    Pat

  2. Paulette Voit

    Thank you for the reminder. I will be sending a check shortly. Love the new website. Flows so smoothly and you have so much organized here. Thank you, I always enjoy reading your blog.

  3. I have 5 sets of bags ready to mail. These are a great Fat Quarter friendly project! With careful cutting you can “layer” 2 FQ’s, cut both at one time. I posted about what else you can do with the FQ leftovers – https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/safelight-project-5-sets-finished-plus-a-bonus-etc/
    Before I put these in the mail I will get busy with some card crafting. I admire what you are doing for this group of women. Bless you and Happy Easter Monday!

  4. Gail Rachow

    I will make some cards and get them to you by the end of the month.. it seems like your project is getting bigger. Thank you for your heart for these women.

  5. Pingback: Cardmaking for Safelight Project 2018 | Stitching Grandma

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