This past week has been like Christmas with every trip to the post office. More and more cases and cards have come in, so much that the project has way more than it can use for this delivery! So, once again, I’ll be doing more bags in a couple of months with the items left over. I’ll be hitting up my friends for some monetary donations to cover those costs, but I have plenty of cases and cards for this year. Lenora Scott made even more cards for the project, her second shipment had a couple that were really guy friendly.
Kathie Laposata and Bernie Kringel sent these pretty cases.
Becky Harbour mailed cases with these lovely prints. I love this watercolor print.
Susan Grancio raided her stash of orange and pink and sent six case sets.
Janine Huisjen made her cases with a bit of style. So clever, Janine!
Susan Dotson made these four case sets.
Then Nikki Mosher sent in a boxfull, on the left. On the right, another boxfull from Canada! Thanks to Jannette Binder who mailed these from Ontario.
Judy McNamee made these stunning cards with her own photographs. I love the images, and she sent 40 of them! There were some guy friendly ones too, so I pulled those out and put them in the guy bags.
Then a total surprise came in a large unexpected box. Betty Giacomino sent 70 tissue covers, all stuffed with travel packs of tissues!
The amazing thing is that most of them went with the cases like they had been made together! Just look at the color match on these!!
All I had to do was set out the cases, then match up more and more. Awesome!!!
I did the shopping and picked up the online shipments, now I need to organize the stash for packing the bags and delivering this week. I want to acknowledge the amazing monetary donations that made this part of the project possible. I couldn’t order the bags or the goodies inside without your contributions. Thank you Cathy Luff, Amy Donohue, Lesley Gilbert, Sharp’s Busy Needle, Melony Funk, Doreen Alexander, Vicki Welsh, Patricia Evans, Susan Grancio, Susan Barr, Joy Breedlove, Donna Taylor, Mary Jo Leonard, Susan in E TN, Becky Harbour, Nancy Beckham, Lenora Scott, Carole Leverton, Patty Nemeth, Elizabeth Dix, Ruth Coleman, Pam Arbour, Elizabeth Gilstrap, Kristy Smith. As you can probably tell, most of these ladies gave far more than the $10 to fund one bag, and I am very grateful for the fabulous support!!
My dear friend Gail did some amazing cards and delivered them to me last weekend. She had ordered some of the Impression Obsession sentiments for them, and they are perfect! There are a lot of Believe sentiments like the one below available at Impression Obsession, see them HERE (affiliate link).
Gail said she really liked that she could order the stamps just one at a time rather than having to buy a whole set just to get one sentiment. She saved money this way too. These are just perfect for the residents of the shelter, giving encouragement to keep working and moving forward. See more inspirational sentiments stamps HERE (affiliate link).
She gave me 40 spectacular cards for the project, thank you so much, Gail!!
She put wonderful image stamps inside some of the cards as well, and the envelopes were decorated too. She didn’t sign hers as she wasn’t sure, so I went through them and signed them for her.
So, with the shipments in and delivery scheduled for this coming week, it is time to draw our winners for the prizes!! As the donations came in, they were given a number, and listed on a sheet with the name of the donor. Then, I used a random number generator to pick winning numbers for each prize, writing the number next to the prize. Then I checked to be sure that the quilting items were won by quilters, and the stamping prize was won by a stamper. I did switch two winners prizes, so a cardmaker got the stamps, and the other prize went to the winner who had it as her first choice. Amazingly, all the others came out as the winner’s first or second choice for those who gave a preference. If you are a winner, I sent you an email yesterday.
First, the queen size Dream Green batting goes to Becky Harbour!!
The Fat Quarter Shop $50 Gift Certificate was won by Vicki Welsh! This week Fat Quarter Shop has 20% Off Kona Cotton Solids, August’s Basic of the Month, and 30% Off Nature’s Touch, the Notion of the Month, plus check out the Daily Flash Sale – something new at clearance pricing every day!
Impression Obsession, Inc. is sending a $25 gift certificate to their online store to Judy McNamee. They have a wide variety of wonderful images and sentiments for any occasion. Stamp and die sets are available as well, and the site has a blog of card ideas with monthly challenges where you can win products!
Moda Fabrics has given the project a Sweet Violet Layer Cake, a beautiful set of fabrics by designer Jan Patek! (Psst available now at FQS – Sweet Violet Fabrics) I’ll be mailing it to Kristy Smith.
Donna Taylor, Betty Giancomino and Patty Nemeth will get two issues of Milk Street Magazine, recipes and lessons from Christopher Kimball’s newest cooking show.
Susan Barr won the copy of one of my favorite Gooseberry Patch gardening and crafting books, For Bees and Me. So, now all that remains is to organize the items, put the sunglasses inside the cases, stuff some items in the cosmetic cases, and assemble the bags. My friend Sam and I will do this and deliver the bags this week. I’ll bring you that soon. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this project!!!
One thing to let you know, the reason I’ve been able to work with companies for such great prizes is you. Numbers make a difference, and having enough readers and page views for the vendors to want to support the projects is key. Please let your friends and family know about my blog and encourage them to follow especially by email, but also Bloglovin, or Feedly. The more verifiable readers the blog can show, the more vendors are willing to support events. Autumn Jubilee is coming up, and I am currently working with several new vendors for their support and some really great prizes for the event. So tell your friends, follow From My Carolina Home for fun, freebies and chances to win!!
Isn’t our community amazing?!!!