Strong storms roared through our area on Sunday night, with driving rain, thunder and lightening. The winds were howling up the coves on both sides of our home for some time, and the noise was frightening. The next day brought the damage to light. We were counting our blessings that we only lost two trees, and neither of them hit the house. One branch broke off and lodged itself high in an adjacent tree. This branch will just have to come down on its own as it is about 50 ft off the ground.
The forest behind the house has trees about 100 ft high. One split in two places, with the broken parts still attached to the trunk.
The broken branch extends all the way to the ground, seen on the bottom right corner of this photo under the watermark.
Near that tree, on the west side, a tree was completely uprooted.
The amazing thing is that it fell uphill, the winds were that strong. It fell neatly between some other trees, and away from the house. We were lucky. The only other damage was minor, just twigs, leaves and small branches littering the roof, veranda and driveway. All the petals were blown off the tulips, and the redbud is mostly cleaned of its flowers. Life in the mountains can be interesting at times. So we counted out blessings this day, grateful that the damage wasn’t greater.
Now, it is time to do the drawings for the Safelight Project prizes and give you all an update as to where we stand with what we have. This project has been a community effort, and it is wonderful to see how readers have gotten involved, used up some stash, and created some nice things for the victims of domestic violence. So, first, let me show you what has come in since the last update. Melanie Tehan sent these pretty case sets.
Sallie Minnich sent three more sets, I love these prints.
Kathe Howe sent a number of sets in happy colors and pretty prints.
Just this week, a box containing 10 case sets arrived from Kathy Harris in gorgeous teal tones with purple accents. Lovely!! For the case sets, I am getting close to the goal, I only need 17 more sets to complete the bags. I’ll make some more myself soon, but if you have time for one or two, I can use them.
Susan Barr sent a 20 more cards for the project, all with handwritten messages inside.
Then, I made the balance of what was needed to complete the cards for the bags. First, I had this wonderful paper with inspirational words, so I made simple cards in the same style as the previous ones. The word ‘hope’ was used this time, with a inspirational sentiment both inside and on the envelope. Inside says “You are Amazing, always remember that.”
When I ran out of bigger pieces to use, I used the bits left over with additional papers to complete a design. Fifty cards done with various papers and butterflies.
Then I ran out of paper adhesive, LOL!! But, not to be deterred from finishing the last 12 cards I needed, I pulled out two tapes that a friend sent to me for these cards. A strip of each with some star stickers, and they were done. I now have all the cards needed for every bag to have two. And I cannot tell that any dent was made in the card making stash, LOL!!
Winners of the prizes were drawn, and all have been notified by email.
The Fat Quarter Shop $50 Gift Certificate was won by Sherrill Pecere! This week Fat Quarter Shop has 20% Off Butter Churn Basics, March’s Basic of the Month, and 30% Off Taylor Seville pins and more, the Notion of the Month, and check out the Daily Flash Sale – something new at clearance pricing every day!
Aurifil Threads small spool set will be sent to Bonnie Coleman!
Then, from Quilter’s Dream, a queen size Dream Green batting was won by Kathie Laposata!! 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. QD can only ship in the US.
And, from me, a set of three stamps from Impression Obsession was won by Ruth Jones. The prize contains the sentiment stamp You Are Amazing Always Remember That, along with the Layered Sundae set, and a set of flowers in containers, with the sentiment “bloom where you are planted”.
Dollar Tree is back to accepting bulk orders, so I plan to order in May, hopefully enough to complete the project. I’ll do one more update when the next delivery is made. Congratulations to the prize winners, and thank you all for your help in making this project such a success!!
What are you working on this week?