It has been a busy couple of weeks, with shipments and backorders arriving, case stuffing and bag filling for donation. Settle in for a long and picture heavy post. I had enough cases for the first delivery, and set some of those out on a large cardboard flat placed on the longarm to make it easier to match things up. The hairbrushes and pedicure sets were in colors, so I laid them out distributing the colors to coordinate with the case sets.
Here is a complete spa bag. The colors of the cases, hairbrushes and pedicure sets are coordinated with the bag trim color as much as possible. This royal blue bag has lighter blue cases. Each bag contains a cosmetic case filled with spa size shampoo, hair balm, shower elixir, and body cream. It has a tissue cover stuffed with tissues, sunglasses in a sunglasses case, hair treatment, nail hardener, pedicure set, hairbrush, facial mask, body lotion, facial cleansing wipes, lip balm, and a crochet soap bag with hypoallergenic soap and matching scrubbie. Two cards are in each bag with inspirational messages. Truly, these are the most wonderfully filled bags we’ve ever done.
I placed all the items inside the bag.
Then I top each one with a sheet of glitter tissue.
I filled 38 bags, then had to stop and wait for back orders to arrive.
This past week brought 26 more wonderful cards from Susan B.
More case sets arrived from Elana G and Jo Anne S.
Elana G sent 28 of these beautiful watercolor cards, some of which were made by the senior residents of a memory care facility. Very special and pretty!!
More cards arrived, 25 from Norine O and 11 by Debbie M. Thank you, ladies!!
So I got busy again when the back orders arrived, putting more goodies in navy trim canvas bags.
Then I laid out more case sets and stuffed the them with the spa goodies, tissues and sunglasses. Next, I matched up more brushes and pedicure sets with the case set colors.
Red trim canvas bags got predominately red case sets and pink or orange accessories.
I used the black ones for those with predominately black in the case sets. They were also used for case sets that didn’t go as well with the other colors. This set looks so elegant!
The men’s bags arrived on Thursday last week. They are drawstring top backpacks, where the straps and the bottom are black. I made another trip to the store to get the men’s items, nine full size products for men for each bag times five.
Each of the men’s bags hold aviator sunglasses in a case, hairbrush, men’s shampoo/conditioner, men’s body lotion, power stick, tissues, lip balm and socks. Two cards appropriate for men with inspirational messages are included.
Finally, the first delivery of 50 women’s bags and 5 men’s bags were ready for delivery.
I loaded up the car on Tuesday, stuffing the trunk full.
Then I put the back seats down, and stuffed that area, too.
I met with Sara Cole, Director of Development (on the left) and Lauren Wilkie, Safelight Executive Director (center) to deliver the bags. They were thrilled. Between the loaded cart and their shoulders, all 55 bags went inside in one trip.
That same day, I went to the post office and picked up more packages. These will go into the second delivery later this year. Case sets arrived from Linda B, Julie C and Janine H. I love the pieced one on the lower right by Janine. Great use of scraps!
I was blown away by this donation, three case sets and three cards arrived from Janine A, all the way from Japan!! Thank you!
Now that the first delivery has been made, I drew the winners of the prizes. Here again are the prizes, and the winners.
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!! This week Fat Quarter Shop has 20% Off Solid Color Basics, April’s Basic of the Month, and 30% Off Mettler Threads, the Notion of the Month. Check out the Daily Flash Sale – something new at clearance pricing every day! Winner – Linnie Middleton
Aurifil Threads will send a small spool pack in an assortment of colors of their premium 50 weight thread to a winner. Winner – Sallie Minich
Impression Obsession, Inc. will send a $25 Gift Certificate to a lucky stamper! Click on the link to see their April Featured Products special, 25% off Sunshine theme stamps, perfect for this project. Winner – Lenora Scott
Finally, Milk Street will send a copy of their fabulous new cookbook, Tuesday Nights Mediterranean to the winner of the final drawing. I am still cooking from this fabulous new cookbook with easy recipes for weeknight meals. If you haven’t tried the Greek Spinach Rice with Shrimp and Dill I featured last month, do go grab that recipe. Winner – Jo Anne Seccurra
Congratulations to all the winners! Look for an email from me this weekend to get your prize to you.
What do you think of our project so far? Please join me in thanking each and every donor!! Your gifts of money, talent, time, fabric, card stock and creativity is much appreciated!!