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The Safelight Project Delivery and Winners

The Safelight Project has come to a close, and I want to show you the rest of the story. Cards and donations just kept coming, more bags were made, and the delivery has been done.

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The cards coming in were just extraordinary, such creativity and beauty! These from Cyndy R. were stunning.

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I have to show you this one up close, look at the coloration of the rose with glitter for a bit of sparkle.

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It is a tri-fold card, here is the middle, beautifully colored and so inspirational.

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Then in the inside, she hand wrote a beautiful message, one that is sure to lift someone’s spirits in a nice way.

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Heather, who blogs at Creative Blessings, sent in a whole batch of cards, each one unique.

Heather's cards 1

Handwritten messages unique to each one were very special.

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More of Heather’s designs, all beautiful.

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Danice was having so much fun making cards that she sent six more the following week. Thank you so much, Danice!!

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Cindy in Florida sent these beauties.

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Inside all were stamps or stickers to make them pretty, and a heartfelt handwritten note, unique to each card.

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My friend Gail made several cards as well, so pretty!

Safelight Project Gails cards

A box of goodies arrived from Denise F., all melaleuca products, who sent facial renewal cream and yummy flavored lip glosses for the bags.

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Those lip gloss tubes had all kinds of flavors from Vanilla Bean to Pina Colada, Peach Nectarine and Pineapple.

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The donations just kept coming too, even after I announced that the initial goal was reached, and even exceeded. Thank you to all the monetary sponsors!

Amy O. —  Mary Jo L.  — Nancy B.  — Norece E.  —  Susan D. — Mary Z.

Sharon S.  —  Kathryn W.  —  Jodi M.  —  Mary C.  — Deborah M  —  Denise F.

Mary Jean C. — Susan G.  —  Jennifer G.  —  Christine S.  —  Erika N.   —  Susan C.

Linda S.  —  Carol L.   —-  Teresa M. —   Sherry T.  —  Jeanne C.  —  Donna S.

Nancy J.  —  Beth L.  —  Sarah K.  —  Elizabeth S.  —  Ruth C.   —  Melanie T.

Karen T. —  Judy D.  —  Lesley G.  —  Janice H.  —  Lisa (unknown)

Mildred P.  —  Jennie R.  —  Edy J. — Vicki W. — Pat E. — Dana W. — Carole B.

Kelley L — Cindi W.

I had to make another trip to the store, luckily they still had some of the same tote bags. More bags were filled with goodies, cards, and essentials.

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Each one got a piece of sparkly tissue on top, so the spa bag was more like a gift. It is with great pleasure that I tell you the number of spa bags increased to 45 with all the donations!! Thank you so much to everyone that helped, it couldn’t have happened without everyone’s help.

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And now, congratulations to the winners of the prizes!

Cindi W. won the fantastic Stampin’ Up kit!  Visit Stampin’ Up to find a demonstrator near you!

The winner of the Mastercard Gift Card was Nancy B, congratulations!!

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So, bags all made, I made arrangements to deliver them on Monday. On Sunday evening, I loaded the car. The trunk was completely full.

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So, I put the seats down in the back and continued to stuff the car to its gills. The last two were tucked onto the floor behind the driver seat. The bag of extra toothbrushes, combs, deodorants, and nail files were stashed in there too.

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Monday, August 7th, was a rainy day, so we had to wait for a break in the downpours. The car was loaded and ready when a break came near 11:30 in the morning. I called Laresa, said I was on my way, and she was waiting outside with two rolling carts to quickly get the bags inside before the bottom fell out of the rain clouds again.  Turning on the hazard lights, I jumped out and we quickly loaded the carts.

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Then, I parked the car, and went inside to meet the wonderful people that run this shelter, see the programs they have in process and have a tour of the facility in its construction stage.  Here are three of the shelter managers from left, Charlotte Rapp -Shelter Manager, Laresa Griffin -Director of Development and Wendy McEntire – Job Training Program Director.

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While I was parking the car, Laresa said a resident saw the bags and got very excited that one would be for her.  Charlotte planned a time to hand out to everyone at once for that evening.  On Tuesday, Laresa sent me an email with the resident’s reactions.  She said “the clients were ecstatic! They were so ‘happy to have personal items that were like luxuries, not just the necessities’ and it made them all feel so special. They really appreciated the handmade cards and the caring notes written inside. Thank you and your blog readers who contributed to these amazing gifts for our clients. It really has lightened their loads, giving them a self-confidence boost and the ability to pamper themselves. We appreciate you and your hard work in coordinating this project and loving on our clients in such a personal way. Thank you!”  There were enough bags for every resident of the shelter, and the transitional apartments, and a few left over which will be stored for future needs.  There were also about a dozen cards more than bags, and Laresa will give those out to those who need a lift later.

So, this project is finished. There really isn’t an opportunity to sew anything for them at this time. We did explore the ideas of seasonal table linens, or pillowcases, but those just cannot be used right now. The shelter is in transition, and is a transitional facility as well. But, for local readers, they do have a program beginning sewing class that meets every Monday, and they can use fabric and thread if you have any to donate. Just take it to the Safelight thrift store, and tell them it is for the Sewing class at the shelter.

Thank you to everyone that contributed cards and items, and donated money to make it such a success!


Pine Cone Candle Wreath

Last year we had a tree fall in the forest on our property, and part of it landed on the driveway. So, no choice but to cut it up and move it. It was a black locust, which is really nice hardwood. So, in exchange for giving the wood to our wood-worker neighbor, he was asked to slice some discs from the trunk for me. He was happy to do this, and I got about 6 wood slices.  I let them sit in the garage for a couple of months to totally dry out.  Four of them had a fairly even slice, and I set to cleaning them.  I decided not to sand them smooth, I like the rustic look to them.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

I used a stiff brush to knock off any bark that was loose, and all the dirt in the crevasses. I scrubbed the cut surfaces too, to be sure any sawdust was gone. Then I tried a spray varnish.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

This didn’t seem to work well, the porous wood just soaked it up. So, I scoured around in the basement and found some varnish that was a matte finish. This is just what I wanted, not shiny. So, using a foam brush, I put on three coats on both sides, making sure to get all the bark well covered. Allow the wood slices to dry thoroughly.  If you don’t have a tree to cut up, these are available online and at a couple of the big box craft supply stores.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

Next I got out my supply of pine cones, and picked out several that were about the same size.  I have a huge basket of pine cones, some from friends, and some from estate sales. The pine cones were chosen by how solid the base appeared. Any stem remaining was cut off with plier cutters.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

Six pine cones made a nice ring around the edge of the wood slice.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

Once all the pine cones were attached with hot glue, the spaces between were filled in with sweet gum balls. Our back yard is full of these little things.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

To make it easier for the sweet gum balls to be attached with hot glue, I trimmed off part of one side with scissors.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

Acorns are added between the sweet gum balls and the pine cones to fill in the small spaces remaining.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

All done, and I added just a bit of hot glue between the pine cones where they overlap just for stability.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

I added a tall candle to the center.  Red or Green candles could be used for Christmas, but for now I am going with an Autumn color.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I entered it into the Mountain State Fair, and won a blue first place ribbon for the category of Crafts Using Natural Materials. It was exciting that it was selected to show in the cases.

Pine Cone Ring Candle Holder ~ From My Carolina Home

This will be a centerpiece for a rustic tablescape I have planned for later in the year. The crackle glass votive candle holder fits well too.  It is a pretty leaf design with autumn colors. I have three and they come out every year at this time.

Pine Cone Candle Wreath ~ From My Carolina Home

I like this a lot.  Our home is being bombarded with acorns right now. Seems like just as soon as DH gets them swept up and thrown into the woods for the squirrels, the trees drop a whole new load.  You do have to watch your head right now, it is easy to get beaned by one.  So, I think I need a couple more crafts to use up more acorns.

Pine Cone Candle Wreath ~ From My Carolina Home

Do you like to craft with pine cones?  Share your pine cone crafts with us on our Autumn Jubilee Flickr group.


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Quilted Art Project Update 4

I know, it has been a couple of weeks since I showed any progress this project.  I had to set it aside while I worked on the Moda Bake Shop recipe that published this past week (Pin Woven Tote on the sidebar).  Between that, the charity quilts, the car club, and spring springing, little time was left for a sit-down, hand-work project.   Another stumbling block was finding more silk ribbon in the pastel pink and lighter ecru that I wanted.  I went to all four big-box craft stores in the area, and none of them carry silk ribbon anymore.  I had no idea this would be so hard to find!  I found a small group of Bucilla skeins on eBay, and bought that. Then, this week a lovely envelope of silk ribbons from reader Lynda arrived in the mail (thanks again, Lynda!).  So, finally, I had what I wanted to pick this project up again and get some progress made.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

I made some daisies with the ecru, adding gold seed beads to the centers. I have four done, and plans for a few more.  There will soon be more pink peonies.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

Random placement of buttons and pearls continued.  The buttons and pearls are all within the chalk lines I drew before.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

More green seed beads were put in the little grouping, along with a white ribbon bow.  I did find a few yellow buttons too.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

I started on the doilies, with peach color pearls and purple buttons.  There will be more pearls added here too.  I want to be sure to keep the placement asymmetric, not putting them in every obvious slot.  It is tempting to put them all around that center medallion, but I am resisting that urge.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

Anyhow, that is where it stands for now.  I still have a lot of embellishing to do, so this project will be ongoing for a while.    Are you working on any hand work or a long term project?


Slow Sunday Stitching


Quilted Art Project – week 3

Another week, and it has again been busier than expected.  I did manage to get some stitching done this week, and I plan to do more today. I added a few more buttons, and realize I need more lighter ones for contrast.  I finished the couching on the lavendar trim too.

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I made one little grouping of green seed beads.

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I added a light green button.

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I have several of these plastic trim detail pieces, and the green one was sewn across a seam line.

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I tried my first pink peony, with three lazy daisy stitches in the middle, and knotted stitches on the edges.  I’ll be doing more of these, but I need more pink silk ribbon.

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That is it for now.  Happy stitching!


Quilted Art Project – Part 2

I finally got back to the Quilted Art project, but couldn’t spend a lot of time on it this week.  However, even a little bit of progress each week will, over time, complete the project.  I think I’ll be able to stitch some on it today.  For now, here is where it stands. The last doily was stitched to the base.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Silk ribbon tends to keep the creases from winding on the bobbins, so the ribbons were unwound and ironed to take out the wrinkles.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Starting with a pretty lavendar, three stitches were placed vertically for the top part of an iris flower.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, three smaller stitches radiating down create the lower part of the flower.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I marked three spots, 3/4-inch high for three irises.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I haven’t decided whether or not to do stems, or just more flowers – more irises or stop with three.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I marked a cornucopia shape with chalk to loosely define a path for the trims, buttons and other things I plan to add. I put a straight line on the lower left for a purple trim piece, and scattered some buttons below it.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I’ll be doing more embellishing today, but so far I am pretty pleased with the way it is going.

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Linking up with Kathy at Slow Stitching Sunday.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Stitching Doilies ~ From My Carolina Home