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Are you ready to Square Dance?!!

The next Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along is coming!  We will be Square Dancing this year!  Save the third Friday of each month for the steps.  This is going to be a bit different, and I’ll give you one hint now – there will not be any half-square triangles, LOL!!! Nope, not one. I have done enough of those for a time, and this time we’ll learn something new. Bwaaahaahaa!!  Are you ready?

Square Dance! at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Save the third Friday of the month for the steps, beginning January 19th.  The quilt along is once again going to use up your leftovers, with the design done to take advantage of some precuts, but you’ll also need some fat quarters or yardage.  I actually have some alternative cutting strategies too, to use more sizes of things, so if you have charm squares, jelly roll strips and cake layers, set them aside and we’ll use them up.  The steps will be simple, and easy to work in around other projects.  In fact, some may even work for leader ender project.  Those doing the monthly goal thing can use the monthly steps for that too, and get two things going at once!  The quilt along will go until July with finishes after that.  You can share your fabric choices, progress, and finishes on our Flickr Group, or on the From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Facebook group.  I love seeing what you all are doing!!

I will link this post only with a few link parties and BOM pages to get the word out.  I will not link the individual steps, so I hope you’ll follow my blog to quilt along.  January 19th – updated click on –  Square Dance Begins!

Won’t you come with me for fun this year at From My Carolina Home? My blog has quilting and sewing, free patterns and quilt alongs, tips and tutorials, travel and mountain living, crafting and stamping, cooking and gardening, tablescapes and decorating, reading and more. You can follow by email by using the sidebar sign up, or Bloglovin using the sidebar link. If you are a Facebook user, follow From My Carolina Home Facebook page. I like interacting with readers too, and you can put your pictures on our Flickr Group for the quilt alongs and projects, and on my new From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Facebook group too. This new group is for anything and everything inspired by my posts, sharing of projects and quilt alongs, sew alongs and stitch alongs, your tablescapes and gardens, and any project inspired by my blog.

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Christmas Cards for the Shelter

Stamping Christmas cards and sending them to family and friends is fun, but this year I had another idea in mind.  There is no doubt that I now have more stamping stuff than one person should have, especially with a huge stamping score at an estate sale for paper, and then a wonderful gift from a reader of three more boxes of goodies.   I wanted to use some of it for a special purpose, and did some cards for our Safelight Project last summer.  As DH and I were driving to a Christmas party last weekend, it occurred to me again how blessed I am.  I have a wonderful and warm home, a gentle and loving husband, food on the table, and love of family and friends.  But there are many who are not as lucky, and they might need a lift at this time of year.  It has to be a tough holiday for someone staying in a domestic violence shelter, so I decided to use my stash to create some holiday cards of support for the Safelight shelter residents.  You can help too (you don’t have to be a stamper) and I’ll tell you about that in a moment.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

I found a bunch of these glittery gift tags in the boxes (recognize these, Katie?) and thought they would make great cards.  The backs have names on the ‘to’ and ‘from’, but glued down that won’t matter.  Just a pretty velvet ribbon behind a snowman, or an embossed strip behind a stocking, and voila the card is done.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Another card has a larger embossed design, with an ornament on top. These are fairly simple designs, so I won’t go through them step by step.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Many of the cards have elements from other cards simply placed on embossed paper.  The green on the left is a snowflake design I used several times.  The one on the right has a ‘ribbon’ of paper rolled with my peppermint candy wheel.  Gift stickers are under the stamped tree.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Reindeer stamps adorn this one, with punched out snowflakes.  The inside has a white paper for the sentiment that shows through the holes on the front.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

This one has an ornament punched out of the front, with some embossed snowflakes from another card.  A glittery one is added to the top, then an ornament is stamped so it shows through the punched out part.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

A view from the top shows it a little better.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside, the sentiment most appropriate for my purpose is stamped, and a sticker added too.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Another tag, this Santa is accented with more snowflakes.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Red embossed paper with snowflakes provide a base for a stocking and glitter snowflake.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

I had a lot of snowflakes, can you tell?  On this one I just stamped the word Joy over and over.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside all of the cards, this same sentiment is stamped, with different stickers for fun.  I will hand-write a personal message in each one.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, here is how you can help.  There are no prizes this time, only the special feeling of helping someone feel supported this holiday season, to give something to someone that could use a lift, in light of our many blessings.  Make or buy some holiday cards, put a message of support inside, and address the envelope only “For you” or “Season’s Greetings” or similar.  If you are not a stamper, purchased cards will be just fine, the important part is your hand written message of encouragement.  Keep your sentiments to messages of support without a religious component.  See the linked post above for more ideas.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

I’d love to have at least 40 cards to deliver to the Safelight shelter, two cards per resident, something to encourage their efforts to change their lives.  There are 18 women and two men at the shelter, yes men can be victims as well.  I have about a dozen cards made so far, but I do need help to get to the goal.  I need them mailed to me by Friday Dec 15 to arrive no later than Monday, Dec 18th.  I know it is short notice, but you have a week to get them in the mail by next Friday.  The cards don’t have to be fancy, the messages of support are the most important part.  Simple and fast is the best for this project.   Mail them to me at:

Carole Carter
From My Carolina Home Safelight Christmas
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Can you send a few cards for this project?  See the cards sent by readers and the follow up post HERE.

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