third campaign of Operation: Warm & Fuzzy has come to an end.My co-worker and friend Debbie is the
coordinator of this effort and she does a wonderful job.I asked her for some facts…just the facts…from
this year’s campaign.Here is what she
55 volunteers (company
employees as well as friends and family from Montreal, Wisconsin, and Miami)
321 liners knitted (277 last
Length of time it takes
to knit each liner: anywhere from 7-12 hours depending on skill level
volunteers learned how to knit this year. (Debbie will teach anyone to knit and will provide the supplies needed as long as they commit to knitting at least one liner) She taught me to knit last year :)
Dollars for Doers
program: our company's way of rewarding
those employees who volunteer within the community and input their hours into
our volunteer database.Grants, which go
directly to, in this case, the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, varied from $100
(total of 20 volunteer hours) to $250 (total of 40 volunteer hours) for a
possible grand total of $350 per volunteer.
Third quarter grant
Year to date grant total
(for the 2nd and 3rd quarters) $7850
Total grant money given
to the FSO over three years as result of O:W&F $18,000+
a reminder, I posted about O:W&F and Forgotten Soldiers here.
Last Saturday was the FSO Holiday Packing Event and they included our 321 helmet liners in the soldier's boxes.Here is a picture of
some of the knitters at the event (I am on the far left and Debbie is second from the right).
hope you all have an amazing loooonnngggg weekend ;)
Vicky from Life On Willie Mae Lane recently hosted an ornament swap.This was my first swap and it was so much
fun. Thank you Vicky for hosting!
of Vicky’s desire was that each person would make two new friends, the person you
receive an ornament from and the person you send an ornament to. Well, I ‘met’ THREE new friends… Debbie sent me the sweetest snowman package, because I heart snowmen.
She even decorated the outside of the package.
package of surprises…hot chocolate, Gourmet cookies, milk chocolate snowballs
cutie pie… I LOVE IT Debbie.Thank you
so much J
Debbie doesn’t blog ~ yet ;) ~ so she keeps up with blogland through her
daughter's blog The Enchanted Rose. Stephanie is friend number two.You should pop over and read
the poem she posted today and check out her amazing photos!
my third friend is Carol from Art and Sand.She was the recipient of my
ornament.When you visit Carol’s blog
you will notice she is an artist…no pressure here J From reading Art and
Sand, I learned that she doesn’t decorate using traditional colors.
I gave her this ornament, I painted the inside using blue, white and a little grey…beach
colors since Carol lives very close to the ocean... you know, like right down the street.
hope Carol likes her ornament as much as I like the one Debbie gave to me.
And I hope
you have a great week… a short
one for those of us celebrating Thanksgiving.
know, I know…with all the UFOs in my sewing room, I have no business starting
something new.Well, does it count if I’m
not actually starting it now?
is a cute little button on my sidebar for Goodnight Irene Sew-Along…click it
and it will take you to Terry’s blog.She is hosting a sew-along that begins in January 2014.You can read about it here and here.
you read a few of Terry’s posts you will learn that she is a high-achiever…in
a GOOD way! She has a plan for
our sew-along and at the end of 7 months…we will have ACHIEVED one amazing
you join us?If so, please read Terry’s
blog and let her know you want to participate. And if you decide not to join the sew-along, please continue to follow her and watch her progress, not just on Goodnight Irene but on all of her amazing quilts.
they would be great candidates for Terry’s project BUT, I fell in love with her
test quilt in batiks.Sewww…. since my birthday is
next week, I’m going to ask for a jelly roll of batiks in blues.YUMMY!
Remember click on this cute little button...
you all have a wonderful weekend…I’ll be back soon J
my Mom sends her gratitude for all of your birthday wishes.(And so do I)She reads my blog and I encouraged her to read the many comments from
you wishing her a Happy Birthday.Truly
special…’cuz that’s just how you are J
been taking some Saturday classes at my local sewing store, mostly using the
embroidery unit on my sewing machine.One item that I absolutely love is this tissue box cover…
I've since zig-zagged over the seams again so the white no longer shows through.
store does not have a very big space for classes and to use their ironing board
and iron is not always convenient.So….
I made my own little ironing board…
I needed a little tote for an iron…
Then, I had to buy a travel iron...
Bed, Bath & Beyond (with a coupon!)
sewing machine has been pretty quiet during the week but that will have to
change.Christmas is just around the
corner and I have a few items to finish for gifts.
you missed Part 1 of Mom’s birthday celebration, you can find it here.
second surprise for Mom was a “girls only” day trip to Mount Dora, FL.Mount Dora is a historic little town located
in Central Florida.It sits on a lake
(duh) and in spite of only having just over 10,000 residents, there is always
something happening there.It is a well
known spot for antiques as well as its art and craft fairs. The entire town
also decorates for the holiday season and the best way to view its splendor is
by one of the many boat tours around the lake.You can read more about Mount Dora here.
past weekend was one of their largest craft fairs and I’m sharing a few photos
with you... this is just a sampling (are 51 photos too many?), believe me it occupied street after street
The Methodist Church opened it doors to feature their stained glass windows. I didn't take pictures of all of them but here are a couple.
For our furry friends
That little Olde Quilts sign came home with me!
A little of the town's architecture
The Donnelly House
A chicken man...yep, I have one of these too!
Many people on EVERY street
Magnetic boards for pictures...we bought two.
Cork...now that takes LOTS of wine...
One of the few quilts we saw...this was just a prop
Music of all kinds
This quilt was pieced, appliqued and embroidered.
Four tired gals at the end of a long day! I'm the cat in the hat on the right :)
I hope you enjoyed the pictures from Mom's birthday weekend. We had a great time!