Tuesday, May 27, 2008

3rd Annual Remembering Emma Grace Donation Drive

Yes, it's that time again! I've been trying to draft a post for a couple days now, but thinking about another year that has passed without Emma saddens me. However, I'm determined to be upbeat! ;-) So, let's do this! Let's beat last years numbers!!

3rd Annual Remembering Emma Grace Donation Drive
Date: June 1 - August 15
Goal: 530 items & $550 in cash donations

Items needed:

Handmade -

  • Bereavement gowns in all sizes. Boy gowns without "frills" are in high demand. If possible, a set that includes a blanket and hat is much appreciated.
  • Hats, booties, blankets for the NICU babies.
  • Memory Boxes

Purchased -

  • Disposable Cameras
  • Journals
  • Votive Candles
  • Forget-Me-Not seed packets
  • Mesh baggies for locks of hair
  • Books on surviving the loss of a child
  • Mini photo frames
  • Hand/Foot mold kits
  • Plastic ziptop bags, gallon & quart size - Each donated item is packaged in a plastic zipper bag to keep clean.
  • Postage
  • Print cartridge - HP Black #92; HP Color #93
  • Wedding gown, bridesmaid gown, or prom dress - One of our volunteers would love to use your old dress and turn it into a beautiful bereavement gown or burial wrap.

As always, a monetary donation is very much appreciated. All donations are tax deductible and I will gladly provide you with a receipt.

To date Emmazing Grace has donated 1230 bereavement and NICU items. We have also helped 10 families with funeral expenses or the purchase of a cemetery monument for their precious angel.

Through all of your heartfelt and generous donations, Emmazing Grace has touched many lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining our little efforts!!

Just like last year, a prize drawing will be held at the completion of the donation drive. If you would like to contribute a handmade item as part of the prize, please let me know.

Please feel free to contact me at info@emmazinggracefoundation.org if you have any questions!

Thanks a million!


Saturday, May 24, 2008

Great Contest

Knit-A-Little has a great contest running. Check it out! And, in case you are wondering....yes, I'm behind these days!

Shopping Cart Cover

I finished this shopping cart cover a couple weeks ago, but have just now gotten it photographed. When Hannah was little, I had one from Walmart and was not satisfied at all with it. I'm a germaphobe when it comes to shopping carts and restaurant highchairs. I looked online and the ones for sale were $40-$50. Instead, I purchased this pattern from ebay and made my own. It even has velco toy holders and slits in the back for the cart safety straps. and, yes, it fits restaurant highchairs, too. The plaid John Deere fabric was left over from Austin's bedding set. All I had to buy was the fleece and bias tape.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Before and After

I've been wanting to re-use clothing for quite some time now. In fact, it's probably been 2 years or so. This bereavement gown set was made from an old pageant gown from my mom's attic. It's made in loving memory of my friend's daughter, Trinity. I wanted to have it done for her 5th birthday, but didn't make it. That seems to be my standard these days....a day late and a dollar short.

Anyway, I think it turned out nice. I'm going to pair it up with a blanket donated to Emmazing Grace. I'm emailing pictures of it to Teresa, a Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographer that has requested some boy gowns. I know this isn't what she needs right now, but I think it would be beautiful in portraits.
Note: After a quick search, I can't find the pageant gown before I cut it...too tired to keep looking tonight. Austin's been ugly to his mommy the last 2 nights.

Pillowcase Dress

I've been doing quite a bit of sewing since my computer crash. :-) It's still not completely "right". In fact, Microsoft Office won't work and I can't get the wireless to work either. I think I'm taking it to the shop. I HATE to spend the money, but it'll be worth it.
This pattern is super easy and quick! I already had all the materials on hand and made it in no time. I think a few for summer birthday presents are in order.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Computer Crash!

Just letting you know that the reason I haven't been around since returning from Disney is that my laptop crashed. It has really cramped my style! :-) The operating system when Ka-Poot and we have had to find the recovery disk. Hubby just located it in a box in the basement labelled "pots".....as in outdoor garden pots. Gotta love how the moving companies mislabel boxes. We will try to fix it with the disk. If that doesn't work, I guess Best Buy is about to make $129 off of us.