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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hoop Art Exchange: An Adoption Fundraiser

I am so excited to be launching this next fundraiser for our adoption. As I said the other day, one of the reasons we felt that God was calling us to adopt again was because my husband's bonus was significantly larger than we were expecting this year.  So we have a good chunk of the expense taken care of.  But I'm just going to put it out there: our adoption will cost about $35,000.  That's a lot of money.  We need to raise close to $15,000.  In a couple of months.

To some of you that might seem overwhelming and impossible, but when we adopted Penelope we needed to come up with $24,000 in one week and God provided a way.  $15,000 in a couple of months does not scare me.  I already know that my God is way bigger than that.

So I'm getting creative and raising the $15,000... a few dollars at a time.

And that's why I am launching the Blakely Adoption Fundraiser Hoop Art Exchange.  Too bad that doesn't make a good acronym. BAFHAE just doesn't help.

You don't need to be super crafty to participate.  If you can use washi tape, or a glue gun, scissors, or spray adhesive... you're in!

So here are the specifics:
  • In order to participate you must sign up by September 1st by filling in the form below.
  • The cost to participate is $5 plus the cost of your materials {inexpensive embroidery hoops can be purchased at your local craft store for under $2}. 
  • I will invoice you through PayPal for the $5, all of which will go directly to our adoption expenses. The invoice will come from Much Ado About You.
  • All invoices must be paid by September 2nd, no exceptions.
  • You will receive the info about your partner by September 5th.
  • You will create an 8" hoop for your partner, which can be shipped in a padded envelope First Class Mail for just a couple of dollars.
  • All hoops must be shipped by September 15th.

Here are some fun examples of Hoop Art:

found via Pinterest, unfortunately without a source


source: Knitty Bitties

source: Little Bits of Joy

source: Catshy Crafts


 
source: My Simple Home Life

Anyone can do this.  Making hoop art is fun and easy!  I'm not kidding that if you can cut and paste, you can make a cute hoop.  For even more inspiration, visit my Hoop Art Inspiration Pinterest board.

**Remember that you must sign up by September 1st and pay the $5 invoice by September 2nd or you will be automatically dropped from the exchange.**

Please only sign up if you pinky-promise to create and ship your partner a hoop by September 15th!  Or else people might start crying.  And then I will cry.  And it will be a big mess. 


*REGISTRATION FOR THE HOOP EXCHANGE IS NOW CLOSED*

All invoices have now been sent.  Please pay your invoice by tomorrow night {Sept 2nd} or you will not receive a partner assignment.

51 comments:

  1. I tried to sign up for the hoop art exchange on my phone twice and each time it took me out of the form before I could submit. I signed up on the computer. I just wanted to let you know that I only want to do it once. Not three times. :) My name is Deniece Carmean

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    1. I'm so sorry you had trouble with that! The form definitely seems to have trouble from a phone. It did only come through once, and you are all set. I will be starting to send out invoices soon.

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  2. I'm sorry I'm a bit confused. I would like to make hoop art do I need a partner if so how do I find one

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    1. Hi Valerie,

      No, you do not need a partner. I will assign you someone to swap with, so you will get to make a new friend! Thanks for the question.

      Emmy

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  3. I think I signed up... I did it from my phone. Can you please confirm if it went through?
    My name is Tracy Stillwell

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    1. Hi Tracy,

      Yes, it came through! I will be sending out invoices soon.

      Thanks so much!
      Emmy

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  4. Yes I signed up too from my phone, Breann Suttles. I hope it went through.

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    1. Yes, Breann!

      You're signed up. I will be sending out invoices soon!

      Thanks,
      Emmy

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  5. Sadly have no time to participate this round! School starting and I'm going insane! BUT, I shared it on the swap blog I co-host! :)

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    1. That was so sweet of you to share! Thanks so much!

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  6. I signed up, but do you need to have instagram??? I don't have a smart phone or tablet. Thanks!

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    1. No, you do not need to have Instagram! No problem. Just be sure to check the email address you entered for details. I will be sending out the partner info between Sept 3rd & 5th. Thanks for signing up!

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    2. Hi, I received a lovely hoop in the mail. But did not receive a partner :( I thought I wasn't in the swap, so didn't worry about it until I got a hoop in the mail. I have checked all messages and didn't receive anything from you. Darn it!!! Please email me with my partner and I will whip up a hoop and get it in the mail asap. Thanks!!!!!!

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    3. Oh shoot! I need to know your name so that I can look it up and see what happened.

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  7. Just signed up and I'm super excited, to be participating in your Hoop Art Fundraiser! Looking forward to creating some hoop art for my hoop art partner. Curious will we be using a hash tag on Instagram see the progress of others?

    ~Felie

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    1. Yes! The same one I am currently using for the giveaway: #itsjustemmyhoopexchange

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  8. Wow! Love this idea so much! Am I able to participate in Canada?

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    1. You sure are! I will match you with someone from Canada so that you don't have to ship internationally.

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    2. Ahh! I haven't recieved my invoice

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    3. Shoot, I don't see you on my list. The form must not have come through. Can you email me the info? emmy@muchadoaboutyou.com

      I need your name, Instagram username, shipping address, PayPal email address, and the info you want to give your partner about yourself.

      Thanks!

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  9. Did it sign me up ok?(@FlorSoul) I did it twice but haven't received an invoice. Thanks!

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    1. I actually sent you an email yesterday. Your registration came through twice, and I was assuming that was a mistake, but some people have wanted to sign up for more than one hoop so I just wanted to double check with you before I invoiced you. Did you want one or two? Thanks! And sorry for the longest sentence ever.

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  10. i have signed up twice, but haven't been invoiced yet! (laryn@door.net) thank you!!

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    1. I did get your registration, but just once. Did you want one or two? I haven't sent out any invoices yet today. I'm just about to.

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  11. I signed up, but pressed submit before I finished! I wanted to check to see if my info went through. ( Dana Hernandez )I also didn't finish putting in my last two words "sewing items" in the description: "I collect vintage buttons and sewing items." Sorry!

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    1. I don't see your entry. Can you try again? Sorry!!!

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    2. Ok! Thank you so much! I just wasn't sure and didn't want to submit twice. :) I submitted my info again!

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  12. Hello! I signed up a couple hours ago and i had put billybooboo1@aol.com as my paypal email which is fine to send the invoice to (which i already received) but when you are going to notify me on who my partner is could you email me at jandsphoto1@yahoo.com...thanks!

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    1. Sure. I made a note of it.

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    2. Hi Emmy! could you actually cancel the invoice you sent to billybooboo1@aol.com and send it to joshung2@gmail.com instead, my debit card just expired and i didnt get my new one yet. Thank you!

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    3. I just sent the new invoice. Thanks!

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  13. Hi Emmy, hope mine went thru (from phone)! I'm camping and can't get on the computer. gidgetblog@gmail.com :)

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  14. Hi! So I signed up:) This is my first exchange of any sort because I am super paranoid. Also I love your hashtags on instagram:)

    Jessie @Possiblemary

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  15. I have a question, I signed up with ikindoallthngs at hotmail dot com for my paypal (I paid my invoice, yay!), but I was wondering if you could email my partner match-up to SHull2319 at gmail dot com ??? ...if not, that's ok :)

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  16. Sent my form via my phone. Please confirm that you got it as I waited until the last possible moment! My pay pal is
    mamma_megs@yahoo.com.
    Xo

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    1. Got it! You're good. Sending invoices in a bit.

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  17. Hi! I signed up yesterday (the 31st) and have not received a Paypal invoice yet! Maybe it didn't go through?

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    1. Are you Andrea Duncan? If so I got it! I'm sending out invoices in just a bit.

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  18. Hi Emmy, I signed up yesterday but haven't seen an invoice. I just want to make sure I'm not missing the deadline to participate. Great idea by the way!

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    1. I got it! Sending out invoices in just a bit.

      Thanks!

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  19. Emmy,

    I was just introduced to your blog by a friend who has also signed up for the hoop swap. I love to read everyone else's adoption blogs! It helps me to feel a little more part of a community since we don't really know many people in our area who are adopting/have adopted. We are also domestically adopting, and are just waiting for a birth mom to choose our family. I look forward to keeping up with your adoption! This is such a good fundraising idea!!! I am hoping to hang the hoop I receive in the nursery that I have already started to decorate ( : I love it!

    Kara

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  20. I signed up and paid for my hoop exchange but never got a partner. Now the date is getting closer and I have a pretty busy hoop art business and am worried I won't have time to make something by the due date.

    Can you figure out what happened? I'm happy to still send something but feel like it's going to be late!

    Thanks,
    Tara

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    1. Tara-I haven't received my partner yet either...hopefully by tonight! :)

      Jess

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    2. Yes, Jess is right. If you re-read above it says that you will get your partner assignment by today. I am MADLY trying to get all the emails out. We are unfortunately in the middle of a major plumbing crisis at my house, which is putting a wrench in my plans, but I am still hopeful that I will be able to get all 275 emails sent in the next few hours. I will post on IG when all emails are sent... if you haven't heard from me by then please let me know.

      Thanks for hanging in there with me!
      Emmy

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