Monday, September 16, 2013

Garland Exchange: Another Adoption Fundraiser

Well, the Hoop Exchange was a huge success!  We raised over $1400 towards our adoption, and I can't even begin to tell you how much fun it was to watch everyone stitching and hooping, all in the name of baby #3!  It was amazing.

As I said last week, we had a little set back with our fundraising when we found out that our agency's fees have gone up pretty significantly since we adopted Penelope.  We need about $10,000 more than we thought we did.  So I have decided to host another exchange!!!

Let's be honest... the people are clamoring for it.  And I like to give the people what they want.

It's a GARLAND EXCHANGE!

Now, before you panic and think "I can't sew!" have no fear... I can sew, but I don't!  And I have made dozens of garlands.  I like to use hole punches, and staplers, and ribbon.  No sewing!  So truly ANYONE can do this.  Check out my Garland Inspiration Board on Pinterest to get an idea of just how broad this category is.

Also, this exchange is open to anyone, children and young adults included {I will match you with someone in your same age range}.  If you are outside the US you must be willing to ship internationally, but I will do my best to match you with someone from your home country.  

So here are the specifics:
  • In order to participate you must sign up by September 20th by filling in the form below.
  • The cost to participate is $5 plus the cost of your materials {it is completely possible to use supplies you have on hand and not spend any money on your garland}. 
  • Please pay the $5 fee by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of my right sidebar. When you are processing your donation there is a link that says, "Add special instructions to the seller".  Please click on that link and enter the same name that you use on the form below so that I can match up your entry with your payment.  If you are signing up your child(ren) you may make one payment, but please enter each name in the instructions box.
  • If you would like to exchange more than one garland, please submit a new form for each one that you would like to do, and then pay the appropriate fee {$5 per garland}.  That way I will know that your multiple entries were intentional. 
  • Please pay as soon as you sign up.
  • You will receive the info about your partner by September 25th.
  • You will create a 6 foot garland for your partner, which should only cost  a couple of dollars at the most to ship First Class Mail.
  • All garlands must be shipped by October 9th, which gives you two weeks to create.
There are so many possibilities for creating fun garlands.  Here are a few fun examples:

source: Pearls & Pasteries Shop

source: DIY Confessions

source: Flamingo Toes

source: Aidie's Hideaway

source: Hostess with the Mostest

Have I convinced you???  I hope so.  This one is going to be so fun... you won't want to miss it!


*REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED*

Thank you so much for supporting our family once again!  Happy crafting!

34 comments:

  1. The hoop exchange was fun and since garlands are my thing ill have to do this one too! so fun.

    Also, your unsourced VDay garland is a pinned picture from my etsy shop. Doesn't really matter it was just funny to see one of my pieces pop up as I was reading your post. :)

    here's the link to the picture- https://www.etsy.com/transaction/69936282

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    1. Oh yay, thank you so much for letting me know! I HATE having unsourced pictures. I just added a link to your shop.

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    2. Thank You! I actually felt kinda silly saying, "hey that's mine!" =)

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  2. I loved the Hoop Exchange, and all the encouragement from all the ladies. I'm so excited to take part in another exchange, but so so nervous about the garland part of it. ;]

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    1. I think that the garland will actually be so much easier than the hoops were! There's so many possibilities with garlands!

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  3. So excited to participate! I have been totally jealous of all of the hoop art pics! Yea!!

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  4. Yay my daughter and I are all signed up!!

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  5. I signed up yesterday for this! I am so excited for it! I haven't gotten an invoice yet- but I'm keeping my eyes open for one! I am so excited thinking of all the possibilities for my garland buddy!

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  6. The hoop exchange was so rad! Can't wait to participate in this one. Great ideas girlie.

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  7. Hiiii!! :)

    Ok so I just signed up 4 times!! Yep.. crazy I know but it's ganna rock!(paid for them already too via pay pall b.c I think I read somewhere today that that's how you want it done) Also, can you please make sure that I typed all my addresses correctly? lol I think I got the zip code mixed up on 1 or 2 of them. should be 92833. Thanks!!

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    1. Thanks so much Ally! You're all set. Zip is good.

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  8. Hi Emmy,

    Signed up for my two daughters & myself thru my phone. Please let me know if you didn't get it. Thanks!

    -Kim E.

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    1. I got it, but I have not gotten your payment. Be sure to make that today by clicking on the Donation link on the top of my right sidebar.

      Thanks!

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  9. Signed up & Paid! I forgot to add into the special instructions tho... The payment is under TwoShabbySisters@gmail.com (paypal name is under morgan olinger) but name should be Jennifer Ciani. Let me know if you have any probs finding it! Thanks!!

    Jennifer

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  10. Emmy...
    It's me--Erin (@tweetpotatopie from IG)...
    I'm going to be at a wedding decorating/rehearsal all day long today (Friday), and I get TERRIBLE cell reception out there.
    PLEASE know that I WILL pay my invoice tonight when I get home--don't eliminate me from the garland exchange!

    Thanks, friend!

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  11. Emmy,
    I signed up last night but am not sure it went through. Can you let me know? If not I will do it again.
    Thanks,
    Kari Heckman

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    1. Yes, it did, and I received your payment too.

      Thank you!
      Emmy

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  12. All signed up! How fun is this! :) :)

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  13. I am quite sure I messed up. You mentioned noting our name when donating for the garland exchange, but with the chaos of needy children I think I forgot that step?! I am signed up as Mallory Crain, my paypal is cravingsavings2@gmail.com ....sorry if I made this extra complicated for you!

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  14. I tried signing up last night several times but it didn't seem to go through and then I tried again just now and it for sure went through because I got a little auto response. That didn't happen last night. Anyhow... I hope it wasn't too late to enter. I'll pay as soon as I receive the email with the paypal account to send to. =)

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    1. I changed the system and forgot to change it on the auto-response. Please just use the Donate button on the top right sidebar to make your payment. I am not sending invoices.
      Thanks!
      Emmy

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  15. Hi Emmy. I just signed up and made my payment through Paypal. I forgot to do the special instructions to seller. I am SO SORRY!!

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  16. Hi Emmy,

    I'm sorry to be a pain, but could you let me know if you received my sign up/payment?? I paid with my debit card, not a Paypal account so I just wanted to be sure everything went through okay :)

    Thanks!

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  17. Shame on me for not reading the instructions a little more carefully! I signed up my 2 daughters and myself on Tues (I think!)and have been waiting for an invoice. Came back today and re-read the instructions and realized it was a little different. I just paid for the 3 of us this morning. Sorry! Just wanted to let you know! :)

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  18. So sad I just found out about this!!!! Any way to open it back for just an hour!!??? Pretty pretty please!!!!?

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  19. Someone just told me about this! What a great idea! I decided we should do one as a fundraiser ourselves!
    I looked up garland fundraisers on google and then used your "rules" as a guide for mine. Please let me know if it's ok!
    I'm hoping people will enter it! :) This is the link to it: http://www.maheradoption.com/2013/11/garland-exchange-adoption-fundraiser.html Let me know if you want me to change any wording. I typed it out myself but your wording was so much better, I kept going back to that. I will totally change it if you want me to! Thank you for much for the idea. :D

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