Saturday, December 22, 2012

blueEnergy Raffle Winners

blueEnergy beneficiary
I'm happy to announce the winners of the raffle.  I wish everyone who donated and participated could be winners, as it was really sweet of you to help support the work blueEnergy is doing.  But, only three can win the prizes here and they are:

Prize #1 custom clutch or zip pouch:  #7 Ash
Prize #2 custom clutch or zip pouch and charm packs: #9 LethargicLass
Prize #3 custom clutch or zip pouch and fat eight bundle of mirror dots:  #3 Marci Warren-Elmer

I will email the prize winners.  Thank you so very much to everyone!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last Minute Gift Idea

Christmas is in FIVE days!!!  Had plans to make a whole bunch of things for the holidays, but time stuck up on ya?  Well if you need a last minute gift idea, I've got one for you!  Give the gift of light, hope and opportunity to children and families in need in Nicaragua by making a donation to blueEnergy.  Check out my post HERE for all the details about blueEnergy and the raffle where you can win fantastic prizes!  Now you can print out a gift card to give to your friends and family!

Download the printable Gift Card HERE.

You can make a donation by going to the campaign webpage HERE.

Or, you can make a donation via PAYPAL:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Gift of Light & Raffle!

My husband Mathias is the Executive Director of a non-profit he started called blueEnergy.  blueEnergy connects the most isolated poor to the renewable energy, clean water and sanitation services needed to improve their own lives.  They go where others won’t to help some of the hardest to serve.  They create lasting change along the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, the poorest region in the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Young beneficiaries of life-saving water filter in their one room home.
During the holiday season, blueEnergy runs their Gift of Light campaign.  As a non-profit operating where there is no governmental funding available, blueEnergy relies on individual donors to bring the very basic necessities of life to those desperately in need.  This year, their goal is to raise funds to help bring solar power installations to ten additional families in the community of Rocky Point. 

Young beneficiary admiring the solar panel that will bring him light and greater opportunity
I have personally seen the living conditions for most on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua where blueEnergy operates, and the tremendous impact that they are having.  People's health have improved dramatically with the access to clean water and cleaner energy and people are utilizing the energy to increase their education and financial conditions.  

Children studying in school at night because of new light
So I wanted to do something to help with their fundraising and outreach efforts with a little raffle on my blog. Which is where YOU come in.  Here's how it will work.  Each person that donates a minimum of $10 will be entered into the raffle. There will be 3 prize winners.     

Prize # 1:  Custom zip pouch or metal frame clutch.  Fabrics will be from my large stash, but I will work with you to pick fabrics to your liking.  Samples below.

Prize 2:  Custom zip pouch or metal frame clutch as above.  Plus: 2 Simply Color Charm Packs.

Prize 3:  Custom zip pouch or metal frame clutch as above.  Plus: One Fat Eighth Bundle of Mirror Dots.

Source Westwood Acres on Etsy.
Do you want to help support a great cause, and have a chance at winning great prizes?  Then all you need to do is go HERE to make your donation of at least $10.  Then come back and leave a comment telling me that you did (I will also verify with my husband before picking the winners).  Winners will be selected by  The raffle will end on Friday, December 21st at 6 pm. PST.  I will notify the winners that evening.  Handmade items will be made during the holiday break.  Prizes will be shipped the first week of January.

AND - your donation will be matched, so your contribution to the organization will be double!!!  AND you donation is tax deductible!!

Or, you can make your donation via PAYPAL:

And you can print out a gift card to give to your friends and family!

Download the printable Gift Card HERE.

Thank you.  And please, even if you can't donate, could you please help by spreading the word via facebook, twitter, IG, etc!

Our family in Nicaragua in May, 2012

Note, while the campaign website says it closes today, the donation page will be active through the end of the raffle, and donations will still be matched. I was a little late in putting this together!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hanukah Zip Pouches

This year, I wanted to give my family handmade gifts for the holidays. I have one mother (well really two, I'm adopted), and three sisters. I had made one of my sisters Anna's Open Wide Zip Pouch for her birthday, and she wanted more and everyone else wanted one.  So that was easy.  I made them assembly line style over two separate evenings, well in advance of Hanukah - not a last minute finish - rare, go me!  I love these pouches, I know I will be making many many more!

All lined up!

For my beautiful baby sister Pam, who just started college and joined Sigma Kappa.

For my gorgeous baby sister who loves her phone and is a super hip hairdresser.

For my beautiful crafty baby sister, who also likes to sew.

For my Mother, who likes red.

All in a few nights work, so much fun!  
First time I got to (remembered to) use my labels on bags I made.
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