Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Great Project to Use Your Scraps!

Are you looking for a good project to use up all those fabric scraps in your sewing room?

The Preemie Project is an Iowa based nonprofit. Our mission: The Preemie Project seeks to provide comfort and support to critically ill infants and their families in Newborn Intensive Care Units in Iowa.

One of the TPP projects that is in ever increasing demand is "Developmental Hearts" The pattern for Developmental Hearts is on our website.

Here is the pattern:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzJowaAm_F2xazVmbWdzR0FwTUU/view?usp=sharing

TPP donates the Developmental hearts to Iowa NICUs. The hearts are given to moms and dads when their baby is admitted to the NICU. The heart is worn against the parent's skin so that it absorbs their scent. The heart is then placed in the infant's bed.

The pattern includes a template for an 8 inch heart. That is the largest size needed. You can use your smaller scraps and make hearts as small as 5 inches for the tiniest babies.

Two heart shaped layers of cotton, flannel, fleece or minky are serged or sewn together. There is NO batting between the layers. St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids LOVES the hearts that have minky fabric on one side. They request, "Many more please!" So SOFT!

Please wash all fabric before sewing the hearts. Special detergent is NOT needed. Do NOT use fabric softener. If you have pets in your home please wash your items before sending. You might need to iron the hearts. Place in a plastic bag immediately.

We need many hundreds of these hearts every year. The demand keeps growing as more hospitals request the hearts from us.

Please use sweet baby and kid prints for the hearts. Right now our supply is low. We could use several hundred in the next couple of months. Mail the hearts anytime to

The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241

As always, we cannot donate items to any hospital if it comes from a smoking household due to contamination with "third-hand smoke". http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/third-hand-smoke/faq-20057791

Monday, July 27, 2015

Please Consider Adopting a Quilt for Postage Costs

If I ever had to sell anything for a living, my family would starve to death and of that, I am certain.

However, right now, I am not trying to sell you anything, I am asking for you to please consider helping us with the cost of postage for our quilts.

So many of you read my blogs and know the great work we do to support 911 dispatchers and at times first responders with quilts and many of you contribute quilts so we can continue this mission.

However, I am reaching out to those of you who have never donated to us and always felt that 'maybe next time,' or 'so many others will step up,' however, that doesn't always happen and right now, I have several boxes of quilts that need shipping and honestly, there is just no money in my personal budget to ship them out.

Last year, we had many people contribute quilts, fabric, batting, etc. to keep us going and at times we would get an occasional donation and those occasional donations totaled $585 and trust me when I say they were huge blessings.

In the end however, when the numbers were all calculated, my husband and I spent $1037 out of our own pockets in postage, fabrics, gas for travels, printer paper, ink, stamps, etc..

My husband loves me and supports what I am doing and he feels we do make a difference. In addition to our mission here, we donate smaller quilts to other organizations that we cannot use and at times, I will sell small quilts we receive to keep this mission going.

However, this year donations have tumbled and I get that, I really do, we all have family to support, the economy stinks, we donate locally so our money can do good for our community, we don't trust what you do with your money, I have heard it all.

All I am asking is that perhaps you skip that latte for a few days and help us out. Perhaps you are a 911 dispatcher that has received or your department has received help and you can set up a penny or change collection jar for a month and help us out.

I don't want to have to NOT be able to help 'our unseen heroes,' in their time of need because we all have been helped or know someone who has been helped or may need help by these amazing people.

I know you get bombarded daily for requests, I get them in the mail all the time from organizations that are well known to those I have never heard of. My husband tells me I care to much, I give to much and that may be, but blessing others, blesses me in a way I cannot explain.

All, I am asking, is that if you have never donated to Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 in the past and you feel in your heart and you have room in your budget to do so, please consider adopting a quilt for postage costs, so we can get them all out!

Please Consider Adopting a Quilt

If I ever had to sell anything for a living, my family would starve to death and of that, I am certain.

However, right now, I am not trying to sell you anything, I am asking for you to please consider helping us with the cost of postage for our quilts.

So many of you read my blogs and know the great work we do to support 911 dispatchers and at times first responders with quilts and many of you contribute quilts so we can continue this mission.

However, I am reaching out to those of you who have never donated to us and always felt that 'maybe next time,' or 'so many others will step up,' however, that doesn't always happen and right now, I have several boxes of quilts that need shipping and honestly, there is just no money in my personal budget to ship them out.

Last year, we had many people contribute quilts, fabric, batting, etc. to keep us going and at times we would get an occasional donation and those occasional donations totaled $585 and trust me when I say they were huge blessings.

In the end however, when the numbers were all calculated, my husband and I spent $1037 out of our own pockets in postage, fabrics, gas for travels, printer paper, ink, stamps, etc..

My husband loves me and supports what I am doing and he feels we do make a difference. In addition to our mission here, we donate smaller quilts to other organizations that we cannot use and at times, I will sell small quilts we receive to keep this mission going.

However, this year donations have tumbled and I get that, I really do, we all have family to support, the economy stinks, we donate locally so our money can do good for our community, we don't trust what you do with your money, I have heard it all.

All I am asking is that perhaps you skip that latte for a few days and help us out. Perhaps you are a 911 dispatcher that has received or your department has received help and you can set up a penny or change collection jar for a month and help us out.

I don't want to have to NOT be able to help 'our unseen heroes,' in their time of need because we all have been helped or know someone who has been helped or may need help by these amazing people.

I know you get bombarded daily for requests, I get them in the mail all the time from organizations that are well known to those I have never heard of. My husband tells me I care to much, I give to much and that may be, but blessing others, blesses me in a way I cannot explain.

All, I am asking, is that if you have never donated to Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 in the past and you feel in your heart and you have room in your budget to do so, please consider adopting a quilt for postage costs, so we can get them all out!

Please Keep Hayward CA Police Department in Your Prayers

Please send a card of condolence to Hayward PD Dispatch - 300 W Winton - Hayward, CA 94545. We are heartbroken to report that Hayward Police Department Sergeant Scott Lunger was killed in the line of duty this morning following a 3:15 AM traffic stop. The loss is obviously devastating to Sergeant Lunger’s family, and it is also a blow to HPD and the entire Hayward Community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I love this time of year when the garden is starting to take off and is in all types of growth stages.  Our Romaine is growing honestly like a weed, our squash is beginning to meander through the garden and our corn is growing a bit as well.

Actually, we have an extremely spoiled tortoise that will only eat Romaine lettuce, so this year I planted some to save us a bit of money! Next year, I think I am going to plant a row for us as well.

Our garden this year was really an experiment. We live in an amazing community and there is a gentleman in our area who brings out his tractor and will dig up your yard, so for less money (alot less) than a tiller would cost, ($45 to be exact), he came out and gave us a 20' x 30' garden area.

Of course hubby wanted to rent a tiller and make the soil easier to work and remove the rocks, I mean large boulders out of the ground (our area used to be a riverbed thousands of years ago), put down some mulch, fertilizer, etc..

However, hubbies honey (that would be me), has no patience and went out and planted truly organic by just digging holes and planting. Lets just say, that hubbies veggies are doing much better since he did add some mulch. 

The large blue tarp we put over the garden during the heat of the day to prevent everything from dying as we have had an unseasonably hot (90-100 degree temps for us) summer this year with little to no rainfall which is unusual for this part of Washington state.

Our cherry tree's gave us exactly one cereal bowl of cherries this year (Some Rainier and some Bing) and that surprised us because we truly didn't expect to have any since we just planted them last year.


 Our plum tree on the other hand, gave us about 10 very sour purple plums but has produced these amazingly sweet yellow plums that are just brimming with juiciness.

Not quite enough to make a jam, but plenty of fun to watch my hubby and the grands come running in with plum juice running down their arms.

I have decided to do a bit of a giveaway on this post as I was overly blessed with a huge box filled with gingham buttons in black and white and red and white and in two life times, I would never use these all.

So, if you have read down this far and you have a garden this year or fruit tree's, leave me a post with a link to a picture and send me an Email where I can get your mailing address and I will send you out a package of each. If you prefer one over the other, I will send you 2 of the same!

Nothing to share on your blog, Facebook page, nothing to wait weeks for, just a simply thank you for sharing my blog with me and your garden!
 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Yummy Frozen Custard!

Do you like ice cream? I can't think of to many people who don't and while I know many people are lactose intolerant, I am not sure how I would react if I were told I could not have a bowl of creamy cold goodness on a hot day!

Now, comes along Dryers and brings us Frozen Custard and it is so delicious and creamy, well...we ate the entire container of Snickerdoodle Frozen Custard before I grabbed the camera!

I remember someone fixing custard when I was a child and lets just say I was not pleased with the texture or taste at all! It just did not appeal to me and I haven't tried it since.  However, something that might be frozen always appeals to me, just like frozen yogurt which to me is much better than yogurt which I cannot eat due to its texture!

As part of the #Bzzagent team I received a free coupon for this frozen custard and as stated our first was the Snickerdoodle. The kids and I loved the cinnamon crunchiness that was swirled all through the carton, my husband however, wasn't fond of it and he loves Snickerdoodles.

I will say it is a bit expensive or was at Safeway at $5.99 a quart. However, Albertson's has it this week for only $3.99 a quart and you can choose from one of six flavors: Mint Cookies & Cream, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Malt, Old Fashioned Vanilla, Peanut Butter Pie, Salted Carmel Pretzel. So there appears to be something for everyone.

Unless you have a small family, or want to primarily use this custard for ice cream on pie, for a large family as mine, the price is a bit out of reach. However, in doing the campaign I was able to share some $1 off coupons with friends and hope they enjoy this as well.

So, if you are looking for a creamy alternative to ice cream or just want to go back to those days when you got to go to the ice cream parlor for frozen custard cones, this would be a great way to go!



Friday, July 10, 2015

Send A Card to M'Liss Rae Hawley

M'LISS UPDATE
Thank you for all your kind thoughts and well-wishes!
M'Liss is now in the hospital's rehab unit and making steady improvements. She is able to stand with assistance and take a few unsteady steps on a walker.
We are being told her stay here will be about 10 days. There have been several requests for our mailing address to send cards.
Thank for asking, here it is:
M'Liss Rae Hawley
Post Office Box 1304
Freeland, WA 98249


**This was written by her husband Michael. I do not know either of them personally, only from their amazing Facebook page!**