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Monday, October 20, 2014

Food Donations Being Made This Week

Thank you to everyone who donated food this week! We collected a good variety of non-perishable food items and they will be taken to The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties later this week. If you'd like more information about volunteering or donating food at this location, you can see their website for more information. 

We were only able to get a few bags made to put the food in, but hopefully they will be a blessing to whatever family receives them.

The bags make a great carry-all and can be used for just about anything!

If you are interested in making a tote, and filling it with food to donate to your local food bank, email me at daisylanedesign@yahoo.com, and I'll send you the pdf for making one of these cute bags. Maybe you can even just fill it up with something for a elderly neighbor, whip some up and bring them to a nursing home filled with some toiletries or treats....they can be a blessing to lots of different people! 

Also, this weekend, I discovered this sign in the window of the subway at Aldrich Plaza on Rt 9 here in Howell. If you know anyone who can benefit from this location's generosity, please let them know! And if you're hungry for a 6" Italian BMT someday, please consider supporting this business which is trying to do its part. :)

Our next Create and Donate is scheduled for 
Sunday, November 16 from 2-5 pm.
We will be making zip top pencil cases for Operation Christmas Child
It is an annual campaign run by Samaritan's Purse. 
Pricing will be as follows:
Attend the zipper class and make a cute pencil case: $30 - plus your materials.
Attend the zipper class and donate your pencil case to be included in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox: $15 plus materials.
Attend the zipper class, donate your pencil case and bring another item to be donated and your class is free! (You just need to bring your supplies)

We will also be collecting items at the shop to fill shoeboxes. Directions for filling shoeboxes and the items that are ok to include can be found here. If you are considering donating - please read over the list before purchasing. There are just some things that can't be sent or accepted, and these items will be weeded out before being packed in a shoebox.

If you would like to donate supplies to make pencil cases, or if you are coming to the Create and Donate, here is what you need:
One 9" zipper in the color of your choosing
a fat quarter or 1/4 yard of 100% cotton fabric print (nothing with guns, military or violent themes).
a fat quarter or 1/4 yard of solid colored fabric or muslin.
1/4 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing.

If you are interested in purchasing a pencil case for yourself, as a gift or to include in your own Operation Christmas Child shoebox, you can find the listing for these in my shop here. These will be available for purchase through November 10, and for each one purchased, $7 will be donated to Samaritan's Purse.

Hope you all have a great week!
:) allison

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2nd Create and Donate - Unlined Tote Bags

Come Join us on Sunday, October 12 from 2-5 pm.

In September, we wound up making 9 bibs and collecting 11 packages of diapers for Solutions Pregnancy Center in Central NJ. I was blown away by everyone's generosity and willingness to help out! Here are some of those donations:

So, I'm excited to announce our next community event!
October's Create and Donate project is this unlined tote and food donations for an area food bank (specific organization to be determined.)

When: Sunday, October 12, from 2-5 pm
Where: Great Pacific Frame Shoppe, in Point Pleasant, NJ
Cost: The tote class is $30. If you donate your bag it's $25. If you also bring food items to place in your bag it's $15. There will be some supplies (fabric, webbing) available, but they are limited and handed out on a first come first serve basis, so reserve your spot today!

How else to get involved: if you don't sew, but would like to be involved, we are collecting non-perishable food items at the Shoppe, October 1 through 16. 

What if you don't live nearby?
If you are a sewer and would like to make a bag and fill it with food items and donate to a collection site in your area - let me know! I have a tutorial written up showing you how to make the bags. I would love for you to be able to impact your community where you are in a meaningful way as well. Just make sure you take a picture and share! #dldcreateanddonate in all the usual spots.

For those who like to plan ahead:
November's Create and Donate will be zippered pencil cases for Operation Christmas Child
December's Create and Donate will be fleece hats and a warm clothing donation. 

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Friday, September 19, 2014

We've Got Spirit, How 'Bout You?

School Spirit Color Run 5K
Saturday, September 27
at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
641 Struthers Ave, Grand Junction, CO.
Registration is a 9 am, run starts at 10 am.

Get your run on before you head over for your fry bread at the Fruita Fall Festival!

This is a step away from what I normally do at the shop to tell you about an incredible opportunity to support teens in the Grand Valley next Saturday, September 27. My husband, Chad, and his partner, Leigh, head up a dynamic non-profit called Neural Activity. This program is

"...a unique non-profit organization. 
It marries adventure activities with a drug prevention message. 
Students learn about natural highs and how drugs corrupt the body's natural reward pathways. 
Once trained, NA Teens present the message to younger students." 
-quote is a description from their Facebook page.

Neural Activity takes teens out on all kinds of adventure activities, ones they might not normally get a chance to participate in otherwise. This summer at their annual training, they summited Mt. Crested Butte, in Crested Butte, Colorado, rappelled and did some white water rafting. Once the teens see how life itself offers plenty of exciting opportunities, Neural Activity teaches these teens how drugs can steal those opportunities from them and the biological effects drug use can have on their bodies. 

From there, the students who participated went back to their area high schools and started organizing their schools' clubs, recruiting other incoming and returning students at back to school nights across the valley:

Throughout the year, they will continue to receive research-based instruction that they will then be trained to present to younger students in area middle schools so that they can serve as mentors to the kids coming up behind them. And they will continue to do exciting adventure activities in their area. This weekend, for example, they are climbing Mt. Garfield. The activities are funded mostly by the clubs themselves. Here is where you come in:

Neural Activity's first fundraiser of this season is the School Spirit Color Run 5K. Instead of having dye packs thrown at you, the idea is to show your school spirit by wearing your area high school colors. Are you a fan, alum, parent of a future Bulldog? Let's see your maroon and white! Live in town? Get your orange and black on, and come walk/run! 

Here is the link for the 5K run/walk registration:

Cost is $19 in advance, $25 the day of.
You receive a bright green sling bag for participating

AND....because you are a DLD fan too, there is a way to earn another freebie! 
A coffee cozy in your school's colors!

Example of coffee cozy in Central's colors

Interested? Here's what you do:
1. When you register for the event, sign up under a business.....Daisy Lane Design. (if you forget this step during registration, just tell Chad at the event - he'll be there!)
2. Take a picture of yourself or your group in their school colors at the event.
3. Post your picture on the DLD Facebook page.
Every picture will be entered into a drawing. Everyone in the picture selected will win a DLD coffee cozy in their school's colors. 

Of course, this is only for those that are in the Grand Junction area next weekend, but I'm excited to say that NA is also starting up in New Jersey this year! Perhaps there will be a color run here next year too!

:) allison

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stop! Read This Sign

We are back to school, people!
A little late, I know, but I am still all aglow....

Hurray! Huzzah! I know, I'm the worst mom ever - but I love back to school. When I was a full time teacher, (and before I was a mom) I did not quite understand. I would listen to those with kids, off for the summer, and wonder at their complaining. I would think, all self-righteously, that when I had kids and they were home for ten weeks on end, I would absolutely love it! We would have so much fun! 

Flash forward 9 years. I have two kids. A just starting fourth grader and a just starting second grader. And they are great! And we DO have so much fun! But I now realize that those "complaining" moms from before I knew what I was talking about were really just speaking about the exhaustion of having to be ON 24 hours a day, for 10 weeks on end, and constantly cleaning up and organizing things for their people. But I have also discovered, 10 weeks and 7 days  - that's the number of days we've been back - late that the need to be ON 24 hours a day, and especially taking on the responsibility of all the cleaning and organizing is totally completely and utterly my own fault.


I admit it.

I created my summer monster and now I have to wait 180+ school days to try and fix it.

Here's is why back to school rules: because there is structure to it! You wake up at a certain time, follow morning routines, send your little ones off, take care of your own stuff or go to work, come home, afternoon activities/homework/dinner, night-time routines and bed. And then you repeat, repeat repeat. It's bliss. It's wonderful. Do you know why? Because you don't have to think about it! You don't have to create an elaborate "what are we going to do today" plan. You just work the plan you have! Genius. Whoever thought of this thing really knew what they were doing. And I was reminded of it while sitting in my daughter's back to school night. The teacher started talking about the morning routines, how the kids come in...put away their backpacks...sign in...make a lunch choice...do morning work, and on and on. It makes her days smooth, it makes it easier for the kids to learn and guess what? The kids LIKE it!

It's not how I want to live every moment, trust me. We all need a Saturday that we stay in our pjs and watch mind-numbing TV all wrapped up in blankets with a bowl of homemade popcorn between us. I'm all about that. But I need to do a better job of teaching my kids how to be responsible for their own entertainment, as well as teaching them how to be active and responsible members of our family unit.

And I'm not waiting until next summer. We're starting now. With little things, like the sign at the beginning of this post. Here it is again:

It's hand-written on a piece of scrap paper and taped to the back door with painter's tape. No Pinterest sign here. (I only have time to pin, not actually make any of that great stuff). I also don't have to be the crazy mom, running around looking for all the last minute things that they need for the day - getting angry that all 180 school days of each of the 6 years we've been doing this, it's the same script. I merely point to the door. If they forget after that, oops. They'll remember tomorrow.

here's to a step in the right direction!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Week's Work

Week of September 7
This is a super busy class week! Three regular adult classes, open sew, one kid class, and the fall's first Create and Donate! Full details are available on the Classes tab, but here is the overview below...

Classes this week:
Tuesday the 9th, 6-9 pm: Advanced Class - Coasters Part 1
(actually, if anyone signs up for this class, we will need to talk about another time - we have open house for back to school at 6 pm!)
Wednesday the 10th, 10 am - 1 pm: Beginner Class part 2 - Stuffed Pillow
Thursday 11th, 10:30am - 1:30 pm: Intermediate Class - Rotary Cutting
Friday the 12th, 6-9 pm: Open Sew. Come and work on existing projects. $15/person
Saturday the 13th, 1-4 pm: Kid's Sew: Beginning Sewing/Stuffed Pillow
Sunday the 14th, 2-5 pm: Create and Donate - bibs

New Pattern: Coffee Cozies
This is actually a tutorial that is already available right here on the blog, but I am going to write up a pattern for it too, in case there are some of you out there that don't want to do that part for yourself. I'll also be putting together coffee cozy kits, which will then be available for sale at Great Pacific. All you'll need is your machine, thread and a hand-sewing needle and you'll be able to make one for yourself!

Newsletter Sign-up
The first email newsletter is going out this week. It is full of the more important, don't want to miss and exclusive DLD information. If you want to be the first to know, you should receive the newsletter! Send your email to daisylanedesign@yahoo.com and I'll sign you up!

Hope you all have a good week.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Week's Work

Week of September 1
I can't believe it's September. Did that sneak up on anyone else, or is it just me? We are fresh back from a family trip, school starts this week, and a new schedule for me for work. Goodbye summer. I better get it in gear.

Our view just a few short days ago. 
This week's classes are as follows:
Tuesday, September 2: Coasters, Part 1, 6 - 9 pm.
Wednesday, September 3: Beginning Sewing, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday, September 4: Rotary Cutting, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
You can see the full list of classes, including supply lists on the Classes tab.

Create and Donate
DLD is hosting its second Create and Donate on Sunday, September 14. We will be making another set of bibs to donate to Solutions Pregnancy Center. Cost of the event is $35. This includes bib class instruction and your pattern. It does not include supplies. If you donate your completed bib, the cost is $25. If you also bring a package of diapers to donate, the cost is $15.

Bibs from the last Create and Donate

Winner of Cash Envelope Contest
Congrats to Val S. who is the winner of last week's cash envelope contest! That was fun! I am thinking we need to do more of those in the future :)

I am starting a shop newsletter. It will be mailed directly to your email inbox and will contain the most pertinent, don't want to miss, first to hear shop information. I promise not to spam. If you like hearing from me several times a day, that's what Facebook and Instagram are for. If you really just want to hear the important, broad strokes consider signing up for the newsletter. You can message me on Facebook or email me at daisylanedesign@yahoo.com.

Shop Feature
I "found" a shop on Etsy you might all be interested in. It's called Divide and Conquer and the entire shop is dedicated to purse organizer inserts! She has thought of everything. It's like The Container Store for your purse. Amazing. Let me know if you visit!

Hope you all have a good week. Gotta run - cash envelopes await!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Week's Work

Week of August 17th

Classes this week:
There are no classes scheduled this week.
Thursday is the summer's last open sew, from 10:30-1.

The new Fall Class Schedule is up! You can view the classes page here to get all the info you need. As I complete samples of the class projects, more pictures will be listed.

Create and Donate:
Sunday was our first ever Create and Donate!

My daughter and I were at the Shoppe Sunday, making these sweet bibs for Solutions Pregnancy Center. She worked on that dinosaur one, with a little help :). We chatted with a friend who works at the center and said that they would be thrilled to have them! So before bringing them over, we're going to do it one more time (and I'll do a much better job of letting you know it's coming up)

There will be 4 Create and Donates this fall.
Sunday, September 14 - bibs
Sunday, October 12, re-usable shopping bags
Sunday, November 16, zipped pencil cases
Sunday, December 14, fleece beanie.

Visit the classes page to get all the info and learn how you can get involved.

Fabric kits:
The first set of kits is at the Shoppe! Bib kits arrived this week and I'm excited to see what people think of them. In each kit has material, batting and snaps to make one infant bib. There is also a coupon for the bib pattern available in my etsy shop. If you're coming to class but don't want to run all the way over to the fabric store and spend time matching fabrics or having to buy a whole roll of batting for just one small project - I think you're going to like the idea of these kits. More to come!

Cash Envelope Contest
Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that I do more work with cash envelopes than anything else. But there are still lots of people who look at me funny when I tell them what I do. What is that? What do you do with it? People still use cash?! Clearly, lots of you do! And I thank you for it. This week I'm working on one with 20 inner envelopes...it's the biggest in DLD history. 

In honor of all you cash envelope users, we're having a contest this week. Post a picture of your cash envelope in use right up there on the DLD Facebook page. How did you label your envelopes? Do you use it as a wallet or as longer-term saving? Is it for birthdays, holidays, receipts, coupons? We want to see! Pictures will be accepted all this week, until Friday, August 22. Then I will make an album of all the entries so we can vote for our favorite! The person whose system earns the most likes will win a set of three specialty envelopes: Christmas (or other holiday), birthday and travel. Good luck!

PS...the etsy shop will be on vacation next week, August 24-31. 

Have a great week!