August 12, 2014 by Cyndee Ownbey Leave a Comment I am excited to introduce you to another Women’s Ministry Leader today – Roberta Dunnicliff has a great Raffle Basket Project to share with you! I would guess many Women’s Ministries have tried this money making idea but I am so proud of how successful our raffle basket projects have become. We use our earnings (approximately $4,000 a year) for a high school scholarship, youth mission trips, sponsoring women to attend our retreat and supporting other ministries, and providing free events for our ladies. We meet twice a week for approximately two months before an event organizing baskets by theme or color, cleaning, arranging and cellophane wrapping.
We have a team that transports and sets up the items, a team that sells tickets (a dollar for one, $5.00 for 6, $20 for 30).
We have yet another team that pulls a ticket from each basket during the Tea (after the deadline is announced) and tapes the winning ticket.
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Finding just the right gift for that special someone can be a tricky job sometimes!  Not to mention, the expense of finding gifts for everyone on your list can add up this time of year.  In the search for meaningful presents, think no further than your own two hands!  Homemade gifts are as much of a joy to make as they are to give (and receive!)  Using these 10 easy homemade Christmas Gift ideas, you can spark your own inner Christmas creativity.  Easy gift giving is at your fingertips! What could be more satisfying than giving a handmade gift?  Giving something that you have made is deeper than money can buy.  Anyone can purchase a present, but offering a handmade gift is like offering a bit of yourself as well.  Gift making does not have to be difficult either!  In the 10 Easy homemade Christmas Gifts Guide, you will find simple ideas… and most are finished in an hour or less!
Boot cuffs are all the rage right now!  This popular trend often takes a big bite out of pocketbooks, but it doesn’t need to be that way!  Using a needle and thread, you can transform any old sweater into a fabulous pair of trendy boot cuffs!  Don’t have an old sweater?  A quick run to the thrift shop can easily (and cheaply) remedy that! Who knew that just a few yards of fabric, and a quick zip through the sewing machine can yield a personalized set of napkins perfect for gifting!  Do you have a friend who is crazy for cats?  Find her some over the top cat fabric and create a gift she will never forget!  The great thing about napkins is that everyone uses them, and they can be personalized to fit anyone.  They are the ultimate easy DIY gift! A gorgeous set of stamped hangers would make the perfect hostess gift this holiday season.  Personalize with names or significant dates, or think of meaningful sayings or phrases to personalize this gift.  The words to a favorite song?  An inside joke that makes you both giggle?  Stamped hangers are an easy gift that can tailor to fit almost anyone!
You will not find an easier sewing project than the Handkerchief Tablecloth!  All of the handkerchiefs are hemmed, so just a quick stitch through the sewing machine and you are finished!  Personalize by choosing colors, and making it as big or as small as you desire. Just like the fabric napkins, these button earrings are easily personalized for anyone.  Fabric of all colors and patterns can be made into a cute little pair of earrings!  Why not one pair for every outfit?  Button earrings are so simple to make, in less than an hour, you could make a pair for all of your friends. Burlap is everywhere in home decor, and usually on the pricey side as well!  But, not when you buy it off of the bolt at the fabric shop!  I found burlap for less than a $1 a yard, which I used to make this adorable little pillow.  A burlap pillow is a fun gift that is easily personalized with a monogram or any design of your choice!
Just a bit of wire and a few colorful beads can make a gorgeous Christmas gift!  This bird’s nest ring is easier than you think and can be made in just a couple of minutes!  You can simply customize by adding the number of eggs for the number of children that someone has.  The nest can also be made into a pennant for a necklace by replacing the ring back with a chain instead.
The beauty of anything made “chalkboard” style is that it can be customized over and over again!  A chalkboard banner can be pulled out for any holiday or celebration, its uses are endless!  It makes the perfect gift for anyone!
Having silhouettes custom made are very expensive!  But, did you know that it only takes minutes to make them yourself?!  Silhouettes are a very sentimental and special gift that anyone would love to get.  Tuck one in a colorful frame, and you have a gorgeous gift that you would be proud to give to anyone!  You can make a silhouette of a child, or even a special pet.
And don’t forget that if you are looking for more creative inspiration, be sure to head over to our Pinterest page.
People’s love of crafting is nothing new, but there are some new trends in the way that people craft today. Fortunately, there are a lot of great ways that you can enjoy both crafting and saving the planet. Most home have a lot of frames that either doesn’t fit the decor of your home or you just have found the right place for.
You buy hundreds of candles a year, so instead of throwing out the jars every time the candle is gone, you can reuse them to make beautiful centerpieces for your dinner table, or anywhere throughout your home.
As fall approaches and you begin to go through your closet, you may find a lot of old sweaters that you will not be wearing again this year. I'm so excited to announce that my first book, THE I HEART NAPTIME COOKBOOK: 100 easy and delicious recipes to make than less than an hour is now available for PRE-SALE! Click on the links below each image to be taken to the original source for the full tutorial. For our little ones I've picked up some blankets here and there at rummage sales and been passed down a few, but the receiving blankets are always so thin. If you aren't able to get fabric locally you can buy online as well through places like Hancock Fabrics. Start by cutting the stray ends off your fabric pieces so they are the same size when put them together.
Iron the blanket and make sure to press all of the edges well so that they are flat and even. When I was born, one grandmother made the receiving blankets and the other grandmother made the quilts.
This is a great idea as a baby gift especially as a blanket you can keep in the car for when unexpected cold weather hits and you need something to keep little ones warm.
I’ve made something similar to this to send on mission trips to Haiti for the orphanages!


I love the baby blanket it is really cute I usually just take a yard of baby patterened flannel and serge around it to makean oversized receiving blanket I think i’ll try yours next time Love the decorative stitch too. Great blankies to give for gifts… I try to make 1 for church baby showers and if enough time add 2 or 3 easy burp cloths. I love these blankets and already made 4 for my baby boy (wish I had this a couple years ago for my daughter but it’s not too late). I was inspired quite a while ago when I saw this tutorial for the first time and I recently made the receiving blankets and some burp cloths for my daughter who is expecting a baby this week. Kids are proud to make breakfast, but tiny hands are not well suited for frying, flipping or boiling.
My girls love to cook and could crack an egg before they were out of diapers, so they’re able to make this easy recipe almost completely on their own with just a little help getting the muffin tin in and out of the oven. 2.  Grease a muffin tin with butter and place one slice of bread into each hole pressing down in the middle.
I saw this on The SITS website and I am so excited to make this for my family tomorrow and have my 9 & 7 years help me. The Organized Cook™ Weekly Meal PlanNever worry again about what you’re going to make for dinner.
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When the attendees purchase tickets they are assigned a number to place on the back of the ticket.
Many people are making changes in their everyday lives in order to better protect the environment and create less waste.
Many new craft ideas involve using recycled materials that you can find around your own home. A great way to make these frames work in your home, and make your home look a little prettier, is to use those frames around your local home security system control box.
Simply remove all the wax and use the jar as a blank canvas for whatever your heart desires.
In your frustration, you can either throw them all away, or use them for a practical craft your home will appreciate.
These can be made just in time for Christmas and will also make great gifts for Birthdays and other holidays. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire.
I'm not sure what my obsession is about, but there is just something about snuggling a warm little baby in that soft blanket that makes me want to have a whole bunch of them! They don't do much to protect my babies from the floor and they aren't much for wrapping them in so that we can cuddle. I tried to get an exact measurement, but it will depend on the width of your fabric and how crooked it was cut! Make sure to leave an opening of several inches so that you can flip the blanket right side out. If you can't or choose not to do a decorative stitch at this point, all you need to do is whip stitch the opening shut and you are done! If you choose to do the decorative stitch this baby receiving blanket pattern will take a little longer to finish, but then it makes such a cute blanket for you or for a gift! These DIY Pillow Covers can be made in just 15 minutes and this super cute Easy Fleece Hat Pattern is just a single row stitch project.
I rounded the corners (the inside of a roll of making tape is perfect) Then I make my own binding (or can use pre-packaged) to finish the edge. Our sewing club are making quilts for charity right now, We will be including these with our quilts.
I know a TON of people have babies right now, and it would be awesome to give them some blankets! The store in my town is amazing, the people are there everyday (other than their days off) and there are plenty of people there who know how to correctly cut the fabric. I?ll show you easy ways to spend less time and money at the grocery store, less time in the kitchen and more time with your family.
My husband was so surprised because I never make breakfast, but they were so easy and delicious!


It takes a little more work to get them to stay in the pan compared to regular bread, but the recipe turned out perfectly.
I?ve got to admit, when I think of the duct tape wallets and purses, I think of teenage girls.
Great because at the end of the night all you have to do is peal the tape off and you have your plain table cloth to reuse again with any theme.
She is located in Oakhurst, California, at Sierra Pines Church. Her church has approximately 600 members.
I’m the Aunt known for making her gifts and I do believe my nieces and nephews like the ones I come up with. This means you will not have to run to the store to buy new materials, you will throw away less in your home and you will save a little money in the process. You can paint or otherwise decorate your frames until they fit with the rest of the decor in your home for a perfectly fitting and unique craft. To protect your table from pot pans and skillets, use the clothes pins to make a place mat that will hold those pots and pans safely away from your table and counter tops.
They will help keep your wintertime drinks warm and will give your mugs a new look that is fun and easy for everyone to use. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man. A thoughtful promise of services is far more meaningful than any purchased or even hand-crafted gift. If you are ambitious or don't have a sewing machine you can do these by hand but it's much quicker if you have even a basic machine.
If you don't do the extra stitch this blanket will be done in 10 minutes and you can make several if you need them. I like the blanket a bit bigger to use on the floor or in the crib when baby get’s bigger.
We cater to mom’s and their families, both with pregnancy support, and baskets for the family.
I am new to quilting so I like easy projects to do along with the quilting.I am a grandma and great grandma, and love doing things for children of all ages.
I just wash our blankets (only if needed) in cold water with other towels and blankets and they seem to stay alright.
Thanks for the post on how to find cheap fabric as well, I’m always looking for a deal! Grab you favorite colors and a few supplies, sit yourself down in front of a good movie and in no time you?ll have some festive strands of bunting to add to presents, frames, doorways, your Christmas tree and anything else you can think of! We want to find ways to still enjoy our hobby while still making changes to create less waste and live better. Here are five easy craft projects made from recycled materials that you can use in your home.
My partner did a creative variant of this, making 12 pre-planned date nights and putting an itinerary of each into an envelope labeled for each month of the year.
Plus, you can make these super cute if you, or your machine, can do some decorative stitches. I upgraded when my basic machine broke last year and I'm not sure how I lived without this machine. One grandmother was still alive when I had my first baby and she made more blankets for him. I saved all the extra fabric from over the years and recently made a quilt top in the disappearing nine-patch pattern. He’s also given more standard coupons and I have no qualms whatsoever cashing in coupons for cleaning my car when the clutter is out of control or maybe a period of watching whatever I want on TV with no one interrupting with questions or conversation. It doesn't need to use a foot pedal which is perfect for me since I don't really get along with machines with them. So easy and turned out super cute – it will always remind me of all the babies wrapped in my homemade blankies. I plan on making some more very soon and would like washing tips and how to keep both sides sticking together after they are sewn.



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