Monday, February 18, 2013

Love & Helping Hands

A smidge behind on showing some Project 52 photos, but you'll forgive, right? ^_^

Week 6 involved a project for Brother Bill's Helping Hand, a non-profit organization that helps those in need in their area of the city (including a food pantry, low-cost medical services, employment services, and much more).

Our team at work volunteered there last November, mostly helping with the food pantry, but also with some things for their upcoming Christmas celebration.

We definitely wanted to do something for them again, so this time, we decided to help out with the "birthday bags." About once a quarter, Brother Bill's has the children from the are come in and pick out a birthday bag so they can celebrate their upcoming birthday. Bags have party supplies in a theme, including a cake mix and frosting. While items like this might seem commonplace to us, for many of these children, getting something like this is a luxury, as their families can barely afford food for their birthdays, much less extras like cake and party supplies.

So our team decided to get together and do two bags, one each for a boy and girl.

As you can see, we had fun picking out these cool themes: Pirate and Rock Star.

P52: Week 6 - Birthday for Helping Hands

Week 7 had Valentine's Day in it, so how could this week's photo NOT be about that, right? I decided to finally break in the Silhouette Cameo that Brian got me for Christmas. It's this nifty cutting machine that can cut anything from paper to fabric to vinyl and lots in between. It's like my only little person die-cut machine!

Since so many people give candy for VDay, I decided to go a slightly different route, and took an idea I found via Pinterest, for decorated soda bottles, and made it my own.

P52: Week7 - Hearty Limeade

Aren't they cute? The paper hearts were cut with the Cameo, and I used my ribbon punch to make holes to thread the ribbon through on each side of the hearts. Then just added some twine and a fun straw.

But, of course, you can't have the day without a card, and this is where my machine really did some hard work! I downloaded a card template from the Silhouette store and this came out:

2013 Heart/Love VDay Card

I just added some of the same paper to the backing. Isn't it cute? Looks like I worked so hard on it! Some of the gals at work even thought I actually cut that all out by hand. Hah! As if.

So, that's my Heart Day! (Oh, and Brian got me Season 2 of Downton Abbey—I already had 1 & 3, so now my set is complete!)

How about yours? Was it a good one?


M February 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM  

Scott bought me a beautiful, limited edition Mont Blac Diamond pen and wrote a note saying: "I know you'll do great things with this!" So much better than any piece of jewelry!

Gabby February 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM  

M, that pen sounds divine! And a thoughtful gift! Nice! ^_^

Erika February 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM  

Super cute gift/card. Love the cutout letters.

Charles Gramlich February 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM  

The one at the bottom is extremely cool looking.

Anonymous February 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM  

Great card! I want to drink up that cool looking soda :) Amazing! I can't even remember what we did on V-Day. Oh, took the kids to IHOP. That is about romantic it gets around here with two little ones :)

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