Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I love me a good cause...

Remember back in July when I went with my 2 sisters to go visit our oldest sister and we had an awesome garage sale that raised tons of money for Cynthia?  My dad also was able to sell my mom's church organ and raise some more for Cynthia.  And all of this was so that she could rent, for one month, a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to see if it would benefit her.  Well, this last month we finally rented the (insanely expensive) chamber.  And you know what????  it actually worked for her!  Not only is she feeling better, thinking more clearly, speaking more clearly, and retaining more in her short-term memory, but for the first time in years she's able to move her legs and feet!  This is more than any of us had anticipated, and after seeing these results, all of her siblings have decided to help raise the $$$ necessary to buy this chamber for her.

Fortunately, most of the $1900 it cost to rent the chamber will go toward the purchase.  Unfortunately, the total cost of the chamber is nearly $10,000!!  and that's for a used one!

But, we're all making efforts in our own ways to help raise the money, and one of my ways is making and selling my nursing aprons.  I designed this apron about 2.5 years ago when one of my dear friends, Kristin, mentioned that she'd like something with a little more "coverage" than the rectangular ones she'd seen.  So, that's just what i did, and--if i do say so myself--they're awesome!  I've made about 7 or 8 of them, and all of my friends/family who own one have loved it! (and should probably leave a comment stating such)

I only have time to make six of these between now and Dec 1, and i've already received 4 orders.  So, i've got room in my lil' schedule for 2 more.  You pick the fabric.  You pick the trim (optional).  I do the rest....except the nursing--you do that, too.

cost-$40
trim-$5

ALSO....i've got some Papa Murphy's coupon cards that I'm selling for $10 a piece.  they have 8 coupon stickers on the back, and one of them is a buy-one-get-one--you get your money's worth right there!!  Their take'n'bake pizzas are the best out there!  (and seriously, even if you're a meat-lover, you gotta try their gourment veggie...yummmm)

ALSO....my sister-in-law was in town last weekend and she and I (well, mostly she) crocheted/knitted some really cute hats and lil' flowers that i'm selling for $18/hat and $4/flower.  Here's a photo of three of the hats.  I could make these in just about any color and any size...









ALSO...Reid and I hosted our very first Poker night last weekend--we played with the donations, which all went to Cynthia.  I have insanely generous friends who brought us $220 closer to our goal.  And we had so much fun doing it!! If anyone in the Denver area is reading this and thinking how much they'd LOVE a night of guilt-free poker, just lemme know!  we'd gladly do it again...even though it was proven very early on in the night that Reid and I's gots no pokah skills...
 the "winners" table
 And the "winner!!"
(it should be noted that she arrived that night not knowing a "shovel" from a "clover" and had never heard of a full-house or flush.  It was awesome watching her clean house!!!!)

ALSO....my sister, Julia, has designed this amazingly cute Christmas card and is selling them for $6/piece--lemme know if you want to order some!

(trees are on the front, the message is on the inside)

Until recently I kinda thought that everyone loved this kinda thing--since, you know, I do!  But, after talking with more people, i'm realizing that some people hate it.  It makes them feel weird, or uncomfortable or guilty--and they just wish all fund-raising would disappear.  If you are one of those people, I am sorry to have added to that--and please don't feel bad if you just ignore this post and go on to the next interesting thing in your Google Reader! 

If, however, you are in need of a cute winter hat for a gift for your niece, a free pizza, greeting cards, or a nursing apron for a friend, and you don't feel weird buying any of those from me in this fund-raising effort, then just please leave me a comment and let me know what you want and when ya want it!

11 comments:

Isa said...

Well, I personally LOVE fundraisers, especially ones like this where I can actually help a person that means something to someone I know.

I WANT A HAT. With an orange flower. E-mail me at isabellj(a)gmail(dot)com.

merathon said...

no pictures of the nursing aprons? (not that i need one or anything but i'm curious to see how they're different!) and where was my invite to poker night?? huh??

Rachel said...

Is that Amber Maughn who won?

I would love a hat for Alayna. I'm not sure what color yet....

but it would be great if I could give it to her for christmas (if it's not too crazy for ya)

Thanks! and good luck!

Amber Carter said...

I would be interested in the nursing cover, but could you provide a picture for me?

Shirlee said...

Yo, Amber cleaned house!

I'd love a hat for Maya too. Just email me and send an address to mail money and info and such. Maybe a dark brown one.

turleybenson said...

I want to help! I don't know what to order, though, having no baby and no daughters...hmmm suggestions?

dkeaquinto said...

I love my original Kristin cover!! I will find some pictures and make sure you get them so you can share your amazing talent!!

The Busby Family said...

I'm so glad it worked for your sister. I would love to help also. email me and remind me to buy something, I'm thinking a hat...

spideybrian said...

I LOVE my nursing cover!! I even have a pic for you too!! Maybe Kristin and I can take one together wearing ours! ;)

I enjoy good causes as well, and would love a hat!! I'm thinking some shade of brown, I'll let you know!

Amanda said...

My nursing cover is amazing! I use it all the time, and other moms are always jealous of it.

Emily, have you looked into setting up an Etsy store? I have quite a bit of success with mine, and I don't even have a good cause behind it. Just a thought!

Melissa said...

Loved reading this. I am glad I am caught up to date with you know. Looks like you have been BUSY! I just might have to order some hats from you for Christmas for something. I will get back to you on that.
Also I am sending our Christmas cards and I need your address. HOpe all is well. Love ya!