I Attended Crop for a Cause 2010!

On May 17, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

Somehow, in my middle-aged, menopausal fog, I thought I had already made this post.  I edited the pictures and uploaded them, some time ago.  I want to be sure you see what an amazing event Crop for a Cause actually is, let you in on the fun and help you plan for next year.  Plus, [...]

Somehow, in my middle-aged, menopausal fog, I thought I had already made this post.  I edited the pictures and uploaded them, some time ago.  I want to be sure you see what an amazing event Crop for a Cause actually is, let you in on the fun and help you plan for next year.  Plus, you still have two weeks to participate in the Quilt Giveaway that will take entries until midnight on June 1, 2010.  For every donation of $5 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation that you make, you will receive one entry in the drawing for this beautiful, handmade quilt.  It was donated to Crop for a Cause to help with the fundraising.

I’ll give you all the info a little later in the post to get your entries in for a chance at the quilt, but first I have to tell you all about our day at the Crop for a Cause.  I got to travel to Elkhorn with my sister, Debi, and we had no idea what to expect.  We love Becca (my cousin who organized the whole event), we both want to be more involved with diabetes research, and neither one of us are going to turn down a chance for a “day off” together; so even though we didn’t know what a “crop” was or what we would do, we were definitely up for a roadtrip and a chance to visit with family we don’t get to see often enough.  What a great surprise it turned out to be!  I’ll bet all of you scrapbookers already knew what a “crop” is, but it was all new to us and loads of fun!  I don’t think either one of us is going to become an avid scrapbooker, but we definitely had a blast and will look forward to making this an annual event.  Plus, we saw and experienced so many different types of crafting, we will definitely know how to come prepared next year.

Becca on stage with the microphone, conducting one of many giveaways throughout the day.

Scrapbookers and crafters, busy being creative. Look at all the cool vendors set up behind them.

That's our family table, front and center (all the yellow shirts). [Right Click on the picture, select View Image and you can see it full-size. Down on the right-hand side of our table you can see the bright, fleece baby blankets we worked on. They're behind Brooke's suitcases FULL of scrapbooking stuff. :)

There were people scrapbooking of course, but there were also seamstresses there with their sewing machines, piecing quilts,there were stampers and knitters and crocheters.  Someone had their Cricut set up and their were so many different creative things going on, it was very inspiring.  We were inspired, delighted and embarrassed.  :)   We hadn’t brought anything to work on.  No worries!  As we arrived, we were greeted by Becca and ushered over to the “family” table where we sat with family members we hadn’t seen in such a long time and members of Becca’s family by marriage that we had never met.  What a treat!  Now, they’re “our family”, too!  And what good fortune!  Brooke had seven fleece blankets to tie off for a children’s charity project she was working on.  She happily shared and we had meaningful work to keep our hands busy (If you knew Debi and I, you would know how critically important that is.  We don’t sit still well.), plus conversations that kept us in smiles and laughter all day long.

Donations for the garage sale (a scrapbooker’s dream bargain bonanza!), the silent auction and giveaways, even our meals (yup!  They fed us lunch AND supper.) were contributed by generous people and businesses from all around.  I was overwhelmed at the dollar value of what was given and the wonderfully giving hearts of those who helped.

Auction Items: Look at all those Pampered Chef goodies and a basket of products from Tastefully Simple.

Auction Items: Scrapbooking Paper Kits, Supplies, Embellishments and More!

Auction Items: Hyp-Yoga Mat and Books, Basket of Beauty Supplies, Oral B Electric Toothbrush, Magnetic Spice Rack, Tool Set.

Auction Items: Scrapbooking Embellishments, Cutters, Trims, a Book Binder, and More!

Auction Items: Another Spice Rack, Crest Pro Health Tooth Whitening System, a Digital Picture Frame, 6 DVD Scrapbooking Memories set

Auction Items: Quilt Blocks, Craft Books, Scrapbooking Kits

I have lots of wishes. One of them is that this picture wasn't so fuzzy, another is that I could remember what was in that nifty tote bag (I know it was something really cool!). The sand bucket contained a certificate for a family's weekend stay at a local waterpark/hotel attraction. And my favorite item in the whole auction - the silhouette painting of the children playing. I loved the painting, I loved the window frame framing it, I loved the way it made me feel. It was beautiful.

Auction Items: Quilted Wall Hanging/Throw, Country Folk Art Bunny Picture and Fabric-Covered Journal

Auction Items: Three adorable hand-made toddler outfits!

Auction Items: Three lovely aprons

Auction Items: another pretty quilt, an original painting, a photo session with local photographer, I think that was another digital photo frame and a filled picnic basket on the floor.

Auction Items: baskets of scrapbooking supplies, jade necklace and earrings, beautiful candle centerpiece with seasonally changeable scrollwork, beauty supplies and more!

I have to tell you that at the end of the evening, as the auction was coming to a close, I sat back, so tickled to just observe those final minutes.  The “casual” strolling that ensued as ladies watched the items that they had placed silent bids on was wonderful entertainment!  I don’t have much experience with silent auctions, so I didn’t have the sense to check and see if I had been outbid in the final seconds.  This was not the case with the Crop for a Cause veterans, however.  They circled, they exchanged pleasantries and they pounced when necessary to get those wonderful items.  It was a delight to see the enthusiasm and the generous spirits that contributed so much to the cause.

Going!

Going!

Gone! The auction is complete and all that's left is to divide the spoils!

I’ve forgotten to ask how much this event raised for Juvenile Diabetes Research, but I believe I heard Becca say it was the best year ever!  And the most important thing you should know about that is that EVERY penny raised goes to JDRF!  Nothing is taken out for “administrative fees or expenses”.  Becca and many others donate their time and resources so this event can contribute the largest possible amount to Juvenile Diabetes Research.

If it hasn’t touched your family or your circle of friends, yet, statistically you can expect that at some point diabetes will.  According to the National Diabetes Association, nearly 17.9 million people in the United States alone are diagnosed diabetics.  Many more  (5.7 million) are undiagnosed and the largest group of all, (57 million), merely insulin-resistant (pre-diabetic).  Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2007 and as if the disease alone were not enough, it can cause other health complications and risks.  The world needs a cure.  You need a cure.  Our family needs a cure.  There are some great ways to get educated and to get involved.  Check out some of these websites:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

American Diabetes Association

B*Cause I Need a Cure (My cousin, Becca’s website.)

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

and the easiest way to make a difference right now,  (You thought I forgot, didn’t you.)

For every $5 donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

you will receive one entry in a drawing to win this beautiful quilt.

Win this beautiful handmade quilt, designed and donated for the 2010 Crop for a Cause.

Make checks payable to : Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

and mail them to:

Crop for a Cause Quilt Giveaway
1704 N 212th St
Elkhorn, NE 68022

To be eligible for the drawing, donation checks must be received by midnight, June 1, 2010.  A random drawing will be held and video-taped the first week in June.  The winner will be notified and you can watch the website to see the lucky winner!

And this, in the final moments of the event, is our family  — gathering for a quick group shot and creating a great memory.  That’s Becca, the organizer extraordinaire, stretched out in front.  :)

Crop for a Cause

On March 1, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

Are you a scrapbooker extraordinaire?  I want to be just like you when I grow up, and get organized, and sort out the 20 years of photos stored in envelopes in cardboard boxes, and print 6 years of photos stored on disks and websites, and after I buy some archival glue and scrapbook paper, and [...]

Are you a scrapbooker extraordinaire?  I want to be just like you when I grow up, and get organized, and sort out the 20 years of photos stored in envelopes in cardboard boxes, and print 6 years of photos stored on disks and websites, and after I buy some archival glue and scrapbook paper, and get some of those nifty corner trimmers, and cute embellishments and…  Ü  okay, let’s face it.  I can never be like you. But, I really, really want to and I just discovered today, a great place in our area where I can learn from the best and at the same time, support an incredibly important organization – the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

A strong family history of diabetes on both my husband’s and my own side of the family places our children at particularly high risk for this disease and we have both experienced its ravages in members of our families.  My cousin, Becca, (isn’t she beautiful?) lives with diabetes every day of her life.  Eleven years ago, yesterday, we lost her brother, my cousin, Randy, to diabetes.  What I love about Becca is the way she lives her life doing the things that will make a difference, instead of focusing on the daily suffering and drudgery of her illness, not because she doesn’t have drudgery or suffering, but because she knows that God will use all of it.  You won’t hear about those hard days when you talk to her, because she is always focused on something more, something greater than herself, something that gives her joy instead of sorrow.  She has made a conscious choice to impact people and the world, in spite of diabetes, and she is trusting the Lord for her next step, whether he heals her or simply uses her illness to encourage and reflect Himself on others .

Becca has organized an exciting event (it’s actually the fifth annual!) that combines her passions for scrapbooking and JDRF.  This is an action-packed, fun-filled, all-day (yup, 12 glorious hours) event.  You won’t believe everything that will be happening.  Even better, all proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation.

5th Annual Crop for a Cause

An all-day scrapbook event to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Saturday April 17th, 2010.

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Located at Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church

20227 Veterans Drive

Elkhorn, NE 68022

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The 12-hour crop fee, includes Lunch, Dinner,

Goodie Bags & Door Prizes all for ONLY $50.

But because you know the girls in our family LOVE a bargain,

if you complete your registration by March 30, you’ll save $10!

Only $40 for 12 hours of scrapbooking fun, 2 delicious meals, goodie bags and door prizes.

There’s more!!!!!

  • A Local Scrapbook Store will be on-site with necessities like adhesive and cardstock, trimmer blade refills, and all the latest & greatest in scrapbook supplies. Please support them as they support JDRF!
  • A Scrapbook Garage Sale—find bargains on new & gently used scrapbook items like paper, rubber stamps, stickers, albums, embellishments, idea books & more!
  • A Bake Sale—enjoy tasty homemade treats prepared by talented local artisans. Besides fresh-baked goods like cinnamon rolls, cookies, breads, brownies, pies & cakes you’ll also find candies, jams & jellies, and salsa galore.
  • Silent Auction items—local & regional artists have generously donated their original works to be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the JDRF. Be the proud winner of these one-of-a-kind pieces of art! Also enjoy bidding on scrapbook kits, gift cards to local establishments, and find a gift or two…maybe even one for you!
  • Friday Night Early-Bird Sale—Shop early (5-7) to get the best bargains at the garage sale and the latest & greatest from the vendor booths. $5 admission fee.  (Pre-select your crop space—bring your friends and choose where you’d like to sit for Saturday’s all-day crop. $5 reserves your chair!)
  • Refer a new friend (who has never attended CFAC in any of the previous years) to join us on April 17, and you’ll receive $5 cash back at the event. No Limit.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Becca at pamperedwife@cox.net, or by phone 402.681.1881. And I want to encourage you to visit both her blogs, Because I Need a Cure and Random Thoughts.

I know we have quite a few readers, (and some crafty ones, too,) in the Elkhorn/Omaha area and this would be an easy drive for an incredibly fun time for those of you in Lincoln, too!  Register to attend by visiting Because I Need a Cure and using PayPal to send your payment or contact Becca for other arrangements.  There are only 47 spaces left for the entire event and you don’t want to miss your chance!

Have fun, make some memories and support a cause that matters.

2009 Walk to Cure Diabetes

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