Monday, January 26, 2009

DOUBLE HARVEST - Year Long Service Project

I am SO Excited to finally be up and running! (ok this one is long...)

When the New Year came around I was thinking about my resolutions for the year. Of course my list has the usual - exercise more, save money, spend tons of time with my girls, be a better wife...
And the big one...
Change someone's life.

I did a lot of research...
Many of you know me and my family. My father and mother are missionaries and are very deeply rooted in agriculture/farming. For several years my parents lived in Northern China and helping defected North Koreans and poor Chinese Koreans in the region. By teaching them how to farm the land and make food... they were sharing the love of God. They changed these lives first hand.
I admire them so much. I respect their love for God and people.

So what can I do? I have discovered a wonderful organization. Much like my parents' service. Located in Haiti... There is a group called DOUBLE HARVEST ( They have a similar vision... Double Harvest is a Christian ministry that desires to magnify Christ by ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of people in developing countries.
A service they provide:

By some estimates, over half of the Haitian population lives on less than $2.00 a day. In the villages surrounding Operation Double Harvest live some of the poorest of the poor. Many of them are destitute widows or single mothers attempting to raise children in homes we would consider shacks. The weathered tin or straw roof leaks, the dirt floors are unsanitary, the wood walls are termite infested, leaning or crumbling, and rodents are ever present.

The Benevolent Housing Project seeks to build and provide new homes for the very poor, particularly those widows and single mothers who have little to no income nor help from family members. For them, the hope of better living conditions in their lifetime isn’t even a dream.

  • Recipients of a new home are carefully chosen together with local leaders.
  • The buildings, approximately 25’ x 25’, are built with locally obtainable materials, primarily block and rebar, with a sturdy door and barred windows for protection and inside partitions for privacy. The structure of a home has changed from the original attempt with the EcoShell concept, and later to a related hip-roofed concept, to a more traditional and culturally acceptable design.
  • The result is a clean, dry, cool, painted, rodent and termite proof, low maintenance, and safe home for their family, one that will also withstand the hurricanes of the Caribbean.
  • Haitian crews are trained and paid to construct the homes.
  • The cost of building a home - $3000!
  • You could make a tangible difference in the life of some needy family. You could change the future of someone who is indeed desperately poor.
So here's what I want to do. I have set up a ETSY store - In addition to many of my own handmade items, I am asking friends and fellow artists to donate items for sale on this site. 100% of all profit from these sales will be donated... hopefully making our goal of $3000.

artists bios and sale sites/profiles (if you have one) will be featured on the listing.

I know I can't do this alone. If you feel that you can help out in this year long service project (either by making a handmade art donation or purchasing some of these wonderful pieces), I would be forever grateful. Please contact me anytime at or comment below and i WILL get back to you!

Let's get started... You can go directly to the etsy site... or check out the right menu area dedicated to this site.
I'm excited to feature my first donations. From my very good friend and business partner, STACIE SPENCER. She has donated 2 beautiful handmade necklaces. So when you get a chance - check it out!


Last night I was envisioning what i want my Valentines to look like this year. Simple. Warm. Classic.

I really love the warmth of the 100% wool felt. I am thinking about some with buttons as well. We'll see. Today is my "love" day!

Over the weekend we took the girls skiing. It's was loads of fun! Emily is becoming a very confident skier and Abby snowboarded for the first time! She was great! Something to be said about learning things when you're young and fearless!

I got a new book. "life is a verb" - P Digh. (37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally. ) I can wait to start the challenge!
Have a Great week!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

January ATC photos!

After I downloaded an update for my stampinwithallison website, I realized they changed the photo uploading and I'm not sure how to add photos to the site now! So in the meanwhile, I am posting the swap photos here!
The theme was: Printed Materials background.

A Quick Update - Spring SU Catty!

Ok... here's a little Stampin' Up business info for my friends who ordered a 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog.
I should have them by now... but I don't. I can't track the books because they were sent directly from the supplier and I have no idea where they are. The 2009 Catty period started on the 20th.
I expect the shipment this week. (*fingers crossed*)
If you preordered a catty from me for $5, I will email you directly as soon as they arrive.
In the meanwhile... you should have received a catalog sampler in the mail and a Sale A bration catalog will be coming soon as well. (SAB starts on FEB 1).

sorry for the delay and thank you for you patience. =)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

January ATCs my swap

After several sets of ATCs using textiles and fibers, I went back to some paper collage cards.
This month I am hosting a "printed material background" swap.
We had 5 players and the cards are due on the 20th.
I decided to pull out my vintage ABC paper and collages magazine pieces on top. to the left are my starting with materials and below are the finished cards.

I really like the way they turned out.

I distressed and inked each piece and then put a THICK coat of matte mod podge on top for a really durable finish.
So there they are. I really enjoyed making this month's cards. Both my swap and the local scrapbook store's swap (7th street Scrapbook).
Oh... and btw... if you're wondering about the picture layouts on this blog entry... I'm not sure how to align them where I want. They just seem to plop down where they want to. That's one thing I need to look into next week.

Anyway, the Eagles/Cardinals NFC Championship game is going to start soon... so I gotto run! (*cheering*). We are from Philly... so you can guess which team we love!
have a great week and I'll see you back here soon!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I am swapping in a local scrapbook store's swap this month as well. The theme was *SNOW*.
Here are a few I made...
I used stiff felt as the background, embroidered yarn for the flakes and string for edges. The tags are by Tim Holtz. Brads make the perfect finishing touch!
With everyday getting colder and colder... I find that I am drawn more towards yarn, fiber and fabric... probably in efforts to warm up! (it was 0 degrees when I woke up this am! That's really cold for me!!!)

Hope you are staying cozy! I'll be back with more atcs later. I have a swap I am hosting as well! Feel free to sign up! The links are on the right!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Squirrels & Purses... connection?

I have been told that squirrels are one of the new "in" things! So I found myself a little critter and got to work!
The sentiment is stamped on some wide twill tape.

When I first bought the twill, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the super skinny and the super wide one. But after fiddling a little... I found that the wide one makes for GREAT old style bookmarks and the thin one is great for sewing trim! This is a little denim purse I sewed up on Friday... one side with patchwork and the other with two pockets!

This week I plan to get the Valentine Cards up on etsy and my very first Double Harvest charity piece. So stay tuned for details on how we can make a difference together!

Have a great night and see you soon!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Last couple days...

The last two days I've been playing around with items to sell for my other store that i share with my friend Stacie - Moonflower Art. I really love the vintage advertisements and when they are coupled with bottle caps, they make perfect collectible magnets and lapel pins! I even added some personal collage to some... like the coffee one!

There are lots of steps that require curing times so the product can take up to several days to make! I just love the process...

You will be able to view more on the Moonflower Blog ( next week.

I also dropped off 30 cards at the Muse today! I just love that store. If you live locally... you need to check it out!
I will also be posting tons of new Valentine's Day cards on my papercraft store ( next week!

Well. Hope you had a great day! I will have more pics to share very soon!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Spring Creatures!

With the holidays behind us... i can't stop thinking of newer springtime designs!
I just love the little hedgehog on this card. Reminds me of Lexy's favorite toy (that's my 13 year old Akita - turned the big 13 on Xmas Eve! - that's 91 in doggie years.) She rips them up til there's nothing left but a pile of fluff and a squeaker. =)!
I can't wait for some snow to fall... so far it feels like we are already heading towards spring and we really want to take a small ski day! Fingers crossed for snow tonight!

This week... what am I doing? Cranking out for sale cards for the MUSE (Frederick, MD) and Art Partners, Inc (Clarksville, MD). And I think I am almost ready to felt my first knitted purse. I have no clue how it will turn out... I'm excited to find out! I'll let you know.
Do you felt? Please share your experience with me... I'm really new to it!

Have a great Monday! I'll see you back here soon!