Tag Archives: service

2017 Return of Shower Caddies

2 May

This is year three for our adhoc group of friends to provide homemade shower caddies to the women of Wheeler Mission Shelter for Women and Children @ Christmas.  Photos below are the first 25 of 72 caddies.  We gather in November to fill the shower caddies with personal care items.

The caddies are made of outdoor fabric which is water and mildew resistant.  I take the opportunity to maximize the colors and patterns of with each fabric order.  Having placed 10 orders in 3 years, I am VERY satisfied with ordering online, delivery, quality and value from fabricguru.com.

This design features four outer pockets, plus three buttonhole slits in the bottom for drainage.

Encore! 2016 Shower Caddie gift bags good to GO!

22 Nov

Santa’s elves had a busy afternoon filling shower caddies gift bags for the residents of Wheeler Mission for Women.

Stuffing?

Stuffing?

Sweet treats

Sweet treats

Elves?

Elves?

 

 

 

Our Leader

Our Leader

Our service project started in April.  25 yards of outdoor fabric was sewn into 72 homemade shower caddies featured in two blog posts (progress reports).  These gift bags will be delivered to Wheeler Mission for Women for Christmas.

Bold graphics

Bold graphics

Stripes and graphics

Stripes and graphics

Our wish is that these gifts will remind the ladies they are loved all year long.

Friday Photos: Heartfelt Veteran’s Day Ceremony

11 Nov
Charles Frazee, USMC, WW2, Pacific Theater

Charles Frazee, USMC, WW2, Pacific Theater

Over 100 veterans representing all branches of service

Over 100 veterans representing all branches of service

4th graders

4th graders

Kindergarden-3rd graders

Kindergarden-3rd graders

 

 

 

 

 

These beautiful students sang, recognized each veteran by name with a pin and card, and applauded.  A slide show featured larger than life photos of each veteran.  (Charles Frazee had five photos :).  Each grade sang the song for the Army, Navy, AirForce, Marine Corp and Coast Guard.  The first graders sang the Marine Corp Hymn.  The fourth graders finished with “Anchors Away”.  “Taps” was played to honor those who died in service.

 

Very proud day to be an American!  God bless the USA.

 

 

International Day of the Girl Child (United Nations)

11 Oct

October 11, 2016:  International Day of the Girl Child

Let girls be girls!  United Nations Women’s website identifies child marriage as a global problem thrwarting women’s development mentally (education is suspended), physically (bear children too early) and spiritually (vulnerable to violence).

http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/girl-child

Every day is a day for girl power @ Days for Girls International.

http://www.daysforgirls.org/day-of-the-girl

Days for Girls International developed reusable feminine hygiene kits (in bright colors and bold patterns) produced and delivered via crowdsourcing.  Check out DfGI 2015’s annual report…the photos are amazing:

days-for-girls-annual-report-2015

Elfcroft has shipped components supporting 195 kits since 2014.  Plus, we have a head start on a 2017 shipment.  Check out a sample of the work:

Shuffle the deck

24 Feb

To prepare my third shipment for Days for Girls International, I indulged myself by shuffling “the decks” or stacks/bundles of reversible tri-fold pads to maximize the interest of colors and patterns with a kit.  Eight pads go in each kit.  Eight different colors/patterns were combined fifty times!  Yes for a total of 400 🙂                    www.daysforgirls.org

The deck of reversible tri-fold pads

The deck of reversible tri-fold pads

Color and pattern!

Color and pattern!

400 bagged and boxed

400 bagged and boxed

This shipment is topped off with 50 liners and no two alike.  Each liner has three different fabrics to maximize interest.

 

36 Yards

25 Jan

36 yards of flannel fabric in process to make reversible tri-fold pads for Days for Girls International kits:

DfGI work in process

DfGI work in process

Bright colors preferred!  Each kit has eight pads.  These gallon size Ziplock bags are filled with eight in each.  Colors and patterns will be mixed for greatest interest.

Draw string bags hold the entire kit and includes one panty, one washcloth plus soap and two liners with PUL insert.

http://www.daysforgirls.org

In case of a “Polar Vortex” this month, I was prepared to get a lot of work done. No “Polar Vortex”, however I am further along than I expected.  I bought the 36 yards of flannel, washed it and cut 8″X 9″ squares staging the material in my shipping box.  Each yard makes 10 reversible pads.  The perimeter of the flannel pad is top stitched for durability.

Recycled for latch hook project

Recycled for latch hook project

I chose to cut the corners for 3 to 4 pads at a time immediately before sewing and remove the hypotenuse of the scrap corners for a future latch hook project.

I like working with the bright colors, bold patterns and soft texture of the flannel.

Global Sew-a-Thon 2014

11 Oct

Days for Girls International celebrates October 11th, International Day of the Girl as designated by the United Nations by sewing, raising awareness and funds, and assembling kits to be distributed across the globe.  This is DfGI’s 2nd annual Global Sew-a-Thon.

www.daysforgirls.org

90% content of 22 kits shipped in April for final assembly.  In the spirit of stitched service, Elfcroft is working on our second shipment.  I have 23 kits in progress for shipment this moment.  Here is a peak at the effort…

DfGI bags

DfGI bags

DfGI_liners_2nd_shipment

Some assembly required for the liners (PUL and pockets)

DfGI_pads_2nd_shipment

Eight flannel tri-fold pads per kit

DfGI_work_in_progress_2nd_shipment

Prepared for sewing flannel pads

 

It is time to SEW!  26 liners to GO!

UPDATE:  Second shipment with 90% of 23 kits is READY.

46 liners to include in 23 kits

46 liners to include in 23 kits

Love to girls in every country on earth.  Elfcroft

Encore! Photo Service

21 Sep
Eagle Creek watershed

Eagle Creek watershed

Douglas Lake, Japanese maple, Mission Beach

Douglas Lake, Japanese maple, Mission Beach

Hot air balloon, Peony, Asiatic lilies

Hot air balloon, Peony, Asiatic lillies

The first time I put my photography up for sale was four years ago in a Silent Auction fund-raiser for Aspiration Awards for young women pursuing degrees in technology, math and science.  Now we are getting ready for a fourth auction and again my contribution are ten 8″ X 10″ matted prints.

Most of my images for 2010 were taken at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Since the 2011 auction was held at a holiday networking event, I choose mostly floral images.  2012 my choice images are from London and Hawaii.

Originally, I used Kodakgallery.com followed by MPix.com.  The paper was not as heavy, but the same metallic glossy finish.  The prints are very good quality.  This year I used shutterfly.com for expediency.  The metallic glossy finish was not an option.  However, I am pleased with the results.  To keep my costs down, I procured mats from GoldenStateArt.com.  Excellent source.  They even include a sealable plastic wrap/envelope for each mat.

Silent Auction Contribution 2012

Everything sold in the last three auctions.  ENCORE!

Ship day for my kits for Days for Girls International

29 Apr

I read about  this organization in this month’s issue of Oprah magazine.  As a four-year supporter of Helping Hands Touching Hearts (see earlier blog posts); Days for Girls International has a strong appeal to me.  They take part of the service work and support to a new level with an expanded mission.  With five years experience, they have incorporated “lessons learned” in their “crowd-sourced” global system.

www.daysforgirls.org

The official website of Days for Girls International. Dignity, health, opportunity. Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. Washable sanitary solutions for women.

The website is very well done.  Initially, I spent an hour reading, exploring links and watching You Tube video instruction.  My first step was to go through the remnant stash (from over 50 girls dresses).  From the small remnants, I yielded (69) 4″X5″ pocket pieces.  From the medium remnants, I yielded (10) sets of liner pieces.  From the trip to JoAnn’s, I purchased 10 yards of flannel in 4 different color/patterns.

The instructions from the website smartly includes downloadable patterns and video instruction of the finished kit.  Eight washable pads go with two washable liners, one panty and one wash cloth.  The quality expectation is for the kit to last an individual girl for three years.  It is also expected to be colorful, beautiful and neatly packed in a gallon size Ziplock bag inside a pretty drawstring bag.  Lovely!

It's a start

It’s a start!

I added another 11 yards of flannel, more of my fabric stash, PUL and lots of thread.

Shipping 22 DfGI kits

Shipping 22 DfGI kits

My first shipment includes 22 wash cloths, 22 drawstring bags in 3 different fabrics, 44 liners with wings and 88 pockets and most importantly….176 tri-fold flannel pads in 8 different colors.

The “polar vortex” winter created opportunities to make a lot of progress for one woman with one sewing machine in her cozy attic sewing room.  There were over runs on a each of the items sooo….the next shipment in the works.

 

Days for Girls International

20 Jan

I read about  this organization in this month’s issue of Oprah magazine.  As a four-year supporter of Helping Hands Touching Hearts (see earlier blog posts); Days for Girls International has a strong appeal to me.  They take part of the service work and support to a new level with an expanded mission.  With five years experience, they have incorporated “lessons learned” in their “crowd-sourced” global system.

www.daysforgirls.org

The official website of Days for Girls International. Dignity, health, opportunity. Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. Washable sanitary solutions for women.

The website is very well done.  Initially, I spent an hour reading, exploring links and watching You Tube video instruction.  My first step was to go through the remnant stash (from over 50 girls dresses).  From the small remnants, I yielded (69) 4″X5″ pocket pieces.  From the medium remnants, I yielded (10) sets of liner pieces.  From the trip to JoAnn’s, I purchased 10 yards of fleece in 4 different color/patterns.

The instructions from the website smartly includes downloadable patterns and video instruction of the finished kit.  Eight washable pads go with two washable liners, one panty and one wash cloth.  The quality expectation is for the kit to last an individual girl for three years.  It is also expected to be colorful, beautiful and neatly packed in a gallon size Ziplock bag inside a pretty drawstring bag.  Lovely!

It's a start

It’s a start!