Ornaments for Life

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I’ve worked with my local ACS Relay for Life for several years now. A couple years ago, our “theme” was holidays–which meant we chose one to build our campsites, activities, etc. around. My team chose “Christmas”. And what better items to sell as fundraisers than, well, CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS??

One of my friends-for-life in my golden-oldies-girls-group loves crafting as much as I do,angel feather ornament1 and we’re in Relay together, so we went crazy with the opportunity to get to do all the things we loved to do in one fell-swoop: create/craft, talk/laugh, raise money to fight cancer. It was a win-win-win situation. And, while we haven’t broken any land-speed records with our efforts, we did help our team reach and surpass our yearly goals the last two years. And I had my personal-best fundraising year in 2014, due largely to the ornaments we made and sold.

So, we’re at it again this year for the 2015 Relay season (always looking ahead to next year–I like the optimism that comes with that forward-thinking), and we’re kicking it off at a couple of our area’s 2014 holiday crafts fairs this month. Our first one started today–which coincidentally would have been my father’s 79th birthday. If he hadn’t passed away from cancer nearly 2 years ago. What better way to honor my Dad’s memory than working hard to raise money to help fight this blasted disease?

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We’ve got a varied assortment of orbed-goodies to help deck the halls this year. There are a lot of the decorated glass balls that we’ve adorned with my many-splendored bows and my friend’s beading handiwork. We’ve also got some really sweet handpainted Santas (friend Shay is a whiz with a paintbrush!), among other painterly things.  And there are some very-definitely-Relay-themed items, festooned with ribbons in all the awareness colors. And–naturally–we even threw in a couple of actual traditional-Christmas-looking items!

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We each donate all the materials….and all the hours and hours of time….to churn outBowdacious Relay 2014 these Christmas creations. It’s a labor of love and a chance to do our part against something that’s hit us both hard and made the fight against cancer very personal for us: friends, family, and ME–all have fought and either sadly-lost or blessedly-won our individual battles with various forms of a vicious disease.  Our Ornaments for Life are our little bits of bow-dacious beauty thrown in the face of a whole lot of deadly ugliness.

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Above is our setup this weekend–feeling pretty festive and hoping a lot of folks will come by to see us. You can visit us any time at https://www.facebook.com/OrnamentsForLife . Wish us luck in our efforts again this year–and thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! 

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Ghosts of Halloweens past…

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Okay, so these aren’t ghosts. And they aren’t too skeery as Halloween ghouls go, but I wanted to throw them in here now, as I begin to work on my Halloween goodies. I just “re-found” a couple of these that I had stashed in with my fall papers and such and was thrilled to see how well they’ve held up–for two years now!  These were created in a fun afternoon crafting project with my niece and great-niece, who was only eight at the time, and I think she did a fabulous job.  Honestly, I don’t even remember who did which one–although I’m leaning toward thinking the youngest girl amongst us may have been the one applying the bright pink lips. I do remember that playing with the Big Shot was a BIG hit as we cranked out the Top Note Dies that are the bases for these darlings.

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This little lady to the left is the version I made for a Breast Cancer Awareness project. I decked her out complete with an actual earring (amazing how I’ve accumulated so many lone costume jewelry earrings through the years), and a real pink-ribbon-rose. She was all pink and purty and dressed up to hawk my Relay for Life’s team efforts back in October, 2012. Our theme for the month was, “Help us Scare Up a Cure”, and we mixed the BCA October Pink Ribbon month with Halloween ghoulies throughout the month to drum up interest–and funds–for our American Cancer Society Relay team. It was the beginning to a successful year for the Team, and it was a fun way to get us all on board with the effort.

The idea for the scarecrow came from here from the uber-talented Rae at Wild West Paper Arts. The die makes it easy to do, and the fun is in the “dressing up” on this one. Seeing these today got me a bit more fired up to get cracking on some new Autumn projects!


–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Happy birthday with MDS Monday

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Happy Birthday. Those are words we tend to take for granted. This year, at my area’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life, I had the honor of coordinating the Survivor Dinner activities…and of being reminded just how precious birthdays are. The theme I chose was somewhere along the lines of ‘the biggest birthday party you’ve ever been to’…and we made decorations, had a great dinner, and I even had the privilege and pleasure of presenting a handmade birthday card (provided by some wonderful papercrafting friends) to each cancer survivor present at the Dinner. As a survivor myself, it was a dream come true and a night I won’t soon forget (and not JUST because the weather ended up being a very poorly-behaved party guest for the after-party Relay event!).

My scrapbook page is me, in all my silly glory, wearing the “official birthday tiara” (hah!) and posing amongst some of the decorations for the evening. The layout for the MDS Monday challenge seemed perfect for preserving this goofy picture.

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(I hate having my photo made, but admittedly needed to have it included in the chronicle of the festivities this year.) And I liked the added challenge to attach text to our punch shape.  Needless to say, my choice of Epic Day dsp pretty much begged for a hexagon punch shape to work with. (All the items used here, except the buttons, are from the Epic Day/This & That kit.)

–And here’s a bunch more MDS fun I had, creating a large banner (strung together by tons of ribbon) to hang across the stage area:
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–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

Rollin’ for Relay

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I created this fun page for this week’s MDS Monday challenge. Fun is definitely the operative word on this one!MDSM9

The sketch is perfect to feature one favorite photograph or image. And the subway art part of the challenge–well, I knew exactly what I wanted to include. The little quote above is making the rounds amongst the American Cancer Society‘s Relay for Lifers…of which I’m proud to be a part.  The photo was taken on my Survivor Lap Relay 2011, and I was very happy…and acting very silly. The roses were a gift from my Team members, and I carried them proudly as I made that initial lap around the track.  For those unfamiliar with Relay, let me just say that the Survivor Lap is just that–a leisurely lap around a track made by CANCER SURVIVORS. And it’s very exhilarating, very exciting, very emotional, and very LIFE-AFFIRMING. Whether we’ve been survivors for years (like I have–17 years this April!), or we’re newly-diagnosed….if we’ve ever heard the words, “you’ve got cancer”, then we’re survivors…..and RELAY CELEBRATES OUR LIVES!

This project came together very easily: I used only two different stamps on my page–a candle from one of the original MDS birthday stamp sets, and the feetsies from Daring Adventure.  My background is a blow-up of a photo (of some Relay balloons) that I reduced the opacity on considerably. The subway art was created with a bajillion different fonts using the text tool. You see a lot of purple here on my page because that’s the ‘ribbon color’ for ACS Relay for Life.

My LuminaryHere’s a photo of several luminaries (similar to the small inset photo on my layout above) as they were lit the night of Relay. Seeing your name lit up –alongside hundreds and hundreds of other names, all representing a life touched by cancer…well, it’s kinda mind-blowing. The luminary lighting ceremony at Relay is an amazing thing all by itself…as a part of the larger Relay experience, it is something that you truly have to try for yourself to fully appreciate. Once you go to a Relay, you’ll get it….AND you’ll be helping cancer patients in YOUR area to beat this beast!

This year’s Relay for my community is May 3…and I’ll be right out there again, thankful for the chance to celebrate another birthday!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today. And you can help out with Relay here ….. (or contact Relay in your area) –Terri