Thursday, November 12, 2015
Homespun Craft Day
I don't know where to start! Ok, so my friend Shay and her family are in the process of adopting a little girl and we both had this idea to host a craft day as a fundraiser. It turned out super fun and we are already planning a second one in December!
It was a fun challenge for me to try and see how thrifty we could be on supplies so it helped the adoption fund the most. And, to be honest, I've struggled to get my crafty on lately so this was a really fun happy place for me!
I wanted our guests to feel special and very welcomed and like they got their money's worth even though I was trying to be extra thrifty. These cute little name tags were made with fabric scraps, alphabet stamps and some little pin backs - all things I had on hand = free.
This little metal tray made a fun display by just taping some twine around the back and clipping name tags on with mini clothespins. Sweet! My great-grandma's ladder was a funky holder for this tray! I have used this ladder more for its easel-qualities than as a ladder!!!
So, what did we make!? We made wood slice chalkboards, chalkboard garlands and looked at various lettering techniques for chalk art. Ten sweet crafters came and got creative! Brown paper made inexpensive and easy-clean-up table coverings, the gift bags were from my stash and I put the garlands, some chalk and a cute Thanksgiving printable in each bag. Tags and yarn were also on hand so this did not add any expense! The chalkboard garlands were from the Target Dollar Spot about six weeks ago.
Bonus: it made a fun afternoon project for me to sit and cutesify these bags for giving!
The wood slices were bought here and there at Michael's with 40% off coupons. Chalkboard paint is from Lowe's.
For hand lettering, I found this great post and basically drew most of her ideas out on my chalkboard plus some embellishments. This post is a great source of lots of ideas and basics for successfully hand lettering on your chalkboards!
Now, let's talk food!
Our craft day was in the morning so I wanted to do breakfasty choices. Here was our menu except that I forgot to set out the cheese and crackers! Oops!
Apple Cheddar Bread
Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes
Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls
Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Teas were herbal tea bags that I brewed, sweetened and chilled
I'm totally loving my porch table turned this direction and those twinkle lights have just made my heart happy every time I walk by or see them shining through the doors. I shopped my house for fun stuff for the table and that awesome Arctic cooler was borrowed from a sweet friend!
Sweet time with friends, good fellowship, yummy food and fun crafting! Plus we raised right around $200 for our friend and her adoption fund. Just a big yay all around!
It was also so fun having this in the morning and then having a quiet afternoon with a clean house to enjoy and relax in!