Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dress A Girl Around The World Campaign

A few weeks ago we posted instructions on how to make a pillowcase dress.  Here is my granddaughter wearing the first pillowcase dress I made.  Yesterday my daughter and Partner in Crafting, De'Anna, found out about a wonderful campaign of Hope 4 Women International entitled 'Dress A Girl Around The World'.

Originally two women from the United States delivered new or gently used pillowcases to women in Smile Africa Ministries and  taught the women how to make pillowcase dresses.  Sewing the dresses not only teaches the women to sew, but also clothes their children.

We would like to become involved in the campaign that asks you to 'Imagine a world where every little girl had at least one dress!  What if that dress where made by you?'  We would like to invite you along for the ride.  This Saturday my daughter, my sister, my granddaughter and I are going to spend the day making pillowcase dresses.  We'll take pictures and post them on Monday.

Next week we'll send out invitations to all of our family member for a Create a Dress Fest, where we will all work together to see how many dresses we can put together in a day.  Then we'll deliver fliers door to door in our neighborhood and see what happens on the day we set aside for Neighbors dressing Neighbors in Need. 

Please become a part of this with us.

There are so many ways you can help:

One Way To Help:  Take an hour or two and make just one pillowcase dress and send it to us.  We will add it to the ones we've made and add your name to the donation card when we forward all the dresses we make and collect to Hope 4 Women International.

Another Way To Help:  Send a new or gently used pillowcase to us and we will make a dress out of it.  I've read that a good place to find lots of gently used pillowcases is from the Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Another Way To Help:  Send any of the items needed to make a pillowcase dress from your supplies on hand...1 yard pieces of cotton fabric from your stash, 1/2" to 1" wide elastic, or thread.

Another Way To Help:  Purchase 1 yard of fabric from our eBay store and ask us to make a dress from it.  You will not be charged shipping, so don't pay the automated invoice.  We'll send a revised invoice without shipping charges.

Another Way To Help:  If you decide to do something with your church, family or sewing group for Hope 4 Women International because of something you read on our blog . . . please let us know.  And if you can, please send us pictures of your work.

Now I better give my sister a call and let her know that instead of recovering my dining room chairs this Saturday, we'll be working on the Dress A Girl Around The World pillowcase dresses!

Use our Pillowcase Dress Instructions or use How To Make a Pillow Case  Dress directly from Hope 4 Women International.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Blog Giveaway: 5 Personalized Christmas Stockings

***This Giveaway is now Closed***
It's time for another Captive Illusions Give-Away!  
No you are not seeing double...or triple...or...ummm...quintuple???
Set of 5 Personalized Christmas Stockings

Could Be Yours!
WOW!  Imagine your mantel with 5 matching personalized Christmas Stockings!  These stockings are plush, plush, plush.  The body of the stocking is a rich Christmas red with short faux fur.  The cuff is 5" of white, long faux fur, lined in white cotton, with a discrete white cord for hanging.  Cuff will be machine embroidered in matching red thread with your choice of font and any name you choose.  Use them for the family, give them as gifts to friends and/or co-workers.  These stockings sell in our eBay store for $20.00 each...times 5 stockings is $100.00 worth of Christmas cheer coming your way if you are our Blog Giveaway Winner!  Read below for all the ways to enter our favorite giveaway yet.
If you would like to see our other Christmas stockings check us out on eBay and Etsy.
Who can enter? Anyone in the whole wide world can enter. There is no cost to you at all. All you need is to have a valid email address in your blogger profile or post your email address in your entry in order to be notified if you win.

How do I enter? Only the First Entry is required to enter the contest. If you would like to earn additional chances to win, follow the instructions below. Please post separate comments for each entry in the MckLinky.  

FIRST ENTRY: This entry is mandatory before doing any of the Bonus entries  
Go to our eBay store or visit us on Etsy and tell us which stocking you would love to see filled with Santa's goodies on Christmas morning. - Be sure to put your entries in the MckLinky (click where it says "You're Next Click Here to Enter")

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* Blog about this giveaway with a linkback (be sure to comment with a link to the blog post)
* Add this blog's button to your blog (right column)
* eBay Scavenger Hunt: Go to our eBay store and find one each of the following:
1) A fabric Christmas Themed
2) A stocking you could see on your mantel (not the one featured here)
3) A Christmas pattern  
When you find the item click into it, locate the Item Number on the right side. Put all 3 item numbers in your post. HAVE FUN!

(All entries will be verified prior to the drawing.)
How do I win? This contest will run until Monday, November 31, 2009, 11:59 pm Pacific. A random entry will be chosen using We will announce the winner on this blog post and the winner will be contacted via email. The winner has 72 hours to claim their prize and send mailing information or a new winner will be chosen from the remaining entries. We hope you had fun. Come back often to see what else can be won.

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Happy Halloween

November 1, 2009    6:30 am

My morning routine begins.  I'm checking out The Secret is In The Sauce (SITS).  I was reading through some of  today's posts  regarding The SITS 2nd Annual Halloween Parade when I look to my right to see my granddaughter (Trinity Joyce Chapin Princess Ballerina Butterfly) has gotten up, put her princess dress on and is quietly sitting at the dining room table having a breakfast of Halloween candy.

I know it is going to be a crazy, hyper day...and there are only 53 days and 16 hours left until Christmas.


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