Sunday, May 1, 2016

Silent Auction Items

Good Morning.  At the beginning of the year, I joined a gym with a friend and entered a challenge to loose weight and get in shape.  We went to almost every one of the classes.  (We missed one class to go to Texas for Antique Week.)  Anyways, at the end of the challenge, they have an After Party with a silent auction.  The money raised @ the silent auction, help support Paws & Stripes.  It's an organization that helps military veterans who suffer from PTS, and pairs them with shelter dogs.  [If you get a chance, please click on the link and take a moment to see what these folks are doing.  Its great work, and it helps our military veterans who have fought, and served our country to keep you free.]
I wanted to donate an item or two to the silent auction.  But, you know me.  I can't simply throw something down on the table.  I am happy [and proud] to say, that I donated three items to the silent action and helped raise $200 for this great, local cause. {big smile}
If you are a paper crafter, you know that presentation is pretty much everything! and who doesn't love to jazz up a 'package'!
I love to bake.  Love it.  So much so, that I have started seriously thinking about purchasing a food truck to tote and sell my wears out of.  Crazy but true.  I have a name, a logo, ideas on presentation, and I even have menu items, and how to serve.  But, I digress.  Baking.  I baked some cupcakes for one of the coaches, and he just loved them.  So, I made some more.  And then again.  And for our final weigh in, and measurement, I made even more.  So, the folks at the gym, have had my cupcakes.  No pies, or tarts, or cookies.  Just cupcakes.  One of my silent auction items was a half dozen cupcakes, along with a gift certificate for a free dozen, when you order a dozen.  Here is how I packaged the gift certificate:

Now, I hope that you are not surprised by the seam binding.  I love seam binding.  Just be surprised that I couldn't find a way to add a button.  {smile}.
For my next silent auction donation, was 4 passes to a local race track.  Not horses, cars!  My husband has been involved with auto racing for years, over 20.  He use to be crew chief for an Alcohol Dragster for over 10yrs.  He loves it.  But, he stepped down once we were married.  It takes a lot, and oh my do I mean a lot of your time.  Anyways, he managed to get me 4 passes to the Albuquerque National Dragway.  I didn't want to just put four passes on the table, held together with a paper clip.  So, this is how I presented them: 

Yep, I love seam binding.  I wanted to do something masculine, [even though a woman 'won' the passes] so I went with the colors on the passes, and grabbed some pattern papers from my stash box.  I did two colors and a text paper.  All three are different widths, and lengths.  I did a banner/flag end and adhered them together.   I added a brad from My Mind's Eye that I had in my stash.  I wrapped some black seam binding around the glassine bag and tied it in a knot.  I strung a key from Prima to the seam binding knot.  I don't really 'do' masculine, so I'm pretty happy with my packaging.  {smile}
And finally, I created, ordered, and donated a bracelet from KEEP Collective.  I loved how it turned out.

I didn't have to do anything for this packaging.  KEEP Collective does a great job at that.  So, I simply added the charms (keys) to the bracelet (keeper) how I wanted them, and viola!  The bracelet is reversible; the other side is black.  So, if you want the black side, just turn your charms (keys) to the other side.  Easy peasy! and their products come in a great gift/jewelry box.  
I had a great time last night.  Oh, and my girlfriend and I came in third place for our challenge.  (yeah for us!)  It was really nice to see everyone again.  We all have seen each other sweating, and huffing and puffing.  But last night, we were all looking good!  A big Thank You goes out to the coaches.  They didn't give up on any of us.  They kept us motivated and encouraged us to keep going, to keep pushing ourselves, and to simply stick with it.  Thank You Duke City Strength!  I'll be joining the next challenge, too!

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