Thursday, October 1, 2015


I’d like to invite you to join me for an incredibly fun time discovering exciting new scrapbooking and cardmaking products from Close To My Heart! I love Close To My Heart’s huge variety of papers, inks, accessories, and more, and I think you will, too. Since I’m holding my Gathering online, it’s so easy for you to browse for and purchase some of your favorite scrapbooking and cardmaking items. Shop online and place your order any time before 11:59 p.m. (MT) on October 30, 2015.  Just click on the link on the right side of this page.

Up to 30% of the value of the purchased items could be donated back to Crops of Luv!

If you have any questions, please contact me via my email address listed here.

Thank you so much. Have fun shopping!
Your Online Gathering Hostess,
Cindy Sims
Online Gathering Date/Time:
Fri, 30 October 2015
11:59 PM

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


There are recurring events as well as one-time events.  The addresses for the recurring events are as follows:

Every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted):  Crops of Luv Volunteer Prep Time from 3 pm to 9 pm at the Crops of Luv Studio (11424 S. Pawnee Circle, Phoenix, AZ  85044).  Phone: (480) 634-7763

2nd Wednesday of Every Month (unless otherwise noted):  North Phoenix Crop from 9 am to 3 pm hosted by Julie Lucian at Kelly Hammond's Home, 2124 E. Kerry Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85024 (just north of Union Hills and west of Cave Creek Road).  Julie can be reached at or (602) 330-6025.

Arizona Community Church Crops (dates and times TBD).  Location is 9325 South Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85284 (just south of Warner Road).

Ahwatukee Recreational Center (events/dates/times TBD).  Location is 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive, Phoenix, AZ  85044.

JULY 2015:
Wednesday, 8 July:  North Phoenix Crop from 9 am to 3 pm

Thursday, 16 July:  COL at Scrap Sistaz Retreat

Saturday, 18 July:  COL at Scrap Sistaz Retreat from 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday, 25 July:  Crop at Arizona Community Church from 9 am  to 7 pm at COL Studio.

AUGUST 2015:
Wednesday, 12 August:  North Phoenix Crop from 9 am to 3 pm

Saturday, 22 August Crop at Arizona Community Church from 9 am  to 7 pm at COL Studio.

Friday, 4 September through Tuesday, 8 September:  COL Sedona Retreat

Wednesday, 9 September:  North Phoenix Crop from 9 am to 3 pm

Thursday, 17 September through Saturday, 19 September:  COL at Quick Quotes Retreat in Palm Springs CA

Saturday, 26 September COL at Creating Keepsakes Convention in Mesa, AZ

Wednesday, 14 October:  North Phoenix Crop from 9 am to 3 pm

Friday, 23 October through Saturday, 24 October:  COL at Ontario Scrapbook Expo

Saturday, 7 November:  COL Annual Yard Sale

Wednesday, 11 November:  North Phoenix Crop from 9 am to 3 pm

Wednesday, 9 December:  North Phoenix Crop from 9 am to 3 pm

Saturday, 12 December Crop at COL Studio

Wednesday, 13 January:  North Phoenix Crop from 9 am to 3 pm

Friday, May 8, 2015

Spring Cleaning Clothing Cycle Drive Helpful Hints

Here is some additional information for the Spring Cleaning Clothing Cycle Drive on May 16th.
We ask that you bag household items separate from clothing and shoes. The recyclers pay us differently for these items. Also please make sure that your bags are labeled with your name and contact information so that we can track who wins the cash prize for the most pounds of items donated.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Help Our Crops of Luv Fundraiser Event

Want to help raise money for Crops of Luv? 

Gather your unwanted clothing, purses, shoes and small home items and bring them to the crop on 16 May 2015.  For every pound we collect, Clothing Cycle will donate money to Crops of Luv.  Check out their website at

The person who turns in the MOST pounds will win a cash prize from Clothing Cycle.   So start collecting from your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors!

Anyone can drop off items and Crops of Luv will reap the rewards!  Even if you don't plan to crop with us, feel free to drop off your donation!

Great opportunity to clean your closets, cabinets and garage and benefit Crops of Luv at the same time!!!

Volunteer Appreciation Crop at Arizona Community Church

Volunteer Appreciation Crop at Arizona Community Church 

Date: May 16th, 2015
Time: 9:00AM - 7:00 PM   Add to my calendar
Crops of Luv would like to show its appreciation for all you do by hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Crop.  Come join us for a day of cropping.  Bring your tools and help us complete scrapbooks for our deserving kids! 

Crops of Luv will be providing a meal but we encourage you to also bring a snack to share.  There will also be opportunities to win some awesome prizes!
There is room for up to 60 scrapbookers.  Hope to see you there.Laughing

Don't forget to bring your clothing donations for the Crops of Luv fundraiser.  

Call or email to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jody and Crops of Luv on Phoenix TV Shows!

More good news for Crops of Luv!  Home Shopping Network (HSN) has connected with two Phoenix-based TV shows that want to do on-air segments with Crops of Luv as a result of our recent contest win on HSN!  We are beyond excited at the publicity/exposure COL is receiving.  Our founder, Jody McNelis, will be on-air with Arizona Family and Better Arizona programs as follows:  BE SURE TO SET YOUR DVRs so you don't miss Jody and COL on TV this week!

·         Arizona Family
o    Sunday, April 19 @ 7:15 a.m.
o    Would like to speak with you on your decision start Crops of Luv and the impact it has had thus far
·         Better Arizona
o    Thursday, April 17 in the early afternoon
o    Would like to speak with you about how you started Crops of Luv and would love to have a family that was impacted by it on-air to share their album
o    Segment would air next Wednesday (4/22) at 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Great News for Crops of Luv!

Congratulations!   Your organization will be announced live on April 12th at 7pm EST on HSN in honor of our HSN Cares $1,000 a Day Giveaway. The nomination we received for Crops of Luv from Lana Davenport inspired everyone who saw it and we are looking forward to making this announcement on air and also sharing the details on .  

This was the basic email we received notifying us that my essay submittal had been chosen and Crops of Luv would be receiving $1,000 from HSN!  How awesome is that!  Be sure to set your DVRs to record HSN on April 12th at 7 pm (EST), or 4 pm (PST).   

I got a phone call early this morning from HSN and was soooo surprised and thrilled for Crops of Luv.  Then I had the pleasure of calling Jody and telling her the great news!  What a lovely start to our Thursday!  So excited for Crops of Luv!