Thursday, July 28, 2011

Crops of Luv Neighborhood News--About Our Volunteers

July 2011:  We'd like to extend a HUGE Crops of Luv "THANK YOU!" to Rochelle Kelly-Winter and her good friend Tracy Follington Humphrey, volunteers in Canada . They have organized a Facebook group called "Crops of Luv" Crop Nights. They had their first event on July 18th and everyone made embellishments. We can't wait to get them to use on upcoming scrapbooks. If you're interested in joining their Facebook group just type "Crops of Luv" Crop Nights in your facebook search and hit enter.  Their site with our Crops of Luv logo will come up and you can just click onto their site. Oh, CANADA, you ROCK!

Spotlight Organization--Give Kids the World

Crops of Luv (COL) works with myriad organizations in order to reach our mission of providing memory scrapbooks for families facing critical illness. COL scrapbooks the families' experiences provided by these charitable organizations.
This week's COL spotlight is on the Give Kids The World (GKTW) organization in Kissimmee, Florida.  It a non-profit organization that has been around for many years doing selfless work fulfilling the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses.  Through organizations like GKTW, these children and their families can experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to many Florida attractions and enjoy the magic of GKTW Village for as long as there is a need.  Over 100,000 children have had their dream come true at Give Kids The World. No child in need has or ever will be turned away from GKTW.  Check out the wonderful organization, Give Kids The World at their website: .  Crops of Luv is proud to partner with Give Kids the World.

The Green Spot

Introducing "The Green Spot" a blog for sharing scrapping/craft ideas that "recycle/reuse/repurpose" items into usable items.  I'll be posting regular projects and hope that our COL friends will be willing to share their ideas and post them.  First up: Ever wonder what to do with all those empty CD holder containers that blank CDs come in?   (besides throwing them in the recycle bin, that is!)--Turn it into a ribbon holder.  It's pretty easy to make and it's free!  First of all, take the clear plastic "lid" of the CD container and poke holes in the top (I did about 8 holes). The CD container lid is hard plastic and might crack unless you use the "heated" method of poking the holes:  it's not hard to do, just take a phillips-head screwdriver and "warm" the tip of it over a candle or gas stove burner.  Once it's heated "poke" it into the plastic lid to make a hole about the size of a dime or nickel, depending on the width of your ribbons. "Wiggle" the screwdriver a little to enlarge the hole to your desired size. The heated screwdriver will "melt a hole" where you place it in the container lid.  The finished holes will be where your ribbons are threaded through, so make sure you make them big enough for the ribbon to pull through easily.   Repeat this about 8 times in a circle around the top of the plastic container lid.  Once you've made the holes, smooth the rough edges of the holes with an emery board, old nail file, some sand paper, or trim off rough edges with an X-acto blade.    Next, cover the outside of the lid with your favorite scrapbook paper.  This will not only hide the ribbon spools, but will match your decor.  To finish, stack your eight ribbon spools onto the CD container spool base and thread the ends of your ribbons up into the lid holes you made.  Secure the lid to the spool base and voila! you have a customized ribbon holder.  Hope you like this idea; share your results if you decide to make this "Green Spot" project.  --Lana :D

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hello Crops of Luv friends!

Hi, my name is Lana and I am honored that Jody and Roberta have asked me to be a part of Crops of Luv as the newly appointed "Chief Blog Correspondent" (as Jody put it).  I'm hoping to bring some fun and interesting blogs to the site, as well as informative COL calendar event updates, crafting how-to's, etc.  We want this to be an interactive site where you'll look forward to coming back often and tell all your friends about it too.  You can also keep up with COL on facebook:
Looking forward to chatting and sharing with you all.  Take care!  --Lana :D