LifeWorks Donation Drive

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Last year we donated Christmas gifts to a family as part of LifeWorks Project Holiday Help, which I wrote about here. I got the idea sometime last October and was really looking forward to helping again this year too… Well, life happened and I kind of forgot to sign up until it was too late! Fortunately, ALL of the families in need this year have been matched and have a sponsor family already! Although I wanted to sponsor a family again this year, I’m glad all families have been matched!

I wanted to mention another way YOU can help out this year as well! LifeWorks could still use help in other donation drives(taken from LifeWorks website):

  • Holiday Gift Card Drive
    Even a small gift of a $25 HEB gift card can make a huge impact. Gift cards are one of our greatest needs on an on-going basis from nearby stores like HEB, Target and Walmart. If a client arrives to LifeWorks in crisis, experiencing hunger, or needing basic personal items, a case manager can go shopping with them same day to pick out the items they need most. Around the holidays, we like to have extra gift cards on hand for new clients and families that missed the sponsorship deadline.
  • Backpack/Sleeping Bag Drive
    LifeWorks Street Outreach program works with homeless youth living on the streets of Austin. During the holidays, we provide them with backpacks, sleeping bags, blankets, clothing, and other supplies to keep them safe and warm. Organizing a backpack/sleeping bag drive is a great group project for a community group or organization.

If you feel compelled to help or donate a Holiday gift card, click here and fill out the form online. You’ll be able to schedule a time for drop off.

If you’d like to donate a Backpack/Sleeping bag, click here and fill out the form online. You’ll be able to schedule a time for drop off.

There are two locations for drop off:

  • East: 835 N. Pleasant Valley, Austin, TX 78702.
  • South: 3700 S. 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704.

LifeWorks makes donating seamless and stress free. I highly recommend the Project Holiday Help donation drive. Let me know if you have any questions about my experience, or email holidayhelp@lifeworks.org with donation questions.

Tis the season to be giving!

Things I’m loving Friday #8: Fall Edition

Since Fall is my favorite season, I wanted to designate this post to a few of my favorite fall things around this time of year…

  • Cooler temperatures… Ok so this is really just wishful thinking here in Austin, but I think soon enough temps will drop and there will be a cool crispy breeze in the air, which I absolutely love!
  • Speaking of cooler temperatures…. The weather has been so much nicer lately after work, that I’ve really enjoyed rocking on my front porch and reading my kindle. Also, I found that side table for a heck of a deal and it fits perfectly in between the rockers.

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  • My fall wreath and front porch fall decorations. These pumpkins were gifted to us by our Aunt Connie and I just love them!!! I’m lacking in the fall decor area, but these pumpkins… I’m proud of them! Now I just need to get to the pumpkin patch and pick up a real one. Not sure if we’ll carve it or not.

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  • Fall pictures. We went out last weekend to get some pictures taken in hopes to capture a pic for our Christmas card. #operationchristmascard. I had mixed feelings about bringing the pups along since it was only about a 20 min shoot. We ended up just going, the two of us. I am still going to try and incorporate them into the card some how! Outfit selfie and a sneak peek from our photographer, Jen Stamps.

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  • $5.99 mums… In Scott’s words, “Not everyday can be two dozen roses” haha Which is what he told me when he brought these flowers home. I thought that was pretty adorable. They’re also our only fall decoration at the moment. *Insert see no evil monkey emoji

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  • Fall scented candles: Mmmm nothing more comforting than a yummy scented candle. Candles are just so warm and inviting to me. I need more candles in my life!

**I hope to partake in more fall festivities in the upcoming weeks. On the horizon: Bake these, visit a pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin, go to the Renaissance festival, Wurstfest in New Braunfels, order a pumpkin spice latte, carve a pumpkin, hand out candy to trick or treaters in our new neighborhood, and go to an NFL football game! Gah, I just love this season!

A year of wreaths

I kind of have a thing for wreaths. Having a different one up for each occasion throughout the year is not uncommon. I blame my maw maw for this trait. I can remember her creating wreaths for literally every holiday… Valentine’s day, St Patrick’s day, Easter, Independence Day…Basically any holiday you can think of, she had a wreath for it.

My wreath collection isn’t nearly as big as hers, but it is steadily growing!

When I heard the folks at Patience Brewster were putting together a “year in wreaths” project, I was in! Patience Brewster is a one-artist company offering unique ornaments and gifts. Check out their unique handmade ornaments here if you’re curious! They’re quite adorable and oh so creative!

I was inspired to create this post compiling all of my wreaths I put together throughout the years, with the exception of one. Wreath creating makes me crafting heart happy!

Valentine’s Day wreath

Ok, I can’t take credit for this one… I actually bought it at Target two years ago at the day-after sale! I always put this one out for the month of February. But, if you’re interested in making one yourself, I’ve seen these type of wreath tutorials all over pinterest!
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Spring wreath

I used a straw wreath, wrapped it in pink yarn with lots and lots of homemade fabric rosettes. I hang this wreath between the months of March and June.
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Football wreath

We’re football lovers in our household and we throw the annual Super Bowl party among our friends, so I figured I needed a wreath to fit the occasion! I have a DIY post here, but these are the only things you’ll need: a foam wreath, green/white yarn, an artificial mum, and some little football themed trinkets. I’ll put this wreath out at the start of football season, remove it for Fall/Christmas and then put it out again after the New Year.
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Fall wreath

This is probably my favorite wreath! I think it’s because I absolutely love fall, and I love that it’s personalized with the “H” All you’ll need is a stick wreath, artificial fall florals, craft paper, your initial, pumpkins/gourds or whatever else you might like to add when you think of fall. I put this wreath out in October through November.
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Holiday wreath

I was in desperate need of a Holiday wreath when I came up with this one. It’s a hodgepodge of holly leaves, glitter berries, poinsettias, apple or two, and wrapped in jute twine. I love all the sparkle in this one! This wreath debuts once I get my Christmas tree up, which is usually right after Thanksgiving.
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My next few wreaths in queue is a summer themed wreath, think 4th of July, with red, white and blue yarn. A St Patrick’s Day wreath: green, 4 leaf cloves, some sort of sparkle. A personalized everyday wreath: Chevron, H, ribbon.

I better get to crafting!