Wednesday, December 15, 2010
St. Jude was founded by actor and philanthropist Danny Thomas in 1962. Early in his career as a young starving actor, Thomas made a vow: If he found success, he would open a hospital dedicated to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes. He found great success, and as a result, many advances have been made in the field of pediatric medicine.
St. Jude's mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. Consistent with Thomas' vision, Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. On average, 5,700 patients visit St. Jude each year.
We have 4 dolls from A Stitch in Time Gifts to raffle off to raise money for St. Jude. They were purchased and donated by Jennifer Carlson and Cara Delight. Each chance to win is $2. The cut off for donations (and chances) will be Monday, December 20th at 5pm eastern. I'll draw names that night and dolls will be shipped on Tuesday!
A note about these dolls: they are fabulous. A friend received one as a baby shower gift and her baby is now 2 and will not go near any other doll! They are sturdy, well-made and so soft. Leah sold out of them in her shop, but has let us know that if there is interest, she will make more after the new year!
Click Donate to purchase chances to win these dolls! Let's raise lots of money for St. Jude!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Through the month, we all had the chance to donate to Movember Canada,
which benefits Prostate Cancer Canada
beautiful bracelet! (Each chance was $2.)
Thanks to some amazing Frikes, we will be sending a check for $200
to Al's Movember fund. Way to go, Frikes!
Random.org determined that the winner
of the bracelet is the lovely Sherri Taft!
And since I know you're all dying to see what our friend Al
looks like after one month's growth, feast your eyes on THIS!
Thanks to Al and everyone who donated!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Instead of choosing a cause for December to feature, I thought maybe all our lives (and the people in them) could use some good deeds. This is a season of giving, and the warmth we feel when doing good for others is unmatched by any other feeling. So I decided to introduce:
at Cathy's Creations!
That's it! There are nearly 2,000 Frikes, even if only half of those participate half of the time, we'll still have done 12,500 good deeds! Imagine 12,500 lives lifted, burdens lightened, smiles created. You have no idea what effect your kindness may have had on someone who really needed lifting. I can't wait to hear all about your experiences. Feel free to comment here or write on the Cathy's Creations fan page.
Here are some suggestions of things you could do. Feel free to come up with your own, though!
Pay for someone's coffee/tea.
Pay for someones toll.
Make a food donation at the supermarket.
Bake a treat and bring it over to an elderly person/nursing home.
Call someone you have been putting off calling.
Bring a well behaved dog to a nursing home for a visit.
Hold the door for the person behind you.
Make soup for a sick friend.
Take a friend’s kid for the day. The parent could probably use the break.
Volunteer for a charity. Pick a cause that's near and dear to your heart and donate your time to them.
If you head out of town, drop off your monthly public transit pass at a youth or job center. They'll pass on the pass to someone who is in need of it to job hunt or attend school.
Take your neighbors trash to the curb while you're taking yours. Imagine their surprise when they see that the chore is already done.
Pay for the person behind you at the drive thru. It will make someone's day!
Donate blood. One single donation can help up to 4 people – that should be inspiring enough.
Donate your used clothes and housewares to charity. By doing so, you can help people meet basic human needs. Your old sweaters will keep someone warm during the winter and your old housewares can help someone furnish their new apartment.
Find a holiday angel program in your community. You can donate basic things like toothpaste, towels, sheets and PJ's for a family in need to open on Christmas morning.
Take a CPR class. You never know when you might be in a position to put those life-saving skills into practice.
Offer to babysit a friend’s kids one night so she and her partner can enjoy a romantic evening out. You friend will certainly be grateful for the night off.
Write a letter or e-mail to a good friend or family member to let them know how much you value them.
They say that smiling is contagious. Pick a day to smile at everyone you pass on the street.
Pass on your books after you've read them for someone else to enjoy. Take them to a local shelter or give them to friends.
Being angry at someone requires a lot of energy from both people involved, so go ahead and let go of an old grudge. Forgiving someone who hurt you will open the door for a friendship to be rekindled.
When you come across a two for one deal (which are popular at book and movie stores), donate your free product to a local shelter or youth group.
Next time you're at your favorite restaurant, leave your server a very generous tip.
Next time you do your grocery shopping, pick up a large bag of cat or dog food to donate to a local animal shelter.
Host a movie night for 10 of your closet friends. Charge $10 admission, provide the popcorn, candy and drinks, and donate the $100 to a charity you all decide on. It's a perfect way to feel good about having fun.
Shovel a neighbor's driveway.
Make an extra batch of soup or chili that you can freeze and give it to someone you know who is pressed for time to cook healthy food during the holidays.
Offer to wrap presents for a friend who has a hectic work schedule.
Donate mittens, hats and scarves to the Warmth tree at your children's school. If they don't have one, start one.
Don't just give your child's teacher a Christmas gift, give a gift to the whole class too -- a book, a puzzle or other indoor game for indoor recess time.
Don't forget to get a little something for the little people you forget: School Secretary, School Librarian, Bus Driver, School Custodians, Principal/Vice-Principal -- they make your children's school life successful too!
Send in boxes of tissues to your child's classroom BEFORE your teacher is forced to ask for some. Trust me, they'll need them.
Make your husband's lunch for him, or move the car for him, or give him a massage after a hard day.
Stop cleaning and sit and watch a movie with your kids instead.
Take a friend for a pedicure.
Invite your In-Laws over for tea and cookies.
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen.Call a women’s shelter and see what items they need, then donate them.
Now, get ready! If you're already a Frike (a friend/like) on facebook, I'll start reminding (read: bugging) you to do your good deed on Wednesday, December 1st! If you're not, spread the word! Grab our button and post it on your blog! Invite your friends to become frikes! Imagine how much good we can do.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
It seems like the title of every post has an exclamation point lately. Well, those of you who aren't fond of exclamation points will just have to deal, because we've had some exciting stuff going on here at Cathy's Creations lately, and today is no exception!
Let's talk diabetes for a minute.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to produce or unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar). Glucose backs up in the bloodstream — causing one’s blood glucose or "sugar" to rise too high.
There are different types of diabetes with different challenges, but the bottom line is, we need a cure.
We're doing our part by offering awesome t-shirts to anyone who donates to the American Diabetes Association. (See this post for more information.)
We're still selling our Diabetes Awareness Bracelet in our shop with all proceeds benefiting the American Diabetes Association.
A fabulous ring from yours truly:
Winner: Harmony Wells!
A $15 itunes gift card, donated by George who originated
in my uterus (and yes, that is an actual picture of my actual uterus):
1 print from MJ at MJAB Images
Another fantastic hat from the lovely Jill Bernstein:
These lovely earrings, handmade by Frike Nicole Bertrand:
2 sets of 6 sugar-free chocolate dipped Oreos
from Jackie from The Sweet Spot Bakery
And last but certainly not least, a wonderfully generous Frike,
Robyn Bridson, has a son who was recently diagnosed with diabetes,
so this cause is close to her heart. She has donated two items for this giveaway:
First, an amazing puppet from Apricus Designs (his name is "Frike"):
Winner: Lolo Langstons!
And second, this beautiful hat for a baby newborn - 4 months old
made from Alpaca wool, by Smith Family Alpacas
Thank you, Robyn, for your generosity.
We know you need a cure more than any of us!
To enter, comment on this post! That's it. We'd especially love to hear of any experiences with diabetes, so if you have one, share it.
I will be drawing winners at 7pm Eastern time on Tuesday, November 30th. Good luck!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The magnificent Stephanie Stussman of Apricus Designs created this amazing t-shirt for us.
See? Wasn't that easy? This is on the honor system, so please be honest. Our aim here is to raise money for research. OK, go. Donate. I'll wait here.
Hey. Why are you still here?
Ahem. You know what to do. :)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
(Winners, please email me your mailing address at
firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday to claim your prize.)
This week at Cathy's Creations, we're promoting awareness for Pancreatic Cancer and Lung
Lung cancer is the second-most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. However it is still the most common cause of cancer death because it is difficult to diagnose in its early stages. You can learn more about lung cancer by visiting the American Lung Association website.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly of all types of cancer. This year 38,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and about 34,000 will die from it. Despite the high mortality rate, the federal government spends woefully little money on pancreatic cancer research. You can learn more about pancreatic cancer by visiting the website of the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.
At the end of the week we'll have a huge giveaway! Here are the prizes we'll be giving away:
Mary Utterback, and Jenberrymom.
1 print from MJ at MJAB Images
Winner of the print from MJAB: MamaCher!
1 handcrafted hat from the talented Jill Bernstein
Winner of the hat: Jamie!
Thanks to all the wonderful artists who have donated items for giveaway! And now to the good stuff:
For five extra entries, donate to the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Center or the American Lung Association by clicking one of the buttons on the top right of this page. Each button will take you straight to the foundation's donate page, so all you have to do is follow the directions to make a tax-deductible donation. After you've done that, come back here and comment again, just telling me that you donated. I don't care how much or how little (and please don't disclose the amount in your comment); every donation helps and is worth five entries into the giveaway! Incidentally, those extra 5 entries really help; all the people who donated in the last giveaway ended up winning prizes.
I will be drawing winners at 7pm Eastern time on Sunday, November 14th. Good luck!
Monday, November 8, 2010
A wonderful Frike, Casey Patton, has purchased and donated a Red, White and You bracelet to be given away on Thursday, November 11th for Veterans Day.
Her request is that the bracelet go to someone who is in the military or has a close loved one in the military. If that's you (or you know someone in that situation you'd like to nominate), comment on this post and I'll choose a winner from the comments on Thursday.
Thank you, wonderful, generous Frike!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thanks to all who commented and donated to the Epilepsy Foundation! Here are the winners! Winners, please email me your address at email@example.com ASAP! If I don't hear from you by Wednesday, I'll choose another winner.
Friday, November 5, 2010
By growing a moustache.
"What?" you're thinking.
How in the world does that relate to prostate cancer?"
(from the Movember website)
for the month of Movember!
We get to watch his moustache grow,
and in return, we donate to his Movember fund.
(All Movember donations go to LIVESTRONG,
the Lance Armstrong Foundation.)
As if the chance to look at Al's 'stache isn't enough motivation,
I'm selling raffle chances to win this bracelet!
Each chance is $2.
To donate, click on the Movember button on the top right.
It will lead you directly to my paypal account where
you enter the amount you wish to donate.
Large or small, every bit matters!
(But make it in multiples of 2 so that you get all your chances!)
I'll choose a winner on December 1st!
On Friday of every week, I will be picking a winner
from all the people that donated to Al's Movember fund
to win 6 Hairy Cake Balls
Winners of the hairy cake balls are.....
Week 1: Michael Neyman!
Week 2: Shenandoa Manning!
Week 3: Rachel Porcaro!
(And cut a huge check for Al's Movember fund.)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This week at Cathy's Creations, we're promoting Epilepsy awareness. At the end of the week, we'll have a huge giveaway! Here are the prizes we'll be giving away:
Thanks to all the wonderful artists who have donated items for giveaway! And now to the good stuff:
To enter, comment on this post! That's it. We'd especially love to hear of any experiences with epilepsy, so if you have one, share it.
For five extra entries, donate to the Epilepsy Foundation by clicking on the button on the top right of this page. That will take you straight to the foundation's donate page, so all you have to do is follow the directions to make a tax-deductible donation. After you've done that, come back here and comment again, just telling me that you donated. I don't care how much or how little (and please don't disclose the amount in your comment); every donation helps and is worth five entries into the giveaway!
I will be drawing winners at 7pm Eastern time on Sunday, November 7th. Good luck!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Week 1: Epilepsy Awareness
Week 2: Lung Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
Weeks 3-4: Diabetes Awareness
I will be doing giveaways each week, but I want them to have more meaning than just giving stuff away, so I've decided to make a blog button for the charity I support related to each cause. When you click on this button (which will be on the top right as soon as I get it done) you will be able to donate to these wonderful causes. You don't have to donate to be entered to win the giveaways, but each donation (large or small) will be worth 5 extra chances to win.
Also, I will be donating $25 to each charity to show my support this month. Let's get the word out and help find cures for these diseases!
Tomorrow I'll be posting about the giveaway prizes for this week, and how you can enter! (You better be on the edge of your seat until then!)
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
I started out wanting to make four bracelets, one to give out each week of October.
Then came the Save Second Base T-shirts (which again, I planned to give out once each week).
Then came a friend offering to help with the Save Second Base T-shirts, making it possible for me to choose a winner every day.
Then the emails started, with wonderful crafters and vendors offering their works to this great cause. I can't even describe how much this touched my heart. I had too many offers; so many that I had to put some of them off until the my next giveaways.
Please join me in thanking them. Join their pages. Visit their sites. Consider them when you're buying gifts or spoiling yourself. I'm going to try to list them all; if you notice I missed one, I promise it's not intentional, just send me a message and I'll add it.
Jessica from Jessica Rae Jewelry
Brenda from Four Daisies Quilting
Christina from Scenterrific Scents
Kayla from Kayla Boyle Photography
George from My Uterus
Stephanie from Apricus Designs
Mary from Mary Originals
Jenn from JMFX Photography
Susie from Avon
Sara from Longaberger
Cara from Bubbles and Bows Boutique
And now, we have one last bracelet to giveaway! I'll be drawing a name tomorrow (October 30th), so comment on this post, write on my Fan page wall or comment on any of the Cathy's Creations statuses. Good luck!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Chocolate dipped Oreos
Erin Casey (Sunday)
Amanda Laswell( Sunday)
Christine Keenan (Friday)
Darlene Soldi (Friday)
Kendell Craycraft (Thursday Sneak Attack)
Jackie Nielsen (Wednesday)
Jennifer MacLeod (Saturday)
Cara Delight (Friday)
Christina Pritchett-Bowels(Thursday sneak attack)
Scentsy burner with scented bars!
Congratulations to all the winners! Please email me at cogrady2003@ yahoo.com (No space)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
To celebrate the culmination of all the giveaways, along with the T-shirt a day giveaway, I've contacted my awesome friend Jackie at The Sweet Spot to create some delicious items for us. (Go, look at her page and "like" her. Go now, I'll wait here.)
First off, I will choose one person per day to receive 3 sets of these Cake Ball Boobs (that's the technical term, just in case you were wondering)! Don't they look delectable?
3 sets of boobs. One winner. Every day. You know you want in on that.
Second, look at these amazing chocolate-dipped oreos with pink Breast Cancer awareness ribbons! One person per day will win 6 of these babies. I'm salivating just looking at them.
All you have to do to be considered is visit the Cathy Creations facebook fan page and comment on any of my status updates or write on my wall. Feel free to comment more than once, but each person who comments will be entered just once per day. Check back each evening for winners, and make sure to comment every day to be entered!
And don't forget to visit The Sweet Spot fan page and The Sweet Spot Blog. Jackie's stuff is amazing.