It all started a couple of months ago when my Mom was trying to come up with centerpiece ideas for the Minister's luncheon in April. I had just been fooling around with a really cute idea for a "garden" centerpiece using tootsie pops as the "flowers" on the top of the box. Well, she LOVED the idea so it was a go. No problem! 10 gardens.....not needed until the end of April....I have this under control! :-) I searched through my collection of SVG files and found lots of choices that I could use for decorations on the sides of the box. I played with the layout and edited the selection until I was happy with the look.
I am delighted with how they came out!! Super cute and super fun to make!!
Around 5 weeks ago we found out that one of my coworkers was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is not able to work right now, her husband has been laid off for over a year, her elderly disabled mother lives with them and they have 4 children.
A couple of my friends organized a fundraiser for her (without her knowledge) to help out. While I was discussing the plans with them they told me they were planning on getting those "fruit arrangements" (you know what I mean...right??) to use as centerpieces... did I mention they need 23 of them?!? I said WAIT! Do you know how much that will COST?!?! I told them about the centerpieces I was making for the church and explained how I could modify them for the fundraiser.
They loved the idea and gave me the green light to make them. They had a graphic of a tough boxer chick that they had used for the t-shirts, tickets and a banner. I imported her into my SCAL2 program and went to town designing my ideas. She was an amazing piece of inspiration to use and I REALLY love how she came out.
So now I had 33 centerpieces to make....no problem right?! WRONG! LOL I was up to my eyeballs in paper and realized that I *might* need some help. ;-) So Mom and I rallied our crafting peeps, set up a mega craft night at the church, and went to town making all 33 centerpieces. 16 fantastic ladies showed up to help and we were able to complete all 10 luncheon centerpieces and *almost* finish the fundraiser boxes.
While I could have done this all on my own (I'm not sure if my sanity would have survived) I am forever grateful for all of the help I received! The ladies did a fantastic job and really made my life easier!
So, I am giving a HUGE Thank You SHOUT OUT to the First Church craft group! We also had co-workers and friends come to help that evening and they were just amazing! The support you shared that evening is greatly appreciated! I also wanted to thank Cheryl from Creative Kuts, she helped edit the file down to actually make this boxer girl usable for this project. :-)
I think both centerpieces came out great! Let me know what you think!!