Sunday, October 23, 2011

Featured Donor: OldBarnRescueCompany

Our second featured donor of the Lost Stork raffle is the OldBarnRescueCompany on Etsy. OldBarn has graciously donated an adoption creed wall decal for our raffle. The winner will be able to choose any color they want from OldBarn's selection of over 60 colors. This is what OldBarnRescueCompany had to say about their company:

"We enjoy creating "wall art" applying our own unique flair with the use of vinyl graphics and up-cycled vintage materials.

In the fall of 2008, due to the popularity of Adonna’s hand-lettering, we began Old Barn Rescue Company's Wall Graphic Division here on Etsy. Wall graphics are one of the latest new trends in home d├ęcor. They look like they are painted right on the wall without the added cost of Adonna visiting your home to do it herself. Adonna has been a professional calligrapher for over 20 years and now you can enjoy her beautiful designs for a terrific price!

For those of you who have textured walls or love the value of reusing vintage materials, we can continue to offer our work on recycled wood as we have always done. You will now have the choice of hand-painted or cut lettering, depending on your preference and budget needs."

Now since Brandon and I are in the process of adopting a child ourselves, I decided to purchase my own wall decal from OldBarn. It turned out GREAT! I must add though, we had never done a wall decal before and it was a bit harder than we anticipated. It's just a huge decal and definitely not something you can try on your own. But the end result was so nice that I would certainly buy another or recommend it to a friend. Here are a few pictures of our wall decal installation.

Our wall decal

Brandon halfway done with the installation

The finished product!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Featured Donor: The Minus 1 Project

Our first featured donor for the Lost Stork raffle is Kelly from the Minus 1 Project. Kelly is a fellow adoptive mom who started the Minus 1 Project to raise funds for her Korean adoption. Her "Got Love? Adopt" products are awesome! I recently purchased a travel cup from her and it's really great. I use it all the time at work. Kelly has graciously agreed to donate an orange travel cup for the Lost Stork raffle.
You can purchase Minus 1 products from their store by clicking here. The Minus 1 Project also has a Facebook page which you can check out for giveaways and other events. Kelly is also willing to organize an adoption fundraiser for those who are interested in raising money for their own adoption. If you're interested please contact her at kelly.apisa@yahoo.com

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friendship Fundraising Friday Week 3

Things are moving along quite well with our Fundraising Friday. I figured we would have about 10 fundraisers on the blog at any given time. Once we get above 10 then the old and expired fundraisers will drop off one at a time. So here's the fundraisers for the week. I (Christa) am going through the adoption process and we have our own fundraiser going on so I figured I would share our fundraiser too.

Christa is having a Leaves of Love fundraiser for friends and family. For each donation received a green thumbprint "leaf" will be added to her tree with the donor's name written along the edge of the leaf. Once the tree is full it will be framed and hung in the nursery.

Whitney from Whitney & Erik has an Etsy shop that sells photography prints in order to pay for their adoption. She is also a Stella & Dot jewelry seller. Check out both shops!

Megan from This Space for Rent has an Etsy shop that sells fertility-related t-shirts and onesies. She's raising money to help pay for IVF.

Maria at MISSION: Fertile Soul has got an Etsy shop that sells crochet bags to help pay for her upcoming international adoption.

Jess from A little blog about the big Infertility (and adoption too!) has an Etsy shop that sells her beautiful photography work.

Ashley from In My Own Words is having a puzzle piece fundraiser to help bring their child home from Ethiopia. Each puzzle piece purchased will have the donor's name written on the back. The completed puzzle will be displayed in their home. She also has a Just Love coffee fundraiser on her blog as well.

Are you trying to come up with a good fundraiser idea to help with your fertility treatment or adoption but can't think of one? Check out this article for adoption fundraising and this article for infertility fundraising.

If you're interested in participating in the Fundraiser Friday just send an email to Christa at christa@loststorkfoundation.org with your information and a link to your fundraiser. You can post links to your blog or Etsy shop as long as the fundraiser specifically states that it's for adoption or fertility treatments. Also spread the word so your friends and family can help you but also many others in similar positions!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Adoption Awareness Month and Raffles!

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Just as the Lost Stork celebrated National Infertility Awareness Week with a fundraiser we're also celebrating this great event with a raffle! We've got two raffles, one is adoption-themed for our readers who are going through international, domestic or foster adoption. We also have a second raffle that anyone can participate in with a Family Fun Night theme. So without further ado, here's our raffles!

Adoption Themed Raffle


Includes:
An orange "Got Love? Adopt" tumbler from the Minus 1 Project
A Baby Medbasics book from Baby Medbasics
A copy of Adopt Without Debt by Julie Gumm
An Adoption wall decal from OldBarnRescueCompany on Etsy (not pictured)
Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other by Scott Simon
Fostering Hope: Living the Dream with My Name on It by Shane Salter
Love You Forever children's book
A $20 Shutterfly gift card
A 4 oz. bottle of Johnson & Johnson's bedtime lotion
3 gender neutral onesies, size newborn


Family Fun Night Themed Raffle


Includes:
Harry Potter jigsaw puzzle, 1,000 pieces (I just had to include this!)
Skip-Bo
Jenga
Sounds Like a Plan game
Dr Seuss Horton Hears a Who movie
Annie movie
Pop-Secret Extra Butter popcorn

You can enter the raffles beginning Tuesday November 1st. The entry period ends Tuesday November 15th and the winners will be announced by Saturday November 19th. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. If you purchase 3 for $5 you can mix and match which raffle you want to enter, just specify with your purchase. You can buy tickets online through Paypal, unless you know me or Megan, then you can purchase them in person! Throughout October we'll be featuring each donor in a separate blog post so check back for more information about them. We've got some great donors for this raffle! But for now we encourage everyone to please spread the word about this upcoming event. The more money we raise the faster we can start issuing grants!

Friendship Fundraising Friday Week 2

I know it's technically Saturday but this week I've been pretty sick and going to bed unnaturally early. I can't say it's been helping but oh well.

Megan from This Space for Rent has an Etsy shop that sells fertility-related t-shirts and onesies. She's raising money to help pay for IVF.

Maria at MISSION: Fertile Soul has got an Etsy shop that sells crochet bags to help pay for her upcoming international adoption.

Jess from A little blog about the big Infertility (and adoption too!) has an Etsy shop that sells her beautiful photography work.

Ashley from In My Own Words is having a puzzle piece fundraiser to help bring their child home from Ethiopia. Each puzzle piece purchased will have the donor's name written on the back. The completed puzzle will be displayed in their home. She also has a Just Love coffee fundraiser on her blog as well.

If you're interested in participating in the Fundraiser Friday just send an email to Christa at christa@loststorkfoundation.org with your information and a link to your fundraiser. You can post links to your blog or Etsy shop as long as the fundraiser specifically states that it's for adoption or fertility treatments. Also spread the word so your friends and family can help you but also many others in similar positions!