Twentycoats Wreath Creations……2014

10580759_1524928827720656_4286286043348015739_oI wanted to close out 2014 with an update on Twentycoats Wreath Creations, a status on the scholarship endowments and share my wreaths from 2014 that made it all happen!

First, due to our move in October, I wasn’t able to make any Fall/Halloween wreaths or go to the two Sami craft shows that I was planning on attending.  Christmas was focused on making custom orders but with having craft supplies at the house, at my storage unit in Georgetown and Harker Heights, it was challenging, but I was able to make it all come together!

The great news is that I now have a permanent wreath/craft cave space at our new house that will go through a transformation in the spring that I can’t wait to show you when it is finished!  The majority of my craft supplies will be at a storage unit that is right around the corner from our house!

As you may remember I decided to start the accounts for the scholarship endowments in September 2013.  By the end of 2013 (4 months), with some ‘seed’ money to start the process from John and I, we ended 2013 with close to $6,000 in both scholarship accounts!  John and I funded the $1,000 scholarship award at Salado HS in the spring of 2014 for the 1st Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes Dowdy Scholarship.

So, as we bring 2014 to a close, I am thrilled to share that Twentycoats Wreath Creations has contributed $5,360 the full sale price of the 62 wreaths to Elizabeth’s scholarship endowment fund!  Which brings Elizabeth’s Methodist Children’s Home Scholarship endowment account to $13,300 and the Salado HS endowment account close to $2,000 (I don’t have an exact amount at this posting) and awarding a $1,000 scholarship at Salado HS!   So, even with the move and not being able to make holiday wreaths, God has blessed this endeavor with a passion in my heart and our $2,000 seed that we planted.  Thank you God for placing this passion and keeping me moving forward!  John calls Twentycoats my ministry.  I like that.  I hope it has ministered to others and for years to come as they hear the story of Twentycoats.

I am excited that we are over half way to endowing Elizabeth’s scholarship!  $11,700 left to go!

So, what are my goals for Twentycoats Wreath Creations in 2015?

1. Fully fund Elizabeth’s scholarship endowment

2.  Focus on raising money for the Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes Salado HS scholarship.

3.  John and I look forward to funding the Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes Dowdy Salado HS $1,000 scholarship for 2015.

4.  Enter the CRAFT/TRADE show scene!

I also am touched and honored by those that have sent in memorial contributions to honor Elizabeth and the boys without a wreath purchase.   Thank you for joining me in being part of something that is bigger than ourselves and to make a difference.  My heart is full.  This is proof what we can do together.

Lastly, I was so blessed in 2014 to make numerous memorial wreaths to honor loved ones.  To be included in such a private and special place with others is such an honor and blessing.  I love making all my wreaths, but there is a special place in my heart when I am asked to do a memorial wreath.  I want them to evoke wonderful memories of their loved ones and to honor their legacy and how their spirit lives on in us and we are better people for knowing them.  So, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your families in this way.

Words don’t describe my heart when I say that I appreciate your support of Twentycoats Wreath Creations!  I am looking forward to 2015!

To re-cap the year, here is a video of 2014…….

To Him who is worthy, all honor and glory is yours…….

Julie