Hey, I’m on Etsy!

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions, but as you can probably tell, I’m making a concerted effort to kick off this year with more consistent blog posts. That said, it’s time to do a little catching up.

In 2014, I sensed God leading me to launch a creative fundraising effort to aid my dear friend in bringing clean water, medical services, and education to rural Ethiopia. Enter CuppaLove Cupcakes for Ethiopia. God has blessed this little calling abundantly! I’ve been able to bake thousands of delicious treats for people all over my local community, which has given me a fun creative outlet, provided others with high-quality confections at a competitive price, AND helped bring life-giving relief to an impoverished community across the world!

CuppaLove is still going strong, and in 2015 the Lord put another endeavor on my heart. This time, my boys got to be involved too. It started with a homeschool project, making homemade playdough. We had just moved from summer into the cooler, cozier days of Fall, and I felt an urge to give our playdough a little added seasonal flair. So, we tinted it orange and added essential oils – orange, cinnamon and clove. Delightful!! We could not stop playing with it. We shared some with friends, and then quickly got to thinking how many other scents we could try.

Realizing this project was marketable, and could reach way beyond our local community, the boys and I whipped up a dozen scent varieties, and then launched our online shop, HappyDough!  Through it we’ve been able to raise even more funds for the latest project, a much-needed high school building…and the awesome thing is we can ship it anywhere in the USA! I hope you’ll visit our shop and check out what we have to offer. All proceeds are donated to the relief project, and once you try HappyDough you’ll never want the storebought stuff again!

Here’s our current scent lineup:
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TangerineP1180301
Spiced OrangeP1180256
Lemonlime
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SootheP1180501
LavenderP1180317
Chocolate MintP1180327
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RoseP1180277
VanillaP1180258
Candy Cane

And Coming soon…
Fennel
Ginger (gold sparkle!)
and HappyDough toolkits, complete with rollers, cutters, and all sorts of fun accessories for hours of building fun!

Have a Cuppa Love

It’s been a couple weeks since the launch of Cuppa Love – Cupcakes for Clean Water.  This week is our first official “Sales Week,” meaning now is the time to purchase cupcake vouchers for anytime thru the end of 2014.  I am updating and posting info on the Facebook page, but thought it would be handy for non-FBers to also post here.  So, if you’re local (Portland Metro Area) and in need of a sweet fix for a sweet cause, be sure to sign up this week!

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Also, for those of you who haven’t heard, I am hosting a completely *free* tasting party {ladies only} this Thursday, August 14 from 7-8:30!  I need a headcount today in order to prepare enough cupcakes for everyone, so again, if you’re local, and want to come, please email me!  I will host another when we get closer to the holidays for kiddos as well.  Here is just a little smattering of some of the deliciousness you might get to enjoy at the party:

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Lord bless!
Monique

…And this is it!

I gave you a teaser this week of something big in the works.  Well are you ready?

I can’t hear you!

ARE YOU READY?

Ok.  That’s more like it.

I’m thrilled to announce that I am partnering with my beautiful and inspirational friend, Kristen Greene, in her ongoing missions to bring medical relief and clean water to the rural regions of Ethiopia.  I first met Kristen several years ago at a jewelry party fundraiser.  Her story burrowed deep into my heart – she was first exposed to the harsh poverty in Ethiopia when she adopted her two precious children from rural Bachira, ET.  After God brought her daughter and son home to a life of health and safety, Kristen had an indelible urge to go back and do more.  She has since headed up several relief efforts through fundraising to provide a maternity clinic, pediatric clinic, and an ambulance to this impoverished region.  Kristen has such a deep love for the people of Bachira and surrounding communities, and no project is too big for her to tackle!  As I’ve gotten to know her through these fundraisers and our growing friendship, Kristen has taught me what it means to be eternally-minded and others-focused.

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Children of Bachira – including Kristen’s kids’ biological brother – at their current water source

Needless to say, immediately I was HOOKED.  Not being one to splurge on fashion, Kristen’s fundraisers gave me a fun, tangible way to help aid the efforts in Ethiopia while shopping for presents I’d otherwise be buying at the mall.  Since then, all the ladies in my family know what to expect each Christmas.  Buying jewelry to aid these life-giving projects was just a no-brainer!

Recently Kristen expanded her fundraising opportunities to include a revolutionary new makeup line.  I happily signed up to host a party, which was a raging success – thanks to many of YOU!  Hugs and kisses to all you dears who helped bring clean water to more than ten impoverished children.  Yes, a few dozen tubes of mascara did THAT!

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Well, you might say I was high on fundraising…because midway through the party I got an itch.  An itch to do more.  Lots more.  What could I do?  What was my niche?  How might  I channel my own passions and creativity to make a difference in these precious lives, long-term?

Friends, this is where the rubber meets the road.  Unto good works.  It’s what I strive to be about.  It’s about doing things that God created me to do – with the talents I owe only to Him – in a way that blesses others and draws them near to Him.  Now, some might argue that the pastimes of a homeschooling housewife are trivial.  Not big enough for God’s work.  I beg to differ.

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Enter Cuppa Love – cupcakes for clean water. 

Yes, you heard that right!  This Fall I will strive to help push Kristen’s clean water project over the finish line, to be fully funded, by making and selling my very own custom, gourmet, cupcake creations.  For the past few years I’ve enjoyed making cakes for my family and friends.  Word of mouth turned that into friends-of-friends.  Soon I was getting requests to go into business as a baker.  Legally speaking, selling my cakes for a profit won’t be possible anytime soon.  But what I can do (and yes, I did call the state to verify) is hold bake sales, up to three times per year, to benefit a non-profit.  Sing it with me – HALLELUJAH!

 

So how does it work?  I thought you’d never ask.  Here is a handy-dandy info sheet I created.how to order pic

Come August 11, I will release Order Forms for our first Sales Week.  Cupcakes will be available in dozens (for regular size) and double-dozens (for minis).  I’ll even have gluten-free and paleo options!  To say I’m excited is a vast understatement.  Up till now, baking has been just a fun, creative outlet…so to think this little hobby ‘o’ mine could serve to improve, even save, the lives of Kristen’s Ethiopian family and friends…it’s humbling.  It’s thrilling.  It’s Unto Good Works.

Today I am launching Cuppa Love on Facebook – be sure to check it out and ‘like’ my page to receive updates about the first upcoming Sales Week!

And, if you’d like more info about the clean water project, visit Kristen’s page.

In His love,
Monique

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

These words are the core and foundation for this blog.  I have wanted to get back into blogging for quite some time, but didn’t know how to pull all my seemingly-unrelated passions together.  Finally, this verse popped into my head.  Created unto good works.  I love a Creative God.  I serve a Creative God.  I am created in the image of a Creative God.  Therefore, any good works I can muster up are a loving response to my Creative God.

I’m an eclectic girl.  I teach, stitch, write, draw, paint, garden, bake, and design.  I’m looking forward to sharing a smattering of these passions of mine with you – one lil’ workmanship to another.  I hope we have a lot of fun here together.  Stay tuned, friends!

in His image,
Monique