Simple Gifts Open House 2016

OH. MY. PUMPKINSPICEDLATTE.  How have y’all been?  How is this gorgeous fall treating you?  I AM PUMPED for fall, and all of the awesomeness that it promises.
 Crunchy leaves.  Cooler temps.  Pumpkin-flavored-donuts/creamcheese/pies/bakedgoodsingeneral.  Oh, and CARDIGANS!!!!!  Yup, I’m a fall girl through and through.  But then again…I also LOVES ME SOME CHRISTMAS!!!! 🎄WOOOHOOOO!  (too soon?)
I’ve been crazy busy, making all kinds of crafty, chocolatey, and artsy treasures for you and your loved ones, and I’m excited to share it all with you at this year’s Open House!  Drum roll, please….
Please Save The Date!
8th Annual Simple Gifts Open House
Friday, November 18, 2016  **  4pm – 8pm
Saturday, November 19, 2016 ** 10am – 2pm
@ the Kerwin home
225 Overlook Drive
Schwenksville, PA 19473
What’s at the Open House?
Fair Trade Gifts.  Recycled crayons.  Jewelry made with beads from recycled paper.  Shea butter products.  Cards and prints of original artwork.  Snowmen and Santas and ornaments.  Advent crafts. Handmade bags, zipper pouches, and pillows. CHOCOLATE!  Upcycled leather belt cuff bracelets.  Necklaces and earrings.  Free raffle prizes and yummy snacks. Hugs.  And more chocolate…  (You know, for Jesus…)
What’s NOT at the Open House?
Soapboxes.  Pressure.  Clean windows.  Kale.  Me in yoga pants (Lord have mercy..).
This year, our purchases will be helping to bring clean water and sanitation to the most desperate of families around the world.   Together, our ‘gifts that give twice’ will be helping women in Uganda become self-sustaining so that they and their families might thrive.  We will help orphans in Uganda have a better life while they wait for their ‘forever home’, and we’ll help families in Swaziland keep their beloved children out of orphanages until they can financially and emotionally welcome them home.  Our gifts will help doctors who are willing to risk it all and serve in desperate and difficult places.   In the words of my word-hero, Toby Mac:  “We’ll spread (God’s) love like dandelions.” 🌻 OH YEAH WE WILL!  
One of my favorite quotes…
“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity, or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”  Nelson Mandela
THIS is why we gather, and shop with purpose. THIS is why I get excited to get together, and share our dust bunnies.  THIS is why we count our blessings, and share what we can, from where we are.   And God takes our perfectly imperfect gifts, and makes them enough.  Always.  Isn’t that AWESOME!!?!!!?!!!!  
So please come on over and party with the cool kids!  And speaking of kids, we are ready to roll with Three Below, our Secret Santa Shoppe, restocked with buckets of new & awesome gifts, all priced $3 and under, 100% for charity.   No need to RSVP – just come and bring a friend!  We have coloring pages and a ‘quiet corner’ for the little ones, and a party favor for each of our youngest guests.  And hugs.  And chocolate.
Because chocolate can change the world, too. 💖 🍫 #TRUTH
Love ya – and I can’t wait to party with you!  
Kristen & family
Happy Fall, Y’all!   🍁🍃🍂🌿
P.S.  If you’re an Instagram-er, come visit me @looksomethingshiny to see what I’ve been working on…or take a peek here:   (also…Facebook page coming soon!)
P.P.S.  Official Stuff:  You are receiving this invite because of a connection with Floral & Hardy in Skippack, Best Kept Secrets Tour, My Green Crayon, Small Steps Preschool, Fairview Village Church, Bible Study, WOW, MOPS, Schwenksville Elementary, Middle School West, PVHS and/or Key Club, Goddard School & Next to New Shop in Schwenksville, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Lisa’s knitting club, you work at ACMoore (a.k.a. my other home), we’re related, camping, the ‘hood, we met once at that store near that thing, we both love chocolate, or I’m stalking you.   If you would like to run the other way and not receive future emails – I understand!  Just let me know, and I will keep my epic-length emails to myself.  Promise!  🙂

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