Friday, May 27, 2011

The Fortune Girls Rocked the House!

Last Friday evening, Rock Paper Scissors was full of an amazing group of young ladies - the Fortune Girls.  They came together to embroider hankies for our troops deployed overseas and they rocked the house!!

Everywhere you walked, there were girls, girls and more girls.  They stitched and chatted and ate pizza and laughed and made new friends.  And, all the time, they were embroidering these beautiful hearts and other messages on oversized camouflage hankies for the troops.  They also attached short notes to each hankie with a message of support and encouragement.  It was a beautiful sight indeed.

We were honored to have some service members join us, including two young women who have recently returned from deploymet in the Middle East.  MASN Chelsea Kepenis and BU3 Penny Zack, joined by Lt. Cmdr Michael Fourte, shared with the girls how much care packages from home meant to them when they were deployed.  They also fielded questions from the girls, helped them to stitch and took some time to read the notes.

The hankies will be sent to the troops in care packages that are shipped by Operation Gratitude, a California-based volunteer organization that ships 100,000 care packages to service people every year.  Please check out their website when you have a minute.  They are an amazing organization that epitomizes the word "volunteer". 

It is not too late to contribute to these care packages.  Through Memorial Day weekend, we are still collecting toothpaste, toothbrushes, beanie babies, and notes of support and encouragement for Operation Gratitude to include in care packages.

Fortune Girls is a lifestyle brand started by local Glen Ridge residents Madison Ruiz and her mom, Barbara.  It is dedicated to the empowerment of girls ages 7-12, helping them to see all they can be in their lives.  We were honored to host the first Fortune Girls Operation Hanky evening!!  Sponsors included PNC Bank, Super Scoop, and Notions Marketing.

We thank all of the girls who stitched, the service people who took the time to help us understand the importance of what we did, and especially to the service people (including my own son) who put their lives on the line every day for us without regard to personal gain.  They are the true heroes.

Till next time,


Friday, May 20, 2011

The New-Bees

Need some time off to just create?  Ever thought about learning to quilt?  Well, we have started a new quilters group at Rock Paper Scissors - and it's not your grandmother's quilting bee!  We are the New-Bees!

This group meets just once a month.  We are a group of fellow crafters who either want to learn to quilt or want to sew with friends, socialize and learn some new tricks.  There is no formal instruction, just a sharing of tips and ideas .... and fun!

We all follow the same quilting pattern but bring our own sense of style to the project through our choice of fabrics.  The first pattern is "Juice Boxes" from Cluck Cluck Sew.  If you have never seen Allison's quilts, do check it out.  She brings such a clean, fresh, contemporary flair to quilting.  She has been wonderfully supportive and helpful to us and we LOVE working with this pattern.

I am personally so excited about the fun fabrics that I am using for my quilt!

If you are interested in joining us, just contact the store.  We have started this quilt but you can catch up and jump in at any time.  Or join us when we start our next project.  The group is a no-pressure atmosphere - come when you can, catch up when you can.  It is just a load of fun to be sewing with other fellow crafters!  And, no reason to lug a sewing machine - you have full access to the machines and tools in the workroom.

For more info, call us at 973.337.6759.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Operation Hanky

Rock Paper Scissors is honored to be hosting Fortune Girls Operation Hanky, a special event to support our military troops, on Friday, May 20th, from 7-10pm. At the gathering, a joint effort with Fortune Girls, Inc., girls between the ages of 7 and 18 will embroider large camouflage hankies with hearts as a message of gratitude to the service of our troops overseas.

The event will be held at the store on Friday evening, May 20th, from 7:00-10:00pm. We will serve the girls pizza, teach them to embroider and have loads of fun!

We are expanding the store's partnership with Operation Gratitude, a California-based charitable organization that sends care packages to troops overseas. They ensure that the hankies and their heartfelt messages will arrive safely to their destination.

Helping to host the festivities will be two local service women who have recently returned from deployment.  We hope you can stop in and say a personal thank you to these brave women and their Lieutenant Commander.

To sign up, just call the store at 973.337.6759!  There are just a few places left so call soon!

Adults can participate by donating toothbrushes, toothpaste, small stuffed animals (such as beanie babies), or writing a note to the troops. All items can be dropped off at the store.

Read more about our efforts in the Montclair Times and Montclair Patch.

Fortune Girls, Inc. is a multi-cultural lifestyle brand created by Glen Ridge residents Madison Ruiz and her Mom, Barbara. The brand is dedicated to the empowerment of tween girls between the ages of 7-12, encouraging them to discover their own unique gifts.

We hope you will consider joining us in this amazing event!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sale! Sale! Sale!

Oh, don't you just love that word?  Sale.  So simple, so sweet.

Rock Paper Scissors is hosting its first ever storewide sale starting May 7th.  There are items for sale in the jewelry section (the Rock), the paper section (the Paper), and fabric, sewing and embroidery (you guessed it, the Scissors).  Sale items range from 20-50% off.  And when they are gone, they're gone!

For a little surprise, we will be having some Facebook fan sales.  In addition to the sale items in the store, we will announce other special sales of many other items throughout the week, ending May 15th.  These sales will only be good on the day of the announcement so check back often.

So join us, browse all the goodies and get your crafty on!

And Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there!  I personally will be putting my tired feet up on Sunday and taking the day off but I hope to see all of you on Saturday or next week!

And, ladies, don't forget to sign up for our first ever Ladies Night next week.  We will be making this FABulous fabric necklace and pins.  Grab some friends and join us.  Registration is through the store.