Crop Because You Care

Whenever I see purple balloons all tied up together I am reminded of one thing.
The Crop Because You Care event held every year in February in Salt Lake City.

This event benefits The Epilepsy Association of Utah.
I have attended this event probably 5 or 6 times.
And I’m attending this year for the last time.

Crop Because You Care is celebrating its 10th and final year and
Kayce and I are flying down Saturday to be a part of the celebration.

If you live in Utah (or anywhere close) I’d LOVE to see you come and
scrapbook for a really, good cause.


I took these photos in 2008.

One of my happiest Crop Because You Care memories is of Meridy and the beautiful quilt she made for me.
As soon as I walked into the crop in 2008, I noticed this gorgeous quilt displayed at the front of the cropping area by all of the sponsors’ prizes. I stopped a couple of times to admire the colors, patterns and handiwork, but just assumed it was a raffle prize of some kind. After I announced winners of the page contest, I saw Meridy standing off to the side with the quilt over her arms. She came up on stage and launched into a very kind speech — all I remember is the emotion that washed over me. I think she was thanking me for sharing my love of scrapbooking and for volunteering my time, etc…

It’s one of those times in life when in true paradox, you are being thanked but you should be saying thank you, because you have gained far more than you have given. I think this photo captures what I was feeling.

Anyway, I brought my quilt home and for 2 years it was  loved and used in our music/memory room.
When we started building out our deck to become my new office I began dreaming about the interior and the colors and the feel that I wanted to create in this new room. I walked by the french doors of our memory room one day and saw my quilt. I immediately knew that it would become my inspiration piece.

My sister Hillary just happened to give me a set of plates (with a bird theme) for my birthday last year and when I opened them I found they were the same colors/feel of the quilt — together the warm memories of this quilt and the bird motif have guided my decor decisions and helped me create an office space (my nest) that I adore.

I can’t wait to make a little video of the whole room and I will — as soon as my little sofa comes.
And the really exciting news is that I’m typing this to the sound of lots of banging because we’re getting a new floor installed in our memory room today. Pete, who understood my vision of a worn-wood floor (and created it) is here installing a green version in our music room — yippy!

Ok, I’m off to pick up Trey at play practice.
I’m still buried in email, but it’s good to be back online.

I enjoyed recording the Paperclipping Roundtable this morning with Noell, Izzy and Nancy.
You’ll have to have a listen!


  1. Awesome! Wish I were in the area and could come! I’ve never been to a crop. And I love the quilt (and your colorful outfit!). what a sweet gift!

  2. What a beautiful quilt! And when I saw the plates, they really do “feel” the same bright, cheeriness. You have a good eye, Stacy!! Can’t wait to see how the room finally comes together. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks so much for taking part in this. My 10 year old daughter has Epilepsy and it has been a very tough few years for us. The Epilepsy Association has been a wonderful tool for us and the more we can get the word out about Epilepsy and raise more money for research the better it is.

  4. So excited to see you again at the Crop!!

    Jenn Talbot

  5. Sharon Holesh says:

    Love the plates! Does your sister have a link for them? I love birds too.

  6. Thanks for sharing the pics!! I have become a faithful follower of yours in the past several months and enjoy your blog so much. I am going to listen to rest of the Paperclipping Roundtable when I go to bed tonite. I hope you are feeling better in the health department as I am a nurse and always wish the best for those with health issues. I appreciate you making my world a little more special with your insights to memory keeping. Keep on blogging!!!

  7. What a lovely the plates..look forward to your video..

  8. Wish I can be there for the crop…unfortunately I live on the other side of the world. It sounds like a really fun event, and for a good cause. What a lovely story of the beautiful quilt – I’m sure both Meridy and you felt the same way – thankful for each other’s contribution/gift in some way. It’s so wonderful to be thanked and to be saying thank you.

  9. I wish I lived near there to be able to go to that crop. My son had epilepsy due to a brain tumor and it would be so awesome to be able to go. I adore the quilt! That picture definately conveys the emotion that I can only imagine that you felt at that moment. Such a magnificent gift to such a magnificent person. Believe me, you have given far more than you can imagine!

  10. It’s amazing how often things just seem to come together… in ways we would never expect.

  11. I was there in ’08 (yes, we met) and remember that quilt. I will be there on Saturday and can’t wait to see you again!!

  12. You participate in SO MANY wonderful things! HOW FUN!

  13. Please share a little more about your floor, I have had a vision similar to a worn wood floor but have been unable to find what’s in my head. Have a great time at the Crop!

  14. I love those plates and am excited to see your finished room. I know it will be full of happy colors.

  15. carol in seattle :) says:

    I wish I was still in Utah and could come. I love your quilt and bird plates…so excited to see how your room has come together! Have a great week!

  16. Oh I do wish I was close enough to come to that crop in Utah! But from Buffalo, NY it’s a long way to travel for a crop!
    What a beautiful quilt! Love the plates too and can’t wait to see how your room turns out.
    Have fun at that crop!

  17. I just picked those same bird plates at my local craft store last week! honest. I love them!
    Aimee in Or.

  18. Sounds like a fun crop to attend!! :) Also, love the beautiful quilt and plates!! Looking forward to seeing your new “nest”!! ;)

  19. That is a beautiful quilt! So many happy colors – I love it. And that picture of you with her when she is presenting you with the quilt speaks volumes! I can see the emotion on your face. What a beautiful memory. Thank you for sharing it.

  20. What’s a memory room?

  21. Wish I could be there at the crop! My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy at age three after having a seizure in bed. It was the scariest feeling to watch her having a seizure and having no idea what to do or what was going on. We’ve been incredibly lucky because she did not have to go on medication, and has only had one major seizure since then, but I know others are not so lucky. I pray that the crop is a huge success to help this wonderful cause!

  22. That is a beautiful quilt! My mother-in-law makes quilts and I’m going to decorate my son’s room around the quilt she just gave him for Christmas! Have a great time at the crop!

  23. Yeah! We just moved to Utah and I convinced my hubby to take on the 3 kids for a day and let me go. I hope I get a chance to meet you while I’m there. :-)

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