Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Elementary School Fundraiser

Gosh, I can't believe it's been that long since I've posted! So sorry! I have NOT forgotten about you all, but time has a way of getting away from me, it seems.

I've been busy with the auction basket fundraiser at Son #3's elementary school. I mentioned it in last week's post. Thanks to some generous cash donations, we ended up with so many items for our auction basket that we actually split it into two. First, I have to say that I love shopping with other people's money. ;-)

We put together a traditional gardening basket, which was raffled off. In addition, we had a garden cart loaded with gardening goodies, gift certificates, etc., that was used in the silent auction. I noticed that Son #3's kindergarten teacher bid on the basket (it was her class basket). I didn't have the heart to bid against her. However, once someone else did, I figured all bets were off. The teacher did not bid again.

To make a long story short, I was the winning bidder. On one hand, I wish our item would've fetched more money. On the other hand, yay me! Since I did most of the shopping I knew what the various items cost. I figured out which items I really wanted to have and set my price. After all, I could easily purchase the items separately myself, if I didn't win.

So here's my loot:
  • garden cart (I have one, but it's pretty beat up so my sis-in-law will take my old one)
  • walking lily plant (not sure why it's named that)
  • fresh pansies
  • gardening book - specific to my state (should've bought one years ago!)
  • mosaic stepping stone kit
  • gardening hand tools for me
  • gloves for me
  • child's gardening hand tools (for Son #3)
  • child's gloves - 2 pairs
  • child's long handled rake (Son #3 and I will share)
  • child's long handled shovel
  • herb seeds
  • watering can
  • gift certificate to a restaurant
  • gift certificate for a load of soil or mulch from a local nursery
  • orange tree (which I gave to the teacher)
  • angel statue (my 3rd so my garden is looking a little cemetary-ish)

Son #3 and I are looking forward to getting started in our garden. We live in southeast Louisiana so our last hard freeze usually occurs early to mid- Feb.


Nadine said...

Wow nice list of goodies. Sounds like you have been busy.

Sue said...

Ok - right now I am very jealous that your spring starts a good 2 months before mine. I'm ready for winter to end and we still have to get through Feb and March.

Pictures! We want pictures of this fabulous gardening you'll be doing with your loot.

Elle*Bee said...

I have been busy, nadine. Not sure how great a fundraiser I am, though. I apparently became so attached to the items we prepared for the auction, that I had to bid on them myself!

sue, our last frost is typically in mid to late Feb, so I'll probably get started soon and take my chances. I'll be sure to post pictures, once I develop a 'vision.' I'm trying to get out of the "woo pretty, whatever it is, I'll stick it in the ground" random method of gardening that I normally ascribe to.