Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Cross Makers (review and GIVEAWAY)
My mom actually tipped me off to the Cross Makers and their terrific work of spreading God's message of love. I cannot find words to tell you about them better than their own words so this is from their Etsy site:
The Cross Makers of Seward, Nebraska are a group of men and women who give of their time to create these hand crafted wood palm crosses to extend God's richest blessings to you.
Each cross is handmade to fit the hand. No two are alike. Each cross measures approximately 3.5" by 4.5" by .75" high (exact sizes in cm are listed for each individual cross).
The Cross of Life brings comfort as it is held in the hand helping one to acknowledge the blessings and love of Christ. These crosses have brought comfort to those in the hospital, nursing homes, and in the military. They make a heartfelt gift to those suffering from cancer, heart disease or other affliction. Pregnant mothers hold them during childbirth and later give them to their children. Those who are depressed, anxious or worried find comfort in their contemplative nature.
The Cross Makers are all volunteers who meet several times a week to work on this mission. None of them are paid and all have invested. Any monies made from the sale of these crosses through this etsy site go strictly for the cost of materials and equipment. All funds that exceed the cost of equipment and materials will be donated to charitable organizations.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
I tried to find the news broadcast that my mom saw about this group, but was unable to find them. However, I think that their Etsy site says it all. What a great momento to have to just daily remind you of Christ and his blessings upon you. The cross that we received is sitting on Big A's desk at work; just a reminder to him that he's working for God, not man.
I think another good investment for one of these crosses is one hangs from your rearview mirror. I don't hang a lot of things on my own mirror other than air fresheners, but that would be a great place to just remind me to show Christ's love, even in my car!
I am amazed at anyone who works with their hands, that's why I'm such a big fan of Etsy in the first place. Woodworking takes that awe to another level! Other than 8th grade shop class, I have zero woodworking experience - it's just so beautiful. My dad has made some beautiful things and I have a friend who was a carpenter apprentice for awhile, but it's mostly a lost art form. Truly - and there is no better art than that that speaks directly to the Ultimate Carpenter. And these are unique crosses, made to fit into your hand.
Here is the best news! The Cross Makers have lowered their prices to help make their crosses more affordable - they are from $10-$13. Orders of 25 or more are just $5 a piece. They also have an Easter special of 5 crosses for $40! What terrific Easter gifts these would make. Other ideas for these crosses is gifts on a mission trip, to someone in the military, to a pastor - to anyone who needs God's love!
The Cross Makers generously gave me THREE crosses to give away to YOU! Yay!
No mandatory entry for this giveaway but here are your options of how to enter (leave a separate comment for each entry):
- be an S Club 4 follower: blog, Facebook, or Twitter
- add The Cross Maker's Etsy site to your favorites
- Tweet this
@sclubmama is hosting a giveaway with 3 winners of a handmade, unique cross made in Nebraska! http://tinyurl.com/cross3win PLS RT
- share your Easter plans with me
- share with me what you will do with your cross, if you should win
Giveaway will be open until April 15th (that way I can mail them to the winners in time for Easter) at midnight central time. Open to US only (if Canadians wish to enter, please email me because I'm unsure about shipping costs). Please leave me an email address that you can be reached at - if you don't receive my email or email me back, I will pick a new winner within 48 hours.
Disclaimer: The Cross Makers generously gave me a cross to review honestly. My opinions are my own. Others may or may not have the same experience(s) with the product and/or Cross Makers as I've had.