Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I made the pretty green dress yesterday, once again using a pillowcase and some of Mellys donated fabric. I love this dress! I just added a simple casing around the middle with some Amy Butlers Daisy Chain, and threaded elastic through. Just to give it some shape and body. We think this dress should fit an 8-10 year old.
... and the damaging after effects of such a beach, with sunburn!!
I still have scars on my shoulders!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
And God is going over and above, and exceeding my every expectation with Sew Blessed. When I dream small, He dreams big! So, I have recieved two wonderful donations that I would like to share with you.
I had the most lovely email a few weeks back from the talented and fabulous Melly, from Melly and Me. She had seen my Sew Blessed blog, wanted to get invovled and help, and she said she would send me some goodies in the mail.
Now, what a suprise I got when this arrived soon after....
My jaw was seriously on the ground, as I excitedly explored through the goodies Melly had sent.
Not only did she send me a stack of gorgeous fabric from her stash, she also sent some of her fantastic Melly and Me patterns so I can make some toys for the kids! And she included 2 of her gorgeous bags! Look at the bags! Aren't they super cute?!
Well, I'm sure you can imagine my excitement! So a HUGE thank you to Melly for these wonderful items. I can't wait to start making some toys for the kids!
And to anyone else reading, go visit Mellys blog and check out her great patterns!
Now onto my second donation, which I just recieved in the mail this morning. A sewing friend of mine from Western Australia, Linda, has once again shocked me by all these fantastic items she sent me.
Linda has made 16 fabulous pairs of shorts, 6 pretty skirts, and has also included a massive roll of elastic, a pack of ric rac and lace, and a huge spool of thread!! Wow! Thank you so much Linda! It is all just wonderful and perfect.
So yes, if I wasn't feeling so dreadfully ill with the flu I would be jumping around with joy and excitement! Such wonderful donations, and once again - a huge thank you!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Well, things are getting quite exciting here! I have had alot of people interested in helping in some way with Sew Blessed, which is such an encouragment to me! It is wonderful when other people catch my idea and vision, and get involved and help. What a joy!
Anyway, this little girl was so shy, but she kept following me around for the whole day, and eventually I was able to snap this photo of her. What a darling she is.
Thank you to my friend Julie for this donation of wonderful fabric! I can already picture little dresses, and headscarves, and toys, and all sorts of good things! Thanks Julie!
"The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it"
Sir Fances Bacon
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
As I was walking, I really caught a desire to bless these children with beauty. Alot of the children I met in Indonesia don't live in very beautiful places, and their clothes are tatty and worn. I don't want to just make clothes for them, I want to make beautiful clothes and items. I want to make things that are special, and have been made with love, care and attention. I want these children to feel beautiful and special when they wear these clothes, or hug that toy, and I want them to see the beauty in this world.
I wanted to share some of my excitement with you about the first dress I have made. I was amazed at how quick and easy it was to make, and I just love how it has turned out. The bright yellow is just gorgeous, and I love the funky strip at the bottom.
Would you believe that this dress came from a cotton curtain I found at the Op Shop? I've chopped it all up and made two dresses from it. I can't wait to see a beautiful little girl wearing it someday.
I've also been blessed by some beautiful fabric that has come my way, which will be perfect for dresses, shorts and blankets.
God is always so good to provide us with what we need, and to bring people across our path at just the right time. It's always so exciting!
So, be blessed and encouraged by the beauty all around you. It may just be a flower you passed on your way to work, or a smile from a friend. Be blessed!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
In 2007, I spent two months in Borneo and West Papua doing missionary work. We lived in remote villages, in amongst the locals, and helped them in anyway that we could. We slashed paddocks for rice crops, we taught english in schools, we preached in churches, and prayed over people who needed healing. It was the most amazing 2 months of my life.
In amongst these, and other things, we also were able to help out at an orphanage in Pontianak, Borneo. We repainted some rooms, helped to repair the old leaky roof, and played with the children. My heart was opened to these beautiful children, and not just the children from this particular orphanage, but to each child I met during my time in Indonesia. Alot of them were living in terrible poverty, yet their faces shone with hope and happiness. These beautiful children changed my life, and I've wanted to find some way to help and bless them for so long now. These kids deserve every good thing in this world, and hopefully we can show them the love of God, and make a small difference in their life.
I feel that God has placed an idea, a vision in my heart, and that is to bless these children with handmade gifts and love. I want to make pretty dresses, shorts, blankets, skirts, singlets, dolls and toys, and then bundle them all up and deliver them personally to the children that need them most. I know this simple act of giving handmade clothes, blankets and toys will mean so much to them, and will be such a blessing to their hearts, and I want to see their faces when they recieve these blessings, and share in their joy.
I am so excited about making these beautiful items, for these beautiful kids, and sharing God's love with them. I hope that you may catch my vision and dream, and join me in this important mission of giving to others.
:How you can help:
If you feel touched to join me, there are a number of ways you can help.
1. Make something! Can you sew? Brilliant! We are making simple items of clothing and blankets, that can easily be made by someone with limited experience on a sewing machine. Please see some of the links on our sidebar for patterns and tutorials. Or come up with your own ideas and make something. Perhaps you aren't a sewer, but you knit or crochet - fantastic! Knitted blankets for babies, and knitted toys and booties are perfect. Get your friends involved, and spread the word. If you need some ideas, or have questions, please contact me.
2. Donate items! Do you have some old (but clean!) pillowcases, sheets or fabric lying around that you no longer want? Or perhaps your local Op Shop has a great stash of items? Please feel free to send them in, and we can make clothes, blankets and dolls from them. We do prefer 100% cotton (due to the warm climates the items will be going to,) but Polycotton is fine too. We also need thread (for sewing machines,) and more elastic.
3. Give financially! Perhaps you can't sew, but you still want to help out. Donations of money are gratefully accepted, and will go towards purchasing fabric and thread, and the airfare to deliver these items personally.
Please contact me if you have any questions at all. I'm happy to help!