Dressed In JOY is all about sewing Dresses for Girls Around the World and I couldn't be any happier or prouder to participate in this giving charity. My blog friend Donna of Brynwood Needleworks blog is coordinating efforts and I joined in immediately. I have included links if you wish to learn more about this project.
I have just mailed fourteen dresses to Donna for the upcoming deadline. There will be more dates in this year. Last year I also sewed dresses and sent them along.
As you can see, the dresses are very simple. They are called "pillowcase" dresses and you could actually use a pillowcase to make these. I happen to have fabrics and therefore I am using what I have. My fun is in making each one unique with a pocket and/or armhole bindings. I LOVE this snail pocket which reminds me of the trails on the fabric.
As I sew each dress I try to imagine each girl as she receives her new dress and wears it. Her smile tells me how happy she is. I sew all the love I can into every stitch of every dress. Sometimes I keep them simple...like these two dresses. The fabric is gorgeous and I imagine there are girls who like simple and elegant as opposed to cutesy.
Who does not like Raggedy Ann and Andy?!! This pocket is sure to bring a smile. I also realize that some places in this world the girls may never have heard of our favorite characters. It may bring something new to them as they share and explore their new dress with the other girls they meet.
This fabric is a bit wild and flowing. It makes me smile and I hope each girl who gets one will smile and know she is being hugged by a dress that was sewn with lots of LOVE and CARE!
I feel like I am helping in some small way. Thank you Donna for all your organizing and labeling and thank you to your "Doll Elves" for making and adding a doll to each dress pocket.
Northern California is definitely having El Nino rain and it is glorious. I do miss sunshine however this rain is so refreshing and needed. Mostly I am staying home and indoors so I am cozy and warm. I try to limit my errands to one day a week during bad weather. Staying home is allowing me to continue my treasure hunting. I recently opened a file drawer and looked into some folders. What? Why did I save this stuff?!! Out in the recycle it goes. Pounds and pounds of papers and old cards. I found a lovely Mother's Day card from my daughter and it was dated 1997. With that date it means I moved it here 18 years ago. When I told my daughter what I found she promptly gave me permission to THROW IT AWAY! She and I have the same gene when it comes to
I am EMBRACING each and every day and I hope you are enJOYing what makes you happy.