Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2014 Word = Giving...

In my very own style I do not make New Year's Resolutions.  I find them overwhelming and not achievable. Instead I like to select a word that I feel will help me through the year.  Maybe to be a better person, more productive, listen more carefully, you get the idea.  I have given a lot of thought to my word over the past several months and nothing seemed to fit.  Then it came to me.  "Giving"!  This word completely fits me.  I have always loved giving to others.  Not just giving as in presents but in benefit of the doubt, a cut in line, a smile, a hug and on it goes.  Years ago Mr. C told me, "You are generous to a fault!"  I had no idea what he meant at the time.  It is my greatest pleasure to give.
I have already signed up for Kelley Highway's 2014 charity.  You can read about it on her blog.  It is called The Pillowcase Project.  I don't know all the details yet but this is something that just called my name.

I have been wanting to sew some pillowcases but really had no need to do so.  Now I do.  As you can see in these photos I have fabric.  I promised myself before I buy any fabric for pillowcases I would see what I have and can use.  Hmmm...not these home dec fabrics.  The solids on the top shelf will be good for accent pieces.

Here are fun fabrics that are much smaller amounts.  There are some great pieces in these bins I am certain.

Here is where I shall begin.  I know just what I will use.  Not the laces, or velvets, or felt or velours.  No not the double-sided quilted fabrics.  I could make some Christmas fabric cases for later in 2014. are the fabrics I was thinking of.  Very good quality soft cottons with lots of fun youth prints.  I have been "saving" these for many many years.  Now I shall use them and know they will go to a very good cause and they will comfort children who need some tender loving care.  Now this is the giving I love to do. Using my supplies, skills and time to give to others less fortunate.
Speaking of gifts...I have been receiving some very special gifts from blog friends.  I am choosing to keep them private this year.  I feel very blessed to have such wonderful friends through blogging.  Thank you very much.  I cherish the time and work put into each and every gift and I shall treasure them forever.
With Christmas and the New Year coming quickly I shall be offline (oh I may peak from time to time) during the busy days.  I will be spending time with family and friends and enjoying the magic of it all.  Magic was my word in 2013 and it has served me well.  I have taken the time to truly see magic in so much.
Merry Christmas Bliss to all and Happy New Year Peace and Joy and Love...


  1. what a great idea to have a word to concentrate on, such a generous word you have chosen too. Look forward to seeing the pillow cases you make.
    Merry Christmas to you and Mr C

  2. Sending warm wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas and much health and happiness for 2014.

    Gaby xo

  3. First of all, that darling BUNNY is BELLE (beautiful in French) and she is putting a smile on my face!

    I think it is wise to only think of ONE word to carry us through the new year. Too many "resolutions" result in challenging frustrations, but one word? It can make the difference.

    Peace and JOY to you my dear, as you give of yourself. That's all HE requires, doesn't HE?

    MUCH LOVE! Anita

  4. You are amazing and beautiful and one of the most Giving people I know. You are a gift to our universe. May all the love and generosity you share, be returned one hundred fold back to you and yours, sweet Sherry! Love you, kathy

  5. Hi, Sherry! Of course today's post has me soooo very excited in anticipation of your GIVING pillowcases to The Pillowcase Project. {What a wonderfull word for 2014 indeed!} You're right on it with cool, breathable cottons for sure. We have two seasons here in Manila; HOT and HOTTER. See what I mean? Your pillowcases will be just what the doctored ordered!

    Thank you again, and Merry Christmas,

  6. Giving surely is so appropriate for you Sherry! You are one of the most giving people I am connected to.

    Merry Christmas! xo

  7. Dearest Sherry, you are such a giving person and this project with the pillow cases is perfect for you. I know you are going to make many so happy and blessed by your time and efforts. God has truly shown favor upon you.
    I find giving to be such a blessing and joy. What a wonderful word for your year ahead. I have no doubt you will meet this challenge each and everyday.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas holiday sharing memories with family and friends. It is such a blessing to know you and become friends over the years. Thank you so much.
    Sending big Christmas hugs!
    Celestina Marie

  8. Dear Sherry,
    Yes you are a generous and sweet soul, and making this project one of yours, is also adding to your generousity towards other people.
    The cottons looks so sweet and will be lovely with small heads resting apon them !!
    Hugs from Dorthe

  9. Giving was the gift that was given to you at birth. You do it very well, Sherry. May you be given a wonderful time in this special season! Bless you, my dear friend!

  10. The pillowcase project sounds so awesome!! I can't wait to hear more about it!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy holiday season with your family!! Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2014!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Your project sounds wonderful. What a good feeling to find something that speaks to your heart and allows you to help others! I will be looking forward to seeing your pillowcases.

  12. You won't believe this but I did a post earlier this evening and a few sentences were about you!!! And guess what word I happened to use!!! "Sherry is a sweet, giving lady and you'll enjoy her blog."
    OMG! You truly are "giving" and isn't it interesting that I posted the same today!!!!

  13. I signed up for Kellys pillow case project too, I think if we all work together this will be a huge success!!! You have a great and blessed Christmas!s


  14. Now that's a stash!! Have a great Christmas!! Laurel

  15. Sounds like a wonderful and giving project to be a part of. Looking forward to seeing some of your finished pillow cases. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and lots of time for creativity and giving in 2014.

  16. Giving is a wonderful word for the new year, and I really like what you're thinking of doing. I also love to give, but somehow I've fallen behind this year. I never seemed to get in the groove. Maybe this coming year will be my turn-around.

    Thank you for all the inspiration you give throughout the year. That is the best gift of all!

  17. Although we don't know each other very well, your name pops up on so many blogs I read and "generous" is a word that is often attached to your name. This was a beautiful post and you've chosen a perfect word. I choose a word every year and I have to give serious thought to your word and plan. I'm not a sewer so the pillowcase project might not be the one for me but I'm going to look for something I can contribute my crafting to. Thanks for your inspiration, Sherry, and wishing a beautiful Christmas to you and those you love.

  18. What a perfect use for those lovely cottons. I'm sure they'll be very appreciated. :-) The pillowcases are so easy to make, especially the burrito method. It uses a french seam so everything is inclosed and no need to use a serger. I've made a couple for my niece in college.

  19. Dear Sherry you are such a generous soul indeed - generous in always giving of your time to leave comments on so many blogs. Now that is very giving!

    Now I just want to "thank you" so very much for all your kind visits and comments to me throughout the year.

    Have a very blessed and peaceful Christmas and give a little back to yourself dear friend,

    Warm Christmas hugs,

  20. Wishing you and your family a lovely time over Christmas and a bright New Year.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. Hugs Mrs A.

  21. Oh yes, "Giving" is the perfect word for you Sherry - you are one of the most giving people I have ever known.
    The pillowcase project sounds like a wonderful thing, and I will learning all about it, as well as seeing how your word manifests itself in the New Year.
    All the very best to you, and to Mr. C!

  22. Happy New Year to you. The pillowcase project sounds like a very fun idea and worth while endeavor.

    Hugs Diane

  23. Lovely word and lovely project!! I was worried about you! I'm happy to find you are spending time with loved ones!
    I hope you got what I sent you!
    My word for the year is"simplify".

  24. Hello Sherry, this sounds like a perfect project for you and your sewing/design skills. I too, get in the mood to make pillow cases. Now I think you have sparked the idea in me : )
    Thank you!


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