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Friday, January 20 2012

Preparations for CHA has my sewing machine whirring! I am taking part in a couple displays, several events and then onto New Mexico to tape segments of the PBS show Creative Living!

I am surrounded by pretty fabrics in delicious bright colors, like a summer picnic in my studio while outside the snow and ice cover everything in crisp white.

Here is to the oh sew creative life!

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Thursday, January 12 2012

Busy preparations for the CHA Craft & Hobby Tradeshow in Anaheim in two weeks! There are many events happening and one of them I am participating in is the Giving Tree. The theme of the tradeshow is The Power of Creative Community.

"To coincide with the theme, CHA is creating the Community Park in booth #1939 that will serve as an exhibiting area for nine charities, and attendee lounge, a drop off point for a school supply drive for the Kids In Need Foundation..." Designers could choose from nine very worthwhile charities to create an ornament representing the charity to hang on the tree. The ornament will then go to the charity to be used as an auction item or donor appreciation gift.

I chose ConKerr Cancer: "ConKerr Cancer donates handmade sewn pillowcases for chronically ill children in hospitals in order to make their stay as pleasant as possible."

I was inspired by all of the charities but this one touched my heart, I could imagine all of the cozy pretty pillowcases sewn with love and care and the little heads that rest on them. A dear friend's child was one of those children and I thought of her as I designed this special project.

I sewed up a tiny pillowcase and quilt, needle felted a wee mouse to sleep on the pillowcase, dreaming "Wish upon a ..." To create is a gift, to create for a worthwhile gift is a most treasured gift, "handmade from the heart."


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Tuesday, January 03 2012

My daughter Kate left today, it was a wonderful holiday with her home and went by too quickly! Last year I made her a colorful quilt with her favorite quotes appliqued to the back. She brought it with her to put on the bed and wrap up in the recliner when we sat and chatted, laughed and snacked in the evenings.

Handmade gifts are the ones we cherish, gifts created with time, thoughtfulness and love. I know my darling daughter when we are apart is always kept warm and tucked in with her cozy quilt.


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