Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 2017 - Finishes and WIPs

January has been a busy month of getting back in our routine and trying to focus on what needs to get done around here. I've managed to get in quite a bit more sewing & cutting time than I would have thought possible and have a good bit lined up to work on for February!

A special friend of our family is preparing to travel to India to pick up her beloved daughter who is joining her family via the gift of adoption. We are so happy for them and excited to send over a bundle of handmade bibs for the little ones she currently shares a home with. I was able to get 35 adorable, squishy bibs made, most using the free Super Simple Little Bib tutorial from Gingercake. You can find it here! Sewing baby bibs is such a fun and satisfying project, and they are always welcome donations!

A few close friends helped us put together 22 bundles for our local Police Station, each including a cozy fleece blanket and a stuffed friend. They will keep these in their cruisers to have on hand when needed for children they care for and serve. This was the first time we have donated for this purpose, got this idea from our friends at Little Lambs of Utah. They were very warmly received by the Police Officers, so we certainly hope to be able to do this again!

Did a little painting/redecorating in our family room. The "Welcome" pic at the top gives a peek. I've been wanting to paint over the paneling in there for years, and I love it so much I don't know what took so long now!

I'm also working on a special dress for my oldest daughter's graduation from high school. I finished the "test" to work out both my jitters and kinks, and hope to get the real dress made soon! We both really loved this pattern, and I'm especially pleased at how it came together and how well it fits. I'll be sure to share more of the final dress once finished too!

I have been cutting up a storm in every free moment I've had and have over 100 stuffed friends in progress for the FLUFF Project! Still need to finish cutting the smaller bits like eyes, noses and hair for some, but I'm hoping to be able to get a lot of them sewn and ready to be stuffed this coming month. 
I've also received 2 good sized donations of stuffed animals for our next FLUFF Project delivery already, so I'm hoping for an impressive first delivery to Juvenile Court for 2017! 

Be sure to keep up with the day to day happenings of life and sewing over on my Instagram page, @hopefulthreads

Thanks for being here!
Keep looking for ways you can #SewToShare & #SpreadHope!
Big Hugs,

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017??? Holy BLOG Batman!!!

Hard to believe!

While I've not been active on the blog scene, if you follow me on Instagram, you've had a chance to see the whirlwind that was 2016 for our family and my sewing adventures. I've shared a lot of my personal projects, as well as, projects for giving. I continue to love finding opportunities to #sewtoshare and there certainly seems to be no shortage. If you aren't following on IG, you should be! Such a fun and easy to use app that makes it quick to stay connected. Find me, @hopefulthreads HERE.

Lots of plans for more sewing, creating and even a bit of quilting on the agenda for 2017. I also hope to blog a bit as time allows. I enjoy this outlet and sharing and interacting with all of you! I would love to update and add some new Tips & Tutorials. Maybe host a special anniversary collection of stuffed friends for the Fluff Project and/or another giving back opportunity. My brain is churning with inspiration after spending a day cleaning up my sewing space! Lol!
 And, speaking of the Fluff Project, if you haven't checked out our on-going count of stuffed friends being regularly donated, we passed 1,500 friends given to children in foster care with our last delivery! Very exciting!!! And we are so very grateful for those of you that have and continue to support this outreach that is so dear to our family. Thank you! 

I hope you'll follow along....jump in with your comments, interaction and participation as you can, makes things much more fun! 😊
You can find all the ways to keep up on the sidebar to the right. 

Wishing you all a great start to you New Year!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy Hello!

Hello My Friends!
I hope you are having a wonderful start to 2016. Things have started off just right for our family and we are full of gratitude and excitement for what's ahead!

Of course, any New Years plans for me also include plans for sewing. :) The opportunity to  #SewToShare has very much become a part of my life. I love sewing and truly can't imagine my life without it. Whether sewing for my family or creating a gift for a stranger, it makes busy my hands and fills my heart at the same time. A perfect combination in my opinion!

I thought I would share with you some of the more regular items I will be sewing to share this year and invite you to participate with any contributions you may like as you are able.
  • Zipper Pouches - We will be filling these with travel sized hygiene items for the ICU waiting room at one of our local hospitals. We had a family member spend some time in the ICU & step down unit at the end of last year, and experienced the need for these items for the waiting families firsthand. Sometimes the simplest things can provide the greatest comfort and encouragement.
  • Tote Bags - We will be filling these with activities, books, snacks and the like to be provided to children as they come into foster care in our community. This allows each child something to call their own during a very difficult transition. You can read more about the items often included in these bags on my previous post here. 
  • Receiving Blankets - The NICU at our local Children's Hospital regularly collects blankets for the babies in their care, they call it the Blanket Angel Project. They have always been so very grateful for anything we have brought to them!
  • FLUFF Project - Last but certainly not least, we will continue to collect stuffed friends to be provided to children in foster care through our local Department of Children's Services offices and Juvenile Courts. This project is extra special to our family, and I invite you to learn more on the FLUFF Project page at the top of my blog. I will be making the first delivery for 2016 very soon!

When you have item(s) ready to be mailed, you can ship them to me at the following business address to insure the packages are never left unattended. **Please notify me upon shipping your package whenever possible so I can be watching for it. You can email me and I will gladly share once your items are received and again once delivered. 

Kristy Smith
c/o Echelon Florist
1260 Rocky Hill Road
Knoxville, TN 37919

Thank you all for continuing to be a support and encouragement to me, and also for allowing our family the privilege of delivering your gifts and donations to those listed above. 
Every. Stitch. Matters.


Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing you all the blessings of Christ this season!
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

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