Saturday, April 30, 2016

My latest projects

11 gowns

blanks hemstitched with crochet edging 15"x15" or 12"x12"
Each gown and blanket has a little angel for a memory box.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Youth of Attiwapiskat and Cross Lake in Crisis

This is a repost of an article I read on Facebook. I urge you all to read it. The crisis is real, the heartbreak is real. 
I found some nature pictures on the web and cropped them to make bookmarks. Then used my publisher program to add some words of inspiration, printed them, cut & trimmed and laminated them and added a length of ultra suede with a feather charm on the end. They are going off in the mail today.

"Calling All Angels:

Some of you may be aware through the news of the crisis in Attiwapiskat and Cross Lake where the First Nation communities have declared a state of emergency to prevent further suicides among youth in the communities. In a community of 2000, there have been 101 suicide attempts since September. 11 last weekend alone. The youngest is 10 years old. 10! Like many remote indigenous communities they lack proper housing, running water, social services and employment. Youth are running out of hope.

At a community gathering of youth in Attiwapiskat this week, the youth began to look at what is available to them, what they need to begin healing and to create hopeful futures and they identified many beautiful and important things like a library, sports and recreation, and pow wows. But what really touched (pulled!) my heart was their request for prayers and messages of support.

I remember very dark days in my life. I am sure you remember yours. I also remember the people who helped me believe I could be strong for one more day, or believe I was worthy of being alive. Words have the power to heal and change lives. So I am sharing my words of love and support for these youth and I hope you will too.

May we all remember our humanKINDNESS.

If you would like to join me in sending love notes to these youth, the addresses are below. "

Cross Lake Nation: Youth in Cross Lake, Cross Lake Band Office,
 P.O. Box 10,
 Cross Lake, 

Attawapiskat: Youth in Attawapiskat,
P.O. Box 248
Attawapiskat ON
P0L 1A0

Friday, March 25, 2016

More Infant Loss Gowns

I have been busy making more gowns for Credit Valley Hospital. I had to stop to work on three requests for Feel Better Friends.
Credit for the patterns I use goes to,  Carewear, Preemie Burial Gown pattern, by Bonnie Hagerman
and the short gown is from Mamma That Makes

This is the donated wedding gown that has provided much of the fabric and lace for the gowns I have made.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Information on Feel Better Friends

Good morning, wherever you are. I finally got all the Feel Better Friend information in one place. Please share with your online community.
Please save this image and share it with your local hospital, Ronald MacDonald House, doctor's office etc. 

All the links in one place.

These are the requests I have filled in 2015 

If you are looking for a wonderful family of crafters and would like to be involved in a very sastifying charity I would encourage you to look us up on Facebook. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Feel Better Friends

Feel Better Friend dolls are made by volunteers and provided free of charge for children with life altering conditions and complex illnesses. These are the dolls I have made so far this year.

Infant Loss Burial Gowns

Large size ( full term)


These are the first 6 Infant Loss Gowns I have made for the group "Hats Off To Liz."
The gowns are made, in some cases, from wedding gowns that have been donated.
Carl wanted me to make something for a boy. Has has other ideas too.

extra small