Choosing a word for 2015 was not something I was interested in doing. Like a New Year's resolution, it hovers over you and can have the ability to make you feel that you have somehow failed. I don't need that kind of pressure in my head or heart. Giving to others of time, love, and support comes easy to me. I get immense joy from the act of giving. I have mentioned before that last year I sadly did no sewing for charity. I did not realize how much the act of not giving had been a drain. It took the flu and being bedridden with children also with the flu for me to stop and reevaluate what is important in life. In that logo time is when my word did come to me, without reservation it will be fully embraced!
My word for 2015 LOVE! Giving love through actions of kindness, through words, through charity to those less fortunate.
I decided to start sewing Little Dresses for Africa as one of my first projects. Amy from Amy Lou Who Sews and Angela from Cut to Pieces are joining in to make some dresses for this very amazing project! There are free patterns for the pillowcase dresses on the website. they also have patterns for Britches for Boys and reusable sanitary pads for teen girls that sadly miss many days of education because of their monthly cycle.
( photo from Little Dresses for Africa)
I had chosen not to make the pillowcase dress but a dress with sleeves. Amy suggested a pattern she had made for her littlelouwho's that was easy to make and very adorable. I bought it last week but am always leery of anything that says easy to sew ;o)
I chose fabrics that were bright and colorful from my stash. Katy wanted to be part of the process and so we took a trip to the Local Quilt Shop and she chose some lovely batiks. I had not washed them yet so there is no photo.
I had to give myself some time to become reacquainted with my serger and learn how to thread it again. Maddening machine that is completely adored when it is threaded correctly!
Today I have four dresses cut out and will be ready to go!