Sunday, August 21, 2011

Christmas in Dixie -- A Craft Hope Project

I spent nearly all day Friday making Christmas stockings. Yep, in August. Nope, I don't usually work that far in advance. This is something very special. My friend Lori Ragland sent me a link to Craft Hope, an organization that spreads kindness through donated handmade items.

Their current project, Christmas in Dixie, will deliver holiday decorations to 12,000 families who lost everything during the spring tornadoes and floods. Volunteers from all over are stitching up cheerful stockings; others who don't sew are sending donations to buy lights and ornaments to be packaged with them.

These truly are useful remnants, and what fun I had pulling fabrics and trims from my stash to design them!  My Christmas spirit has arrived early, and I'm glad that these gifts will bring smiles and happiness to those families who've had a difficult year. I have a few more to create, then I'll ship them off to Hoover, Alabama later this week.

If you'd like to help, the deadline to send stockings is September 23, 2011. Click on the icons for more information at the Craft Hope website and Christmas in Dixie's Facebook page.  

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt



1930's accountability Accuquilt adapt addiction adjust adventure advice affirmations amazing antiques attitude autumn baby quilt balance be yourself beach beauty birthday blessing bliss BlockBase breathe brightness camping card trick cat challenge change chevrons chips & salsa chocolate choice Christmas closet clothes clutter coffee color contentment cooking crafts crazy creativity crochet decorating design designs distraction DIY downsizing drama dreams energy EQ8 exasperating people excitement expectations fabric fall family feed sack festivals flexibility flour sack flowers flying geese Flynn Quilt Frame focus fool free spirit freedom fun furniture garden Granny Hill Granny Rose grateful gratitude Halloween happiness hexagon imagination independence insight inspiration intuition inventory Janome joy just for today karma laughter lemon pepper lessons letting go life lists little things loose ends love magic Memorial Day memories Mother's Day motivation NASCAR nature opportunity organizing paradise passion patience peace perception perspective positive energy productivity quilt quilting quotes reflection refresh relaxation remnant renew resilience resolutions responsibility retro routines satisfaction scraps sewing sewing machine simplicity simplify snow solitude Southern traditions spring st. patrick's day stitching strawberries stress sugar sack summer sunshine thankful Thanksgiving Thoughts tropical prints useful valentine vintage waiting weather winter wisdom wishes yard sales