Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The EGF is on-line!!

After MANY frustrating days, I'm soooooooooooo very happy (like jumping up and down, dancing, clapping, and acting like a nut) to have the website finally published. I still have work to do on it because I stopped the design when I realized I was having trouble publishing it. Anyway, when you get a chance please check out the Emmazing Grace Foundation.

Edit: I'm not sure why the link is not working now. It has previously. Just in case, the URL is www.emmazinggracefoundation.org

Friday, October 27, 2006

Little Miss Muffet

This has very little to do with crafting and absolutely nothing to with charity work, but I just HAD to share with you my Little Miss Muffet.

Yesterday Hannah's preschool had a nursery rhyme parade complete with Mother Goose. The costume is thrown together by the women in my family. My grandmother (Hannah's great-grandmother) bought the dress last spring from Dollywood. The bonnet, believe it or not, was one that either my sisters or myself wore as a child. ((Note to Mom: It is really ok to throw some things out.)) I made the little apron.

As cute as this is, she INSISTS on being a pumpkin for Halloween. That's a 3 year old for you! :-)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Wedding Gowns

Heavenly Angels In Need has a program where you can donate your wedding gown and a volunteer will use the material to make bereavement gowns. I volunteered and look what arrived.

Chris V. sent her wedding gown from 1997, a wedding gown from 1970 (her Mom's I think, but not sure), and a prom dress from 1993. This is going to be quite a project, but should be fun.

Monday, October 23, 2006

We're Incorporated!

I just got word! The Emmazing Grace Foundation is a registered non-profit corporation. We can start helping others. Yipee!!! We still have to apply and await for tax-exempt status from the IRS, but we're on our way.

A Good Weekend

I went shopping ALONE on Saturday and did good at JoAnn Fabrics. I only spent $30 and some change. Remnants were 75% off the already 50% off price. I didn't realize that until check out. I should have shopped a little harder in the remnant pile. The fleece, the eyelette, the pink satin, and the white muslin for the quilt were all remants. I spent my 50% off coupon on the butterfly fabric (center of above photo) for the quilt. The batting was 60% off. I also picked up some knit which was 50% off the clearance price.

Check out these cute hats made from the knit. They are super easy and super fast!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Braggin' on the Ladies

I just wanted to brag on the ladies of my hometown for a moment. After the meeting that Mom and Sue had with a local group of church ladies last week, I asked that Mom wait to mail the items so that I could see them. I snapped a few pictures.

I think the participates for this donation were Sue, Sue's daughter Sherry, Shirley, and myself. I only contributed the smocked gown and the loomed hats. They are headed to the Children's Hospital in Birmingham, AL:

8 positioning snakes
6 crochet buntings
3 sewn buntings
10 crochet hats
7 crochet booties
13 bereavement gowns
my smocked bereavement set
my 17 knit hats

I particularly like the crochet pouches.

Also, some wraps were sewn. You can see another style of the crochet pouch in the background.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

October 15th

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is October 15th. Please help raise awareness by lighting a candle at 7pm for 1 hour. If everyone all over the world will light a candle at 7pm, there will be a wave of light circling the globe.

I have talked openly about the tragic loss of Emma Grace, born 15 weeks too soon. In addition to her death, I have had 3 first trimester miscarriages.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Traveling and Rambling

I had a GREAT time on my Mommy Get-A-Way. I have not laughed that hard in ages, certainly not in the last 1.5 years. Hannah and I found last minute tickets for cheap so we're flying home this weekend. All this travelling doesn't leave much time for charity sewing, though. I did, however, get 3 or 4 hats loomed last weekend.

Mom and Sue met with another group of ladies from a local church this morning. The brief report that I received was that several seemed interested. I can't wait to see Sue's buntings and Shirley's gowns. I'll take some pictures when I'm home and post them. Mom said that a few of the buntings were really tiny. Sue, if you're reading, babies come in all sizes. I had to remind Mom that if Emma had been born at 21 weeks when I first entered the hospital she was estimated to weigh a very tiny 12 ounces. It seems to me that many babies are lost in that 19-21 week stage. They deserve to be dressed, too.

The Emmazing Grace Foundation is moving along. The Articles of Incorporation has been filed in the county courthouse. They will now be sent to the Sec of State. After that, the 501(c)3 papers must be completed and filed with the IRS. It will take some time to get them processed.

I began working on a website, but I'm having difficulty getting it published. I'm not sure what the problem is other than my old computer. The help line can't help. In the 2 hours I spent trying to get it published somehow under their direction I've messed up the index page of the site. I'm too aggravated to work with it anymore right now.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


I have a hodgepodge of topics for the day! I'm going on a Mommy Get-A-Way with 22 mom's tomorrow for the entire weekend, but wanted to get a post before leaving.

I finished my 2nd smocked gown yesterday. I'm not going to get the set completed with the bonnet and blanket before I leave, but will go ahead and get this in the mail to Mom. She and Sue are talking to another group of church ladies on Wed. I want her to have this as a show and tell.

I'm not entirely happy with the neckline. I think I'll email Nancy when I return and she if she can give me some tips. She's an awesome seamstress and I'm sure she can set me on the right track. The neckline looks kind of...uummm...like a big mouth bass or something. LOL!

I've been busy looming a few hats as you can tell. I also completed one for the Dulaan Project. I think this is going to be about a 2T size because it's a bit too small for Hannah.

And, yesterday I received the Handprint Quilts book by Martha Layton. Cheryl suggested it to me and it's WONDERFUL. It includes sooooooo many cute ideas. I think I have some gift giving in mind, too, once I finish the silent auction quilt. Thanks, Cheryl!

Ok, gotta run and get packing! Have a great weekend everyone!