First of all, Season’s Greetings to you from Utah. Christmas yesterday was just SO nice after all the crazy running around of the month of December. I stayed in my pajamas until 4, ate various combinations of butter and sugar, napped, did puzzles and watched Christmas movies with the family, and just basically avoided any forms of responsibility or the internet. It was heavenly. I hope your’s was equally delightful.
A few more holiday tidbits before the Christmas season wraps up. A few of my photos were featured in the latest edition of Vintage Holiday magazine. Pam had tagged me on Instagram saying she saw them. I was in line at Target a few weeks later and saw this issue and thought, “Hey! Maybe that’s the magazine I’m in.”
Sure enough it was! They featured the photos of some of my vintage ornaments I took a couple of years ago. I gave them permission to use the pictures months ago and had completely forgotten about it. Kinda fun!
I received a few lovely handmade gift surprises in the mail which was such a treat. As a mom, surprises at Christmas are sometimes rare, so this was very fun!
This little bundle may have been my favorite. For the past year and a half I’ve been assigned to be responsible for all of the women of our church congregation. It’s weighty sometimes, but I love these women. One of them left this little handmade bundle at my door.
Her name is Lee Xiong and she’s Hmong. She escaped Laos about 30 years ago with her young family, crossing the countryside and finally a river in the dark, into Thailand, with bullets flying over their heads. She and her family came to this country as refugees. When she earned American citizenship they went to document her fingerprints and she had none because she had worn them off her hands working in the fields in Laos to provide for her family. She lives with her daughter’s family now who are my neighbors. I was SO touched by her sweet offering to me.
Speaking of sweet offerings, an update on the Sewing Machines for Ecuador cause. Here is Elsa with the one non-electric Singer sewing machine that is being used by numerous women. As of right now there have been $1127 in donations to buy new sewing machines so that these women can contribute to the income of their families.
I was blown away by the response and the generosity that came so quickly. It was truly heartwarming. It has been decided that they will buy two regular sewing machines and two industrial machines. They will stay in this space above Elsa’s family shop and be available for multiple women to come and use.
Last week I transferred $1,035 of the donations directly to Cheryl (my neighbor who is living in Ecuador) and will transfer the remainder on Monday. (Paypal and GoFundMe take a small percentage for administrative purposes. I have covered those costs so that 100% of donations went directly to Ecuador.)
Thank you awesome sewing community! You are the best. This has motivated me to find other people and places where we can make a difference. If you are looking for more ways to help, here are two other charities that were suggested: Days for Girls, and Quilt Angels. There are many more, so keep the suggestions coming!