Day 22 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Art Angel

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Yes, I believe in angels, All kinds of angels. Those on Heaven and on Earth. Those who watch over and look after us in so many different ways. Many of us are fortunate to have a friend in Jean who has looked out for us, who has encouraged us in our creative endeavors and who has showcased our artwork on her/our FB page “Rag Bag Girls”. How does she manage it? She finds something specific, genuine and supportive to say about every artist, in every single post for every single person in our global group!  There is probably no way to somehow ever thank her enough for all she does for me and for all of us. She is our art angel! And I know I am forever grateful to her for all her positivity and heartfelt support. For her, I am gifting a handmade journal, those wonderful imported Sanjou embroidery needles, a cut of suiting weight linen and some of my ice dyed floss. Thank you, Jean

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Day 21 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: The coffee connection

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In our little beachfront community there is no shortage of good coffee! My personal preference is Starbucks. Over the years the good folks at all three locations have always made my favorite hot beverage perfect, every time.

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So every Christmas I fringe fleece scarves for every single barista, that comes to about 50! It is truly my pleasure. And every year I ask whether or not they still want these scarves and there’s always an overwhelming unanimous agreement of YES! Today was my day to deliver to the three stores and of course I was warmly greeted, as always! Thank you, dear baristas!

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Day 20 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Stitch Buddies

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Today I met up with a couple gals who I’ve only had the pleasure of knowing for a few years. We met at a Slow Stitching Workshop at NYC’s, The City Quilter. The one day workshop turned into a class that ran for over a year! The class met every month. We learned about and tried out many different styles and techniques of slow stitching from all over the world. And then the classes ended and The City Quilter closed its doors for business! Oh no, what to do?! Myself and my new “Stitch Buddies” formed our own mini group and met monthly in different open spaces throughout NYC to talk and stitch. Fast forward a year, one of the gals retired from her job and moved down South to be by her family. Today however was a mini reunion as the three of us were all local! We gathered together to catch up on what’s been going on in our lives and with our current stitching projects. I just love these ladies! We fell into conversation just like it was yesterday! We all exchanged handmades gifts. Above pictured are some of my make and gives to them, tucked inside my festive cloth bags. Notice the embroidery floss:  I organically dyed it using avocado pits! Such a soft petal pink color! I know these clever ladies will find a way to incorporate it into one of their brilliant stitcheries! I also gave them each a package of fine, imported embroidery needles! A yummy stitching notion!

Day 19 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: The Next Generation

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Today was the last day of private sewing lessons and workshops for the year.  Above are just some of the makes and treats that I gifted them to keep them sewing and crafting over the holidays til we resume in the New Year! I feel so blessed to be teaching and inspiring the current and next generation of sewists!.

Day 18 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Too much!

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A couple that we know have had one heck of a roller coaster ride recently. Sadly there have been more lows than highs. This gal and her hubby have had to deal with soooo much; it’s just toooo much! I have put together a care package of makes and treats that will hopefully put a smile on their faces and a lil jingle in their day! Hang in there dear friends, I pray that despite all that has happened, you can find some peace and joy in the holiday season!

Day 17 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: The challenge of distance…

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Isn’t it difficult to be away from those you care about who are also going through some real hard times, especially at the holidays? It often makes me feel helpless. This year it seems I know so many that could use a pick me up visit and yet there are miles keeping us apart. That’s where I rely on my “make & gives”. Nothing can replace being there in person for friends or family in need, but when that’s not possible, I hope that receiving a little care package in the mail should somehow lighten one’s spirit? Such is the case with a friend living out in “The Badger State”. She has had a year of back pain and surgeries. She is also a very creative person. I can’t imagine how frustrating it is for her be not to be working at her art, due to her physical limitations. For her I sent along one of my hand dyed indigo pieces, a toasty scarf and a cool read. I hope that while she is recovering she can stay cozy and inspired and dream of her next projects! Feel better my friend!

Day 16 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Sistahs

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Today I had the pleasure of meeting up with a few of my art sistahs. With our busy lives including families and jobs we now see each other very seldomly. Despite the miles and the obligations, we will always share that special bond of creativity and for that I will always be grateful. Pictured above are the sweet and festive cloth bags I made to hold my makes for them. Using the serger to zip up the seams, I can sew these bags up in no time. I love using holiday printed fabric as gift wrap!

Day 15 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Giving to the Makers, Making for the Givers!

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This past June, I had the honor and privilege of attending the Spring Squam Art Workshop 2017, in Holderness, NH. This is the 10th year of the Workshops, held in the Spring and Fall. I had been hearing and checking out the posts on classes offered and finally decided this was my year. Over the 4 days I had what I would have to describe as a magical experience. The setting, the attendees, the classes, the “Woooo”, it was all as described. MMy classes were so relaxing yet stimulating. My two cabinmates are now life-long friends! They even taught me how to knit, naturally I’m hooked! Elizabeth Duvivier has been the founder, inspiration and director of Squam for the past 10 years. She is an extraordinary and mindful woman. Nothing gets by that girl! She is involved, in a good way, in every aspect of the planning and executing of the retreat. She puts in an exhausting amount of time, energy and effort into assuring a positive, creative and fun time for each and every attendee. Elizabeth decided this year she would pass the baton on to Meg Fussell as Event Coordinator. . Meg is also a wonder of a gal. She generously brought the joy of song to us all during our time at Squam.  I cannot wait to attend again in June, these ladies make our time there so speical and memorable And so today is my day of gratitude to them for the giving me the gift of a lovely, unforgettable experience at Squam, which holds their signatures. I am gifting them my canvas journals stamped with my word for 2018, “notice”. Enjoy ladies!

For more on Squam, click here.

Day 14 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Perfectly Positive

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Today’s Make & Give goes out to a gal who despite all the tremendous challenges she has had to face, has maintained an attitude of patience and positivity. There’s always a warm smile on her face, she is truly an inspiration! For her, a hand dyed cotton shawl, homemade baked bread, tea and a little read. Wishing her love and light throughout the holidays and always!

Day 13 of My 25 Days of Make & Give: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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To set the stage for today’s Make & Give, Day 13, the temperature is 23, the wind gusts now are 43 mph, Christmas tree on the deck is down(!), and the wind chill is 8. So yes, baby it’s cold outside for an early/mid December not yet winter day!

This is Juanita, our longtime mail carrier. Every year we have a bag of home baked goodies and a hot cup of hot cocoa, in a new travel mug, waiting for her on her route. Mother of four and a grandmother as well, nothing can stop this lady!

We are ever grateful for her exceptional service in every kind of weather. It always seems that the day for this Make & Give coincides with the snowiest, rainiest or coldest of days, yet there she is doing her job and with a smile!

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