About Jade, who had this Crazy Idea that people who like to make things might enjoy using that talent to help others. And about how it all started with 27 pillowcase dresses for an orphanage in Mexico.
About how the publishers at Lark Crafts stumbled upon her efforts and approached her about writing a book. And how it features 32 projects that have been paired up with deserving charities from around the world.
About how it has hit stores in the last couple weeks and is FLYING off the shelves. (Even though today is the official release day!)
If you haven't, or you are interested in knowing just a little bit more about the Craft Hope Book and organization, head over to the the Lark Crafts website, where they are hosting a Month of Hope. Right now it features an interview with sweet and funny and inspired Jade. I dare you not to love her after reading it. :)
Okay, here's the hard part. It just seems like shameless self-promotion, but I have to share because I am honored to be included in an amazing list of crafters and bloggers featured in this book. Really, if you had told me a year ago that some simple pillowcase project of mine would be included in a book with these talented people I would have two words for you: Shut Up.
But it is in there, all the same. As soon as I heard it had hit Barnes and Noble I had to see for myself. It was on the shelf already.
And there I was, not two seconds later, posing with my first published book submission ever, accompanied by several confused onlookers, my girlfriend, daughter, and her best friend -- who was the only reason we have a photo at all because she had her iPhone handy.
I bought one and sent it to my mom, who introduced me to the whole sewing thing over 30 years ago.
The kind people at Lark have donated a book for a blog giveaway this August. I've never done one before, so I'll save that for another post when I have my act together. Stay tuned.
Anyway, Happy Craft Hope Book Release Day! And Congratulations to my dear friend, Jade. You Rock!