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because Hope is worth it

Princess McGassypants is making things tricky around here.  It's hard to carve out enough time to craft, let alone take pictures and blog about it.  You know the drill.  Feed baby.  Rock baby.  Make the super-gentle transfer to a cozy spot for a quick nap.  Cross fingers and let go.  Tip-toe across the room, hoping to squeeze in a teeth-brushing, and maybe - MAYBE - a shower.  And toss in a load of freshly pooped-on stuff.  (It's all worth it, of course, and life WILL return to normal.  I'm just sayin'.  It's tricky to be all craft-blogger these days.)

But some things are even more important than showering and doing the laundry.  Like the difference craft hope, the little craft-for-a-cause brainchild of my dear friend jade, is making all over the world. 

for a craft hope baby somewhere on the other side of the world...

This little baby blanket will be off to a needy newborn in India before long.   I still haven't made a thing for my own little newborn (unless breastmilk counts, ha), but this was something I really wanted to do.  My own children are so fortunate, so comfortable and so loved... my heart couldn't help but break for the tiny babies in India.  It's a small contribution, but I know it will make a difference.

Please take a few minutes to read Eren's account of the doll deliveryto the Casa Bernabe orphanage in Nicaragua. I cannot convey how amazing it feels to know that the first little doll I made is making some little girl happy, somewhere so far away.  Even if you don't have enough time to read Eren's amazing trip report, take a moment to see the beautiful photos.  Craft Hope is making a difference.  It's such a privilege to be part of it. 

Here's the thing.  You don't need a blog to participate.  You don't need to be an accomplished crafter.  You don't need to spend a lot of money.  It doesn't even take that much time.  Just sign up and send in your project donation.  There is no long term commitment (but you'll want to join the cause again and again).  I'm just saying, if a mom with a newborn and two other kids can squeeze in a little time, it isn't impossible.  I'll let you know about the next sign-up and maybe you can join in, too.  You know you want to...  

And honestly, it's crazy how much it fills you up.  You might be making a difference for someone far away, but I'm pretty sure you'll notice a difference a little closer to home, too.  Crafting Hope feeds your soul.  xoxo

{ blanket details, for those of you who are curious: It's a thrifted vintage sheet on one side, and reused pink flannel gingham baby blanket on the other.  Both sides are so soft.  No batting, but it is quilted together to keep its form.  It's bound with simple white bias tape and only about 30" square.} 

Ok, now it's shower time.



It truly was such an amazing thing Eren coordinated and I am proud of you for having participated! Such good things. And this blanket is just beautiful. We simply cannot fail when we trust in faith, hope and love.


Just perfect.


I love your heart! xo


Thank you so much for turning me onto Jade's site. After your doll post, I signed up and I've sent off as many blankets as I could. What a great cause.
Your blanket is darling, sweet, and perfect.


Oh, this made me cry. Love the pics of the children with their dolls. It fills your heart with joy.
I'm glad I participated in the Blanket project, I only sent one very humble blanket but I am so happy I did.

p.s. hope the baby feels better soon.

aunt fashionista

Sis, you make me want to be a better person. Love you so much!

dani@little fists

So sweet and simple. I will make this deadline.


Good for you! I need to make time for this type of crafting. :o)


Very pretty. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of.

Patty Boyd

The blanket is beautiful and the story of where it is going is even more beautiful. I hope to hear more about this project in the future and hope to become a part of it!


I so love Craft Hope, too. What a beautiful thing it is to help those children.

Wishing you time for a shower and nap today . . .


I just discovered Craft Hope. It is so amazing what a little sewing can do for someone! And the joys of a gassy baby. Ugh!


You're so giving, to make and send something to India before making something for your own. It's a great example.


This is wonderful. I was curious how you quilted it, what shape I mean. I don't know much about quilting, but I love that blanket and I think even with my rudimentary sewing skills I might be able to manage that except boggling about the quilting part!

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