Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What Are You Working On This Fall??

Well ladies, Labor Day has come and gone signalling the end of summer.   So, what are your plans for fall smocking?  I'm still working on the smocked dress for my Martha Pullen Doll, but I am thinking ahead to smocking a little insert for a fall purse.  I have some orange/yellow fall plaid fabric that I plan to use.  I'd like to smock a candy corn or two on an insert.  This design is a bit "young" for something for myself, so I may design my own candy corn plate for this.

My next podcast will feature inspiration from YOU.  What are *YOU* smocking for fall?  Did you smock anything special for back to school?  Will you be smocking something special for Halloween or Thanksgiving?  Leave a comment and let me know what you're working on so I can share it with our listeners to help inspire them to smock something special this fall!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wee Care Gowns

Do you ever have those times when God just answers your prayers in such an obvious way?

I've been trying to figure out what *He* would like me to do with my smocking. I've been asking God to show me what He would have me to do.

I published my podcast today about SAGA. I talked a little bit about the Wee Care gowns. I began to wonder if maybe that was what I was supposed to do with my smocking skills.

I produced the podcast on my lunch break. When I got back to work, my 2nd report was a death summary for a preemie infant. The baby was a 25-week preemie and lived less than 12 hours. It was as though God used that report to show me that He wants me to work on Wee Care gowns to help parents through this tragic time of losing a baby.

I am eager to finish my doll dress for Martha and then begin work on Wee Care gowns. The Web Smockers smocking guild makes at least 100 Wee Care gowns every year, so for now, that is where I will start. I may eventually (once I get pretty fast with making them) contact the hospital where I work to see if this is something that would be interested in.