Sunday, December 2, 2012

Zulu Women


These pillows show women with some traditional Zulu headpieces.  The fourth pillow is inspired by the South African flag.  The pillows were donated to Rebecca's Well, Johannesburg, South Africa and sold this weekend at a crafts fair in Cambridge, MA USA.






Saturday, November 24, 2012

So Thankful!

Just when you think you've got it all under control, God gives you a wake up call.  On October 30th the call came via hurricane Sandy.  For some it was just a windy day, a heavy rain, maybe a power outage. For others it was much more devastating -  damaged property, homes lost, and at worst death - an estimated 250 killed across North America.

For some Sandy already seems like a distant memory, and for others it's as if Sandy never left, and she never will.

So what does Sandy leave us to be thankful for?  All the typical things that people are thankful for, but hopefully with some sincerity, thoughtfulness, and a dose of reality.  For life, for shelter, for food, for friends and family, for someplace to crash if even just for a few nights 'till your power comes back on, for health, for hope, for knowing that it could have been me.



A friend of mine tried to be light hearted about the fact that her car was totaled in the storm.  I received this post-storm text.   "My pillows have been destroyed!"  The next text was a picture of her car.



I gave her a call to find out if she was ok.  Despite the destruction she seemed in good spirits.  She was concerned that her one-of-a-kind Made With Gratitude pillows were ruined as they were in the back seat of her car.  Oddly enough her daughter had tried to bring the pillows inside a few days before, but Liz decided she preferred to have them in the car.

A few days later Liz reported that the pillows were ok.  A few minutes in the wash and they were like new.  The car, well that's another story......but we can still be thankful that the pillows survived!

Here are pictures of the pillows, taken this summer!










So thankful,
Andrea




Monday, October 8, 2012

Music, Arts and Science for the Kids!

It's been a while since I've posted pillows.  I'm happy to say the pillow making has continued...  A few weekends ago I was at Open Studios, Jamaica Plain.  This event provides an opportunity for artists in the neighborhood to open their studios, showcase and sell their arts and crafts.  It's also a great opportunity to roam the neighborhood, people watch, and find out what's going on in the area.

The Curley K-8 School had a table in front of JP Licks.  While I was able to resist the ice cream, I was called over by kids encouraging me to enter a raffle for an ipad.  It was here that I learned a little more about the school's fundraising efforts and Fall Fling.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my pillows with the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, MA.  Fall Fling, is an annual fundraiser that supports music, arts and science at Curley.  These three pillows will be raffled as part of the fundraising efforts.  I hope they find a loving home : )

Fall Fling
October 12, 5:30 - 8:00pm
Curley K-8 School
40 Pershing Rd, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130









Sunday, June 3, 2012

Catching Up 13, 14, and 15

It's been a few weeks since I've posted some pillows.  Honestly, I had fallen a little behind after taking a week's vacation.  But we fall down and we get up! Right?  The good thing is that in this catching up process I've been able to think about several pillows at one time.  For that reason, these next few pillows create a collection - all in similar colors and fabrics.  Could you be the lucky one to purchase all three?

In this collection I've also created one pillow with curves.  I was getting a little tired of the straight lines and decided it was time for a change.  Let me know what you think.

Click here to purchase a pillow



Catching Up 13



Catching Up 14


Catching Up 13 and 14 (back)



Catching Up 15


Catching Up 15 (back)


Catching Up Collection

Monday, May 14, 2012

Enchanted Garden 12


Join me in my enchanted garden.  I've planted....

comfort
faith
friendship
forgiveness
happiness 
hope
joy
love
peace
trust
understanding









Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sharing Traditions 11

This week's pillow is inspired by an interfaith meeting I participated in this weekend.  Bethel AME and Temple Israel, both in Boston, have had a long standing relationship.  The congregations met to learn about the work My Sister's Keeper is doing to educate girls and women in South Sudan.  Gloria White-Hammond, Executive Director, shared My Sister's Keepers work to build Kurnyuk Girls School and to ensure that its students are learning.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to share traditions.  We learned about Havdalah, a Jewish religious ceremony that marks the end of the Shabbat and the beginning of a new week.  We also learned about the Christian tradition of communion, in which one asks forgiveness for one's sins and reflects on the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus.



Saturday, April 28, 2012

Good Morning 10

My work desk is at the end of a long hallway.  At the end of the hallway is a big window that faces east.  In the morning, the sun streams through the vertical blinds.  The bright glow and the warmth of the sun great me with a "good morning," as I walk to my desk.






As I approach the window, the glow is dimmed by the reality of looking out at a dingy gas station.  But as I close my eyes, it's easy to imagine a beautiful world outside.