There is nothing more vulnerable than a small baby, and no one more fearful than parents of a newborn who is struggling. We hope that the little things we make provide the families they are given to some comfort during an extremely difficult time.

Our Mission

To provide a piece of comfort and tenderness to infants staying in the neo-natal intensive care unit and their families during a time of immense stress.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Good Karma!

We could all use it right. I know that I could, these days more than ever it seems. I have been using my knitting as a form of therapy and weight loss (knitting at night means I'm not snacking or emoitionally eating), and well it seems that I need to find a good use for all the things I've been knitting.

I have listed a few more sets in the shop as well as these . . .

For those of you who don't knit, or don't have time, it's a chance to give something handmade to a babe in need. I could make them for less but the truth is that the bamboo/silk blend that I use really is so modern and a bit of a luxury that I really want these to be just like my bigger ones for sale. Also it's a great blend because it is so soft on a little one's head and also great for the insulation that they need so very badly.

Hoping that getting a few of these out the door and onto the heads of those in need will boost the spirits of the families who receive them and my karma rating, a win/win right.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Everything to everyone.

I know it's not possible of course, but there is always that small hope. Melissa got the first of her blankets and so I will keep you posted on her great work. I have been knitting some neo-natal hats to send off. Knitting is so much more portable in the summer and because I wanted to keep as close to my original vision as possible, I'm working away.

I sometimes need to remember though that everything evolves, and so does the project. Just got some great items up in the shop, or each item sold a hat will be donated to a neo-natal unit so go take a peek!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Onward . . .

This lovely bit of graphic design is now hanging at Starbucks waiting for other neighbourhood mommies to decide to make a difference.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A turn for the better . . .

So The Gracie Jane Project has been such a pleasure to do, but finding time on my machine these days, even for the quilts that people are waiting for seems to be a big issue. I still want to be able to do something, and it's funny how something is presented to you at just the right time.

The other day on Facebook my favourite photographer Melissa posted that she was finally ready to help a charity that has been the cataylist for her becoming a photographer in the first place. It fit perfectly with me wanting to do something and so here it is!

Melissa has generously decided to donate her time and her talent to the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation. And what a cause it is. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart. For families overcome by grief and pain, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives.

The NILMDTS mission statement is to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the gift of professional portraiture. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family's healing process by honoring their child's legacy.The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) administers a network of more than 7,000 volunteer photographers in the United States and 25 countries. At a family's request, a NILMDTS Affiliated Photographer will come to your hospital or hospice location and conduct a sensitive and private portrait session. The portraits are then professionally retouched and presented to the families on an archival DVD or CD that can be used to print portraits of their cherished baby.Our entire network of affiliated photographers graciously donate their time and talents to our families and we are proud to be able to offer our services at no cost.

My contribution, to knit blankets for Melissa to take to the families to use in photographs and then to give them as a keepsake of their little one. The blanket is about 15x17 but I'd like to square it up a bit. I'm still working on the perfect pattern but I'm sure the ones along the way will find a use as well. There is always something we can do to help others . . . I will be working on a pattern and then post it up here, you can visit the NILMDTS site and find a photographer in your area who you might be able to help out with a few donations yourself.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Generosity always surprises me!

I'm not sure why it does because if there is one think that I've learned it's the that the online quilting community is more than generous, but I always get tickled when I get an offer to donate.

The tickle today came from Ladybug Quilting and it's wonderful owner Linda. I had entered a giveaway over at her blog (you must go too! quick) and was in awe of the e-mail she sent back offering to help out the project with a couple charm packs!

Linda's blog is full of eye candy, including this!

I mean really, who gets to have a stash of Neptune like this other than Tula Pink herself! Linda has a wonderful sense of colour and pattern and she's not afriad to try anything, quilts, clutches, etc. etc. etc. I could go on forever. So drop by her blog, give her some love for me and make sure you pass her address on to someone else!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Another Delivery

I am not lost and forgotten nor is the project, several donated quilts as well as a few that I have made are already on their way up to the babes!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

We Heart Handmade Reto

If you have never been to Kristy's blog you need to get over there as quick as you can. I had been a bit of a lurking fan before this but I became even more amazed by her today!

I got Kristy's package in the mail today and after my neighbours stopped giving me their strange looks (I think that I might have been squealing a bit), I rushed back into the car and tore into the package right then and there.

I was not disappointed and more importantly neither will be the families that receive these quilts. Kristy thank you for being so generous and of course for creating these amazing quilts. I feel like she hit the nail on the head with these two, modern, fun and of course the perfect pattern! I can't wait to get these labeled and in the box for my next donation run.