Friday, January 13, 2012
A Goal to be Proud of
I confess, there is one goal I made for the year that I haven't shared with you yet. That is the goal to give back from the talents and abilities that I have. I'm really not sure what God has in store for me this year in this goal but I am super excited. Especially since I've already had an opportunity to give back!
A friend of my posted on facebook that she was in need of some cotton skirts for her upcoming mission trip to Ghana (it's in Africa). She was hoping that someone had some skirts her size to lend her. I thought as I read her post that I didn't have skirts, but I did have cotton and I know how to sew.
After exchanging a few messages I started working and in short order had 4 skirts for her. This was so much fun. As I was cutting into my fabric in my stash I was reminded of how God had provided me the fabric. Most of my stash I have acquired through gifts as the fabric I buy usually gets used for a specific purpose quickly. For a while I had been struggling to use what was in my stash because once you cut into something it is gone, but this time I didn't even hesitate to cut into my fave fabrics. I was giddy in expectation of what good will come from this.
I just want to encourage you to think about what you have and keep your eyes open to the world around you in need. There are some fabulous opportunities to help using the talents you have and you don't even have to look farther than your street sometimes. I know often I feel overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of charities and organizations that need help. Yet I like to have that personal interaction with people, to know that I'm not just giving something to a big charity but to KNOW the person I'm giving to.
Note about the skirts: I just made a simple A-line skirt with elastic waistband. There are tutorials ALL over the web for how to do this. I simply took the waist and hip measurement added 4 inches (2 for ease of garment, 2 for seam allowance) to each and then divided by 4 for a quarter of what the pattern should be and added 3 inches for hem and waistband. I made a pattern to be cut on the fold of the fabric.