Our Current Projects Revisited

I apologize for not blogging for a few weeks. In the last few weeks we made a decision to move closer to our kids and grandkids, moving from the Midwest to the Pacific West so have been occupied with house hunting, loan application forms, preparing our home for sale and making decisions on how this is all is going to happen in the next few months. I am a little overwhelmed. I have to downsize our house of 30 plus years as we are moving into a much smaller space at a much higher price so have to make decisions on what will go and what will be given away. But I am sewing when I can, which has taken some of the stress off of me. Closing my sewing room door, isolates me from the world that I have to deal with over the coming months. If I was to move, the deal was that all my sewing items would follow me so the new house had to be able to accommodate my needs.

I did hear from the daycare people and they wish to thank all of you who sent in items. Shampoo and soap were really welcomed as some kids are not clean when they arrive, partly due to the conditions at their homes such as lack of running water. Hand towels and bath towels also arrived. Quilts and crib sheets for the babies were welcomed as they need some clean ones available while the soiled ones are laundered.The laundry detergent and dish soap were put to good use as would be expected. Another group I belong to made dishcloths and washcloths. Some new dishes and cutlery for the various ages also were a useful addition to the kitchen. We might need to make some oven mitts and hot pads in the future.

When I was talking to the daycare the other day, they asked if we could provide some activity items to keep the older kids occupied when they attend. They teach them to bead but many get bored and want other things to do. Board games, puzzles card, craft supplies, sports equipment, books in series for that age group etc would be welcome.  Any of you who have teenagers know what they like. The younger age children have toys and books to read, admittedly worn, but still functional. There is a playground outside with equipment but the cold weather does not allow them to make use of it often. And while the daycare does serve kids age 6 weeks to 12 years of age, it is geared more to the younger age group who spend the most time there. Any time school is out of session, the older kids attend the daycare which is open 7 am to 8 pm year round. One of the schools that kids attend off the Rez has a 4 day day school week, because of cuts to the education budget, so on Friday many kids age 6  to 12 attend. In the summer more of the older kids will need supervision during the day while their parents are working.

I have been busy piecing together material scraps and upcycling some clothing and sheets to make quilts for the kids at the daycare for the toddler and the older children as they seem to have enough for the babies. I am always amazed at what can be created from a few scraps. The room where they play and rest is drafty so when they lie down on their mat to read, rest or play, they are cold. They still need pillows for the toddler ages when they take a rest so if you can make one for them, it would be appreciated. I am also going to piece material together to make aprons, bibs for the kids and pillowcases for the pillows. I will soon share some photos of my creations.

The Easter hunt is this weekend and should be lots of fun, thanks to all of you who have sent in items to make the day special. Hearts of the Sacred Spirit received monetary donations of $250 plus that will be used for the food for the party with a barbecue planned after the event, if the weather cooperates. I know that some sent money directly to the High Horses to purchase food or items that were still needed. So far they have  received plates, cutlery , napkins, Easter decorations, oodles of plastic eggs for the hunt, several bags of candies, school supplies and book bags, 2 bikes for the grand prize, Easter baskets for prizes and for collecting the eggs,,well dressed stuffed bunnies, teddy bears, party favors, etc. We hope we receive photos of the event for all to see their gifts in action.

It is still cold on the Rez with the weather unpredictable from one day to the next. Next month’s project brings us into Spring , hard to say that around here with temperatures below normal and still in the 30s and 40s. With spring, come different clothing needs, so stay tuned.

Thanks from Sew For Kids for your generosity in helping these two projects be successful.

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