Saturday, December 29, 2007

A Beary Merry Christmas

A Bear for Gracie. I was inspired by a posting done on Green Kitchen about a quick and easy afternoon project that resulted in a soft, lopsided, but wonderful cat for the blogger's child. She made it sound so easy that I thought I too could make something cute and wonderful. I had all the fabric and buttons on hand, which is remarkable in it's own right, and it really didn't take too long to put it all together. The biggest challenge was overcoming my lack of sewing skills. Of course. I think she turned out fine and was almost tempted to keep her for myself! Love her lots, Elizabeth Grace.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Locks of Love

So I don't really have a lot to say about this posting. I had long hair. And now I don't. It's strange really, because I never intended to have long hair in the first place, but it just kept growing and I didn't know what else to do with it. When I finally realized I had more than enough to donate to Locks of Love I figured it was not only time for a change, but it was also time I step up and donate. My friend Sarah, in reply to my nerves, said, "It's a lot easier to do when you know who it's for." And my friend Lucinda said, "You're cutting your hair? But I like your hair! I guess someone else can like your hair now too."

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

So. Here are the pictures. You'll have to forgive the "before" picture. It's a little fuzzy as I did not take any official before pictures. You'll just have to make due. My hairdresser took off ten inches for the donation and then trimmed it up into this hair style. I figure I lost I good foot in the back. Amazing.