If your anything like me, you have probably been consumed by the news reports and images of the devastation that took place is Japan last week. I sit and my computer and cry while I watch the amateur videos and read stories of heroism, heartache, and survival. I have donated money with the rest of the world, but I would much rather hop on an airplane and head over there to help! Of course that is impossible, so I sit at my computer and just wish I could do more.
On Friday, I had an opportunity to work with one of my favorite craft blogs U-Create where I was asked to make a project to share on her blog. For several weeks now I have been planning to make something special and as I was getting ready to work on it, the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. After watching a video of a 4 month old baby being plucked from the mud with out any family around and nobody to care for her I knew that I wanted my efforts to be directed toward the children. There are so many who have lost everything and have nothing left! Having children of my own, that is where my heart lies and where I feel the most. I thought of what might lift my kids spirits if we were in that situation and I came up with this t-shirt.
I call it Chloe and Mieko. Chloe means blooming and Mieko means beautiful blessed child of God. The two together are a representation of the worlds love for Japan and their bright future ahead. It will bloom again and there is hope and light for them because God loves them and we love them. I want them to know that, so I designed this shirt to send to them.
Join me in showing the children of Japan that we love them and make a shirt!
To get the free down loadable pattern and for more info on how you can be a part of this project please visit U-Create. I will be collecting t-shirts until the end of May. For those of you who send me a shirt, I will give you a 50% off coupon for my new Rag Doll pattern that is coming out shortly. I will also be asking for doll donations to send with the shirts.
My friend Susan will be doing a sew along on her blog for those of you who like step by step instructions and she will also be doing a boy version! Grab this button and spread the word:
I would love to be able to send boxes and boxes of dolls and shirts to those sweet children, so please help!