Hi everyone, Can you believe it? Only 10 more weeks to Christma! I know this statement might send happy chills down some readers spines, for others it causes excitement butterflies to take residence in your tummy, and for some, it is a time of complete and utter dread.
We have all seen the wonderful Christmas movies with happy families. Everyone gets along, everyone loves each other and everyone smiles an awful lot!! Thereís singing around a log fire, presents to open and a huge feast waiting on the dining table.
In reality there are more people suffering through Christmas than truly celebrating. Those that are marginalized; those who have lost contact with their loved ones, either through happenstance or deliberately; those that are suffering extreme loneliness even though they are living amongst crowds of people.
I think, sometimes, that Christmas is not such a happy time for many people in my community and Iím always aware that so many people are not as fortunate as I find myself. It is at this time of the year that I concentrate on doing ďsomethingĒ for those in need in my community. It might not be much, but I know that every little bit that I do, makes a difference to someone in need.
This year, Iíve been rounding up blankets and towels for our local homeless shelter, to store in readiness for next winter. Iíve asked all my friends to go to their linen cupboards and give up some of the unwanted but still usable linen they find. Iíve offered to collect it from them and arrange for delivery to the shelter. Itís not much of an effort on my part, but I know it sure makes a difference to those homeless people to have something warm to wrap themselves in at night, and to have a nice towel to use when they use the shower facilities at the homeless shelter. Thereís a song in Australia thatís called ďFrom little things, big things growĒ. Is there something little you can grow into something big for someone in need?
I had a ball recently, going through the free Christmas patterns that Iíd previous posted. I rooted out all the dead links and added a bucket load of new ones for you. Hereís the link and Iíll be keeping it up on the home page for a while for you all to access. Tell your friends, if theyíre looking for free Christmas patterns, Bellaonline is the place to look!
Hereís the link for you: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art6345.asp
So onto my gifts for you this week. They both have a doggie theme. This is because my dear friend Dianne, who lost her dog Georgie about 18 months ago, is on the look out for a new puppy!!!! Iíll keep you posted when she finally makes her choice.
So firstly, this is a site of a lady that makes stuffed sculptures of peopleís puppies from photographs. I though you might like to look at her work. Check out the Breed section.
The other gift is THE most gorgeous dog coat to make. Just love this!
Well, dear friends, I hope you can forgive me for ďprattlingĒ on today, Iím feeling a little philosophical. I do hope youíre all well and happy and safe.
Take care and cheerio for now,
Judie Bellingham, Quilting Editor
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