"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Monday, November 2, 2009

Giving in so many ways....

One of the BEST things about being able to design lovely things is bringing joy and gifts to those we care about, and those who need joy and care. Most of the time we make things for our loved ones, a child's teacher, a swap, or ourselves...but not everyone has a friend who can sew. Not everyone has access to something that isn't just beautiful to look at and hold, but bears the evidence of someone's time and care woven into it.

Can I ask you to do something special this month?
Would you make just one lovely gift and donate it? Perhaps a local charity have a Christmas Drive to collect new gifts for underprivileged families? Maybe your church does a similar thing, or there is a group you are involved with that might be looking for a way of giving at Christmas? What about your local patchwork group - perhaps all of you could stitch an item from our Gum Tree Designers Monday freebies and raffle them off in a basket? The money could help the local soup kitchen perhaps.

And don't forget the aged care facilities...I used to work in one and I think that was where I was able to give the most joy. So many wonderful men and women live out their last years in such places and never see a visitor. That used to bring me home in tears most days. Being a warm hand to hold and arms to embrace them was such a small gesture to me, but mighty to them. Why not get together now and begin putting together gifts for your local nursing home? Visit them with carols and presents, but mostly with your heart.
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Today is my turn to be the bearer of the Gum Tree Designers Monday Christmas Freebie!
This is my scrummy, yummy, "Festive Jenny-Pocket"!!

Okay, I know the real term is penny-pocket, but, a penny-pocket is small - just big enough to fill with sweets or a small gift. My "Festive Jenny-Pocket" is BIG and able to hold larger gifts, or a lot of small ones at once! The added advantage with this project is that if you like to machine piece, but don't hand embroider, you can still make the Jenny-Pocket and hang a bought charm or ornament on the button! :-)

It is 18 inches long, and 13 inches wide, and you'll need 3 fat quarters to make it. Do you like the little button ornament?

You could make a few of these little ornaments and give them as gifts to hang on Christmas trees. In my Christmas Package In Stitches I have included 4 small designs that would be perfect for these button on ornaments. Many of you bought that set of designs in my recent sale so why not consider using them on this as well.
The pattern for the Jenny-Pocket can be downloaded HERE, or follow the link on the Gum Tree Designers blog!
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Now I must go. I have another idea for that cotton tape Challenge for November!
Hugs
Jenny
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25 comments:

  1. Yeahhhh...Jenny..I'm the first. Yep I was whiling away the time I don't have and wow! What a great pattern! The sentiments that go with it are very profound as well. I will see what I can do. You have a very kind heart my friend. Rainbow smiles...Gloria

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  2. Jenny, you did it again. Such a cute project and I do love the little ornament.

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  3. Jenny thanks sharing your talents with us. I love it!

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  4. Hi Jenny. Love your pocket. Thankyou so much for this great pattern. Hugs, Jeanette

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  5. Hello Jenny, thanks a lot for no. 5, Festive "Jenny-Pocket". It is just marvellous!!!

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  6. I think absolutely everyone ought to have a Jenny-pocket!!! This is just the darlingest, dear Jenny! Thank you!

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  7. Love it Jenny... I can't wait to make it and I think I just might speed clean the house today so I can make a start on my 'jenny pocket'. Loved your post too.. You are very generous and really made me stop and take stock... I will let you know what I ended up doing. Thanks for making me stop and think and re-evaluate.Have a great day xx

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  8. Hola, Jenny!!! Muchas gracias por el regalo semanal y por compartir generosamente sus conocimientos! Es un rápido y un bellísimo diseño! Espero que tenga una maravillosa semana! Muchos BESOTES!!!

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  9. Olá, Jenny! This pocket is really
    "fofa" - as to say in Brazil - sweet...And you are a very beautiful heart person. Thanks for share with us your talents. God Bless You! have a good week ahead.
    Hugs , Nina.

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  10. I've been working for the last 2-3 days to make items for the high school band's fund raiser. Finished up the double fleece, 8 napkins and working on the table runner binding.

    I'm also working on another quilt binding. This quilt will be donated to Ford Motor Co. Warrior In Pink program, Cure for Cancer silent auction.

    Back to work.

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  11. Another wonderful idea, Jenny - yes, it would be nice to give to the needy - WAQA has a donation scheme for the less fortunate - maybe I will make one for that.
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  12. Love your "Jenny Pocket"....thanks so much...can't wait to start this one..

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  13. I love the Jenny Pocket!! I can see half a dozen of those hanging around my living room at Christmas time!!

    I will see what I can do about donating a handmade goodie... I recently joined the Toy Society so hopefully can tie in with that :)

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  14. Jenny, I was soooo happy to see the pattern posted for your pocket project! Especially because I have an original!! Happy feet still dancin' around here. I will definately be making a few of these this Christmas. A big THANKYOU!!

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  15. Thanks again, for the patterns! And tha't goes for all of you gum-tree-girls! Every mondaymorning I'm looking forward for the patterns. Many thanks and a lovely day to you all. Greeting from Holland, Marian

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  16. Thank you so much for another wonderful project. It is so cute!!! I you remind the reason for the season. Thank you, A-

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  17. Its gorgeous Jenny..

    I bought some rye flour today to start my sour dough starter this week.

    Gaik

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  18. I love the way your pocket turned out. Looking forward to you new Moda tape project.

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  19. Jenny what type of embroidery floss do you use.? YOur designs always look so shiny.

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  20. Jenny what a wonderful idea, to donate something. I love your little project and cannot wait to get started. Maybe this is what I will donate. Thanks for the lovely project.

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  21. Thanks for the design and your inspiration Jenny!!

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  22. Hei Jenny. For ett fint mønster. Jeg vill gjerne vinne din give away

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  23. Thank you for the great pattern. I like it! And what a great idea to make something for people who need it.
    At the school of my 2 kids, they decorate a shoebox with paper or so and fill it with things kids far from us need. They put toothpaste and a brush, a nice teddybear, some pencils, paper, a toy etc in it. Many schools in HOlland join this and collect them and all together they will be sent to Africa and some other countries. Great idea do not you think. Children learn to share their things and make someone happy.

    Love,
    Rian

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  24. Jenny,
    Receiving your swap package reminded me that I should have thanked you for the wonderful "Jenny-Pocket" pattern. I sure hope I can find time to make one before Christmas. I think it would look lovely filled with fresh flowers or little packages might be nice. Really appreciate your sharing nature!

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It's always nice to receive feedback on a blog post, so *thank you* for taking time to comment!
I will try to reply via email unless you are a 'no reply blogger' which means you'll have to check for my reply in the comments. Of course, life is a rather hazardous activity, isn't it? So if I don't respond to your comment that's the reason why - life simply stepped in...
hugs
Jenny
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