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Global Sew-a-Thon 2014

11 Oct

Days for Girls International celebrates October 11th, International Day of the Girl as designated by the United Nations by sewing, raising awareness and funds, and assembling kits to be distributed across the globe.  This is DfGI’s 2nd annual Global Sew-a-Thon.

www.daysforgirls.org

90% content of 22 kits shipped in April for final assembly.  In the spirit of stitched service, Elfcroft is working on our second shipment.  I have 23 kits in progress for shipment this moment.  Here is a peak at the effort…

DfGI bags

DfGI bags

DfGI_liners_2nd_shipment

Some assembly required for the liners (PUL and pockets)

DfGI_pads_2nd_shipment

Eight flannel tri-fold pads per kit

DfGI_work_in_progress_2nd_shipment

Prepared for sewing flannel pads

 

It is time to SEW!  26 liners to GO!

UPDATE:  Second shipment with 90% of 23 kits is READY.

46 liners to include in 23 kits

46 liners to include in 23 kits

Love to girls in every country on earth.  Elfcroft

Encore! Photo Service

21 Sep
Eagle Creek watershed

Eagle Creek watershed

Douglas Lake, Japanese maple, Mission Beach

Douglas Lake, Japanese maple, Mission Beach

Hot air balloon, Peony, Asiatic lilies

Hot air balloon, Peony, Asiatic lillies

The first time I put my photography up for sale was four years ago in a Silent Auction fund-raiser for Aspiration Awards for young women pursuing degrees in technology, math and science.  Now we are getting ready for a fourth auction and again my contribution are ten 8″ X 10″ matted prints.

Most of my images for 2010 were taken at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Since the 2011 auction was held at a holiday networking event, I choose mostly floral images.  2012 my choice images are from London and Hawaii.

Originally, I used Kodakgallery.com followed by MPix.com.  The paper was not as heavy, but the same metallic glossy finish.  The prints are very good quality.  This year I used shutterfly.com for expediency.  The metallic glossy finish was not an option.  However, I am pleased with the results.  To keep my costs down, I procured mats from GoldenStateArt.com.  Excellent source.  They even include a sealable plastic wrap/envelope for each mat.

Silent Auction Contribution 2012

Everything sold in the last three auctions.  ENCORE!

Ship day for my kits for Days for Girls International

29 Apr

I read about  this organization in this month’s issue of Oprah magazine.  As a four-year supporter of Helping Hands Touching Hearts (see earlier blog posts); Days for Girls International has a strong appeal to me.  They take part of the service work and support to a new level with an expanded mission.  With five years experience, they have incorporated “lessons learned” in their “crowd-sourced” global system.

www.daysforgirls.org

The official website of Days for Girls International. Dignity, health, opportunity. Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. Washable sanitary solutions for women.

The website is very well done.  Initially, I spent an hour reading, exploring links and watching You Tube video instruction.  My first step was to go through the remnant stash (from over 50 girls dresses).  From the small remnants, I yielded (69) 4″X5″ pocket pieces.  From the medium remnants, I yielded (10) sets of liner pieces.  From the trip to JoAnn’s, I purchased 10 yards of flannel in 4 different color/patterns.

The instructions from the website smartly includes downloadable patterns and video instruction of the finished kit.  Eight washable pads go with two washable liners, one panty and one wash cloth.  The quality expectation is for the kit to last an individual girl for three years.  It is also expected to be colorful, beautiful and neatly packed in a gallon size Ziplock bag inside a pretty drawstring bag.  Lovely!

It's a start

It’s a start!

I added another 11 yards of flannel, more of my fabric stash, PUL and lots of thread.

Shipping 22 DfGI kits

Shipping 22 DfGI kits

My first shipment includes 22 wash cloths, 22 drawstring bags in 3 different fabrics, 44 liners with wings and 88 pockets and most importantly….176 tri-fold flannel pads in 8 different colors.

The “polar vortex” winter created opportunities to make a lot of progress for one woman with one sewing machine in her cozy attic sewing room.  There were over runs on a each of the items sooo….the next shipment in the works.

 

Days for Girls International

20 Jan

I read about  this organization in this month’s issue of Oprah magazine.  As a four-year supporter of Helping Hands Touching Hearts (see earlier blog posts); Days for Girls International has a strong appeal to me.  They take part of the service work and support to a new level with an expanded mission.  With five years experience, they have incorporated “lessons learned” in their “crowd-sourced” global system.

www.daysforgirls.org

The official website of Days for Girls International. Dignity, health, opportunity. Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. Washable sanitary solutions for women.

The website is very well done.  Initially, I spent an hour reading, exploring links and watching You Tube video instruction.  My first step was to go through the remnant stash (from over 50 girls dresses).  From the small remnants, I yielded (69) 4″X5″ pocket pieces.  From the medium remnants, I yielded (10) sets of liner pieces.  From the trip to JoAnn’s, I purchased 10 yards of fleece in 4 different color/patterns.

The instructions from the website smartly includes downloadable patterns and video instruction of the finished kit.  Eight washable pads go with two washable liners, one panty and one wash cloth.  The quality expectation is for the kit to last an individual girl for three years.  It is also expected to be colorful, beautiful and neatly packed in a gallon size Ziplock bag inside a pretty drawstring bag.  Lovely!

It's a start

It’s a start!