19 February 2011

in the works.

first things first: a few of you asked about The Secret of Heart Bokeh, and i am happy to report that it can be yours too with just a cheapy paper lens hood (see here). hurrah, right? totally hurrah.

and now, let us forge ahead to sewing matters.

softie in the works

i used to cycle through phases of sewing 30+ hours a week for months on end, and then be so sick of hunching over that beastly machine i'd let it sit idle and dusty for a season. feast or famine was the name of the game.

now that i’ve matured into a Balanced Individual (ha), i’m finally finding my groove: enough sewing to keep that excess domestic energy from shorting out my whole electrical system, but not so much that i cannot happily anticipate the projects ahead.

softie gal front

this week's projects colored me downright giddy because of the gals they're headed off to. the softie doll (above) is for the precious, hurting friend of a dear friend, and the teensy kimono dress (below) will soon be shipped to baby lilly.

kimono start

lilly is scheduled for heart surgery next month. my new and altogether awesome friend lisa is organizing a kimono-sewing for baby lilly, who needs a bunch of wrap-style tops and dresses to wear during her weeks of recovery.

lilly1
(photo provided by lilly's parents via lisa)

here's a bit more about lilly, written by her parents:

Lilly has a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), as well as an aortic valve leak. A VSD is a hole between the two ventricles which causes oxygenated and unoxygenated blood to mix in the heart. Her heart has to work very hard, which causes it to swell. Because the hole is between the ventricles and so close to the aortic valve, she has to have open heart surgery to repair it. She'll have surgery in March (at 10 1/2 months old) with about a week long hospital stay and 6 weeks recovery.

so here's the part where y'all come in. :) i know a bunch of you sew, and if you could spare an hour this week, i'd love it if you could stitch up a little kimono dress for lilly.

size: 3-6 months
chest: 17 inches
waist: 16 1/4 inches
hip to feet: 12 1/4 inches

online patterns:
habitual kimono
bettsy kingston kimono wrap (note: this one seems to run a bit large)

kimono for lilly.

kimonos should be mailed to the following address:
For Lilly
417 Brazil Drive
Hurst, TX 76054

(if you don't have time to sew, but do have some fabric that would make a sweet little wrap-top, feel free to send that to the address above as well.)

lilly2

and can i just say? i'm so thankful for every one of you, with your giant hearts and capable hands. you make my insides sing and twirl.

have a beautiful sunday, my friends.

22 comments:

Lisa said...

Such a sweet message! Thank you so much Nicole! I hope there are as many good kind hearted people out there willing to help!

deb colarossi said...

Done.
I hope it ships from Canada in time.

Raechel said...

I am all over this! I have a special place in my heart for baby girls with specially made hearts (our Evie-girl had several heart defects). It would be such a privilege to serve this family! Thank you for the opportunity, Nicole!!

happygirl said...

I don't sew, but I pray. I will keep this lovely little girl in my prayers.

MP said...

nic,
what a beautiful way to show love to Lilly's family! My daughter has an ASD (atrial septal defect ) and Ebstein's Anomaly (leaking tricuspid valve) We know all about enlarged hearts and overworked valves in our family!
I know how supported Lilly's family will feel by this lovely work from all sorts of lovely people. We're definitely praying.

Kirsten Smith said...

I'm praying for sweet Lilly too. I love that you just gave us all a way to help *do* something too. You can count me in! :)

Brandee Shafer said...

I don't sew, but my mommy does. I will share this invitation with her. And I will be praying!

Kippy said...

Absolutely. Sewing and praying!

Simply Shelley said...

My nephew had that surgery when he was 6 months old. I will keep this baby & her parents in our prayers as they have a long, emotional road ahead of them. But Praise the Lord that my nephew is a very active, COMPLETELY healthy 2-year-old now! God will heal this baby whether through divine intervention or modern medicine!

Ronda said...

I would be honored to make her some wraps. I will send along lots of prayers as well.

I read you blog all the time but this is my first time commenting. Love your photos and projects!
~Ronda

emily wierenga said...

oh, my heart twists... what a beautiful, beautiful girl... i wish i sewed... but i'm stitching prayers... love your heart, dear nic.

Britni said...

I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. Whether you are sending prayers or outfits, it truly means the world to me and my family. We are so blessed to have friends like Lisa who are willing to lend a hand and help us out in a time of need. I had no idea that asking a simple favor of some sewing from her would turn into so many people willing to donate and help. It really means the world to me. I will definitely update and send pictures of Lilly in her new outfits. I will also be "paying it forward" to another little heart baby when Lilly is healed and no longer needs these outfits. Once again, thank you for your time and prayers. This is something I will NEVER forget. Romans 12:12

Lisa said...

We have started a flickr pool for everyone's kimonos for Lilly.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1638241@N21/pool/
If you have already sent them just let us know and we will take pics and post for you!

Sami Jo said...

I think that is the same thing my little cousin went through - they did like a little Youtube video about her Journey - her name is Hadley and here is the link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeR4apx0hFA

She went from her mama straight to surgery after surgery right when she was born. It was heartbreaking yet it drew us all closer and closer to God as we needed his strength and healing hand in order to endure the daily obstacles. I sure will be praying for little Lilly, her family and all involved in the surgery. Great idea, Nic. Hearts, SJ

Lisa H. (Sewing or Something) said...

Well I finally started a blog.. seeing how much good you can do from just one source inspired me. Of course my first blog was about Lilly.
http://sewingorsomething.blogspot.com/2011/02/sewing-for-lilly.html

Also.. hope you feel better soon NIC!

Lisa H. (Sewing or Something) said...

Here is Lilly's mom's updated blog
http://lillysheart.blogspot.com/

Brenda said...

Where did you get your pattern for that little doll?

dlbkcr@gmail.com

Lisa H. (Sewing or Something) said...

Here is Lilly's mom's updated blog
http://lillysheart.blogspot.com/

Kippy said...

Absolutely. Sewing and praying!

Lisa H. (Sewing or Something) said...

Well I finally started a blog.. seeing how much good you can do from just one source inspired me. Of course my first blog was about Lilly.
http://sewingorsomething.blogspot.com/2011/02/sewing-for-lilly.html

Also.. hope you feel better soon NIC!

deb colarossi said...

Done.
I hope it ships from Canada in time.

Britni said...

I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. Whether you are sending prayers or outfits, it truly means the world to me and my family. We are so blessed to have friends like Lisa who are willing to lend a hand and help us out in a time of need. I had no idea that asking a simple favor of some sewing from her would turn into so many people willing to donate and help. It really means the world to me. I will definitely update and send pictures of Lilly in her new outfits. I will also be "paying it forward" to another little heart baby when Lilly is healed and no longer needs these outfits. Once again, thank you for your time and prayers. This is something I will NEVER forget. Romans 12:12