You might be interested…

Years and years ago I had a dream. It took shape in various forms. I wanted to buy Mole Hollow Candle in Shelburne and turn it into a cafe with a learning center in back.

When I was part of the Upper Valley Worship Group in Greenfield I tried to convince the organizationt that ran the Church Street Home to give the Home to us and we would continue their mission of caring for the elderly. They didn’t bite.

Then when I was part of Stone Soup Cafe I dreamed of obtaining the then vacant brick building across from the bus station as a Pay As You Can Cafe with living quarters above and a training carpentry floor below.

None of which came to fruition. So I decided to write a story of my dream. At least it would come to life that way.

Now I started this story a long time ago and have added, polished it off and on. But I am determined to finish it! So i have created another site with the story there.

If you’re interested, you can begin to read the story at the-meadows-edge.com

I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think.

1000 Hearts!!!!

Today I finished my 100th heart! What a journey this has been. I am so grateful that I became aware of this Kindness Project. I started November 16, 2021. Here I am almost a year later and I’ve made 1,000 hearts. One for myself and 999 to give away.

I have 25 in my pouch to give away which should only take a day or so. Giving 10 a day is pretty normal. Western Mass has received the most from my day to day interactions with people. But they are out on the Cape, Rockport, Connecticut, England, California and now Georgia as my son and his wife are spreading them in the Atlanta area.

Such a blessing. So grateful.

Another day… another heart story

I’ve been working on my denim jacket… adding embroidery to it in preparation for next year’s fair. But while the outside, I think, looks amazing the inside is a bit messy. So I tried to create an inner lining to cover up the back stitching. Not very successful.

So I bought some dark blue flannel and thought I’d try again. Then thought better of it and I remembered the town center has a tailor! Yes! So this morning I took my jacket and the flannel and headed down there. I parked right in front of the shop. When I looked to the shop, the shop was dark but I got out with my jacket and cloth anyways. There was a light in the back but the store hours said they were closed on Mondays. Ok. Maybe tomorrow.

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Nearing 999…

Just 17 more hearts and I will hit my 999 hearts given away! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I started this practice. Now it’s really a way of life for me. I can’t leave my house without a bunch of hearts in my pocket.

Last week I needed to go to the doctors and they sent me across the street for some tests. Every place I stopped… lab, x-ray,… I offered hearts. Every time the person was touched and grateful. And again and again, “I needed this today.”

And it’s not just because they are health care workers. I would say 80% of the time I give a heart away, I get the same response. “Thanks so much. I really needed this.”

And I don’t think its the heart really. It’s the stopping to look someone in the eye and SEE them. Making that connection with each other. The heart is just a symbol of that. And almost always a little conversation happens that wouldn’t have happened without stopping, offering, accepting. Simply beautiful!

Flowers, Hearts and Love…

I’m connected to so many groups on Facebook, handwork related and so I get Facebook suggestions around that. Last month a Domestika ad showed up for a woman, Defne Gunturkun, who would be teaching Embroidery Techniques for Floral Patterns on Felt.

I love working with felt. So I signed up. It was to learn how to make an embroidered patch to sew on a jacket or to make a brooch. Her sample was a rectangle and spectacular! An amazing artist!

But as I planned what I was going to do, duh!, do hearts!! They are larger than the pocket hearts and the stitching can therefore be a bit more intricate. Learning, learning, learning is so much fun!

My daughter is an avid gardener. I’ve been sharing little pocket hearts with flowers which she loves. So when I started these, I was thinking of her. I texted her pics and next time I see her, they’ll be hers.

Connections… 901 and counting!

Yesterday I went to Home Depot to find some hardware to hang a printer’s drawer on my wall. To display all the little “finds” my husband has brought home. I had no idea which aisle to look in so I found a staff person and told him what I wanted to do.

Well, he listened, asked a few questions and took me over to where I could find what I needed. He was so pleasant and patient. When he began to walk away, I offered him a heart. He loved it.

When I went to check out, the woman there was also so nice. She helped me cancel an auto receipt that I mistakenly said I wanted to do.

“Do you want me to cancel that?”

So of course, I pulled out my hearts. “I can have one?” She was so taken by it. Picked one that was her favorite is color. I shared my spiel about 1000 hearts and she started asking questions. “Do you make them yourself and just give them away? I’m going to look up 1000 hearts. It’s such a wonderful thing to do.”

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Cross Stiching….

Never one to do the same thing forever, I bumped into cross stitching in some of my Facebook groups and began to give it a go. Not sure its going to be my favorite stitching technique but I love to learn new things.

This is a first project I did for my son and his wife as they plan to move to Georgia in September. Them and their two cats. Counted cross stitch is pretty challenging for my old eyes. But this was a labor of love for the two of them with all our blessings on their journey.

I got inspiration and help from Stitch People which you can find on the web. They have all kinds of instructions from hair to accessories to clothes, skin tones, etc… excellent help.

Then I saw stamped cross stitch and thought… ahh this might be better. And it is.

This is one that I’ve begun to work on… a gift I think for my daughter but it’s going to be pretty big as its printed on 11 count Aida. We’ll see if I can fit it in with all the heart time I do. But she would love it.

Lovelies Become Heart Ambassadors

One of the Facebook Groups that I belong to, Slow Stitching posted a few little ladies done by Janet Sarnow And she was so generous as to post instructions on how to make them. They were so damn cute, I had to give it a go. And one of the super fun parts of it was that each “lovely” had a name and a story. And people who commented on the post, added to the story! Such a delight.

So here’s Marjorie, the first one I made. Marjorie was late to the dance and was afraid there would be no one to dance with.

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700 Hearts and Counting…

Today I finished these three hearts and with that, I have completed 700 hearts in many varied forms. Hearts and Heart Ambassadors in the form of kitties, puppies, teddy bears, foxes and penguins! What a journey.

A New Heart Emissary Joins….

For Mother’s Day, I was at the Shelburne Falls Historical Society’s Mother’s Day Tea teaching people how to make hearts when my son and daughter-in-law stopped by.

They brought me a Mother’s Day present. A cute little succulent plant in a cute fox pot. As my son was looking at the hearts, kitties and puppies I had brought to sew, he said, “Maybe you should make a fox ambassador now too!” Why not?

So I did, the next day I started looking at pictures on line and came up with an outline. Turned it into an SVG file and cut out two as samples. I didn’t have the “right” color for the fur but they looked cute. Yesterday I got some felt that seemed the right color and put it together. I think they look super cute!

So now we have a new heart ambassador! Can’t wait to see what people will think of them!

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