Nov

29

FREE ADVENT CALENDAR PRINTABLE DIY

Don’t you love the anticipation of Christmas? Advent is a preparatory season leading up to this celebrated day. It has significance because it is a season of looking forward and waiting for something greater; both for the annual celebration of the event of Christ’s birth, and for the time when Christ will come again. This advent calendar is a great way to bring meaning into your holiday season in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Many of these activities are great with family and friends. We’ll be uploading some pics/videos of us doing some seriously silly things, so look out for some more inspiration!

Highlights of Activities:

• Decorate gingerbread men to look like members of your family

• Make a snow globe for a place you would love to visit one day.

• Wrap your gifts with recycled goods and found objects.

Go here to download our FREE Advent Calendar here.

SUPPLIES:

• scissors

• glue

• glue gun or strong adhesive

• foam board 19” x 30”

• paper

• 25 — 1.75” mini-wooden clothespins

• fabric to cover board (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1.} Set your printer to “no bleeds” and print all pages (if you don’t have this function, print it at 80% so that text doesn’t get cut off)

2.} CUT on the SOLID lines and FOLD on the DOTTED LINES

3.} Glue the two sides of the cards together

4.} Optional: glue fabric to cover foam board

5.} Hot glue the clothes pins (see diagram) leaving approximately 2.5” between the bottom of the first  clothes pin to the top of the next row and 2.5” between  each clothespin

6.} Pin the cards starting with 2.5’ at the top.

7.} Starting Dec. 1st flip the card labelled ‘1 ’ over and do an activity! Follow each card subsequently.

Enjoy! *EXTRAS*

GIFT TAGS (on the last page) :  Cut out gift tags and punch a hole using 1/16” hole punch. String with twine and tie to a gift.

Also follow TWINKLE on her ADVENTures here on our YouTube channel for some fun!

QUICK CONTEST: Comment with links to your pics of your activities! We will have a little surprise for the BEST photo!

 

 

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Jul

06

The Possibilities Continue : Sewing Center Development

It’s been surreal to see the possibilities here in India. The past several days have been filled with meetings and planning to see what we need to get all the right things to make it happen. The largest key factors are the people. We are continually interviewing and waiting for the right trainer, manager to make sure that they have the same vision as our mission. We met with a man that was from the Dalit untouchable community that apparently is skilled in export manufacturing. Our true test of his skills? We had him reproduce the Sharkie blankie from scratch.

We were impressed to say the least. He had no pattern, just our Sharkie blanket. The other indication that he has an eye. The fabric that I gave him was cut in a different direction just to save fabric and he was able to tell. Only a trained eye would know that.

One more indication of the possibility of this happening occurred as I was standing on the road leading up to the entrance to the sewing center. I saw an amazing black, red and yellow swallowtail butterfly . Then I proceeded to see at least 15 or more yellow butterflies fluttering all throughout the road. Then it struck me…this is the beginning of my own personal rebirth.

A couple of weeks back for my final project in my fashion design class, I chose the theme “Chrysalitic Emergence” for my collection. I designed a series of evening dresses that were based on the concept of a caterpillar’s transformation. This was a very personal collection as I feel in this time and place in my life, I’m being transformed into something new and beautiful. But in order for that to happen I needed to purge the ugliness, the self-doubt and insecurities of my past for this to happen.

I am continually amazed by the pieces that are coming together at just the right time for this project. The next two days we are off to meet with Blossom, a women’s undergarment manufacturer and Kara Weaves, a hand loom women’s cooperative.

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Jul

30

My Beloved

My dear friend Calvina, whom I’ve known since college wanted to shoot my husband and I for her beloved project. I’ve seen her grow in her many talents as a graphic designer, and now a stunning photographer. I remember being jealous of her days spent in the studio making art while I was trying to learn about stupid valence electrons. (I still question till this day how I stayed in BioChem for so long!) But thanks to her and some gentle prodding, I am now a full-fledged designer.

We’ve both come long ways in finding our “sweet-spots” in life…but it means a lot to me that she’s decided to help commemorate our 10 year anniversary this way. She was there for me that night I had my first breakup, just letting me cry it out…and now she’s able to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. That’s just the best gift any friend could give! Thanks Cal!

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