Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Snowflakes for Sandy Hook
One month has passed since that horrific day in Sandy Hook, when God called home so many of His little angels. I have no words to express how sorry we felt, along with the entire world. We wondered, what could we do, in some small measure, to help to make it better?
Then I heard that when the surviving children returned to a different building for class, their PTA wanted to make their new school seem as welcoming as possible.
People were asked to make snowflakes for the PTA members to hang all over the school, turning it into a magical winter wonderland for the children.
Classrooms all over the country began cutting out snowflakes, from construction paper & coffee filters...anything white! If you google "snowflakes for Sandy Hook" you'll be astounded by their contributions.
Embroidery Library joined in the effort, by giving away three machine embroidery designs to make these special lace heart snowflakes during one weekend. They are no longer free, but you can purchase them here.
Unlike real snowflakes, these are identical except for size...they come in small, medium & large. Can you see the little hearts in the pattern? I made LOTS of them and sent them off to Sandy Hook. The PTA received so many donations that they have since asked people to stop sending them now. They had enough to decorate the entire town.
"Thank you to everyone who has donated snowflakes on behalf of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and the community of Newtown. We know that each snowflake represents the emotional outreach of the person making it. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from around not just the country but the world. At this time, we have enough beautiful snowflakes to blanket the community of Newtown. Therefore, with regret we must close the snowflake project to further donations. Please take this idea and your snowflakes and create a winter wonderland of your own in your community as a show of solidarity for our Newtown families. Please share your winter wonderlands with us. We would love to share your pictures with the families of Sandy Hook and all the other participating communities. Also please read the message below from the PTA of the Sandy Hook Elementary School for another wonderful way to help. Thank you for your heartfelt and amazing creations and for all of your magnificent notes and kind wishes for the Newtown community."
I loved them so much, I made a few for myself, as well. The large one takes over 80 minutes to stitch out You do them on wash away stabilizer & I could fit several in one hooping on my machine. You then submerge the stabilizer & snowflakes in warm water until the stabilizer dissolves.
You must leave them lying flat, usually overnight, until they dry but then you are left with these exquisite little lacy treasures.
Stop by The Gazebo House next week to see how I used mine in a Winter tablescape, as a show of solidarity with Sandy Hook & Newtown.
I'm linking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday as well as The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday & Yvonne at StoneGable for Tutorials,Tips, Tidbits.
Posted by Rettabug at 1/16/2013 08:24:00 AM