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If I were to sit down and write a thank-you letter to every single one of you who've helped with our Haiti projects, I would be writing from dawn to dark every single day. I cannot tell you how full my heart is with gratitude for each of you and how you've reached inside yourself and given to our efforts to help the women and children in Haiti. Please consider this post a great big THANK YOU. A million times, thank you. Boxes come in almost daily, full of goodness and love. You have enabled us to do so, so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at Haiti By Hand
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Many of you joined in on our apron project and asked to be notified of any other projects we have for the women and children of Haiti. Announcing 'Project Summer Skirt' for the girls of Haiti. In November, we will be traveling back to Haiti to the village of Dumay at the foot of a mountain where there are hundreds of girls in need of clothing. Our dream is to bring some fun and colorful skirts to these little ladies to brighten their world a bit. Will you join us?? It would be fantastic to receive your skirts by July... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2012 at Haiti By Hand
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I'm super excited to announce that Haiti by Hand is the next project for Craft Hope! Project Apron is now launched and ready to receive aprons for the women of Haiti. For complete details, please visit Craft Hope's facebook page (their new website is not quite up and running yet). For the one or two of you (like me) who aren't on Facebook, here's some quick info... APRONS FOR THE WOMEN OF HAITI: --Keep the style pretty-but-practical. Nothing too frilly, ruffly or lacey. --Make sure the fabrics are very wash-friendly. Quilting cottons are recommended. --Either full or half aprons are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at Haiti By Hand
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The quilt stacks are getting larger by the week! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your generous spirits toward these precious women and children in Haiti. Many quilts have already been taken down to Haiti, one wrapped around a precious little girl whose leg was badly burned. Now she has something clean and colorful and comfortable and stitched with love to lie down on as she recovers. Are we still accepting quilt fabrics for this project? Absolutely! Read this post for all the details. We are discovering new villages where people are more destitute than you could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Haiti By Hand
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{ UPDATE } RESPONSE TO 'CLEAN-OUT FOR QUILTS' HAS BEEN TERRIFIC SO FAR...THANK YOU! WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THIS ONGOING PROJECT. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR A LISTING OF ITEMS WE STILL NEED. Please help us spread the word...Clean out your fabric closet and send the scraps our way! Haiti by Hand is hosting an ongoing "Clean-Out for Quilts" fabric drive. For several years, a group of women from our local community and churches have gathered each week to sew items for the women and children of Haiti. We would love for you to be a part of our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at Haiti By Hand
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I have discovered this is the only way to help Haiti. One person at a time. If you look around at the vast need, it's way too overwhelming. It's immobilizing. But...one person, one family at a time...there is so much we can do. On our most recent trip, my daughter and I were blessed enough to be able to go into a school and help some of the teens learn how to make some jewelry items. We distributed the last of the crafting supplies that you sent us. What a treat to work with these kids! I asked them why... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at Haiti By Hand
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In the center of this photo is an incredible woman. Amazing wife, mom, friend, leader. Good and fun and faithful. Kind and giving and oh so smart. Adored by all. I received the news that Madam Ellison passed away from complications following childbirth yesterday. My heart is broken in two...at least that's how it feels right now. She leaves behind her kind and good husband, Pastor Ellison, and two of the sweetest little girls in the world. And her dear infant son is clinging to his own little life right now. I ask that you pray for this precious family,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at Haiti By Hand
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Let us each pause for a moment, say a prayer and determine not to forget what happened to the beautiful people of Haiti one year ago. They need us still. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Haiti By Hand
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I will have to take you back, all the way to here, when I shared with you the story of Elcy. The story of a dear Haitian lady and her need for a home of her own (the mud shack behind was one in which she and her children were guests). And as you always do, you came forward with so much support. Enough, in fact, that my family traveled down to Haiti back in May to help begin work on Elcy's new home... Work continued after we left Haiti, and I've (finally!) received the photos of Elcy's finished home!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
Here are a few updates for what's going on with Haiti by Hand as of late... Look for products made by the Haitian women at Silver Bella in Omaha this year. My dear friend, Charlotte Lyons, will have a few Haiti by Hand items at her table at the bella market on Friday night, November 12, from 6-10 pm. The smallest purchase (like a $5 bracelet!) goes so far to help the women in Haiti. Let's not forget them! The women are still working on their items at this time. Our ultimate goal is for the ladies to have their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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We've been having such fun here getting the Haitian women's items ready for their vendor table at The Creative Connection (next week!). Everything is sorted and tagged and ready to go. Here are a few sneak peeks... This will be their first 'show' and the ladies have worked very diligently making their items to sell. Many of you have played a part in this journey thus far...you may even recognize some of the supplies you donated! I'm anxious to report back to them how well they were supported by the women in the States, because I know they will be.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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I've never seen a lady so attached to a thing as Miraclid and her crocheting. She is nothing but a non-stop crochet machine. So adorable. This photo is one taken on a day when the women took me on an outing to a particularly pretty area of Haitian nature. And of course Miraclid brought her crocheting along. She just gets absorbed in it. When she saw the boxes of yarn you sent, she was ecstatic. And that's saying a lot for this very quiet, reserved sweet girl. I still have the mental picture of her walking down the dirt road... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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Not me this time, but my daughter. This is her third trip and as you can imagine Haiti holds a very special place in her heart. She will be a girl of many trades for the 3+ weeks she is there. Working with the Haiti by Hand women, teaching them some new crafts and skills. Helping out in a medical clinic. Hopefully visiting and working with some children in an orphanage. In Haiti there is something to do everywhere you turn. Also, please tune in to AC360 on Monday and Tuesday nights (July 12 and 13) on CNN. Anderson's going... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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Just like with my children, it's impossible to pick favorites with the women in Haiti. But some of them are just special to me for one reason or another. Matid (mah-teed) is one of those. Matid is a lady who sort of hangs in the background most of the time. At least when I'm around. She's quiet and comfortable in almost any setting. These ladies can get pretty fiesty sometimes, but not Matid. When the others are clamoring for my attention and wanting to try something new (like every 10 minutes), she just plugs away making her little 'hippie' bracelets.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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I love the sound of that, don't you? I am the lucky one who has boxes of items made by the Haitian women, sitting here ready to sell. I would love to be able to list each one of them in the HBH etsy shop. But for those of you who have etsy shops you know how long and involved that process is. And my days are already so crazy-busy. And it's just me here, not me and my staff :) That's why I'm so excited that Nancy and Jo at The Creative Connection are providing me with a booth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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They are oh-so-grateful, speechless really, by the crafting supplies and materials that you bestowed upon them. I remember when my children were itty-bitty, that look when they rounded the corner of the living room on Christmas morning. I saw some of those same looks when I was distributing the supplies you sent to the women of Haiti. During my trips to Haiti I have noticed one thing in particular. The women rarely if ever smile. And just look at this photo. Do you see what I see? Couldn't have done it without you, my dear friends. (ha ha, and little... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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Whew! Who knew it would take so long to review and edit over 700 photos? Some of my favorites are now on our Facebook page. In my next post, I will continue with some of the stories of the people. But for now you might want to check out the photos, especially if you donated a quilt, bunny or supplies. You'll get to see your contributions in action! May God bless each of you this weekend, Rebecca Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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It's funny how I thought we Americans were all that when it came to repurposing, creating something from what's lying around. Little did I know . . . We were at the building site for Lady Sonia's house (the lady in the last post) and my son saw a boy about his age playing with a 'toy'. My husband wanted a closer look and asked the boy to show him. Really, it's the coolest thing ever. The boy had made the truck himself. Every little bit of it from materials he had scrounged around and found on the ground. Old... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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Back home from Haiti. Just barely. With my mind spinning and my bones weary. So much to share with you, but for now . . . . . . I will let this suffice. Thank you, each of you. Your giving has been a blessing to these women in so many ways. Give me a day or two and I will post more photos and updates. love, Rebecca Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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Aren't they beautiful? These quilts handmade by you. To wrap around the shoulders of the dear Haitians who are still scared and broken from the quakes. (also beautiful is the golden sun now shining here in Nashville) I will be taking these quilts with me this week when I travel back to Haiti. These quilts, and much love from you. We will be distributing them and the many crafting supplies to the women. Getting our plan together and where we head next with this new venture. Figuring out how to best meet their needs according to them. That's how it... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing." { edmund burke } Thank goodness for good people. And speaking of . . . . . . stop by Amy's blog for pics from her recent trip to Haiti. Her team passed out wheelchairs and hugs to amputee victims. I'm looking forward to hearing more about her team's experiences. (oh and she has a really pretty blog and shop...you should go see.) Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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As St. Francis said "it is in giving that we receive". And dear Sue at My Arts Desire is hosting a very generous giveaway that you'll want to check out. If you visit her beautiful blog and leave a comment, you could be one of three winners. The prize? A $50 gift certificate for the Haiti by Hand etsy shop. What with Mother's Day coming up and all (hint hint!). Sue, thanks so much for this fantastic and meaningful idea. Click here to go directly to Sue's blog. Grace to you. And peace. Rebecca Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
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Our etsy shop will have some lovely new additions today, ones you will not want to miss. Amy of Inspire Co, Linda (fancyLinda) and Lynn recently participated in a petite nesting box swap over at Heather's blog, the Speckled Egg. And each of these sweet ladies have contributed one of their boxes to help the ladies in Haiti. Each little box is full of the most amazing little tidbits and creative findings. The tiniest of treasures helping in the biggest of ways. I love this. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Haiti By Hand
Haiti By Hand is now following Tammy Gilley
Apr 15, 2010