Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Holiday Gift in Your Honor

Jeff and I were watching A Christmas Carol last night, and it really got me in the spirit of the season. I feel so fortunate this year and I've loved having all of you in my life. Luckily, I found the perfect way to give back: I've made a gift in honor of "the readers of GNBfBS" to Women for Women International, which provides business resources to women survivors of war. You can choose a symbolic gift, and of course I chose the sewing machine! (I especially love that the image provided is a vintage Singer Featherweight. A classic!)

According to Women for Women, "In Afghanistan, Kosovo and DR Congo, the path to economic self-sufficiency often begins with a small home tailoring business." It really struck me that a simple resource like a sewing machine could be a life-changing business asset. If you'd like to give a gift in honor of the seamstresses in your life, please visit the Women for Women website.

Happy Holidays, lovely readers. And, as always, happy sewing!

28 comments:

  1. What a great reminder, Gertie! And what better way for a seamstress to help those in need than offer something that is somewhat personal? :) Off to take a look...

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  2. What a beautiful idea! Not too sure if I can contribute being outside the States. But I am off to ave a look now!

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  3. Very nice!

    (an aside: that's not a Featherweight, it's a regular Singer, just with a hand crank instead of a foot pedal).

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  4. Thank you Gertie :)
    I've contributed with fabric to go with the sewing machine!

    with luv from Down Under

    Joyful Festivities All!

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  5. Nice gesture! and Hapy Holidays to you, too.

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  6. Even in the U.S., up until recent decades, women became self-sufficient with their sewing skills. It's unfortunate that in this country sewing is now little more than a hobby. If you need something tailored, you go to the dry cleaners.

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  7. Oh, this is a lovely gift! As a reader, I'm honored that you contributed in your readers honor!

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  8. how wonderful, Merry Christmas!

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  9. That just makes me happy. Thank you!

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  10. What a lovely gift! happy Holidays Gertie!

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  11. Fantastic idea. You may just have changed someone's life...
    Miss P
    xxx

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  12. Awesome! My boyfriend and I have been looking for a charity to give to this Christmas, so I'll have to check this one out.

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  13. An excellent choice and a great reminder that other's may do without at this time of year. Thank you.

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  14. Thanks for being a great example in just another thing Gertie. This is the best kind of meaningful Holiday post.

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  15. Lovely, Gertie!

    I just love your blog. It's my favorite daily check in.

    Happy Holidays to you and may your 2011 be filled with wonderful experiences and beautiful dresses!

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  16. That's wonderful--I'm going to look into the organization!

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  17. Very nice. For those who are interested, Heifer International has the same approach - donating livestock of various types (depending on the location) to families, for milk, eggs, wool, etc. Your donation can contribute as little as a chicken or as much as a pair of water buffalo. Happy Merry!

    Rena

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  18. I've been a reader for Of your blog for a while, but feel the need to comment on this post - What a lovely thing to do. I hope you inspire that giving spirit in others. I wish you well in the holiday season and beyond.

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  19. What an amazing gift. I sew and know a lot of other people who sew. I will have to keep this in mind.

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  20. Oh, thank you Gertie! That is so great and I am going to go check it out now.

    Merry Christmas to you!

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  21. What a lovely, sweet idea! Thank you!

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  22. This group does really good work; thanks for sharing their information :)

    Happy Christmas!

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  23. This is incredible! I just discovered your blog and am excited to see more. I am in NY too...UWS. I've been wanting to start sewing again now that I'm settled, I may have to stop in the Sewing Studio and meet you!

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  24. What a thoughtful and kind gift! Happy Holidays to you! :)

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  25. awesome Gertie; what a wonderful gift.

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