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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: My Little Dresses for Africa on: June 16, 2013 02:45:31 PM
Hey guys! It has been a while. I just wanted to let y'all know that the dresses were delivered and they went to help many precious little girls. I was hoping to have pictures, but they were delivered after my Dad had returned home from Africa. Holding on the hope that maybe someone who was on his work team may have some somewhere. Who would have known the shipping would take so long? Haha. Anyways, I want to thank everyone who contributed and sent me dresses to add to the shipment. I know just a simple dress meant so much to those children.. God bless!
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: My Little Dresses for Africa on: September 06, 2010 06:29:50 PM
Wow. I'm so proud  that you've done so much already. I would absolutely love to start making dresses to send them to you to send to your father. Is there a time where it would be too late to send you dresses/pants/shirts for any reason? Like maybe your father is coming home at a certain date or anything?

I would absolutely love to participate in this! I'm going to hunt around my house for old pillow cases and sheets (as I currently don't have enough for fabric without begging from my dad) right now! I can't wait to get started. I'll pm you for your address when i'm finished, it might be a few weeks though as i'm a beginner and with school and such getting in the way, we'll see. haha I'm so excited

As far as I know, there is no 'deadline.' My dad is there for 10-11 weeks at a time, then is home to visit us for 3 weeks. According to my dad, it takes about 33 days for the packages to actually make it all the way to Liberia, Africa. I believe my dad will be coming home around the end of November. It'd be nice to have some dresses while he is here so he can get them all boxed up and such and get them sent out quicker than I would since he knows exactly where to send them, ahah.

& about the sheets and pillow cases- those work wonderfully! The majority of mine were made from pillow cases. Heck, I made some out of kids curtains and bed dust ruffles.  Cheesy

Thanks & God bless
~Miranda
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: My Little Dresses for Africa on: September 06, 2010 06:25:48 AM
Thank you so much Smiley
God has truely blessed me, & I'm just trying to share a little bit.
I know teens here gripe and complain if their parents buy them the wrong color of a shirt they wanted, or it isn't the right brand.. but these kids literally have nothing. I'm just like geezz! People get over it, be happy that you actually got something! I'm guilty of it too, so I'm trying to change it!
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: My Little Dresses for Africa on: September 04, 2010 06:03:49 PM
Thanks so much everyone  Smiley
I've just got such a soft spot in my heart for children, especially those who are needy or without parents. I've got 3 brothers, 2 of those being adopted, and our family is in the process of trying to adopt 2 more.. so my family definitely tries to reach out to help children. We're so fortunate compared to so many- I'm truely blessed.

I'm really interested in seeing if anybody else starts to make some of these fun little dresses. If anybody wants to send me dresses to send by my dad to the Liberian orphange, I'm located in South Carolina and will happily accept dresses.


just some more pics..










leighi123, I will happily accept them and you can be assured that they will be going to an african orphange, and I can very likely provide you with pictures of your dresses with the children.  Smiley just shoot me a pm & I'll give you my mailing info. Thank you sooo much!
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: My Little Dresses for Africa on: September 04, 2010 07:12:59 AM
How utterly awesome!! How much fabric does each dress take? Is there a way my daughter and I can contribute to this with you?

It totally all depends on the size, but I'd say about a yard or so. The majority of these were made from pillowcases! I even made some out of colorful curtains and a teddy bear bed dust ruffle.. trying to be creative there, haha! A friend of mine donated some plain pillowcases to me & I tyedyed them all so they'd be nice and bright. I spoke a while back with an African missionary and she told me that tyedye was loved over there.

Just browsed google real quick and here are some tutorials.. there are many ways you can make them & different ways to do the arms (ribbon, bias tape tyes, etc.)
http://www.aroomsomewhere.net/2007/07/pillowcase-dress-tutorial.html
http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/?page_id=477
http://freshlypicked.blogspot.com/2008/03/pillow-case-dress-tutorial.html

www.littledressesforafrica.org is the website for where I got my idea. You can learn how to participate there..
orrr..
You could make some and send them to me so I can send them to my dad in Africa and he can distribute them himself at the orphange in Liberia. The main reason I am sending them for my dad to take is so that I will be able to see pictures of my actual dresses on the little girls AND I know exactly where they will be going. By sending them through that organization I'll have no clue what girl gets my dress. My dad said there is atleast 30 girls last time he went, and they range from little babies all the way to girls my age (15). I'll be sure to post pictures of the little girls with the dresses my dad gives them.  Smiley (if others sent me dresses & whenever my dad sends back pics, wouldn't it be fun to pick out your own dresses among the group?) And I really wouldn't worry about making too many.. he said if all the girls at the orphange got enough dresses, he could surely hand them out to other children living near where he stays. According to all the research I've done, it is very common for the children to only have one single outfit. (another idea- shorts for boys?)

I've been getting picked on at school lately from all this. "Oh, Miranda, Miranda.. she helps the homeless animals at the animal shelter.. she sends clothing to orphans in foreign countries.. I bet she feeds the homeless too!!" But I won't let it bother me.. I'm making a difference.  Smiley
6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / My Little Dresses for Africa on: September 03, 2010 07:12:02 PM
I came across the topics discussing the little dresses for Africa, and having a dad who is working in Africa right now and frequently visits the Liberian orphange.. I thought I'd join on in. Instead of sending the dresses through the actual organization, I have sent them to my father where he will take them themselves. Each of the girls will also be given their own bible with their new dress. I sent 30 this go-round, but I've got plenty more.







enjoy  Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sarcastic Love on: September 03, 2010 07:07:05 PM
haha, this is great  Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made some new pillows for a little girl's bedroom... on: September 03, 2010 07:05:19 PM
These are just too cute! I wish I had the patience and attention span to do things like this.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My miniature food... =) (lots) on: September 03, 2010 07:01:09 PM
I've got a friend who collects 'mini' things, she'd love these!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Firefly themed love letter box on: September 03, 2010 06:59:42 PM
This is wonderful! I never would have thought it was a box. Very well done. (:
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