Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Haiti

We've been watching Haiti, wanting to do something. 

And I've been looking for a way to help that involves my kids.

At the same time, the twins have been begging to learn how to sew.
We got a sewing book for Christmas. 
Every night for weeks the girls and I pored over Hilary Lang's Wee Wonderfuls, Dolls to Sew and Love
We discussed our favorites, which dolls we would make first, 
what kind of dresses we would make for them. 

Then I stumbled upon the Dolly Donations blog. 
They're taking dolls to orphans in Haiti.
What better start to our adventure with the Wee Wonderfuls book? 


The Dolly Donations drive asks that the dolls have a love note or prayer tucked inside the body. 
 
Pip and Winnie got to help hand sew the faces.



The skin, hair and dresses are made from repurposed fabrics.



Can you tell they love these dolls?

Okay, we may have gone overboard a little bit. Surely each doll need not have three dresses.
But we love those orphans so much, and want them to have a teeny piece
of the joy and variety our girls have every day.





I made a little bag to hold the extra dresses, 
which doubles as a cape. 

The best and hardest part will be saying goodbye.


Love to Haiti!


Book Business:

I just found out that my brother 
Jesse Joshua Watson, author of Hope for Haiti
will be in Haiti again next month. 
He will visit kids in schools and orphanages, 
and help distribute books, supplies and soccer equipment. 
He talks about ways to be involved here.

9 comments:

MollyMom103 said...

I used to make fabric dolls. My grandmother made rag dolls and then I made them. I will think about making a dolly.

Faith Pray said...

I can only imagine the awesome creations that your family enjoyed! I would love to see pictures of your dolls and your grandmother's dolls. My mom made me a doll when I was eleven. It is one of my treasures.

Faith E. Hough said...

Those dollies are beautiful! I'm so glad you found a way to help Haiti...their difficulties are very important to me, at the risk of sounding melodramatic.
That's great that your children are learning now the importance of helping others! A friend of mine just visited Haiti with his 14-year-old, and both say that it totally changed the way they look at their own lives.

Faith Pray said...

Faith, thank you for visiting my blog! Having any opportunity to touch the real world beyond our daily dirt is so important. I would love to get more actively involved in humanitarian aid around the world, but as life very closely resembles a nursery school at present, I'm thrilled to find something I can do from home that involves the kids.

Lynn said...

What a beautiful and creative way to give hope and smiles to children in Haiti.

Meg said...

such cute little dolls...your girls and your sewing efforts! this is a beautiful project..Well done girls!

Kjersten said...

What an awesome project to do with your girls. Looks super fun, plus nice for the kids in Haiti. Those dolls definitely look like they'd make for good buddies.

So fun!

worddreams said...

A wonderful idea, Faith. So caring runs in the family--you and your brother. My daughter was in Haiti with the Navy delivering water and health services to those in need. There is so much need there.

Faith Pray said...

Lynn, thanks for the nice words. I've been told we'll get to see pictures of the orphans with their dolls. That will be awesome.

Meg, thank you for joining the ranks! I'm so glad to have you here!

Kjersten, we kind of miss the dolls already. I guess I'll have to make some buddies for the girls to keep.

Jacqui, your daughter is one of my heroes, then. I would love to be more hands-on with world needs. I'm so glad there are courageous people who can help with relief efforts.

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