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‘Tis the Season to be Giving

Quilters are notorious givers. In this season of giving, I’d like to share with you two of my favorite organizations which provide ways for you to give to others (aside from quilts) while you celebrate this Christmas.

First, the h.o.w? Helping Orphans and Widows ministry. There is a small group of 30 women in rural Kinangop, Kenya, who are the focus of the h.o.w? ministry. They help empower these widowed women to care and provide for their families’ needs.  While there are numerous ways you can support these women, my favorite is through purchasing the hand-made jewelry, stockings, ornaments, scarves and other items available through their website or at the beautiful boutique located in Cape Girardeau County. I have this bracelet in aqua colors and it was amazing how many quilters at the Paducah quilt show stopped me to find out how to get it! (A perfect gift for your quilter friend.)Image of Bracelet Read more in my post, Presents of Beauty and Purpose.  This stocking was made from the wool of their raised sheep. It hangs on our mantel as a remind to pray for these widows and their families. Image of Knitted StockingImage of Handmade JewelryYou can follow the ministry on their Facebook page. H.o.w? Ministry.


Second is Samaritan’s Purse. You can choose from many wonderful and specific ways to help your fellow mankind through this organization. From purchasing chickens, goats, sheep, or other livestock for a family to raise to support their family, to feeding a hungry baby for a week, to drilling a well for a village or funding clef lip surgery for a child, you can choose what you want to do and you can fund the whole project or just a portion of it.

Image of Man with Sheep

Samaritan’s Purse

I first learned of Samaritan’s Purse through Operation Christmas Child, a ministry our church supports, where we fill shoe boxes with little toys, socks, personal hygiene products, and art supplies to be delivered around the world to needy children. There are over 40 ways to give to others through this ministry and you can support them in honor of or in memory of loved ones. I’m happy to know that we purchased a goat for a family in honor of family as part of their Christmas gift this year. Click here to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse.

Image of Girl with Goat

Samaritan’s Purse

How do you give to others during the Christmas season? Please share you favorite organizations or ways to help others in need in the comments below.

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Presents of Beauty and Purpose

Buying purposeful presents helps widows support their families.

It’s amazing how suddenly you can feel “behind the clock” when it comes to the Christmas season. Just when you think you’re making progress, three names and two parties are added to your list!

This past weekend I thought I’d knock out some names on my list of presents to buy when I happened into a beautiful ministry filled with lovely and meaningful gifts, which mean more than crossing a name off my list. Presents with Purpose

h.o.w? Ministry – Helping Orphans and Widows – has an incredibly beautiful studio for selling gorgeous, hand-crafted jewelry, knits, ornaments and more, made by women like Rose.

Meet Rose Waithera

Meet Rose Waithera

Meet Rose Waithera. Rose does beading work which allows her to provide food, books, uniforms and tuition fees for her children. She also works other peoples’ land and cooks and sells food to masons working in her village. She makes home detergents that she sells in her community and to churches and schools. When she was hospitalized for two weeks, h.o.w? jewelry was able to pay her bill so she could get treatment. Her prayer request is for health and strength.

empowering women – saving children- fighting poverty

Founder and president of h.o.w?Ministry  , Michelle Outman, is committed to empowering widows in Africa, one by one, to become independent with sustainable and predictable income. h.o.w? Ministry fights poverty among women and children, where poverty strikes hardest. h.o.w?  Ministry helps orphansPresents of Beauty and Purpose by partnering with Christ-centered homes in Kenya. You can learn more at their website .  

Presents with Purpose

Recycled glass, bone, and paper are some of the materials these women use in h.o.w? jewelry.

I suggest watching their short video which explains how by purchasing your gifts (which you need to buy anyway) through this ministry, you can help others.

I must add that this jewelry feels and looks absolutely beautiful. It is truly a beautiful gift with a beautiful meaning.

For me, learning about and praying for these women in Africa is giving me a new perspective on my preparations for Christmas this year and the gifts I buy.Presents of Beauty and Purpose I like knowing I can help someone, simply by choosing a beautiful piece she has made.

If you are fortunate enough to live near enough to visit with Michelle at h.o.w? Ministry, she can tell you about each piece, what it is made of, and often, the process the widow uses to make the item.

I purchased a knitted stocking to hang from our mantel to remind me to pray for these women and children throughout this Advent and Christmas season. The women shear and spin their own yarn to make their knitted crafts and Michelle told me about how an old bicycle wheel was fitted to a treadle to work as a spinning wheel. The stories are precious.

Now I always have some connection in my blogs to quilting and this is what I’ve got so far: I’m going to pray about how a quilted piece can help a widow or orphan or help raise funds for their benefit.  Stay tuned for the quilt to follow!

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How to Put a Little Punch in Your Summer

Here’s a beachy punch needle design:

Creative Bee Studios

A Bit of Summer

Punch, in this case, is not a drink generally served at wedding and baby showers. I’m talking about sweet little punch needle-ette (new word)–tiny punch needle you can wear.

Small projects like this can be punched in one warm summer’s evening. Sit on the deck, the front porch swing, or in the coolest seat in your home and punch yourself a sweet little treat.

I wear my punched design as a necklace but you can also make key fobs or rings–even earrings. I have found various hardware at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s in the jewelry-making sections. There are even greater hardware options online.


Re-purposing Hardware for Punch Needle

The most important tip I have is to measure the inside diameter of your holder carefully and be sure your weaver’s cloth is secure and taut before you draw the outer perimeter onto your cloth.


The stretched diameter was larger than the pattern. Always hoop first, then draw on your design.


See this little bee? I drew the outer circle the correct size to fit its holder, but when I tightened my cloth in my hoop, the circle grew. I didn’t realize my mistake until I had completed the punch and realized it was too large for my holder. This little bee is now waiting for a new hive to come along.


For general instructions and a punch needle supply list, see my Punch Needle page.

Happy summer punching!


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