Monday, April 13, 2009
Making Life Beautiful...
One of the goals of Handmade for Life is to draw attention to the beauty and value of the created world. Our focus is the miracle of the unborn child...Defending the right of that beautiful Life to exist and to grow without violence. But that focus cannot help but branch out and extend to every aspect of life that is affected by attitudes and actions that can highlight the blessing of life.
When I need a little inspiration, I love to browse our HFL member sites and see what these good people have been working on. One of my long time favorites belongs to a glass artist on Etsy who has lent so much support and joy to this effort. She makes gorgeous handmade lampwork beads and jewelry and is always exploring new ways to communicate her passions through her art. Carol is a true gift to this community and I count it an honor to call her friend.
Carol first became involved in Handmade for Life when it was a seedling. I was expressing my desire to put together a collection of handmade items to raffle off in my community to raise money for my local CPC... Not only did she respond expressing her desire to contribute but she set to work immediately to come up with something very special for the occasion....
And Baby Carrie was born! A 100% handcrafted doll combining lampwork, crochet, and sewing arts. The photos here are not of Carrie but of the second doll (Sweet Angela) born of Carol's hands. I am still touched and inspired by the amount of time and effort that went into the donated doll...Made so lovingly even while knowing that it would be given away.
This photo shows the handmade "B-A-B-Y" beads that are attached to the custom crocheted bag made just for the doll.
Here is "Angela" nestled in her pretty crochet bag...Waiting for her new home!
Thanks so much, Carol! I am so grateful that babies and mamas will be blessed by the work of your hands!