I've been in a funk lately. I feel frustrated and stuck and helpless. I've had the remains of a migraine for three straight days. Add to that some sensitive lady issues that are stressing me out that I'll probably have to see the doctor about, and I'm just a bundle of nerves.
And then there's the news. Honestly, I know what's going on in Haiti, but I've stopped watching. That probably sounds callous but I just can't do it anymore. Watching all those people suffering and me not being able to help them only makes me feel more frustrated and helpless. I just want to do something.
I know a lot of folks are donating money to various charities. Which is awesome, but right now all of my money goes to my own personal charity, the "Get out of Florida" fund. So then I thought of making something and donating it to the Craft Hope Etsy shop, since so many of my blogging people are doing this and it seems to be going rather successfully. But I'm not confident enough with my talents and abilities and I know I'd be tempted to go shopping in the name of "needing supplies." Then I thought of just buying something from the shop, but again, I don't want to spend any money and really I'm trying to empty my house at the moment so bringing new things in seems counterproductive. I was at a loss for a way to help.
Then I came across this charity, Little Dresses for Africa, which "provides relief to the children of Africa." (It's a Christian based organization....so, well, there's that. I'm hoping that "relief" isn't another word for "Bibles.") But anyway, one of the things they do is gather up homemade dresses and pass them out to needy gals in Africa. I can do this. I know it's not Haiti. I'm not so stupid and privileged and white that I believe for one second that this is the same as providing life saving water for someone. But it's something I can do. Right now. With supplies I have on hand. So that's what I've been doing for the last few days, making dresses. And while I've been doing it, my thoughts haven't been on my problems and I haven't felt as helpless. And further more, it's given me a wonderful feeling and I like it.
Suck it, Joey Tribbiani.
(If you want to make little dresses for needy girls, here again is the link to the charity, and here are the instructions for making the dresses and sizing and mailing info. I've made pillowcase dresses before, but I still found their instructions a bit vague. If you need more detailed directions, head over to this tutorial at Freshly Picked. It's flawless.)