Last week I did a lot of crocheting to put items in my zibbet shop to sell for charity. It felt really nice, did my soul a lot of good. But there was something else that I did that made me feel even better than that. This:
There is a story behind this hat. I have a friend. I've never technically met her, but she's just as much my friend as any one else. She lives in Canada. There are two things about her that make her a front-runner in the "people who inspire me the most" category. First of all, she has lost over 100 pounds. She's reached her goal weight and looks fantastic. I made her a corset top last year so she could show it off. =) Secondly, she has three children with Austism. I cannot imagine the struggles she faces, but she faces them head on with the best attitude you can imagine. She just rocks.
When I was showing off my Heart Association donation items, she mentioned that she wanted a mohawk hat for her son. She found one for her daughter, but they didn't have any boyish hats. So I decided to make one. I asked her kind of what she was looking for, but I didn't tell her I was doing it, because I wanted to surprise her a little bit (and I wanted to make sure I didn't just make a hot mess of a hat LOL) I was just giddy when I saw the finished hat, knowing that it would make someone very special happy. I showed it to her and she loved it. I would have just mailed it to her as a surprise, but I'm pretty sure she would just mail me a check after the fact (she was very adamant when I made her corset top that I charge her what I would charge any other person), plus I'm just going to add it to my Heart Walk money.
And about a week ago, I did surprise someone with something I made...
This is a shirt for my sister-in-law. She had mentioned needing this exact shirt, and without saying a word, I made it and shipped it off to her. I thought I was going to lose my mind waiting on her to get it. =) She was so excited and it just made me feel so good.
So that's one of my little changes this year... trying to brighten up someone's day with something I made for them. I have a few ideas planned and I committed to the "Pay It Forward" challenge on facebook earlier in the year and need to get those taken care of, too. It's so much fun to make someone smile.