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an act of giving….

an act of giving….

It’s no secret that I tend to get STRESSED OUT this time of year. In years past, I allow myself to get sucked into the marketing machine, and somehow start feeling like I need to decorate more, make more, do more, give more presents, bake more, more, more, more, more! This year I am determined NOT to let that suck the peace, and joy and spirit from this beautiful time of year… I was asking my team members how they get themselves in the ‘spirit’… and we got to talking about what a WONDERFUL time it is to do some ‘random acts of kindness’. Today my sweet team member Kim Jeffress shares her RAK and some amazing giving from her creative talents!

Many of you may remember the devastating floods that hit Brisbane Australia almost 2 years ago . Thankfully my family and I were not affected but our hearts went out to the hundreds of families who lost family members, who lost their homes and belongings who lost their sense of self. After the initial clean up was complete I knew in my heart that I still had to help out somehow. I found an online group (made up of volunteers) who were supporting the recovery effort, we organised donations of household goods ,raised money to help needy families, organized a family fun day and Easter egg deliveries ….we even helped organise a wedding! As well as  this I made many photo framed layouts and mini books to give to families who had lost everything including their precious photos in the hope that other family members or friends could provide them with a photo to add onto the project.

Making gift baskets for an Easter surprise delivery for flood affected families.

Just some of the toys donated for the family fun day.

As I said that was two years ago, Some members of the group have moved on to continue their incredible work helping needy families in Brisbane with a group  now known as Making a Difference -Brisbane , they run through a facebook group and their aim is to provide basic help for those in need. I have been helping out for a little while. With the Season of giving approaching I wanted to do something more for one particular family in crisis, something other than providing the basics, something that would hopefully make this family smile and feel loved… a RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS!

I decided to create some mixed media She Art canvases for the family.

I began with two canvases, and created a background with a  combination of acrylic paint and torn pieces of No Limits Schematic pattern paper.

I then used stamps from my stash to create a layered grungy background. I also included old mismatched rubons and doodling with a black ball point pen.

For the SHE canvas I cut some Sugar Chic Beautiful pattern paper to form the dress, then added in some Vintage Chic Worldwide pattern paper to create the stockings. I used modge podge to adhere the paper to the canvas and added another layer of modge podge over the top to ensure it was stuck permanently. I typed out the inspirational title on my computer, cut it into strips and glued it to my canvas with modge podge.

I misted some seam binding in Tropicana Teal Color Shine and once it was dry used it to create my bow. Finally I added some butterflies from the Black and White Buzz Words set.

For my HOME canvas I used some Vintage Chic Textbook pattern paper as well as scraps of Heidi Swapp pattern papers that suited the colors of my canvas. I made my sun out of vintage book paper and added yellow acrylic paint over the top. The flowers were created using strips of Worldwide pattern paper and found rubons in circle shapes. Once the modge podge was dry, using my black felt tip pen I added definition around the edges of all the figures and items on my canvases. I added some Buzz words and a Sequins Disco Heart  (that matched perfectly with the title of the canvas).

I made a sweet card  to add to my gift as well. I began with a layer of Sugar Chic Beautiful pattern paper, using the back and front  of the paper for a coordinated effect. I then layered two Flower Trimmings and attached then with a decorative brad. To finish I added a word from the Vintage Chic Buzz Word set.

The act of giving is such an uplifting experience, knowing you can make a small difference in someone else’s life gives you a sense of joy and contentment, for me it has allowed me to appreciate how lucky I am , to give thanks for my amazing family and friends and all that I have….I know my small gift has bought a little sunshine to a family and that is the greatest gift of all.

I hope today will INSPIRE YOU to find a way to give some kindness, and spread the JOY! Use YOUR talents, and find a place to GIVE in your own area!  I love how getting my children involved in this process is setting the tone for the whole holiday season! Thanks KIM… and what an amazing GIFT!

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