Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Headbands for a Cure!

We all know someone whose life has been affected by cancer.
Some of us have lost loved ones in the battle against cancer. 
Some of us are currently helping a loved one fight against cancer.
Maybe your mother or father has cancer. 
Your sister or your brother. 
Your best friend. 
Your child. 
Cancer does not discriminate; it affects us all in one way or another.

I recently found out a friend was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

The news hit me like a punch in the face.   Why? How? So many questions ran thru my head.  I know so many others have faced the same situation.

HankOrange wants to do something to help those fighting cancer. 

I am participating in my community ‘RelayFor Life’ event, put on by the American Cancer Society, at the beginning of April.   
Along with raising money through donations {donate to Relay for Life here},

I wanted to do more.  One small way I can give back is doing one thing I do best- Sew.

I am creating ‘Hank for a Cure’ HankOrange headbands.   The headbands will have a small ‘ribbon’ embroidered on the side.  50% of the proceeds will be donated.

I will be selling the ‘Hank for a Cure’ headbands at the ‘Relay for Life’ event.
You can also get your ‘Hank for a Cure’ headbands through my Etsy shop or through myself directly. 
If you’d like a headband {or several!}, please let me know! 

Wear a headband for those who have won their battle against cancer! 
Wear a headband to remember those who lost their battle and are no longer with us.
Wear a headband for those who are currently fighting the disease that impacts so many lives. 
Show your support.  Wear a ‘Hank for a Cure’ headband!

Together we can raise money to help fight against cancer.  
One headband at a time!

‘Hank for a Cure’  

 **More headband options coming soon!**

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

'Pillow- Maker'

{the beginnings of HankOrange}

My trusty sewing machine got her name not long after I purchased her over eight years ago.  {Realizing that I’ve had her for that long is somewhat crazy!} 

The first thing I made after getting my new machine was a pillow cover. 

Not just any pillow cover.   
I think I was so excited to sew something, and buy fabric for a purpose, that I turned making a simple pillow cover into a major project.  I cut stripes of various fabrics, and sewed them together in small pieces to create strips, then I sewed all the stripes together to create a ‘brick’ type look.  I added piping around the outside, I put a zipper in.  
It was a no-joke pillow cover. 

I was pleased with how it turned out.  It was sewn well; all the edges were straight, the zipper seams were smooth, the pillow fit nicely inside it.
But it was finished.
I needed a new project.  Why not another pillow?!   
So I made another.  
And another.

I ended up making at least 5 or 6 more.  Because what guest bed doesn’t need 5 or 6 throw pillows on it?  {did I mention it was a twin bed?} 
It was a bit much.
My husband asked me one day, in all seriousness, “Is the only thing you can make pillows?!”

Guess that was my hint.  Stop with the pillows!   Since then he has referred to my sewing machine as ‘the pillow maker.’   And the name stuck. 

Since that day, ‘pillow-maker’ has made countless items and helped me with numerous projects.  And, these day, not many pillows.

‘Pillow-maker’ helped me create HankOrange {along with my embroidery machine}.

My Grandmother once said, that as long as I could hide behind my sewing machine, I would be fine.   She was joking, but there is a lot of truth in the statement! 

We’ve shared many years together -- that basic little sewing machine and I.  
‘Pillow-maker’ has been with me through deployments and several moves.  We’ve shared good times and bad times. 

I’ve shared many late nights with her, and many early mornings.  I’m sure we will share many more! 

Thanks for the being there for me through the years lil’ 'Pillow-maker!'


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