Sew happy is what we do at the shop and we want to spread it everywhere… like when you blow glitter, everything around sparkles!
Sew happy is a project that we started at the shop to sew 60 dresses between October 8th and December 17th with the purpose of taking them to an orphanage in Nicaragua for Christmas 2016.
I told my students: I have the machines, I have the fabrics, I have the patterns, but I only have 2 hands!
I am grateful to all heartfelt families who loved the idea and I can’t be happier to connect my two worlds: Vienna and Managua. Talented sewists volunteered to make dresses in Vienna and wonderful girls who have little resources received them in Managua. Isn’t this a fantastic connection?
On December 24th, my husband, Eddy, and my kids, Fatima, Juan Marcelo, Juan Ignacio (I know, 2 Juans!) and me went to deliver the 72 (because we made more!) dresses along with so many essential food that, Juan Marcelo and his Confirmation group, were able to purchase with the proceeds of a bake sale they had in our church, Our Lady of Good Counsel . Also, the girls received hair ties made by Fatima and her friend Maggie and all the awesome kids from OLGC’s youth group. Thanks OLGC!
As if this was not enough, my wonderful sister-in-law Ana Gabriela got inspired by “Sew Happy” and with FAMA, the organizations that she runs in Managua, started a project called “Today is for you, tomorrow is for me” and ladies (seamstresses) donated their time to make 150 more dresses that we also delivered on this trip.
What can I say about this experience? That I am so grateful, because the girls’ smiles were truly the best gift to receive on Christmas eve.
Please enjoy some pictures and then…Sew happy, cook happy, drive happy, work happy, live happy and share it!