Love All Around- The Block

Last week my sweet friend, Lee Monroe- aka May Chappell, sent me a note asking if I could do a little something for her. I would have likely said of course no matter what she asked, but I was especially grateful to be asked to be a part of making her Love All Around block.

One thing I’ve learned from my faith is to make the most of all that is good, and to minimize the power of all that is negative. And let’s face it, there is a lot of negative out there. 

Don’t misunderstand me. In no way am I implying that sticking one’s head in the sand is the way to go.  Pretending all is well when it isn’t simply allows the thing to stick around, or worse, become more powerful. It takes purposeful action to make a difference. Everything we say and do begs the question, “Is this making the situation better, or worse?”

I have to be honest. I am excessively sensitive. I get overwhelmed by all of the negativity that hits me in the face everyday. It makes my chest feel heavy, and I have to take a minute to remind myself of all that is truly good and beautiful in the world. 

But that’s the thing that’s so amazing. It turns out that there are way more beautiful and wonderful and happy and positive and loving things and people in the world than there are hateful, sad and negative. Really.  There are. And the great part is that the more you fill the world with genuine kindness and love, the less room there is for the other stuff. 

I know that sometimes we hurt. Deeply. And sometimes we are afraid. Often with good cause. Both hurt and fear are powerful reactions, and both can lead to anger and hate. 

We can’t help being hurt. We can’t help being afraid. That’s just part of being human.  But we can stop from being angry, and especially from hating. 

There’s a moment when we decide. When we choose between peace and anger, between love and hate. That moment is where the power lies. That moment is when we begin to change the world.  For good or for bad. 

So, maybe take a minute or two to slow down.  Maybe make this block, and allow yourself to think of ways you can be the one. And maybe you can also be reminded of what you already know.   

Giving away the shirt off my back-

Well, not really, but it sounded like a good title!  Actually, I am swapping shirts, and trust me, they’ve never been on my back.  Okay, so it’s totally false advertising, but at least I’m not selling anything.

I first heard of the All Shirts Swap from a couple of friends on Facebook.  One of them posted a picture of the pattern, and I was immediately in love.

Click on pic for link to purchase pattern from Carolyn Friedlander

Click on pic for link to purchase pattern from Carolyn Friedlander

Then, just a few weeks after I saw the post, I met Lee of May Chappell at The Stash Bash, who just so happens to be the hostess for the All Shirts Swap 2.0.  Then it was all over- I was all in.

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Pic borrowed from May Chappell website- click pic for link to more information about All Shirts Swap 2.0

These little shirts are bound to make a fantastic mini, so I have completed 9 shirts and they are headed to the post office today!  I can’t wait to see the 9 little shirts that will come back to me!  Hats off to Carolyn Friedlander for such a cute paper piece pattern, and now I am SO tempted to do another one of her patterns…

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“Local” by Carolyn Friedlander- click on pic to order your copy!

Wanna see my shirts?  Here they are-

2014-06-06 07.40.322014-06-05 20.41.30 2014-06-05 20.41.58Awesome sauce.  I love me a good swap.