Thursday, January 5, 2012

Letter from South Africa!

Hello dear friends!  It's a new year and one of my goals is to be more consistent with my posts (I think I may have said that last year!) 

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year's celebration!  I have been learning to use Copic markers with my card making, but also spending time every day crocheting.  I wanted to share a letter with you that I received from a woman in South Africa who works for the KAS (Knit-a-Square).  This is one of the charities that I send crocheted items to.  I felt so honored and so blessed to receive this, I had to share ;o)  I hope it touches you as well and possibly inspires you to give back in some way!

"Dear Mary Anne
Thank you so much for your wonderful contribution of “pillow pets”, hats, vest and needles towards our project to provide blankets and warm clothing to the orphaned and vulnerable children of South Africa. Please accept my apologies for the long delay in my being able to acknowledge your contribution and lovely letter which were received some time ago now ! You sound a most courageous and generous person and we are touched that Knit-a-Square has received such an warm response from you and from so many other similarly “giving” people in more than 40 countries worldwide !!
Whenever we distribute these items to the children, we make a point of encouraging them to know that they are unique and special, beloved of God and created to fulfil a special purpose here on earth, and that in those terms each one of them is vital to the future of this country. We are keen to emphasise this message always because so many of them live in sad or difficult circumstances and all of them live with poverty.
It is people like yourselves who so generously sustain our efforts in this direction – truly, we could not do it without you.
We have several large projects to fulfil this coming winter and very much look forward to your continued support. The “pillow pets” are delightful and although our main drive is for the 20cm x 20cm squares, we would like you to feel free to make for us whatever you enjoy creating most !!! And do, please, keep us in your prayers as we remember you and all our wonderful contributors in ours.
If you are not already subscribed to the free online Ezine please log onto and go to Square Circle … Sandy includes reports on all our distributions with photographs of the children, so you may even recognise your own squares wrapped around a child, at some point !
We thank you again – most sincerely
May God bless you always

Ronda … and all the volunteers in Johannesburg"

Today, I sent another package to South Africa and I have some children's hats to donate to a local charity.  I have been so blessed in so many ways, it is very heart warming to be able to give back a little!

As I mentioned, I have been making cards and here is one I just completed, using the Copic markers.  This was a fun little digital stamp that I purchased from Whimsy & Stars studio; love her images!(

Wishing you all love and blessings in 2012!!


  1. That must be such a wonderful thing to receive in response to your kindness, I find it so heart-warming reading your blog post.

  2. Thank you so Hazel! I actually tried to post a comment on your blog last summer and wasn't able to do it. Not sure what I was doing wrong, I'm a little tech challenged sometimes LOL! I will try again and thank you so much for your thoughtful comment!

  3. This is so Awesome & Beautiful giving unselfishly your time and talent serving such a worthy cause that is greatly appreciated by many...You are a TBFG...True Blessing From God...Love You Annita

  4. What fun it was to meet you this week! You have a wonderful heart for helping! I plan to take some time and check out your blog! I would love to become a follower of your blog, but there is no way to do so! Thank you for visiting my blog! I look forward to seeing your Copic hurry and update your blog! :0)

  5. Thank you so very much ladies, your comments warm my heart! I know I have a lot more I need to do on my blog LOL; but I think there is a way to subscribe, because I have another lady (Hazel) who is a follower. I think maybe if you scroll to the bottom there might be a link for doing that. But I will work on adding a button for it :o) Thank you to all of you again, your comments are so appreciated!

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