Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thank you, Darlene!

Darlene from Wisconsin is a new donor to Marine Corps Kids, and has sent us these beautiful knit hats and these adorable reversible blankets.

The blankets both have one side of cotton and one side of flannel, so they are soft and warm. I'm sure that the babies and their moms will be delighted.

The knit hats are sized for newborns and are precious!

Than you so much Darlene for sharing your talent with our military families!

Thank you, Karen!

These darling embellished fleece blankets were made and donated by Karen from Wisconsin.

Over the years Karen has donated many blankets and tote bags for the babies and their moms.

Thank you, Karen, for your beautiful work and for your continued support of Marine Corps Kids!

Thank you, Ruth!

These photos show just a sampling of the beautiful knit items made and donated by Ruth from Seattle.

Ruth sent Marine Corps Kids 53 baby and childrens' hats, 1 scarf, and 5 hat/scarf sets for girls.

Everything is just beautiful! Ruth has an eye for color and texture and did an amazing job mixing yarns for some really unique and lovely combinations!

Thank you so much Ruth!!! Our Marine Corps Kids moms, babies and kids are going to love the things that you've made!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Marine Corps Kids is getting ready for a set of triplets, so I made these three swaddlers to send to the new mom. I don't know if the babies will be boys or girls, but I hope these are basic enough to be usable.

I'll be packing these up with gifts from other donors for the new babies.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

and more from Ruth!

Thank you so much, Ruth!

These blankets are wonderful and the babies and new moms are going to love them!

More blankets from Ruth!

Thank you, Ruth

Ruth from Oregon sent a large box filled with blankets and quilts for the kids! They're wonderful, and it's going to take more than one blog entry to post all the photos.

Here are a few....

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thank you notes

This week I received three thank you notes from new moms who received gifts from Marine Corps Kids. Here's what they said:

The Horn Family wrote:
"Thank you very much for the beautiful gifts. We cannot wait for our precious angel to use all of the wonderful gifts. We sincerely appreciate everything."
Tarin wrote:
"Thank you so much for the beautiful handmade blanket, hats and bottle cozy! It was such a nice surprise and so kind to be given these gifts that show so much love and care! It is wonderful to feel like we have a family with the Marine Corps too! Thanks again!"
Christine wrote:
"Thank you so much for the quilt. It's so pretty. My daughter Bethany loves to play on and drool all over it. She has started to fall asleep on it at nap time. Thank you so much for taking the time to work on it. I've always wanted to do something like that, but I don't have the time and can barely sew on buttons to my uniform."

The gifts that you all send are so appreciated by our Military Families. Thank you all so much for making Marine Corps Kids what it is!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Here's Looking at You, Judy!

Judy T. is one of our most prolific donors. Over the years she has sent it beautiful crochet hats, sweaters and toys as well as plastic canvas and foam art pieces. Thank you, Judy, for all you do for Marine Corps Kids!

What brought you to Marine Corps Kids? My best friend's grandson had just joined the Marines and when I saw MCK on a list of charities I knew it was meant to be.

You make and donate so many beautiful things using so many crafting techniques. What crafts do you enjoy and how did you get started with them? I have been doing crafts for years. My mother taught me to knit and crochet, which was difficult as I am left handed. But I picked it up with a twist to my stitches and a new look. I did needlepoint and then fell in love with counted cross stitch. That became my passion for years. When I lost the nimbleness and dexterity in my fingers I gave it up. I also like working with plastic canvas. When arthritis forced me to retire

I started to crochet again and now that has become my passion. Along with MCK I make baby blankets for the local hospital and lapghans for veterans in local VA hospitals. I also crochet for friends.

When you aren't crafting, how do you enjoy to spend your free time? I do ceramics with friends one day a week. I love puzzles (crossword especially) on the computer. I write poetry and belong to an online group where I can post them. I have just been adopted by a rescue cat and we are getting to know each other. It is my first experience with a cat and I am loving it. Spending time with friends is also a plus.

How big is your yarn stash? Are you a SABLE* crafter? (*Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy) I have a friend who is a SABLE and she supplies me with all the yarn I need. I have a fair stash but don't think I would qualify as a SABLE. I have been lucky in the fact that most of my yarn these past years has all be donated. I could not have crocheted as much if I had to purchase all the yarn myself.

If you had $100 for a shopping spree at your favorite craft store, what would be in your shopping basket? YARN YARN YARN YARN

Safety First! Have you ever suffered a crafting-related injury or mishap? Not really

No waffling on this one: Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla (it is also my favortie scent for body spray)

Finish the sentence:In the kitchen I make a great: Crock-pot Tex-Mex chicken. (and a bowl of cereal)

Have you or any of your family served in the armed forces? My father was in the army( WWII. )I was 10 months old when he got home and saw me for the first time. I also had a cousin who was a Marine.

A Thank you Note from the Gordon Family

Dear Marine Corps Kids,

Thank you so much for the beautiful handmade bonnet and booties, as well as the blanket. My baby, Shelby is a snuggler so she will love it. She came to us very quickly and didn't get homemade items, so they will be cherished by her in years to come.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness.