The Gift of Giving Inspiration

A BELL FOR GIVINGIt was my Birthday on Friday, and my kids and husband had some special plans, which could happen over the next few days.  So, I would get to be with each of them.

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A BELL FOR GIVINGI asked if I could drive up to be with my mother for my Birthday, and drive back on Saturday.  They all agreed it was a good thing to do.  I love the drive there.

Driving along, listening to Christmas music I was thinking about what I might design for this week's fabric theme on Spoonflower.

    Stowe Vermont one

A BELL FOR GIVINGGoing up to Vermont to see my mom, I stopped on the way at a shop to buy her some ribbon candy.


A BELL FOR GIVINGAs I walked towards the shop, I heard a familiar sound.  The sound of a ringing bell, and I saw a woman standing alongside a collection stand.

I always admire these volunteers who stand out in the freezing cold, usually wearing Santa hats and a smile, inviting us to come and leave a donation for the poor.

A BELL FOR GIVINGAs I got closer to put some money into the red bucket, I asked if the woman was cold.  She said "Yes, it is cold tonight, but I do this every year.  You see, this charity helped me and my children when they were younger.  When I get home, I feel warm because my heart is warm".

A BELL FOR GIVINGI got my mom some ribbon candy and got back into the car.  As I drove away, I knew just what to design for next week's theme.

This fabric is called A Bell for Giving. The little girl represents the childlike heart of giving I saw in that woman's spirit.  I have designed a few fabric designs to coordinate with this one. The collection is called The Gift of Giving.

A BELL FOR GIVINGThe wonderful season of Christmas rings in the spirit of giving. A lovely reason to listen to the Carol of Bells.
~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Birthday sweet Karen! It sounds like you got some birthday wishes this weekend and I am so happy your spent time with your family. The design brings out the spirit of giving! Hugs! ♥

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

A lovely post...

Belated Happy Birthday wishes! Enjoy the special plans!

"The days are short, the weather's cold,
By tavern fires tales are told."

~~New England Almanac, Dec. 1704

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

What a wonderful theme for your fabric! I always stop and put money in each red bucket I see.

Beverly said...

Karen, your design is perfect and the inspiration made my heart full, too.

I hope your birthday celebrations were wonderful. You deserve all of the best.♥

Vee said...

This is just me, but I always think birthdays should be spent with the two most involved. =) So glad that you enjoyed your birthday with your mother! I love Stowe, too. I so want to go sometime when there is snow on the ground.

Wonderful graphics, Karen. I keep all my change in my big pocket so I can easily reach in when going by the bell ringers. Saints they are. I should buy them a coffee now that I'm thinking of it. If they didn't drink it, they could warm their fingers around the cup.

Joyce said...

I'm so glad that you had a wonderful birthday. You very much deserved it! Happy Birthday dear friend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Karen, this is a great design!!!!!! Isn't it wonderful how we can get inspiration for designing from ANYWHERE, ANYTIME?


Mary said...

Happy belated birthday, dear Karen! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I, too, would love to see Stowe in the winter, although I'm not sure I could last through an entire winter! Lol. And what a perfect fabric for the season of giving! xoxo

Snap said...

How did I miss this post? Many Happy Birthday Wishes to You! This post and the one about your Mother and the food bank ... the true spirit of the holidays. Happy Happy and a Merry Merry to You!

Kathleen Grace said...

happy (much belated) birthday my friend! I'm sure your mom was thrilled to spend the day with you. I hope your family plans were lovely and that you celebrated the blessings of the years of your life:>)