Some friends of mine belong to a house church called Prairie Wind Mennonite, here in rural Manitoba.
Every couple of years, they send a group of people to Kenya to assist in the building of sand dams in order to keep water closer to their villages, and irrigate their fields and livestock.
Prairie Wind is committed to supporting the Utooni organization and annually hosts a fundraiser for the same.
Utooni Development Organisation
It was my honor and privelege to donate two "Darfur" bags to the cause.
Unbelievably, the private donations and bids on other silent auction items brought in over $17,000 in one glorious evening! I like to dream of what this may mean to women and children in Kenya.
Now for a bit of random:
I sometimes get so accustomed to sewing with post consumer fabrics that I forget how much this stuff costs in the real world. All that changes with my relatively rare trip to the fabric store to replenish my store of sewing machine needles and thread.
$113.02 for that paltry pile??!
Wow. Am I glad I don't shop retail for all my supplies!
Which brings me to the final two that got away.
Instead of spending wads of money at Fabricland, I borrowed inspiration from a rice sack, drapery, placemats, a fun label from an ancient necktie, a random scrap of lace, some embroidery pieces, a tea towel, and some quilt squares.
And that's an awful lot to pack into a wallet sized bag!
And finally, the happy hippy bag.
This piece of free spirited love couldn't just go to anyone.
So when my friend Marie came around to purchase two bags to give as gifts, she said these two were just perfect.
So that's just a bit of random goodness for you, my randomly good folks.