Parkinson’s Benefit Chart

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Hey y’all! 2019 is drawing to a close and 2020 is mere hours away (for me that is, most everyone else has been in 2020 for hours now!).

For those of you who may just be joining us on this journey, and because I love a good recap, I want to talk a little bit about our charity work. It started in April 2017 when I began fundraising on my Flosstube channel and on my Instagram account for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, between April 2017 and September 2017, we raised over $11,000 for the Eugene, Oregon Walk to End Alzehimer’s. I haven’t said it enough: thank you.

From that fundraising sprouted an idea: if we can raise that much money for ONE charity that is close to my heart, how much more good can we as a community do for a different charity each month? The answer is: so much good!

Since all of this fundraising and charity work began in April 2017, I’m shocked and astounded and HUMBLED to tell you that we have raised somewhere in the ballpark of $29,199 for 15 different charities both large and small. Together. TOGETHER. When I get tired, and I do get tired, all I have to do is look at that number or go back and read a message from someone whose heart has been touched by a charity that we have chosen to support.

In the vein of not stopping, I’m going to up my game. This January we will raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This is the second January in a row that we’ve supported MJFF and we will always support them in January. I lost my Papa to Parkinson’s in January 2014.

So for this month’s fundraising, I’ve designed a chart based on a MJF quote about his journey with Parkinson’s. I think it’s a quote that will resonate with all of us. The chart will be available as PDF only in my Etsy shop, BendyStitchyDesigns, and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Thank you all, so much, for going along on this journey with me. I can’t believe how far we’ve all come. And I can’t wait to see how much farther we can all go. Together.

<3 <3 Bendy

It’s blurry, but this is my favourite pic of Papa and I. Check out his Chucks!

Acorns & Threads Exclusive Release

Bendy Stitchy Designs No. 11 ~ Trimming the Tree

This fall, Jeannine at Acorns & Threads was kind enough to ask me to design the featured pattern at Fall Fling, the Acorns’ fall retreat. I DEFINITELY squealed. The inspiration was “snowman” and this cute little design is what I came up with!

The design was, of course, free to all attendees at Fall Fling. And JoLyn taught everyone how create this beautiful finish. Also, there were SO MANY Flosstubers at Fall Fling! And they were kind enough to show my little snowman on the Flosstubes! Thank you to each and every one of them, along with everyone who messaged me anywhere with an “it’s so cute!” message; those messages made my day.

As well all know, Flosstube is the BEST place for being enabled. And so, to my surprise, I got a few messages asking where people could purchase the pattern. Well, the wait is over!! Acorns & Threads now has this chart available for purchase!! You will ONLY find it at Acorns but they will send it to you wherever you are!! Thank you SO VERY MUCH to Jeannine and co for being a constant positive force in the cross stitch community over all and in my little world specifically. I don’t know what I’d do without them!

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What’s in the works?

SO MUCH!!

I know, there are three whole designs on the website right now. But that’s about to change!! Here is where my next few designs are as of today:

-Hilde’s Brew (Halloween) is winging its way back to me from Missouri.

-Noel (winter holiday) is in Australia and is done being stitched and having its photoshoot.

-IS 1849 (reproduction sampler) is being stitched!

-Snow Bird (seasonal bird) is being stitched!

-Trimming the Tree (winter holiday) is being stitched!!

-Moral Compass can be found in Issue 9 of XStitch Magazine, which was just released! The theme is Orient and I went a bit Dumbledore.

Moral Compass
Moral Compass available in XStitch Magazine Issue #9

-Curglaff (first in a series of underused English words) is in the final stages of design and will be sent to the model stitcher next week!

-Ramsdell Mourning Sampler (another reproduction) is being charted now!

That’s a LOT! And there are a LOT more ideas swimming around in my head. What would you like to see from Bendy Stitchy Designs? Leave me a comment.

And keep sprinkling that stitchy kindness.