Thursday, May 17, 2012
My sweet and amazing cousin sent me this yesterday. Heartfelt Couture's mission is to make a child's stay in the hospital a little more FABULOUS and the above article sums us up perfectly! I love that God has entrusted me, a LOWLY servant of Jesus, with a small, but AMAZING task. To plant seeds and lift up little hearts. I thank God everyday for all he has blessed me with.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
We also wanted to add a disclaimer to these pictures...in some of the pictures the kids aren't smiling, it's definitely not because they don't like the gifts. They absolutely loved them! Sometimes, especially with the past that they all have, smiling without being told isn't a natural thing.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Since September 2009, Angel Home, in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India has been the home to 5 beautiful children; Nitesh Kumar, Savithra, Yesu Mathi, Suganthi & Santhia. Some of these children came from dysfunctional families while others have been orphaned.
We are also, going to have a list of things we would like to send to the kids, in the box with the pillows. So stay tuned for more information on how you can help Angel Home.
These precious children need to feel the love of God, and the hope there is in Jesus Christ.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Please pray for the following:
Trevor-age 4, has a congenital heart defect, Double Inlet Left Ventricle/Hypoplastic Right Heart. He will be having his 3rd open heart surgery in May
Brady-age 10, will be have a 17 hr surgery in May for his scoliosis.
We at Heartfelt Couture hope everyone has a blessed Easter!
"Jesus said to her,"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Dakota-diagnosed with Craniosynostosis. This is a birth defect/disorder where the sutures in a baby's skull fuse and harden prematurely. She will be having surgery in the Spring. It will be a long surgery.
Lucy-please visit their blog http://www.erikandkatekrull.blogspot.com/
Guiliana-has HLHS and is having her Fontan surgery soon.
Josie-has a very rare congenital heart defect called double outlet right ventricle(DORV). Please go to www.giveforward.com/heartheroesforjosie to learn more about this sweet little girl!
Hannah-is having her 3rd heart surgery.
Jordan-had surgery a week and half ago.
Please pray for all these sweet girls! Seems like this week was GIRLS WEEK! I love Heartfelt Couture and know that all these gown and/or pillows will make a difference to the child and families.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Mary Clare is 3 years old and has HLHS. Read more about her here
http://www.babypennington.com/ and about her upcoming surgery.
Aly Lincoln is 21 months and also has HLHS. Read more about Aly here
http://www.alyjeansspecialheart.com/ and about her upcoming surgery.
Merritt is 6 weeks old and has RSV. She has been in the NICU and is starting to recover.
Chloe is 3 years old and has a medulloblastoma. Her treatment will be 4 months of chemo and a bone marrow transplant in July or August. She has a 50% chance of survival.
Ethan is 2 years old and has a congenital heart defect. They find out in April when his next surgery is scheduled.
Chase has HLHS. He will get his procedure this spring.
Daylen is 4 months old and is having hemi-fontan surgery in March.
Kylan is 21 months and has HLHS. He will be having his 3rd open heart surgery this spring.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Pictured above is my little girl "A". Her bear "Gabrielle" is sick and she made a prayer pillow for the bear using fabric letters I had dropped that day.
My other little girl "L" was looking at a blog with me about a little girl named Lucy yesterday. I asked her what should we do for Lucy since she is very sick. "L" said, "Make her a hospital gown and pillow."
My girls at 5 years old are "getting" that Heartfelt Couture helps sick children feel better.
I am not saying this because I am "The World's Greatest Mom". I am really an average at best mom. My house is a mess, I can get frustrated very easily, we don't eat 100% organic. I never intended to be a stay at home mom, and sometimes I go into my room, shut the door and scream into my pillow. Why am I tell you this? Because I am not perfect. I am normal.
The one thing I want my girls to learn from me is giving. I want it to be second nature to them. We live in a selfish, me driven world, and I struggle with this daily. I want them to rise up and be an example of kindness and a giving heart.
On my fridge we have our family verse,
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35
I truly believe if we can teach our children to be givers then God's kingdom will grow faster than we ever thought possible. This is only 1/3 of the reason I do Heartfelt Couture. Maybe I will blog more about the other two reasons later!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
*special thanks to Poppylane Photography! In 2010, Poppylane Photography donated $400 from her Heartfelt Couture photosession package.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The New Year will bring some new faces to Heartfelt Couture. The board of directors will be more involved and HC will no longer we a solo effort on my part. I am super excited for a little help! I have been running on fumes and God is giving me the help I need. I was only able to do 2 gown deliveries to Cooks Children's Hospital in 2010. But I am hoping that in 2011 I will be able to do 2 at Cooks Children's Hospital and 2 at Medical City Dallas Children's Hospital. Having help will make this possible.
Here at Heartfelt Couture we hope you have a Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
We also have links on the site to our "friends". Poppylane Photography offers a package year round that gives 1/3 of the proceeds to Heartfelt Couture. At Christmas she runs a special package that also includes a free Custom made Christmas card. Megan is a precious, kind, and generous person. And she takes the most amazing pictures!
The other link is Up in the Eyre Custom Children's clothing. Rachel Eyre is the owner of the shop. She makes and sends out gowns to children all over the country with her own money. Her clothing is fantastic! She is an amazing, creative and kind-hearted woman!
I am so proud of Heartfelt Couture and the lives it is changing. I hope we plant hundreds of mustard seeds in the hearts of these amazing children. Showing someone unexpected kindness and generosity can go a LONG way!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
My prayers go out to this family.
"In the day that I called, you answered me. You encouraged me with strength in my soul." Psalm 138:3
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
You can mail a check to:
3101 Mossy Oak Ln
Bedford, TX 76021
All donations are tax deductible and a statement will be mailed out by January 31st.
I am working on adding a donation button but I am not that blog savvy so be patient I should be adding it soon!
Have a blessed Easter! This ministry would not be possible without the help of generous people!
"Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart." 2 Cornithians 4:1
Monday, March 15, 2010
What does this mean you ask(unless you are a CPA or know tax laws)?
It means that I had to go through a LONG process, with a lawyers help, to have Heartfelt Couture be a recognized non-profit with the IRS. Donations were always tax deductible, but by making Heartfelt a 501c3 we are now accountable for all donations with the IRS. We will also have to file tax returns in May.
I will also be posting Heartfelt Couture financial information every year. I will post how much we have made for the year and how much we have spent.
Heartfelt Couture also has a board of directors. We are an extremely small non-profit but to meet the qualifications for the 501c3 status a board of directors had to be put into place. We have no paid employees. Everyone works as volunteers. Just a little glimpse into how Heartfelt Couture is run.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
With a lot of prayer, Heartfelt Couture was launched October 2008. To read more about what we have done from October 2008 to present go to the post from October 2009 called Did you know?
If you are wanting a hospital gown and name pillow for your child or any other child you know. Just contact Keri at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get one out to you!!!
Heartfelt Couture is really in need of a website that is easier to navigate. If you know of anyone or you yourself can help me out that would be great! I don't have time between making the gowns, name pillows, IRS stuff, financial stuff, gown deliveries, and other things that I don't have time to teach myself how to do a website.
Friday, February 19, 2010
If you know of any child that will be in the hospital and would like an amazing hospital gown. Please contact email@example.com
All gowns and name pillow are shipped for free. No cost to patient. We just want to make sure these special children have a little something fun.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I am also happy that I will be devoting all my time to Heartfelt, besides taking care of my family.
If you know of a child in the hospital or one that will be in for surgery, please contact Keri. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to make a hospital gown for that child and ship to them at NO COST!
Blessings in 2010!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Amy, Mandy, Renee, Shelly, and Rosie thank you!! I know these children will LOVE them!!! You all have a heart of gold.
If you are in a women's group and would like to do this please email me email@example.com. I would be happy to help get you started!
This will be my last post for the year. Heartfelt Couture continues to reach families and children everyday. 2009 was an exceptional year and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for HFC in 2010.
Blessings, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Friday, December 4, 2009
This would be great for a high schooler that is looking for work experience/college references. I will work with their school/activties schedule.
I only have room for 1 person right now. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know someone that maybe interested.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It gives the history of the CPSIA law passed in August 2008 and more information.
I know this is all confusing but Heartfelt Couture will abide by this law.
On another note. Heartfelt Couture is now Heartfelt Couture, Inc. We should have our 501c3 application completed in a week or so and we have raised part of the money for our IRS fee. Thank you all so much for helping and praying faithfully.
Blessings to all,
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Did you know that Poppy Lane Photography is offering a Heartfelt Couture package? Check the out http://www.poppylanephotography.blogspot.com/. Because of Poppy Lane most of our IRS fee is going to be taken care of!!!!
Did you know that between Dec 2008 and Dec 2009 almost 200 gowns have been given out?
Did you know we have given out almost 10 name pillows?
Did you know that a gown costs between $12-$20?
Did you know that Heartfelt Couture saves all the scrapes from the gowns to make the name pillows? Not an inch is wasted!
Did you know that not only do we do gown deliveries to Medical City Children's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Cook Children's Hospital, we have also sent gowns out to children all over the US?
Did you know that all of the money earned from pillow sales ($30) goes towards a child in the hospital? He or she will receive a pillow and gown with all costs covered.
Did you know your financial contribution is tax deductible? We will also have our 501c3 status completed in a few more weeks.
Did you know that the Texas Rangers wives have helped make over 40 gowns?
Did you know we will have to use certain fabrics due to a law passed awhile back? Anything made for children 12 and under has to be lead tested. There are fabrics that comply with the CPSIA law. I have found a shop on Etsy that will sell us fabric for a reduced price. If you want more info email email@example.com
Did you know that HFC started with 2 stay at home moms? Now we have several moms helping out. They give their time, talents, and money. They purchase the gowns and cut/sew them. This would not be possible with out their generosity.
Did you know we gave 35 children on the heart floor at Texas Children's Hospital gowns and hat boxes filled with goodies to be open on Christmas Day 2008?
Did you know we are on Facebook and only have less than 200 members? And our blog is only followed my less than 20. Let's get those numbers up so more children can receive a gown and pillow!
Even though giving a custom hospital gown to a child is a small thing it does something to their spirit. And something to the parents spirit. To know that someone took their time and money to make something special, for someone they don't know puts a smile on any one's face. And this shows the love of Christ.
Jesus said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you can plant in the ground. Yet when it is planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in it's shade." Mark 4:30-32
I have such a passion for Heartfelt Couture, you don't even know. I am thinking and praying for it everyday almost every hour. I think by touching and enriching others lives it gives them hope. Also it teaches these children to be givers too! Teaching the children of tomorrow to give will be AMAZING
Love to all,
Monday, October 26, 2009
I cannot even put into words how deeply sad I am for this family. I know we don't understand what God's will is for our lives and I do rejoice that she is with our King, but at the same time I know her mom and dad miss her DEEPLY. Please pray for peace, understanding and comfort.
"O my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me." Jeremiah 8:18
Monday, October 19, 2009
Website-Right now the blog works but you have to scroll down to read everything and I would like for it to be simple to just click to read testimonies/about HFC/ways to give/donations. Things like that. We do own our domain name.
Labels for gowns-Due to the CPSIA law all gowns will have to be labeled. I have been using someone on Etsy and if you would like to just purchase them for us that would be fabulous.
Marketing materials-We need business cards, information cards, letter head etc. Also I am not a marketer my nature it's really a push for me. So if you are a good marketer than maybe emailing me ideas or ways to get the word out about HFC. If you want to just purchase these things for us I can also give you info and upload our designs and you can just pay for it.
Supplies-thread, velcro, interfacing, freezer paper. We go through a lot of these and you can just buy it and ship to me.
Fabric-This of course is the most important of all. We need 100% cotton fabric. In Feb of 2010 we will have to start using CPSIA certified fabrics. Moda, Michael Miller, and Amy Butler are all CPSIA certified fabrics. These fabrics are double in price from what is being bought now. If you would like to buy the fabric and have it shipped to me that is great. Or you can make a donation for the fabric. With the new fabrics it will cost between $10-$15 to make a small child's gown and $16-$20 to make a large child's gowns. A small takes 1 yard and a large takes 2 yards. Please know that none of the fabric is wasted I save all the scrapes and make name pillows out of them. My house is 1500 square feet and is filled with scraps of fabric.
Time-You can do a cutting night with your family, friends, woman group, or church group. If you are doing the cutting night before Feb 2010 you can use fabric from Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's. But after Feb 2010 please use the fabrics listed in the above fabrics. You can also email me and I have all the specifics. This would also be an amazing project for teenagers. A great way to have them give there time. All they need is some fabric and scissors. My girls are almost 4 are already know about the hospital gowns and what they are for.
Fundraising-This is the part that is the hardest for me and I pay a lot out of pocket because this is so hard. We do need funds for shipping to different children, batting for name pillows, and other supplies. Also paying lawyers to make sure we are complying with the laws of the IRS. If you have a talent that you would like to use to help us raise money that would be amazing. An example is Poppylane photography. Megan uses her talents to help us with the IRS non-profit fee.
Thank you ,
Just found this today. Heartfelt Couture is starting to spread! If you are interested in helping out email Keri.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
When Keri & I started Heartfelt Couture, my goal was to be very involved in working to get hospital gowns made and delivered to children in hospitals near us. Since then, we have been very successful in doing so. However, my child, Sarah, was scheduled to have her open heart surgery this past week and got rescheduled. We are now waiting to find out a date which should be in the next few weeks.
During this past week, I realized that my emotions are a slight bit overloaded and my mind is at full capacity. I feel like my computer when it is full of too many photos, info, emails, etc. Something has got to be cleared out so that I can think again and run faster. I am overloaded at the moment.
Keri and I have been talking and after some prayer and careful thought, I have come to the conclusion that I need to take a break from Heartfelt Couture for a while. My family and I have a lot to overcome in the next few months and I need to be able to be fully devoted to Sarah and Jason during this time and not feel guilty for not doing all that I want to do with Heartfelt Couture. I am sad to come to the realization that I am not superwoman and I cannot do it ALL, but I know with God, I can do what I am meant to do.
Keri will be taking over all operations with the help of some very special women who have already been helping her. She is confident that she will be able to handle it for now. My plan is to get involved again after things settle down at my house.
I thank each of you for your prayers and support during this time.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Megan with Poppy Lane photography has stepped up and said she would do the sessions for the same amount and donate her time. Only those that signed up for the session get the amazing deal but if you are in need of an amazing photographer please go to her blog www.poppylanephotography.blogspot.com
Thank you so much for your kind and giving heart. May God Bless and keep you!!!!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Also keep Sarah, Sharon's daughter in your prayers as well. She will also be having heart surgery on Tues Oct 6th the same surgery that Mikaela is having today at the same hospital. The surgery will take place at Texas Children's Hospital and could take up to 8 hrs. Pray for Peace for both familes.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Also if you are part of a women's group or really any type of group that would like to do the same thing as Jennifer and you live in the DFW area I would love to come talk to your group or give you the information on doing a gown delivery if you are not local.