Thursday, December 18, 2008

20 wishes!

I went with my friend Chrissie to Medical City Children's Hospital on Wednesday to deliver the 20 gowns to that hospital. Chrissie is an amazing pediatric nurse. I was really great to see where these were going and to also see what the gowns look like that they have now. It made me want to make a gown for every child in the hospital.

The gowns they have now are very very thin, and are just a plain greenish/blue. They didn't look very comfortable at all.

Brittany(holding the hospital gowns above) in Life Services at Medical City was great! She loved the gowns. She said that the kids are going to love them. It really put everything into perspective for me. My girls are very healthy, so I cannot imagine what Sharon and these other parents go through. It was worth every night that I stayed up until 2 in the morning sewing the labels on. Or the days me and my husband ironed for 4 hours. It is the least I can do for these amazing families.

I am also going to rework the pattern for the gowns for Easter. That way it can really be more comfortable and convenient for the kids.

If you got one of the hospital gowns please email any feedback to

I can't wait to see what God has in store for Sharon when she delivers her 40 and the hat boxes as well!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I want to thank Professional Flooring Supply for their extremely generous donation they gave us today!

We are now going to be able to buy all the hat boxes, toys, and other fun stuff for the precious kids at Texas Children's Hospital and Medical City Dallas Children's Hospital. I was completely overwhelmed by their kind hearts and loving spirit today. They really went above and beyond for Heartfelt Couture. These kids are going to look extra special on Christmas in their gowns because some very special people care enough to help lift their spirits. God has answered my prayers today through several very special people!

Also with Professional Flooring Supply's donation we are going to be able to do this at Easter for possibly 3 more hospitals. If you are reading this and know of a hospital you would like to nominate to receive hospital gowns please email us at We do one wing in the hospital so if you also have a wing that you would like to include please let us know.

God is amazing and I have tons to be Thankful for! Visit PFS at


Saturday, November 8, 2008

First Cutting Night 2008

We finished our first cutting night last night! It was very successful. We had 12 people there. I felt so blessed to have so many people wanting to help these children! One of my friends that came is a pediatric nurse. She said that these gowns will definitely brighten these children's stay in the hospital.

We were able to get all the gowns cut out plus some. We will have 55 gowns ready by Dec 1st. We are going to give gowns to Texas Children's Hospital and also a hospital in Dallas.

We had several people ask when our next cutting night will be Probably not this year but I think doing more gowns for Easter is a definite possibility.(it takes days of prep work on my end to even get organized for a cutting night)

We had a blast last night! Some people learned to sew and we had a Master sewer there that taught me a few things! It was a really great night to just fellowship with others for a fabulous cause!

Heartfelt Couture ROCKS!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Praise the Lord!

We are so thankful for all of the people and businesses who have offered to help us! We are so blessed by each of you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you soooooooo much! 35 Wishes will be a reality by Christmas and soon after, we may get into just about every children's hospital in the country!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cutting Out the Fabric Night Nov 7th from 6-10p

We are going to have a Cutting Out the Fabric Night on November 7th from 6p-10p. Anyone who can come please email us at It will be at Compass Christian Church @ Highland Meadows in Colleyville, TX. If you can make it please do! Also if you have a sewing machine please bring it so we can get all of the gowns done at once! This will be a fun night to fellowship and make some fantastic gowns for these precious children of God!

Keri's Working OVERTIME!

Let's give the girl some LOVE!!! She would kill me for posting this but I just want everyone to know what an awesome lady Keri Abshier is! Since a little over a week ago when this all came about, she has been getting donations, gotten us a discount at Hobby Lobby for our fabric, gotten a tax exempt number, called the IRS about getting set up for a non-profit organization, set up a sewing party at her church, made numerous phone calls and took care of 2 sick little girls!!!!!!!!!!!! (and I'm sure I'm leaving SOMETHING out like laundry, cooking, shopping, etc.!)

Let's give the girl a hand!

I am so thankful for her and all of the hard work she's done! We still haven't gotten to "meet" yet but I can't wait to hug her for her hard work, determination and awesomely sweet attitude!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Keri!

We are so thankful for anyone who is and has given us donations of any kind! We are so excited that 35 wishes are going to come true! Please spread the word and we'd love to get more and more people involved! We have planted a seed and now we want to see it grow!!!!

Please email us if you are willing to donate anything we may be able to use...including cash or Hobby Lobby Gift Cards. We can always use those for more fabric!

Love to all!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Our sample is finished

I finished the first hospital gown last night!! It is going to be easier than I expected which is BLOWING MY MIND! Our deadline to have 40 finished is December 1st and I think we are going to have them finished in 2 weeks! God is good! Now this is a sample so it is not perfect but it is a starting place and the fabric is not as fabulous as I am going to do, but you get the picture. I am thinking ruffles for girls!

For those of you who are helping we are going to have a "Cutting out the Fabric Night" at my church Compass Christian Church at Highland Meadows in Colleyville soon. Date TBA. This should really help with getting them finished early. One of my really good friends just bought a sewing machine, is going to learn to sew so she can help! What an amazing Godly woman! I am going to include more stories like those because I believe God works in amazing ways and you never know how he is going to use you!
Also, I am not a photographer like Sharon so my pictures will always look just plain sad. But you get the jist of what it is!
We are going to need around 20 yards of fabric for the boys size med/large, 10 yards of fabric for the boys size small. We need 20 yards of fabric for the girls size med/large, and 10 yards of fabric for the girls size small. I need all of this by next week because I will need to wash and dry all of the fabric before cutting night. Pray that some how we will get the funding.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Heartfelt Couture...reaching hearts through sewing hands!

Heartfelt Couture is a ministry effort between Sharon Swan & Keri Abshier! Our goal is to reach children who are staying in the hospital by giving them the gift of a handmade hospital gown! Many children staying in hospitals at some point must walk through a hospital or in the hallways of their floor wearing a hospital gown. Because of Sarah, we've realized that some of them are not thrilled with the "look" of typical hospital gowns! Sarah refused to wear one at 4 years old and with that rebellion.....a whole ministry has begun!

We are in need of volunteers to donate fabric, time, efforts, talents, marketing, word of mouth advertising, etc! If you have some talent, there is a way we could benefit from it for these children!

We realize that there are other ways to help children in hospitals, but this idea is close to our hearts and a passion we believe God put in us to carry out! We would love for you to be part of this potentially overwhelming task!

By December 2010, our goal is to have at least 12 chapters or groups of women throughout the country making hospital gowns for children's hospitals in their communites or close by. We are reaching Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas and hopefully very soon, Children's Hospital in Dallas!

Right now, our mission of the moment is our first's called "35 Wishes" and here's the scoop on it and a message from Sharon....

Hello, Friends!
When our daughter, Sarah was born, as some of you already know, she had heart problems. Over the period of her first year of life, she had four major heart surgeries.

After her recovery and getting better, we got home and I stayed with her and did not return to work for quite some time. During that time, I felt the overwhelming burden to do something for others in the same situation that our family had been in. Armed with my camera and some friends, I decided to go to the Ronald McDonald House and host a family portrait day in which I took portraits of all of the families and their children, both well & sick. I met some of the most amazing people through this mission and felt like God truly opened my eyes to a love of helping others through my experiences.

Before Sarah, anything I did for others was out of a feeling of just "doing my part". I didn't have a sense of urgency like I did after Sarah came along. My entire life, I've had that gut feeling that there is something out there that I am SUPPOSED to be doing but I've thought many times that the feeling just hasn't hit me just right. I've done lots of things with the talents I've been blessed with to try to bless others but STILL, I feel like I'm missing the boat somewhere.
So many times, I've been told..."You are so talented". It's sometimes a burden to me because I don't feel like I am always using my talent to absolutely be a blessing to someone else and even if I am ............I know there is some huge thing I've not seen yet! Something BIG that God has for me to do. I have always had the gut feeling that I am supposed to change lives in a BIG way. A bunch of lives.
I have felt called to children with heart problems since Sarah's birth and our journey with her.
It is allllllll coming together now! My "Big Thing" happened yesterday!

In September, I bought an outfit for Sarah that was handmade by a woman named "Keri" on Her storefront is called chasingbirdies . She makes amazing clothing! Absolutely adorable things! After receiving the outfit, I decided it would be what Sarah wore to her cardiologist appointment in October. I always let her wear a special outfit that day and she always looks extra cute for those appointments. It's like her big day in the city! :) She loves it!
Well, AT her appointment, I'm sure most of you read the blog about her not wanting to wear her hospital gown. She said "it didn't match"! LOL So, I contacted Keri to see if she could get a pattern for hospital gowns and she said yes! I was so excited about that! We decided to have some gowns made for Sarah before her next surgeries that are coming up soon. The last thing I wanted is for her to be stressed out over her gown! haha Then, Keri emailed me and asked me if other children may be interested in one, too and how this may be a good ministry for us. I immediately had that WOW feeling!

I thought..........well, I can't sew, but I can find a way to help make this happen!

35 Wishes .....a plan is born....
So, I talked to Keri yesterday afternoon and we have a plan of action! She and some of her friends are going to make 35 hospital gowns for the children who will be in the hospital at TCH on the heart recovery floor on Christmas Day! AND, we are gathering other items to include in gifts for 35 children in the 35 rooms of that floor! Hence, the name....35 Wishes. Everyone who has heard of this since yesterday is 'on board' with helping! Even Jason (my 9 year old) can't wait to help! He's going to design the cards for us to put with each gift!

This is such a God thing! When we got on the phone, we had never spoken before. I had only bought a few things from her on etsy and we had chatted back and forth via email through their site. When I asked for her phone number....I called and she answered the phone with excitement in her voice! We could not talk fast enough! It was like we had both been waiting SO long for something big and we had found each other and we knew we were going to be unstoppable together! During our hour long conversation, we laughed, CRIED, everything! We are going to meet sometime in the next week or so and sit down and REALLY brainstorm about what we can do further....past we can grow and REALLY change lives! She and I talked about our husbands, too! Turns out....she tells me her husband works in the construction industry....I said...."Really?......mine too! What does your husband do?" She replies...."He's a branch manager for a rental company." I ask..."WHAT rental company?" She says............"United Rentals,......have you heard of it?"! Well, HUSBAND is a sales rep for united rentals!!!!!!!!!!! We both start screaming and laughing! It's hilarious!~ So funny!
A few "funny" coincidences we discovered that will make us a great team!....
*We are both Christians!
*She's only been sewing for a little less than 2 months.
*I was her first customer!
*Our husbands work for the same company!
*She lives an hour away from me! (and etsy is a worldwide website and I didn't even realize she was in the Dallas area until AFTER I ordered!)
*She does not like the marketing aspect of anything and I live for it!
*We are both stay at home/work at home moms!
*She & I have both been looking for something bigger!
I am so excited about this and if this story pulls at your can help, too!
Email us at if you would be interested in helping in any way. We need support from everyone who can help! If anyone would like to make a donation to our cause, we are using the money to purchase the hatboxes to put the items in and for fabric to help make more hospital gowns, goodies for the boxes, etc. however, we are not set up as a non-profit or charitable entity yet and cannot provide tax reciepts. We are thankful for any help we get
Sarah has come SUCH a long way and we are so blessed by her life....I want her life to continue causing blessings for others! These photos are so hard to look back at and see where she started, but when you look at where she is just truly shows how wonderful God is and how important it is to me to make a difference in others' lives!

And here's the scoop on Keri, too!
I always thought that God gave me twin girls for a reason and On Tuesday Oct 21th he finally revealed the reason.

I have only been truly sewing for 6 months. I started a couple of years ago and had a horrible time with it so I stopped. In April I was looking for a special outfit for my girls for family pictures so I went and looked. Everything I found was outrageously priced. So with the help of the most important person in my life I started to sew. When I tell people I have only been sewing that long they are amazed. And I truly feel like God gave me this talent so quickly for a reason.

I started selling on Etsy because a hand full of very close friends said I should start selling these outfits that I make for my girls. I really didn’t want to sell them because I felt it was a hobby and that I had just started. But under constant calling and hounding (you ladies know who you are) I decided I would start a little store on Etsy. I started on Sept 4th. Sharon was my very first Etsy order. She told me she loved my stuff which made me feel SOOO much better about starting this!

When Sharon contacted me about making the gowns it was also a WOW moment for me. First she loved my clothing enough to have me make her daughter something so unique that I felt honored. Second I have always felt blessed about very healthy children and every time I hear about a child that is sick I am on my knees praying for the child and thanking God for my own. When Sharon told me about Sarah, that’s what happened. I started praying and through the Holy Spirit over the course of a few weeks I decided to ask Sharon if other kids would like custom hospital gowns. And that is where God revealed why he gave me twin girls.
If I hadn't been looking to sew something for my girls I would have NEVER started sewing and if he would not have put these special people in my life to encourage me I would have NEVER opened an Etsy shop. And I would have NEVER meet Sharon! So God does do things with unlikely people. I don’t have a degree in fashion, I never took a sewing class, and I don’t spend tons of money on my clothes. I am a cheapskate mother of twins who believes it doesn’t have to cost a lot to look FABULOUS! So I think kids spending days, weeks, and months in the hospital should look fabulous too!

I believe that God can do all things and this right here is a testimony to that! I have a truly God given talent because I just learned to sew. Believe me I wished I had been sewing for years, I would probably be less self conscious but the Lord works in mysterious ways!