"I call them my little butterflies. They flew in just long enough to steal a part of my heart, and then flew away to Heaven."

Monday, July 30, 2012

Niswonger Children's Hospital

Just wanted to take a few moments to share with everyone a couple of photos taken during our second delivery of donated items to the Niswonger Children's in Johnson City, Tennessee.

This hospital was the recipient of our entire first donation.  By the time we had a second donation ready to deliver, we were able to expand and adopt a second hospital (more information later) and share our Angel Ensembles between the two hospitals.

We are in the early stages of adding a possible third hospital.

Friday, July 20, 2012

One Dear Crafter Now in Heaven with Babies She Helped

I felt a need this morning to share some news I learned of yesterday evening.  If you have been following our Grandma's Promise blog, you are aware of the fact that there is a group of ladies in Texas who have been consistently donating handcrafted items.

From the very beginning, this group of ladies has remained anonymous at their request....other than the one contact person for the group who has been a dear friend of mine for over 20 years (we met while our husband's were both in the Air Force and we were stationed at the same base). 

Even now, I do not know individual names of these ladies.....but I do know their hearts because of their faithful support to this mission. 

One of these dear women lost her battle with cancer this past Sunday.  My heart is humbled to realize that this woman, knowing that her time on earth was coming to an end, chose to use what precious time she had left to handcraft items that were needed to assemble our Angel Ensembles/Burial outfits. Items crafted for the tiniest of God's creation in an attempt to bring comfort to those babies' families in their grief.

I do not know her name, but I do know that she had a strong faith in the Lord.  The message I received last night said...

"She had donated some of the items in the first box that we sent. Now she walks the streets of glory with the angel babies. What a blessed hope that we all have."
It brings me comfort today to think that even though this beautiful lady and I never actually met, that when she meets our Morgan and Meghan in Heaven, I just have a feeling she will give them a big hug and let them know that their Grandma loves them.

I will close this post by sharing this photo of the first box of donations received by this lady and all the other wonderful women in this group.

So Texas Crafters....please share our heartfelt condolences with the family and friends of this lovely lady!

Grandma (aka Theresa)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Texas Gals Have Been Busy

My goodness....those Texas Gals must never rest!!!  We received another box of goodies....an array of beautiful afghans and quilts. 


Your generous hearts and fast hands never cease to amaze me!!!!!

Grandma (aka Theresa)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

New Bootie Crochet Pattern

I found another easy new crochet pattern for booties.  These are made in one piece and do not require any additional "sewing together" to complete.

You can see and print the instructions at the following website:


I've already made a few pair of these adorable little booties and plan to make more. :)

Keep up the good work everyone!

Grandma (aka Theresa)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Crocheted Shell Gown

This is a new open backed micro-preemie gown pattern I tried out a week or so ago.  This pattern, like the boy's kimono pattern posted a couple of days ago, is very easy and quick to make. 

I should say that I did add an additional 5 or 7 rows to this one I made.  I felt that the pattern was just too short and didn't look right until I made it longer.

The pattern calls for 2 buttons on the back, but I believe I'm going to add ribbon ties to this one (at the neck and waist).  In the future, I may even crochet the ties (similar to the boys pattern posted prior to this one).

You can see and print this pattern at the following link:


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Crocheted Gown/Shirt for Preemie Boy

Recently I've been experiementing with a few new patterns.  Sometimes it is just nice to "switch it up" and try new things. :)

You can see and print out your own set of instructions for this shirt/gown at:

It has been brought to our attention by a reader that the link below for the pattern no longer works.  I do apologize. I do not know where or how to find the pattern any longer.  I'm sure with a little work, you will be able to locate a similar pattern to help your future needs.

The crocheted shirt/gown you see above is an extremely simply pattern.  The pattern is originally considered to be an open front boys kimono, but I decided to make it and see if it would be appropriate for an open BACK outfit which is what is needed when dressing angel babies in the NICU. 

With a little "tweeking" of the pattern, I think it turned out great.  The pattern only has you put the ties at the neck....following the example of those ties....I added a second set of ties mid-ways down the back.

To make the micro-preemie size, I used a size F crochet hook.  I'm currently making another one using a size G crochet hook and will compare the differences in sizing.

This pattern is surprising quick to work up.  So if you're in the mood to try something new...go ahead and give this a whirl.

Grandma (aka Theresa)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Quilts from Texas

We received a new box of baby items from our Texas group of crafters.  As you can see in the photo, they have been busy sewing quilts.  Sometimes, it is just too hot to crochet.....during those times true crafters don't put all their creative energy on the backburner...no....they just turn to a different craft....one that is more heat compatible!! :)  :)  :)

I must admit that I'm finding myself doing the same thing.  It's very difficult to crochet with sweaty hands which makes the yarn stick to your fingers.  On the really hot days, you will find me at my sewing machine or cutting our fabrics.  In the evenings, when the temperatures drop a little and I'm comfortably planted in front of the air conditioner....THEN I crochet! :)

Of course....judging from the above photo, someone must have spent a little time in front of an air conditioner since there are a few hats and two afghans included in the bunch.  :)

Lovely work ladies!  Once again we send you a BIG THANK YOU!!!! 

By the way, I've been experimenting with a few new patterns myself....some crocheted gowns and kimonos to go with these quilts to complete an Angel Ensemble.  I'll share all of this new information with everyone in a future post.

Until next time...many blessings,
Theresa (aka Grandma)