Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Bundle O' Gifts: Aprons & Ornaments

I hope that everyone is enjoying Small Business Saturday! Today's the day, sandwiched between Cyber Monday (check back for new deals!) and Black Friday, that we celebrate the movers and the shakers who employ the majority of people in this country and around the world.

Though we be but little, we are fiercely dedicated to making an impact in our community - both our Midland-Odessa (Texas) community working with the Chin people group and our village in China working with our mighty talented seamstress and wired artisan friends.

As with most small businesses, the majority of our customers come to us to find great Christmas gifts... gifts with meaning. To celebrate our customers, we're putting some special products together in gift bundles for just $40 from now through Cyber Monday.

A Bundle o' Aprons - Reg. $88. Now. $40!
Get 3 aprons for a little more than the price of one!  In this bundle, you'll receive the Annie Jane, the Daphne, and the Harper... that's one of each of our types of aprons, ready for you to wrap up and give as Christmas gifts with extra meaning.  The total retail value of this package is $88.  Be sure to click through all the pictures to see the products you'll get in your bundle.

A Bundle o' Ornaments - Reg. $70. Now. $40!
Love our Christmas ornaments but can't decide which ones to get?  Get one of each set for $40!  The normal retail value is $70.    You'll receive the Classic Collection, the Noelle Collection, the Merry and Bright Collection, and a set of our Snowflakes... 17 beautiful handmade ornaments in all.  This is the special of the season and only available this weekend!

Share this post on Facebook for an extra $5 off your order! Make sure to tag us (@Scarlet Threads) and then send us an email to eileen(at)scarletthreads(dot)org.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Let's be Frank

I've started my Christmas shopping.  Our family tends to keep things small and simple, but I still want my gifts to be more than just a trinket, made at the expense of someone I don't know.  If I could, I'd give everyone the beautiful Christmas ornaments we make... and while I think those would be great gifts for your friends and family, mine probably don't want anymore.  :)

I'd tell you what I'm buying, but that might spoil some surprises... but what I can say is that I'm discovering each year there seems to be more and more causes that enable us to do ENORMOUS good with the simple act of doing something we already do -- buying Christmas presents.  So far, I've already contributed to another family's adoption and supported one of my favorite charities, all while getting cute gifts for my family!

I've been puzzled by something this year... last year, our Christmas ornaments ran out of stock faster than we could replenish them.  So this year, we prepared well in advance.  We had Lao Yen make new ornaments, more of the classic favorites, and even some for people who might not want Chinese charactersIn the span of a few months, we were able to give him so much work that he likely earned as much as he did the rest of the year.  And for these few months, he's been able to work from home with his family, rather than in the city where he only saw them every few weeks. 

But to be honest, the vast majority of those ornaments are sitting in a closet in my daughter's bedroom, and if we don't sell them this month, we aren't going to be able to hire him again next year.  We've always said that Scarlet Threads is a business with the heart of a charity, but fundamentally if we don't sell product, we can't make more.  And I know we are doing ENORMOUS good, so I really don't want these mini-works-of-art sitting in my closet! 
  • In addition to supporting Lao Yan and Huan Mei and Deng Jia in their small businesses in China, we have used Scarlet Threads capital to begin a sewing cooperative in Midland, Texas working with Burmese Chin Refugees.
  • We gave our first adoption grant this year, and we are actively raising funds for our next grant through the sale of items in our Scarlet Scraps line.  (100% of profits go to the grant fund.)
  • We began an adoption fundraising program this year, and have helped over 20 families raise money for their adoptions with zero financial risk to them.
  • We are raising money for New Day Foster Home, and offering special deals to people who contribute to their noble work.  (Like right now, we will take 30% off your order when we process it if you make a donation to NDFH and let us know in the memo field when you place your order.)
All of us who work for Scarlet Threads in the USA do so primarily as volunteers.  (Even our beautiful new website was a volunteer effort!)  When you purchase our products, you are contributing to the projects I mentioned above, not to my kitchen-remodel.  :)  (Note: There is no kitchen remodel.  But -- full disclosure -- I'd love to "pay" myself some this year, especially in light of our upcoming adoption trip... I guess in some ways, it's another form of adoption fundraising!)

So please, this Christmas season... please SHOP with us, share our products with your friends, and help us further our mission of empowering these incredible artisans through employment.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Giving Hope

Kristi is our guest-blogger today!  A mama to five amazing kiddos, I'm just thankful she had time to write this up for us!  :)  One of her little ones is a New Day Foster Home alumni.  I knew Daniel when he was at NDFH, and I can assure you, he is as sweet as he looks.  This month, in honor of National Adoption Month, we've been raising money for NDFH and our Scarlet Scraps adoption grant fund.  Our fundraiser for NDFH ended with a BANG well before the end of the month, with us raising well over our initial goal.  But the needs don't end there, so we thought we would draw attention to another fundraiser going on right now. 

In honor of Benjamin, a NDFH sweetie who sadly passed away before he could know the love of his own family, we are joining NDFH as they raise $10,000 to pay for the critical care medical costs of the next child who comes to ND with very little hope but all the possibility in the world. 

If you donate to this fundraiser and place an order with, we will offer you 30% off your total.  (Just go ahead and place your order and complete checkout.  Make a note in the memo field of your order telling us you donated, and we will take 30% off your total before charging your card!)  As always, contributions to this fundraiser are tax-deductible as they go directly to NDFH, a 501c3.


I'd like to introduce you to my son Daniel.

He recently turned five…and he is dirt and noise and motion with just enough sweetness thrown in to make him irresistible.

He climbs monkey bars.

He rides a two wheel bike.

He ice skates…with a little help.

He swims.

And he loves…BIG!

He is an integral part of our family, woven into the fabric of our lives. We would not be the family we are today if he were not part of our story. His story though would have been much different were it not for a place called New Day.

You see, Daniel was born with a rather significant heart defect; one that no hospital in his province had the resources to correct. He spent the first several months of his life a very sick little boy, laying flat on his back with no strength to try and roll over. Eventually his orphanage, out of options to help him get any better, made a plea for help. Thankfully, due to the generosity of people I will never know, New Day Foster Home had the resources to take him.

He received specialized formula to help him gain strength, a life-changing surgery, therapy to help him catch up on his development, and he was loved well…really well. Not only was his heart defect healed surgically at New Day, but his broken heart began to heal there as well. It was the love showered upon him by his nanny, the staff, and later, his foster parents that taught him how to open his heart to love and be loved.

According to odds, he shouldn't be the healthy, happy little boy he is today…perhaps, considering his lot in life, he shouldn't even be alive.

But here he is, my dynamic son, pictured above celebrating his fifth birthday as royalty on a visit back to the place that gave him a second chance at life. While others would have given up hope, here he was given hope in the form of surgery and loving care. He would not…could the healthy, loving boy he is today if it weren't for New Day. There are days that I am overcome with gratitude for this foster home. They gave my son life…and they ask for nothing in return. Because I am forever thankful though, I continue to spread the word. It is something I joyfully do because I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of the blessing. I pray I can be part of passing this gift on to another mom who will receive their child with a grateful heart!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Taking a Minute...

I'm supposed to write here today about orphan care, about New Day Foster Home, and about how you can make a difference.

I guess that I'm supposed to inspire you.

There you are, sitting at your computer, or with your fancy phone in your hand, flipping through facebook posts and your twitter feed and your blogroll. You're checking in and getting the inside scoop of the world. This little social network of a world is entertaining and distracting and sometimes inspiring. You're reading this post and you wonder if you'll end up inspired, or bored... or maybe you won't even finish reading.

It's so easy to check-in, and yet not so easy to check out. Our little worlds are comfortable and safe, most of the time.

But when I enter the orphanage that my family visits at least once a week and I'm met with 15 children who don't know what a mommy is (except for the six-year old who's parents died in March and who's been separated from her twin brother because girls and boys get separated here when they get "big" and somehow six counts as "big") and who run up and reach their hands up because somehow they know that it means "hold me" even though they are rarely scooped up into a hug... and when the babies don't know how to crawl and who are silent and never cry because they have learned early on that crying is a waste of calories...'s really, really hard to check-out.

The orphan problem is real, and something that my peace-loving soul wants a break from, but that my shattered heart doesn't know how to leave.

And I wonder if it's not as much of an orphan problem but more of a love problem.

Have we forgotten how to love? How to sacrifice? How to give?

This is November, ya'll. All down my facebook feed people I know are counting #1... #14... #21... they're listing their gifts and the hoity-toity part of me is annoyed that it takes us 11 months of selfishness to remember to be thankful. Christmas is coming, too. Soon everyone will be talking about giving... for the first time that year.

And yet here I am, late November, right before Thanksgiving, telling you to be thankful and give. I don't want to do this. But I want for you to think about it... remember...

Let us find those places that inspire us. May we find that our time and our energy is not wasted. I want to spend less time checking my social-network feed and more time remembering how I can make a difference. Less time frittering away time in May... and August... and  October, so that November and December's push to live a worthwhile life will be effective and incredible.


Find out about how you can help fund Talley's life-saving medications here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Scarlet Scraps Blue Bag Giveaway and a few thoughts to share

As you know, loyal readers, November is National Adoption Month, and this is where our hearts are. We've been blogging about this the last several posts, and I urge you to go back and have a look at them, if you missed them, as they're so lovely and inspiring, and brings hope to my soul for these children. Each of us here at Scarlet Threads has a different connection to orphan care and looking after those in need. Each of us has a story to share about how we became involved with Scarlet Threads, and I think that it is fair for me to say that in a few short years, Scarlet Threads has become a very special part of each of our lives. Every time I read a blog post written by one of the other ladies, I feel so blessed to be a part of this small family. There are some really amazing things going on here with Scarlet Threads, and I am honored to have a role in this community. 

We have a special fundraiser going on this month, to celebrate National Adoption Month. Little Talley lives at New Day Foster Home in China, which is where our story began. She was born with some serious birth defects, and had major surgery just a few months ago, but her medications cost nearly $500 per month. This month, we decided that we'd like to have a fundraising goal of $500 to cover this. We can do this, with your help, but you know what? We have found three matching donors, so all of the funds that we raise for Talley will be quadrupled! Yes, QUADRUPLED! This is so thrilling. Could you skip your morning Starbucks today and donate the $5.00 instead? Just think, that may be one less coffee for you, but $20 towards Talley's medications! 

You can make a donation here

The funds go directly to Legacy Charities, the 501c3 NDFH is registered under in the USA. That means your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of it goes to buying these medicines.

You can read more about Talley and her story here. Isn't she precious? 

I'm sure you're familiar with Scarlet Scraps, yes?  It's a new-ish venture we are doing where we use the "scraps" from our aprons and other items to make special limited edition items, as well as include products by other artisans, both within the U.S. and international. 100% of the proceeds from these purchases go directly into our adoption fund, and when funds allow, we like to surprise adoptive families with a grant to help them cover the costs associated with the adoption process. While I have not adopted a child, I know that there are huge costs involved, and this is just a little something that we can do in order to help more children find their Forever Families. We also offer fundraising kits that can be used for adoption, mission trips, etc, and are a neat way to share our products with your community, and perhaps put your own twist on the sales. Remember last winter when I hosted a shopping event at Ten Thousand Villages? The funds we raised from those sales went right to the adoption fund! 

As I said earlier, I may not have adopted a child myself, but it is something that has long been something I've thought about. You may have read blog posts here and there about the children I sponsor with World Vision, another organization that is near and dear to me. In the past six years, I've been blessed to call four children "mine;" Majlinda and Redion in Albania, and Boikokobetso in South Africa. One of my favorite blog posts featured Boikokobetso in one of our dresses that I sent her, the Summer Joy. Prior to my sponsoring Boikokobetso, I sponsored Inaete, also in Albania. After about two years, I received a letter from her saying that her family was moving to Italy. In that, she thanked me for my support over the years, and her mother wrote that it was because of my sponsorship that her family was able to make the move to a better place (for them). While I was sad to lose her initially, I soon realized that it was one of the greatest gifts she could have received, the ability to move to Italy, and knowing that I was a small part of that made me feel so much better. I still think of her often and keep her in my prayers. 

While Majlinda, Redion and Boikokobetso are not orphans, they are still children in need, and being a part of their lives, no matter how small, is a blessing to me beyond words. My fiance and I are expecting a baby at the end of January, and it is my hope that my daughter will grow to share this love for others that I have, and she too will be called towards helping those who cannot always help themselves. There are so many things that I want her to know, and I know that it is up to me to teach her, and I admit, sometimes that terrifies me, but I know that it will work out the way it's meant to. I hope she always knows how much she is loved, and that she finds a way to share that love with others. 

Speaking of sharing love with others, Scarlet Threads has three new sets of Christmas ornaments this year. While it might be a bit too late for Thanksgiving, they would be such lovely hostess gifts for the holiday parties you'll be attending. 

Aren't they pretty? They can be found here and are each made by hand by Lao Yan in his home in China. From his hands to yours, from China to the United States, we are thrilled to support his beautiful artistry this holiday season and all through the year. Who says you'd have to tuck them away after the holidays are over? The pieces in the Classic Collection captures the meaning of Grace, Hope, Love, Family, Faith, and Blessing in the twists and turns of the wire...perhaps I should use them to decorate the ongoing nursery in my home? Each of these words are something I hope that Baby C (as we are calling her for now!) knows throughout her life, so they could serve as a reminder to her (and me!) every day. 

We hope that our posts these last days have touched your hearts, and we hope that you will share them with your family and friends. In a spirit of giving, and our thanks to you, our supporters, we're offering a giveaway today. This is one of our blue tote bags from the Scarlet Scraps collection. Isn't it darling? It was designed by Deng Jia, and she used scraps from our Daphne apron, the Noelle tree skirt, and a few other bits and bobs in there too. I love the double ruffle design. What amazing skills she has, eh?! 

We'll use rafflecoptor for this giveaway, and there are several ways that you can enter. 

Won't you help us care for some of the world's smallest citizens today?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thankfulness for Emma Lael & NDFH

So far, we have raised 38% of our goal to buy anti-rejection meds for Talley and Mark at NDFH (New Day Foster Home)!  Remember, if we raise $500 by the end of the month, our donations will be matched by THREE DIFFERENT MATCHING GRANTS!  So in the end, we'll have raised $2,000 for NDFH, which is enough to buy medicine for both kiddos for 2 months.  You can go to our fundraising page on CrowdRise to contribute to the cause; all donations go directly to NDFH and your contribution is tax-deductible.

We reached out to a few of our NDFH friends to guest blog this month in celebration of Adoption Month and #STOrphanCare. Andrea, who blogs at The Sisler Six, writes below of her experience with New Day, child sponsorship, adoption, and Thankfulness.


Thankfulness…the Webster dictionary defines it this way: a warm, friendly feeling of gratitude.

I am thankful for New Day, who heard God’s call and acted upon it in 1993.

I am thankful that our daughter, Emma Lael, was a recipient of New Day's Love, Compassion, Grace and Mercy.

Why support the work of New Day? For my husband Kent and me it was easy, it made sense to us. It started because our daughter was once the recipient of others' support.  It is a financial commitment, but it’s much more than that. It is a commitment to pray for the child you sponsor and the work of NDFH.  We joyfully sponsor Seth and Ella. When you have a child who was LOVED at NDFH by the nannies and foster parents, you want to “give back.” Knowing someone sponsored our child before we ever knew she was our child; I can’t even explain the emotions it stirs inside me when I think of that.

Emma Lael had two open-heart surgeries while at New Day. The generosity of total strangers saved our daughter's life. How can a parent ever thank someone enough? You truly can’t. But we can "pay it forward."  To partner in the work of New Day is an honor. To watch the children flourish in the loving arms of their nannies and foster parents.... To see people rally around the children at New Day and pray, then to read of a grim diagnosis turn into miraculous healing. It is a gift to be a part of the work and watch the miraculous transformations. Your support makes a difference. It saves lives.

I am thankful for families who answer God’s call to Adoption. God’s word says this…

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. 

I know God clearly doesn’t call everyone to adopt. But, He does call disciples of Jesus Christ to do something:  Pray. Sponsor. Support a family adopting. Encourage a family who may be struggling after an adoption. Adopt. Foster.

James 2:17 "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (NIV) 

Sometimes we might think that faith in action is doing big things, and certainly it is; but small actions matter too. James 2:17 doesn't diminish the beauty of faith, but rather tells us to put action with it. Action moves your faith from being one of words to one of life-changing impact on others.

Take a look at the needs at NDFH and your means to meet them. Determine what you are able to do, then put your faith into action. You will never regret putting your faith in God and being a part of His great plan for the children at NDFH. We adopted Emma Lael in September 2010. What she has brought to our family, friends, church and community, I can’t put into words. She is a precious gift from God, and we are Thankful.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Doing Something About It

Our hearts break when we hear about the starving orphans somewhere in the world, and so we determine to do something about it.

Maybe you've done something simple yet meaningful, such as sponsoring a child? Or donated money regularly to an orphan-care organization. Maybe you've even adopted a child, or are considering doing so. All of these things are wonderful, fantastic, even.

But have you ever wanted to do something extremely tangible? If so, I'd like to introduce you to a little orphan in China who needs your help.

Talley was born with a couple of pretty serious birth defects, one which nearly cost her life. Not too many months ago Talley's lifewas miraculously saved and she received a liver transplant - something culturally unheard of here. Since that long, complicated surgery and touch-and-go recovery, Talley has been a new child. But she's still very compromised in health. Every morning Talley takes a medication that keeps her alive, but this medication is quite expensive. In fact, it costs $470 every month to pay for Talley's meds, and we don't have any sort of health care here. Each pill is paid out of pocket.

Carrie wanted to raise money for something needed and meaningful this month here at Scarlet Threads, and I suggested Talley's meds. As we raise enough money for one month, about $500USD (which is our goal) the money gets not doubled, not tripled, but quadrupled. Which means three more months of medication for a little orphan girl whose life is a miracle.


Because, being a part of an orphan's life... making a difference... miracles... they are something that we can help make happen. Why not?

Click here to make a donation.  The funds go directly to Legacy Charities, the 501c3 NDFH is registered under in the USA. That means your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of it goes to buying these medicines.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Life Grows With Love

This past Sunday was my daughter’s first birthday, and in 8 days, she will have been in an orphanage for one year.

That’s an anniversary that makes my heart ache. It’s an anniversary that should never have been.   Babies are meant to stay with their mamas and daddies; to be cuddled, loved, adored, celebrated. Not abandoned.

One year in an orphanage... I find myself wondering how long it will take to undo the damage done by a year of deprivation. I don’t mean to insinuate that the orphanage staff is uncaring or that the nannies don’t do their absolute best, but with over 900 children in the facility, it is impossible that any child would get what he or she needs.

One year in an orphanage… I find myself wondering about her birth family. The one-year anniversary of their decision to leave their daughter to be found by strangers. I can’t help by think, no matter what their reasons or their feelings towards her, they must be thinking about her now.

One year in an orphanage… I rocked my almost-3-year-old daughter to sleep today, a rare occurrence for my busy gal these days. And I thought of the thousands of times I rocked her to sleep in her first year of life. I wondered if our newest little one has ever been gently rocked to sleep? Even once in her first year of life?

One year in an orphanage... She's tiny, and I worry about underlying causes and scary "what ifs."  Fundamentally I know that it takes more than food and water to grow; it takes love.  Without it, no one can thrive.  I pray the days go by quickly until she can be home, learning what it means to be a part of a family and getting the chance for life to really start growing.


In a recent article on the global orphan crisis and international adoption, CNN reported that “UNICEF estimates that there are 151 million children who have lost at least one parent worldwide and 18 million who have lost both parents. Globally, there are more children living in foster care or institutions than there are being adopted, according to the United Nations. But most of these children are older and have special needs, and are not the healthy infants many adoptive parents typically desire.”

It’s November, and people across the nation are talking about it being National Adoption Month. I’m thankful for the attention paid to the orphan crisis both here at home and abroad, and we do need to encourage more families to seriously consider adoption. (Seriously. If you haven’t stopped to really ask yourself if you are called to adopt, start asking the question. It’s a question I believe everyone at least needs to consider.)

But the sad reality is that the vast majority of the world’s orphans will never be adopted. That’s true of children raised in foster care here in the USA, and of orphans living around the globe. And even for the ones who eventually will be adopted, like my daughter, they spend considerable amounts of time living in institutions – and those institutions need our assistance and partnership to meet the needs of the children residing in them.


Here at Scarlet Threads, our heart has always been connected to orphans, so we knew we wanted to celebrate Adoption Month… but we wanted to think about it more broadly than that. Because the need to care for orphans extends so much farther than only adoption, we want to celebrate Adoption + Orphan Care, and we want to invite you to join us.

For the remainder of the month, we will be raising funds for two purposes.

Through the sale of items in our Scarlet Scraps line, we will raise funds for an adoption grant. We hope to have enough sales to give a sizeable grant to an adoptive family before Christmas, but that’s only possible with your help! Remember, 100% of the proceeds of the sale of those items go towards our grant fund.

We also hope you will help us get the word out about our adoption fundraising program. Quite a few families have already benefitted from selling our aprons to raise funds for their adoptions, and it helps our artisans at the same time! This program is a win-win, and any adoptive family can participate.

We also want to introduce you, if you don’t already know them, to New Day Foster Home. New Day is an incredible organization working in the trenches to bring hope to the hopeless and the fatherless home. (I know it’s incredible, because Jacob and I served there for 4 years, which is when/where we started Scarlet Threads.)

They partner with government orphanages across China, taking their most medically challenging cases, and provide the medical treatment, TLC, and education that these children need to thrive until they can find their adoptive families. We want to help sponsor the anti-rejection medicines Mark and Talley, two of the children in NDFH’s care who had liver transplants to treat biliary atresia, a congenital birth defect. The medicine costs $500 per month per child.

We have lined up 3 matching donors, each willing to match contributions up to $500. So here’s what we want to do. We want to raise $500, which will be matched and turn into $2000, and we can provide the medications Mark and Talley need for two months.

That’s Orphan Care, ya’ll. And we can do this. Maybe we’ll even blow that total out of the water and raise money for 3 months or 6 months. 

To contribute, just go here and make your contribution. The funds go directly to Legacy Charities, the 501c3 NDFH is registered under in the USA. That means your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of it goes to buying these medicines. Tell your friends. We have 2.5 weeks before the end of November. We can do this.


As a waiting adoptive mama, I’m praying others are standing in the gap for my little girl. I’m praying that other arms are holding her, rocking her, loving her. I’m praying that there are people making sure she gets enough to eat and who comfort her when she has a fever and doesn’t feel good. I’m praying she gets the kind of attention and nurturing that I know she would get if she were at a place like New Day Foster Home. As a waiting adoptive mama, I’m even more thankful for people who stand beside orphans while they wait… for the people sending warm jackets and buying medicine. For the people sponsoring surgery and formula and field trips.

Orphan Care isn’t just for a few. It’s for all of us, and we're on this journey together. These kids need us to love them so they can grow into the people they were destined to be.  So please join us in funding a Scarlet Scraps Adoption Grant this holiday season, spreading the word about our adoption fundraising program, and helping us raise the money NDFH needs to buy the medications Mark and Talley require while they wait for their mamas and daddies to find them.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Our Heart Strings - Adoption & Orphan Care Blogathon

Greetings ST Community!

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? And, did you know that Scarlet Threads (the super-power of super-chic fair trade aprons) started because of our heart for Orphan Care and Adoption? Each of us "working" for ST shares this heart and we want to make sure that this remains in the forefront of our business.

Carrie - or Super Mama as Cora refers to her - is our fearless leader. She fearlessly moved to China in 2007 to tackle orphan care head on by working at New Day Foster Home for four years. (And, started ST along the way). She comes from a family in which adoption is very important - two of her siblings are adopted - is it any wonder that she and Jacob want to adopt a child, too?

Me - Aini (so, Aini means "love you" in Chinese and incidentally, this is how Cora pronounces my name). My own precious father was an orphan adopted by his forever family 60 wonderful years ago. It was far less common, far less acceptable, and far less understood in 1953. How grateful am I for his biological mother's decision to continue this pregnancy and to give this child the option to be raised by the most loving grandparents that I could have had. I tend to think that his own innate courage finds its root somewhere back in time in a young girl in Yonkers, NY.

Lexi has a love for this cause that is demonstrated in her continual support of her "World Vision babies" and New Day Foster Home. She found us through the NDFH network, fell in love with the ST network, and she has stuck like glue! We just love her heart. And, we love the pictures of Boikobetsu wearing her Scarlet Threads tunic!

Hannah's story is similar to Carrie's in some ways. She too has a heart for orphan care and adoption, and she too comes from a family passionate about the same thing. Perhaps you are familiar with the infectious smiling girl on our website in the sweet little panda apron? That is Hannah's baby sister! It is truly a beautiful thing to see such a young person (yes, 20 years is now young to me) with a tremendous passion that leads her to places far more remote than Beijing to build a support structure for orphans.

We are going to continue shouting of our heart strings from the roof top all month! Here are just a few of the things that we have in store!
  1. Every year we host a fundraiser on this website to link our community to a New Day Foster Home Child in the hopes that we can directly support an individual life! This year we will do the same thing. We will introduce the fundraiser on Wednesday, so stay tuned. The funds go directly to New Day Foster Home, so your contribution will be tax deductable.
  2. Giveaway Extravaganza
  3. Guest Posts by people who share our heart and committment
  4. Special Sale for people who contribute to the fundraiser.
  5. Our Second Adoption Grant distribution. Don't forget that the proceeds from our Scarlet Scraps line go to our Adoption Grant Fund! We gave our first distribution last year and we are currently raising funds for our next distribution.