11 Feb


Last week I did a little purging. I’m half way through getting four boxes of reject photos down to two — or maybe even one. I also bit the bullet and emptied a box of fabric. All my army uniforms for cutting up had been in a pile on the top of my drawers of fabric, but now they have a box of their very own. So what did I do with the fabric originally in teh box?


I packed it up and sent it to Iraq as part of IBOL3, a pet project of my husband’s (and an ever growing group of like-minded people).


IBOL Guy is looking to collect 500 large flat rate boxes of sewing supplies (and maybe some knitting stuff too) for a special ice-breaker type project with local Iraqi army and federal police units.

If you are interested in participating (and I hope you are), head on over to the IBOL website for more details.

29 Jan

IBOL3 in 3D!

OK, it’s not really 3D, unless you count that it’s happening again in real life and that is naturally, 3D.

So, yes, an opportunity has arisen and it’s time again to bust out your stash of fabrics and notions, box them up, and send them to your faithful army guys (and women) in Iraq who have a plan to distribute ASAP. All the details are on Tech Support & World’s Greatest Husband’s, AKA, IBOL Guy’s, website. Go. Now.

16 Sep

Speaking of Support…

The wonderful ladies at Sew Mama Sew are at it again! This time around they are offering fantastically priced thread bundles for IBOL II: Give a Little. So, if you are inclined to support donating sewing supplies to needy sewists in Iraq but don’t have much of a stash yourself, click here to have the SMS ladies send a bundle of thread, needles, and pins for you!

31 Aug

My Bundle of Sewing Love

Here’s my IBOL II Bundle. This time, I dove into the little used bin of dressmaking fabrics and pulled out a few pieces that were in the one to two yard ballpark. I found a pinwale corduroy, eyelet, a nice stripe and a sheer that was meant for curtains. Hopefully someone else will make good use of these fabrics since I’m obviously not getting around to doing anything with them. I don’t have many large pieces of quilting cottons, but I found a few that I either had big plans for but they fell through or I used a lot less of the fabric than expected. I think they are fun happy fabrics and hopefully someone else will too. I was also teh recipient of excellent swag at Quilt Hawaii, so I wanted to share that wealth as well. Who doesn’t love metallic threads — at least to look at and dream. Of course, I had to include top stitch needles to sew the metallics with (since I had a whole pack).

If you are interested in de-stashing and sharing our collective fabric wealth with our sewing sisters in Iraq, check out my hubby’s IBOL II blog for all the pertinant details and regular updates. Give a little.


06 Sep

Last but not Least

Bringing up the time zone rear, we celebrated IBOL Sundae with, wait for it……… Sundaes!

Mint chip ice cream, IBOL Super Sauce, strawberries from Maui (so worth the extra $$), and pecans on mine.

Eaten, as prescribed, with big spoons:

Even the cat feigned some interest via mere proximity.

So, with IBOL Sundae over, we have Monday to pack up any boxes we haven’t gotten to yet and then Tuesday to put those boxes in the mail. I’m looking forward to following the box count on the IBOL web site to see just how impossibly high it will get in the next 10 days or so. Then, I’ll wait not so patiently for the response from recipients. Happy IBOL Sundae!

04 Sep



Here’s what the kids helped me pack tonight for IBOL’s super secret project #3. It was not easy distracting them from their usual activities of homework, playtime with friends, books and screen time for a project so far removed from themselves. We went to Walmart tonight to get undies so we looked around to see if there was anything else that might be good to include and Katja enjoyed picking out hair thingiess and chose sparkly beads and string for making jewelry, while we distracted Zavi from Bakugan just long enough for him to endorse some Fimo-type clay. They dumped all the stuff from the house and our shopping trip in their respective “Boy” and “Girl” boxes and that was about it from them.


Until bedtime when Katja was, for the first time since the week daddy deployed, in tears. Doing a project for him brought to the surface just how much she misses her dad.

28 Aug

Bundle Love

I feel like my blogging has been all messed up lately. I had two things to post when my blog was down for a day and a half and when it came back up they were there, but I think it took longer than usual for RSS feeds and stuff to find them. Then I joined FaceBook. Now I’m over there as much as here and I forget what I’ve said in which place. I have to admit that a quick little blurb over there is so easy, though I feel like posts over here have a little more presence. On top of that I am totally caught up in Mr. Incredible’s IBOL project. Not that I’m actually doing anything, I’m just constantly bouncing between my email, the IBOL blog and the IBOL FaceBook page to see how amazingly the project has grown.

When he first told me of the project I never imagined that so many people would come out to support it. My post alone has over 60 comments and I never get even close to that kind of traffic on this blog. His number of hits and comments is understandably astronomical! It’s so much fun to see other people blogging about it too. Blogs that get lots of traffic and those that get little bits — it’s all added up to an amazing amount of support. Then Sew Mama Sew jumped in with bundles for people without a fabric stash to draw from and that ended up being perfect for people outside the US too (since postage can add up), plus I think a lot of sewers who just plain like SMS ordered additional bundles because they could. They sold out in an amazing 48 hours. Now Quilts, Inc. is on the bandwagon, Mr. Incredible’s got a press guy, he’s done a radio interview and there’s more in the works. Don’t forget the fun little side projects that spring up spontaneously like Nadine’s T-Shirts based on my SIL’s heart-for-an-O labeling of her box, and Happy Zombie’s adorable blog button which is way more lovie than my persian rug one. How can I possibly blog in the shadow of all this awesomeness?

Iraqi Bundles of Love


So thank you thank you thank you for all your bundle love and support! Sooner or later I’ll get back to the art bras, Hawaiian music on the lawn, quilty things, Guild happenings, and  possible projects. But right now, it all seems beside the point.

04 Aug

Pack your Boxes


My very own Tech Support & World’s Greatest Husband, AKA, Mr. Incredible, has just launched a short-duration project to “surge” fabric and sewing materials into the area around which he’s posted in Iraq.  It is timed to coincide with both Ramadan, and the departure of his units from Iraq. 

The project started, as many do, out of a confluence of inspiration and circumstances. It may have started with reading 3 Cups of Tea, an inspirational story not only of one man’s impact, but of his conviction that terrorism can only be fought effectively with education and opportunity, not by force. Follow that with the understanding that when a US military unit leaves an area, although they take with them everything on their master list of what they brought, truth is they leave a whole lot behind as well — bed sheets, small refrigerators, DVDs, old clothes, unused building materials, etc. As one man’s trash is another’s treasure, the idea to donate re-usable materials to local groups emerged. Then came the idea to supplement those resources with more — tailor made for individuals and sewing co-ops trying to make a living in the community.

The basic premise is to make a bundle of fabric and sewing supplies from your own stash, mail it to my hubby’s APO (American) address, and he will facilitate the distribution of the bundles. By bundling teh goodies, it saves time on his end as he won’t have to redistribute the supplies or use excess packaging for them, and it makes it far simpler for his local counterparts to distribute them to those in need.

The project is called Iraqi Bundles of Love, here’s a link to his FAQ page, and we’ve got until September 7, 2009 to bust our stashes and send what we probably won’t get around to using to my man, who will get it to those who will use it right away. If anyone is interested in donating, but doesn’t want/have a box-full, or can’t afford the postage, contact me and I’ll be a rally point here in Hawai’i. Please feel free to pass on the links, share this project with your sewing pals, local bee, quilt guild, etc. As I write this post, my husband doesn’t have a list of “most needed” items yet. Fabric, thread, needles, pins, yarn will undoubtedly be on the list. I hope it goes without saying that messages of God’s blessings or anything else evangelical/proselytizing should not be included. Let’s be sensitive to the world’s diversity. Thank you so much for your support of this project.