Holiday Giving Week

It's that time of year again folks. Time to reflect, be with your loved ones, and perhaps give some gifts and eat some nice meals together. Instead of offering sales and doorbuster promos and other madness like that, I like to do things a bit differently around the holiday shopping season. This year, I decided to go with a giving theme.

Between today and Sunday Dec 4th, 25% all purchases made on my site or Etsy (patterns, patches, zines, PDFs) will go towards your choice from a selection of worthy causes:

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The American Civil Liberties Union work to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."

Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico.

Now + There is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating impactful public art projects in Greater Boston (where I currently reside).

I'm excited to use my skills and your support to contribute to causes I feel strongly about, as I have seen many others do (especially recently).


I've also whipped up some fun handmade goodies to accompany your holiday gifts!

I did a great deal of printmaking in college and have always loved carving woodblocks, stamps and the like. I've seen so many people getting into block printing lately. I was finally able to make some time to get back into it.

I started with the stamps and decided to create some simple patches using fabric scraps from my studio. I also thought it would be fun to hand paint a few of the muslin versions (I tried it on the color fabric too and it didn't work as well, so I kept those simple).

Each building also represents something to me, a symbol of an idea. I feel like the serve as affirmations for this crazy day and age, things to remind ourselves to work towards. The Geodesic Dome is Utopia, the Cabin is Contemplation, the Saltbox is Adaptation and the A-Frame is Ingenuity.

There are all kinds of ways to use these little guys, but here's a few suggestions:

Add Flair!

Stitch this patch onto your favorite jean jacket, trusty back pack, or knitting project bag. (I'm sure it could use some lawn ornament enamel pins too! Perhaps a lawn flamingo and a potted cactus?)

Use it as a tag in your favorite Blueprints make!

I stitched a little Geodesic patch into my favorite Geodesic sweater. Makes it feel extra special.

Make something!

These little patches make awesome ornaments when sewn to another scrap, stuffed, and topped with a ribbon. Or perhaps make a tiny zip pouch for change, jewelry, or trinkets.

I've also included some suggestions on each patch's shop page. I hope you enjoy these little guys. I enjoyed making them!

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