Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Countdown to a New Year.....

I just can't believe it is almost 2011!  I don't know where this year has gone and we will soon be celebrating our first anniversary for the Binky Patrol South Carolina.  We began at the end of February this year and although we were off to a slow start, we are gaining in strength now and our goals are clear cut.  What a wonderful feeling to look back over the progress we have made this year and even more exciting is dreaming of what will be possible in the coming year.

This past week we heard about a new baby delivered at barely 28 weeks to a young family close to us.  This reminds us that there is much to do as this happens every day and most families never plan on this happening to them.  We are working on preemie blankets, hats and booties for this dear little one as well others in local hospitals.  If you would like to join in, please email me at or visit our Web Site at  We can use every pair of hands we can find.  You don't need to have any special talents - there is always something to do.  While we don't ask for cash donations, we can always use postage as we mail out most of our donations.  All items donated are tax deductible as the Binky Patrol SC is a non-profit and we do provide receipts.  Help us provide comfort and care for children in need!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tis the Season.....

We have been busy as buzzing bees here at the South Carolina Binky Patrol.  We are just about done for 2010 but I try to never say never because you just never know when you will have the opportunity to send out one more binky.  ;o)

So far this month we have packed up lots of goodies and sent them on their way.  Joyce with the Pink Slipper Project posted this most enchanting picture of the filled stockings we sent to her.  They will be going to two children in shelters this weekend.  We are so excited to have been able to assist with this project.

We were able to send 5 preemie blankets to God's Tiny Angels - 4 of which Anita quilted and they are just so adorable.  We will continue to work on Christmas items for GTA so that their supplies are adequate for next year.  We are also working on booties for the bootie blitz in January.  If you need patterns - we have lots of them.  We can always use hats, any kind of blankets as well as other items for preemies and newborns.

This is the little preemie blanket I made - my first time doing the bobbles and they were fun but a little trying at times.  Then when I was all done, one end was more narrow than the other  - I must have somehow switched to a smaller needle at some point.  I was able to fix that with a wash and steam press.  Bless Dannette with God's Tiny Angels - she can work wonders with anything she receives.

We were also able to get a box out to SisterCare - in that one we included one quilt from Anita, some Christmas erasers and 4 frilly bras - yes bras and no I didn't take a picture of them.  I had been holding onto them for a bra event for Breast Cancer but I know some of the ladies at the shelter would love something pretty and filly around the holidays and next year.  This masterpiece is another quilt of Anita's and I just know some lucky child will love it at the Shelter.  Isn't this pattern just beautiful!!

The box for Dickerson is packed and ready to go.  We sent them over two blankets - one that was made by Andrea - and another adorable quilt from Anita.  I know they will find a wonderful use for these for the children.  We will be working on more blankets as well as journals for this group.
The little train blanket Andrea made is actually two layers of very soft flannel sewn together with a blanket stitch - very cozy and so soft and just right for a busy little boy.  Anita's little girly bears and stripes binky is just perfect for a sweet little girl.  So excited to send these!!

Finally we are packing up a box to send to a new group that we just learned about.  It is mostly clothing for kids up to size 14 along with a sweet little quilt sent to us by Jill.  This is our first package to them and I hope we will learn more about what their needs are as we get to know them.  They actually house children at this shelter.    I don't know if you will be able to tell from this picture, but this little quilt of squares is made in very subtle shade differences of pastel blue and green.  It is lightweight and a good size for any baby or child.  Another great thing is that it is binky green - meaning that our patch looks like it was make for this one.  Jill also sent us a box full of these squares already cut and ready to make up.  Can't wait to try embroidering some of these.

As you can see our group has been very busy and we hope to do so much more in the coming year.  If you or someone you know would like to join in, please do.  Email me at or visit our web site at  This is a wonderful organization and we are so happy to be a part of it here in the South.  Happy Holidays!!!