As most of you know, late last year I made a big career change from being the Grants Manager at the SC Arts Commission, to working in Community Impact at United Way of the Midlands. I loved working in the arts and continue to support the arts in every way I can. But as I looked at the people around me in the city I happily call home and saw how many were hungry, homeless, uneducated, and suffering, I wanted to help.
When United Way launched National Volunteer Week with their Day of Action and needed volunteers to help give out information about our services at the Soda City Farmers Market, I happy signed up!
There was just one thing…I had to wear this shirt…
It’s a perfectly fine T-shirt. But I wasn’t really in the mood to wear a boring T-shirt on one of the few gorgeous sunny days we’ve had here lately. So, I pulled out my tailor’s chalk and got to marking!
Then, I got to cut along that chalked line. This left some raw edges that needed closing, so I got to it!
I stitched the front and back of my new top down…
…then I pinned those cut-off sided together and stitched them down as well!
Almost done! I just needed a couple of straps to hold my new top up. Luckily, I had a spool of black grosgrain ribbon on hand!
After two more short little whirrrrrs, I was all done!
My new top was comfy as could be for a day spent in the warm sun!
I could have made my top a bit more fitted, but as I actually work for United Way, I kind of wanted to be as non-provocative as possible. I’m sure you understand. :)
While out at the market, I ran into a couple of fun friends!
One lovely pal even gave me a very thoughtful gift! :)
By the end of the day, I just wanted to unwind a bit, so I did. :)
I hope you all make the time to give back to your community (no matter where that is) this week, as well as all year long!