Wednesday, November 6, 2013

45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but don’t forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Know someone going on a missions trip? We'd love them to take dresses to girls in need!

Help us bless girls with their own pillowcase dress!

We are in need of people to take our dresses to countries where there is a need for girls to be properly clothed.  We rely on people traveling personally or on mission trips that can carry our dresses to areas where we can bless girls with their own beautiful handmade pillowcase dress!  If you or your church are taking a trip, please consider contacting me to obtain dresses.  I am in Connecticut and can provide you with these dresses at no cost.  All we ask is that you will personally put the dresses on the girls-over their existing clothes- and let them know God loves them.  Tell them that they are beautiful and have worth.  Tell them the dress was made by someone who loves them just as God does.  Make them feel pretty and special-maybe for the first time in their lives.  Take photos of the girls in their new dresses and email them to us so that we can share the look of feeling beautiful and special with others.  We can show the ladies who sew these dresses what good self esteem and happiness looks like.  It inspires people to get involved and encourages those already sewing to keep on sewing for this wonderful cause.

For more information, please email me at  If you are not local but willing to pay for the shipping charges, I can send you dresses to carry on your trip.  We are a not for profit organization and we simply desire to make God's best dress and bless girls around the world.

Can you help?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sew with Us this Saturday, October 12!

Dress a Girl Connecticut is meeting this weekend!

Join us
Saturday, October 12, 2013 
from 9am-3pm 
(or any time in between!)
as we Sew, Label and Package dresses!

We will be meeting at:
 Cornerstone Church, 1146 Waterbury Road, Cheshire 
in "Sal's House."

If you have a sewing machine, bring it.  
If you have an iron & ironing board, bring it.  
If you have cotton quilting fabric or pretty pillowcases, bring them.  
(Donations always welcomed!)   
If you come around lunchtime, bring something to share!

This is alot of fun and I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces! 

No sewing experience necessary! 
There are other "tasks" such as cutting, ironing, labeling, sizing, rolling and packaging the dresses.
We are always in need of boxes of quality gallon sized zip lock bags!

We will be making dresses to fulfill requests for dresses to go into Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child girls' boxes.  Other items that are usually included are toiletries, dolls, stuffed animals, costume jewelry, books and games.  However, think SMALL---these all go into a shoebox!
Here are some ideas for items to pack:
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • TOYS: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch,® toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky,® etc.
  • HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
  • OTHER: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
We will be collecting these items on Saturday as well to include in the Christmas boxes!
Have questions?  Email me at  See you Saturday!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Dresses made in memory of those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Soon after the tragic and senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School just about 30 minutes from me in Newtown, CT, I began to receive requests for Dress a Girl Connecticut to DO SOMETHING.  After thinking about this for some time, I decided that we could honor all those lost in this terrible event by helping other kids, namely little girls who have little.  It feels good to help others and by making dresses in memory of those lost, we remember and honor those.

These are the labels that I came up with for all the dresses you make and send in to me. 
 S.H.E.'S. remembered = Sandy Hook Elementary School remembered

The following dresses were received from our DAG Virginia representative, Karen.  
She made personalized tags for each to honor an individual.

As received on Christmas Eve.

Interested in helping out?  Consider making a dress.  Green & white are the S.H.E.S. colors and many are now making dresses in green with white trim & details.  All dresses will be sent out to countries with girls in need.

Help us remember and honor the boys, girls and women of Sandy Hook Elementary School!

God Bless!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DRESSES NEEDED! Many requests for dresses!

Well, the Christmas season is upon us and I have just had 4 requests for dresses from 4 different organizations taking missions trips between now and February!

Ladies, start your sewing machines!  I need help.  I know everyone is busy at this time of year, I am as well.  If you have any dresses you have sewn or started, could you try to finish them and get them to me asap?  If you have time, could you sew a few up for me?

Help us bless girls this Christmas!
I was so thankful when a woman called me out of the blue just a couple weeks ago.  It was days before her trip to Mozambique and she just heard about DAGATW.  She wanted dresses for the next week.  I had a couple of large boxes that I was tripping over in my sewing studio and was thrilled to send them with her to bless little girls for Christmas!

Now I have no finished dresses and have a student from Fordham University that would like some for a trip soon.  She is coming home to CT around December 20th and I told her I'd have dresses.  Another gentleman just contacted me this morning that he has a trip in early January and needs dresses by December 29th!

I know God will guide us to get these done.  I am asking for your help.  I planned an impromptu sewing date TONIGHT, December 11th at Cornerstone Church in Cheshire from 7-9pm if anyone can join us to help.  The address is 1146 Waterbury Road in Cheshire.  Come with your sewing machine and any supplies you may have.  Any financial donations are welcome as well and are 100% tax deductible.  Checks should me made payable to "Cornerstone Church-Dress a Girl ministry".

Thank you and I hope to see you tonight!

Dress a Girl gets national exposure with TV interview on "The Better Show"

This past fall I was asked if I would like to be featured on "The Better Show" for a segment they call "Women Who Inspire."  I had the opportunity to travel into NYC to do an interview with Audra Lowe of "The Better Show" about Dress a Girl Around the World.  It was lots of fun and I really enjoyed being able to talk about DAG knowing how many people would be able to see what we are doing to help bless little girls with their own pretty pillowcase dress!  What a great opportunity to share!

Watch for yourself by clicking this link:  The Better Show-Dress a Girl Around the World

If you are interested in helping, please respond in the comments below or email me at

We are always in need of financial help to purchase those things that are not donated such as trimmings, labels, postage and supplies.  100% of your donations are used for Dress a Girl Connecticut as we seek to bless girls worldwide.  If you can help us, please click the "DONATE" button on the top right of this page.  Help us brighten a little girls Christmas this year.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dresses looking for a ride! :)

Are you traveling to a country with basic clothing needs for it's girls?  We are an organization of caring people who want to bless little girls with a new pretty pillowcase dress to raise her self esteem, maker her feel pretty and put a smile on her well as meet basic clothing needs.

A girl in Zimbabwe waiting for her first pretty dress.
My name is Janine and I am the Connecticut State Representative for Dress a Girl Around the World.  We transform ordinary pillowcases into extraordinary, beautiful pillowcase dresses.  Each dress is handmade by a caring individual who selflessly constructs the dress, primarily out of donated materials, into something any girl would be proud to wear.  The dresses aim to meet basic needs but more than that, to make the girl who is blessed with it feel pretty.  The dresses are put on a girl right over any existing clothes she may have and a moment is spent on her level to fasten the ties over her shoulders.  She is told that the dress is a gift from someone who made it by hand simply out of love for her.  She is told that there is a God that loves her and that she is important.  For some girls, this is more individual attention than she may have had in a long time.  In many countries, girls have no value, no worth in the eyes of the people.  However, every person, every girls is special and important to God and we are trying to spread God's love by sharing these dresses with girls everywhere.

You can see she feels pretty and loved!
To date, Dress a Girl has blessed 126,000 girls in 64 countries with dresses of their own.  I am actively looking for people in and around Connecticut who are traveling where there is a need for these dresses.  I can offer you dresses and all that I ask is that you bless the girls as described above and take photos of the girls receiving the dresses so that we may share those pictures with everyone that sews for us.  The photos and stories are what drive all of us to continue to sew.  I can hardly put into words how awesome it is to see a dress I made on a girl who is smiling and feeling good about herself!  This goes for every person who sews for Dress a Girl. 

Dress a Girl Connecticut has made over 4500 dresses since I started in 2010 and we have many women getting involved each day.  It takes many volunteers, generous donations-both of materials and financial donations to keep us going.  Every penny we receive in will be put back into dress materials, label costs and shipping when necessary.

If you, your organization or your church are traveling soon, please contact me to arrange to get dresses to bless girls.  I currently have about 500 dresses looking for a ride to a needy girl.