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On May 4th, Three Little Birds hosted its second Craft 'N Sip gathering. The purpose of these gatherings is to bring loss families, advocates, and friends together to create a beautiful piece of art in memory of a baby or loved one, as well as talk and support each other through loss. With Mother's Day a couple of weeks away, this event couldn't have come at a better time!
There was a mix of familiar and new faces at this event. After a brief introduction, we began creating our Mosaic Hanging Birdbaths. Birds are often used as a universal symbol of spirituality and the loved ones we have lost. All the participants stated they felt this craft was healing and the conversation between participants was incredibly helpful in supporting and validating one another.
No two participant's stories are the same. Many people in attendance lost a child after birth, through stillbirth or miscarriage or are struggling to conceive. There was no shortage of support or hugs between everyone!
Special thank you to Co-Founder, Desiree Miller for opening her home and beautiful back yard for our event. It was an evening of love, support and growing friendships that will carry families through their journey of love and loss!
Our next craft and sip event will be held in August to coincide with our Day of Hope Beach Yoga & Healing event. We hope you will attend and help us build or nest of support!
In late 2017, Three Little Birds was gifted more than 100, unique, handcrafted Angel Gowns, to be given to families suffering from stillbirth or neonatal loss. These gowns are created from donated wedding gowns and gifted to families as burial gowns. Every baby deserves a beautiful garment!
The angel gown donation we received from "Grandma Angel" varied in sizes, colors and styles to suit each and every unique baby. The gowns are donated and deconstructed then created from patterns for the various sizes of babies. In addition to gorgeous gowns, seamstresses also make "Premie Pockets" for second trimester losses who are too small for a traditional angel gown.
Nationwide, volunteer seamstresses are creating these gorgeous gowns for their local hospitals and families. We are fortunate to Christine Unander for volunteering her time to become Three Little Bird's in-house Angel Gown Coordinator!
This program has become very popular and we have received numerous requests to accept donated gowns. Three Little Birds will be collecting gowns over the next six weeks, leading up to Mother's Day, to be sent to our seamstresses!
The Program accepts clean wedding or evening gowns (light pink, blue, or cream ONLY) to be considered for this program. You can drop off your donation at the following locations:
GOWN DROP OFF THROUGH MAY 12
Porch Drop Off -- Image is Everything Studios, `1428 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ
(please leave on front porch in a box or bag with a note it is for the Angel Gown Program.
Additionally, we will be collecting gowns at the South Jersey Family & Maternity Fair on May 12th at the Float Haven Spa in Pitman, NJ! This event is sponsored by the Float Haven Spa, Wondertime, LLC, the Essential Light worker and the Village Breastfeeding & Wellness. It is a wonderful event, with vendors, giveaways and lots of love and support!
If you live outside the area, boxes can be shipped to Image is Everything Studios.
Three Little Birds Perinatal hosted its first Craft 'N Sip Party this February! The intention of this event was to bring bereaved families, friends and supporters together to have a safe space to share their personal stories, as well as create a beautiful piece of art in memory of their baby or loved one.
The evening began with an introduction of the organization, the purpose of the event, as well as others sharing the struggles they have faced with pregnancy and infant loss as well as infertility. Very soon after we began, everyone began chatting as if they had been friends for years, each listening, validating and supporting one another! There was no shortage of love or hugs for attendees that night!
The discussion of support groups was raised and the general consensus was they left the traditional support groups they attended underwhelmed and not as supported as they had hoped. All participants agreed creating art while engaging in conversation made them feel comfortable and inspired as they listened and shared.
By the end of the night, each participant left the event with a beautiful, unique Birdhouse Nightlight in memory of their precious loved one, as well as a nest of support for them as they continue on their healing journey!
We encourage participants to share their personal thoughts and feelings about the event and how you felt as you went home. Thank you so much for coming, sharing your hearts and making our nest bigger and bigger!
We are so grateful to Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe for their donation of delicious cookies for our event, as well as Image is Everything Studios for hosting the event!
We are hoping to host our next Craft ‘N Sip event to honor Mother’s Day! If you are interested in developing our next craft or participating, let us know!
Kristen Samuelson, SBD, Founder & Director