Handcrafted Love


It’s that time of the year again. The elves are hard at work,


Toys R Us big books are arriving on door steps, and kids are making their Christmas lists. See anything wrong with this picture?

Courtney DeFeo did.Two years ago, the mother of two was looking for a way to get her kids to stop thinking of what they wanted, and start thinking of ways to give back to others. She came up with the Light Em Up program.

Through Light ‘Em Up, families can create a unique holiday giving plan to get the kids in the spirit of giving. You can read more about Light Em Up here.

I was so inspired by Courtney last year, that I decided to give it a try with my daughter, Leeana.

Knowing that my daughter always loved crafting gifts for her family, I asked if she wanted to make things for her neighbors and friends for Christmas as well. She went right to work painting pictures, and stringing beads into bracelets and necklaces.

Her neighbors and friends were all touched and surprised, but none more than Leeana. The feeling of making others happy was like nothing she’d ever felt before.

Since then, Leeana (aka Leli) has become an expert pillow-maker on her sewing machine and has started Leli’s Magical Stitches where she sells her creations and donates a portion of the proceeds to Prevent Child Abuse NY.

Lelis pillows 2

According to Leli, her pillows are stuffed with love, not cotton.

Because she so loved the feeling of giving back last year, Leli has decided to hand craft every gift that she gives this year. And since she wants all of her friends to experience the joy of giving back, Leli is challenging all of her social media followers to hand craft all of the gifts that they give, and share photos of the gifts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #HandCraftedLove.

Leli will award a pillow prize package to 4 challenge winners.  The first prize will be awarded to the person who has created the most handcrafted gifts. That’ll mean remembering your neighbors, sanitation workers, postal workers, and maybe even delivering handcrafted love to a senior center or hospital.

The next three prizes will be awarded to the Facebook fan with the most shares of their photo, the Twitter follower with the most retweets, and the Instagram follower with the most likes.

Each prize package will include a choice of 2 custom pillows, or 1 custom pillow purse. All prizes will be handcrafted with love by Leli.

Share your #HandCraftedLove photos between today and December 26th for your chance to win!

For great handcrafted gift ideas to get you started, check out Courtney DeFeo’s list and watch this precious video.

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