Thursday, April 1, 2010

Help Feed Those in Need -- And Take Clara's Lead for a Creative Home

Today’s post takes a bit of a detour. I am delivering some sobering facts regarding hunger in America and challenging you to help those in need.  Additionally, I hope the images interspersed among the facts inspire you to use what you have, to create, enjoy nature . . . to appreciate the simple things – with your children, friends and family.
My grandmother, Clara LaForge (left), now deceased, is pictured here with her younger sister, Margaret, sometime in the 1940s. In her later years, she became more casual and found inspiration in the most unusual things.  She had the time to be creative.  As a youngster, I thought her creations somewhat odd. Today, I have greater appreciation for her keen and artistic eye to take a throw away, a bit of nature or whatever and turn it into something creative and fun.  I find myself doing what she did. For instance, I take a walk and something catches my eye.  I wonder how I might use it. And I usually take it home....

Today is April Food Day.  I wish I could shout out April fool’s. But, no, the reality is that 1 in 8 Americans now relies on the organization, Feeding America, for food and groceries. More than 1/3 of the households that Feeding America assists reports having to choose on a regular basis between buying food or paying for other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care.
I recently challenged myself during one of my daily walks to celebrate Mother Nature and pick up items that I could incorporate into a table setting. I collected flat rocks, pebbles, pine cone ends, some evergreens and dried blooms. ('Twas still winter when I did this. Think of what many of you could find for your basket now that it's spring!) My grandmother would have loved this walk.

The number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50 percent since 2006.

Feeding America food banks provide food and groceries to 33,500 food panties, 4,500 soup kitchens and 3,600 emergency shelters.
I had the wooden tray and glass votive holders, which I filled with the pebbles I collected. I stacked the flat rocks (with a little transparent super glue) to become stands for my old photos (which I thought would initiate table conversation). I spray painted the pine cone ends a silver, attached them to burlap strips and turned them into napkin rings. I had the green gingham check fabric to use as a tablecloth and added burlap for my runner. I filled a couple of silver shot glasses with the evergreen and placed my long dried blooms alongside the wooden tray for interest. I used what I had, celebrated nature and only had to buy the super glue. What can you do? And would you like to share it with me and the rest of us? If you do, email me.

Chris Cox, Editor of Easy and Elegant Life , Meg Fielding at Pigtown Design have organized this second annual food drive. They provide these additional links below that offer information and an opportunity to donate:
Meg’s  e-mail:

4 Responses to “Help Feed Those in Need -- And Take Clara's Lead for a Creative Home”

I love that you used items from the outdoors to create your tablescape. It's lovely. Thanks for raising awareness about hunger too. It's good to see bloggers raising awareness!

Atticmag said...

This is a wonderful cause. Where I live we have Meals on Wheels which serves the elderly hot meals. Thank you for this post and for reminding us. Appreciate you stopping by my blog. Happy Easter. -- Jane F.

Mimi said...

Lovely table, especially your centerpiece.

Lana said...

I love your altruistic heart and wanting to help feed folks in need! And I love the natural elements you incorporated into your tablescape!!!!!!

Hugs, Lana

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