November December 2012

Sewing in the Garden
by Henri Martin
Hello friends,

The month of November brings my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, and this year, I have something extra special to be grateful for, the birth of my first grandchild, Mason! There is no greater gift, other than having your own child., to grace your life. He has instantly become the light of the family and his presence will make this holiday season very special.

Here in New England we are dealing with the aftermath of Sandy, the super storm that ravaged the east coast. I am very thankful  my town survived its wrath with little damage but I know many are enduring devastating losses. I have resource links to a number of resources to help those in need at the bottom of the newsletter. I pray that all of you are safe and that your life returns to normal very soon.

As always, I appreciate your time. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please drop me a note at; I love to hear from you! May the holiday season find you surrounded by those you love, and who love you, during the holiday season. See you next year!

Warm wishes,
Karen Chace


November 1st is Pins and Needles Day so I offer you some stories to stitch together and make them your own!

"Which path are you taking? said the bzou. "The one of needles or the one of pins?"
From The Grandmother, a French folktale
Birth of Iao Needle – Hawaii
The Darning Needle – Hans Christian Andersen
The Golden Spinning Wheel – The Story of King Dobromil and the Good Dobrunka - Czechoslovia

The Spindle, the Shuttle and the Needle - Grimm
Judgments of Karakash - Palestine
Last Darning Needle  - United States


Not a Pin to Choose Between Them -  Norse
The Sprightly Tailor – Celtic - Jackie Baldwin offers a number of stories sources at this page.
The Tailor in Heaven - German
The Tailor’s Wish – Russia

The Valiant Little Tailor -German
Why the Bear is Stumpy-Tailed - Norway

“What kind of people we become depends crucially on the stories we are nurtured on.”
~ Chinweizu, Nigeria


Thanksgiving also visits our homes in the US this month. Here are two of my blog posts offering stories, crafts and curriculum for Thanksgiving and some for Christmas as well.

December 1 is Eat a Red Apple Day! Here is a bushel of apples stories from my 2008 blog post. Crafts and curriculum links as well.

Tis’ the Season: Christmas Stories from Around the WorldStories, crafts, songs and curriculum ideas. 


Jai Joshi’s Tulsi Tree – Jai is a multi-talented storyteller, writer, poet so you never know what wonders she will share. 


“All lasting business is built on friendship.” ~ Alfred A. Montapert

10 Business Survival Strategies for a Bad Economy by Janet Attard
Key Components of a Business Plan: Part I by Dave Lavinsky

Ten Tips for Attending a Conference by Bill Lampton, Ph.D. 
Ten Tips for Getting Your Business Letters Read by Bill Lampton, Ph.D.


Free Kids Lots of easy sewing crafts to try at home. No-sew crafts for children.

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.” 
~ Lee Iacocca

The Eye of the Needle – Yupit folktale retold by Teri Sloat

Puppets for Librarians - A great site by my friend and colleague, Granny Sue.  In this post she shares a puppet play based on the folktale above, Why Bear is Stumpy-Tailed

Lesson Corner.comA wide variety of lesson plans on sewing spanning grades K -12.


Spoken Word, Open Mics and Storytelling Guilds - Go to

Every November storytellers around the country host Tellabration events, with proceeds going to many worth causes. Check out the terrific offerings around the USA.

Remember, if you are seeking stories, curriculum, etc., for other special days or events don’t forget to search the newsletter archives. A Google search box is available on the main newsletter site at I also add stories and education resources on my blog as well. You may find my blog here:


Charity Navigator

Disaster Assistance.Gov



A Rising Tide – Guest Blogger’s Share Their Expertise
It is with great appreciation and admiration I offer you the links to the current Guest Blogger articles from my storytelling and business colleagues in the USA and beyond. I will continue to add more as they are published.

If you are interested in becoming a Guest Blogger email me at for details with “Guest Blogger Information” in the subject heading and be part of the rising tide!

This newsletter was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at Of course, if you wish to link to my newsletter via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity. © 2012

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