After a very busy Eastertide, out visiting, giving talks and evening help sessions there came an even busier May with boxes to pack, parcels received, dresses and shorts unpacked, checked, logged and correspondence written - at least most have been.
There are a few I am sorry to say that are still awaiting my attention and for that I do apologise. I will get to those as soon as possible, certainly before next week.
I heard recently that our kind volunteers are 'buying' packs of plain pants for boys and girls with their Nectar points - thank you all so much for them, lovely idea!
Sad news came early one morning that Nepal was devastated yet again by a second earthquake. We have now sent off six boxes of dresses, shorts, teddies, wash-bags with toothbrush and pants for boys and girls and also lovely warm colourful fleece tops, beanies, ponchos and a couple of blankets.
Just a note - We aren't able to send heavy items like soaps and toothpaste and blankets and only send small teddies that will fit into a pocket(ish!)
Thank you to everyone who has made such wonderful tee shirt dresses, smart longer leg shorts and those ponchos, they are all on their way as we write to an orphanage where the children now live, having already been living blighted lives with Leprosy and now because of that devastating earthquake having lost their families, homes and everything they knew.
This is our very own super star - Ethan
This is Ethan, we have a very special 'Thank you' for Ethan. He made lots of tee shirt style dresses, his mum Kat says that he just kept on going - sewing for the children in Nepal. And - his dresses are a delight. Straight seams, hems that are double stitched and the skirt joined to a stretched tee shirt. Just perfect! Lots of lovely fabrics all colour co-ordinated too. He is our shining star of the month.
These are some of the other knitteds that have gone out to Nepal - thank you everyone!
Jacqui is now returned from her trip out to Jinja in Uganda and has photos which are now in our gallery. Keep a look out for those!
Our new boxes being laid out ready are going to remote villages in the wilds of Madagascar with the wonderful Rebecca from MAF.
Lovely Tina has been in touch, she has been busy making for us and has written a fab guide to making a lovely little dress with a tie at the back - fab - no buttons and no zip, so just perfect. Take a look at her blog here.
Mary has made these and more, really beautiful dresses and smart shorts with co-ordinating teddies. They are on their way right now, this time to Malawi where we just know they will bring wide smiles to their recipients!
A number of volunteers have asked if there is anyone else in their area who is stitching / knitting / fundraising. If you contact us through the 'CONTACTS' page and let us know that you are interested in linking up with someone else then I will assume that you are happy for me to pass on your email to others in your area who are also keen to 'meet up and stitch/knit/fundraise' and I will get the links organised.
Life can sometimes be lonely and I know from my own sewing and painting that this can sometimes be a solitary activity, I feel that it is always so much more fun to be in touch with even just one other person to stitch. So - if you would like that then please do send me your message on the form on our 'CONTACTS' page.