At last, I have begun to craft for the first time since Christmas and there on my desk is the first little project I have made. It's a cute little package but I can't divulge it's contents until I make several more and they are received by various people around the world. I'll show the project and a template in the next day or two as nobody knows they are to be sent out and it's the contents that will be important to each of them. You'll find out soon!
At the back are stacks of boxes.....including some CD cases to, hopefully, reorganise my unmounted stamps. I saw a friend's stored this way and they were so organised and easy to find so I'm going to see if I can manage to do my stash bit by bit. Each time I spot these handy A4 plastic boxes I buy a few more to replace the many different types of boxes already in use so one day they will all look the same... all so neat and tidy and organised... who am I kidding?!?
That's my work room desk for this week and if you are intrigued enough to want to see more there are far more than you can possibly view and more fun than you can imagine over at Julia's stamping ground. Take a hop!
LillyBo's Quilts Appeal
On my other desk, where I sew upstairs, I am in the process of sorting out my fabric stash for a very special reason.
Some of you will already know about my 3 year old grandee, and the journey back to health she has so bravely fought over the last couple of years. She is doing so well now and I would like to pay back, in some little way, in thanks for her treatment. Whilst she was in hospital undergoing the worst of her chemotherapy etc., she was given a lovely, small, patchwork comforter quilt, made by a lady, over there in Germany, who makes lots of them for these special children as a comfort during the long processes in hospital and it certainly is special and precious to our little fraulein.
It can be used as a play mat, a cushion when folded up in it's simple bag, a blanket to cuddle and keep warm when feeling yucky etc., and is handy for travelling in the car, in the hospital and at home. The bag also carries some toys or books when travelling to and from hospital.
In the New Year I decided to make some to donate to children here who are going through similar health problems.
Jan, LLJ, also wanted to channel her sewing to charity purposes this year and has so kindly agreed to make my quest one of her charity causes (huge thanks Jan) and so we wondered if there are any other WOYWWers out there or any other bloggers, who can do simple sewing, who would be willing to make a small patchwork quilt or two to donate.
I am willing to appeal for fabric if people don't have enough or cannot afford to buy some.
I have approached CHICS, a children's cancer support group who are thrilled with the idea and will place the quilts with suitable recipients and they can find loving homes for as many as we can make.
They can be as simple or detailed as you like and to make it easier the patches don't have to be too small.
To save postage we can give links to CHICs branches near to your home where they can be donated in your own area.
All quilts will be blogged here no matter where they are donated.
If anyone is kind enough to join in I will post basic guidelines for making them, a picture of my first quilt, when finished, and full details of the CHICs organisation.
I have a meeting soon with the local organiser.
Dust off your sewing machines and clear out your cupboards to find all your spare fabric and let me know if you are willing and able to join us in this lovely cause.
Every stitch will be so appreciated and each quilt will become a treasure for a special child, just like my grandee's is to her.