30 March 2011

hope and charity for japan

for japan
I have now made a sister mini-plush friend named 'Charity' following a custom request for a bunny version of 'Hope'. I think they make rather a cute pair!

Since her debut last week, I am delighted that Hope has been included in the following gorgeous treasuries showcasing just a taste of what Etsians have to offer in support of Japan relief fundraising...

etsy japan support treasury
etsy japan support treasury
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22 March 2011

big apple adventure

travelling blythe
By the time you read this my outfit for one of this year's Travelling Blythes will be on it's way to the host of the special girl for whom this fun set is destined. Just which one of the three special girls you'll have to watch the 'It's a Small World' Flickr group to find out *grin*

Inspired by the highly appropriate word 'apple' on the suggestion of the host and in-keeping with this particular step of her journey, the outfit consists of 3/4-length sleeve jersey tee, matching long over-knee socks, a denim pinafore with tiny 4mm buttons, felt pockets and hand-embroidered 'leaves'. A cute felt apple slice (complete with 'seeds') and machine-stitched leaves headband complete this fun daytime outfit. Perfect for exploring the sights and sounds along her epic journey...

travelling blythe
I am really pleased with the final results, not so dissimilar to my original sketches. In fact, so much so that I am quite sorry to see it go and am tempted to do something similar again. But we shall see. I have a line of projects already vying for attention, not least of all those little Japan-support bears (news of which I should have for you next time)...

What projects are you currently working on? Feel free to share...
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20 March 2011

one thousand cranes

for japan
The dolly and handmade communities are doing amazing and wonderful things in an effort to raise funds to help those affected by Friday 11th's earthquake and tsunami. From charity auctions and raffles to donation of sales proceeds on items specially made, there has been an overwhelming response to what has left all of us watching in safety struggle to come to terms with it's humanitarian and environmental impact.

It was part of my personal New Year's pledge to do more for my community in 2011. Part of that community is of course the dolly one, and by that association Japan. So while I may have been otherwise silent this past week about all that's been happening, I have been mulling over what action (for that is what is needed more than prayer or good wishes, however well-meaning) I can take to help whilst working on completing a prior commitment (more news on that later)...

for japan
I have therefore decided to create some special little mini-plush bears to list in my shop as soon as feasibly possible. Presently they are just an idea, but I shall be working on them this coming week and listing them as they get completed. In the meantime I have decided that 10% of all sales from my shop this month will go to benefit relief efforts in Japan. In particular I shall be donating all associated monies raised direct to the Japanese Red Cross Society and ShelterBox. It is the least I can do to give back to the nation that brought me so much dolly fun.

The blogging, craft and dolly communities have been so awesome in their generous response, I would love to hear what you doing towards raising funds for Japan. Do let me know in the comments below...
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