Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Days!

Happy Friday everyone one!

How are you all?  I'm good, really good. I've sent one son off to university and he's  loving it.  My other son is working hard at his leaver's cert and he is not loving it but he's looking at the end goal and I know he will be ok.  My daughter is doing evening classes and I know she will enjoy the challenge. My granddaughter has started nursery and goes twice a week, two and a half hours each session. And she is loving it also!  So, if the children are happy, so is their mummy.

I've enjoyed having a little bit of peace.

With peace, comes crafting.

I finally started my granddaughter's Christmas present.

This is a kit from Dimensions. I'm going to darken the little girl's hair and put my granddaughters name underneath it.  It's the first Dimension kit I've done and I have to be honest, I'm not overly happy on the threads used, but it will look fine, I'm sure.

Mouse from Tales from a Stitching Mouse very kindly stitched Holmsey and Fergus's Halloween chart. She did a wonderful job and I know Holmsey is very, very pleased with it. Thank you Mouse!

Holmsey is less pleased with me!  I was sorting out through my stuff and found this.  Holmsey's Winter Wonderland! Unfinished!!!  How bad is it when a designer doesn't finish her own designs??

OOOOPS!  I guess I will be busy over the next week!

Sigh..bad, bad me!

Now, the fund raiser.  We initially raised

220 dollars went to Petco.  They didn't take donations from outside the USA so an American friend who raises money for them, did it for me. I transferred the money to her and she transferred it straight to pet co. 

We then sent ... 145 dollars to the USA red cross

to the UK Red Cross. The UK government will match this donation, so that makes £212

And we are still getting donations. Another E80.00 so far,  so there will be more donated later.

Well done everyone!

It is a privilege to be able to help people through the work we do. Crafters are the most generous people in the world!

I seem to have stalled a bit on the crochet. I've made so many things for the Hospice fundraiser that I feel a bit crocheted out.  We have a date for our baby event though. So many wonderful things were made from this, by my UK friends, my American friends and Irish ladies. The time and effort that they have put into this is amazing. I feel honoured to have been a part of this.

The Wizards charts have raised a further E260 for the Mayo and Roscommon Hospice charity. There will be a new one out tomorrow.  Want a sneaky peek?

The symbols are an ancient Celtic language; Ogham.

I think, to try and get my crochet mojo back, I'm going to give this a try.

Then I will go back to the cupcake blanket which is waiting to be finished. Pretty right?

Well, I think that's enough for today.  Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you soon!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness Hurricane Relief and Wizard

Gifted gorgeousness is a monthly event in which we all share things crafty that have been gifted to us, or that we gifting others. Hosted by Serendipitous Stitching, it's a lovely event.

This month, I'm hoping to really embrace the spirit that is 'Gifted Gorgeousness'.

You cannot be completely blind to the horror that Hurricane Irma has (and is) causing.  Heart breaking.

Holmsey and I were cuddled up in front of the fire. It was raining hard and the wind was blowing hard, but we were inside where it was comfy and warm. We'd got no tv because the weather caused our satellite signal to 'go for a Burton', and so we just sat and watched the fire. The flames were quite hypnotic and I found it very easy to lose myself in them.

As we snuggled contentedly, Holmsey turned to watch the horizontal rain through the window. Horizontal rain is quite a common event here in Ireland, along with... wind. Lots and lots of wind.

He sighed and turned to me with concern in his eyes.

"We're very lucky really. The weather is so much worse where the hurricane is blowing, isn't it?" He asked.

"Oh yes!" I answered. "We're very lucky indeed. And yes. The hurricane is causing a lot of damage. A lot of people have lost their homes, their work, and well, some have lost everything, sadly."

Holmsey sighed heavily.

"Is there anything we can do to help?" he queried.

"I don't know. I guess there must be something we can do. Some way to help these people. Did you have anything in mind?"

Holmsey thought for a moment. He licked a paw and began to clean his whiskers.

I patiently waited for him to speak as he thought things through.

Finally, he leapt up excitedly!

"I know! I know! How about a fundraising chart? One that focusses on the very places where there's been lots of damage and upset!"

It's my turn to sigh. Work. Darn it.

I looked down at him; at his huge, brown, innocent eyes which stared back at me, hopefully.

Botheration. This hare has me well and truly twisted around his little paw.

"Ok." I answered as I reached for the laptop.

And so we do indeed have a fundraising chart.

The chart incorporates the Texas National Flower, the Floridian National Flower and the Bahamas National Flower.  We decided to keep the theme and colours to the Year of the Hare..simply because I love the colours.  We needed something to match all three areas, something that binds them together other than total disaster and so we chose their national flowers.  

And this is where the gifting comes in.  In return for the chart, we are asking that you donate to our chosen charities via my paypal account.

I have chosen three charities to support which will get an equal portion of the final income unless you want to donate to one specifically. Simply add a note to your donation stating which.

For America, I have chosen The Petco Foundation (because Holmsey wants to help his animal friends) and the American Red Cross.

For the Bahamas, I've chosen the British Red Cross because the government will match donations, meaning they get twice as much.

Your donation will be anonymous. No matter how small, (because we all have hard times), you will get the chart.

I'll email the pdf chart to the paypal email address from which payment came. No exceptions. I will come online twice a day to send out charts so please allow for time differences and the fact even I sleep sometimes rofl.

To get the chart, you simply pay a donation to paypal, email address
The full amount you donate will be given to charity. I'll cover paypal costs to ensure this is the case.

I will show all amounts donated (minus payers details) so there will be full transparency.

I hope you will enjoy stitching it xx

Our Forth Wizard has also been released!  You can find his chart on the free chart page of this blog xx  Liber Vermis is book work in Latin. Very appropriate I think!

Remember though, whilst the charts are free, we are also raising money for palliative care.  Blimey, so many fund raisers!  
Thank you

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