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

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stitchy Freebies and A Finish

A little cardigan for Alyssia

A campfire cardigan for my granddaughter.  I had to wing it a bit as I could only find patterns for adults.  And I didn't stand a chance with the hood so I made up the collar.  I found some black diamante buttons and et voila.  I wanted slightly flary sleeves and it has come out perfectly. I hope little miss likes it as much as I do!

Everyone is getting on with their Halloween stitching but not everyone is ready for All Hallow's Eve!

Poor old Fergus was fed up. He lay next to Holmsey and huffed and puffed and groaned and sighed as loudly as he could.

"Whatever's the matter Fergus?" Holmsey asked, as he was getting just as fed up with all the exaggerated moaning and groaning.

"I want to DO something. Anything! I'm sooooo bored!" Fergus complained.
"Ok Fergus. What would you like to do?"

"Well, I was watching some children yesterday and they were picking pumpkins and were cutting them up. They weren't even eating them. They gave them faces and then they put funny hats and coats on and played and played until it was dark. Can we play like that?"

Holmsey smiled. "I hope they didn't see you Fergus. Children playing in our woods are fine, but what if there had been grown ups? They can be very dangerous!"

"I was very careful!" Fergus replied reassuringly.

"Well," explained Holmsey. "The children were dressing up for something called Halloween. It isn't normally something we do here in the meadow or in the woods, but just this once I guess we can play along!"

And so they did.

Holmsey and Fergus's Halloween is free for one week only xx Just click on the title.

And despite a little delay while I get cat scan results etc (everything is still stable), our third wizard is released.  Please go to the free chart page (see labels at the top of the page) for the chart xx

Say hi to Lunar Solaris!

Remember the charts are free, but I am hoping some nice people will donate to my Mayo Roscommon Hospice Fund Raiser.

Right, the boys are at a car show so I'm going to make the most of the peace (after hovering, washing floors and making tea) and do something a little more creative.

Happy crafting!

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