Friday, 23 September 2016

Five on Friday - Plans and Preparations

It is Friday again so time for Five on Friday with Amy at Love Made my Home. I have a lot of different projects on the go at the moment, some are plans for the future and others have a deadline and need to be completed. It would be more sensible to complete the deadline projects before thinking about new projects but temptation beckons.

The deadline projects are for a craft and tea event for our local hospice.



Earlier this year a good friend was cared for in Willen Hospice in the final few weeks of her life. D was a very talented lady and together with other friends we used to meet every month for a morning of craft, stitch and cake. We had lots of fun experimenting with new techniques and learning new skills, taking it in turn to host the group. It was D who encouraged me to think about selling some of the items I created and we did several craft fairs together. We called ourselves "In Stitches" not just because most of our items were stitched but mainly because we were generally "in stitches" laughing.

Examples of D's beautiful work.
Our craft group miss D terribly and we had talked about using our craft skills to raise money for Willen Hospice in her memory. It is something we know she would have done herself. D's daughter found a number of D's creations whilst sorting out her craft shed and so a plan was hatched.  Willen Hospice hold regular fund raising events throughout the year in order to support all it's amazing work. They need to raise around £3.6 million every year from the local community. It is Tea Party week during the first week of October so we are holding a Time for Tea Crafty Event. 

1. Lino cut panels


The craft group met last Friday and we went through a box of D's crafty odds and ends. In it we found a bag of her lino cut panels which we are going to use to print some cards.
A project for next week.

2. Brooches


There were  two brooches in a design D regularly made, one complete, the other half made. I stitched the unfinished brooch together yesterday. It felt a little odd working on something she had started, but strangely comforting at the same time.

3. Hair Clips

Also in the box was a pack of colourful hair clips which we divided between us.


A member of our group has made pretty felt flowers to attach to her clips. I am  crocheting flowers to decorate mine.


4. More Shirley's

The first flock of Shirley's were sold in aid of MacMillan Nurses and can be found here. They proved to be popular with several further requests from friends and family so a second flock are in development. 



They are having fun in the garden here and competing as to who has the best hat.
(Pattern from Lucy at Attic 24)

All these projects need to be finished before I can start this one:

5. Napkins


I made some new place mats earlier in the year from fabric left over from another project. They have not been used yet although I am not sure why as they are not being saved for "best" as my Grandma used to say. While out shopping for bedlinen earlier in the week I found this pack of 4 cotton napkins for £4, which seemed to be a bargain. They are completely plain so perfect for embellishment. I am planning to embroider a simple pear motif  onto them to match the place mats.

But not just yet. There are other more pressing projects to be completed first!











22 comments:

  1. What a marvellous idea to raise money for the hospice that took care of your friend by finishing some of her creations and selling them. Hospices are wonderful places, I don't know how we would manage without them.

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    1. I agree, they do do much good work both for in-patients and their out-reach services too.

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  2. What a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do in memory of your friend and for the Hospice that helped her. I like all the different creations especially the Shirley sheep:)

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    1. We are so grateful for what Willen did for D it is a pleasure to support them and say a big thank you for their work.

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  3. What wonderful fundraising and a great way to remember your friend, help others and raise money too. Well done to you and your friends, I hope it all goes really well. Love all of the makes, especially of course the sheepies! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, lovely to see you, have a good weekend! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. It is good to be able to do something positive and useful. Hopefully we can raise some much needed funds.

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  4. What beautiful creations and a wonderful way to honour your friend. I hope you raise lots of money! Those sheep look really fun. I can see why they were such a hit.

    Have a great weekend

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    1. Lucy at Attic 24 created a winner with the sheep pattern! They have proved popular and are such fun to make.

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  5. Fantastic, what a great idea, hopefully all the crafty items will raise lots of money to support such a worthy cause. £3.6 million is an awful lot. Love the Shirleys.

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    1. There is a lot of town pride in raising funds for Willen and it is wonderful that the community comes together for this great cause

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  6. How lovely that you are raising money for the hospice, it is truly a wonderful way to remember your friend. Shirley the sheep and friends are addorable. xx

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    1. It is a pleasure to do it and I almost feel like D's cheering us on from the sidelines!

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  7. What a wonderful fundraising event to honour your dear friend. Wishing you every success with it all.

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    1. Thank you, fingers crossed we can raise lots of money.

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  8. Such a lovely tribute and fund raising, in memory of your dear friend. You ladies are true friends and crafters.

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    1. D was a wonderful to all of us and it's good to be able to do something positive fir her.

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  9. How thoughtful and kind to raise funds for hospice using your dear friend's handiwork. The Shirley Sheep are so cute!

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    1. It is good to be able to give something back to those who helped her.

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  10. Hospices are such an important contribution to our society so I hope the fundraising for Willen Hospice in memory of your friend goes well and also brings comfort to your group and your friend's daughter by making these lovely items and organising the event. I like the colours for your next embroidery project. The pear motif sounds perfect.

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    1. I agree Linda, and the people who work in the hospices are very special too. I am itching to start the pear embroidery but must finish the WIP's first!

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  11. Definitely a worthy cause to raise much needed funds.
    I love those
    Shirley sheep so much & your new pear napkins will be so pretty!

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  12. Such a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. I wish you the very best raising all the funds you need.
    Meredith

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