Here’s one I made earlier…

I was asked to upload some of my handmade cards to this blog (only by one person, as I recall, but I was still asked!) and now that Jan has sorted it out so the compter will recognise my camera again when I plug it in – which it had randomly decided to stop doing – I can actually deliver on my promise and show me what’s been keeping me away from the blogosphere for most of the past two months. Hope you like them!

Teddy bear greeting card with hand-stitched balloon
Wedding card

Make a Wish card

I also branched out and decided to make some keyrings, which  actually worked out better than I expected.

Some of this stuff is already for sale in my friend’s online shop, other’s will be coming soon. And there’s some amazing stuff in there made by other people. You really should check it out! It’s all for a good cause (Tiny Lives) and in memory of a very special little girl. And it would make me ridiculously happy if someone other than my mother were to actually buy something I’d made! Check out http://www.artfire.com/users/MyStarEllie today!

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Getting crafty in memory of Ellie

Some of you may remember my post a few months ago about my friends little girl, Ellie, who sadly passed away from the genetic disease ARPKD (those who don’t know or remember what I’m on about can view the post here).
Ellie’s amazing mummy, my friend Naomi, has been raising money for the Tiny Lives charity, based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where Ellie spent her short life. Now Naomi has opened an online shop “My Star Ellie” where she is selling handmade stuff to raise even more money for Tiny Lives. Various people are getting involved with the project, including me! Yes, very soon you will be able to marvel at greeting cards and bookmarks made by my very own hand!

I (and Naomi) would really appreciate it if you could take a look at the My Star Ellie shop, pass it on to your friends, blog about it, tweet about it and anything else you can think of to get the word out. And keep checking back! More stuff will be coming in. Not just greeting cards, but also gift tags, book marks, jewellery and anything else people decide to make and donate.

Here is the link:
www.artfire.com/users/mystarellie

Thank you all muchly for your help!

Go get crafty – it’s for a good cause!

My attention was drawn to this by Welsh Girl, who’s blog you can read here.

Made4aid is a new charity project set up by this blogger and some friends.
The idea is for people to send in hand-made stuff (handbags, scarves, postcards… stuff like that. I’m thinking of converting a photo to cross stitch and making that for them, cross stitch being the only even vaguely crafty thing I can do) which will then be auctioned off on the made4aid blog. The proceeds go to charity… initially they are supporting relief work in refugee camps in Darfur, later other charities may be chosen. For more information on the project and what kind of stuff they’re looking for and to find out where to send your donations (I know I have some creative readers out there who would just love to make something for such a good cause) check out the made4aid website. And for those of you who have nothing to donate but still want to help get on over to the blog and see if you can find something to bid on. It’s all for charity after all and there are some pretty nice things on there…