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Hi, I'm Pauline.
I believe that toy-making should be
SIMPLE and FUN for everyone ~
so anyone can give it a go!

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Tamarinis NEW Kismet fabric range blog hop!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCompetitions & Giveaways on 2020-01-31 11:53:58

I’m really excited because I have been invited by the lovely Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis to join in on the blog hop to celebrate her new fabric range – Kismet which she has designed with Island Batik.

 

Island Batik blog hop

 

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Tammy’s bright colourful fabric range would look amazing made up in most of my toy patterns…. BUT look how cute my Lloyd llama sewing pattern turned out!!!

 

Kismet-Tamarinis-Island-Batik-Hop

 

I’m also doing a Pattern and Kismet Fabric Giveaway!

Tammy’s new Kismet line has a cool “bohemian vibe” and it has LOTS of bright colours which are great for soft toys!!! 🙂

Kismet-Tamarinis-Island-Batik-fabric

 

HOW do you enter the Giveaway?

Let us know which of the Funky Friends Factory toy patterns you think would look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G in Tammy’s Kismet fabric –  enter a comment on this blog post (below) to be in the draw to win some lovely Kismet fabric AND a Funky Friends Factory pattern of YOUR CHOICE to make with it!!!!!

 

 

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Links to legitimate organizations for donations to help the Australian bush-fire crisis.

Posted under A day in my lifeBlog on 2020-01-29 10:06:27

I have had lots of emails from friends and customers overseas asking if we are OK and asking where they can donate to help the victims of the Australian bush fires. My family and I have NOT been affected and I feel so lucky that we have only had a small fire in our area that was under control in hours. Here in Tasmania we have been very lucky this season but I have this vivid memory of the Tasmanian fires a few years ago as it horrified me that people had to run into the sea to escape the fires! I used to think that we would stay and defend our house if a fire threatened but after seeing the homes destroyed and lives lost, I realise now you have very little chance against the forces of nature.

Bushfires-2020

 

As locals we can easily donate when we do our grocery shopping, at banks and post offices but for people overseas wanting to help, the frustrating thing is there are scammers taking advantage of the situation.

It’s hard to believe in the face of so much suffering, there are people who will take advantage of the plight of others! So it’s really important to donate to a legitimate organization so you know that your contribution will actually get to help those affected by the fires – both people and animals. So I have put some links here to legitimate organizations for donations to help the bush-fire crisis:

Donate to the firefighters:

Donations to the Rural Fire Service directly benefit the volunteer firefighters on the frontline.

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/about-us/fundraising

https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/supporting-cfa#donate-cfa

 

Donate to organzations helping the people affected by the bushfires:

The Australian Red Cross –  is accepting donations to its Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, which has helped to send 1,285 staff members and volunteers to communities affected by the fires and to provide support to displaced people.

https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/your-donations-in-action

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) have set up a Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund to support communities affected by the ongoing bushfire crisis.

https://frrr.org.au/cb_pages/supporting_bushfire-affected_communities.php

The Salvation Army – The Salvos have launched a disaster appeal to support the communities affected by the devastating bushfires.

https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/donate/make-a-donation/donate-online/?appeal=disasterappeal

Australian Red Cross – The Australian Red Cross have launched a joint disaster appeal with the ABC to support the communities affected by fires.

https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate

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My Bumble the Bee sewing pattern is ready for release to the general public!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogNEW Softie Patterns on 2020-01-01 13:50:57

Yeehar! My Bumble the Bee sewing pattern is ready for release to the general public! I wanted to make a BIG, HAPPY, ‘bumbly’ Bee that you’d just want to pick up and HUG! The world needs bees and everyone can have their own cuddly one, too! Bumble has some small bits like feelers, so I’d say this pattern is not great for a beginner… unless you desperately want a bee!

So without further ado ~>
meet Bumble the BEE

 

 

Bee pattern

 

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NEW Kookaburra Pattern!!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogNEW Softie Patterns on 2019-12-08 21:58:30

Yeehar! My Kookaburra sewing pattern is ready for release to the general public! I avoided designing a Kookaburra for ages because I thought that ONLY Australians would know about this kooky bird. When the members of the Sew Many Funky Friends Club voted for a kookaburra as the next Funky Friend they wanted me to design – I finally had to admit I was wrong!

So without further ado ~>

 

Kookaburra

 

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Memory Bear making workshops in the UK

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogFFF News on 2019-11-27 09:41:20

I am excited to be working with a lovely customer of mine who is running workshops in the UK, to teach people how to sew their own precious memory keepsake bears.

Cheryl is a foster carer who began to sew lovely keepsakes, made from my Funky Friends Factory patterns, for her foster children so they had a special memory to take with them when they move on to their forever homes. She kept getting asked to make keepsakes for other people and realised that if she kept going she could turn her hobby and love of sewing into a business… and that’s how Bear in mind Keepsakes started!

Giraffe animal keepsake - Bear in Mind Keepsakes

 

Cheryl had an idea to share her love of sewing keepsakes with her community by offering workshops and so we have set her up as a Funky Friends Factory wholesale customer so she can purchase patterns to teach classes with the Funky Friends Factory patterns.

 

Keepsake Bear Workshop - Bear in Mind Keepsakes and Funky Friends Factory

 

How does it work – how can you join a workshop?

Please contact Cheryl Lally either via the BEAR In Mind Keepsakes website or via the BEAR In Mind Keepsakes Facebook Page.

Cheryl is offering a beginners class teaching the basic skills to sew your own keepsake bear from my Melody Memory Bear pattern. The cost of the class includes your own printed original pattern to take home with you so you can make more  memory bears after the class!

Funky-Friends-Factory---Memory-Bear-Pattern

 

Cheryl chose to use this pattern for her workshops because she finds this has been her most popular keepsake requested by her own customers but she also makes lots of different animal keepsakes from my other Funky Friends Factory patterns and may do classes with these as a follow on down the track.

 

I LOVE these treasured keepsakes Cheryl has made from my Timmy T-rex dinosaur Pattern!

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