Category Archives: Charity

TSL – Dolly Drive Australia

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharityFFF NewsInspirations on 2013-02-07 00:44:09

I have been invited by the lovely ladies of The Sewing Library to join their TSL Dolly Drive 2013. This fabulous community of doll makers are sewing dolls to donate to Children’s hospitals around Australia. They have reached ‘the 229 dolly mark’ and it made me proud to see their post saying

Queensland is leading the Dolly donations!”

THIS Dolly Drive has particular significance for me, having experienced first-hand the effects of the ex-cyclone Oswald that hit Queensland in January. My leaking ceiling and damaged car seem totally insignificant when so many people have lost their homes or loved ones.


I saw a video of a mother passing her baby to someone in a helicopter and the rescuer telling the mother, “I’ll be back, I’ll be back” as he air-lifted her baby from the flood-waters using a sports bag as a make-shift baby carrier!

So many Australian children have also been affected by bush fires and flooding with entire homes being destroyed in seconds!

Well, they say charity begins at home and this is my backyard!

So I have decided to give away my Bedtime Baby Doll Sewing Patternfor the Month of Feb 2013 … to anyone who wants to get involved with this worthy cause.





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Friday FRENZY Famous Celebrity FUN!!!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogCharityCompetitions & Giveaways on 2012-07-27 02:48:01

I’m settling back into the swing of things after having a lovely visit with my family and friends overseas. I’m obviously still a bit jetlagged because I only woke up at 10am and realised it was FRIDAY FRENZY time – yeeeehar!!!!

It was fabulous to see everyone again after soooooooooo long and it felt wonderful to ‘take up where we left off’ and it was comforting that everyone was ‘JUST THE SAME’- nothing’s changed!

Well, ONE person seems to have changed….

LOOK how tall
Nelson Mandela’s got???

Nelson Mandela - Johannesburg airport

Ha! Ha! Just kidding!!!!!

This is me posing with a  bead-work statue of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg airport, which has been made to commemorate his 94 birthday on the 18th of July.
I was sooooo excited to ‘see him’ eventhough it was only beads that I stopped a total stranger passing by to take this photo!!!! For this Friday Frenzy I thought we’d have a bit of fun with famous celebrities…..

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Having fun in India!

Posted under A day in my lifeCharityFFF News on 2012-02-17 07:34:15

My first couple of days at Blue Mango in India have been SUCH fun!

Sunset from my room - India

I have been designing with ‘Punju’ and ‘Surali’ (Panjavarham and Suraliyamma) who have been cutting and sewing the toy designs as I tweek the patterns. It is incredible that we are steaming ahead at such a rate as Surali is deaf , Punju knows sign language and bit of English, and I know about 3 words in Tamil!!!!

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Getting excited – one month till visit the Blue Mango India Fair Trade Organization!

Posted under A day in my lifeCharity on 2012-01-11 11:41:04

It’s been a long time since I designed Anu the Elephant, my first Fair Trade toy pattern for Blue Mango India. It was back in 2009, so we are all feeling…

fair trade toy India

it’s time for some new designs!

AND so guess who’s been invited to go and do the deed????



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Don’t forget you can use the FREE Honey Teddy pattern for Christmas Charities….

Posted under Charity on 2011-12-20 22:08:55

It that time again when we are all MADLY SCRAMBLING around getting last minute Christmas gifts and scrumptious food to (over) indulge in during the Christmas festivities…and it’s easy to forget that there are lots of people out there who don’t have much to look forward to this Christmas.

So it’s wonderful for me to hear stories of people using my FREE teddy pattern for Children’s Christmas Charities…

Billion Bears FREE teddy bear pattern

Chris sent me these photos of some of the Honey teddy bears they have made for the Samaritan’s Purse this year – they are going to make some kiddies VERY happy this Christmas!

I want to post the link to the Billion Bears Charity Drive Page here, just in case people haven’t seen what Honey Teddy is all about….

and maybe get a few more teddy bears made in time for Christmas!

Hey! If  YOU know of any other Children’s Charities that could benefit from some Honey Teddies this Christmas, or any time of the year…

pleeeeeeeeez drop a comment below for others to see! Thank you!!!!!   : )

Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory.

Till next time,

Happy Sewing,