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Our Christmas Craft Sale 2020. Yes, its JULY!

Welcome to our Christmas Craft Sale 2020 

 

We know it’s July! But we know crafting takes such a long time. We are delighted though to be launching our Christmas Craft Sale 2020, we hope you will join us. THANK YOU! This year, with your love and support  we are delighted to get behind the drug education charity the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, and will be sending a third of all profits to them, using two thirds to support our own projects and keep them running, ambitious and inclusive. So every penny we can raise will go to help others, we hope you will support us, either by crafting, buying or even maybe both! Thank you so so much. x

The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation is a tiny charity with a simple but huge ambition: to help young people make safer choices about alcohol and drugs. Why is this so important? It’s because the charity was started by Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs in 2014 after the unthinkable happened: their bright, popular, kind and talented son Daniel died after taking ecstasy. He’d done that typical thing that teenagers do, in telling them he was going to a party with a group of friends when instead he went to an illegal rave. He wasn’t the only one of his friend to take ecstasy that evening – five of them had agreed to be in – but the bag of powder that Dan tipped into a bottle of water and drank, although identical looking to the others, turned out to be a lethal dose. Just hours after taking it, he collapsed and was taken to hospital. His body temperature soared to over 42C and he went into multiple organ failure, and although the medical staff did everything they could to save his life, it was a battle that couldn’t be won and he died three days later.

It was a tragedy that needn’t have happened, and one that his parents wanted to do everything they could to stop happening to anyone else. Through carefully planned evidence-based and non-judgemental workshops delivered at schools, colleges and other settings by the Foundation’s drugs educators, young people gain a broader understanding of alcohol and drugs as well as other important aspects of decision making such as adolescent brain development, how to deal with peer pressure and harm reduction in order that they can make safer choices when in situations that they might otherwise not give any thought to.

With budgets so tight, all workshops are provided free of charge to state-maintained schools, and there have been a lot: during the 2018-19 academic year, 418 workshops were delivered to around 27,000 young people, plus 32 workshops to over 1,800 parents and carers.

Following Covid their budgets will be even tighter. Every child reached could be another saved. We’d like to support them in this. This could be any of our children.

 

For more, or to follow the amazing work they do, find them  on Facebook or check out the website… 

Their registered charity number is no. 1158921

 

So let the Crafting Stage begin!

Crafting info…

We are aiming to make and sell small/lightweight Christmas craft items, and to keep postage costs to a minimum we ask that ideally anything made can be sent on to a buyer in a large envelope. We are open to larger items too obviously, that is just a guide. Some suggestions for you, but we are very open to others too…

  • Stocking fillers, although obviously Father Christmas is REAL, this is just to help.
  • Christmas tree decorations, bunting, garlands, general decorations. Always very popular, as are totally bonkers quirky things, yes we are thinking gin wreaths, woolly slugs and sock pigs, who knew??!  😀
  • Stockings
  • Cute cuddly things
  • Small gifts – Little bags, purses, brooches, hair accessories, key rings, gift bags, tags,
  • Clothing items such as gloves, hats, scarves, – if making clothing PLEASE inc the ball band or let us know so we can pass this info on to those who buy. xxx
  • Lovely lovely things!
  • Woolly, fabric, embroidered, beaded, ALL crafty crafts welcome!!

Last posting for crafts to be Saturday 31st October please. Earlier is very very helpful, thank you. Anytime after September 12th!

Posting will be to Teddington, please message for the address is needed.

 

Pics of crafts from 2019!

 

 

The Event itself…

Our Christmas Craft sale and Auction will take place ONLINE on a Facebook Event page as before, between Tuesday 17th – Sunday 22nd November.  TBC

We will set up the event page soon. Some items will be up for instant sale on this event wall during this time, others through auction on our Auction Site which will help folk not on Facebook, or those who prefer to take part in this way.

We are keeping it all crossed that this Sale will be a huge success, with your love and support we have every confidence, huge heartfelt thanks. Remembering Dan.

 

 

The Blanket for Twittlebee

Thank you so so so so much, it’s so so so beautiful! I cannot believe how gorgeous and huge it is, it’s so lovely! Proper has me welling up, it’s so bitter sweet xx

Our original thread is here. Remembering their beautiful Roy xx

Thank you so much to Twittle for sharing this adorable photo of Roy’s new baby brother on their family’s blanket xxx

 

Christmas Cwtches 2020

The whole 2019 Christmas Cwtch collection.

We were delighted when the staff at the Great North Children’s Hospital contacted us last year and asked for help. The pictures here are from our 2019 project, and we are delighted they would like us to make for the children again. They would like some very special Little Hugs making to use in the run up to Christmas for very sick children in  hospital over this period. This project will again help children and their families at very difficult times.

 

For the Woollies…

We are looking for six and twelve inch squares in the SSDK colours below. Christmas designs/themes/embellishments warmly welcomed. Fill your boots! Just this yarn in these colours please so we can match up squares and the blankets will be consistent for wash and wear.

Christmas Cwtch palette in Stylecraft Special DK

The Christmas Cwtch palette (all SSDK yarn)

  • Claret
  • Cream
  • Grass green
  • Green
  • Kelly green
  • Lipstick

For the Sewing Folk…

Christmas cwtches could also be made in these sort of colours in cotton Christmassy prints, lightweight quilts. These must be machine washable and tumble dry possible only please.

If making a whole cotton quilt or blanket..

Size wise we are aiming to send a mix of sizes from baby sized (24 inch squares) up to single bed sized.

Please no posting before September 12th, then whole blankets/quilts and separate squares please to Teddington.

Last posting date : Monday 19th October 2020. 

 

 

Thank you so so much! xxxx

Posting to us is restarting IN STAGES, please please read! Latest Coronavirus update. (31/05/20)

FIRSTLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE WITH US!!

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. This is not an easy time for any of us and we are all having to adjust to a new normal/ different way of living. The easing of the lockdown will bring its own challenges for sure. Nothing much has changed, all our family are at home full-time, our husbands working from home, home education for our children continues, we obviously have limited storage for wool in our houses. We are beginning to think how we can access our storage unit.

We genuinely worry about being overwhelmed! Additionally both our local post office/delivery staff are over stretched as it is. We are both only receiving post once, maximum twice a week as it is.

We have chatted this through and feel a staged return to posting is the way forward.

Please do read carefully. 

 

From tomorrow (June 1st until June 30th)

We are open for posting as below. Please post

  • Chernobs squares to SOUTHSEA
  • Whole Chernobs to TEDDINGTON
  • Any whole Candy’s Hug blankets to TEDDINGTON
  • Christmas Stockings to TEDDINGTON pls, absolutely no later than mid June. Any probs with these and we do understand,  but please message us
  • Any squares for the two latest MN blankest to TEDDINGTON pls

 

Then during July (July 1st -31st)

    • Any remaining Refugee project squares and items to SOUTHSEA
    • Billies Blankets to TEDDINGTON
    • Candy’s Squares, Kinship Squares to TEDDINGTON
    • Little Hugs/Angel Hugs/Angel Teds to TEDDINGTON
    • Chernobyl extras and Hugs for Heads to TEDDINGTON

We both obviously have to be very careful with post arriving into our homes, especially with the lack of knowledge about how long the virus lasts on surfaces like plastic. So it maybe that post arrives and we leave it a good while before opening. With all the restrictions of family around, us being spread very thinly we will photograph and upload as best we can. We absolutely appreciate everything everyone is doing and are so grateful and thankful.

Please keep a hold of Snugs (whole blankets and squares) and any Christmas blankets until September.

  • Our summer break this year will be between August 1st and September 12th, please no posting during that time, we will need to catch up.

 

From September 12th our posting resumes as normal.

 

We hope this makes sense, please do message us if you are in any doubt! Please do message us if you have any questions, and as always the most enormous love and thanks to everyone xxxx