Saturday, August 25, 2012

Meeting date to discuss the Xmas Project

We will be meeting on Wednesday, 5th. September at 12.15pm at Church of Christ, 130 Cranbourne Road, Frankston.

Please bring along anyone that may want to help

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Xmas Plans Revealed

Every Xmas it seems that there is more and more need out there not only for kids toys but for food hampers, gifts for Mum or Grandma, gifts for kids of a homeless person that they have not been able to give something to in quite a long time. Some of the stories I hear at Xmas are heartbreaking and for the past 2 years I have been trying to come up with something more we can do.  I tossed this idea around in my head last year but I was unprepared and xmas was fast approaching so I decided that I would rethink it this year.

I have been putting aside some things as they come in and have quite a good stash already for xmas so I have decided on what we should do.

The local church that has supported our group for a couple of years are allowing me the use of their hall for 1 week in the last week of  November. I am going to decorate the hall in a Xmas theme, lay all of the things I have been putting away all year out on tables (including quilts, blankets, kids toys, baby clothing, baby blankets, school packs, toiletries ... you get the idea) and those that come to us through the various organisations we already support can take what they need for Xmas. The church along with us will also be making up Xmas hampers like we did last year and giving these out to those who need them.

I am sure you will realise I cannot do this alone and will be needing lots of helpers so if you think you can spare some time during that week to help I would be eternally grateful. This will be like a "mini" connect day with those in need being able to connect to various organisations that can help them and they will also be able to get some beautiful gifts for their loved ones at Xmas.

Please if you can help in any way,or spread the word of what we are trying to do and get other people involved that would be great. If someone just donates 1 toy and they tell someone else and they also donate a toy or a gifty type of thing then it becomes a snowball effect.  Xmas is such a special time for us all and I really hate to think of people missing out.

I will be organising a meeting of sorts so anyone interested can come and listen to the ideas I have and can have some input into how they think we could run this effectively.  Keep an eye on this blog for more news of that meeting date or email me your interest in helping at needystitches@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for all your support!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Toys and even more toys ....

Sam's Warehouse had a wool sale this week and as we all know I AM a woolaholic!!  So I took myself off there and got some new wool. I had to!!! It was new and it was sitting there so lonely on the shelf .... I swear I am going to start a Woolaholics Anonymous any day now LOL

Anyway while I was there I went to take a look around at the toy section and boy did I hit the jackpot! Everything was on sale and really cheap so I had a spend up ready for Xmas. I got all of these toys for under $40!!




I have also finished knitting 10 toys ....


The ones in front are hand puppets!! Easy to make but look cute ...

I have some special news about Xmas and what we are planning that I will let you all in on next week when I have firmed everything up!!!


Monday, August 6, 2012

OK I went a little crazy .....

While I was searching around for a Bananas in Pyjamas pattern someone told me about a book site in the UK called "The Book Depository" so off I went and checked out their website. They had some amazing toy pattern books so I ordered a couple and then went back the next day and ordered a couple more and then the next day .. and so on and so on ... well here is a picture of the end result now they have all arrived

So as you can see I am now a little spoilt for choice!! LOL  This month (August) I am going to try and make 30 toys in 30 days!! So stay tuned and I will keep you updated as to whether I do it or not.

I had a phone call from Anglicare who had a wellbeing team who were teaching some teenage and ealy 20's girls how to use proper hygiene and they asked me if we could supply some hygiene packs (toiletry bags) So I scouted around and made up the 10 they needed with toothpaste and toothbrush, soap and face washer, hair shampp, deodorant, tissues and some body lotion. I found some toiletry bags on sale at a $2 shop so bouth them and filled them up. Here is the picture ...



If you are going away on holidays and staying in a motel don't forget to pick up the little bottles of shampoo and soaps as they always come in handy!!