It has been a great 2012 for Dress A Girl (Around the World) Australia in making a difference to the lives of the less fortunate children and I wish to thank you all for the kindness, generosity and support you have provided. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and have a happy 2013!
I wanted to end the year 2012 with a few more dresses made and I did it. Today I spent making five more dresses from donated materials.
My way of saying goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. Watch out for my daily updates starting tomorrow, 1st of January 2013 as I embark on a one day a dress for 365 days' journey.
I made 6 more dresses the past two nights from dress kits donated by heyboom and I hope to make more if I still have the time. I want to finish the parcel of 16 dresses and 9 pairs of shorts which I have prepared last week. So far I have made 6 dresses and 5 pairs of shorts.
I look forward to starting my 365 days' journey. Dont forget that daily updates will only happen here. My official Dress A Girl Australia blog will only be updated with my monthly status.
Also, I will be posting more products to sell on this site to help defray the cost of sending dress parcels overseas. If there is anything you like, please make a purchase. Proceeds go directly to the postage fund of Dress A Girl (Around the World) Australia. Items for sale are either donated or made by me. For the donated ones (unless specified otherwise) are also handmade items.
For more handmade items for sale, check out my 'handmades from the heart' webstore.
One dress a day for 365 days for Dress A Girl (Around the World) Australia.
This will be the site where I will be doing my daily updates on a journey I am going to embark on in 2013 of one dress a day for 365 days. My official blog site (dressagirlaustralia.blogspot.com) will only be updated monthly.
I started this initiative early this year but only made it halfway through the year as I could not cope with the sewing due to lack of time. Not that I didnt want to but my time was eaten up by other tasks that sewing time was getting lesser and lesser. I seem to have spent more time in organizing, more blogging on donations, more sorting and more packing for distributions and making more items to sell to raise funds for postage. I also had to do a lot of followups for parcels sent to different location. I think I need to re-organize.
Anyway, in the new year 2013, I am going to attempt to do it again. One dress a day for 365 days. As early as today, am starting to prepare the materials, doing lots of fabric cutting, bias tapes and elastic preparation, creating kits so when it is time to sew for the day all I have to do is pull out a set.
This is the first plastic bag of the many batches waiting to be sewn. In this batch are 16 dresses and 9 pairs of shorts to make.
And tonight I made 5 pairs of shorts out of the 9 ready-to-sew.
This batch will still be included in my 2012 personal goal.
Watch out for my daily updates and where I am at in my One day a dress for 365 days journey.
The Schedule of Activities/Events page have just been updated with the Ladies of Kapunda S.A. schedule for the new year 2013.
First of their event is their joint project with Craft and Hope which they started this year. It will continue next year where the participants will sew, knit, crochet or quilt for their favourite charity. This will be held at the address below -
Kapunda Lutheran Church Hall
South Terrace Kapunda
First session for 2013 will be on the 2nd of Feb and Charity Bees are every second Saturday in the month from March 2013 from 9:30-4pm. Bring your own sewing and craft supplies. Patterns and fabric are available for “Dress a Girl around the World”.
Second of their event is their collaboration with the Kapunda Quilters. They are thinking of holding a 'Buy a dress, Send a dress' type of promotion for Dress A Girl to raise some funds for postage and maybe donate to the home site in the US. This promotion will be a joint effort with the Kapunda Quilters who are also holding a Quilt Exhibition. This will be held on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of May from 10am-4pm at the address below -
C.W.A Hall, Main Street Kapunda
Entry gold coin donation to Fred Hollows Foundation.
Hand made items for sale, children’s clothing, Sausage sizzle, Quilt Raffle, craft and fabric stalls and viewers award for best quilt.
For both events and for more information, best to contact Deborah Parish at 85663628 or send her an email by clicking here. Save these dates on your diary.
Am starting to hear the sound of the trumpet...three more days....and it will be 2013. A new year, perhaps a new start for some of us who will dare to be different.
The theme for Dress A Girl (Around the World) Australia for all its activities and events in 2013 will be "A year of living making a difference". While some people will have a year of living dangerously, we will be living a year making a difference.
Watch out for more about living making a difference coming your way soon.
First on the list are screenprinted tealight glass holder covers donated by heyboom shop. These covers have been manually screenprinted (not machine) and done on burlap. I personally saw her cut these star templates by hand before doing the screen print. These tealight glass holder covers will be sold at $4.00 each including the glass plus postage of $6.60. Each tealight glass cover sold will pay for at least one dress to any location overseas. That is one dress for one girl and one big smile.
A very big thank you to heyboom shop for your continued support of Dress A Girl (Around the World) Australia. heyboom has an etsy shop for all the things handmade by her. Check out her handmade activities in her blog here.
After receiving these items two weeks ago, I remembered I still have at least a couple of candleholders somewhere in the house. I used to sell soy candles and with it came tealight holders. I stopped selling soy candles when I decided to go back to full-time work after 2 years of full-time rest and relaxation. These two are the last of the inventory items I still have on hand and once sold they are all gone. Am thinking of reviving selling soy candles such as tealight, votives and jar candles only as a fundraiser and if can find the time to make.
This is a made in india tealight holders set of 3. They can also accommodate votives. This will be sold for $14.95 plus postage of $13.15. (Wow! Australia Post has done it again. Their postage rates have gone up.)
This beaded mosaic tealight holder is also made in India and will be sold for $4.95 plus postage of $6.60.
All these items are available for purchase in the online shop under 'Donated Items to Sell' page or click here for quick access.
Every Christmas I make it a point to make christmas stockings. For this year I went more bolder. In addition to the standard christmas stockings I made, I also made christmas stockings where you can insert a picture of the person you are giving the stockings to. Something different.
All christmas stockings are made of 100% quilting cotton and fully lined. Christmas messages are printed on 100% inkjet fabric sheets. For stockings that require pictures, size of the frame is about 8cms x 8cms and easily inserted at a special pocket found inside the stockings.
Regular stockings sell for $15.00 and the stockings with picture sells for $18.00. Dare to be different. Try the stockings with picture. All available in my shop now.