If you are wondering why I have been so successful in distributing those dresses to different locations around the world, it is because of these items that I handmake to sell. Some of you dont have to like them but they are Dress A Girl Australia's bread and butter. Without these items being purchased by the public I do not think I will be able to sustain this campaign, distribute such a large number of dresses. So please help spread the word about the things that I sell. None of the proceeds go to my pocket instead they all go to Dress A Girl Australia's postage fund to pay for the cost of sending dresses to different locations around the world.
If you are one of those people who still think that paper and/or fabric calendars are still in and not a thing of the past, then why not check out the fabric calendars in my shop. A good way to start helping raise funds for Dress A Girl Australia's projects in 2014.
These calendars are approximately 10.5cms x 16.5 cms. Actual calendar is 8cms x 4cms. Monthly calendar is inserted on a pocket and is refillable every new year. Each calendar sells for $6.00 plus postage.
Magnetic calendars will be available soon. To purchase these calendars, please click here for the 'Good Friends' and here for the 'Friendship'. Click here to check out the entire range of fabric calendars available for sale.
With barely 3 days to go before we say goodbye to 2013 and say hello to 2014 I thought I would be a little bit crafty by making something australian and add to my shop to sell to help raise money for postage for next year.
By the way, for the next 3-6 months or depending on how long it would take, proceeds from the sale of soy candles and handcrafted personal treasures for charity will be donated to Dress A Girl Australia's campaign to build a well in Kalagi Uganda until I have achieved the target amount of $10,500. The sale of the other items are allocated to Dress A Girl Australia's postage fund.
This time I revived my fabric picture cards which I used to make about 8 years ago and donated a dollar for every card I sold to a breast cancer foundation here in Sydney. I stopped making and donating when I went back to work. I used to make these cards in between problem solving of work issues when I worked from home. At this time I am only making a couple of Australian-themed picture cards. If I am in a good mood I might make the Sydney Harbour bridge.
Fabric picture cards are pictures and/or images fitted inside window cutouts. Regular 100% cotton novelty-designed fabrics and/or images are printed by me on a 100% cotton fabrics to fit the card's window cut-outs or I just use plain fabrics just like the Kangaroo below. To produce a raised effect of the images inside window cutouts I insert a wadding. Size of the card is the standard 110mm x 155mm and comes with matching envelopes. The inside panel is blank for personal messages just like any normal greeting card. You can have them framed too and hang on your wall if you want.
So if you have any intention of saying hi or hello to a friend overseas, these cards would be perfect to send. :-) These cards are being sold in Dress A Girl Australia's shop for $2.50 each plus postage of $1.20. They will make a good keepsake or souvenir. To make a purchase, please click here. For any questions or more details, please click here.
Please come and join Dress A Girl Australia in aiming for the stars for the people of Kalagi Uganda. For at least one star... one big star that will change one village' way of life ...hope through clean water.
With your help, we can make this happen. Please help spread the word around. Thank you!
It is the day before Christmas and having a day off from work and Dress A Girl Australia. As early as 6:30 in the morning and avoiding traffic jam and parking chaos I decided to go to Coles for some prawns and flowers for my Dad. Indeed I had so many choices as to where to park. :-)
On my way back to the parking lot I thought about making a dress for my 10-year old niece (youngest girl in our clan). Since I started Dress A Girl Australia I kind of made it a point to sew a dress for her too and usually at the end of the year. She had a pillowcase dress and last year she received a t-shirt dress which was a bit too small for her that I think after 2 months it hardly fitted her. I learned a lesson then and this became my standard of distributing dresses. I should give at least 1 or even better 2 sizes bigger than the actual age of the child so they could wear it for a longer period of time as this could be the only decent dress they would own.
So I went back to K-mart but could not find a proper t-shirt for her. Most of them had kind of open or plunging necklines and the t-shirts for girls were too small for her. Maybe the dress was not such a good idea after all this year and was on my way out when I saw school uniform t-shirts on sale at $2.00 each. Well, why not! I just wanted to make my niece a dress so she will be the last girl in the world I will dress in 2013 and I don't really care if she wears it to sleep. So I bought 1 yellow-one size bigger t-shirt and I also bought 5 extra t-shirts to start my Dress-A-Girl t-shirt collection for 2014. Here are the 5-tshirts I bought to start my collection -
and here is the dress I made for my niece using a material from my personal fabric collection. And I think it is about 2 sizes bigger this time.
Then I decided to give her a couple of the simple treasures I make for Dress A Girl which I sell from my e-shop to raise funds for postage. Actually I did not get a chance to post my decoupaged pendants but they were bestsellers in my last market. Simple treasures of a decoupaged pendant/necklace and my 'Girl's best friend' charm bracelet in a heart-shaped tin.
and bundled them all up in a biscuit tin with a five-dollar note inside an envelope -
Then I decided to make one for one of my nephews to represent the boys who received t-shirts and pairs of shorts this year. Since I did not have the time to sew a pair of shorts anymore (I don't even think he would wear it) and forgot to buy a t-shirt for him I thought I should just give him a 'Love our Earth' necklace (another fundraiser - now you all would really think I have such weird ideas! LOL!). My nephew is at an age (12?) where he wants to wear something or anything that makes him look cool. :-) Well, he gets an earth-friendly bicycle and recycle charms to wear to remind him to love our earth for his future.
and again I bundled them all up in a small tin (from my soy candle supplies) with a $10 dollar worth of coins so he can buy his own t-shirt hopefully with the print of 'I Love the Earth' ( this would really be funny and great)!
And with less than 3 hours to go before our traditional family Christmas dinner (and I had to wrap up my other presents for the rest of the kiddies/family + Kris Kringle present) I managed to make last minute clear ball decorations filled with M&M's. I also was able to finish my Christmas cottage ball.
Seems like I accomplished a lot during the day. I had a great time making these items the same way that I had a great time, fun and enjoyable 2013 with Dress A Girl Australia.
Am off for our family dinner, wait for midnight to sing a happy birthday for another niece whose celebrating her birthday on christmas day (that is why we call her Chrissie) and I hope you all have a very lovely Christmas!
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
~ Dr. Seuss
Merry Christmas to one and all!
Well, 2 more days and Christmas will be here. I know (just like me) we all are looking forward to getting some Christmas presents. A lot of you have been extra good for a lot of disadvantaged kiddies around the world and would like to say a wholehearted thank you to everyone! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 2013 is/was a job very well done and I hope nothing is going to stop you from continuing on being good next year too.
Merry, merry Christmas and a happy new year!!
9 Days until Christmas. Am not sure what am excited about really. Whether it is because it is christmas time once again and that I will be getting a kris kringle present on Christmas eve or is it because I know there are about 1000 children around the world who will be getting presents from the wonderful people of Australia, 1000 children who are going to have their best Christmas ever, 1000 children who are going to feel something different in their lives knowing that there are people in this world who actually cares for them. WooHoo!!