Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mission Without Borders

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So I am REALLY passionate about this thing called Mission Without Borders! If you don’t know what the organization is about google them and find out but here is the short version for you. This organization is worldwide and does a wonderful good work out there! I am involved with the Operation Cover up Project which involves knitting blankets and sending them to orphanages in Europe where children are freezing every winter!

New Zealand alone has done such an overwhelming amount in the way of handknitted blankets and jerseys, hats, scarves and the like that we now have so many items to send that we are branching out to giving them to whole communities in places like the Ukraine and Moldova and not just the orphanages.  If you want to get involved just google Mission Without Borders and find a contact for your local area and get in touch with them.

I think it’s a wonderful way to combine a craft you love with doing something really meaningful to help those in need:)  In my little town we have a group that meets the first Monday of every month to catch up and knit together and show everyone all the blankets we have all finished or are working on. The lady who leads the group has basically donated half her house to this project. Their garage has been the storage area for all the wool that is donated to us for years now and one of their spare bedrooms is wear many of the items get stored before they get shipped once a year. We are winding up to shipping time again so we are all knitting more feverishly than ever.

I really won’t know where to stop when it comes to the wonderful things this organization does. The first time I saw a dvd of the little kids’ faces when they were handed blankets and clothing lovingly made for them in NZ I cried like a baby. The excitement on those little faces at receiving a brightly coloured and brand new blanket or jersey was just heart melting!  For those of us who don’t have the opportunity right now to go overseas to do mission work first hand this is a wonderful way to feel that you can help someone out there!  Here are some pictures of the two blankets I have finished in the last couple of weeksImage (with some help from Mom when my crocheting hand cramped up completely!)

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We work purely from donated wool in my area (although I occassionally buy some to add to it too) so the colours are not always what we might have chosen ourselves but we make it work I think!  

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It’s a beautiful day!

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It’s a beautiful day today! After all this cold, wet, grey, weather we have been having it’s absolutely fabulous to see the sun shining so brightly!  

This morning I did all the grocery shopping and all the errands that pile up by Thursday. I have just packed all the groceries away and now I am going to do some sewing! It’s been awhile since my sewing machine and I spent time together but I thought it was time! Plus I have some ideas for some material that I have had lying around for months. 

And one last thing; I LOVE thrift stores! I found this scarf for $2 today!

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The Eeyore Way of Life!

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I am not a naturally positive person! Anyone who knows me will be able to tell you that! However, I am trying to think more positively and when I saw this yesterday I decided that this should be my new philosophy to life! 😉

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily. 
“So it is.” 
“And freezing.” 
“Is it?” 
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

There’s always something to be thankful for!

From Old and Sad to New and Pretty!

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We have had this little chair/phone table in our apartment ever since we got married and, while it is very comfortable to sit on it got wet during a move and the stain never came out. Plus, the colour just does not inspire me at all. 

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As you can see, not very pretty at all. But it fits next to our desk perfectly as a phone table. So you just can’t warrant throwing it out right?

A couple of weeks back I was wondering through a thrift store and I saw this super cute upholstery fabric for $2. The pieces weren’t huge but I thought perhaps I would make cushion covers with them or something like that. I got home and as I was packing my shopping away it hit me! The little chair! One of the pieces of material was just the right size to cover it!  I have never re-covered anything myself so I asked my Mom to show me how the next time she came to visit. (Mom has re-upholstered an entire couch and armchair before so she knows what she’s doing!)

She arrived armed with a little hammer and bunch of nails (when you don’t have a staple gun these work just fine!) With much banging and tugging and pulling she transformed my little chair in less than an hour!

Voila! I am very happy! 

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