Friday, 7 April 2017

First uniforms

The ladies who have set up their business to make Utange Primary School their uniforms have called themselves "Soft landing".  Susan, the computer teacher at the school who has been so instrumental in getting this group going, has today sent me these photos.  They show the first two uniforms produced by the group.  It must be such a thrill for the ladies (and is certainly a thrill for me) to see these pictures. 

The ladies are employing a tailor to teach them how to make the uniforms efficiently.  I am sure this is a really good investment for their future work. 
I now have the leaflets to hand out to schools to try to persuade them to hold a non-uniform day to raise money for sponsored uniforms at the school; these photos contrast so much with those showing the uniforms sported currently by many pupils.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Jeans donation

Many thanks to the pupils, parents and staff of Gothic Mede Academy in Arlesey. They have been collecting jeans for me and on Monday I picked up two huge sacks full.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

This update came a while ago, but I haven't got round to posting it! One of the schools I provided help to was St Peter the Rock. This is a school for pupils with mental disabilities, run by the amazing Gladys. Another visitor provided her with funding to rebuild the chicken shed she has on her current school site (more friends are fundraising to build a new, more suitable school at a much better site away from the busy street) and I provided the money for Gladys to buy chickens. These will provide eggs for the children at the school to eat. It was so exciting to get these photos!


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Flying in....

Flying back into stock are these owl phone cases. I have now made them in larger sizes, to accommodate the smart phones everyone seems to have. I suspect they will sell well - I hope so.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Furniture again

This was another of the pieces of furniture I created at the end of last year. These folding storage boxes seemed to be all over the discount-type stores, and I picked up three of them with the intention of covering them. The covers they came with were plastic and unispiring, but once covered I was very pleased with them.


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Uniforms appeal

Can your school help? I wrote previously about the new business I have helped to set up at Utange Primary School. A group of four ladies will be making uniforms for the children there. Susan, my contact at the school, tells me that there are about 200 children whose families are unable to provide a uniform because of the poverty in which they live. I would love to find sponsorship so that all of the children at the school can have a smart uniform, even those whose families cannot afford to buy one. This will cost about £400, and I am hoping that schools would consider holding a non-uniform day, making a small charge to those pupils who choose not to wear uniform, and donating the proceeds to this appeal. If you are interested in helping, please contact me through this page. 


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Mini pocket bag

I have made many of this style of bag, but this one delighted me because it is on a more miniature style.  I hope it will appeal to a little girl some time this year.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Another business set up!

 This is the first of the groups which Susan, the computer teacher at Utange Primary School, has helped to get going. The four ladies leading it are all parents of children at the school. They asked for the money to set up up group to make uniforms for the children at the school, and earlier this month I was able to get the money to them. They bought much of the equipment from the same place I used while out in August.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Bag from jeans top

This seems to be the bag most people think of when they are using jeans to make a bag.  It is a style I find quite difficult, not least because you end up attaching linking ant straps to the part of the bag which is thickest and thus hardest to sew through - the waistband.  This one turned out quite well, however.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Sunglasses cases

It seems a strange time to be making sunglasses cases - but maybe now is the time people will be thinking about preparing for the summer. This style was so popular in previous years that I am already thinking I many not have made enough of them and should cut some more out...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Revisiting old favourites

I've been remaking some items which had fallen out of stock.  These flower bags always go down well.  I have had fun playing with different colour variations, both in the flowers and in the strips used for the bags themselves.

As you can see, there has been some "remade fabric" in these.  I now collect the "ends" of strips, sew them together to make long strips and join these strips to make new fabric.  It's great to play with.

Monday, 27 March 2017

New publicity materials

Thanks to a very generous donation, I have just ordered a banner for this year's fundraising (and well into the future, I hope!) I took the opportunity to also revamp my cards and logo and to order some flyers for my latest project. What do you think?

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Lovely article - and sales starting soon!

Rachel, from Made in Bedford, has posted a lovely article about my work on the group's Facebook page.  It was a timely reminder to me to get my Facebook page and my blog going again, as I head towards another season of sales.  I'm updating all my promotional materials at the moment (more on that tomorrow) and so my blog and facebook page are getting a facelift.  I'm now off to photograph a range of my creations from the last few months, so look out for those!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

First 20 computers installed in Utange!

These are photos which have been deagerly awaited.  They show the first 20 computers installed and in use in Utange primary school.  This was one of the results of my trip to Kenya over the summer; having met Susan, the lovely computing teacher there, and distributed 10 solar lamps to the school, I asked her what would most help the school.She told me that, with such large classes (between 80 and 120 pupils with one teacher), more computers would be of huge benefit.  The pupils use the computers to study Maths and English at their own level.  They had 20 computers, donated by a group in Mombasa.  She told me that 40 more would enable pupils to work in pairs at a computer, or to work individually while a teacher taught the rest of the class.
I was thrilled by the generosity of the response I received and sent off the money before Christmas.  There was a delay (caused by the computers being held up at the port in MOmbasa) but they have now arrived, and Susan sent me these photos to share with all who donated.

If you would like to donate, you can do so through my JustGiving page here.  I hope to send the money to pay for the remaining 20 computers this year.