Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Sweet Charity

Before we get cracking with today's blog, I thought I'd show you this vest I painted.  Inspired by Monday's blog I've been making stencils so I can decorate some vests and t-shirts.  It's good when my own blog inspires me!

We had a very productive weekend.  My little boy discovered that from his cot he could reach the drawers next to his bed, open a drawer and empty all his clothes into his cot.  So we spent the weekend rearranging his bedroom.  It looks much better, and if he tries to empty the drawer now all he'll find is a couple of double duvet covers.  The downside is our bedroom is now full of all his old baby things that he's out-grown.  They spend the day on our bed, at night they get moved onto the floor in front of the wardrobe, and in the morning they have to be moved back onto the bed again.  So tonight I need to go through everything and decide what's going to my pregnant friend (who's having twin girls so probably won't want most of the boys clothes), what's going to the charity shop and what's for the bin.  We could probably sell a lot of it (high chair, pram, toys he's hardly touched, clothes he wore once and out-grew...) on ebay so I'm having internal dilemnas as to whether I should sell them or be nice and give them away.  While I debate the merits of giving to charity versus having money, have a look at these items by very nice people who have decided to give to charity...

Charity Art Greetings Cards by ARTZEN
£3 (+ 90p p&p)
Pack of 4 original greetings cards.  All proceeds from the sale of these cards will be donated to Atherstone Parkinson's Support Group.

Beastie Boys Charity Art Print by scottmuldoon
£34.59 (+ free delivery)
A3 litho-print on 300g uncoated stock paper.  Limited Edition (200 copies).  Signed and numbered.  All proceeds to be donated to the Tibetan Independence Movement in honour of the late Adam Yauch aka MCA 

Handmade Fine Silver Breast Cancer Ribbon Pendant by WildSilverJewellery
£36 (+ £3 p&p)
The Ribbon measures 1.2cm from side to side and is 2.2cm from the top of the bail to the bottom of the leaf. The pendant is sold in a recycled cardboard jewellery box. and is strung on a 16" sterling silver snake chain.  £20 from the sale of this necklace will be donated to the Barnstaple Chemotherapy appeal.

Hundreds of Hearts Wall Art by LittleDarlingsUK
£80 (+ £15 p&p)
Mounted on thick board, hundreds of individual hand cut card hearts form a large heart, with a piece falling away, creating a brilliantly textured, apparently fluttering piece. All captured in a deep wooden box frame.  All profits made from the red heart pictures on white mount will go directly to the Childrens Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, with 20% being donated from all other colour choices.

Julian the Jellyfish Blue Acrylic Necklace by beckybutton
£9.75 (+ £1.95 p&p)
10% of the proceeds from Julian will be donated to Fauna & Flora International, who "act to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take into account human needs".  He's been laser cut from 3mm transparent blue acrylic and his body is approximately 4cm/1.5in wide and 3cm/1.25in high. The longest of his beautiful rainbow chain tentacles is 10cm/4in long.

Pale Blue Origami Crane Pin by matinlapin
£3.25 (+ £1.30 p&p)
The cranes are individually drawn and made from shrink plastic, with a brooch back affixed with hot glue.  All profit from the sale of this pin will go to Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Porcelain Dish by seaurchin
£16 (+ £5 p&p)
This small bowl has a deep, multi-layered crater. It has been glazed with a glossy chocolate brown stoneware glaze and filled with teal and green glass.  The dish is 2 7/8 inches/7cm across and 1 3/8inch/3.3cm high. The list price of this dish will be donated to The Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal.

Romantic Handmade Book by Ktffos
£4.55 (+ 49p p&p)
The book measures 11 x 8cm when closed and the cover is handmade paper.  $1 from the sale of this book will go to Henshaws Arts & Craft Centre, a centre for visually impaired and learning disabled adults to have lessons in all sorts of crafts, music and horticulture.

Hair Fork in Madagascan Rosewood by NaturalCraftUK
£26.50 (+ £1.50 p&p)
This is a Hair Fork with three prongs, measuring about 5.5 inches in total length. The Fork has been hand-carved from a single piece of Madagascan Rosewood. The design is a tall forest with canopy on top, supposed to be a homage to the Madagascan rainforest. The Hair Fork has been sealed with Danish Oil and polished with Creamed Beeswax. All proceeds from the sale of this hair fork will be donated to the World Land Trust and will secure about 1/4 of acre of rainforest, safe-guarding it for future generations.

Tan Wooden Jasper Cuff Style Bracelet by PegasusJewellery
£8.84 (+ £2.80 p&p)
A gorgeous piece made with flat ovals and 8mm wooden jasper rounds. Each bead has a different pattern and tone of colour giving the bracelet a one of a kind look. The colours range from a pale grey/blue through to tan and to a chocolate brown. A great statement piece the colours work well with vibrant or neutral colours.  The bracelet is 8 inches long and an inch wide. 10% of the sale will be given to Balls To Cancer.


  1. Hey Jenna - thanks for including my crane pin. It's nice to see how charitable the Brits of the Etsy community are!

  2. Thank you for featuring Julian the Jellyfish - and for describing us featurees as 'very nice people'! :)