Friday, 6 June 2014

Winners & White Light!

G'day all! Hope your week has been super-fantastic! :0) The chaos continues at the Meares' Madhouse ... we're getting closer to a time when I can share a bit more with you about what the fuss is all about ... trust me, we'll be happy to get to that point too! :0)

So ... still no stitching happening here, but there's been plenty of flying needles in blogland and Sweet Peg and I have enjoyed seeing the OPAM tallies coming in for May. There was a grand total of 409 projects finished in May ... WOW!! Well done to you all! And to those of you who didn't get to add finishes to your list, but took time out to make some progress ... well done to you, too. It really does amaze me every month that you clever gals are creating so many wonderful and varied projects. Pat yourselves on the back! :0)

OK, so it's my turn to announce the winners of our random prize draw ... drumroll please ...

Congratulations gals!! If you'd like to email me with your snail mail addresses, I'll pop a little something in the mail for you next week. As always, thank you to all of you who took time to email your tallies through to me or my Sweet Partner-In-Crime ... and a HUGE thank you to my P-I-C Sweet Peg for co-hosting OPAM with me. What would I do without you, Gorgeous Friend!! :0)

Now, even though there hasn't been time to stitch in amongst the craziness of our household at the moment, I did gather with some stitching buddies today in the workroom of the Quilters Angel. Our Quilting Angels group has been helping Sue Cook and the gals behind the White Light organisation. 

White Light is a not-for-profit group that seeks to support victims of domestic violence. So often, women who are courageous enough to get themselves out of domestic violence situations have to leave EVERYTHING behind to escape.  The White Light gals create pretty toiletry bags, which are then filled with some bathroom necessities and work through women's shelters to distribute them as a practical way of supporting these brave women and let them know that they aren't on their own.

We had "Sue's Sweatshop" happening today in the workroom, with the Fabulous Fiona, Jo, Kylie, Sue and Sue's lovely Mum all zooming away on their machines while I tried hard to keep up with cutting out more bags and linings ... boy was I outnumbered! :0) Would you like to see some of the pretty bags?

(photo borrowed from White Light Facebook page)

The toiletry bags are made from pretty, feminine fabrics, lined, paper-bag corners and fold-over tops. The fold over is secured with a sweetly-shabby-chic flower that can also be worn as a brooch. 

Are you interested in helping Sue and the other White Light gals to support victims of domestic violence? Well ... there's a few ways you can do that.

Firstly, you can visit their Facebook page HERE and read more about what the gals are doing. 
Secondly, you could donate some pretty fabrics for bags OR, very importantly, plain fabrics for linings so more bags can be made. You can also donate money so lining fabric can be purchased, if you prefer.
Thirdly, you might like to make some bags in your very own sewing cave and send them to Sue to help out. If you contact Sue through the White Light Facebook page, she will be only too happy to give you measurements and instructions. (she was cracking the whip today, let me tell you! Tee! Hee! Hee!) 
Fourthly ... are you keeping up?! ... you can donate toiletry items to go into the  bags ... toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, talcum powder, deodorant, hairspray, nail polish ... whatever YOU might like to find in your toiletry bag. If you pop an item in your shopping trolley each week, it won't add too much to your shopping bill and will be a big help when added to other donations.

The Quilting Angels came together in 2011 to make quilts to assist flood victims, but we are very pleased to be helping Sue and the White Light gals with these pretty and practical toiletry bags. We'll be gathering again next month for another stitching bee, so if you're local to the Toowoomba area and would like to help, drop Sue a message on Facebook and she'll let you know dates, times etc. Oh ... and we always have a BLAST when we gather together! :0)

Right ... I'm off to play Polly and make myself a cuppa while I watch the north QLD Cowboys get a hiding ... sadly!!! Hope you have a fantastic weekend. Til next time ...




Simone Harding said...

Hi Kris what an inspiration group of ladies helping other women in need. I will be grading over to the Facebook page and helping out.
I am very excited to be the winner of May. Thank you for randomly picking me. There are so many talented ladies out and about and to have at least one finish us great. Thanks fir organising OPAM so we can all celebrate our achievements.

Anonymous said...

congrats to the lucky ladies,hope you have a lovely evening Kris.xx

Marilyn said...

Lovely post, Kris. Always great to hear of the work of wonderful people like the White Light. Lovely lot of bags produced too.
Well done to the winners. We have been a busy bunch again this month.
Have a wonderful weekend, whatever it has in store for you.

KimM said...

Congratulations to the lucky ladies!!

Melody said...

What a fabulous thing to do. Congrats to the OPAM winners too.

Fiona said...

well said Kris, we do have a lot of fun too don't we?
well done opam winners... we are all winners really since we got stuff finished?
Hugz .. and another Hugz...

Maria said...

Congratulations to both ladies on your win...

WOW!! Great bags you ladies have made.. What a great idea for these Ladies..

Narelle said...

Just got back from a visit to Farmfest and caught up with Fiona ... so wishing I lived closer!
Great little bags.
Looking forward to your big reveal ... hang in there :)

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