Thursday, 2 July 2015

Solar lamps ordered!

I just placed an order for 40 solar lamps to be distributed in Utange!
These are the lamps I have ordered:
They include a phone charging point which I hope may provide the opportunity for the recipients to earn a little money by charging phones for other villagers, as well as enabling them to study or work in the evenings.
The lamps are being donated to four of the schools in Utange - Utange Primary school (the state school); Utange Baptist Primary (where the children from Casuarina House attend school); Noah's Ark Academy (a nursery school I have a link with) and St Peter the Rock school (which has physically and mentally handicapped children educated alongside neurotypical children).  I have someone who has agreed to pick them up from Mombasa and deliver them to the recipient schools.  Five of each set of ten lamps are for teachers at the schools.  As a teacher myself I really wanted to support the teachers.  The other five are to be prizes for the children who have shown most improvement.  I have labels designed and ready to be printed, to stick onto the boxes.  I am feeling very excited!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Smarty pants!

I am looking forward to making more of this bib design, using up other interesting fabrics.  I love this one.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


Loved this slogan when I saw it.  It is, however, a bit tricky and time consuming to embroider - on another version the fabric snagged somewhat.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Two guitar themed bags

These are destined for the folk festival sales I hope to be attending this year.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Monday, 15 June 2015

Here comes trouble bib

Many of us who are parents will empathise with  this slogan, I suspect.  I loved the embroidery design, and it just had to go on a bib.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Coffee bag

"Behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee."

Actually, isn't it strange how many coffee slogans there are and how few for tea?!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Elephant doorstops

Here is a selection of elephants for your pleasure!  I've decided that if I post them one by one, this elephant will become a wildlife sanctuary rather than a sewing blog.  Suffice to say these are proving extremely popular, and I am cutting them out and sewing them up almost permanently!

These four are designed as doorstops.  I filled plastic food bags with sand and put one in each leg before stuffing the rest of the elephant as normal.  They are just the right weight to hold your door open. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Blue giraffe

I was dubious about using blue denim for the giraffes.  In fact, I intended to make them all from sand coloured fabric and paint true giraffe markings on them.  However, I tried one in denim and absolutely loved him.  I abandoned all ideas of sand colour and paint, and have gone over to making just denim giraffes.
So cute!