Posts tagged art

Global Economic Summit – Can we help ourselves

The recent recession hit many of us in South Africa hard.  High numbers of jobs were lost as countless companies closed their doors.  My husband’s family business was hard hit aswell, with blessing, they have remained open, however our budget has become exceptional tight.

A radio discussion this morning got me thinking, I don’t like many ideas our government has on health, housing, social development and environmental issues – I won’t even start on economic issues.  I also feel we talk more than we do.  My activities in the local community help me to give back and do my bit for our society, however I’m left with, “what can I do to take hold of my family’s future in these dull times?”

I feel very strongly that we should all have a skill, hobby or pastime that we enjoy doing.  Why not use that skill or hobby to create a safety net for you to fall financially?  We don’t have to be the next Martha Stewart, but we can make small nest eggs for ourselves.  My thinking is that not only will it be an excuse for you to enjoy something that you love doing, but you can then become a little bit more independent from the government.  This way we become more in control of our future and less reliant on government to create jobs for us. 

So if you don’t like what you hear coming from the Global Economic Summit, don’t feel despondent, you can do something about it!  We can also use this as part of our children’s lives to teach them about hard work and how there is no substitute for it.

Good luck on your independent missions and let me know how it goes…

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I love these sites!

 

Some of the sites I love to visit for inspiration and to see what others are doing. 

http://www.flamingotoes.com – a gorgeous crafting site, from clothing and home decor to bags and some cute toys.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com – a useful site with some great tips on organising your house and diy decorating.

http://blog.effortless-style.com – totally fun site, great ideas for art works – I’m working on a collection of SA stamps for our hallway.

http://www.notmartha.org – run by Megan, this site has light-hearted feel to crafting.  Easy crafts with great photos and clear instructions, I’m in love with Megan’s Christmas tree!

http://www.mental-health-matters.com – a helpful site for me – it gave me good ideas on how to calm down my worked up 4-year-old.  Also made me feel normal, that I’m not completely useless at this parenting thing.

http://happychildfoundation.co.za – an organisation based in South Africa – they fundraise, feed and uplift communities.  All with the help of their Happy Bars.  They need help to get their foundation funding to continue their work.

http://www.4akid.co.za – great safety products for kiddies.  They have been very generous over the last year with donations of presents and party pack items for birthdays and Christmas.

http://www.safecosmetics.org – delicious diy beauty and makeup recipes.  So easy to use and something you can do with your sisters, daughters and friends.  Make a party of it!

http://www.rockyheath.co.za/ – a local lass, a friend of my sister-in-law.  Rocky does beautiful photos of pets as well as photos at our local SPCA of  those needing homes.  There is a scruffy one and a basset hound that are nudging my heart!

http://eatmytreats.blogspot.com – oh how I would love to meet Lauren.  She makes such gorgeous cakes and she also is super nice and puts her recipes on the blog.  With Lauren’s help I will be making my son”s “How to train your dragon”4th birthday cake.  I’m going to make the fondant and modeling chocolate myself – watch this space for updates on how well it turns out 🙂

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Sale – Hot Bags on Sale!

I’m having a sale on all our handbags, prices ranging from R10.00 for the small beach bags to R120.00 for the Demin Bags.  Look out for my price list with photos!

Recycled Inc – Hot Handbag Sale!

Pink Flowers – R120.00

Demin Bag, fully lined in funky, colourful fabric, embellished with buttons, beads and fabric

 

Bobtail Bags – R70.00

Fully lined bags from various brands of dog food.  Bags can be ordered although each one will be different.

 

Demin Shoulder Bag – R50.00

Demin shoulder bags with light embellishments

 

 

Bleach Demin – R100.00

Bleached demin bags embellished with fabric and wooden beads.

 

Demin Shirt Bag – R70.00

Large bag with splashes of colour

 

Basket Bag – R50.00

Perfect summer bag with ribbon accents and a broach.

 

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Where to Find Us

You can find us at the following venues during November and December 2010:

Saturdays – 07:30 to 13:00
Lavender Blue, Gonubie Back Road, East London

Sundays – 08:00 – 13:00
Beach Front Flea Market, Esplanade, East London

26th, 27th & 28th November 2010
Amahlathi Festival, Engen Museum, Stutterheim, Eastern Cape

16th December 2010 – 09:00 to 15:00
Family Fun Day @ King’s Mall, Gonubie, East London

17th, 18th & 19th December 2010 – 09:00 – 19:00
Gonubie Christmas Festival

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Moms and Tots – Arts & Crafts Session 31st July 2010

We are hosting a craft session for abandoned/foster kiddies and their parents on Saturday, 31st July 2010.  The theme is moms and mother figures, as August is Women’s month.

We will be doing painting, drawing, windmills and rock pets with the younger children, with painting, drawing,  junk flowers and photo frames for the older children.

We will do face painting during the session, take loads of photos and have some cool drink and sweets with the kiddies.

Items we need for the session are:

Poster paints – blue, red, yellow, white and black
16 Paint brushes –  various sizes
Pieces of wood – various sizes for older children to paint on
Glue – runny, clear type and pritt
Glitter – huge hit with the kids
Pipe cleaners
Jumbo wax crayons
Pencil crayons
10 pairs blunt nose scissors
Koki pens
2 pencil sharpeners
Wood glue
Acrylic paint – blue, red, yellow, black and white
Prestick, face paints

Junk that we use to inspire which we are always looking for:

Toilet paper rolls
Cereal and other boxes
Tins
Glass bottles
Coloured plastic bottles
2l coke bottles
Newspaper (lots, mostly to cover the tables and floor)
Fabric, buttons, beads
Cardboard
Wood, sawdust
Smooth rocks, shells
Feathers, wool, cotton wool
Anything really, bring it we will use it!

If anyone wishes to make a monetary donation, you are more than welcome.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us supervise, inspire and spend time with the kiddies, your time will be greatly appreciated!

Contact Hayleigh on:

Cell:  083 263 0419 or Email:  recycledinc@gmail.com

The crafts will be collected and sold to assist the Make A Difference project.

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Saturday Art Session – Greensleeves Children’s Home

Art Session – We host on art session for the children at Greensleeves childrens home on Saturday, 19th June 2010.  Great fun was had by all including the “adults” that come with me to help out.

By the end of the session the lines had blurred so much between adult and child, that there were only two adults left to supervise, Silvia, the house mom and myself!

We donated the art materials bought for the session to the children and we will use the artworks they did in various projects to raise funds to continue with the monthly adventures.

If anyone would like to help us out with the art session, we are always in need of art supplies, used paper and helpers to help me supervise.  We also like to spoil the little people with juice, snacks and some sweets when we go there, donations of these items are always appreciated.

 

We wish to thank the following people who gave so generously to our art session:

  • Lindi Ritcher
  • Lisa Nano
  • Monique Jewell
  • Bronwyn Higgs
  • Mom Saunders
  • Carmen de Lange for the cupcakes
  • Christie Rusch for the cooldrink and sweets
  • Ethan and Lucas Nicholas for the sweets
  • Ben and Jarrod for their time
  • Mark, my hubby for his time, patience and persistance in finding the right directions 🙂

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