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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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For Sale – Key rings

Take a look at the latest items for sale –

Key Rings – R25.00 each
Wide variety, cool and funky colours. 

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Be Barking Mad and Help Out

Barking Mad – My friend and loyal volunteer Kim sent me an email today about Barking Mad.  Not having heard of it, I logged onto the site and what a wonderful organisation they are.

What they do the animals and owners can be called angelic.  So many animals are left to their own devices.  It’s a pity we don’t have a Dogtown in East London, but we can still help them out.  Visit the site and click on the donate a food bowl to help them feed a pet today www.barkingmad.co.za.  They also have the cutest t-shirts for sale at only R100! 

One of the programmes is the Open Paw in Shelters –  

Open Paw in Shelters

While it is Open Paw’s goal to use education to keep animals out of shelters, we recognize that there are animals in shelters now who need our help. Imagine walking into an animal shelter where all is quiet and it smells good. The dogs are peacefully, lounging on beds chewing away on delectable food-stuffed chew toys or sitting calmly at the front of their kennels wagging “Hello” at every passer by. The cats are either curled up in beds on elevated platforms or batting at dangling catnip toys. Volunteers are busily training dogs throughout the facility and Cat Cuddlers are patiently teaching young playful cats to retract their claws before getting over-excited.

This is a shelter where people come for miles, clamoring to adopt the friendly, well-trained residents. These are cats and dogs that will easily settle into their new, permanent homes. This is a shelter where everyone that walks in, walks out just a little bit smarter, more aware of their animal companion’s needs. This is an Open Paw shelter.

Open Paw was created in January of 2000 with the goal of preventing the unwanted animal problem at its source. Most shelter animals were once perfectly normal, lovable and loved puppies and kittens. Yet many are surrendered to shelters or abandoned when they are six months to two years old.

Why have these animals become unwanted? In most cases, because of behavior, temperament, or training problems, all of which could easily have been prevented. Sadly, having come to the shelter with behavioral baggage already, many animals rapidly deteriorate after only a short time in the shelter environment. They often become de-housetrained, hyperactive, noisy, anxious, and lonely. Unless a vigorous socialization and training program is in effect, the animals, particularly puppies and kittens, become less and less adoptable, and less likely to remain in a home if they do become adopted, with each day that they stay in the shelter.

Barking Mad Wish List

Steel Dog Bowls
Beds and bedding
Collars and leads
Dog chews
Training Treats
Brain toys for dogs: Treat dispensers, kongs
Raw hides and chew toys for dogs
Squeeky tennis balls, this is their favorite toy
Toys
Carpeting
Deep freeze for Kongsicles

For the BarkingMad office and kennels:
Small white boards for names and details of dogs
White board Markers
Files
Ink for Hp office jet 6313
CTV system – so we can watch our dogs 24/7
Hut  3x3m2 for office to be set up in
Filing cabinet
Hut 3x3m2 for kennels for dogs
Fencing
Shade cloth
Grass

BarkingMad is the website of Dogtown South Africa PTY LTD A section 21 non profit Company 2009/015936/08

*Please take note of our new banking details*
Make your donations to Dogtown South Africa

Account Name: Dogtown South Africa
Branch Code: 254005
Account Number: 62240425571
First National Bank
Cnr Main And Republic Road
Randburg
2194
Sort Code: FIRNZAJJ

sources: www.barkingmade.co.za

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Recycled Bead Work

Most of our items are once-off we may be able to make something similar but not exact but to the recycled materials we use.  Here are a few of our products…

 

Bufferfly Blue Keyring

     

Blue Skies Keyring

   

Bling Purple Keyring

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Our Craft Session

We hosted a craft session on Saturday with a few friends helping out to finish paintings and a few even made some lovely Mother’s Day beads!

Thank you again to all my wonderful friends and supporters for their help, we couldn’t do any of this without you!

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