Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Help?

Hello!

How're things with you?

I've just been sitting here looking at the pictures and videos of the awful devastation caused by the floods in Queensland and feeling pretty helpless and devastated. I can't even imagine how terrifying it must be for all the people living through this disaster.

So, we've already donated money but its time to make a difference with some crafty action. Early last year I crocheted a bunny and auctioned it off on my blog to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake and I want to do something similar again.

But I need your help. What should I make? What would you be likely to bid on in an online auction? What do you think would raise some serious bucks? A dress from my Everything But The thread range? A screen printed t'shirt? A knitted/crocheted softie? A knitted girls' dress or cardigan? A crocheted cushion? Something else I can make?

Thank you so much for your help.

I hope you and your family are safe and well and happy. XX

43 comments:

  1. A crocheted cushion sounds enticing! Great idea you have there x

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  2. I live about 30 mins from the Brisbane CBD and it is currently being evacuated because the outskirts of the city are already starting to go under. Most highways and main road, and BRIDGES are under water!! Husby works near the city and is about to evacuate himself. I think our house will be ok, but you never know. The reason this is all panning out so terribly is because we're experiencing KING TIDES!! At least we have warning of what's to come here in Brisbane. The poor people of Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley had near to no warning to get out.


    But to actually answer your question.. I would be interested in bidding on something for ME!! You make so many beautiful kiddies things, but as I have no kiddies I'd want something for little old selfish me :)


    But I do recall you had your own flood disaster not too long ago! How have you recovered??

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  3. Hey Kate, yes, it's devastaing and makes you feel terribly helpless. Also puts our own probs into perspective.
    What could you auction? Some of your beautiful crochet would be great as previous comment suggested maybe a cushion. But anything, would be great, it's the act of doing and not just thinking about it.

    Great Idea....

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  4. I ♥ you Kate. Whatever you make will be awesome.

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  5. What a wonderful idea - and practical too. Win win. We're on the Sunshine Coast and cut off, but ok. I was thinking of helping out with seed packs for gardeners... I'm sure whatever you make will be wonderful.

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  6. I'd love to bid on something for me - a screenprinted tee sounds perfect!

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  7. One of your girl's dresses is always a good idea, but a crocheted cushion sounds great too.

    Have you seen what Toni @ Make it Perfect is organising?

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  8. i ♥ all of your beautiful work kate and i think that it's a grand idea. in fact i will be following your lead and putting my own thinking cap on.

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  9. I can donate something too if you want to open up the auction.

    Have a lovely cushion that is appearing in Jan's issue of Fat Quarterly.

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  10. Maybe it's time for something similar to Handmade Help? There were some brilliant crafter responses during the bushfires - one blogger raised $20,000 with a yarn raffle - so surely we could do it again?

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  11. Isn't it just awful. I feel so far away from it all down here in Hobart and I wish I could help. I can't believe they're evacuating the whole city. I'll be bidding on whatever you decide to make Kate. And I'm going to think of something to make and auction too.

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  12. awesome Kate.

    it is so sad. People have been ringing us all morning because Bellingen is flooded too but we are all fine, when the town floods it just gets cut in half, all good, how could we possibly complain??? It is devastatingwhat is happening just a couple fo hours away.. xx

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  13. well.....a girl can never have too many bags - you could crochet a bag. i like the idea of t-shirts too.
    l
    x

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  14. Oh Kate you're just gorgeous.
    And yes it's awful, I've been feeling very much like you.
    Anything you make is always beautiful and so suitable.
    But I'm loving the sound of a crocheted cushion or one of your dresses -perhaps for an adult?
    love you xo

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  15. So terribly sad. Heartbreaking. You are such a lovely and natural crafter, anything you make will be appreciated.
    Cin x

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  16. One of your amazing dresses. I just love them to bits.

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  17. A screen print of some sort. I love your print designs! You could also get your kids to design something as well to use as a screen print too.

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  18. Hi Kate

    I think a custom dress would be fantastic, from the bidders own fabric or yours. I've joined with Toni from Make it Perfect here, http://tonicoward.blogspot.com/ where she is compiling a master list of bloggers who are willing to donate or auction an item for the flood relief.

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  19. Great idea Kate - I'd always go for a softie i think, but a crocheted cushion sounds great too!XX

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  20. Brilliant idea Kate, how about one of your lovely crochet beanies??

    It really puts life into perspective doesn't it. I do wish they would not show such graphic images on the TV as its hard to censor it for the kids. Once it in there its in there and I also feel that its a bit disrespectful to the families involved... Disaster News never used to be so in your face, I don't think we ever saw a body on the TV but now....am I the only one who feels like this??

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  21. A fab idea Kate, and what a sweetie you are for what you want to do. I'm sure people up here in Qld would be extrememly grateful if they knew what you're planning.
    Anything you make would be a hit I think. Thank you for your so lovely thought. xoxo

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  22. Sorry, I'm no help as I have no idea what would raise most money, but it is a good and kind idea on your part.

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  23. a crocheted cushion maybe - but anything you make would be lovely! great idea, Kate!

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  24. Kate, you are so thoughtful...

    I would love to bid on a tea leaves cardigan knitted by YOU xoxox
    Rachael

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  25. Anything you make will be wonderful Kate! The fact that you are willing to do it means so much. I am currently in QLD and it is crazy here. Thanks for your generosity and heart. You've wonderful x

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  26. I am sure that anything you made Kate would be a wonderful help! I think if there was another Handmade Help it would be fantastic as the one for the bushfire victims did so well. I have been watching a little bit on tv but it is so sad and makes you feel helpless. I am glad my auntie came down from Qld in the last few weeks, otherwise she might have been stuck somewhere in the floods.

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  27. You are such a kind lady Kate. My vote goes to the cushion. Everyone loves a good cushion.

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  28. Lovely to see you today, have you found a good pattern/idea yet? The girls & I have come up with another way to help those affected by the floods, I have emailed everyone I know so you should find a message in our inbox. Let me know what you think. Loving those puppies, how gorgeous are they?! I was tempted to hide on in my bag to cuddle while I watch tv tonight!xo

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  29. wonderful Kate, you are just absolutely gorgeous!
    such tragic news, cannot understand why it's happening.

    anything you make would be amazing.

    many hugs to you sweet girl ♥

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  30. whatever you decide Kate will be perfect 'cos it's by you!
    Such shocking images.......

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  31. I'm sure what ever you decide to make will be much loved and sort after!

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  32. I agree, whatever you make will be ace Kate. Good on you.

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  33. I am planning on getting a few things together - a little scared though as lots of people have not found my blog yet:(

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  34. Kate-as always everyone will be happy to help out especially with ANYthing produced at the lovely Foxs Lane!
    (altho maybe my captcha can inspire: beargum)

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  35. What about something like an auction - people might pay a bit more if the money is going to people the flood victims?

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  36. Hey Kate :-)
    its quite unbelievable isn't it..I think your knitting would be great for all those like me who can't knit ;-) i need to do something too, im so heavy from watching the tv images. let me know if i can help or join in. love manda

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  37. Oooh a cardi for a little girl - I love your cardi's Kate.
    I'm going to make up a Frida dress to auction/raffle and I am another joining with Toni - drop her a line Kate it will help bring even more traffic to your blog so the bidding creeps higher.
    Good on you for helping, it's so sad.

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  38. Crocheted Granny Square Blanket...i love those! They take time so they can bring in big bucks, maybe make it all blue tones?

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  39. I reckon the best thing you make is daughters. I'd bid for sure. On any of them. xx

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