Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dresses for Cambodia


A few weeks ago I was thinking about how this year I wanted to use something that I am good at to help others, when into my mind popped my friend Sarah, who for the last year has been living and serving in Cambodia. She is back in NZ right now visiting her family, but will be returning to work at a mission school for the next few years.

Stay with me here.

Sarah is an incredible person, I admire her a lot, she has a love of people I can't even begin to comprehend, so I really wanted to be able to help equip her to do the loving on our behalf across the seas.

Sarah told me about an organisation in Cambodia that picks up street children (aged 2-5) and clothes, feeds and teaches them for the day.

Usually, they are dressed in soccer uniforms. I thought that perhaps I could make some simple dresses for the girls to which Sarah said Yes please!!


I have in mind to make 20+ dresses for young Khymer girls that Sarah will be taking back with her in May to deliver, and any extra she would like to give them to their older siblings too.

A simple peasant dress will do well (as pictured), it's nice and stretchy so it can do a range of sizes in a top / tunic and will be able to grow with the young girls.

I wondered, and here's the part I'm nervous about; Would you join me in making dresses for Cambodia?

It may not be saving the world, but to me a smile across from across an ocean is a little bit like heaven coming to earth. Will you join me in making some more smiles in Cambodia?

Here's some details:
  • Size's 1-7 wanted (please include a size label, like these cheap ones from Pattern Postie)
  • Here's a tutorial for a simple peasant dress
  • If you plan to do a different dress, please make sure the shoulders are covered.
  • Use only nice fabrics that you would be proud to dress your own children in.
  • If you can't sew and you want to be involved, you could donate fabric (good quality vintage sheets, or unused pretty fabric) or money for fabric ($15 would sponsor a whole dress with brand new fabric). Just get in touch to ask how.
  • They need to be finished and on my doorstep by May 1st 2015 :)
Yay! Will you join me? I'm super excited about this project, and I'll be starting this week! Let me know if you plan to join, and please share this post with your crafty/global loving friends


Love,
Sophie
xxx

you can email me on sophie{AT}moo2.co.nz for more information 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Millas Fairy Tea Party


A few weeks ago we invited one of Milla's best friends around for a Fairy Tea Party. 

Her friend is newly fairy mad, and passes her days sprinkling glitter around her garden. I thought it would be cool if we gave them a little taste of some fairy magic, so together her Mum and I arranged a special party just for them.


Milla was SO excited for this party! 

The night before I set up her fairy tent in the lounge with fairy lights, a bright quilt, and I hung tulle from the ceiling to cover the entrance way. When her little friend walked in she was so amazed and excited, which instantly made it worth it!

The girls quickly tested our their flying skills on the trampoline. Kenzie said "I'm going to fly to Australia!" as only a 3 year old can say so adorably. 


After flying practice we sat down for some morning tea that was delivered by the fairies. The girls poured themselves some warm raspberry 'tea' and drank from pretty china tea cups, and Amanda made a beautiful morning tea for them - marshmallow sprinkles, melon star wands, toadstool cupcakes. It was delicious!



I think they got a big thrill out of drinking from big tea cups with a real tea pot <3 p="">

After morning tea we layed out some wand making supplies and with a little supervision the girls decorated their own wands.



To finish it off, Amanda surprised the girls with a wee bag that the fairies had gifted them. Inside were some fairy stones, some fairy dust and fairy stickers.



We sprinkled the fairy dust around our garden and put the stones in the lavender pot.


It was such a great morning and a really easy no-fuss party to throw for the girls! We organised it in a matter of days, and our girls were so surprised and in awe throughout the morning it was truly magical (for them, and us!)

Most of all, I loved that we were able to celebrate a new stage and expand on something one of the children was really into at the time. As I parent, I hope I can continue to be deliberate and creative in following my kids interests. 

I'm glad for good friends to share these experiences with!

Thanks for coming to play at our place! 

Love, Sophie & Milla x

(and if you're wondering, Katie the little sister was on a special daddy date during all of this!)

Hello 2015!


Hello! We are back from summer holidays; from the sunshine, fun times and adventures with our whanau. Back to... early mornings, routines, and countdowns till the weekend. 

We had a great summer holiday and I have a whole list of posts I want to create to record our memories here, and I really must do it before the moments pass. First, I wanted to stop in and plant my feet back down in this space and then go from here.

Peace. Sophie x

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Sketch of Milla


I was super enough to have Sarah Gauntlett (Blog | Instagram links) do a sketch of Milla a few days before Christmas.

How delicious does Milla look on paper?

As usual, I think Sarah nailed her subject, and in only a few hours as well! I'm hoping she will be able to squeeze in Katie too, but i'll keep my fingers and toes crossed in the mean time!

If you love Sarah's work, you can buy some of her talent for your own portraits. I've seen the rest of her work too, she wont let you down! She completely amazes and inspires me in every way.

Thank you SOOO much Sarah! This portrait will adorn our walls for the rest of our lives x

((photo:: from earlier this year, I photographed both my girls in my wedding gown))
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