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Charity collaboration news

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I used to work for a charity, and so am really aware that fundraising can be really, really hard.  It takes a lot to get people on board with a cause, and we are so often asked to give that we can just get fed up and burnt out.

So it’s been fascinating to have been involved with two big charity projects this year that have done some really magical things.

The #titsoutcollective ran throughout July, with creatives all over the world making and buying things inspired by the amazing Countess Ablaze.  She started it (accidentally) with a knitting yarn that the she created in response to an approach from a business to get lots of things for free in return for ‘exposure.’  She raised £3,000 for charity the sale of. that.  Then in July, she rallied 287 people to make were making things and donating a portion of their profits to their favourite charities.  You can find out more about it all at the Countess Ablaze website here. 

By the end of the month, a staggering £55,219 had been raised for those charities, including a whopping £8,000+ just for Mind through a raffle!  It was all a bit overwhelming to be honest.  The community buy-in and the way everyone was able to so quickly pull something together was inspiring.  And the Countess herself, with her huge community of Instagram followers, fans and her general all-round kick-ass presence meant that something huge came together almost instantly.  You can read about my contribution to the project here.

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THE DONATION TOTAL OF #TITSOUTCOLLECTIVE IN GREAT BRITISH POUNDS! 13 days to launch. 31 days to sell. 287 official participants. 22 countries. £55,219 donated to charities across the world in July 2018. €62,029 EURO $71,975 USD $93,520 CAD And for a laugh, if I was a Nigerian Prince in your inbox and this money was for me, I'd have a whopping ₦25,645,857 And you know what? That equates to approximately £350-£400k of products sold whilst the northern hemisphere has been basking in a heatwave. Never underestimate the power of people when they come together. So next year, yes? THANK YOU! _____________________ #countessablaze #titsoutcollective #ifiwantexposureillgetmytitsout #craftivism

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Meanwhile, the Flower Power Fund, a year-long project which was started by knitter Sarah Holmes in January with a goal of £1,000, has been smashing its target over and over again.  Also based in the knitting and crafts community, every month there are new goodies for sale that donate a portion of their proceeds to Marie Curie.  The engagement and supportive vibes that are involved in this project are so lovely, and I’ve made so many new friends.  It’s awesome!

By the end of June we’d raised £9,121.63 😀

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At the start of this year I came up with a #slightlybonkersidea that I hoped might raise some money for @mariecurieuk whilst also giving some yarny loveliness to all the wonderful people who helped with my #mariecuriesockquest last year. I hoped it might perhaps raise £1000 by the end of the year. I have just totted up the total raised until the start of this month, and it is a whopping £9121.63 – far more than I ever imagined!!! Every penny raised goes to @mariecurieuk who are working every day to support people living with terminal illness and their families. I am overwhelmed with your ongoing generosity and continuing support for the project so this post is here for me to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has joined in and supported the #flowerpowerfund – you are all utterly WONDERFUL 😘😘😘👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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I keep thinking about both of these projects with my charity hat on and pondering exactly what it is that makes them so successful, and in a way it’s something that charities themselves would struggle to replicate because it starts at the community level.  Although Sarah works for Marie Curie, its not on the fundraising side and she’s managed to connect with a ready made big and quickly growing audience of enthusiastic and bought-in people.

I am absolutely LOVING working this way, and would love to here from you if you would like any help from me for your charity or fundraising projects, do say hello :

 

Welcome to January

Posted on: January 9th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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A new start. ⭐️ A clean slate. 🌟 Whatever 2017 brought you, and I know it’s been a tough one for many, well done for making it through. I love the feeling of a new start, it’s a bit like opening a new sketchbook for the first time. Who knows what those pages will hold. Some things you create you will love. Some you’ll want to throw away. Some days you won’t know where to begin. Some days you’ll wake with a clear sense of purpose. It’s all ok. ❤️⭐️❤️ These amazing fox masks were made by my awesome mum for us yesterday, using her super duper embroidery machine and a pattern from @urbanthreadsemb 🦊 mr fox and I actually went out and danced the night away for the first time since having Tristan and it was lovely! 💃 #happynewyear #2018 #urbanthreads #masks #fox #newbeginnings

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Is the 9th too late to say happy new year?  I guess so 🙂 And I’m not sure that’s the right thing to say anyway… I don’t know about you but I find that this time of year can be a bit hard and although I LOVE the feeling of a fresh new start, (it’s as good as starting a new sketchbook) once the Christmas decorations have come down things can be a bit gloomy…

One of the things that lifting the gloom for me at the moment is an exciting new project I’m working on focussed on FLOWERS.  All will be revealed in a week or so, but some clues in the meantime are that it came off the back of the branding I did for the wonderful Jane at Hedgerow Yarns, who’s Instagram posts are just the most beautiful thing:

And I’m starting with drawing some snowdrops.

I was doing some reading about the meaning of these precious little flowers, and the loveliest myth I found was from Moldova:  Lady Spring won the battle with the Winter Witch, but during the fight a few drops of her blood were spilled.  They blossomed into snowdrops, symbolising the victory of spring over winter….

If there’s a better metaphor for the fact that we have survived the darkest night and lighter days are coming than those first snowdrops appearing, I’m not sure what it is.

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