Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Finally, I had the time to knuckle down and start on my Christmas Stocking for Selina's Christmas Stocking Swap. I'm sure many of you could have whipped up one of these with your hands tied behind your back. I however, have not sewn since grade 10 and didn't even know how to navigate my way around a sewing machine. Shocking, I know! My gorgeous friend at Little Ted Canvas, was a star at teaching me the basics and helping me drive. Each time I put my foot down on the pedal, I literally held my breath, hoping I'd keep a straight line. I've never felt so anxious! I really hope my stocking is OK for my partner. It is a very novice attempt but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. Afterall, you have to start somewhere!


This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and today, is R u OK? day. We decided to host an afternoon tea for 800 of our employees at work so they could take a break and casually ask each other - Are you OK? With 1 in 5 Australian's suffering from a mental illness, its a wonderful way to raise awareness and support one another. I called in the big guns and got one of my blogging friends to lend a crafty hand. 

Do these cupcakes look familiar? Cathy, they were absolutely delicious and were literally inhaled within seconds. My daughter ate 4 of them! 

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9 comments:

Sarah said...

I'm sure that stocking is going to look fab! I could tell straight away that those lovely cupcakes must have come from Cathie! Yum they look amazing and for such a great cause. R u Ok? day is such a good idea and I'm sure went really well, 800 people, wow!

m.e (Cathie) said...

yay!! so glad you liked them. shame I missed you today.
we decided to go & visit great nanny, Colac way & just got home.
thanks again for thinking of me, I can honestly say I enjoyed making them and after 300 of them I was glad they were enjoyed.
hugs to you Trace ♥

Seaside Siblings said...

Yum, those cup cakes look amazing!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

Sewing really is nerve wracking ... I'm longing to start a quilt but I haven't sewn in more than a decade and the idea alone is terrifying me. I'm sure your swappee will love the stocking. I love your colour choice.
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Baa-Me Kniits said...

Your stocking looks a treat....just like those cup-cakes :-)

Posie Patchwork said...

Look at you crafty fundraising extraordinaire!! I'll always eat for a good cause, no calories if it's for charity!! Love Posie

Kate said...

What a wonderful thing to do for your employees. Gorgeous afternoons like these will make a difference to mental health I'm sure.

Anna Bartlett said...

I cohosted a charity morning tea yesterday too - for 25! My God! 800! That is amazing! I wish I'd known it was RUOK day though. We raised money for SANDS (stillbirth and neonatal death support) so it would have been totally appropriate. Well done you though and great to highlight mental health!

TK said...

Cathy is a clever chick....thankyou for reminding us ALL re Mental Health Week - it is so important for us to open up & give mental health in all it's guises credence....it not just a mind thing, it is genuinely a chemical imbalance thing....ps - love your blog, oh if I could just get my Max to adore op shopping...hmmmm...maybe if there were sction men/army figures he would!!!