Each year we like to support a charity on the blog, and it gives us extra pleasure when we know someone who has been helped by that charity. This year we’ve been able to combine our craftiness with supporting the Great Ormond Street Hospital For Sick Children (GOSH), thanks to a unique project that brings artists, bloggers, and charity together. Here is how we’ve been involved, and how you can help, too.
Parcelhero contacted me in October to see if I’d be interested in their #PHWinterWorkshop project. After looking into it, I knew it was perfect for us. They sent us out a little plain wooden box. Our mission was to turn this box into something beautiful on the outside, and fill the inside with something that we’d made by hand with love….read on to discover how this box, and you can help GOSH.
We waited until the box arrived to size it up and see how it spoke to us before deciding upon a plan of beautification. A few ideas came to mind…and they evolved as the days went on….we went from very elaborate plans to very simple plans, and a few in between.
Check out the steps I took to make our GOSH box sparkle here.
Now…for the interior. What would we make to go in our little box?
Last year I learned to crochet some little snowflakes and I went crazy with them – including them in Christmas cards to everyone. They were fun to make and give, and I had some lovely comments about them. It’s been a bit of a tradition of mine to give tree ornaments for Christmas; this started when I was just 11 or 12 and had my first pen pals, and it’s carried on. And when they’re homemade, they’re extra-special to give and receive.
A hand made tree ornament can bring back memories year after year as it’s brought out of storage and hung on the tree. I thought some sparkly crocheted snowflakes would go with the sparkly box, as well as remind the recipient that the work of GOSH continues each year.
This year I decided to try a different pattern. I started off okay, but then I needed a little help from the ladies at our library’s knit and natter group. Thankfully, I was graciously given a little extra time to get the box sent so that I could make some pretty, sparkling snowflakes. 🙂
I made them in 3 colours and 3 sizes for a little variety and then carefully wrapped them up in the box using nothing other than some pretty sparkly tissue paper. There’s definitely a theme running through here!
The courier picked up the finished box and delivered it to Parcelhero to do their part.
Now it’s over to you to do your part for GOSH!
My small part of this project is completed, and now it’s up to you to do the rest….
How, you ask?
Parcelhero has collected all of the boxes from the designers and they’re now being auctioned on ebay, with all of the funds raised going to GOSH to cover the costs of a portable heart monitor so that the doctors can keep an eye on their young patients’ heartbeats. The goal for this year is to raise a minimum of £1500, and I’m sure with everyone’s help to bid on these gorgeous boxes designed and filled with love, the target will be met.
If you’re not able to bid yourself, please share this post as well as the auction items and help raise the bidding wars so that the heart monitor can be purchased (you can find out more about this project at Parcelhero).
The winning bids will be getting a real bargain:
- all proceeds go to GOSH
- they will receive a beautiful box
- postage is free to get the box to you
- also included is a £20 ParcelHero Worldwide Shipping Voucher