Thursday, 23 October 2014

Would you like to help for a Christmas gift bag?

I know that I have been limiting the number of donations to receive but once in a while I get lucky financially and this occasion is one of them. It gives me the opportunity to send more but do not have the time to gather or collect the items or make them myself especially now that I am more focused on my sewing of dresses to India. So would be very happy if there is anyone out there who would be willing to help.

These are for a special group of boys and girls who are going to be given a christmas party and these items will be given to them on that day to let them experience a best christmas ever. Am not sure now where I read the message (bit confused but either here or a comment in my blog or email) that somebody wanted to donate dresses between the sizes of 1 to 4? Here is an opportunity for those who would like to help without the burden of donating for postage as this parcel has already been sponsored. 

For boysSizes I would love to receive are -
Size 1=7
Size 2=6
$ize 3=5. 

For Girls - Sizes I would love to receive are -
Size 1=5 
Size 2=6 
Size 3=7. 

If anyone would like to sponsor any of these items, it will be much appreciated. Please send me a message at dressagirlaustralia@gmail.com if anyone is interested to help on this. Due date posted to me is on or before the 15th of November. This will give me enough time to source the items if the need arises. Thank you so much.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Feedback Distribution - Peru (Oct 2014)

These pictures really brightened up my day today! These were taken during the dress distributions made to the children of the jungle of Peru. Some of the dresses were from the batch that I handcarried with me during my holiday to Peru last July.



Thank you so much to Julia Griselda Chuquitaype Quintana and her group for making this distribution so much possible. Made my day!! I hope I get a chance to visit Peru again in the near future. There was something about the place that was just awesome and the food was great.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Christmas bags for toddlers

Just spent the last couple of hours making these Christmas Bags for toddlers. 
Each bag holds a toddler dress, an undie, pair of socks and a soft toy. All 40 of them my back is a bit sore from the bending trying to make sure each bag contains all items. Still undecided which location gets lucky to receive these 40 bags but will boxed them now and put the label later. 

Feedback on Parcel sent to New Delhi India

Parcel 1 of 2 sent to New Delhi India last week has arrived today.

Latest update on dress distributions - 21-Oct-2014

Three locations down with two parcels each sent to each location (Kenya-88 dresses and 52 pairs of boys shorts, Uganda-132 dresses and 14 pairs of shorts, India-101 dresses and 12 pairs of shorts). Additional boxes to India on queue. Now to wait and keep on sorting to fill up boxes for last location (Philippines) and focus on my sewing for a personal box to India. 

Thank you to the dress donors who made these parcels possible and a very special thank you to everyone who provided financial support. Every single cent was/is such a very big help. Thank you so much.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Important Info re future dress donations

Due to financial difficulties I am no longer able to sustain this campaign by accepting bulk donations of dresses from prospective donors. My handmade business is quite slow in generating income and can no longer cope with the cost of running this campaign. My attempts at fundraising is not doing well either. I am just your normal and/or average person who goes to work everyday to earn a living but probably has a big heart to help the disadvantaged people, lots of compassion and kindness to share but do not have the hundreds or the thousands or the millions other people have or other groups doing the same thing have to support this campaign consistently.

After careful consideration and with my desire to continue doing this campaign, I have decided to set up new rules in order for this campaign to survive. Please click on the document below to know what the new guidelines are -
New Guidelines on future dress donations

Please bear this new rule when sending parcels. I cannot keep any dresses in excess of these limits as I have no space to keep them and as of today, no plans have been scheduled or established regarding dress distributions for 2015 yet. Once they are known, they will be published on this blog or in my facebook page. Right now my focus is on dresses allocated for Christmas distribution.

Thank you all for your kindness and generosity and for understanding the current situation. It is much appreciated.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#142- #146 - From Golden Girls 2, Rowena C.,Lorraine W. and Elaine Dunemann

Although October has not finished yet, this is the last batch of the day that needs to be acknowledged. Parcels from Kay Innes and the Golden Girls 2, Rowena Cook, Lorraine Walker and Elaine Dunemann adding a total of 66 dresses received for the month of October.
1) Donation #142 is a parcel of 11 dresses, 2 pairs of shorts and 5 t-shirts from Kay Innes -
2) Donation #143 is a parcel of 12 dresses from the Golden Girls 2 (Kay, Pauline, Betty and Julie) -
3) Donation #144 is a parcel of 15 dresses and mini bags from Elaine Dunemann -
4) Donation #145 is a parcel of 17 dresses from Lorraine Walker -
5) Donation #146 is a parcel of 11 dresses from Rowena Cook who is a member of St David's Anglican Church of Bentleigh, Victoria -
Thank you to all the ladies who made all these dresses possible. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is much appreciated. Thank you.

Would just like to remind anyone or everyone who wants to join this campaign and wants to donate dresses. There is now a new rule on the number of dresses one can donate. 5 for individuals and 12 if you are a group. Please bear this in mind when sending parcels. I cannot keep any dresses in excess of these limits as I have no space to keep them and as of today, dress distributions for 2015 is still unknown. Right now my focus is on dresses and parcels allocated for Christmas distribution. Thank you.

Dress donations update

Two important updates and/or information regarding dress donations for today to those who are interested or are intending to donate -

1) I am starting to allocate and fill up boxes (a few are closed) for Christmas distribution. Just a reminder about the dress guidelines in order to be included in any of the distributions and the dress limits of 5 per individual and 12 if a group. It does not matter whether I am able to fill up a box or not, if you are donating, please send what is only required, probably less than the limit but not more as this is only what can be funded. I know the number am targeting that can be funded and with my sewing I can fill the gap if I receive less than what I expect. Thank you.

2) A few people have sent me emails asking if I would accept their dresses as they have rang charity groups and did not want to accept their dress donations. Some groups prefer cash donations. So just to be clear I did not say I will not accept dresses. What I have been repeating quite a few times already is that I will accept dresses but limited to 5 for individuals and 12 if a group. This limit is due to financial issues. If I had all the money in the world (if this world were mine) I will accept all your dresses but at this time dress donations should be based on the limits I have imposed so I can distribute them as funding is very, very limited. Thank you for your understanding.

Please click here for simple guidelines to follow when making dresses.
Please click here for the new rules implemented regarding number of dresses to donate.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#139- #141 - From Karen N., Kerry H. and Sharyn C.

Third batch of donations for this month is from Karen Neilsen, Kerry Hackney and Sharyn Cafee adding up to a total of 25 dresses and have been allocated to three different locations in the Philippines and an extra box for India which I am trying to fill up these days. Other locations such as Kenya (sent) and Uganda (for posting in Monday) have already been filled up and now closed.
1) Donation #139 is a parcel of 5 dresses from Karen Neilsen -
2) Donation #140 is a parcel of 8 dresses from Kerry Hackney -
3) Donation #141 is a parcel of 12 dresses, 3 t-shirts and 1 pair of shorts from Sharyn Cafee -
Thank you so much Ladies. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. It is much appreciated. Thanks.

Just a reminder to everyone about the dress limits of 5 per individual and 12 if a group. It does not matter whether I am able to fill up a box or not, if you are donating, please send what is only required, not more or probably less than the limit as this is only what can be funded. Thank you.


Dress Distribution #61 - Children of Mbale Uganda Parcel 2C

On Monday I will be sending two parcels to Mbale Uganda and this is the second parcel. This parcel of 79 dresses will be sent to Anne Wandendaya of the Bushikori Christian Centre. Here is the parcel -
and here are the contents of the parcel -
made possible by the following donors -
1) Sew for Charity Make and Learn
2) Rachel
3) Diane Ware
4) Pam Kilgallon
5) Sunnyside House Camperdown
6) Tex Tech students
7) Inspired Peel Sewers
8) Australian Sewing Guild (Wollongong Group)
9) Lorraine Brown and group
10) Eliza Leahy
11) Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
12) Dress A Girl Australia

To see larger images of the contents of this parcel, please click here. For more details on this distribution (and also at a later stage when feedback is received), please click here or click on the special 'Dress Distribution' tab which you can find at the top of this page.

 Thank you to all the donors who made this distribution possible. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated. Thank you.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#136-#138 - From the Temam sisters, TexTech students and Sarah M.

Second batch of donations for the month of October are 13 dresses and dress accessories from Sarah Macraild, TexTech students of Annie Zimmermann and the Temam sisters.
1) Donation #136 is a parcel of 5 dresses from Sarah Macraild -
2) Donation #137 is a parcel of 8 dresses from the Tex Tech students of Annie Zimmermann. All dresses were made one  Thursday afternoon by Olivia Clowes, Claudia Stevens, Sach Ixer, Zoe Zimmermann and Angelique Harrison -
3) Donation #138 are dress accessories made by 10yr old Tiggi and 8yr old Mimi Temam
These handmade bracelets were sent in by Gillian Schroefer. These bracelets will be placed in the pockets of dresses and will make a nice surprise gift to the lucky recipients.  
To all the ladies who sent in these dresses and the Temam sisters, thank you so much. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Much appreciated.

Donation Acknowledgement FY14/#133-#135 - From Diane W. Pam K. and Sunnyside House

It is donation acknowledgement time once again. Dresses this time came from Diane Ware, Pam Kilgallon and Sunnyside House. Each of these dresses have been allocated to the current project for Christmas Distributions  in several locations and for future projects (although future distribution dates are unknown at this stage) as per the new dress limit rules where individuals are set at 5 each and groups at 12.
1) Donation #133 - is a parcel of 5 dresses from Diane Ware -
2) Donation #134 - is a parcel of 12 dresses from Pam Kilgallon -
3) Donation #135 - is a parcel of 22 dresses from the residents and staff at Sunnyside House (Aged Care Facility) at Camperdown Victoria -
Thank you, Ladies! Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated.

Reminder on Dress Guidelines

It is time to publish this note again to remind those who want to donate dresses that there are guidelines to be followed especially on the kind of material to use when sewing dresses. 

Here is the link to the guidelines on how to make dresses. Thank you.
                                                          GUIDELINES

Any dresses that do not meet the guidelines will not be included in any of the distributions. You will be contacted so I will know what to do with those dresses so an email address is required to be included in the parcel. 

Feedback on Dresses to Peru last July

I received a message last night that the dresses I handcarried with me to Peru last July have now been distributed to the kids in the jungle. Wow! Thank you for the feedback, Julia!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Dresses - 13-Oct to 16-Oct-2014

Sewing Marathon here we go. Here are my dresses for the past 4 days - 13-Oct to 16-Oct-2014. All 12 of them for my India Parcel. As of tonight, I have sewn 45 dresses and 3 pairs of boys shorts. 24 of the dresses has been allocated for New Delhi India which I hope to send at the end of this month. If I consistently do 3 dresses a day, I surely will fill up the parcel. Anyone up for the challenge?
Here is the link to my Sewing Marathon Project : Sew Dresses for Backup album which holds all dresses and pairs of boys shorts as of tonight.

Re-allocation of dresses for distribution to the Philippines

The dresses I intended for a new location in South Africa will be re-allocated to the Philippines to add numbers to the Philippine distribution. The money raised for postage for Christmas distribution is still a bit tight. A new dresses/funds allocation will be made for South Africa early next year.

New deadline of dresses for Christmas distribution

Good Morning everyone! One of the locations who will be recipients of dresses this coming Christmas is the Philippines. I will have to move the deadline of dresses from the original date of Dec 5 to the 30th of November. A couple of people who volunteered to handcarry dresses to the Phils is leaving on the 5th of Dec and parcels to be posted to arrive before Christmas has to be picked up by Dec 8.

I need more time to do the sorting and packing so for those who are still interested to donate dresses (5 for individuals and 12 for group) please note the change of date to 30th of November. All dresses must be posted on or before the 30th of November to make it for the Christmas distribution. Thank you.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Quilt Label Panels now available for Sale

The Quilt label panels that I want to sell to raise money for postage for the dresses I am sewing for India is now available for sale. You can purchase them either through my facebook page or in my soft treasures website which is now up and running and in the process of being updated with more craft items to sell to support this charity. 

To check out the quilt labels from my facebook page, please click here .
To check them out from my original Soft Treasures shop, please click here.

Please go to these sites and check out the items. You may like any one of the panels and make a purchase. Proceeds from the sale of these items goes to a very worthwhile cause.

More fabric panels will be posted for sale soon. Hopefully this activity will slowly sustain the Dress A Girl (around the world) campaign to provide dresses to the disadvantaged kids anywhere in the world. Although there will definitely be a reduction in the quantity of dresses but at least it will go on. So would appreciate if you could help spread the word around on the items that I sell. Thank you.

Quilt Label fabric panels for sale

Any quilting ladies interested in fabric quilt labels, I found the bag that had all my fabric quilt label panels which I have collected (2005-2010) and am selling the duplicated ones to raise money for postage. If anyone is interested please send me a message. I will take pictures of the fabric panels today and post in my shop. Here is a sample (part of the panel) - am selling each panel for $10.00 hoping to raise $100.00 for the dresses am sewing for India. Thank you.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Another parcel updates for today

Two boxes of 101 dresses and 12 pairs of boys shorts left my humble abode for India today. I hope to send another box full at the end of this month. Now to finish my sorting/packing for Mbale Uganda, send the boxes and clear space in my garage.

Parcel picked up from postoffice today is from Sarah Macraild. Thank you Sarah.

Parcel Pickups and updates

These are the parcels I picked up from the postoffice in the last 4 weeks : Karen Neilsen, Sunnyside House, Kay Innes, Pam Kilgallon, Diane Ware and Rowena Cook. Thank you Ladies. 

The recently implemented 5i/12g dress limits also applies to these parcels so some of the excess dresses will be put in stock until it is time for it to be allocated. Thank you.

Sometimes I cannot immediately acknowledged donated parcels of dresses. If anyone had sent a parcel and did not see any acknowledgement, please check on the 'Parcel Updates !' Want to know whose parcels have been received? section which you can easily find on the top right navigation pane  of my blog page. If you click on the link, you will see when parcels have been received and which date.. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Monday, 13 October 2014

More dresses for Project Hope Burma from Victoria Hdqtrs

More dresses have been sewn for Project Hope Burma in Victoria Headquarters. The fabrics were from Dress A Girl Australia and sewn by Barbara Dodson.
This batch of dresses are in preparation for early 2015 distribution. Thank you so much to Barbara Dodson for sewing these dresses. Watch out for a possible dress collection to be overseen by Barbara at the Victoria Hdqtrs to be announced once details are established and finalized soon .

This weekend's dresses - 11&12-Oct-2014

The reason why I am sewing again is because I do not want to end up as a "collector" of dresses only, a sorter, packer, picker and sender of parcels lifting as heavy as 30kilos to the extent that I injured my arm due to the lifting of parcels and financier. This is not how I envisioned Dress A Girl Australia when I started in 2011. I also want to see children wearing dresses that I sew. The last 18 months not one of the dresses I sent was mine.  The only way I can go back to how it was is to limit the number of dresses that can be donated. This way I do not feel pressured to just keep on looking on ways to raise money for postage, become a sorter and packer every night and picker and sender of parcels on weekends, leaving work early just so I can send a parcel. Things have to change so I am going to be happy again and enjoy what I am doing. If I am happy with what I am doing, I can be happy and probably be more accommodating too in helping other people who want to make a difference in the future when things improve.

For this weekend I made seven more dresses and have never been happier since I know that in the future I will be able to see seven girls wearing these dresses. 
The maximum number of dresses I will be accepting of 5 for individuals and 12 if a group still stands as of this date.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Updates on Dresses and fabric donations

Here is an update on dresses for Christmas distribution and fabric donations.
1) Dresses for Christmas distribution -
For those who are willing to donate 5 dresses if single/individual or 12 if a group, please start posting them to my postbox address if you can. I would like to know how many dresses I can collect from donations by the end of October and also would like to have an idea as to how many I should aim for in my sewing to make up for less dresses. Thank you.

2) Fabric donations -
In response to a few enquiries on fabric donations for me to sew on their behalf, I am not accepting fabric donations at this time. As previously posted, if you have any fabrics to donate, please let me know where you are located, which suburb/state and I maybe able to help you find willing sewers. Thank you and thank you for your understanding.

Last night's sewing - 10-Oct-2014

I always take pride in accomplishing what I have committed myself to do that even if my eyes and hands are quite tired I have to keep on going. And I cannot go beyond the time I have allocated to the task as once I missed the rest of what has been scheduled misses as well like a domino effect. Sometimes it is difficult to catch up.

My aim for doing a sewing marathon for the next 3 months is so I can compensate the lack of dresses to distribute with my sewing. And the lack of dresses is due to the fact that there is a shortage of funds to pay for the cost of sending dresses I have to restrict the number of dresses to receive, accept a number that can be funded. And thank you so much to a handful of people who have been very kind and generous.  But me being me, I just cannot sit down and wait for more things to happen.So here are three more dresses from last night's sewing to add to my first parcel for Christmas at the end of this month - all materials (fabric and t-shirt) from my personal collection.
As of last night, I have sewn 26 dresses and 3 pairs of shorts for boys. The boys' shorts is not that important really. I only do it if I happen to find a fabric suitable for shorts. 

On average, a parcel normally can accommodate 65 dresses. With my 26 completed, I think I need to sew 39 more between now and end of October to reach 65 and I think with 21 days to go and if I can keep up with the pace of 3 dresses a day, the goal is achievable. So now.....am aiming for the stars. If I can dream it, I can do it.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Yesterday's dresses - 9-Oct-2014

If I can keep up with this pace of at least 3 dresses a day by the end of October I will have my first parcel full for Christmas distribution. What I probably will do is ask a few friends around to sponsor the postage cost of the parcel. Also a few of them have said that they will sponsor a parcel if the dresses in the parcel were sewn by me. I think this is a good motivation for me to sew. 

Here are the 3 dresses I made last night. I could only post it now as it took me a while to identify the donor of the fabrics as I know these fabrics are not from my personal collection. Finally remembered who donated them this morning after looking at all my logfiles. Fabrics were donated by Jennifer Howlett (Batch May 2013) and the t-shirts are from my collection. It is time to use the t-shirts too so a lot of my dresses will be t-shirt dresses. If am not mistaken, I still have about 70 of them given to me by my sister plus the ones I normally buy when shops are on sale. I have not been sewing as my time has been eaten up by picking up and sending parcels, sorting, packing and making followups and making handmade things to sell,  it is time to act on them so I can clear up a space in my cabinet.
I really hope I can keep up with this pace and I have a feeling I will be able to do it as I am getting less and less emails these days. A lot of people did not like the idea of setting limits on number of dresses so I think they have decided to leave this campaign. And a few have given up because of my constant comments about quality of dresses. If I have to spend a lot of money, time and effort I want to make sure that what am sending are really good but some cannot seem to understand. But what to do. I can only do what I can do. Am glad that I still am capable of making a difference on my own.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Heartfelt thank you to everyone

My heartfelt thank you to everyone who is helping raise funds for postage, to everyone who is helping find ways and options on how to raise funds for postage. It is very much appreciated.

Please if anyone is contributing to this cause, please make sure that it comes from the heart. No one is being forced to make a donation most especially that I cannot issue a tax receipt to make your contributions tax deductible. So donations must come from the heart and also to avoid inconveniences. Only contributions from the heart can bring more comfort and more joy to the children who will be wearing those dresses.

Limits have been made on the number of dresses that will be accepted for Christmas distribution to make sure that they can be funded. To refresh everyone on the limit setup, for individual donors it will be 5 dresses only and for the group 12 dresses. Please do not send more as plans for 2015 distributions is still unknown and will depend on the financial capability of Dress A Girl Australia. All those who want to make dress donations, please make sure that they get to my postbox by Dec 5 to allow me more time to sort, pack and know how much more funds is needed to send the parcels.

Or if you feel more comfortable purchasing items from any of my shops, please feel free to do so. Proceeds from all sales goes to the postage fund of Dress A Girl Australia. I have temporarily stopped all donations to the Dress A Girl Australia well. Until the end of the year 2014, all proceeds from purchases made from my webstores will go to the Dress A Girl Australia postage fund to pay for the cost of sending dresses for Christmas distribution.

Thank you everyone.

Re-allocation of dresses to India

Two parcels intended for two existing orphanages in India have been re-allocated to a new location still in India but in New Delhi this time. I did these re-allocations based on the following reasons. 

1) I want to send dresses to the Sunshine Project based in New Delhi but because I have no dresses that can currently meet the requirement of dresses with sleeves and these 2 parcels are still awaiting dispatch, I have decided to re-route the parcels to New Delhi instead.
2) To send new parcels to New Delhi will require funds and because I am short of it this time and funds have already been allocated to these 2 existing parcels, I thought re-allocating these parcels and the funds for it is justifiable. Anyway, I have already sent about 251 dresses in one location and 91 dresses in another I do not feel that guilty and also it is time that I send and share dresses to another area. Spread the dresses around. (Come to think of it I never received any pictures from the 251 and 91 dress distributions although acknowledged that the parcels have arrived safely.)

To check out the dresses that have been reallocated, please click on the links below -
Parcel 1A of 57 dresses, click here.
Parcel 1B of 44 dresses and 12 pairs of shorts, click here.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

More dresses for Project Sew Dresses for Backup - 7 & 8-October

My intention is to fill at least a parcel full of dresses and be ready to provide dresses in case needed anytime and the way things are going it looks like am apt for the task. Although the commitment is a little too much but the thought that there are still many kids out there who deserves to own at least one dress keeps me going. I have lots of fabrics to use from my personal collection it is time to give them away and the best way to do that is make dresses out of them and make a difference to the lives of the disadvantaged kids but will just have to be a bit slower than it used to be and only when able. This way I enjoy making a difference.

Yesterday and today I finished 6 dresses and 2 pairs of shorts and I hope I am able to continue on doing more. Time seems to go so fast these days. I do time my sewing making sure that I do not go beyond an hour making one dress. :-)
Let me see what I can do for tomorrow.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

What's Up and on Fundraising

Good Morning Ladies. I have been getting a lot of complaints about the max of 5 dresses per donor. Unfortunately this is all I am able to accommodate. To those ladies who have written that they are now moving on to another group who is willing to accept more than 5, I am happy for all of you to have found a more generous group. My heartfelt thanks for your support all this time. It is much appreciated. Thank you.

On the fundraising corner, 
1) Craft Books and magazines will be posted for sale sometime this week to raise money for postage. These books are all new and used to be sold in a different website which I no longer maintain. I used to just give away a few of them to help other people raise funds but now that I need funds I will start selling them. They will all be sold at discounted prices just so I would make a sale. Working hard trying to raise funds is starting to take its toll but will try to post them as soon as possible. There are due dates to meet in sending parcels but if I cannot meet them, there is nothing much I can do. Thank you.

2) Normally all my handmade items are being sold to raise money for Dress A Girl Australia well but for the next 3 months, all proceeds from the sale of any items will be re-allocated to the Dress A Girl Australia's postage fund to help pay for the cost of sending dresses to a few locations around the world this Christmas.
To check out my handmade items for sale - please click on the link below -
http://www.sarisariwebstore.com.au/
For handmade cards, please click on the link below -
http://www.handmadecardsforyou.com/

Please drop by anytime. An item may catch your eye and please make a purchase. Proceeds from the sale of any item goes to Dress A Girl Australia's postage fund especially this Christmas. Thank you.


Monday, 6 October 2014

Dresses for Today - 6-Oct-2014 and more items for sale

Today, as usual I started early and did my sewing but could only find the time to post now. This morning I finished 3 dresses and 1 pair of shorts. I was thinking of making a t-shirt for the pair of shorts but if I did that my schedule for today would probably go disarray so decided not to. Maybe tonight if I still am apt to it. Here are the 3 dresses and the pair of shorts. I think if am not mistaken, the fabric material used for the dresses was donated by Sue-Ellen Cox sometime in 2013. Will not forget this particular material because it is pure batik.
Also, today I will be posting more handmade items I did the last few days. I will be posting my "i-wear because i-care" fabric bracelets for sale and my teddy bear series. Hopefully these items will attract more buyers. I can understand that most of the supporters of the Dress A Girl (Around the World) Australia are not interested in my handmade items but it will be nice if you can please help spread the word around on the handmade items that I sell as any proceeds from the sale will also benefit the campaigners. Perhaps instead of complaining why you can only donate 5 dresses if you could promote my products it will become more productive for all of us. Thank you.

Embroidered Christmas Tree Ornaments for Sale - For Fundraising

More handmade items for sale to help raise funds for postage. For several months I have been selling handmade items to raise money for the Dress A Girl Australia well for the people of Kalagi Uganda but for this time only and temporary, all proceeds from the sale of handmade items will be re-allocated to the postage fund to finance the sending of dresses to different locations around the world this Christmas time.

If you are into handmade and embroidered Christmas ornaments, please check out my embroidered Christmas Tree hanging ornament. Each ornament comes with a ribbon for easy hanging on the tree and temporarily attached to a card with a blank inside panel for personal messages and comes with a matching envelope for easy gift-giving.
Only a few items available. To check them out, click on the image above or please click here. Proceeds go to a wonderful cause so spreading the word around will be much appreciated. Thank you.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Parcel Acknowledgements

I picked up about 4 parcels from the postoffice about a week ago and will be acknowledging the dresses/donors either today or tomorrow. Just to let everyone know that I will be sticking to the 5 dresses per donor or 12 if a group to be included in the Christmas distribution even if the parcels contain more than 5. The rest of the dresses will have to stay on the side until I am financially ready to do more distributions. I think one of the parcels has about 50 dresses in it. Thank you.

Dresses for Today - 5-Oct-2014

It is nice when things are quiet on this campaign because I get to spend my time doing what I enjoy doing and what actually started Dress A Girl Australia almost 4 years ago and that is sewing. I thought I woke up early and was thinking of starting the day by sewing more dresses and was planning to make 3 for today but it turned out that Daylight saving time started early this morning and the time has advanced one hour. So this morning I made 2 and since there is going to be a family gathering this afternoon till late at night most likely as tomorrow is a public holiday I do not see myself as sewing another one today.

Here are the 2 dresses I finished early this morning. 
Some of my fabrics are quite small making the length of the dresses short but I still have a bag full of laces which was given to me by my sister about 2 years ago (that means I have not really been sewing last year) so I added 4inch laces to both dresses to make it longer. When I run out of this fabric sizes, hopefully that is also the time that I will run out of laces. :-)

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Dresses for Today

I thought I would start the day sewing dresses for my Project : Sew dresses for Backups Sewing Marathon. This way as the day goes on and I get caught up with other things to do like thinking and creating more handmade items to sell for fundraising, at least I have done my sewing as once I get into creating I tend to forget the rest of the tasks for the day. Here are my 2 dresses for today - the fabric was not that big so I decided to add a 4" lace to make the dresses longer. Would love to see these dresses worn by Ugandan babies.
I think I need to do more sewing so I can start using up all my fabrics. Two of my cabinets are filled with fabrics. I would not want to see what is in the crystal ball for me as it might say that more fabrics are coming in my future. LOL! I try to avoid going to the fabric sections of craft shops so I do not get tempted to make a purchase. Kidding aside, what better way to use my fabrics, the best way to use each and everyone of them .. by making them into dresses for the disadvantaged children around the world.

Since it is a long weekend this weekend, I am aiming to sew at least 6 more dresses.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Project : Sew dresses for Backup Sewing Marathon

Now that I have set up all options I can think of on how to raise funds for postage, all I have to do is wait and see. Wait and see if I can generate sales from my Christmas shops, wait and see if I can reached my goal on the crowdfunded t-shirt campaign drive. Dress a Girl Australia's activities will be very minimal in the next few weeks as activities will be driven by outside factors. As a person with an IT background where one should always be one step ahead and looked at all the possibilities available before saying it is not possible and make sure backups exist, I have decided to set up a backup for Dress A GIrl Australia as far as dresses are concerned. 

Effective 1st of October I started a 3-month sewing marathon to make sure that I have dresses ready for distribution anytime. And here are the first seven dresses I have completed since I started last Tuesday. 
Am hoping that in the 3-month sewing marathon period (Project: Sew dresses for backup) I will be able to sew about a 100 dresses. This will be quite a challenge considering my schedule with 93 dresses to go.

Dress Distribution Update

To those donors whose dresses were allocated to Miwani Kenya to reach Kenya hopefully in Dec, the parcels left my humble abode yesterday - 2-Oct-2014. 

Here are the links to the articles to refresh everyone's memory who have donated dresses this year as to who the donors were -

Parcel 2A - http://dressagirlaustralia.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/dress-distribution-58-children-of.html
Parcel 2B - http://dressagirlaustralia.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/dress-distribution-58-children-of_22.html


Thank you for making this distribution possible.

Status of Dress Distribution by Dress A Girl Australia as of 2-Oct-2014

Thinking about this last night, even if I fail to make a lot of kids happy and make a difference to their lives this Christmas, my 2014 year is still great. As of today, I have provided and made a difference to 
                     - 2,400 girls who deserved to own at least one dress each
                     - 575 boys for a new pair of shorts with 276 of them receiving a matching set of t-shirts and shorts 
                     - and made warm, provided comfort and joy to 91 kids in Romania. 

I wish I could do more but sometimes life does not allow you to always get what you want.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Crowdfunding T-shirt Drive campaign to raise funds

I always wanted to sell t-shirts but was not ready to invest money on something that may not sell although I always believe that selling t-shirts would probably be a better option than selling wines. I did not think it was a good idea to have stocks and stocks of slow-moving inventory in my garage.  So I started searching the internet hoping that I would find a more flexible option and discovered Teespring. 

Teespring allows to crowdfund customized t-shirts with zero hassle, zero upfront costs and zero risk. All I have to do is upload my art design, identify for how long the campaign is going to last (21 days is the longest) and start my campaign. If the goal is not reached after the campaign ends then there will be no charges made to those who have made reservations. If the goal is reached then the t-shirts ordered will be delivered within 14-21 days for international orders after the end of the campaign and shipping cost will be added. The shipping cost for international orders is $12.50 plus $4.00 for each additional t-shirt.

So here I am launching my first t-shirt drive campaign. The idea is to sell as many t-shirts as I can so I have priced the t-shirt as low as possible as it would allow me to and also to avoid tax implications. The selling price of $20.00 each plus shipping cost of $12.50 totalling $32.50 will be charged to you in US dollars so expect a higher amount when converted to Australian dollar. Probably about $36 Australian dollars at today's rate.

My goal is to sell a minimum of 50 t-shirts. I have selected 4 colours for my first t-shirt drive but the problem is each colour requires its own goal of 50 t-shirts to be sold but will see how it goes. The money I make from the sale of these 50 t-shirts will fund the cost of sending about 100 dresses to a location anywhere in the world. So I hope you would support me on this endeavour and help spread the word around. There will be more t-shirt drives with my own art design but for now this is it. The money you pay goes directly to Teespring and if this campaign is successful and the goal is reached, that is the only time that the net proceeds from the sale will be paid to me.

To reserve your t-shirt, here are the links to the t-shirt campaign drive - t-shirts are women's fit tee made of premium materials.






Or you can go straight to my teespring shop and make your choice from there -

The campaign starts today and will end on the 22nd of October. So please check them out and if you like a t-shirt to submit your reservation now. And do not forget to spread the word around. Thank you.

Update on Project Christmas 2014 with a Limit

Just to give you an update as I have been getting a lot of emails regarding the limit on number of dresses. Sorry ladies, the decision has been made. I cannot accept more than 5 dresses from individual donors. 5 is better than nothing. It is either I do not do any dress distributions at all and close Dress A Girl Australia until such time that I can generate more funds that will help me sustain this campaign or limit the number of dresses I get. 

Please feel free to distribute the dresses you make on your own. There is no need to send them to me . There are other individuals and groups who do their own distributions and probably have more funds than I do. You just have to find their contact details by searching their facebook pages. But for the rest of the year, after 2,400 dresses, 575 pairs of shorts, 276 t-shirts and 91 quilts for this year alone, my petty cash fund is dry and I am no longer in a position to provide more funds. From now on, I will just be working based on projects and unlike last year where I kept on receiving dresses even without locations in mind, this year and hopefully in the future, it will be based on projects where locations are definite. This way I am able to forecast the cost that will come with the distribution. Also, I really have no space in my house and it feels great to have some of the space back and without the fear of stumbling or encountering small accidents and my arm which was hurt last year will have more time to rest. and most importantly, I will find a better balance between my personal life, career and volunteer work. Thank you. 

Christmas Handmade cards for Sale

It is that time of the year that people will not hesitate to buy and am joining the band of people who likes to take advantage of that opportunity of buying to help raise funds for postage for Dress A Girl Australia. My handmade cards are not only for Christmas but also for other occasions.
Check out my handmade cards by clicking on the image above or click here.. Proceeds from the sale of any of these cards goes to the Dress A Girl Australia postage fund to pay for the cost of sending dresses to different locations around the world. Please check them out. You may like an item and make a purchase. Thank you.

Christmas Handmade items for Sale

I make quilts to sell to raise money for the Dress A Girl Australia well. But this time any sale made from these items will temporarily be re-allocated to Dress A Girl Australia postage fund to pay for the cost of sending dresses for Christmas distribution. Check out my handmade christmas items. there maybe something you will like and make a purchase. 
To access these handmade items, please click on the image above or click here

Or check out my Christmas e-shop of handmade items by clicking here. Thank you.

Feedback from Mt Hagen PNG re blanket of quilts

The parcel of quilted blankets that I sent to Mt Hagen Papua New Guinea 3 months ago has been found. A wholehearted thank you to Dave Schreier and Aunty Rosa Kepo for their help and patience in tracing the whereabouts of the parcels. The quilts are keeping the children warm at highlands coldest nights! -
For a larger and more readable version of the image above, please click here

Thank you to Dave Schreier and Aunty Rosa Kepo for their help and patience in tracing the whereabouts of the parcels. Thank you.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

"Project Christmas 2014 with a Limit" is now officially open!

Project Christmas 2014 with a Limit is now officially open. For more information on this project, please read article previously posted (Dresses for Christmas Distribution) or please click here
Please do not send me more than 5 dresses if you are an individual donor or more than 12 if you are a group. I have no space to keep those extra dresses as I am not sure when my next distribution will be as it will all depend on the financial circumstances of Dress A Girl Australia. My current focus is Christmas Distribution which includes fundraising, sorting, packing and organizing within the limits of the project. I will also be sewing just in case I do not meet the target I have in mind at least I have dresses to distribute. 

Thank you.

Dresses for Christmas Distribution

Good Morning everyone! It is October 1st. Christmas will not be the same if I close shop for Christmas distribution. So I have made my decision. In order for me to continue providing dresses to the children in need especially this coming Christmas season, I will accept dresses for Christmas distribution but with a limit. I will only accept five dresses per individual donor and/or 12 dresses for a group

Due to financial issues and business is not that good causing my cash fund to dry up, this is only the number of dresses I can afford per donor/group at this stage where I am willing to pay for postage and other costs needed to sustain this activity. If I am able to raise more funds then I will make adjustments. I think 5 dresses is better than nothing. Unfortunately this is just a community work. I cannot issue a tax invoice for cash donations that is why I make things to sell so at least people who want to donate get something back for the money they give by purchasing something from my shop but sometimes time is not enough for me to keep on making things and for some they still doubt whether I am using the proceeds for this cause which is hurtful and quite unfortunate. To those few who have been helping out on postage without tax invoices, your help all this time is very much appreciated and my heartfelt thanks. 

So if you are willing to accept this compromise of 5 dresses only and strictly following guidelines on how to make dresses between the sizes of 7 to 12, you can start sending those 5 dresses to Dress A Girl Australia P.O. Box 240 Casula Mall Casula NSW 2170. 


"Project Christmas 2014 with a Limit" is now officially open !! Dresses for Christmas Distribution should be posted on or before Dec 5, 2014Thank you and thank you for your understanding.

Addendum :
Please do not send me more than 5 dresses if you are an individual donor or more than 12 if you are a group. I have no space to keep those extra dresses as I am not sure when my next distribution will be as it will all depend on the financial circumstances of Dress A Girl Australia. My current focus is Christmas Distribution which includes fundraising, sorting, packing and organizing within the limits of the project. I will also be sewing just in case I do not meet the target I have in mind at least I have dresses to distribute.  Thank you.