Friday, 31 July 2015

Fundraising Drive Sale .....CraftBooks and Sewing and Quilting Patterns on Sale....
.....Give-away prices.....Quantities are limited !!!
  

July Parcel #2 - Boys t-shirts & shorts sets from Monika

The second and last parcel to arrive for the month of July consists of 22 pairs of Short/T-shirts set, 6 t-shirts, a schoolbag and 6 mini bags from Monika Osvald.
Heartfelt thanks to Monika for these wonderful donations for disadvantaged boys. Much appreciated.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Succulents for fundraising

I am so excited that after 3 weeks my succulents have grown. In a few weeks I will be able to sell them at ebay and raise more money for postage.

Feedback on Dress Distribution #96 -c/o DFG MM Philippines

Here are pictures taken from the dress distribution #96 (c-o DFG MM Philippines) made in Cagayan headed by Karlea F. to the kids of Natappian West, Solana, Cagayan, Philippines.

To see more individual and larger pictures taken from the distribution, please click here.

Thank you to Days for Girls Metro Manila Philippines' group and to Kap. Richard and all the barangay officials of Natappian West, Solana for helping make this distribution successful and also to the dress donors for making this distribution possible. Thank you.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

July Parcel #1 - 40 dresses from the Patchwork Angel

Sent by Penny of theThe Patchwork Angel fabric shop of Buderim Queensland are these 40 lovely dresses. These dresses will be included in my planned September special  distribution.
Thank you for the lovely dresses and postage assistance. It is much appreciated.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Make and Learn Sewing Bee #2

Natascha of Make and Learn, Sydney has done it again. A sewing bee with her customers. Thank you Natascha. Thank you for your consistent support to this campaign. Much appreciated.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

More items for fundraising

July is about to end and I really need to see if I am able to save a lot for postage for Christmas distribution. So I have added a few more items to my fundraising drive sale. If there is anything you like, please make a purchase as proceeds goes to a very worthwhile cause.
1) Two more books on Kids and Jewellery - Click on the image to check them out -
2) D-I-Y Craft Kits. Knit your own teddy bear and braid craft kit - Click on the image to check them out -
3) Sisterhood of Purple Block Panels. These panels is over 10 years old. I must have saved it for future use and totally forgot about it until yesterday when I found them in a box. I do not think I have the time to make something out of it so I have decided to sell. Proceeds will make disadvantaged kiddies happy instead of just keeping them in my drawer. Click on the image to check these block panels -
I found a lot of handmade magazines and special issues. Some of these have only been read once or knowing me and my schedule I probably just bought it and didnt have a chance to look at all the pages of the magazines. At first I was thinking of just dropping them off in charity bins but then I realized if these magazines were to be sold by the charity shops I might as well sell them myself and raise money out of it as I also desperately need funds. At a dollar or two plus postage of $2.10, I can see myself earning about 40 dollars from these publications. So once I have taken pictures of each of these magazines, I will be posting them in my Dress A Girl Australia shop for anyone to browse and make a purchase if they like one -
These magazines are not just on sewing or quilting. There are also magazines on bagmaking, cardmaking and papercrafting. Quite a selection and proceeds goes to a very worthwhile cause.

Please help spread the word around!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Feedback Distribution - Project Vietnam - 24-July-2015

Here are a few images from the dress distribution #93) made in Vietnam c-o Cause Corps.
To see larger and individual images of the distribution, please click here.

Thank you to Steven Ma and his group for sparing the time to distribute dresses to the kiddies in Vietnam. Much appreciated

Sponsored Dresses for the week ended 24-Jul-2015

Three dresses were sponsored this week.  Two dresses by my siblings and were allocated to the parcel for South Africa (Distribution #97) and one dress by Jac Dow and allocated to Project CDO Cabaraban - Distribution #88 Parcel 1B for September distribution.
Thank you to the sponsors for their kindness and generosity.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Status of dress collection

May i request that you do not send me any dresses at this time. i am still trying to raise money for postage which is very slow. if i cannot raise money i cannot afford to pay the cost of distributing the dresses you donate and i do not have space to store the dresses. so please understand. do not send me anything as i have no plans of distributing at this time. when i am ready i will make an announcement. thank you.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Dress Distribution #97 for South Africa

These parcels of dresses were originally meant for Cambodia but because connection with supposed to be recipient could not be established, I decided to send it to South Africa instead. The first parcel has been sent on the 18th of July (click here to see postage cost). Parcel #2 will be sent once the first parcel has been received to avoid issues at their local postoffice. 

I wasnt able to get a picture of the first parcel as I was in a hurry to make sure the postoffice would still be open but here is parcel #2 -
Here are the contents of the two parcels of 41 dresses -
made possible by the following donors and dress sponsors -
1) Millhouse Collections (sewn by Dress A Girl Australia)
2) T-shirts by Megan Jones, Joan Wolf, Lesley Kroese and Monika Osvald
3) Yvonne Henderson
4) Monique Naranjilla
5) Fabi Sun
6) Lesley Kroese
7) Frances Cornish
8) Two Bettys' Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
9) Dress A Girl Australia

To see larger and individual images of the dress collection, please click here.

Thank you to everyone for making this distribution possible. Much appreciated.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Dress Distribution #95 - for Mbale Uganda

As I have blogged earlier, today's parcel for Mbale Uganda is very special. Am sending this parcel in honour of my Dad who left this world eight years ago but his kindness is still very heartwarming to all of us in the family. Our family's own and simple way of celebrating his birthday tomorrow, 21-July-2015...continue on sharing his kindness to 45 disadvantaged kiddies in Mbale Uganda. 

So here is the parcel -
and here are the contents of the parcel -
made possible by the following donors and dress sponsors -
1) Kaylee Healy
2) Dawny Bull
3) Caloundra Girl Guides c-o Nicole Parrott
4) Elaine Klein
5) Patricia Burton
6) Sharyn Paull
7) Two Bettys' Betty Barrett and Betty Paull
8) Megan Jones
9) Sian McIntosh
10) Christine Caputo
11) Yvonne Henderson
12) Frances Cornish
13) Kay Innes
14) Lesley Kroese (pack of Undies donated by Lesley Kroese)
15) Sally Neideck

and here is the postage document that I have posted the parcel and the dresses are on its way to Mbale Uganda - it might take 10-12 weeks for the dresses to get there but imagine how happy the girls who would be receiving these dresses will be. Am sure the smiles on their faces will be priceless.
For larger images of the dresses, please click here.

Thank you to all the dress donors. Thank you for helping make a difference to the lives of the disadvantaged kids around the world.

Parcel to Uganda

I am sending this parcel of 45 dresses and a pack of undies to Mbale Uganda today for 45 kiddies in honour of my Dad who left this world eight years ago. Our family's own and simple way of celebrating his birthday tomorrow, 21-July-2015...continue on sharing his kindness to the disadvantaged kiddies in the world. Rest in Peace always.

More dresses for sponsorships

These four dresses have been added and are looking for sponsors. For a price of at least 3 cups of coffee, you can help provide a disadvantaged girl with a new dress and an undie. To check these dresses out and/or sponsor, please click on the image below -

Sunday, 19 July 2015

More for fundraising

More items added to my fundraising drive. Fabric-mirror backed buttons...small enough to carry in a purse but big enough to see yourself in the mirror with unique fabric prints at $7.50 plus postage of $1.00. A unique way of helping make a difference to a life of a disadvantaged kid. 
Also available in bulk purchases. Enquire at dressagirlaustralia@gmail.com. Thank you.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

First parcel of 20 dresses sent to South Africa today

Sent my first parcel of 20 dresses to South Africa today (c-o Nicollette Tilley). The second parcel of 20 will be posted once this parcel has been received to avoid problems at the postoffice.

Friday, 17 July 2015

No more paper patterns and/or labels

If Greece is refusing to follow austerity measures to improve their situation, Dress A Girl Australia is extremely following the austerity measures it has imposed to be able to sustain this campaign. So I would like everyone to know that I am no longer providing paper copies of patterns and/or Dress A Girl Labels. Links on patterns can be found in my blog under the section Tutorials - How to make dresses and a document you can use to print labels if you want to. These could be small items only but when in huge quantities the costs are huge on stamps, paper, inkjet cartridges and even petrol so I could drop off mails. For everyone's info. Thank you.

Dress Distribution #97 re-routed to South Africa

I have decided to re-route the dresses collected and intended for Cambodia (Phnom Penh)  to South Africa. The recipient in Cambodia is hard to contact and I cannot send them unless proper communication is established.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Christmas in July 2015

Ever wondered sometimes if someone makes them or not, wish that someone really makes them? All handmade items are products of my creativity and imagination...sometimes you will find them only in my sarisariwebstore shop

Feel free to browse. There might be one or two that will catch your eye and make a purchase., Proceeds goes to a very worthwhile cause.

Papercrafting Books added on Craftbooks Sale

I have added more craft books to the sale on papercrafting, scrapbooking and cardmaking. Check them out by clicking on the image below -
Please help spread the word around. Proceeds goes to a very worthwhile cause.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Fundraising Drive Sale

Help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged kids. Support Dress A Girl Australia's campaign to continue providing clothing to the less fortunate by helping raise money for the cost of shipping and handling of parcels. Dress A Girl Australia has no major financial sponsors but relies on selling unwanted items in my garage and my small handmade business to financially support this campaign. So please check out what am selling and if there is anything you like, make a purchase. All proceeds goes to a very worthwhile cause. 
Thank you and please help spread the word around.

Friday, 10 July 2015

More Books added to the CraftBook Fundraising Drive Sale

I have added more craftbooks to the fundraising drive sale. All these books are new and some are hard to find. Please check them out and make a purchase if there is anything you like. They are being sold on an "almost-giving them-away-for-free" sale prices just so I would be able to raise enough money for postage. Unfortunately as others have enquired, I cannot give free postage for the books. It defeats the purpose of my fundraising especially that the price of the book is almost the same price I will have to pay for sending them to buyers Australia-wide.
For those who are interested, please click here to check on more details of these books. And don't forget the Betty Alderman designs on sale as well which are available here. Sale will go on until supplies last. Thank you.

Made to Match Dresses : Batch 1 - 9-Jul-2015

I sold my first craft book (Fast Fabric Gifts) and two Betty Alderman Designs yesterday to raise money for postage to help pay for the cost of shipping and handling of dresses I plan to distribute for Christmas. Unless I have the money to spend for postage I will not be able to start a new dress collection. There is no point of collecting if I cannot give them away.

As I have mentioned earlier that for every craftbook and/or sewing and quilting pattern I sell for the drive I will match it with a dress, here are the first 3 dresses I made last night.
Thank you for helping me in making a difference to the lives of the disadvantaged. Your support and purchase of items for the fundraising drive is very much appreciated.

To see individual images of the dresses and details of the purchases, please click here.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Fundraising Drive Sale

It is time to think about Christmas and the distributions to make. This will not be possible if I do not have the funds to pay for the cost of distributions. The $2.00 per dress I am asking from donors is not enough with the rising cost of postage and handling. And not everyone is happy to make a gold coin donation per dress. They just want to make dresses. Unless I am able to raise the funds I need to make a distribution,  I will not be able to start a new dress collection project. So I am having a fundraising drive by selling craft books and Betty Alderman sewing and quilting patterns at prices so low that it is almost being given away. Hope there would be people out there who would like to make a purchase and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged kids this coming Christmas.

To check out what Craft Books are available for sale, click here or click on the image below -
To check out what Betty Alderman sewing and quilting designs are available, click here or click on the image below -
If there is anything you like, please make a purchase. More items will be added once I have organized and sorted the items I am selling on sale. Thank you.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Lend a Helping Hand

I finally found and bought the annual issue of the magazine "Decorative Country Threads" which featured the Dress A Girl Around the World campaign. This article was a big surprise for me as I had no idea about its publication. Thank you to Stephanie Harrison for publishing the article and the kind words about the campaign. To view and read the article, please click on the 'Lend a Helping Hand' title below -

Lend a Helping Hand

Sharing with you a feedback I have received from the group in the Philippines who does distributions in my behalf (posted in my facebook page 7-Jul-2015) -

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Official acknowledgement of Dress A Girl Australia well in Kalagi Uganda

Received this plaque today from Water-4-Kids International officially acknowledging the Dress A Girl well built and sponsored by Dress A Girl Friends from Australia in Kalagi Uganda. 
For a larger and readable version of the image above, click here.
For a larger and readable version of the official letter above, click here.

My heartfelt thanks to all the individual sponsors who found it in their hearts to sponsor dresses which I sew on their behalf including those individuals who donated for their birthdays, christmas presents and I was able to raise the money($5,000) needed to sponsor the cost of building the well. What a difference the water from the well has made to the people/community of Kalagi Uganda. 
Sponsored dresses were distributed as part of the school kits to some of the 500 school children in the Philippines last month(June Distribution #94). Thanks everyone!

For more pictures on the school kits and dress distributions, please click here and for school kits distributions, click here.

Feedback Update Re Dress Distribution #93 - Project Vietnam

Received this update tonight re Dress Distribution #93 - Project Vietnam -

Dresses for the last two days of of June ended 30-Jun-2015

Acknowledging the last parcel received for the month of June from the Two Bettys - Betty Barrett and Betty Paull. A parcel of 8 dresses (one dress includes a carry bag) all allocated to Project Cambodia (5) and Project Uganda (3). These two projects are now officially closed.
Thank you to the Two Bettys - Betty Barrett and Betty Paull and to Sharyn Paull for sending the parcel on their behalf. Thank you.

More Pictures Feedback Distribution #94 06/2015 - Dresses - Philippines

More pictures from dress distribution #94. Due to the number of children (500 of them) that were present during the actual distribution of school kits and dresses, they managed to get only a few pictures kids wearing dresses and also the dresses were inside the kits.
For larger and individual images of the distribution, please click here.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

More Pictures Feedback Distribution #94 06/2015 - School Kits - Philippines

Here are more pictures from the distribution of the school kits in the Elementary School of Pook in Manila Philippines. A feedback from the distribution has also been received.
1) Here is the feedback note from the distribution -
2) A few pictures from the actual distribution done -
To see larger and individual images of the distribution, please click here

Thank you to Norie and her group for finding the time to make this distribution and sharing the pictures and to all the donors who made this distribution possible. Thank you. Much appreciated..

Feedback Distribution #94 06/2015 - Dresses and School Kits - Philippines

Here is a couple of pictures from the dress and school kit distributions made in the Philippines this month organized by Norie Bordador and her group to about 500 school kids. More pictures will be posted later today.
1) Four out of seven of these dresses are sponsored dresses. Three out of seven of the dresses were made from fabrics donated by Millhouse Collections.
2) World Globe and children's books (included in distribution #94) donated to the Pook Elementary School, Pasig, Metro Manila. I bought this world globe from a school supplies' & stationery shop and had a damaged box that no one would buy it anymore. Imagine what this world globe can do to an elementary school library.
Thank you to Norie and her group for sharing the above pictures.

Dresses for the 4rd week of June ended 28-Jun-2015

It is time to acknowledge the dresses received by Dress A Girl Australia for the last week of June 2015.
1) A parcel of 3 dresses from Sally Neideck and allocated to Project Uganda -
 2) A parcel of 3 dresses from Frances Cornish and allocated to Project Uganda -
3) A parcel of 7 small dresses from Di Menzel and still to be allocated -
Thank you Ladies for the wonderful donations. Thank you for supporting Dress A Girl Australia's commitment to make a difference to the lives of the disadvantaged kiddies around the world.