You Can’t Sink A Rainbow

You may remember I mentioned a little while back that I was planning on contributing to a very important cause and would reveal more at a later date? Well, that date is today, people! I’m delighted to announce that I will be putting together a ‘Rainbow Collection’ to be auctioned in the Spring to raise funds for the new Rainbow Warrior! Let me explain why the Warrior is so important to me…

There are a lot of charities and NGOs out there in the world, all doing wonderful and important things, but there is one in particular that has a special place in my heart and that is the mighty Greenpeace. Greenpeace defends the natural world and promotes peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions. A most noble and incredibly difficult mission!

Unlike the majority of organisations, Greenpeace relies entirely on donations from individuals like you and me to keep afloat, receiving no financial assistance from corporations or governments. This, for me at least, is part of the beauty of Greenpeace – it is accountable to no-one and thoroughly independent.

After 21 years as a Greenpeace ship the current Rainbow Warrior is heading for retirement and Greenpeace needs your help to replace her.

The new Rainbow Warrior will be one of a kind. As the world’s first purpose-built environmental campaigning vessel ever created, she will enable us to take action more often, more effectively and in more places around the world than ever before. That persistence and dedication is what enables Greenpeace to win important victories. And we need those victories more now than ever before.

As part of her role the new Warrior will work at the front line to:

  • Promote clean, green energy – blocking coal shipments and launching activists to draw attention to the desperate need for a global revolution in renewable energy.
  • Defend our forests – she will track illegal shipments of timber, collecting the evidence needed to prosecute rogue companies and bring about tougher government regulations.
  • Protect our oceans – her helicopter carrying facilities will enable us to spot illegal fishing operations from miles and bring criminals to justice and work towards establishing marine reserves.

The new Rainbow Warrior will be:

  • purpose built to the highest environmental standards, primarily using wind power instead of fossil fuels
  • custom-designed to campaign, educate and take action both at sea and in harbour
  • able to transmit compelling images of environmental injustice to the world’s media in minutes

Now, Greenpeace need your help to cover the costs of building the new ship. Please donate today.

For full details check out this amazing website: http://anewwarrior.greenpeace.org/

I’ll be updating regularly as I put my collection together but in the meantime why not stop by the Eshop and spend a Euro or two on some boat parts, or visit the donation page? It’s for a very good cause, after all πŸ™‚

On a personal note here’s a picture that reminds me of a very happy day in 2009 when I was lucky enough to be invited aboard the Rainbow Warrior II, whilst she was moored on the River Thames near Tower Bridge.

Good times indeed and long may they continue. πŸ˜€

Replenished Clay Stash!

Happy Saturday to you πŸ˜€

Oh joy! My shipment of clay has arrived!

Would you just look at that?? This sight makes me very happy indeed! That’s 1848g of polymer clay, right there πŸ˜€ I’ve now got to get very busy indeed! I’m planning to expand my range of tea light holders so there is the full spectrum of colours available and I hope to be able to use this range to raise some funds for a phenomenally important cause. I need to have these pieces completed by the end of next month at the very latest so I’ll be a very busy bee indeed, all will be revealed soon enough πŸ™‚

I’ve been doing a little promotional work to raise the profile of my Etsy store recently. I now have a brand new facebook page,Β  please do drop by and ‘like’ me if you feel the urge, I’d be most grateful if you did πŸ˜€

I also realised today that I have been featured in two member Treasuries on Etsy! An Etsy Treasury is described as ‘an ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery’ and it’s incredibly flattering to have had two of my items selected by members of Etsy as some of their favourites. I decided to spread the love around by creating a Treasury of my own, deciding that ‘smile’ would be my theme. I love all the items within and they all bring a smile to my face in one way or another –Β  click here to take a look for yourself πŸ™‚

I’ll be posting again soon with more details of the cause I’m hoping to raise funds for and what you can do to help πŸ™‚

Until then, stay classy πŸ˜‰

Knitted Clay Scarf

Behold my first proper attempt at ‘knitting’ with polymer clay! I’m quite pleased but definitely need more practise with this technique, it’s so hard to get the ‘stitches’ looking even! This was so hard to get a decent shot of, even on the Macro setting on my camera 😦

I was inspired to try this by the amazing maxxev over on the Craftster message board. My results are nowhere near her standard but I’m encouraged by her comments that the technique requires practice to master. I can’t help thinking that if I could actually knit I would find this much more intuitive! Ah well, that’s another one for the list πŸ™‚

 

Polymer Clay Tentacle Heart Valentine

Greetings, fine people of Internetland!

Sorry it’s been so long since I last updated, my supply of clay has been running a little dry so I’ve had to resist the urge to craft somewhat. However, thanks to an upcoming birthday and some most generous in-laws (many thanks Christine and Sue! xx) 1.5kg of clay is now winging its way to me! I’ve ordered a whole rainbow of clays to really add a splash of colour to these pages and also help raise some funds for a fantastic cause (more on this soonΒ  so watch this space!). Now I know where my next ‘fix’ of clay is coming from, I can happily use what clay I have, safe in the knowledge my stash will be replenished soon!

So here it is, my polymer clay tentacle heart for my wonderful husband, Matt:

Of course with Valentines day came an opportunity for some crafty goodness and I just couldn’t resist the urge to bring another clay creation into existence πŸ™‚ We don’t usually ‘do’ valentines day in our house. We both feel that it’s very much a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ with it’s only real purpose being to drive the capitalist machine with unnecessary consumerism. That said, there is a lot of love in our house and I don’t object at all to devoting time and love to create something special for the people I love πŸ™‚

Thanks for taking the time to visit and read my ramblings, promise I’ll post again soon!