Monthly Archives: February 2011

new zealand with love ….


“Lets join our hands and our hearts and make a

special softie (handmade soft toy)

to be loved by a child who has been affected by the devastating earthquake

in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Leonie at

is collecting

softies and dolls

for the children devastated by the recent earthquake in New Zealand.

She’s looking for …..

sewn, knitted, crocheted toys for babies,

toddlers, and children of any age.

If you’re interested in helping please pop over to her blog and leave a comment under her post

with your e-mail.

She’ll contact you with an address to send them to ASAP!”


I thank Sarah at Dolly Donations for this posting.

It is something that we can do …..

however far away New Zealand may be ….

sharing a little love one stitch at a time.


Thanks for stopping by

from Val and Bella xx

snail trails blog trails


snail, snail

silver trail

how will you go

fast or slow

leaving your silver trail.

Click to see an enlarged picture

blog trails are like silver snail trails

leaving a trail behind

that invites

us to follow …..

my silver trail started for me  with Texas Freckles and the idea

of 1 inch hexagons ……

because of joining the Hexie addiction, I found other like minded

Texas Hexies – one of them being

Valentina :0)

silver trail ….. silver trail …. where will you lead?

Valentina lead me to someone who showed her how to hand quilt …

Kristine at To Quilt or Knot

which changed my quilting and crafting life and now I am a virtual team member!

silver trail …… silver trail …… where will you lead now?

Kristine was seeking to have 50 quilts made by Christmas to

give to orphanages in Thessalonika ….. if she ended up with more than she needed

she would pass them on to

Benjamin Orphan Support

and this is where my silver trail lead me to :0)

So ….

What is so special about Benjamin?

First I would say ….

visit their site and see for yourself   :0)  ….

for me

I felt inspired,


and emotionally involved.

Here is just a little glimpse of what they do,

and how they came in to being  ….

“BENJAMIN Orphan Child Support Society

is a non-profit philanthropic organization

based in Katerini, Northern Greece, since 1994.

It is founded and supervised by men and women

who grew up in an Evangelical orphanage, during the 1950’s.”

They say ….  “In 1994,

grateful for the love and support we received

during those 1950’s difficult civil war years,

from people from the United States who did not know us but who knew the love of God,

we established BENJAMIN

to help other orphans and abandoned children.”

This picture was taken in 1985

“This photograph taken in 1985

is the first time in 33 years that the first orphans kids had been together again.”

Reading, I was inspired by the

Testimonies, the Projects and their LOVE and committment

I wanted to be involved in some way …..

but what to do?

To support prayerfully …. yes

To support financially ….. I hope to

but like Alison with her Sunshine School

I wanted something tangible to do …..

Was there something for me ……


(sorry about the poor photo quality)

This family of Raw Edged Bears are on their way to little hands and
happy bedtimes :0)
the first batch of many more to come!

I hope you too visit Harry and Joan Anastasiou at Benjamin Orphan Support

Benjamin provide for 120 orphans on their Programme

plus 150 children who still live with their single mums struggling

on a tiny income.

Every child is known and valued by Harry and Joan.

Whatever you do today ….

I hope you too follow a silvery blog trail …..

Picture showing Garden Snail

to who knows where!

from Bella and Me ….

and two more Raw Edged Bears ….

Bye for now and thanks for stopping by :0)



do you remember playtime when you were at school?

It has been many many many many years since I was there

but I still remember how good it was,

how necessary it was,

whatever the weather.

We skipped, played two ball, hopscotched and just ran around ….

F R E E!

for 15 minutes

hopscotch and chalk

now, as we grow older it seems to me that we

still need to remember how to play

to bring back that vibrance, vigour and vivacity

to our everyday crafty life …..

I discovered  15 minute PLAYTIMES again!

and so can you ….

Victoria beckons ….

and what crafty fun times you have,

you are free to decide

what to do and where to go with it and Victoria

shares just HOW to play   S C R A P S   for 15 minutes.

Here is one of my finished playtime blocks ……

and here are two others  …..

that became …..

my new Sewing Journal

all from   S C R A P S   :0)

I hope you have a happy scrappy playtime!

and thanks for stopping by :0)

V & B  xx


this activity is seriously addictive! I do not take any responsibility!  ……. just ENJOY!

I am now up to 18 and counting!!

to Thessalonika with love …. (2)



it is the month for Valentines …..

for sending love …..

happy valentines

kissing couple

But for me …..

it is also the second month of my New Year’s Resolution …

to make

“a quilt top a month for Kristine”

So here is

the February Quilt Top


to Thessalonika with love

Patchwork heart clip art graphic

I just love the lovely Hushabye fabric supplied by

Julia at Cross Patch

it reminds me of sugared almonds!

well ……

it looks as though

I have to go …..

who could resist????


OK :0)

till next time then ……


V & B xxx

Red hearts web divider border graphic



I just received this email this morning …. apparently Doris and Edward had a good journey on Qantas!

Hi Val,
Your gorgeous bears arrived today safe and sound! They really are so lovely!! Have a huge box load of softies heading out to the Lockyer Valley (one of the most devastated areas) and some heading off to Ipswich. Thanks so much for your support!
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Steph 🙂 x x

see my posting To Australia with love

to make your own Daisy or Edward get the free pattern and tutorial here: