Hi, welcome to my charity crafting, recycling and crafting on a budget blog. Please look near to the bottom of the page for my testimonials and on my sidebar for current money raised, receipts for many of the donations I send and some of the activities I am involved in, you may also have seen me in some craft magazines which I have been featured in. I have a current Enhanced DBS (CRB) and make cards and donate them completely free of charge (including postage and packing) to charities for fundraising, I make up boxes of crafting materials for care and residential homes, young carers, Chernobyl victims, orphanages, housebound people and many, many other worthy charities, people, groups and initiatives. I hold classes, completely free of charge for isolated people, aiming to help people to enjoy crafting, sometimes whilst living with difficult situations. A way to express themselves in a colourful, creative and positive way, recognising and celebrating the positive in their life, which can (especially for young carers) be crucial. I am completely self-funding, and dont charge any charity or vulnerable or isolated person for my services, or products used. One of my volunteering roles is with a local hospice where I am part of the arts and craft group and go out to people who cant or would prefer not to come in to the hospice.

My role has evolved over time into being a mentor and enabler (which I have been trained in), offering support, encouragement, donations, lessons and materials for others to use to heal and make a difference through crafting, (especially valuable to those with depression) and I try to make it accessible to people that may not otherwise have the opportunity, to craft. I particularly enjoy helping fledgling, small and grass roots charities, groups and communities, helping them to learn how to turn everyday events and items into fundraising opportunities, including ideas, support and encouragement on how to get their name out their with ideas on how to raise money and their profile, through Sourcing goods for their charity and fundraising from budget, donated, re-cycled or free items.

Anyway enough about me (dont I go on!), if you have any surplus/unwanted craft material, (including sewing, knitting, etc,) knocking about that you could spare and would consider donating them to my charity crafting please get in touch x Every little bit helps (and I suspect eases our conscience when we buy too much! he! he! x ), I can do so many different things with the donated craft items I receive and have storage facilities to house some items until the right opportunity comes along. Please feel free to donate on any of my "Just giving buttons" all money goes directly to the charities, or taking my motif (avatar) and popping it on your website with a link to mine would be most welcome x Join this blog, tell your crafting friends about my site and say hi on facebook and pinterest (charitycrafter). If you want to get involved, help and make a difference there are so many ways listed on my main blog page, whether it be saving plastic bottle tops, postage stamps, donating craft items, buying a beautiful personalised bag from a hedgehog rescue, sending cards to sick children, giving blood or buying a charity pin, or donating to me on my donate button below, you can do wonders through me or direct (and I suspect most of you already are!), however just reading this is good enough for me and means a lot, so feel free to just browse and enjoy, any questions please do not hesitate to email me x

Please see at the very bottom of this blog for my very own constructed 22 different categories of ideas for budget, re-cycling and charity crafting.


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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Napkin Art - Decoupage again!

I cannot resist doing Napkin art I think it is so versatile, this little mirror bought from Ikea for about £1.50 and with 2 x napkins which I only used one corner of each, I cut out the design I liked from the napkin, leaving a little white border around it. I licked my finger and dabbed it on the top layer of napkin to separate it from the other layers (2 Ply = 2 layers / 3 Ply = 3 layers etc,). I brushed onto a bit of pva/watered down slightly on the area I wanted the image to stick to then from the middle outwards and gently brushed more watered down PVA on the top. When it was covered, I let it dry and went over the whole frame. I love this effect and have to confess it is one of my favourites and costs  next to nothing x

Bead heart plaque using up odds and ends around the home and craft room

I have this heart plaque that my friends hubby made a few for me to decorate (Thank you!) x And I got lots of beads, earring findings and spacers, some shells, buttons, sequins lots of odds and ends and just put them all on randomly to make this plaque x Other than the scrabble pieces that were bought for me, and I could have used the original scrabble tiles that I have got from old games, this item cost next to nothing x It was really fun and you could do a

Saturday, 6 February 2016



Hi all, 
My laundry cupboard was done on a shoestring, white paint, shelves cut from old work top and painted white, pole holding the shelves up is an old mop handle and jars have stickers and a label on that I did. The hanger is napkin decoupage and I already had many of the baskets x 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016


Hi all,

I have been admiring on Facebook different transfer image projects, so I tried one yesterday. It is a laser printed picture of London, transferred to a block of wood which you can see the tutorial here;

And here is the result! Not bad for a first attempt eh?

Friday, 8 January 2016


Hi all, it took me a very long time (dont ask!), but I eventually finished these patchwork curtains to hide bottles and bits for my country style kitchen x 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015


I have the loveliest neighbours and wanted to do something nice for them, so I did this picture on my sewing machine. See if you can see the snail, butterfly, bee, ladybird and the 'Z' flower which represents their little lad Zach who died aged four x


Done all my snowflakes! These will be pre-christmas gifts! x

Little sewn postcards

Some little postcards done at Fantasia Textiles class in Coggeshall Essex x 

Hanging panel

This isnt finished yet, I need to back it and make it into a hanger, I did it at Norah Stockers class at Fantasia Textiles among other items too! x

Friday, 6 November 2015

Beading at 'Little Beaders' x

I have been playing with beads for a little while, but not making anything too ambitious, but am starting to build a little confidence, well today I went to a class at Little Beaders (Novacraft) in Rayleigh and made this Christmas hanger, it was such fun and I am booked in for the Christmas tree class soon! If you would like fun, affordable classes that you learn at too; please stop by;


We wouldnt be free without them!