Hi, my name is Leigh, I live in Essex in the UK and 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. 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 Farleigh 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.

As of February 2013 I have added a donate button, as after 10 years of self-funding but becoming known and so welcome in the community I found that I was limited in what I could do through finances and for the first time ever I sadly and reluctantly had to decline some requests for help.

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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Monday, 29 September 2014


They say that charity begins at home! Well a dog from my village in Silver End, Essex, was missing for more than 4 months, and due to the help of the above charity workers, donating a cage that led to his rescue, alongside help, advice and support, led to this lovely dog getting home safe to his distraught Mum and community x I found about it on the Facebook page 'Find Teddy' that you can find  Here; lots of people..............strangers got together throught he facebook site and publicity of Teddy missing, and worked together to bring him home, which has inspired me to ask for help for the charity, who lent the cage, that was being shipped to Greece to help catch stray dogs in order to help them. So if you could find it in your heart to help dogs (and other animals), no matter where they are, this is a great place to start, you can donate, postage stamps, envelopes etc., to help with postage costs, you could shop on the internet, through the provider giving through living, which costs no more to shop in your everyday places like Amazon, Ebay, Tesco etc., but they have pledged to pay money to these charities, you can help the charity through buying or selling things on Ebay and linking to this charity  who receive some of the proceeds, or you could donate direct HERE   they take broken jewellery, new stamps and envelopes to help with admin costs, towels and animal food, medical items (first aid type stuff), so it is not just about the money, but trying to raise awareness, and increase their ability to help these animals, you could become a member, or donate by direct debit, and most are volunteers, so your money goes further. there are so many ways to help.

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Hi all, thought I would show you my latest napkin art decoupage creation. This item is made for my Godsons, daughter Rosie, as one of her Christmas pressies! It is soooo cute, that if Rosie wasnt so cute, I think I would keep it! x If you want to know how to do it please go to Youtube here:
Or on my blog here;

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Hi all, there is a little lad that has fallen in a bath of scalding hot water and we have been asked on the UKScrappers forum to send cards, so this is the card I made with a matching bottle, from Craft work cards 'London' pad x


This is a crayon roll I made for my friends granddaughters birthday x I got the instructions from my patchwork and quilting class tutor Becky Preen x Had fun making it too! x


Although only a beginner at sewing, I decided that I wanted to make a patchwork blanket, quite shabby chic and out of scraps of fabric and old jumpers I had felted and knitted squares, well I cannot tell you how hard it is, how many mistakes I made and how its shape has not ended up as it should, but all of which makes me love it more. I have put in my conservatory as it is a beach theme, which I kept in mind when I made it x

Tuesday, 8 July 2014


Hi all, I decided to do a random act of kindness and have made a package of 8 Thank you cards x all professionally packaged with inserts and lined envelopes which I will be gifting to someone who comments on my facebook page, preferably a small charity or someone with a good reason for needing thank you cards x but have to be local to Witham in Essex, so I can drop them off x If you want to have a go, please go to my facebook page 'Charity Crafter' or the link HERE

UPDATE;  Change a paw life rescue got the random act of kindness, and of course, I had to make up a special extra bag of goodies for them to sell for their dog rescue x

Congratulations Grandparent card x


The tutor at my patchwork college course has been amazing and put up with us well, staying calm and patient so I thought I would make her a thank you card x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


My hubbys mum Marian (called Marie) sadly died recently, and although we went in with the siblings joint 'MUM' floral tribute, I also felt the need to make her something bespoke, so I made this wreath, the colours are some of her favourites and there is a button, and some stick pins (a tribute to her sewing days) and flowers and a butterfly. With the sparkly MUM letters on the right hand side x It is the last time really that I will be able to make her something so wanted it special x


Hi quite some time ago, when i could get to the boot sale, I found this small ornament, so I decided to decorate it with buttons, stick pins (that I made) and pearls round the neck to put in my sewing room x


 This card is Kyms that she let me borrow as an example to finish my yellow one above x


These pink flowers I have given to a lovely lady who is very ill at the moment with cancer and brought a lovely smile to her face x


Hi, I painted an old wine bottle with white acrylic paint, then got some size (glue) and brushed it randomly on the dried painted bottle, gave it 15 minutes to get tacky then brushed on some metallic flakes, I then brused off the excess and buffed it and here is an unusual Grecian style bottle x 

Thursday, 29 May 2014


The birds can have a brilliant party at ours there is FOOD............DRINK.............AND A PLACE TO CRASH!!!!! X Hubby bought me the post box nexting box as a present and bought the other bits cheap and fixed them all on to a post he painted and we have a funky birdie party house x

Friday, 2 May 2014


 This 'Its a boy!' picture was done at a class called 'Drawing in stitches' where you use the needle as a pen and dreaw round items to secure them and give them a sketched/scribbled look x I absolutely loved doing this class and am proud of the end result. The frame was a freebie off freecycle that I painted and it will be given to a previus neighbour who has had a baby boy x
 This is my first attempt at applique, and it is going to be donated to St. Francis hospice in Havering Atte Bower (Essex), in memory of my step dad and a friends mum x who I posted pictures on the back of the piece (shown below)x

this is a mug rug I made, which is a technique where you layer the fabric and wadding in such a way, then turn it inside out which is really the right way and then quilt it x

Thursday, 1 May 2014


Can you win ‘Best British Crafter’ 2014?
Crafty Magpie are looking for this year’s ‘Best British Crafter’. Between 12th April and 3rd May crafters will be able to enter their business into a fun competition which will also help to raise money for charity. Instead of paying an entry fee to Crafty Magpie, Dreams Come True (a registered charity) who help grant the wishes of terminally and seriously ill children will receive the entry fee via Crafty Magpie’s  Just Giving fundraising page. Entrants are required to donate a minimum of £2.
Between 4th May and 18th May a panel of judges will narrow down the entrants to a selection of finalists - with the winner being voted for by the public between 19th May and 9th June.
The judges are: 
1. Sarah from Crafty Magpie – An online marketplace for British crafters and designers to sell their handmade creations. 
2. Anna from the Professional Crafter’s Guild – encouraging crafters to share their crafting skills.
3. Louise from The Homemade Fairy Godmother – A Facebook networking page for crafters
The winner will be announced on 10th June and they will be able to proudly display a custom made badge on their website.
For more details and to enter please visit:


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