I’ve Had An Idea!

You may recall a blog I wrote sometime ago, Poppies.image

Well for reasons way too complicated to go in to, the cushions never did get out to Aruba.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, that dreadful war that cost our nation so dearly. It did inspire the wonderful poem Fields of Flanders and of course Armistice Day. The 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour.

I am proud to say that in my lifetime, in fact in recent years the armistice silence is so faithfully observed in the UK. Only a few years ago I stood in Kings Cross, a phenomenally busy train station as the 11th hour was announced. The whole station came to a totally moving silence and stand still. It moved me deeply.

Well now …. My idea.

These here poppy cushions. I would like to somehow promote a raffle to win the set, proceeds of the raffle to go to The British Legion.

So far my idea has got as far as asking a local shop to display initially pictures of the cushions (to avoid fading of the actual cushions) also offering the raffle tickets for sale. Could be good business for them as I think the local press would quite like to do an article.

Spread this out over the year to allow for as much money as possible to be raised for this wonderful charity who do so very much for all military families, to culminate in the winner being selected immediately after the armistice silence.

What do you think?

Additional ideas to promote and raise more greatly welcomed.

Poppies

Poppies

Just 2 short hours later the poppy cushions have multiplied. We now have a family!

Do I sell them as a set or individually?

As you know dear reader, they are TOTALLY unique as the fabric was a barkcloth 1950’s curtain that I have upcycled ….. No chance of walking into a friends house and seeing the same cushions 🙂

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One Hour Frenzy …

The sewing mojo was hiding somewhere the past few days but when I got up this morning I saw it peeking out at me from under a pile of clean washing in my bedroom.

A gorgeous poppy vintage barkcloth from circa 1950’s that I bought a few weeks back was staring me full and square in the face!

I’ve known for a while now that I wanted to make some lovely simple cushions for Judy’s Vintage Fair. I love the straight forward cover as it shows the beauty of the fabric, both design and texture. Now don’t get me wrong, I like any girl love bling! Just not for home furnishings, plus the purist in me pushes to the front. Hence, I can’t bring myself to put frills etc onto cushion covers!

Sporting the, pulled through a hedge backwards look I set to work …… Yep, in my dressing gown. Yipee! Mojo found 🙂

In an hour I had my first cushion and I am so delighted with it, many more will be made today to create a family of poppy cushions.

hope you like them. 

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