From the smallest to the biggest heart, I want to personally say a MASSIVE thank you to all of you who've created and sent in the beautiful hearts. It's been a pleasure unpacking the abundance of love and reading your heartfelt notes. I've never cried so much in pure joy! The deadline has now passed and we are moving on to the next stage of the campaign. I've been trying my best to send personal replies to the thousands of you that have sent in hearts. If you haven't heard from me but are keen to know if I've got your hearts then please PM me. Please bear in mind there is only me here. My spirits are high but my energy is low. ... See MoreSee Less
Crocheted hearts are the new gold. Check out my 106 carat necklace. Oh yes, I'm all that! :)
Like these hearts they will all be going to our NICU mums. They all need labeling though and we still need loads more labeling volunteers- events on 25th in Patchway, Bristol and 26th in Easton, Bristol. Details below... ... See MoreSee Less
Kate Strode2 friends have said they'll come and help on 25th but they both have children and wanted to check it would be ok if they could be there ( 2 6yr olds and a 1yr old) Tara J Coleman and Kim Walsh (possibly another friend if hubby not playing rugby) xx ooooooh and could you pm me your address otherwise I'm never going to get hearts posted in time 😶😶. Xx4 days ago · 2
Niki DleePopped you 25 hearts in the post today - first class so you might get them tomorrow x4 days ago · 1
Beck KinnerslyLooking very beautiful Misty! Wish I could help but would involve a lot of postage! xxx3 days ago · 1
Laura HardyI've signed up to the 26th event x4 days ago · 1
Now this is the best tale of LOVE I've heard today.... This handsome couple, Amy and Chris, got married last year. In true makey style Amy and her mum, Julie, made hundreds and hundreds of hearts for table confetti to be used on their special day. All of those hearts have now been sent in for our *hearts for NICU mums on Mother's Day* campaign. 700 of the little beauties in every hue of blue.
"It's so so lovely to find something to do with the hearts from our wedding and hopefully they will bring some mums and dads some comfort. At our wedding we had little signs on the tables asking people to make wishes and impart love onto the hearts because we knew we wanted to do something lovely with them....." Amy
Look what I got today...thousands & thousands of labels for all our hearts. Massive thanks to Doveton Press Ltd for donating these to our campaign and thanks to you FB Beauties for your suggestions of what to write on them. ... See MoreSee Less
I'm thrilled to say that the hearts are pouring in for our *Hearts for NICU Mums on Mother's Day* campaign. This is the haul from the last two days alone- I have no doubt we will exceed our target! BUT THERE IS SOMETHING REALLY WORRYING ME (sorry to shout) about the campaign.....the labeling days on 25th and 26th Feb. I have had hardly anyone confirm their attendance. Each and every heart has to be labeled before being sent out to the NICU's. This is a simple yet incredibly labour intensive process. If you haven't made any hearts for whatever reason but wanted to be involved in this campaign then this would be a tremendous way of showing your support. Details below in comments. Please RSVP on the specific FB event. We need to know actual numbers of people.
Charlotte FoulkesToo far for me. Maybe for next year organise regional events have a regional rep to collect hearts and arrange labelling events and deliver hearts to local nicus. Could you message me the address to send my little hearts to please xx2 weeks ago · 2
Liz CotterillAww AMAZING!
Well done Misty!
In abit far away for labelling events sorry!
But rest assured we're well underway here in Warrington & look forward to next stage of labels!2 weeks ago · 2
Peter LuckettHiya, I have just over 100 to send you. They will be with you in time, but need to show my Mum when I see her next Weds. I can make sure they all have the yarn attached to tie the label. I am planning to get to you on the 25th and will see if I can get anyone else to come along. This is a great thing you are organising and I hope you are taking care of yourself.... Jean x1 week ago · 1
Vicki MatherJust finishing my hearts of. I'd love to help label them but I'm no where near you. :/2 weeks ago · 1
Kati ReedThis is such a lovely thing you are doing! I would love to help label some, but I am away that weekend. I don't live to far from Patchway, and wondered if maybe I can collect some to label at home and bring back to you? My son was in Nicu for 10 days in June 2015 but that was the hardest thing I've ever had to go through, even tho it wasn't as long as most and I really feel for the other mums who will be there on Mother's day, so I'd love to help xx1 week ago · 1
SMYBHi, just checking, do you still need more hearts and more helpers for labelling? We're planning to send over some hearts next week (should get there just in time for your deadline!) and some of us might be able to come on 25/26th to help.1 week ago · 1
KT CooperHi can I please have your address so I can send the hearts, I started a craft club at work with all new crocheters and they have been working hard and I am hoping to get them all together for Tuesday to send them to you. I'll also let them know about the labelling event.2 weeks ago · 1
Sez McDonaldSorry I'm in Torquay but could the labels be done elsewhere and just attached? I know you wouldn't want the hearts going all over the place. I'm sure they will be appreciated.2 weeks ago · 1
Jo HoneySorry that is my pre-birthday weekend (and I hope upon hope not to have gastroenteritis like I did 2 years ago and had to rearrange my course with you) so I expect to be either out/with family/a bit hungover.x
I might be able to help on the 23rd though?
My 22 hearts sent today. X2 weeks ago · 1
Sharon BennettI am Lucy Prewett 's cousin, my mum and I are both coming to help on the Saturday. We have also knitted some heart's. Xx2 weeks ago · 2
Emma HopkinsIf only I was nearer (and not my moms birthday) I would have gladly helped label up. Fingers crossed you can find some willing volunteers! Of you have a local fb "spotted" type page maybe it's worth asking for volunteers on there or any other local community pages.2 weeks ago · 1
Misa BuckleyCan we label them before sending, to make things easier?2 weeks ago · 1
Debra NewrickHi misty......I could come on sunday st marks church to label 2-4 if thats ok ? X2 weeks ago · 1
Kim McCallMisty, if it helps I'm on half term next week and could start to tag some of the hearts up.2 weeks ago · 1
Nicola Imogen Williams GibsonI am more than happy to collect some, label them at home and drop them off if you give instructions Xxx2 weeks ago · 1
Gemma SmartMisty, I might be able to help on the 26th... I'll see who else is around too :) x2 weeks ago · 1
Lydia ClarkSam and I would be happy to come and help if we can bring Lowenna along? X2 weeks ago · 1
Lucy BrittonI can't get to you on those days but would be more than happy to do them at home if that's possible.2 weeks ago · 1
Helen SolanoAlas I can't do those days..could maybe take a load and label up at home if any good?2 weeks ago · 1
Rebecca SieryCaraLockley....this is in Bristol...too far away for me to make it (obviously) tagging you as you're the only person I know in Bristol...maybe you know someone who can volunteer?
makey mama, I've made a few...can you send me the address to send it please x2 weeks ago · 1
Hello new and old FB Beauties....I just want to clarify a few things that keep coming up: Makey Mamas is a business, not a very good one but according to HMRC, it's a business. Makey Mamas is not a charity, a not-for-profit organisation or a craft group. It's just me, Misty. I run 12 different creative workshops (sometimes) for pregnant women and mums. The *Hearts for NICU mums on Mother's Day* campaign is part of the charitable side of the business. The reason I am running this heart campaign is because I'm part of a network of mums, both personally and professionally, I see this campaign as a way of enriching the community I'm part of. Prior to setting up MM I've always worked for charities so I felt strongly that MM needed to have this element in it. Saying all this, I'm very seriously considering setting MM up as a social enterprise as I feel it best reflects the work that I do. (can anyone help me with this??) Turns out I'm a lot better at running the heart campaign, at the very large scale it is, rather than actually making any money! For those of you new here, the chat on this page at the moment is very heart centered but usually I chat about all sorts of makeyness that I do, crafty fun with my girls, Tiny Creature 3 & 3/4yrs and Mini Creature 9m, My Man Beast and his makeyness, stuff I like, family times, my bees, my allotment, occasionally I even try and advertise my workshops. I'm based in Bristol UK and am thrilled that so many international women and men have come to join my tineeee part of the internet xxx ... See MoreSee Less
Becky GilbertI'd recommend voscur too, they've been amazing with advice while we've been setting up baby bank. There is another Bristol organisation focusing on social enterprises as well. I can't remember what it's called but you'd find it with a quick Google.2 weeks ago · 1
Catherine MilesYou forgot to mention how your just an all round wonder woman certainly in my eyes thank you for joining me on this hearts adventure 💕2 weeks ago · 2
Emma CooperIt might be worth contacting VOSCUR for advice about being a social enterprise xxx2 weeks ago · 2
Sonia RobertsAn amazing job is done. Well done Misty, I love what you are doing. Xx2 weeks ago · 2
Pegah EsmailiI can hook you up with a connection. I'll see you next Sat so remind me! X2 weeks ago · 1
Adele Jarrett-KerrI love all your makey chat too so hope you'll keep that going even if you move over to social enterprise status. x2 weeks ago · 1
Verity BradleyLook up cic - charitable incorporating companies, it was a category of business that balances both sides of your coin?2 weeks ago · 1
1, 2 Skip a few, 99, 100 Tiny Creature decided to start counting the hearts....Please save her this job by writing how many hearts you are sending on the packages you send in. I couldn't work out if she was trying to be funny or she just was! :) ... See MoreSee Less
Labelling event 1 - Hearts for NICU Mum's campaign
February 25, 2017, 12:30pm
Patchway Childrens Centre
Please come and help us to label each and every heart that we receive for the *Hearts for NICU Mums on Mother's Day* Campaign.
We will be attaching pre-made labels to each heart, using wool and a hole punch- that's it. No previous experiece or special skill required. This is a labour intensive part of the campaign that needs many hands on deck. PLEASE BRING A HOLE PUNCH AND SCISSORS WITH YOU!
Patchway Children’s Centre, Epney Close, Patchway, BS34 5TF
It will be sign posted on the day. The gate is in the green fence at the back of the Coniston Medical Centre car park and here is plenty of parking. There is disabled access.
Drop in between 12.30pm and 4.30pm and stay for as long as you can. Please RSVP so we have an idea of numbers.
Tea and coffee provided. If you fancy please bring biscuits or cake (not obligatory though)
We are trying to make this just an adult event so please try and attend without little ones but do get in touch if you are struggling and we'll do our best to accomodate them .
There is also another labelling event on 26th Feb in Easton, Bristol
Any questions, please ask here or email email@example.com
Laura PiperHello.....where do we send the hearts to?4 weeks ago · 1
EE TangI am too far away if not I will definetly join4 weeks ago · 1
Brenda SeeI would like to make some hearts, when do they need to be sent by and where do they need to be sent to? If this is ok, sounds like such a wonderful surprise for these Mothers I would love to contribute. Please let me know, thanks so much😍4 weeks ago · 1
Could you pm me the details of where to send the hearts please :)4 weeks ago · 1
Kate StrodeCould I bring the hearts I make on the day, or do you need them beforehand, to be counted? Xx4 weeks ago · 1
Niki HuntPlease can i have an address to send hearts to. Thanks xx3 weeks ago · 1
Goodness me! It's amazing what a bit of BBC Radio Bristol love can do for our *Hearts for NICU Mums on Mother's Day* campaign. Campaign film below and interview with myself and Catherine from Bliss Bristol on this morning's Breakfast show.
I'm slowly working my way through the hundreds of offers of support and makeyness for the campaign so bare with me if I don't come back to you immediately. I promise I will. Here is a reminder of the info in the meantime...
*****Is it possible that you can crochet or knit a heart for a mums spending Mothers Day 2017 in a Neo Natal Unit with their little one?****
If you'd like to help, here are the details: 1) Make 1, 2 or 100 crochet or knitted hearts. Just do what you can.
Sonia RobertsI can see some of mine falling into the pile. .. another 100 on the way very soon. Xx4 weeks ago · 1
Naomi ParrI'm so pleased this has gotten more attention! It's such a lovely idea and I'm glad I've been able to make a few to contribute xx4 weeks ago · 1
Beth HandsI love this. Ive had friends who have had to experience this that would have loved this. I can crotchet however have a newborn so dont have a lot of time so cant commit to a certain number as depends how much time i get etc. Please pm me the details on where to send them. Is there a specific pattern or can i find one i like myself? Xx4 weeks ago · 1
Chrissy Jade BaileyStill in need of hearts or are you now overrun with them? I'm new to crocheting but definitelly up for the chalange of making some :) x4 weeks ago · 1
Larissa SilvasThis is so wonderful. I would love to send some hearts. I'm in California, is that okay?3 weeks ago · 1
Sue RawlinsonA few hearts completed I'm hoping to have lots more by the 17th February and some of my crochet club have volunteered to help 💕3 weeks ago · 1
Sallyanne ReddenWould love to make some for you! Where do I send them to? ☺x4 weeks ago · 1
Jo BowesI'd love to send at least one. (Probably will only be one as just learning) x4 weeks ago · 1
Sarah WestonHello, can I have your address too please? Would love to contribute xx4 weeks ago · 1
Sian Lewis-EvansCan you please message me the address to send these to. What a fabulous idea and I would love to help you out xx4 weeks ago · 2
Shelly EdwardsCan I too have some information where to send I crochet and can donate x4 weeks ago · 1
Bryony KayWaiting to pick up from preschool getting a quick crocheted heart in when another mum asked what I was making,when i explained, she said she'd been given one 2 years ago and it meant so much to her!4 weeks ago · 1
It wont surprise you that when I go to friends houses I am always on the look out for makey goodness and this is one of my favourites finds....How about this as an amazing way to display your photos? To celebrate her granddaughter's birthdays, Wanda, AKA 'The Crafty Mathematician' has created these giant numbers (about 1 meter tall) made up of thousands of photos. Wanda, a retired maths teacher with an impeccable eye for all things makey, plans them out on graph paper finding suitable photos to fit suitable gaps! With my personal 2 hour craft limit I can not even begin to think of the amount of love and time that goes into creating something like this! I just had to share it. ... See MoreSee Less
Julie Dawn McSorleyHi I've just heard about this on Bristol radio, is it any colour hearts and where do I post them and by what date do you need them, shall share on my page see if I can get others to help. Thanks4 weeks ago · 1
Georgina GardnerI have made some hearts, where do I send them? :)3 weeks ago · 1
I just had one of those gorgeous reminders about why it's important to support local businesses....For the last few years I've got my flyers etc printed at a local company, Doveton Press Ltd. Yesterday, I asked them to get involved in the *Hearts for NICU mums on Mother's Day* campaign. Without a hesitation, they said yes to printing us many, many, many labels to go on the hearts. This will save us hours and hours of work- poor old Catherine from Bliss Bristol had previously done them manually :( I can't believe the generosity this campaign brings out in people.
Now for the hard bit...What message should we put on the cards? In previous years, its said 'Made with love by many Makey Mamas for you on Mother's Day'. Suggestions in comments please.... ... See MoreSee Less
Ruby RobertsHello Makey Mamas.. BBC point west article on your lovely hearts for mamas was posted on a crochet site and guess what?! It's generated a whole wave of interest 😁 hookers always happy to help..need an address to send them to though! 💖4 weeks ago · 1
*What Mama Wore* Highlight of this week.... # 4 Footwear Personally I think the 'crocs & socks' look is lush. It's my favourite footwear combo, ALL YEAR THROUGH! See how I teamed up my extra short trousers with my blue socks and purple crocs? Gorgeous, I know. My sister always says "blue and green should never be seen"- what does she know?! Tomorrow, when you leave the house I'm sure you'll remember this post and you'll fashion the same footwear as me. If I see you out and about I will be sure to give you a secret 'crocs & socks' smile!
For those of you wondering what I'm blabbering on about... A lot of Mama blogs often have a regular feature called "what mama wore". The mamas look gorgeous, clean, well dressed and aspirational. I too thought I'd join them as I realised that for about 3.5 years (the age of TC) that I have been looking pretty dam good ;) ... See MoreSee Less
Leila CornesI have the slipper version of those which I wear with socks around the house. A few weeks ago I got to the end of the street with my toddler and realised I'd forgotten to change into shoes. It had taken so long to leave the house that morning I figured I didn't really care enough to turn back x1 month ago · 1
Claire PopeI always thought the saying then said 'except with something in between' so you should be alright!1 month ago · 2
Anne BiestaI did a birkenstock and socks escape today 😆1 month ago · 1
You are invited to join our third yoga circle for mothers only - mothers of babies/children aged 4months to 3 years old.
This is a nine month journey that mirrors the creative cycle of pregnancy, to honour and celebrate the postnatal time...
A safe and nurturing space where we share tears and laughters, stories and dreams with singing and revitilising and relaxing yoga practices to support our bodies and minds in this most incredible 24/7 job of Mothering...
A space to reclaim just for ourselves, a space where we feel heard, seen and not judged, for who we truly are - as we reframe together the postnatal time to three years and not three months!
If this circle is calling you, then please contact me as I have only a couple of spaces left this month.
Mother Nurture Postnatal Yoga Circle
Saturday 14th January
Bookings with Marinella: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07856125677
Please do not send me a FB message, just use th email or phone.
I look forward to siititng in circle this Saturday! <3
Siew Eng lives in Singapore. She sent me these photos of a few of her hearts she is making. She is one of hundreds of women from ALL AROUND THE WORLD that is now making hearts for our *Hearts for UK NICU mums on Mother's Day* campaign. She has committed to make 500 hearts. This blows my mind. My postie is going to be very very very busy in the run up to 17th February- the deadline to get hearts to me. ... See MoreSee Less
*6 Day Baby Photography Challenge* The Last Day WHEN IT ALL GOES 'WRONG' How did you get on capturing your little ones wingey, tired, yawny, grotty, cross, clingy, stompy moments?
This 'wobbly lip' photo of baby Jay was captured by mama Helen some time after she attended my workshop. It tickles me pink. It is such a rare and special moment to capture. I was thrilled that as well as capturing the moment she also had a good clear background, the light is lovely and soft and there is a POP of light in baby Jay's eyes. The slightly off centre composition works well - it's really nice to see a baby not in the middle of a photo. To be honest it doesn't get much better than this.
I really hope you've enjoyed this challenge and that you can see some improvements in your photos. You are always welcome to send me the odd photo for comments and feedback.
Last night my *6 week baby photography course* filled up (hurrah!) but today I had 1 cancellation (boooo!) so I now have space for 1 family..... ... See MoreSee Less
Joanna RobinsonA bit of a cheat one today - this is already in its mini frame. This is my favourite ever photo and I managed to capture it on my instax last week. He's doing his angry face 😂1 month ago · 2
Cate DonnegooldMy yawny baby from a few weeks back. Not my best, admittedly. Difficult one this, as you have to already be pointing a camera at them to capture it!1 month ago · 3
Heather BurltonI know this doesn't look like it went wrong but this was after a very long hysterical car journey ending in him being sick and cuddling to sleep on me at nearly midnightS1 month ago · 2
Julia PurserIt's an old one and the light is dodgy, but I just love her 'caught in the act' expression. Lipstick-stealing little monkey 😂1 month ago · 1
Sara NekroufI don't really have any when it went wrong photos. X1 month ago · 1
*6 Day Baby Photography Challenge* The penultimate Day 5 PLAYTIME Did you capture your little one lost in a world of playtime? Were they nursing their dollies, sucking their toes, 'helping' with dinner time, bouncing on their Jump-a -rahhhhh (!)?
This photo of little Charlotte was taken my mama Rachel quite a while ago after she attended my 2 hours baby photography workshop. I loved Rachel's bold use of background colour which looks rather gorgeous with the coloured ribbon. Her composition is perfect with the way in which little Charlotte is coming out of the corner of the photo rather than being too central. The thing that makes this photo POP though is her eyes, Rachel managed to capture a catch light is C's eyes- a reflection of light from the sun or indoor lighting. Gorgeous!
So the very last theme is: WHEN IT ALL GOES 'WRONG' So we all know small people are not all smiley and cute all the time and a big part of what makes them them is their wingey, tired, yawny, grotty, cross, clingy, stompy moments. Obviously as parents we love all these parts of them too (ahem!) This is what I want you to try and capture tomorrow... interpret how you will.
TOP TIPS: Think about where you stand when taking your photo - you don't want your shadow, or even worse, your camera's shadow over your little one- check before taking the photo. Try and see if you can get light reflected in your babies eyes for a WOW photo.
I have 1 place left on my *6 week baby photography course* starting on 21st Jan, Suitable for newborns to crawlers.Spread the word if you've enjoyed this challenge!
You have 24 hours to take the photo and send it in as a comment on the tomorrow nights post at about 8pm. I will offer brief feedback to each person to help improve your photos. ... See MoreSee Less
Rachel WattsIt was lovely seeing this photo again! I was out taking photos again today, but Charlotte is running now. I still use all the skills you taught me and can highly recommend your course xx1 month ago · 1
Sarah BennettI've been meaning to post photos all week! Finally managed one.1 month ago · 2
Leila CornesJust from looking back at a few pics I've realised I keep cutting bits of their heads off, will take a step back in future!1 month ago · 1
Amber WilliamsLove this one! I wonder what she is thinking?!1 month ago · 1