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6 hours ago

Makey Mamas

What do you call 60 origami santas?
A sleigh of santa's? A sack of santa's?
Other ideas welcome! These little friends are our Christmas card offering this year!
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What do you call 60 origami santas? 
A sleigh of santas? A sack of santas?
Other ideas welcome! These little friends are our Christmas card offering this year!

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Pure fucking madness is what you call it!

A sled load of Santas 😉

A ho ho ho of Santas.

Gert lush :)

1 day ago

Makey Mamas

For the last 5 years I've had a vision of Christmas prep in my head...It was simple enough. We would decorate our christmas tree, there would be christmas music playing, crafts being made, snow falling and generally very cosy christmas fun being had. I would sit and marvel at what an amazing family I had. I blame films for putting these ideas into my head because the last 4 christmases I have been diaspointed in my christmas prep days, every year there are epic tantrums, people stomping off (probably me), food burnt, trees striped of their decorations, illness etc....
So today I had low expectations of the day, but it turned out to be one of those idealic Christmas cosy days I'd been hoping for! We went from one lovely thing to another, no meltdowns, just joyous family moments complete with snow (although it didn't settle!)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Give me a 'hallelujah' if you had some of these moments today or a 'FFS' if had some of the not so pleasant moments!
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For the last 5 years Ive had a vision of Christmas prep in my head...It was simple enough. We would decorate our christmas tree, there would be christmas music playing, crafts being made, snow falling and generally very cosy christmas fun being had. I would sit and marvel at what an amazing family I had.  I blame films for putting these ideas into my head because the last 4 christmases I have been diaspointed in my christmas prep days, every year there are epic tantrums, people stomping off (probably me), food burnt, trees striped of their decorations, illness etc....
So today I had low expectations of the day, but it turned out to be one of those idealic Christmas cosy days Id been hoping for! We went from one lovely thing to another, no meltdowns, just joyous family moments complete with snow (although it didnt settle!)  
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Give me a hallelujah if you had some of these moments today or a FFS if had some of the not so pleasant moments!

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Bit 50/50 here too. Got the tree out but had to strip some of the berries and pine cones off as they had disintegrated, the mice had eaten /slept in the bag of tinsel and then i couldn’t get the star on for some reason so had to cut the top off and trim the leafy bits to get the star on. My youngest has a bit of a virus too! But it all looks pretty in the end.

Hallelu-FFS! We were about 50:50. Lots of loveliness but the bottom quarter of the tree is taking a bit of a beating.

FFS! Sam has chicken pox and I have a stomach bug!!! But we have been sat by the tree & the fire all weekend, so at least it’s been cosy! Glad yours went so well. Xx

Hallelujah! No idea why but it just came together for us today x

FFS 😂😂

2 days ago

Makey Mamas

Every year I like to share with you a few Christmas Presents ideas from some small, local (to me) businesses/ organisations. These are my top pick this year:

Patchinello produce beautiful hand made wooden toys and curiosities. I bought two of the jumping frog games myself- they have a notch in the back to enable a finger to press them down into the hole in the lily pad which contains a spring. Yippee! So simple, so effective. The wooden fishing game (on the left) got Tiny creatures imagination as well. She was determined to get one!!
www.patchinello.com

Herbalists Without Borders, Bristol have produced a beautiful calendar of 12 relief prints of individual herbs, 12 nourishing herbal recipes, lists of what herbs are available to harvest each month. I have asked 4 people for one of these in the hope that I get one! All money raised goes towards providing herbal health care to people fleeing conflict, persecution, and intolerable living conditions.
herbalistswithoutbordersbristol.bigcartel.com

If you are a makey person and sell your wares (no matter where you are) then please feel free to post below and share with us all. Can't wait to see what other small businesses are up to...
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Every year I like to share with you a few Christmas Presents ideas from some small, local (to me) businesses/ organisations. These are my top pick this year:

Patchinello produce beautiful hand made wooden toys and curiosities. I bought two of the jumping frog games myself- they have a notch in the back to enable a finger to press them down into the hole in the lily pad which contains a spring. Yippee! So simple, so effective. The wooden fishing game (on the left) got Tiny creatures imagination as well. She was determined to get one!!
www.patchinello.com

Herbalists Without Borders, Bristol have produced a beautiful calendar of 12 relief prints of individual herbs, 12 nourishing herbal recipes, lists of what herbs are available to harvest each month. I have asked 4 people for one of these in the hope that I get one! All money raised goes towards providing herbal health care to people fleeing conflict, persecution, and intolerable living conditions. 
herbalistswithoutbordersbristol.bigcartel.com

If you are a makey person and sell your wares (no matter where you are) then please feel free to post below and share with us all. Cant wait to see what other small businesses are up to...

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Thankyou Missy x

5 days ago

Makey Mamas

This is multi generational learning at its finest....
Meet Sisters Hannah and Martha - both pregnant and very proud Grandmama Dawn. All of them came on my bootie workshop last month. Hannah was keen to do some more makeyness with her mama so she has got her a voucher for Christmas and they are coming back next month for my Natural Skincare workshop in Jan.
There are a few options for Christmas pressie vouchers...
How to Photograph your baby - 6 week course
Natural Skincare Product Making
...or you can get a voucher for money to go toward a workshop/ course of their choosing!
Let me know below if you want more details for the workshops.
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This is multi generational learning at its finest....
Meet Sisters Hannah and Martha - both pregnant and very proud Grandmama Dawn.  All of them came on my bootie workshop last month. Hannah was keen to do some more makeyness with her mama so she has got her a voucher for Christmas and they are coming back next month for my Natural Skincare workshop in Jan. 
There are a few options for Christmas pressie vouchers...
How to Photograph your baby - 6 week course
Natural Skincare Product Making
...or you can get a voucher for money to go toward a workshop/ course of their choosing!
Let me know below if you want more details for the workshops.

1 week ago

Makey Mamas

I spend a lot of time telling my 2 creatures to share so I thought I better practice what I preach! Two years ago Man Beast and I made these lino cut christmas cards of elf legs and a bauble!! We still have the lino cuts and wondered if anyone else would like to borrow them to make their Christmas cards with this year?! Is this post a bit weird?! maybe!!
If you don't know how lino cuts work, essentially you put some paint on the lino (ideally with a roller to get it even) and then use it as you would a stamp. Essentially it's a really good way to make lots of cards fast! Personally I think both of them would look much better not in red!!

Comment below if you want to borrow them, on the odd chance that more than 1 of you want them then I'll choose a name randomly. If you v close I can drop it off otherwise you can collect from BS5.

errrr, feeling slightly embarrassed now!
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I spend a lot of time telling my 2 creatures to share so I thought I better practice what I preach! Two years ago Man Beast and I made these lino cut christmas cards of elf legs and a bauble!! We still have the lino cuts and wondered if anyone else would like to borrow them to make their Christmas cards with this year?! Is this post a bit weird?! maybe!!
If you dont know how lino cuts work, essentially you put some paint on the lino (ideally with a roller to get it even) and then use it as you would a stamp. Essentially its a really good way to make lots of cards fast! Personally I think both of them would look much better not in red!!

Comment below if you want to borrow them, on the odd chance that more than 1 of you want  them then Ill choose a name randomly.  If you v close I can drop it off otherwise you can collect from BS5.

errrr, feeling slightly embarrassed now!

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I would love to borrow them please if still available? They are so lovely! Lino cut ..i never heard that English word but I m gessing that you make cut on the boad (wood or plastic laber) and you place a paper on it after paint colours then roll on it?? Which I used to do when I was kids in Japan.. I love your elf!❤

I’d love to borrow one of each! Lovely idea xx

It’s an excellent offer. I’ve already got mine sorted, but thanks anyway!

Yes please! Xkx

Don't feel embarressed!! I think it's an awesome idea. I love making christmas cards, but all my craft stuff is in storage at the moment. I really hope someone takes you up on your offer. Love the cards in red!! Xxx

I think they look great in red!x

You even make Christmas cards together? You guys were made for each other 💕

Such a lovely idea 😍

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1 week ago

Makey Mamas

Using natural ingredients, learn how to make a balm, butter and moisture bar to support you or your babies' health and wellbeing. You can adapt the products for yourself and others as well!

Workshop is suitable for pregnant women or mums. Due to hot oils babies can not attend.

You will receive:
Detailed information and hand outs on how to make natural products
Practical experience making the products
All materials
3 self made products to take home, e.g, nappy rash butter
Time spent getting to know other pregnant women or mums

“Absolutely fab session today making natural products! Learnt so much! Misty is a fab, friendly, patient and very knowledgable teacher! Would definitely recommend this class to any pregnant lady or mum.” Laura, pregnant mum

Workshop cost £27
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with a friend, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Venue: Makey Mamas HQ, The Glades, Eastville, BS5 7EN

For more information and to book:
misty@makeymamas.co.uk
www.makeymamas.co.uk

Making Natural Skincare ProductsJanuary 20, 2018, 1:30pmMakey MamasUsing natural ingredients, learn how to make a balm, butter and moisture bar to support you or your babies' health and wellbeing. You can adapt the products for yourself and others as well!

Workshop is suitable for pregnant women or mums. Due to hot oils babies can not attend.

You will receive:
Detailed information and hand outs on how to make natural products
Practical experience making the products
All materials
3 self made products to take home, e.g, nappy rash butter
Time spent getting to know other pregnant women or mums

“Absolutely fab session today making natural products! Learnt so much! Misty is a fab, friendly, patient and very knowledgable teacher! Would definitely recommend this class to any pregnant lady or mum.” Laura, pregnant mum

Workshop cost £27
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with a friend, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Venue: Makey Mamas HQ, The Glades, Eastville, BS5 7EN

For more information and to book:
misty@makeymamas.co.uk
www.makeymamas.co.uk
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1 week ago

Makey Mamas

Beauties, this afternoon I was lucky enough to go to a workshop, run by SOMEONE ELSE :) You've heard me blabbering on before about Tame the Mane, the new Bristol based all natural hairdressers. Not only can you go for a personalised shampoo (they makes it to suit you hair!!), massage, cut and restyle, she is also running 'Intro to natural hair care' workshops. Strongly recommended!! My linseed dreams were fulfilled now that I know that I can make hair gel from it! :) ... See MoreSee Less

Beauties, this afternoon I was lucky enough to go to a workshop, run by SOMEONE ELSE :) Youve heard me blabbering on before about Tame the Mane, the new Bristol based all natural hairdressers. Not only can you go for a personalised shampoo (they makes it to suit you hair!!), massage, cut and restyle, she is also running Intro to natural hair care workshops. Strongly recommended!! My linseed dreams were fulfilled now that I know that I can make hair gel from it! :)

1 week ago

Makey Mamas

I love a good NCT group! Today I did a private workshop for these Makey Mamas making Christmas Stockings! We ate chocolates, mince pies, panettone, got crafty and the babies were pretty chilled! Hurray!
" Great info, materials and venue. Liked the projected practical tutorial and wide range of bits to choose from"
"Much better than I thought- I actually have one personalised thing for my son!"
If you'd like me to run a workshop at a time/ date and venue to suit you and your mamas pals (NCT group or otherwise) then get in touch. The great thing is that they work out almost the same price as my public workshops. Choose from Baby Casts and Prints, Crochet Bootie making, Baby Photography, Toy and Finger puppet making... the list is long. Check out my website for more info
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I love a good NCT group! Today I did a private workshop for these Makey Mamas making Christmas Stockings! We ate chocolates, mince pies, panettone, got crafty and the babies were pretty chilled! Hurray!
 Great info, materials and venue. Liked the projected practical tutorial and wide range of bits to choose from
Much better than I thought- I actually have one personalised thing for my son!
If youd like me to run a workshop at a time/ date and venue to suit you and your mamas pals (NCT group or otherwise) then get in touch. The great thing is that they work out almost the same price as my public workshops. Choose from Baby Casts and Prints, Crochet Bootie making, Baby Photography, Toy and Finger puppet making... the list is long. Check out my website for more info

2 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Following last nights post about advent calendars, here is one for the parents :)*ADVENT CRAFT PROJECT*

Want a fancy gin advent calendar but can’t afford to shell out over £100? Then why not try my DIY budget version!

All you need is:
1 x empty lager box.
1 x sharpie.
2 x litres of gin.

Just cross the days off, drink as much as you like/need and replenish as necessary - jobs a good’un. You’re welcome.
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Following last nights post about advent calendars, here is one for the parents :)

2 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Beauties, let's talk Advent. Only days away now. What are you putting in your small's advent calendar this year? Are you making or are you buying? Let's all share our ideas. Man Beast and I made some 'word stones' for 4 year old Tiny Creature to help her learn her first words (she is learning in capitals) Word on one side, picture on the other side. I have a particular fondness of the 'zip' rock! As for Mini Creature (19m), she will get a raisin!

In previous years, we have made hair clips with tiny crochet motifs stuck to them. Here is the link to the make along.
Crochet Hair Clips Make-Along

We've also done small steiner 'dolls'. Here is the link to the make along.
Steiner mini 'dolls' Make -Along

For the first year we made a bulk load of pom poms and when TC had unwrapped them all I made them into a scarf.
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Beauties, lets talk Advent. Only days away now. What are you putting in your smalls advent calendar this year? Are you making or are you buying? Lets all share our ideas. Man Beast and I made some word stones for 4 year old Tiny Creature to help her learn her first words (she is learning in capitals) Word on one side, picture on the other side. I have a particular fondness of the zip rock! As for Mini Creature (19m), she will get a raisin! 

In previous years, we have made hair clips with tiny crochet motifs stuck to them. Here is the link to the make along.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1732274360336200/?active_tab=discussion

Weve also done small steiner dolls. Here is the link to the make along.
https://www.facebook.com/events/924534804268491/

For the first year we made a bulk load of pom poms and when TC had unwrapped them all I made them into a scarf.

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We're making dream catcher/ mobiles. The girls have chosen and decorated a stick each and each day will find ribbon and buttons to tie and thread on. Hasn't involved much makeying on my part but we've only ever had paper door calenders before so I'm pretty excited! You are as always an inspiration, don't know how you do it x

Love the rocks!! What pens did you use??

I copied this idea from a mag. It's Jacobs old baby socks, strung on glittery elastic with tiny pegs. Each one gets a sweet/choc in (which means I get to use up all the little chocs & things collected in the back of the cupboard over the year!) and apart from a bit of tlc it comes out every year without too much work.

We are making a nativity scene with some characters from a bought calendar and doing an act of kindness every day from a calendar Ive made. Things like make a cake for a neighbour, take out the bin for mummy and daddy (that'll be fun!)

I'm decorating all our windows with transparency stars. A different star each day to be found by my toddler. Last year I made advent strings. They included poems,beeswax candles and a stone/plant/animal themed gift. Each to be added to the nature table so in the end there was a complete nativity scene. I needle felted the animals and humans. Lots of work but nice to do.

My plan is to do homemade fuzzy felt, with a felt background board and then winter themed felt shapes in the advent calendar. Haven't started it though, so it might never happen...

I bought books from our local charity shop which we will pass on once read 😊😊

Always make I love it!

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2 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Here we go Beauties...
Would you consider making a heart for another mama spending Mother's Day in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with her little one?
Three years ago our dear Catherine at Bliss Bristol asked us Makey Mamas to make hearts for Mamas on Mother Day. Beyond all expectations we had 285 hearts- ENOUGH FOR EVERY MAMA IN EVERY NICU IN THE SOUTH WEST. In 2016, we did it again, making 1810 hearts- ENOUGH FOR EVERY MAMA IN 77 NICU'S ACROSS THE UK. Then earlier this year, we made over 12,000 hearts- ENOUGH FOR EVERY MAMA IN EVERY NICU IN THE UK 3 TIMES OVER.
Incredible.
So now we are preparing for Mother's Day 2018. If you read my post last week you know that we are doing things a little differently this year so that the campaign can sustain it self long term.

We already have come Community Heart Champions (CHC's) who will be making, labelling, managing and distributing hearts within their regions of the UK.
HOWEVER, we still need hearts sent directly to us to cover other regions.
We are asking that where possible, the hearts are attached to labels. The labelling takes a huge amount of work so please make fewer hearts but label them.

If you'd like to help, here are the details:
1) Make 1, 2 or 50 crochet, knitted or handmade hearts. Just do what you can. Seriously.

2) They can be ANY COLOUR and ANY PATTERN. NO bigger than hand size please. (if you are after a video there is a link to my heart video tutorial below)

3) Please add a 10cm loop OR 2 tails of 20cm each to your hearts. This is how they will be attached the label.

4) If possible, please label your hearts. PM me with your email and when the label template is ready I will email it to you for you to print with instructions on how they could look.

3) Get them to us by 10th Feb 2018:
Mother's Day hearts
C/0 HM Bristol,
Unit 1 Sampson Business park,
Berwick Lane,
Hallen, Bristol, BS10 7RS

Thank you xx
Photo: These are over 12,000 hearts received in 2017

www.facebook.com/makeymamas/videos/vb.227016017501777/358874707649240/?type=2&theater
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Here we go Beauties...
Would you consider making a heart for another mama spending Mothers Day in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with her little one?
Three years ago our dear Catherine at Bliss Bristol asked us Makey Mamas to make hearts for Mamas on Mother Day. Beyond all expectations we had 285 hearts- ENOUGH FOR EVERY MAMA IN EVERY NICU IN THE SOUTH WEST.  In 2016, we did it again, making 1810 hearts- ENOUGH FOR EVERY MAMA IN 77 NICUS ACROSS THE UK. Then earlier this year, we made over 12,000 hearts- ENOUGH FOR EVERY MAMA IN EVERY NICU IN THE UK 3 TIMES OVER.
Incredible.
So now we are preparing for Mothers Day 2018. If you read my post last week you know that we are doing things a little differently this year so that the campaign can sustain it self long term. 

We already have come Community Heart Champions (CHCs) who will be making, labelling, managing and distributing hearts within their regions of the UK.
HOWEVER, we still need hearts sent directly to us to cover other regions.
We are asking that where possible, the hearts are attached to labels. The labelling takes a huge amount of work so please make fewer hearts but label them.

If youd like to help, here are the details:
1) Make 1, 2 or 50 crochet, knitted or handmade hearts. Just do what you can. Seriously.

2) They can be ANY COLOUR and ANY PATTERN. NO bigger than hand size please. (if you are after a video there is a link to my heart video tutorial below)

3) Please add a 10cm loop OR 2 tails of 20cm each to your hearts. This is how they will be attached the label.

4) If possible, please label your hearts. PM me with your email and when the label template is ready I will email it to you for you to print with instructions on how they could look.

3) Get them to us by 10th Feb 2018:
Mothers Day hearts
C/0 HM Bristol, 
Unit 1 Sampson Business park, 
Berwick Lane, 
Hallen, Bristol, BS10 7RS

Thank you xx
Photo: These are over 12,000 hearts received in 2017

https://www.facebook.com/makeymamas/videos/vb.227016017501777/358874707649240/?type=2&theater

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Emma Duncan- here it is :)

This is why I started crocheting, I wanted to be part of this! Xx

How do we know of we have a local chc or to send to you or both? :)

Me and my wonderful premie Paisley were one mummy and baby that recieved these hearts on mothers day this year. Paisley was born at 28 weeks, and was discharged on the Thur after mothers day. I thought these hearts were a lovely gift that Paisley and i will treasure forever, along with the mothers day card that the nurses stamped her footprints in. Paisley is now 10 months old and shes doing fab, thank you so much from the both of us xxx

Are you still needing us to be regional organisers?

Ive started doing them x But not put loop on ....will have to learn lol

Count on me Makey xxx Work in progress Do you still have my details from this year ?

Jo McLoughlin, Gee Gibson Helen Archer xx

Merilyn Siddall another chance to distract yourself from blankets, hats, scarves and gloves!!! 😍😘

Zoe Cartmel, Jen Holder fancy doing some hearts? Doesn't have to be lots. Xx

Emma Moore you crochet don’t you?

Happy to help again will pm you my email for labels x

Hi, have started making hearts with help from my (nearly) 6yo. Will PM my email for labels :)

Janice Norman Nicola Allis

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2 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Today was gorgeous, 2 skincare workshops with lots of smiley women. This is one of the smilers!
I even made a little film about it but FB is being horrid and wont share it. I give up and am having wine. Sigh!
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Today was gorgeous, 2 skincare workshops with lots of smiley women. This is one of the smilers!
I even made a little film about it but FB is being horrid and wont share it. I give up and am having wine. Sigh!

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It was great and such a lovely way to spend a couple of precious child free hours. Thanks!x

Facebook is doing the same for me, won’t post films up🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ love your posts Misty, yay for Makey Mammas 😘

It was great! Thanks again Misty! Xx 😊

2 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Black Friday can go do one.
Here is a recipe from me to you. For me the feeling I get from making my own products will always out weigh any special deals one might get on this ominous day!
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Black Friday can go do one.
Here is a recipe from me to you. For me the feeling I get from making my own products will always out weigh any special deals one might get on this ominous day!

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Well done for putting the safety advice on. I have a child with a pretty extreme reaction to skin contact with lavender oil, which I think developed as a result of following the advice (rather a while ago now) to add lavender oil to the nappy pail when soaking washable nappies. I washed them several times before putting them any where near 2nd child!

Mmm, sounds awesome

Simply amazing! I need to make more of this. I have used it for bad skin on me, minor burns, insect bites, dry skin (and itches associated with it), it's a wonder butter! X

Georgie Riggs

3 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

On Saturday 16 women will make 12 natural skincare products each at 2 workshops. 192 products will fill these bottles and jars. That's a lot! ... See MoreSee Less

On Saturday 16 women will make 12 natural skincare products each at 2 workshops. 192 products will fill these bottles and jars. Thats a lot!

3 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

The way forward...please read to the end...

Beauties, for the last 3 years we have been working with Bliss Bristol to give hand made hearts to mums spending Mother's day in a Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with their tiny babies. In 2015 we aimed for 34 hearts for our local hospital but got enough for every cot in the South West of the UK. The campaign has grown to such an extent that earlier this year we received over 12,000 hearts. Enough for every cot in the whole of the UK 3 times over.
Together Beauties we have started something that is wonderful but it is completely unsustainable in it's current format.
I've never talked about the logistical end of the campaign on my blog as I always wanted to keep the posts positive because essentially it is amazing. Seeing (mostly) women come together from all over the world to offer a little handmade goodness to mums going through a very difficult time is so incredibly moving and I felt privileged to be a part of this. However as much as this campaign made me cry with joy and pride it also made me cry with frustration, sadness and pure exhaustion.

I promised myself and my family I wouldn't do it again in its current format so 2018 is about finding a way so that it can keep going and going and form a life of its own. Rather than all the hearts come to us and us organising distribution and labelling we are hoping this can be done on a more local level through the UK. This is what Catherine and I have come up with after much reflection:

We are seeking *Community Heart Champions* (CHC) to:

Either on your own or with a team of people (maybe a craft group/ church group, etc)
MAKE hearts (crochet, knitted, felted etc)
LABEL hearts (after not labelling the hearts in the first year we realised how important it was for the mums who received them to know where they came from)
ORGANISE the distribution of the hearts (this will involve working directly with local hospitals or with the regional Neo Natal trusts- no mean feat!)
DELIVER the hearts either by post or in person before Mother's Day 2018

We are asking that the CHC will manage the hearts for more than their local hospital, ideally you'd take on a County or a Neo Natal Region. The amount of hearts varies massively for each region so we'd discuss how many hospitals you'd cover within a region.

Please ONLY Comment below if you are interested in being a CHC or tag someone who might be interested.

I will be liaising with the CHC's to try and get hearts to as many NICU's in the UK as possible however if we don't get enough CHC's then we just wont be able to cover all the NICU's and that's ok.

PLEASE NOTE: Makey Mamas will still be asking for heart donations to cover the South West and I will be doing a separate post about that in the next couple of days so keep your eyes peeled if you just want to make hearts rather than be a CHC.

Photo: Cocooned in hearts on the Heart Campaign deadline day!
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The way forward...please read to the end...

Beauties, for the last 3 years we have been working with Bliss Bristol to give hand made hearts to mums spending Mothers day in a Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with their tiny babies. In 2015 we aimed for 34 hearts for our local hospital but got enough for every cot in the South West of the UK. The campaign has grown to such an extent that earlier this year we received over 12,000 hearts. Enough for every cot in the whole of the UK 3 times over. 
Together Beauties we have started something that is wonderful but it is completely unsustainable in its current format.
Ive never talked about the logistical end of the campaign on my blog as I always wanted to keep the posts positive because essentially it is amazing. Seeing (mostly) women come together from all over the world to offer a little handmade goodness to mums going through a very difficult time is so incredibly moving and I felt privileged to be a part of this. However as much as this campaign made me cry with joy and pride it also made me cry with frustration, sadness and pure exhaustion.

I promised myself and my family I wouldnt do it again in its current format so 2018 is about finding a way so that it can keep going and going and form a life of its own. Rather than all the hearts come to us and us organising distribution and labelling we are hoping this can be done on a more local level through the UK. This is what Catherine and I have come up with after much reflection:

We are seeking *Community Heart Champions* (CHC) to:

Either on your own or with a team of people (maybe a craft group/ church group, etc)
MAKE hearts (crochet, knitted, felted etc)
LABEL hearts (after not labelling the hearts in the first year we realised how important it was for the mums who received them to know where they came from)
ORGANISE the distribution of the hearts (this will involve working directly with local hospitals or with the regional Neo Natal trusts- no mean feat!)
DELIVER the hearts either by post or in person before Mothers Day 2018

We are asking that the CHC will manage the hearts for more than their local hospital, ideally youd take on a County or a Neo Natal Region. The amount of hearts varies massively for each region so wed discuss how many hospitals youd cover within a region.

Please ONLY Comment below if you are interested in being a CHC or tag someone who might be interested.   

I will be liaising with the CHCs to try and get hearts to as many NICUs in the UK as possible however if we dont get enough CHCs then we just wont be able to cover all the NICUs and thats ok.

PLEASE NOTE: Makey Mamas will still be asking for heart donations to cover the South West and I will be doing a separate post about that in the next couple of days so keep your eyes peeled if you just want to make hearts rather than be a CHC.

Photo: Cocooned in hearts on the Heart Campaign deadline day!

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THank everyone- i'm just after potential CHC's fot this post

Jan Dormand - would you be up for an area of West Yorkshire too? I've seen Tanya Marshall has already said above that she can do that area too so maybe it won't be needed, but maybe there's a way of splitting the region into two parts??

I am happy to help out with this, can do labelling and distribution. I am in Bristol x

I'm in the southwest and can do whatever is needed just let me know x

I can help with North west (im in Lancashire) xx

You probably have enough CHC for the south west but I'm happy to do anything that needs doing. If you need one I am happy to do it but can't crochet 🙈 but can do all the other parts now my daughter is at school! X

Hi, I can be a CHC for Scottish Highlands but our hospital isn't NICU. Its a SCBU so may not be part of the programme? xx

Jan & Jordan (Clare) - do you think this is something Cheltenham Stake Relief Society and Young Women could assist with?

I'd be interested in helping , I live in Cumbria so we have two local units I believe x

I am interested in helping with a CHC.I am in Plymouth. x

I can make and label, I’m in Worcester x

I can def make the hearts and label them if you show me how to ? Xxx

I’m interested in helping in Hertfordshire ❤️

Wow! Such a lovely photo! I would love to help! I live in West Sussex xx

❤You know you can definately count me in for Cheshire and Merseyside! 💚

Claire Ives Tea Lucy Lucy McLeod Francesca Jo Cooper are you guys interested at all or know anyone who might be in your regions? This I so great and Misty is wonderful. You'd all be awesome if life allows x

I can help in my area Misty. Happy to do Newcastle/Northumbria xx

Hello, I'm in Cardiff. I'd like to help.

Sensible decision xx

Hi. I would do West Yorkshire area x

Can do Swindon xx

You’re so lovely. X

Ally Rosser

I am based in SE wales and can be a CHC ❤️

A lot of neonatal units have their own charities attached-those would be a good place to begin approaching people to be involved as I know at St George's, the first touch charity arranges all the gifts etc that get given to babies and have contacts for the knitted things we already receive. BTW, I was working at the John Radcliffe nnu last mother's day and helped distribute hearts and cards on the night shift before. They were beautiful, thank you everyone involved xx

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3 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Beauties, this morning I went to an exhibition at Paintworks in Bristol by Carol Peace Sculptor. As soon as I stepped through the door I was taken by her bronze sculptural work, especially the pieces touching on motherhood/ parenthood. They are so textured that I wanted to stroke them - she said it was ok I promise :) . Mini Creature stared and circled the pieces whilst I was in awe. Carol herself was present and she was really generous with her time- getting a chat with the artist and hearing their perspective on their work really connects me to what they are doing.
Really, really recommended. It's only on until this Sunday. Make time for it Beauties.

Here is a little taster of one of the pieces I loved the most...

'Family3'
'Is about parenting. I saw a cormorant dive in the muddy deep river outside the studio, he was gone for some time, but his ripples kept multiplying.
It is about how two people can influence an ever increasing circle that gets bigger and bigger, long after you have dived into the water'
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Beauties, this morning I went to an exhibition at Paintworks in Bristol by Carol Peace Sculptor. As soon as I stepped through the door I was taken by her bronze sculptural work, especially the pieces touching on motherhood/ parenthood. They are so textured that I wanted to stroke them - she said it was ok I promise :) . Mini Creature stared and circled the pieces whilst I was in awe. Carol herself was present and she was really generous with her time- getting a chat with the artist and hearing their perspective on their work really connects me to what they are doing.
Really, really recommended. Its only on until this Sunday. Make time for it Beauties. 

Here is a little taster of one of the pieces I loved the most... 

Family3
Is about parenting. I saw a cormorant dive in the muddy deep river outside the studio, he was gone for some time, but his ripples kept multiplying.
It is about how two people can influence an ever increasing circle that gets bigger and bigger, long after you have dived into the water

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Fantastic. Would love to go to this... Jess Greenwood fancy stopping in today?

That's just beautiful xxxx

4 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Interestingly Makey Mamas has been nominated for an award...
*Social Care Awards 2018*
After some searching to make sure it's not a scam (it's not), I'm really unsure whether to accept or decline the nomination. It kind of feels a bit wrong. I'm not sure I can say why, it feels like I'm seeking some sort of gratification. It is also run by an organisation called "Global health and Pharma". Hmmmm!
On the otherhand , who doesn't like feeling like what they are doing is right?!

What do you Beauties think? Let me know in the comments. I'll take your lead.
I'll also post a link to the website below.

This is what they say on their website amongst other things...

"The 2018 Social Care Awards have been designed to give recognition to the individuals, teams and companies who show the highest levels of innovation, compassion and courage in one of the most important, yet challenging industries. Supporting those who need extra care or support, practical or emotional, to lead an active life and do the things many of us take for granted."
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Interestingly Makey Mamas has been nominated for an award... 
*Social Care Awards 2018*
After some searching to make sure its not a scam (its not), Im really unsure whether to accept or decline the nomination. It kind of feels a bit wrong. Im not sure I can say why, it feels like Im seeking some sort of gratification.  It is also run by an organisation called Global health and Pharma.  Hmmmm!
On the otherhand , who doesnt like feeling like what they are doing is right?!

What do you Beauties think? Let me know in the comments. Ill take your lead.
Ill also post a link to the website below.

This is what they say on their website amongst other things...

The 2018 Social Care Awards have been designed to give recognition to the individuals, teams and companies who show the highest levels of innovation, compassion and courage in one of the most important, yet challenging industries. Supporting those who need extra care or support, practical or emotional, to lead an active life and do the things many of us take for granted.

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Thanks all for your input- veyr useful. I have got in touch with them and asked more questions. So far so reply. I'll let you know

This isn't a pharma company it appears to be an information platform to allow people to access information and help them complete CPD modules (basically continued studies for healthcare professionals) I agree it's a bit of a strange fit for what you business is about. It's not beyond the realms of possibility as the industry as a whole does now spend more money on supporting learning than traditional advertising due to regulations being highly restrictive, so it may be that whoever supports GHP is improving their brand image through education. If it were me I'd ask for further information to make sure they truly understand your business and if so, take it! What you do is brilliant and it would be great if that was formally recognised xx

Having a quick look at their website it seems a world away from the work you do. Did someone nominate you? It's a weird fit...what is your gut reaction? Reminds me a bit of when we turned down the park funding......

I wouldn't worry about the seeking gratification thing. If someone offers fill your cup with the praise then take it - I would! But if your gut says no for a different reason then always follow that!

I suppose it depends on what the 'pharma' part means and how that sits with you. Realistically that's not for anyone else to say, at the end of the day you are the only person who can justify things to yourself (or not) Example: I boycott Nestle but I wouldn't refuse a gift from someone else who'd bought me Nestle as to my mind, how others spend their money is up to them. If they ask, I will tell them. (Sorry about length)

I think it's really great that a 'pharma' organisation is recognising and valuing what you do/have done. I feel quite cynical about our health services as, as a society, we are quicker to treat symptoms than to look at the causes. Thankfully this seems to be changing and I actually think it is important that you accept the nomination. It values treating the whole person, inside and out x

Of its not going to cost you anything then accept it you work darn hard and deserve a well earned pat on the back.

Well you deserve awards! But this does feel like an odd fit! They have some previous awards here www.ghp-news.com/2017-social-care-awards and maybe scientists need some Makey love, Bryonly's advice is good. X

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4 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

Now this is something worth knowing...
Milk & Honey Bakes have launched
*The Brownie & Baby Gift Box*
When Hannah first starting doing her *Brownies in the Post* service I actually thought my life was complete but now she has upped the game by including some makeyness in the form of a tactile teether as well.
I literally can't think of a better present to give a new family!
Just saying :)
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Now this is something worth knowing...
Milk & Honey Bakes have launched 
*The Brownie & Baby Gift Box*
When Hannah first starting doing her *Brownies in the Post* service I actually thought my life was complete but now she has upped the game by including some makeyness in the form of a tactile teether as well.
I literally cant think of a better present to give a new family!
Just saying :)

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Thank you so much for sharing, lovely Misty 😘

I’ve ordered myself one for my birthday 😀!!

Yes!

4 weeks ago

Makey Mamas

This weekend Man Beast and I had no small creatures. We did fancy grown up things like go to a Vivaldi and Bach orchestral performance inside Wells Catherdral. I learnt some things that I thought I'd share so you don't humiliate yourself like I did when you have your childfree nights and pretend to be grown up...
1. Don't clap unless other people clap. I clapped during the wrong bit (there was an awkward silence, I thought!).
2. Don't be shocked and gasp when the choir burst into song. I literally jumped (in a sit down kind of way) and squealed (in a minimal way) so that the people immediately around me turned to see what was happening as I was so genuinely surprised. It was truly an amazing noise. I just didn't expect it at that moment!
3. Don't run to the bar too fast. People will stare. A LOT.
4. Wear more clothes. I celebrated the fact that I didn't have to wear breastfeeding attire by wearing my version of a slinky dress. It was not appropriate. Cathedrals are cold places. I did some leg movements to keep warm. People stared some more.
It was a good night but I learnt life lessons! :)
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This weekend Man Beast and I had no small creatures. We did fancy grown up things like go to a Vivaldi and Bach orchestral performance inside Wells Catherdral. I learnt some things that I thought Id share so you dont humiliate yourself like I did when you have your childfree nights and pretend to be grown up...
1. Dont clap unless other people clap. I clapped during the wrong bit (there was an awkward silence, I thought!).
2. Dont be shocked and gasp when the choir burst into song. I literally jumped (in a sit down kind of way) and squealed (in a minimal way) so that the people immediately around me turned to see what was happening as I was so genuinely surprised. It was truly an amazing noise. I just didnt expect it at that moment!
3. Dont run to the bar too fast. People will stare. A LOT. 
4. Wear more clothes. I celebrated the fact that I didnt have to wear breastfeeding attire by wearing my version of a slinky dress. It was not appropriate. Cathedrals are cold places. I did some leg movements to keep warm. People stared some more.
It was a good night but I learnt life lessons! :)

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It’s all about layers in churches and cathedrals 🙂 glad you had a good time.

I’m child free and pretending to be young tomorrow night - gig in Cardiff, will feel old I think!

This really made me laugh! Thanks for sharing. Xx 😂

Glad you enjoyed your grown up time! 😊

1 month ago

Makey Mamas

The very concisely named 'Christmas Skincare gift packs' workshop is full BUT I've had requests to run it again on the same day. I need a minimum of 4 peeps, maximum of 8 to make this happen.
You make 12 natural skincare products. It's fast, fun and smelly and you have all your stocking fillers done!
Who wants in? Comment below if you want details of when, why, how and where :)

These are some examples of what people made last time I ran it...
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The very concisely named Christmas Skincare gift packs workshop is full BUT Ive had requests to run it again on the same day. I need a minimum of 4 peeps, maximum of 8 to make this happen. 
You make 12 natural skincare products. Its fast, fun and smelly and you have all your stocking fillers done! 
Who wants in? Comment below if you want details of when, why, how and where :)

These are some examples of what people made last time I ran it...

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What’s the date and time and how much please?

I work on Saturday afternoons - but if you do another time/date I'd be in!

I would be interested depending on timing!

Yes please, OMG might I finially make it to one of your workshops! X

I'd be interested too, be good to know costs etc x

Interested depending on location X

I'm interested potentially ... where is it happening ? X

Me too misty!! Xx

Yes please 😊

I'd be interested

I’d be interested too. Xx

I’m interested please! 😊

Interested :)

Interested x

Hannah King Susannah Lawrence Clemmie Ridings!? Shall we get a gang!?

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