'Spring is coming, Spring is coming, mama batiks an egg, Lay together leaves and feathers, each one looks likes berries and leather. Spring is coming, spring is coming...' Misty Makey Mama, Poet in Making
Today I reached the pinnacle of motherhood. I batiked eggs for TC's Kindy Easter fayre. My mothering is now done. :)
Oh this so reminds me of Easter as a child - my mum is Polish so we'd always decorate eggs and take them to the Polish church for blessing. Now my kids get to join in too. Reckon we'll have to do a few of these traditional styles this year :-) what did you use for the dark blue/green colour? X
Beauties, meet David the Gnomie. Tiny Creature made David after a failed woodworking adventure we had together. Basically she wanted to make a Gnomie snow sledge our of a chunk of wood we'd found the day previously but it all went wrong. The wood split, 20m old Mini Creature was in the way, the nails were irritating and I couldn't stop my potty mouth from shouting expletives! TIny Creature was amazing and said "it's all ok mama, I'll make it another time". She then proceeded to pick up a twig from the floor, and a scrap of sandpaper and sat for half an hr sanding David the Gnomies face. She sewed the hat, gave him a beard and drew his face. This was 95% her. I was so frickin proud of my daughter. ... See MoreSee Less
Right then Beauties. I'm off. 5 days in Morocco, minus small people but with big bulging breastfeeding boobs! Oh dear. Breast pads packed. Oh and did you see I booked in a load more workshops for April- June?!
I'll leave you with this lovely message of thanks that came in for the hearts...
“I'm currently in Bath RUH NICU. My son has been here for 8 weeks and I was dreading Mother's day as it was my first. Your little heart brought a huge smile to my face and made me feel a bit better about spending it in the unit so I just wanted to say thank you much.” ... See MoreSee Less
Today marks the 9th day of giving thanks to our phenomenal CHC's. I saved these 2 women to now because they are 1 women CHC armies. Seriously these women have some serious determination and stamina and I'm very proud to be working together with them. Liz was our first ever CHC. Last year she took on 2 of the Neo Natal Network areas on her own (that is 17 units!), leading her team of helpers to make, label and personally deliver actually on Mother's day. She did it again this year. Put her head down and made her magic happen. Charlotte was new to us this year but previously had contributed hearts. She took on a HUGE area with great gusto and has been so supportive to everyone involved. Women like Charlotte just know how to work as team. She also takes great photos (If you know me then you know I feel strongly about my heart photos so this made me happy!)
Our CHC's for Cheshire and Merseyside , Greater Manchester and North West Lancashire are: Liz Charlotte
“After being involved crocheting hearts and sending them in last year i wanted to do more and help locally after seeing the struggle for so many of us willing but unable with the labelling events being so far away. I am 46 yr old mum to 25 year old and 13 yr old daughters, a proud Aunty and great Aunt. One little special bundle of great niece came into our lives way too early weighing 2lb 5 and thanks to the amazing team of Lancaster NICU and the strength and love of her two wonderful mummies, Winter-Rain is now a very healthy (and spoilt) one year old. I saw the hearts for mothers day 2018 post, and instantly knew i wanted to be a part of it! really is as simple as that.” Charlotte
“This is a beautiful campaign, made with love to make someone in pain smile. I first got involved in the project when I was off after kidney surgery, my body was broken but mind well awake! I'd made hat's for the homeless and blankets were taking too long, I saw Mistys post on Makey mama's & messaged her to see if I could help, my son having spent a night in NICU being 5 weeks premature, he's 14 now by the way & towers over Me!” Liz ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for this it's lovely! 😊brought a tear to my eyes!
Well done to everyone involved and here's to 2019!
But don't forget to keep the momentum going now with baby items too, your amazing volunteers have made for you they will want to keep going and don't forget to say thank you! ❤
ditto Liz! me too.. such lovely words thank you xxx
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Beauties. I sincerely hope that you are being loved and looked after. I'm feeling so emotional as I contemplate once again that our amazing team of makers and CHC's have crafted almost 8000 hearts and today they were delivered to EVERY SINGLE MOTHER in EVERY SINGLE NICU IN THE UK. From Truro in Cornwall to Raigmore in Scotland to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Wales to Belfast in Northern Ireland. We covered them all. I can only hope that the hearts let the Mothers know that others outside of their friends and family are thinking of them and sending love whilst their babies are in Intensive Care.
Tonight I especially want to give a massive load of gratitude to TinyLife in Northern Ireland. They support families who have experienced the birth of a premature, ill or disabled baby or babies. They are CHC's with some serious hardcore POW factor and then some :) They have been involved in this campaign for the last 2 years and they see to it that NI women are making hearts for mamas in NI NICU's. If there was ever a time to make a donation to this amazing charity it is tonight: tinylife.org.uk/fundraising_donations/making_a_donation
Messages have been flying in from all over the country from mamas who've received a heart and want to say a thanks to you all. Here is one of them:
“I remember you organising the hearts last year and the build up this year. I had no idea that I would be the recipient of one seven weeks after my son was born - every day of which has been spent in NICU. The heart is lovely and I will cherish it. Thank you so much and to all your knitters/crocheters!” Kate, Bristol
Photo courtesy of Charlotte F, One of our CHC's I've yet to shower with love x ... See MoreSee Less
This week I've be struck by the phrase, 'When women support other women, amazing things happen'. This feels so relevant to our heart campaign. When doing the campaign last year I spoke to/ messaged literally thousands of women. Quite a few of them remain in my mind because of their personal story, their generosity or their helpfulness. Janferie from Scotland is one of those women so I was thrilled that this year she became a CHC. She because our lead Scottish CHC, heading up our efforts north of the border. She did a sterling job rounding up 2 other wonderful CHCs and when we lost one Janferie stepped up and got the job done. South of the border in the North, I was so happy when my dear old friend of 25 years got in touch and wanted to be a CHC for North England. Because she is a personal friend I got to see her personal efforts in learning to crochet hearts, her weekly crochet circles advertised via FB and her tales of contacting local crafters and asking for support. So much effort goes into this campaign and I have a lot of respect for everyone involved.
So much love and thanks goes to: Janferie Lorraine Debbie Our CHC's for Scotland and North of England
“I first helped last year in making hearts as I've had wee tiny twin babies in SCBU at my local hospital. While the staff of these units are truly incredible, being a new mummy with poorly babies in the dead of night listening to all the beeps, can be an overwhelming and deeply lonely time. Making hearts for a mummy to hold is like offering a hand for her to hold whenever she needs it. My twin boys are 4 now and spent 11 days being wonderfully cared for in SCBU at Raigmore Hospital Inverness. They came home on Christmas eve 2013. I took on the CHC role to help spread the word of this lovely project” Janferie ... See MoreSee Less
I have enjoyed every minute of this campaign. Whilst I am fortunate to have not needed the services of Neo Natal with my wonderful son. I love my craft so much I wanted to be able to help share some love. Thank you for letting me be a part of this. I look forward to many more 💕💕💕
There is just so much love that needs giving so I know you wont be cross with me Beauties when I tell you that it's going to take me 9 days to give all our wonderful CHC's the thanks they deserve instead of the original 7 days I thought. I'm sorry my geography and maths is terrible! Tonight we move to the middle and east of the UK where 3 women have worked so hard to get hearts made, labelled, and distributed to the NICU's across their regions. These areas are huge with over 700 NICU cots. That is 700 more women that will receive hearts this Sunday. With each of these posts I feel so emotional thinking of the love and energy that has gone into this.
Our CHC's for Central & Trent and East of England are: Vanessa Katy Clare
“My daughter Elodie was born at 30 + 6 and spent 3 weeks at the neonatal unit at Leicester Royal infirmary. She's now a beautiful, thoughtful and clever 9 year old. I'd have loved to receive such a thoughtful gift on my first Mother's Day.” Vanessa
“I’ve seen this project grow over the last couple of years and really wanted to get involved. Mainly because I love to crochet, but I also think this is the most beautiful way to reach out to the NICU mums on Mothers Day, show that we are thinking of them and mothers are united.” Clare ... See MoreSee Less
Today is International Women's day and we celebrate how unbelievably amazing and resilient us women are. Our Heart Campaign is such a wonderful example of this. The mamas who receive these hearts are going through so much and have to remain so strong for their little ones. The makers and CHC's know that they can't 'fix their trails but they hope the hearts will lift spirits'. A wise women called Kim said that to me in year 1 of this campaign (we are in year 4). This year Kim is a CHC taking on Southern West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire & Black Country. She is a woman I'm proud to have amongst our team. A woman I've never met but feel so connected to. Thank you Kim.
Meanwhile, Rhia and Sharan took on a whole county. Wales is their home and they were keen to support the mamas who live there. Having never meet they worked furiously to ensure that this Sunday each mama by the beside of their NICU baby will have a little heart to comfort them.
Let's give warm love and thanks to: Rhia Sharan Kim
Our CHC's for Wales, Southern West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire & Black Country
“I'm not a mom, but I am a maker. After learning how to knit a few years ago and seeing the Makey Mamas request for knitted hearts to send to mothers whose babies were in NICU, I felt like this is something I can get involved with and help. A colleague at work has a son that was born several weeks early, and I was moved by his experiences along with his wife's. To be able to lift a heart, even for one day, by letting parents of the babies in NICU know that someone is thinking of them - I thought there wasn't a better way of using a new skill. I have been really moved by the response that others have also given to this project. I hope we can continue to lift the hearts of others through a simple act of love.” Kim ... See MoreSee Less
These following 3 woman are such stars, my CHC's for THAMES VALLEY & WESSEX and SOUTH EAST COAST.
Together they have made 495 hearts delivered to 27 units over the South of the UK. On her own, Jennifer did 252 hearts! These women didn't know each other and yet they have to work together to pull off something epic. On the NICU's needed contacting 6 times to confirm they wanted hearts- they are very busy places so contact with them is no mean feat I tell you.
Let's big up: Chelsea Karen Jennifer
“The reason I got involved was because in 2016, A was born, very abruptly and unexpectedly. She was 25 weeks and 4 days. She was born at St Richards hospital, but got blue lighted to princess Anne, Southampton where she stayed for a few weeks. Then got transferred to QA. This is where I received my mother's day heart. It maent the world! I then looked up Makey Mamas to thank her for the lovely gesture! Three months in a different hospital we eventually made it home! She's now a bouncy 23 month old! “ Chelsea
“I am taking part in this for 2 reasons. The first is that my son was in the SCBU overnight with suspected meningitis (it wasn't thankfully) when he was born. They were wonderful but I can't imagine what it must be like to be in there for mothers day or for a long period of time. My other reason is that when I was lucky enough to have a healthy daughter I said I would find a way to pay it forward and hopefully make someone else smile.” Karen
“I am a mum to 3 babies, the latest only 4 months old. I am incredibly lucky not to have needed intensive care with any of my babies but quite a few of my friends have. It's a scary and sometimes very lonely time for a Mum and to receive a little token from another mama to say they're thinking of you is a lovely gesture - a hug in a heart! I've contributed hearts to the campaign before but wanted to help in another way so being a CHC is perfect!” Jennifer ... See MoreSee Less
Today I have some serious epic love for my LONDON CHC's.
I can't tell you how much effort these women have saved me personally. I am so unbelievably grateful. Only one of the 8 women actually live in London so these awesome woman became CHC's because they felt so strongly about supporting the campaign. An unbelievable 767 hearts are needed to cover all our 26 London NICU's. These are the women who've done it: Anna Donna Kristina Letty Annabella Zara Jo Nicola
“This is my first time being part of Heart Campaign and I’ve been loving it, I started crocheting just over a year ago because I hoped it would help me cope better with the few mental health disorders I suffer one of which is bipolar disorder, I love it! And I’m so honoured to be part of something special like this with such kind amazing people.” Letty
“I became involved as a CHC for this project this year because I wanted to help provide a little bit of extra support to those mums spending Mother's Day in a NICU. Being a mum to a newborn can be hard enough without the added worry of the baby needing that extra medical care. I am lucky to have wonderful friends and family to support me as a mother and this is a gesture to help pay that support forward to those that might need it.” Zara
“I only feel honoured to be helpful in any way for all those mums out there who spend not just Mother's Day but any day in NICU. Hope this does make them smile. Or just warms their hearts a tiny little bit.” Anna ... See MoreSee Less
Next up we are celebrating and giving big makey love to our SOUTH WEST CHC's (scroll to the bottom if you don't know what I'm talking about!)
A whooping 6 epic women shared this part of the UK amongst themselves. A lot of them made hearts for hospitals that their baby was born in. They have bee an incredibly supportive bunch and several of them have stepped in when others have been struggling and offered help!
The south west wonders: Kim Aimee Vicki Sarah Erika Helen
This is what some of them have to say about being involved…
“I am involved in this campaign as I was very ill during my pregnancy with my daughter. My pre eclampsia meant that Lily was born 2 months early weighing 3lb 5oz. I found my time in NICU traumatic and if I can do anything to make other families time less traumatic then I will. Hopefully receiving these hearts will make a NICU parent smile and feel they are not alone.” Sarah
“My reason for helping out is; I think it's a wonderful idea & now I am a Mum myself I realise how essential it is that every Mum with a baby in NICU knows that she is thought of especially on Mother's Day.” Aimee
“I wanted to take part is simply because I'm a Mumma myself and the thought of not being able to hold my baby in my arms makes my heart ache. I have an attachment to RUH having had both my babies there and it something so simple to crochet a heart but could mean the absolute world to a mother, it's the least I can do.” Vicki
“I was inspired to take part in this campaign as a way of showing support to women who are going through so much.” Erika
With less than 1 week until Mother's Day so for the next week I will be introducing you to our 32 CHC's (Community Heart Champions). These women need some serious love. They have worked so hard to ensure that every single mum spending Mother's Day with their baby in a NICU on Sunday 10th March will receive a small token of support, a hand made heart. ... See MoreSee Less
It is 1 week until Mother's Day so for the nest week I will be introducing you to our 32 CHC's (Community Heart Champions). These women need some serious love. They have worked so hard to ensure that every single mum spending Mother's Day with their baby in a NICU next sunday will receive a small token of support, a hand made heart.
First up we have our YORKSHIRE and HUMBER chc's; Sisters, Tanya and Alison and Mother and Daughter combo, Siobhan and Heather. Together they made a whooping 367 hearts to distribute to one of the biggest NICU areas in the Uk. It really made my heart sing was when Siobhan got in touch to volunteer and she doesn't even live in this area. They live in Wales. This is what our YORKSHIRE and HUMBER chc's have to say:
"I'm making the hearts because I think every mother should get something for mother's day. Because life is hard enough for the mums on the neonatal wards and it's nice for them to know some one is thinking of them. I enjoy helping people and hope that even a small smile for these mums is something that I can help with. " Tanya
"Having worked in hospitals for many years, I know how isolating they can feel when you're on your own. It would be reassuring for a Mum to know that somebody out there is thinking about you." Heather, 56
"I'm at the age where my friends have started having babies and it's great seeing how excited they are about reaching each milestone. I'd like to bring a bit of joy to the Mums who might not feel they're getting a typical first Mothers Day." Siobhan, 23 ... See MoreSee Less
I feel like today of all days shows my true dedication to makeyness. I walked for 45mins each way through thick snow with a 65l ruck sack and our bike trailer/ buggy filled to the brim. I was delivering a woodworking workshop for 11 children. 1 of which was my own. We made bird boxes. It was epic and according to Tiny Creature so am I :) Yesssssss! ... See MoreSee Less
This is Sarah's Daughter, Lily. She was once a 3lb 5oz NICU baby. Now she's a mighty girl wearing 100 hearts her mum has made for other Mum's spending Mother's Day in an Intensive Care Unit with their baby. Sarah is a Community Heart Champion (CHC) for Taunton & Somerset NICU and also 2 london NICU's, Queen Elizabeth and Queen's Hospital.
For so many of our CHC's a stay in a NICU is something familiar. Either they were born too early, or their babies were born early, or were sick or they have friends or families babies who've stayed a while in a NICU. Either way It's personal. These women best understand which is why I'm thrilled so many of them are our CHC's, providing hearts to every single NICU in the whole of the UK. Again! ... See MoreSee Less
Today I finished teaching my 6 week 'How to Photograph your baby' course. I'm a sentimental sausage so when I was presented with this Rose plant and a lovely thank you card from an attending family I felt like I might cry with gratitude. I put A LOT of energy, passion and time Into what I do and I'm so thrilled when people genuinely get something great from it. Thank you to anyone who'd attended my workshops or courses and appreciate what I offer. It means a lot. ... See MoreSee Less
Dear Booties, I know that you think that you are cute with your sheepskin lined soles and cosy comfyness BUT you've annoyed me this time round. Your draw wasn't enough to fill my saturday afternoon workshop. But then it was... and you redeemed yourself. Then you let me down again when 2 people cancelled. I know you think it's not your fault but who else's is it?! Sort yourself out and just fill my workshop again! It's less then 48hours away and I still have a space. FFS! Love Misty :) ... See MoreSee Less
Remember our Bootie Trail? 35 pairs of tinee tiny booties strung up around the city, all donated to NICU's after we had fun finding them. It was this Bootie trail that started us on our Hearts for NICU mum's campaign. This is Sian's son as he discovered a pair, so tiny he used his magnifying glass. A true detective! Cute! ... See MoreSee Less
This little one is Winter-Rain. She is helping with quality control on the Hearts for NICU mums on Mother's Day. This is a personal venture for her as she was born at Lancaster NICU 17 months ago weighing little over 2lbs. Winter will be delivering Lancaster's hearts by hand on Mother's Day - all crocheted by her mummy, Sophie. ... See MoreSee Less