Saturday, 29 October 2011

Its a good excuse to buy new shoes!

Its that time of year when you need to get out your old shoe boxes and fill them with presents for Operation Christmas Child who then very kindly deliver them for you to children around the world who would otherwise get very little for Christmas. We do this every year and its a really fun way of giving something back but also a good way of discussing the subject of poverty with young children. If you need any other reason to get involved then please check out the photos on the Operation Christmas Child facebook page. If the smiles on the children's faces as they receive their boxes doesn't warm your heart and make you want to send a shoe box then nothing will!

Izzy, Sam and I went round to my friends Laura's house to do ours together. As well as buying things for the box, I also asked the children to choose some of their own unused toys to send.

Laura and Amelia



You can now find out where your box is going if you donate online at the Operation Christmas Child website. You get a little bar code to put in your box and they email you with the destination. A great idea! The website has lots of blog banners and badges which you can use if you want to help publicise the work they do and encourage others to get involved. See here. You can also find Operation Christmas Child on facebook and on twitter

Another 9 gorgeous dresses arrived today for the Pillowcase dress appeal. All little ones which is perfect as I have just found someone visiting a nursery school in India in the New Year so they will be just right! They are both slightly different versions of the the pillowcase dress too which I love.

The first two were from the Domestic Goddesque who has a lovely blog which you can find here. These two dresses were a lovely dark pink.

This one with a pretty ruffle

and this one with a pretty flower trim

The elastic in these dresses runs around the neck line so there are no ties. I am learning so much from receiving all the different dresses.

I also received a lovely parcel of seven dresses from Pat who used a vintage pattern for her pretty dresses. This pattern hasn't been used for around 30 years until now!

The dress were lovely. The fabric was a mix of cream, blue and gold patterns and the dresses all had pretty handmade ties. So sweet!

All beautifully made - another great design to try out.

and did I mention Pat sent seven dresses!!

Huge thanks to both of you. This takes the total to 436 dresses! Also more exciting news from Alison of Peggys Pickles. She has arranged a pillowcase dress decorating party at Drink, Shop and Do in London on 6 December from 6.30pm so if you are in London pop in and say hi!

I also won a fab giveaway this week on the lovely My Love Bumps blog. How exciting. Pop over and say hi! My prize was a gorgeous purse and brooch made by the very talented Pants and Paper. They are absolutely gorgeous.

Another lovely week!


  1. We do the shoe boxes too. The year has gone so quickly, cant believe its that time again.

    Im so pleased you like your purse and brooch:)

    Sam (aka pantsandpaper)

  2. How lovely and what a fabulous idea! I will definitely get the boys to help me make a shoe box or two to send off x

  3. I love the idea of the shoebox gift but, as a non-Christian, I don't feel comfortable with the religious aspect of this. If the gifts were delivered without an agenda I'd be more than happy to participate.

  4. Another really lovely post Louise. It's so lovely to see the smiles on the faces of those that receive their boxes.
    A x

  5. Aaah - go YOU! those shoe boxes are awesome - they will be SO appreciated! so glad you love your prize. THANK YOU for mentioning my blog - *hands over a large glass of lovely wine* Kerry xxx

  6. What a lovely post! My two will be taking part in Operation Christmas Child this year too for the 1st time!

  7. i have a large box full of things for shoe boxes. I'm rubbish a wrapping the things so hand over the stuff and a roll of apaer and let the lady who sorts our boxes do her thing. I don't mind if she makes up boxes or uses the things to top up boxes that are full of love but often lacking in other things.

  8. Love those dresses made from the vintage pattern. I have just been making some knitted items for another blogger to put in her shoe boxes that she does each year. Busy making some more dresses. Hugs Mrs A.

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  10. those lovely dresses arrived today and i cant wait to see all the little girls smiles when they try them on!!
    I think its great what you are doing and im just of to my fb page to try and raise a bit more awareness for you :)


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