Wednesday 20 February 2013

Heart-Felt Request

Just before my op, I borrowed this lovely book from the library

mollie-makes- xmas

I fully intended to blog about it – and then completely forgot! It has all sorts of fun projects – knitting, sewing, crochet, papercrafts etc.

mm xmas cottages


mm xmas starsmm xmas stocking

I have never done needle-felting, but I was particularly taken with the lovely little Christmas Village. Felt is so warm, and tactile…


Then yesterday I read a post by Pomona – about Gretel Parker, the talented artist who created this felt project. Although I did not recognise GP’s name, I remember seeing some of the Christmas Decorations she has designed for Gisela Graham [they sell them in the posh shops of Upmarket Bosworth near here]

gretel parker holly-mouse-fairy-giselagretel parker Little-rocking-horses-decor

Since Christmas, Gretel’s life has been turned upside down, and she is experiencing real problems. Only a few weeks after buying their first home together, she suddenly lost her sweetheart, Andy, after 21 years together. She has to face bereavement, funeral costs, a mortgage to pay…and much else besides [and artists don’t earn much, and don’t have a regular income, and she’s not in a position to create much right now]

gretel parker, artist

Gretel’s blog is read by artists and craftspeople round the world- and two of her American followers, Suzanne and Tara have worked out a way to help Gretel. They set up an online charity [here] with the aim of raising a fixed sum in 40 days. They are two thirds of the way through their time – and thus far have just 40% of their total. But as the story is spread, I hope there will be a greater influx of donations.

Just lately I have thought so much about what it means to be “Community” and this is one example of the Virtual Community of Blogland working together to do good.

I am not suggesting that everyone who reads this blog should send some money – giving is a very personal thing, and we all have to decide how and where we share our resources. But if 20% of the people who read this blog pass on the story – through blogs, Twitter,or Facebook – and 20% of their followers reblog or retweet – and 20% of their followers each sent just £2 …they’d probably exceed their total! If you do feel able to help – thank you!

gretel parker Circus-bookends


  1. Thank you for passing this on - you have put it so much better than me! Let's hope we can make one of those tree diagrams of it all, where it just gets bigger and bigger.

    Pomona x

  2. Thank YOU Pomona, for getting the ball rolling in this little corner of Blogland!

  3. Lovely. And it's good to have people we trust encouraging giving.


Always glad to hear from you - thanks for stopping by!
I am blocking anonymous comments now, due to excessive spam!