Kia Kaha Christchurch – Fundraising one year on

“The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that severely damaged New Zealand’s second-largest city, killing 185 people in what has been described as one of the nation’s worst peacetime disasters.”   Wikipedia

One Year On

It’s been almost a year since this devastating earthquakes, and things are not back to normal. People are still waiting to have their houses assessed, jobs, homes and possessions are lost, roads still broken, buildings still being found to be unsafe, and of course loved ones are still gone.

In short, there is still a lot of difficulty in people’s daily lives, still a lot of fear, still a lot of pain.

What can you and I do to help?

My wonderful friend Alexia Santamaria is a serial philanthropist, and has set up a website to receive pledges of support for the earthquake appeal fund.

To get the ball rolling, mooandflo has pledged 10% of all profits for sales between 20th and 26th February. Of course, if you buy before that date and want to help, just tell me to postdate the invoice (for my records) and then your early orders will count towards the fundraising too.

Or just go to the feb22 website and make a personal pledge – and if you have a business, why not make a business pledge? Every single bit helps.

Let the people of Canterbury know we all still care, and care a lot.

Make YOUR pledge now xxx


the daftest competition I’ve ever had

I love to have a wee mooandflo competition over on Facebook every now and then, and I try to pick ideas that will be fun and silly and give everyone a giggle along the way.  My favourite until today was one to name the elephant backpack I’d made (the winner, Hugh Hefferlump, totally cracks me up even now).

But today I randomly threw a wee comp out there on the spur of the moment and it simply  said this…

You have the time it takes me to photograph and upload my latest creation to guess what it is. If you guess, it’s yours. If you’re near, there’ll be a consolation prize. Clue – it’s a brand new item that I’ve not sold before at all… GO!


I wasn’t sure whether any of my followers were online, let alone interested in such frippery, but lo and behold, within 2 minutes we had 5 entries, and by 15 minutes we had 30!  And such fun ideas, too – some are even things I have in the pipeline, but not actually the right answer for this particular creation.

Some of the entries that cracked me up were:

  • an apple cosy
  • a Luke Skywalker costume
  • a tea bag purse
  • oven mits
  • a tea cosy

but best of all…

  • a too-hard basket – bahahahahhahaha

Superb!  I’m not sure I know how to make a too-hard basket but I sure manage to put a lot into mine 😉

Luckily for the people entering, my camera’s memory card seemed to have about a billion pictures on it, so it took quite a while to download, and by 25 minutes we had 30 fun entries, two of which were in the ball park with ‘a cuddly’ or ‘a toy’ …

Those two were invited to elaborate, to see if either would get closer, and they came up with “A snuggly blanket type thing like the ones with the heads” and “a rabbit”.

The thing I had made was actually this…

So Rosemary won with her entry of ‘a rabbit’ as, being a creature, it was the nearest entry.

Oh what fun!  It was lovely to announce a winner, and I had to give 2nd prize to Sydney who had suggested the snuggly, as she was also the person who suggested ‘the too hard basket’ which is still making me giggle.

Fun times at mooandflo.

One of *those* days…

This week my Christmas holidays were over and it was back to work at mooandflo, with a wee backlog of orders to tackle and all manner of odd sewing jobs for pals (you know what it’s like… can you just hem me this, would you mind mending this hole, can you whip up some waterproof boat seat covers for me!  Really?!  Anyway I digress…)

Back to work.  Yes.  So I opened up the order book, checked my list, and went to work on three fairly time-consuming but exciting custom orders.

Five hours, two coffee breaks, one tanty and  a few meters of bias binding later I had three lovely garments and was feeling just a wee bit pleased with myself.  Some might say smug.

I posted the pics on my Facebook page and awaited the nice comments I was sure would come.

But you know what pride comes before, don’t you…

I got the white top and went to parcel it up to send out.  I did my wee quality control checking, and as I open the snap poppers on the shoulder… RRRrrrip!

Disaster!  This garment was edged with binding rather than being lined, and being only one thickness and not the usual two, the fabric was just not strong enough for the pulling and ripped straight through.

Not even a nice straight tear, either – oh no, a right-angled one.


Undeterred I contacted the customer to explain what I had done and ask whether she would like me to creatively patch the garment with fabric to match the skirt or just make a new one… and it turns out I’d made the top in the wrong coloured bindings anyway.

I mean, really, at this point I had to laugh.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, an email arrives from one of the other customers… she loved the dress, but I’d made it in navy blue and she had clearly asked for bright blue.  She had.  I don’t know how on earth I’d forgotten!  I even remembered the dress that inspired her to make the order – a bright. blue. dress.

Okay, so that’s another one to remake, and not just remake but to unpick the whole applique and put it on the new dress as it used two fabrics I have no more of.

I should point out that these are both lovely ladies and good customers, and so I had no problem at all sucking it up and was happy to make things right.  However, there were moments that I  had to shake my fist at the heavens and ask if The Gods  thought this was funny.  Three garments and only one of them right.  Am I on some cosmic TV channel, existing only for the amusement of almighty and absolute beings?

But I get the last laugh, because one of those lovely customers promptly said she would take the torn top once it is repaired and for me to make matching trousers – so out of a disaster came a sale.

Take that, you supernatural meanies!  You might be powerful, but mooandflo and our customers have all manner of powers of our own, not least of all big smiles and wide hearts, and they ALWAYS win 🙂

Dianne (Flo)  mooandflo