Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Reduce Recycle Reuse

Size 2.5 mm hooks are very slim and I have a son who thinks that bending them is fun @#$%!!

The other day I had an order to make a Fashion Doll set and I really needed my 2.5 mm hook but even thought I taped it together there was no way I could crochet with it.  What to do?

That same day I was reading one of my favourite blogs Isabelle Kessedjian - okay I wasn't reading it, I was just lookng at the photos because its in French, yes I know about Google translate - anyway she had a post about reusing spent plastic pen casing to make crochet hooks easier to hold. 

What a great idea, but an even better one was to use the casing to make my bent hook reusable again.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Whats in a Name?

These are my favourite names.  
I wonder what Isabel and Maribel will pick?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Who are you?

Recently I asked my Likers on Facebook who they were. 
Wow so many great things - thanks for sharing them with me.

Josephine Camisole - $72.50
From Intimo.  Contact Dana Dyer,
Independent Intimo Consultant to order
Set of 4 Bright Bold Polka Dot Coasters - $15
From CityKitten Designs and Etsy Stores

Grace Dress - $30.00
From Brusselsprouts

Flower short sleeve romper - $18.00
From When Sarah met Liz

Pojo the Dinosaur - Handpainted  on canvas - $65.00
From Little Pebbles Designs

Goats Milk and White Clay - $6.00
From Lynnz Atrisan Soaps and Candles

Monday, September 13, 2010

Part 3 - Girl Power

Then one day 3 things happened to Isabel.

1. She found out that Maribel could crochet.  D'ah Guatemala has a long history with the mighty crochet hook - we've all seen those wonderful tapestry crochet bags!

2. Isabel's daughter received many lovely comments about some knitted clothing her newborn baby was wearing.  Many people wanted to know where she had purchased this beautiful items from.


3.  She was cruising Facebook one day and stumbled across her friend Christine's business page on - C Percy Designs.

Funny how it thing always come in 3s.  So Isabel suggested to her maid that maybe she should start her own crochet business, like her friend Christine, so she could earn money and be independent.

{Just between you and me, things in Guatemala are a little different different to here in Australia.  Sure, we all have dreams and for many of us its to find a person to love and start a family.  But women's liberation hasn't happened yet in Guatemala.  In Maribel's village, if she was to move back home and get married she would lose all of her independence.  In Guatemala it appears that men try to control their women by not allowing them to work, making them dependent on them.  Someone like intelligent, hardworking Maribel would be forced to stay home, she potentially would be treated badly, as the poor women are still second class citizens with little or no rights and she would have no choice at all over her life and those of her children.  With money comes independence.  With money and independence comes choice.}

Unfortunately Maribel currently lacks the education, know how and expertise to do this.  To be honest it would be just too difficult for her to even dream of, let alone start.

This got Isabel thinking ...

Why not combine forces with Christine! 
Christine has a similar the business already set up and branded.  Isabel has the education and experience to run a small business, plus she has access to the Guatemalan social class that can afford and have the desire to purchase boutique children's wear.  And lastly Maribel has the skills to make the items to be sold!
Project Independence has been born.  
Together they decided to create a small business using C Percy Design's patterns and business model.  It was agreed that a sister brand to CPD would be created.  Isabel will look after the business side of things in Guatemala and Maribel will be the talent creating the wares to sell.  The majority of profits made would go to Maribel and hopefully enable her to further her education, with the hope that  she will eventually start her own business and maybe in the future help her to help other women in her village.   

And that's where the story ends ... 
actually it hasn't ended its only really just began.
Now all we need is a name?  
Can you help?  We have a logo but no name!
So what's in it for you?  Well the person who suggests the winning name will win an item of their choice from C Percy Designs catalog (to the value of $28 AUD).

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This competition is open world wide and first round ends 20th September 2010.  You can enter as many times as you like.  To make a suggestion either
- Leave your suggestion on the 'Sister Brand Name' board under the Discussion tab on CPD Facebook page -
- Leave a comment on this blog; or
- Email Christine at
Voting on the top 5 suggestions will start on 21st September and will run for 5 days.

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Part 1 - Once there were 3 girls

Part 2 - An Australian, an Austrian and a Guatemalan walk into a bar

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Part 2 - An Australian, an Austrian and a Guatamalan walk into a bar

Isabel and Christine met in the winter of 1998 in the most amazing city on earth - New York.
New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothin' you can't do
Now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let's hear it for New York, New York,
New York
"Empire State Of Mind"Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
Both cute, young, slim, foreign and living it up in the way only ex-pats can, these two young women became friends.  Exploits happened.  Fun was had.  Hearts were broken.  And friendships were forged.

At the end of 1998 the two parted company, their time in NYC had come to a close and life was taking them on their own individual journey towards love and eventually motherhood.

{As I write this blog I look up at an etching I have of NYC.  I bought this near Times Square one sunny Saturday in July after going to the Met.  It's the view from the Empire State Building looking downtown; the Twin Towers and the World Financial Center buildings are standing tall in the distance, you can even make out the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Lady Liberty}

These two friends lose contact for a few years, but like many people, reconnected via Facebook.  By this time both girls were now women.  Christine had married and started her family.  Being the type of person who can't sit still, Christine in 2009 started her own little business, C Percy Designs, based around her love of crochet, a love she had kept secret for many years but now in her 'stay-at-home' years had turned her a hobby into a hobby that pays for itself.

Isabel on the other hand had just met the man of her dreams, moved to South America and would soon be having her first child.

One day Isabel sent Christine a message via Facebook with an idea ...

End of Part 2.

Click here to read Part 1

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Part 1 - Once there were 3 girls

There was a lady named Isabel, who had traveled the world and ended up settling down with the man of her dreams and the cutest baby on earth (she may be a little biased) in Guatemala.

Isabel loves living in Guatemala.  She loves the sights, the sounds, the history, the very feel of the country. It is this love that compels her to do more for its people.  And that's where this story begins.
Guatemala  is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast. Its area is 108,890 km² (42,043 mi²) with an estimated population of 13,276,517.(Wikipedia)
According to the CIA World Factbook, Guatemala's GDP (PPP) per capita is US$5,000; however, this developing country still faces many social problems and is among the 10 poorest countries in Latin America.[34] The distribution of income remains highly unequal with more than half of the population below the national poverty line[35] and just over 400,000 (3.2%) unemployed. The CIA World Fact Book considers 56.2% of the population of Guatemala to be living in poverty.[36]  (Wikipedia)

Isabel has a maid - now, that isn't unusual in Guatemala.  The maid's name is Maribel.

Maribel comes from a poor, remote village  in Guatemala . It takes her 4 hours to get to work.  Part of this journey is a 1 hour walk down the mountain to get to the bus stop.  During the week (Monday to Saturday) she stays in the city at her employer's home.

One day, not so long ago, Isabel decided to teach Maribel English, so the maid could be better prepared for the future.  Very quickly she realised that her maid was intelligent and a fast learner.  The maid grasped English with ease, which got her boss thinking.
How can I make Maribel's life easier? 
What can I do for her?
Maribel can crochet.  She, like me, loves the wonderment of creating objects with yarn and a hook.  My type of gal!  This is where it starts to get interesting.

End of Part 1