Saturday, December 22, 2007

Update on Benji and Banner to share PLEASE!!

Many thanks to the very generous girls who have dontated so far. Not all have left comments but I am sure you will see this banner popping up all over the shabby chic blogland shortly. He really needs all the help you can spare. Here is the latest update from the family.
He is currently in ICU and is expected to stay there for at least another 2 weeks. It costs £1000 per day to stay in ICU not including any medication, surgeries, specialist doctors or other unexpected needs. TLC needs to pay each morning before they will keep him for another day, and also need to pay before they will do surgeries etc. Last night TLC had to pay £2500 before they would admit him, and today they have already dished out about £4000 not including his 4 hour surgery. SO the long and short is that they have cleaned out their bank accounts and desperately NEED more to come in and quickly. Little Bengi's life hangs in the balance here ... Please, please let people know just how serious and literally life saving this money will be.

Please give what you can to help Benji get through this and receive the medical care he needs now. Check out my last post for more details or click here. Make a donation and please if as many of you can spread the word by using this banner on your sites and blogs with a link back to the info page on my website for donations info.
Many thanks to you all and may God bless you richly as you give to Benji and his family. ox Ali

Thursday, December 20, 2007

URGENT plea for Help!!

Benjamin 9 years
This is an urgent and serious blog entry which i really wish I didn't need to write. My best friend Tammy has been working in an orphanage in Johannesburg in the past and is going back to in the coming weeks to assist and give much needed care and love to these little precious children. She was told today that a serious accident has happened involving two of the precious boys from the orphanage who have been adopted by the loving family who run it. Both of the dear boys Tommy and Benjamin were hurt, but Benji is in critical condition with severe burns to his body. He needs your help, prayers and donations if you are able. The orphanage is run completely by donations from around the world. Click here to be taken to their web site TLC for more information about their ministry to the precious orphaned children of South Africa. Here is a photo of Benji and a photo taken yesterday in hospital. Although the family have adpoted Benji, problems with his birth certificate prevented him from being covered by the families medical insurance. So they are in desperate need of assistance. He has been admitted to a private hopsital after a huge deposit was made, and ongoing costs and payment to repay the expenses are now needed. Please if you have it in your heart and are able to help Benji get the ongoing help he needs to survive, please do. Donations can be made to my paypal account at and will be forwarded on as no easy way has been yet set up to receive funds from Australia. I will do a manual deposit into their South African account at a bank when funds are received. Many thanks in advance to the many generous donaters who will lovingly share what they can to help another in such need, especially at this time of the year. Many thanks and please feel free to ask any questions if you have any. I will keep you updated when I am updated. thanks again dear friends, Ali

Benjamin in hospital with severe burns yesterday

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Handmade Cards & Soaps at Miss Ali's

Hello again lovely ones, I know I know, so many posts lately lol. Just thought I would let you know that I have further reduced some of my items on Miss Ali's lol. I keep changing things daily so check back when you can to see. All of my handmade cards are now only $2.50 ea till Dec 31st and the cute mini ones are now only $1.25. Don't miss out at this price they can't last too long. A

lovely selection tied in a ribbon would make the perfect gift. Also my handmade soaps are all reduced too and make a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Guest size are now only $2ea and Full large bars only $4 ea. Don't forget Sale is on Till Dec 31st ONLY. Don't Miss Out. ox talk soon Ali

Introducing The Patchwork Heart, Co

Hello lovely blogging friends. Todays post is a special one as I want to introduce to you a special friend of mine from America. Dear Heather has a lovely website called The Patchwork Heart and you can read her very eloquent and thoughtful blog here too. I first met Heather when she approached me to design her website. We got along famously and have kept in touch over the past year to check how the other was doing. So Heather had a great idea that we do a mutual blog entry on each others blogs to introduce the other to our blogging circles. What a great idea that was. So here it is.

Heather is a wonderful mother of 4 amazing children ages 18, 12, 9 and 6 & creates and designs gorgeous kits to make with the Mother and Daughter in mind. She focuses a lot on daughters and building Godly character and the relationship built between mother and daughter through pursuing worth while goals together. Heather home schools her 3 youngest children and has so for the past 6 years so that is also something that we have in common. As I step into that area next year with my little ones it is so great to know that I will have a friend to talk to and get much needed advice I am sure. Heather is not new to business either and in fact has had her little business for the past 11 years. How she balances her business and her family is another thing I hope to learn from my dear friend. Heather has been happily married to David for 13 years and David also has an online business which he has operated for 7 years now.

Here is a sneak peek at a new product she has created called Soul Seeds. In Heather's delightful words ‘Tucked inside this special seed packet are words of encouragement to affirm your daughter as she walks down the garden path of life. These special cards can be tucked in a letter, left on a pillow, or slid inside a book, to be found later. Plant lovingly in the garden of your daughter’s heart to remind her of your love for her and the quality of her character. Character doesn’t just happen, we need to be seed sowers.’
Heather writes with eloquence and wisdom and I find such pleasure in reading her blog as she muses about life and love. Her faith is strong and her message is clear. I encourage you to visit Heathers delightful website today for a treat. Let her know you stopped by and enjoy your visit with her. Here are some other lovely products Heather offers through her site

Lavender Lovliness

Gingerbread Apron

Prayer Pocket

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Up to 50% OFF Sale at Miss Ali's

Hello lovely ones. Just to let you know that Miss Ali's is having a SALE from now till Dec 31st for all of my wonderful customers. Go check it out and if you have been eyeing something off then now is the time to get it. Lots of little things perfect for a little thoughtful shabby gift for young and old alike. Handmade soaps, childrens gifts, handmade cards, craft supplies etc.

We are all well thanks, and are busy making preparations to begin home schooling next year. I have been doing my training which will equip me with some of the skills i will be needing to allow it to run smoothly. I am enjoying it and look forward very much to what next year will bring.

I hope you are all well and keeping out of mischief. oxo till next time, take care. ox Ali