Smile & Make: Raising money for brain tumour research

Right now, we are all much too aware of how fragile human life is, and how precious. One of the things that keeps me going, when the news is terrible, and life feels very hard, is remembering the resilience of the human spirit and my certainty that love is stronger than death. This is summed up to me in the brilliant work my fellow Spoder, the fabulously talented Lucy of Smile and Make, is currently doing to raise money for research into brain tumours, in memory of her husband Michael.

This weekend, as part of her money-raising efforts, Lucy is holding an Instagram auction and she has some wonderful things available to bid on. The auction will begin at 6pm tonight and end at 9pm on Sunday, and all the items will be listed at instagram.com/smileandmakesale.

Want a sneak peak of just a very small selection of the goodies?

Fox brooch by Tatty Devine
Fox brooch by Tatty Devine – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. This fantastic fox brooch in a rare colourway is a fabulous shade of orange, with jet black cabochon eyes. Measures 6.5 cm x 5 cm.
Bespoke hand decorated letters by Spotty Daisy
Bespoke hand decorated letters by Spotty Daisy – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. Handmade decorated letters to spell out any name or message up to 6 letters long, perfect for a nursery or bedroom, and can be made for a girl or boy’s name. In your choice of colourway, using a mix of patterned papers and decorations, such as daisies, roses and bows for a girl (as pictured), or boats, hot air balloons, trains, and planes for a boy. Letters measure approx. 10cm high.
Sunflower brooch by Hello Sunshine
Sunflower brooch by Hello Sunshine – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. A jolly sunflower acrylic and wood brooch in a bold and bright design. Laser cut and engraved wood and yellow acrylic, presented on a black plated brooch bar pin, in a branded gift box. Size approx. 45mm x 45mm x 4.5mm.
Little Box of Baby Crochet
Little Box of Baby Crochet – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. Limited edition Little Box of Baby Crochet contains everything you need to make Mama Duck, her little finger puppet duckling and a beautiful garland of Baby Bunting, all in Soft Yellow and Natural yarn. The yarn is hand dyed Baby Alpaca from Eden Cottage Yarns, and the pattern designed by French designer AnisBe. The box includes a 2.5 MM. soft handled hook, the toy stuffing, a sweet handmade baby footprint stitch marker, made by Beth at Korutumi, a gorgeous handmade soap from Jane Maddern of Somerset, which contains natural ingredients and fragrances in a linen pouch and a cup of Pukka Well Woman Tea.

 

Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cushion by Nikki McWilliams
Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cushion by Nikki McWilliams – Opening bid £5, postage £4.95. A cushion inspired by everyone’s favourite wafery treat (and Michael’s extra special favourite). The cushion’s red stripes have been printed onto a beautiful gold-yellow cotton fabric, and then appliqued with it-s ice white cotton “Caramel” diamond. Measuring a generous 21” x 21” in size and backed with a rich red cotton. Fastening with a concealed zip on the reverse, with a removable cushion pad. Made from start to finish in the UK.
Bundle of fabulous art and flair by Samantha Eynon
Bundle of fabulous art and flair by Samantha Eynon – Opening bid £5, postage £1.50. Lovely bundle of illustrated goodies to brighten up your home and your outfits! “Boring People Have Tidy Houses” illustration print on matte paper, “Make Your Own Magic” watercolour print on watercolour paper, “You’re Doing OK” 3” woven patch with iron on backing, and limited edition Space Kitty pin based on an original illustration, 30mm wide with a clutch back and a hard glitter enamel.
Vintage Cathrineholm Style Coffee Pot Brooch by You Make Me Design
Vintage Cathrineholm Style Coffee Pot Brooch by You Make Me Design – Opening bid £5, postage £3.75. A fun statement brooch in the shape of a vintage Cathrineholm-style enamel coffee pot with lotus pattern. Laser cut layered blue acrylic with hand in-filled painted detail. Base layer is transparent. Measures approximately 57mm x 50mm x 6mm. Packaged in a snazzy You Make Me gift box!

Pop round to the Smile and Make blog to see all the other gorgeous loveliness up for auction, and don’t forget to be ready with your bids this evening… here’s the auction IG link again too.

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