Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

Was it all a dream?

May 3, 2009

Well it’s a week since the marathon and I’m still having trouble getting my head around the fact that I did it. It seems so long ago! And not quite real!

It’s been an interesting week. As the aches faded, my friends got bored of looking at the medal and I was forced to eat like a normal person again (or risk re-gaining all the weight I lost), I suffered terribly with the post-marathon blues. I mean, what am I supposed to do with my Sundays now I don’t need to go for a three hour run? Should I carry on running? Should I do some 10ks and half marathons just to keep myself going? What do I have to aim for now? What should my next project be?

I think too much 😉

I have been working hard on my fundraising this week and have just smashed through the halfway mark. I’m at around £2,100 of my £4,000 target so your help is still very much appreciated. I held a charity bucket collection in my hometown yesterday, raising an impressive £222.18, mostly I think down to the fact I had Neil of Running For Rhinos very kindly wearing one of the Save The Rhino official rhinoceros costumes!

Neil in the rhino suit

Neil in the rhino suit

I don’t think anyone had seen anything like it and we did manage to give several old ladies a bit of a shock! My sister also helped me out in the afternoon and while she can’t move her shoulders today, I have sunburned forearms and aching biceps from holding the bucket!

I’ve also been busy making some more trinkets to sell on my Etsy shop. The entire price of these beauties goes to the rhinos… Just need to sell (and make) a couple of hundred of them and I’ll have reached my target!

CMYK Rhino button bracelet

Monet's Waterlilies-inspired Bracelet

Monet's Waterlilies-inspired Bracelet

Button Rainbow Bracelet

Button Rainbow Bracelet

Spring Daffodils and Blue Skies

Spring Daffodils and Blue Skies

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More ways to buy a bracelet and help a rhino!

March 30, 2009

I’ve been busy crafting again! As well as, or instead of, sponsoring me, you can also help the rhinos by buying a bracelet (or pair of earrings, or other craft item). Don’t worry about the price being in dollars! That’s just the currency of the site.

All Natural Rhino

Rainbow cascade earrings

Lemon & Lime-o Rhino

Domino Rhino

Do let me know if you like any of these, or would like a different version, or if there’s anything you’d like to see in the future 🙂

Why and how I’m helping Save The Rhino

March 25, 2009

I thought for those new to my blog it might be good if I reiterate some of the reasons why I’m running the London Marathon for Save The Rhino and some of the ways that I’m trying to raise my (rather large!) target amount.

Basically I chose Save The Rhino as my charity because it covers so many different areas. If you’re an animal lover, there’s obviously the main rhino-saving aspect, as well as the fact that if the rhinos are saved, many of the area’s sub-species are also helped. If you’re a people person, they help educate local communities about sustainable ways of living, building schools, solar panels and water reservoirs. If you’re an eco-warrior, saving the rhino entails saving its habitat so helping to prevent deforestation etc.

You can find out more about my reasons for helping the rhinos here.

I’m aiming to raise the rather large sum of £4,000 in a number of different ways:

  • Good ol’ sponsorship from individuals or companies. Although it seems like a lot of money, if I can get just 126 people (at the time of writing) to sponsor me £1 a mile, I will have reached my target!
  • Bucket collections, the kind where I stand in the street with a bucket and collect change. I have a few of these lined up in the near future.
  • Making and selling crafts on my Etsy shop or in ‘real life’ if you’d like to commission something.
  • I’m hoping to hold some kind of event at some point but can’t decide between a quiz night, barn dance or full blown Safari Summer Ball. I’d love to hold a Safari Ball but am currently struggling to find a suitable venue…

I hope that you have found this post informative, please leave any questions or suggestions in the comments. 🙂

Links Roundup

February 19, 2009

Some useful links for new visitors to my blog!

My JustGiving Page – where you can sponsor me for running the London Marathon in a rhino costume of my own making

My Etsy shop, where I’m selling crafts with 100% of the price going to Save The Rhino, so if you want something back for your money, this is the place to look.

Everyone seems to be Twittering these days. You can catch up with my training and fundraising efforts as well as musings on life, the universe and everything.

Come and join my Becki Saves The Rhinos Facebook group, tell your friends! 🙂

I’ll add more links as I think of them.

Buy a bracelet, help a rhino

February 15, 2009

As part of my fundraising effort I have been making beaded bracelets to sell in my Etsy shop – Becky Button Designs. I get the feeling that in these straitened times, people want something back in return for giving to a charity, so I have donated my time and the materials and will be giving the entire selling price of each bracelet (or other craft item) to Save The Rhino.

I’ve posted some pics below, please let me know which are your favourites or what you’d like to see (the grey-and-colour themes ones will be made in different colours to the pink and orange too).

Ooh Shiny Rhino Bracelet

Ooh Shiny Rhino Bracelet

Tangerine D-rhino

Tangerine D-rhino

Rose-tinted Rhino

Rose-tinted Rhino

Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata

All the bracelets have a little rhino charm on the end of the chain to remind the buyer what they’re helping out by buying the bracelet 🙂

Rhino Charm

Rhino Charm

ColourLovers Rhino Colour Schemes

December 23, 2008

I’ve been looking on ColourLovers for inspiration for my soon-to-be rhino themed crafts that I’m going to sell to help me towards my total. I found these lovely palettes and thought I’d share them with you all!

Let me know which ones you like best or if you have any of your own suggestions.

Rhino

Rhino

Rhinotracheitis

Rhinotracheitis

Rhino in the Sky

Rhino in the Sky