Come to the wonderful Christmas Concert in Southampton on the 12th…..

12th December, I’ll be hosting the very special, annual Christmas Carol Concert in aid of Southampton Seafarers Mission. It’s held in the Ocean Terminal (Dock Gate 4) and was just wonderful last year. The Southampton Youth Brass Band will be playing, the Voxpop Choir singing. There will be some lovely readings. I couldn’t go without a cushion! I’ll be there before the start at 7.00pm to sell as many as possible!

From now until 19th December, the Solent MS Therapy Group in Portsmouth have a raffle with a cushion lurking. You’re welcome to pop in for a chat and buy a raffle ticket. They’re at Bradbury House, 56 Hewett Road, North End, PO2 0QP – they’re a great team who would love to see you.

Bauble Cushion Events coming up!

It’s a busy weekend for festive cushions!


30th November, the Old Parsonage in Otterbourne have their Christmas Fair between 2.00 and 4.00 pm. Lots of great gift ideas, and a festive cushion! They have a special place in my heart for the wonderful end of life care they gave my Dad in September.

30th November, at the Autumn Frost Fair at St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth, opening at 10.00 – I’ll be there at the opening, bringing the cushion – and hopefully there when it’s auctioned!

1st December, the Isle of Wight Asthma Swim Group have their Christmas Lunch at Lugley’s Restaurant, Newport. It’s a members only event but if you’re going, you will find a cushion (its not a festive one, they’ve had it a while, but I promise it’s pretty!), lurking in the raffle.

1st December, the Elizabeth Foundation who do extraordinary work with profoundly deaf babies and toddlers in Portsmouth have their Christmas Fair from 1.00pm and of course there’s a festive cushion there, too! They’re on the QA campus – if you go in from Southwick Hill Road and turn left, go straight down the road, left at the end and their warm and friendly facility is on the right.

3rd December, Tools for Self Reliance have a Christmas Afternoon Tea at their base on Ringwood Road, Netley Marsh (just off the A326, Totton Western By Pass). I didn’t know they’d use it a Christmas event so again, it’s not a festive one, but I hope you’ll like it! Find out more at

Festive cushion delivery this week!


I’ve gone a bit overboard with this design, I think it’s so beautiful. I bought it from the Secrets of Embroidery website some time ago. It’s one of the “Kreations by Kara”. It struck me today she probably has her own website, and she does. It’s worth a peek, she has some wonderful designs, and not just for Christmas!

The velvet is from a skirt that must be 36 years old! Hoarder? Me?! I managed to cut eight cushions out. One went wonky because I didn’t stabilise it enough, one I had tried a different design on. Reindeers. It’s lovely, but a smaller design so I put a stylised dove in two corners. One is, um, the wrong way round! If you see reindeers and crazy patchwork soon, you’ll know why!

I’ve made a few this weekend, so one is off to the Solent MS Therapy Centre in Portsmouth. They’ve been selling tickets for a while and have their grand draw on 19th December.

The Old Parsonage in Otterbourne have their Christmas Fair on Saturday. They’re not expecting it, but I shall pop one in tomorrow. They were so wonderful to my Dad. He spent the last two weeks of his life there in September and I shall always be grateful to them.

St Peters Church in Bournemouth also have their Frost Fair next weekend.

Elizabeth House in Portsmouth who do the most extraordinary work with little ones with severe hearing problems are due a cushion, if they would like a bauble, one is on it’s way!

Oh, and the Scouts should be having an event at the weekend, too. Wonder if they’d like a bauble! Off to check!

A little over excited!

One hot summers day, I dropped a cushion off in Highcliffe, Dorset, to Pat for the local Dementia Support Group. She sent a comment to the website today. She’s been taking it and raffle tickets to various events since October, and has so far raised £302! One more group to go, so I can’t add it to the total yet, but it does mean it’s now over £5,000!

To everyone who has asked for a cushion and worked so hard to raise money for their charities, a huge thank you!


A Cushion for Juvenile Diabetes UK on Friday 22nd November

22nd November, Carol Stansfield is having a coffee morning at home in Bartley, Southampton (near the Cadnam Garden Centre), making money for Diabetes UK & the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There’s a cushion in the raffle (of course!), refreshements, crafts, bric a brac, presents and toys. If you know Carol, pop along and support her – you can call her on 023 80813067 for more details.

The picture doesn’t really do it justice – the gold thread on the heart sparkles more – but here it is!


Cushions are lurking at special events on 15th & 16th November


15th November, Smile4Wessex will have a cushion at their Gala Dinner in Netley. Formally Smile4Rich, the group supports the Wessex Neurological Centre. Find out more about the event at


16th November, Pat in Eastleigh is having a special coffee and craft morning for friends and neighbours to raise money for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice. If you’re going, keep an eye out for the cushion and please, please buy a ticket!


16th November, the British Red Cross have a Ball at the Concorde Club, Eastleigh, including an auction – and yes, of course, there will be a cushion waiting for your bid! Details and tickets at <a

There’s a cushion in Bournemouth on 6th November!

Peter and I dropped a cushion off with Lyn Gutteridge for her to take to the Carrington House Hotel for the Inner Wheel’s very special lunch with a speaker from Tools for Self Reliance (based in Netley Marsh) who do extraordinary work throughout the world sending tools to charities, and creating opportunities in this country for folk to recondition tools and work in a variety of ways with them, too. The cushion is in the raffle that will help provide Tools for Self Reliance with some all important funds. Please buy a ticket or two if you’re there!

Tools for Self Reliance also have a cushion to raffle at their Christmas tea. Here’s Lyn with the one that will be in Bournemouth on the 6th!


We had a great Dog Walk for Pudsey!

The BBC Radio Solent dog walk through the Forest was a great success - Lil came with her puppy husky (sigh!) and also made a generous bid for this cushion in the auction.  I raffled one as well, adding £70 to the Pudsey pot!

The BBC Radio Solent dog walk through the Forest was a greart success – Lil came with her puppy husky (sigh!) and also made a generous bid for this cushion in the auction. I raffled one as well, adding £70 to the Pudsey pot!

This weekend’s Cushions (2nd & 3rd November)!

2nd November, 2013. 10.00am. I’ll be opening The Christmas Fayre at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble, where a cushion will be auctioned for the Rose Road Association. Their Christmas Fayre is hugely pouplar – 35 stands of potential Christmas presents! More details at

2nd November, there’s a Halloween Party at the Boscombe Conservative Club in aid of the Fibromyalgia Support Group. Tickets are £3.00 for Non members, free for members. They have a FABULOUS raffle! Please go along, have a great evening, and buy lots of tickets! Call Kim on 01202 252875 for details.

3rd November, I’ll be with Katie Martin and the BBC Radio Solent Team in the New Forest for the “Paws for Pudsey” walk. Bring your pooch and join us for a walk around the New Forest. There are two different circuits, for just a small fee (£5.00 per dog for Children In Need) and I’ll be there with a cushion! Details at

You can register at 0345 30 30 961 or