Cards made for a good cause and often upcycled to respect and care for the environment.
Making greeting cards has been a passion since I was an eight year old girl. I am often addressed as the Queen of recycling in the blogging community because of my love for recycling and upcycling. You can see more of my upcycled cards under the label "partly recycled".
Since the last 15 years, I have raised funds through cards for women's and children's charities in India such as SOS in Mumbai where we donated milk powder for HIV positive mothers. We also supported Salam Balak - a trust for street children.
Funds were raised for natural disaster in Indonesia,The Philippines, Japan, Nepal and children in Combodia (through my older one's service in school).
One of the teachers in Jakarata Intercultural School was supporting a school in CIsarua in Indonesia and we were lucky enough to sell enough cards to raise money to buy stationery for the children in that school.
I have also sold cards to raise money to support an HIV positive rehab home for sex workers in Malaysia. Presently, am going to start supporting a shelter for abused women in Singapore.
I am grateful to the international schools (American School of Mumbai in India, Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia and Eton House International in Jakarta) who encouraged my talent by providing me a platform to sell my cards. The United World College, too has offered me support. Not to forget family, friends and well wishers who have bought my cards.
I was in Indonesia before moving to Singapore in 2014 where I was supporting five Indonesian primary schoolers with their education through the Australia and New Zealand Women's Association in Jakarta. I continued to support two secondary school children in Indonesia until two years ago. Presently, I am on my way to sell cards and donate money to a shelter for abused women in Singapore.
On my to do list is also to hold card making sessions for children and mums.
Beside the above I also run a forum called the United World Sanctuary where in I hold mini retreats for women which includes guided meditation for deep relaxation, talks and workshops on wellness, art and environment. Healthy
lunch is included.
We will be completing the third anniversary of United
World Sanctuary in May, 2019.
I am a big fan of recycled and eco friendly material and often try and make cards with recycled stuff - ofcourse I try and make them look arty!!! In the past, I have had great interest in sewing (no longer as I gave away my sewing machine - miss it so), embroidery, crochet (little bit) and have taken quilling, porcelain flower making, corn dough classes. For the past many years, I have settled in with card making and find it rather relaxing and fulfilling. The encouragement to start blogging came from a very dear friend, Aparna. Through blogging I have met some of the kindest people and talented as well.