Friday, 14 January 2011

Queensland floods

It seems trite to consider blogging about anything as everyday as sewing or gardening when so many Queenslanders are suffering right now from devastating floods this week. There are many photos of the destruction at news sites here and here, and a moving personal account here.
There is sickening news today that one body was found 80 kilometres from where the person disappeared, and that in reality, some of the 50 people still missing may never be found.
There are many stories too of courage and heroism in the face of danger, and of the amazing resilience of the Australian people. This photo gallery is wonderful testament to this. 

Of course the blogging world has swung into action and there are many ways to help:

The lovely girls at Gumtree Designers have launched a wonderful appeal to contribute 'New Beginnings' sewing kits to the many crafters who may have lost all their possessions. You can find all the details here.
Toni at Make it Perfect is coordinating a list of bloggers willing to auction items for donation to the Queensland Government Flood Relief Appeal. The auction will commence on Monday 17th January, and will be open for 1 week, closing on Monday 24th January. Details can be found here.

To those personally affected by this disaster, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope that you are being amply provided and cared for.


  1. I understand the end of last week I was going to post about a new apron I've heart just won't let me this week. Maybe next. This week there is such a heaviness in my heart and I've been glued to the tv and its constant reporting. It is like I want to see Queensland get back to a semblance of normality before I can resume my life and the issues that are less serious.

  2. I know what you mean. I felt silly shopping for school supplies today, when people not far away have lost everything and lots of kids won't even be able to start school until the clean up is over.
    It brings it closer to home when the supermarket has no milk, potatoes, onions and is nearly out of bread and meat.

  3. I read about this on another blog. This is awesome. I always say that alone we can do a little but together we can do a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I thought I would share the callout I have done for Handmade Toys for the children who have lost everything. If you know some friends who would like to make some toys to contribute please send them to


  5. Retro Mummy (Corrie) at is also hosting a "Quilts for Queensland" project to help give some happiness back to those who have lost everything (which may also mean family members, sadly enough). People can donate 12" (finished size) blocks for her to join and quilt (with some help from others), batting, backing, binding, or even finished quilts.


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