Working on the Newsletter
Feb 19th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Sorry that this newsletter has been so long in the making! I know that some of you have been wanting to know when it will be sent out – well today we had a day of crafting just for the newsletter and lots of fun it was!

That still does not mean I know when I will get this newsletter sent – but it is a lot closer than yesterday when all the ideas were just notes of what we will do – now they are made and are spread from one end of the lounge to the other – so that is a lot closer!!

I have a bit more gluing, some photos to take, and then lots of photo editing and writing of steps. I am looking forward to sharing the ideas with you, so I will go and work on it some more right now.

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Feb 23rd, 2011 by Craftylocks

Due to the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, we were off-line for a few days.

We are back on-line and are OK, unlike many others in our beautiful city. We are picking up all the normal parts of our life – we are again making stuff, laughing, dancing to loud music (much easier now we have power) and generally getting on with life. We are also appreciating such wonderful things as a roof, running tap water and being able to have lights on when it gets dark.

Enough on that, on with paper crafts for children.

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Newsletter Subscriber Gift
Jan 9th, 2011 by Craftylocks

My apologies for the hold up to this months newsletter! I have been busy working on a new years gift to my subscribers.

It is almost finished!! I am very excited, and a little nervous about it – I hope all you subscribers will love it and get lots of use from it – you will soon find out. The next Paper Crafts for Children Newsletter is not too far away now. Thank you for your patience!

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After the Earthquake
Sep 5th, 2010 by Craftylocks

A rapid and effective response from the authorities after our huge earthquake.

It felt as though before the initial quake had even stopped, that rescue teams from around New Zealand converged on Christchurch to search the rubble for victims. Fortunately there were none buried but I am glad they did not wait to find out before arriving!

The national radio station was providing a calm and helpful commentary straight after the quake. The national telephone company immediately made all public phones free of charge.

Dairy companies worked with the council and tanked in water for those who have no water supply. Trucks are set up at stations around the town. Port-a-loo’s have been positioned in streets that are not able to use their sewage.

All this is on top of the emergency shelters that were set up straight away for those who have lost their homes. Nurses and doctors with damaged and destroyed houses have still gone to work.

Neighbors are caring for neighbors, as they do everywhere when this sort of thing happens. Other cities around the country have already raised funds to help us with our rebuilding. Apparently the US airforce was ready to come and assist if needed! It is reassuring to know that folk around the world want to help.

Their is so much support at all levels. Skilled people are making making themselves available and organizations stepping in to assist those in need of advise, a roof, food, or just a shoulder to cry on.

Everyone knows what they should do and where to go for help. Dangerous areas have been assessed and cordoned off, and repairs have started within 48 hours of the quake!

The robustness of our building codes and the strengthening of many of our historic buildings has saved many many structures and so many lives. I am relieved at how lucky we are, but oh I wish all the after-shocks would stop!

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Earthquake Shakes Paper Craft Plans
Sep 4th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Yesterday was a very very strange day! The day started with a massive earthquake, 7.1 on the Richter scale – centered very close to Christchurch and very shallow – so lot of damage to the city!

Fortunately very little harm to people – we have come off very lightly. Our house and family were shaken around a lot but no harm to any of us and very little damage to our house. We had no power or water so we cooked breakfast on the wood burner which was fun, and had a picnic in the sun for lunch. Although I already had lots of water stashed away we filled buckets from a well that was overflowing as a result of the pressure from the quake. Sorting all the essentials for the family certainly helped me feel calmer and able to cope with it all.

We are still having heaps of aftershocks, hopefully we will not have the big aftershock they have been predicting! But just in case, all our remaining breakables are on the floor in boxes!

So no new paper crafts for children today, although I have just heard that all the schools will be shut for the next few days so we may need to make some crafts to fill in the days at home!

I hope that any of my readers in the Canterbury region are safe and well, and that any damage is quickly sorted!

Take care,

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Flower Paper Crafts Newsletter
Jul 2nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

newsletter-snapThe next Paper Crafts for Children newsletter will be sent out in the next few days. This issue has a selection of my favorite floral related crafts.

The Paper Crafts for Children newsletter is currently a monthly issue of fun paper crafts based around a theme like flowers, hands, or water. Many of the ideas will be low mess ones that are easy to start and quick to finish. Although making a mess is an important part of arts and crafts with children, sometimes we just need something easy to do.

I try to have ideas that once the children learn what to do, they can repeat them independently – so they will learn skills and create some craft they, and you, will be very proud of. I hope you join me on this crafty adventure with paper.

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