Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Time for an update......

Hello everyone,
This is a quick update to let all my followers and supporters know what's happening and to fill you all in on my new plans on how i'm going to raise the money.
My original plan was to make everything throughout the year then have a big sales event at the end of the year.I think aiming to raise £1000 in one day is too much of an ask and so I have devised a new plan for raising the money that will incorporate lots of different ways.They are listed below;

  • Home parties- I've had success with home parties in the past and they are a great way of reaching lots of different people.If you live in the Worksop/Bassetlaw area and would like a party please get in touch at I will be offering them throughout the year but Christmas would be a great fundraising time.
  • Events such as craft fairs, school fairs etc.- Another good way of reaching out to more people and getting more people involved.
  • Folksy- I have decided to set up a Folksy shop to enable more people to purchase my products. You will be available to purchase from grandreinventions Folksy store July/August time.I will let you know when it opens.
  • You can donate money to grandreinventions fundraiser at my official fundraising page at

    All these fundraising events will be very challenging for me but I have a wonderful support system, fabulous friends, a brilliant boyfriend, a wonderful mum and a whole host of new supporters.

All monies rasied throughout this fundraiser will be paid into my Justgiving page at the end of every month.That way we can all see on the lovely 'percentage wheel' how far we've come and how far we've got left to go.

Finally, I would just like to say a big thank you to all the people who have donated items for me to revamp.The fabulous companies that have donated are listed in the panel opposite, they are small companies that make beautiful handmade products so why not click and take a peek!

Keep up to date with grandreinventions by becoming a follower of this blog.I will be unveiling the first collection of products soon.......

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Easy Peasy Pencil Pot!

The previous post concentrated on my story and how I came to be doing this fundraiser. This post focuses on the 'good stuff'- the craftiness! This is a small very easy tutorial for.......A pencil pot! I'm still at the collecting stage so it's just a taster of much bigger things to come.

Things you will need:
An old tin
Double sided tape

Sticky tape


Your choice of background paper-I chose ordinary brown kraft paper

Decorative 'bits'- I used Raffia and Jute for a natural look.

  1. The first thing I did was cut my background paper so that it wrapped neatly around the bottom of my tin. The paper was about 1cm above the top of the tin- it is important to leave this as it gives a neat edge when folded in.
  2. I then attached pieces of double sided tape around the bottom of the tin and stuck the background paper as tight to the bottom rim of the tin as possible.
  3. Keep wrapping and sticking until your tin is completely covered with background paper.
  4. The next part is to neatly fold the excess paper over the rim and inside the tin. Stick it down with some sticky tape. You could attach paper or fabric to the inside of the tin if you want a 'posher' look but as mine is just going to hold pencils I left it bare.
  5. Now is the fun part-decorate as you wish! I have just put a length of jute twine and a length of raffia around the middle of my new pencil pot and tied in a bow.
That's it, you now have a lovely new recycled pencil pot!

What do you think?

Thank you for reading this and looking at Grand Reinventions blog. Grand Reinventions is a project aimed at raising £1000 for the National Autistic Society by turning 'old rubbish' into desirable new products. If you enjoyed this post why not sign up and follow my fundraising journey! Katrina x