Art, crafts and immunisations

After having a baby I’ve been utterly shocked to find I haven’t suddenly developed a new skill for craft activities.

Despite my best efforts to learn to knit, sew and make beautifully arty creations out of an old slipper and a rusty nail, I’m constantly indignant at my lack of crafting ability. Yes it’s fair to say, I’m rubbish at making things.

Take this homemade peg bag as proof:

Yes, I did try to “embroider” the word “peg” onto it. And yes, I did give up before I got to the S:

So I’m pleased to see that my fabulously talented (competitive mum, me?) soon-to-be 11 month old daughter hasn’t inherited my total lack of crafty skills. Here is her self portrait, as painted onto a mug:

Clever girl.

But I didn’t just take Frog pottery painting this morning to prove she’s clearly the most talented baby on the planet. There was actually a serious undertone to the whole experience.

You see, there’s this campaign doing the rounds of the blogosphere at the moment. It’s all down to  Save the Children, as they attempt to put pressure on world leaders ahead of the Global Immunisation Summit on 13th June. The charity wants those attending the summit to increase funding for immunisation. In the words of Save the Children, this is why:

“No child is born to die, but 8 million children under five die every year from illnesses we know how to treat or prevent, such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. In the 21st century, this is utterly wrong.”

It’s no secret that I’ve become a gibbering wreck since having a baby and fall into a sobbing heap at the slightest glimpse of anything sad. But this figure isn’t just sad – it’s devastating. If you want to do something about it,  sign the online petition set up by Save the Children.

Now, to raise awareness of the charity’s plight, some ridiculously crafty blogging types (i.e. Red Ted Art and Sleep is for the Weak) have started a Meme (mum, if you’re reading this, I’ve explained what a “meme” is before, remember?). The idea is to get our children to draw or craft a picture of themselves now or in the future, then share the results on our blog. It gives us the chance to show off our children’s talents and be the boasting mothers that we all secretly are (no? Just me then?), as well as highlighting a campaign that’s really rather important.

I’ve been tagged by Northern Mummy with Southern Children as well as The Real Housewife of Suffolk. Oh, and don’t forget Mother Porridge. God, I’m popular. Either that or they all thought they’d get a good laugh out of Frog’s attempt at a self-portrait. Well, not so fast ladies. In case you missed it just now, here again is my daughter’s incredibly beautiful, inspirational, genius-like creation:

If you think your child can do better (as if) please do join in. For now, I’m tagging:

Making Life More Beautiful

Nimble Fingers Steady Eyebrows

Dorky Mum

Mammy Woo

Dummy Mummy

Mummy Beadzoid

Ghostwriter Mummy

Goodbye Pert Breasts

Here’s what you need to do:

1) Get your child to either draw or craft a self portrait of themselves now or in the future. (don’t worry they don’t have to be as good as mine)
2)Sign the Save the Children petition (here) to support full funding for vaccinations and then pass it onto your friends
3) Write a blog post about it as soon as possible, including info about Save the Children and the petition. We want as many people linked up at Red Ted Art and signed up the petition by Sunday 29th May 2011.
4) Tag 8 fellow blogger friends
5) Link up your posts at Red Ted Art
6) If you have time, visit each other posts and say hello!

Now go forth and #passiton.



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14 responses to “Art, crafts and immunisations

  1. mummymummymum

    Fab. Love the peg bag! x

  2. Lexie Bleasdale

    She’s a very clever frog.

  3. You made me chuckle.. erm, whats, uhm, wrong, with, erm, your peg bag… it is *lovely*. Uhm. Honest!!! 🙂

    Love the mug though – very nice! Am sure it will be a treasured item in years to come!!

    Thank you for supporting this meme and Save The Children! Very much appreciated!


  4. Nel

    Is it wrong to do a little snort at people’s crafting?

    I refer you to my mutant octonaut birthday cake for reciprocal snorting.

  5. granny from the north

    Hello, you forgot to include your lovely baby blanket, knitted by you for frog before she arrived. A masterpiece! A very good (well not bad) knitter showed you how!
    Yes it’s absolutely disgusting that a great number of children today have no access to basic healthcare…will sign up for sure.
    In memory of my Aunt Mabel who was a missionary in Ethiopia in the 1930’s running a childrens’s dispensary for the Missionary Society -quite a brave lady!!XX

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