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Cozy

It`s very cold just now here in Tana. As i lie in my warm bed with a huge wool comforter i think uncomfortably about Fanja and her children sleeping in a house without glass in their windows, with only a wooden door - undoubtedly with gaps between the door and the frame - a curtain hung on the inside as a flimsy guard between the 9C outside and the sleeping family inside. So we decided to get some polar fleece and sew up some cozy blankets for her kids.   She told me today that where normally her children are up a few times during the night because they`re cold and therefore calling for her to help, last night -...

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Labeled

Stamp and labels After much hemming and hawing about design, colours, and what all i wanted/needed included on the labels and stamp, i finally just bit the bullet and had them made as simply as possible. I used the money i had earned from my garage sale a few weeks ago to pay for these investments so that it wouldnt be coming out of the D&S fund. It cost me 101,000Ar for 1000labels and 35,000Ar for the stamp. (a total of approx. 63$) I'm definitely happy with the labels and they definitely smarten up the merchandise, making them look more professional. Just a bit nervous that i should have included more address information like the website or a phone number...

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Sewing madness

I've been sewing an average of an 1.5 hour a day in the past few weeks. It's marvelous. aprons, pencil/makeup/or whatever other kind of zip-cases, and now baby stuff. I've a plan to post another page with photos of products that are available and/or could be made to order. Christmas is coming, so if you're in want of some handmade products (and live near me currently) please let me know as soon as possible. Some newer stuff:   front of zip pouches  back of zip pouches  inside orange stripe zip orange strip zip touch bird zip pouch inside bird zip pouch blue/green lambahoany apron with opposite stripe pocket inside multi colour zip multi colour zip red apron piecing baby quilt

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fourniture

Classes begin in the Malagasy schools mid-October. Just as the Northern climes have their school schedule set around the old farming calendar - that is, starting school once most of the harvesting is over, so in Madagascar the schools start after most of the rice fields have been planted. The ladies have received many of the school supplies that i brought over with me from Canada for their children, most notably the pencil crayons, markers and pens. Fanja specifically requested blue pens from Canada when i left because she knew very well that the pens here are terrible quality. I managed to pick up a few packages of pens, markers, big glue sticks, etc. and, in mid-August we were pleased...

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Pay out

After all that work and effort making, buying and selling things for the sale we're now down to spending the money. School fees are due just now. Fanja came to me with her receipt for 're-inscription' fees for her 4 children: 50,000Ar x 2; 56,000Ar x 2 for a total of 214,000Ar (ca. $107). I have also passed on to her some of the school supplies that i had bought while in Canada as some of the things i can find there are FAR better quality than the stuff you get here, even if you splurge for the expensive better quality stuff. Ball point pens and Crayola markers in particular are a huge asset! Fanja told me just the other...

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