Among my kids, #4 was the only one who got really hooked on the looming craze. Her aunt introduced her to it in April and bought the starter kit for her birthday present. She requested for the original coloured refills (for safety issues) from relatives and friends who asked her what she wanted for her birthday so she had a whole stash to work with. She was very content to spend the June holidays creating all sorts of designs and very soon she ran out of bands. She decided to dig into her savings to buy more refills and spent about $60 on the coloured bands. She finished them up within a couple of days and wanted to buy more. I take every opportunity to get them to make their own financial decisions, so I didn’t stop her but got her to think for herself. I asked her if she felt it was worth it to spend so much on some coloured bands. Her answer took me by surprise.
She said, “Mummy, I have been saving all my money for the past 4 years and now I’ve found something I like to do. Anyway, it’s crafting, which is good right. If I don’t spend my money at all even when I really wish to, then what’s the point of saving and saving without enjoying anything?” Gosh. Such financial wisdom at the age of 10. Dare I say I have taught her well 😉 In the end, she spent another $60 (free delivery above $60) and told me that was her last buy and she will stop after that. Which she did. Delayed gratification. Check. Allocated percentage for hobby. Check. Will-power and discipline. Check. Truly impressive.
A fellow blogger, Susan, who blogs at A Juggling Mum suggested we get together to sell our creations to raise funds for Club Rainbow (Singapore). Lots of updates and events on their Facebook page if you can spare the time to get involved for such a good cause.
I asked #4 if she would like to donate any bands or charms from her collection for charity and she said “You can take all and sell so we can raise more money for the children”. Bless this child. Even if we don’t manage to sell all, I am humbled by her generous heart. I am also glad she is not attached to her possessions.
So here’s everything she has made, and hopefully we can do our bit for these children and youths who are coping with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Every single cent we collect will go to Club Rainbow (Singapore).
|Tray 1: Charms with hooks|
|Assorted Bracelets and Rings|
|Customised backpack $10|
For more designs, hop over to the other mums involved and give them some support too (more will be added to the list once their posts are up). If everyone of us does our little part, it will go a long way to help others in need.
1) Little Blue Bottle
2) A Juggling Mum
Just let us know which item # you would like via the comments or over at our Facebook page or drop as an email at email@example.com from now till 31 October 2014. Even buying 1 band or charm helps! We will be happy to post them out to you, with a personalised message from #4 🙂
Sold Out: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 37, 39, 42, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54,55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 82, 83, 87, 89, 92, 93, 94, 95, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 109, 100, 110, 111, 113, 115, 118, 121, 122, 130, 134, 139, 141, 147,148.
Thanks in advance and have a fantastic day everyone!