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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pillowcases 141-158

The Last of the Fabric

158 pillowcases made, 158 smiles 
Thanks to everyone who helped us achieve this.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

We have just completed a further 18 pillowcases and now 'the cupboard is bare', so to speak.

We had, of course, hoped that we would continue to receive donations of fabric / money and that we would continue to have enough time to make the pillowcases. However, our fabric drawer is bare and we have less and less time these days. We have therefore come to realise that this is perhaps the end of Love, the Tanguays.

We have turned around 2 football field lengths of fabric and a couple of old shirts into 158 pillowcases.

On 1 February 2012, we started this project with the aim of making 100 pillowcases in 1 year. This seemed like a difficult challenge, however, with the help of friends, family and total strangers from all over the world, we have managed to surpass this original goal. We have loved meeting the staff and patients at the hospitals and have been touched by the letters and emails we have received from thankful children and parents.

We don't plan to stop here with our philanthropy. Laura is looking into doing a hike or Tough Mudder type event for charity and she'll probably rope Mark into doing it with her. Mark also regularly helps his school raise money for various causes.

Thank you again to those of you that still check up on our little blog and to those of you that have sponsored or otherwise supported us.

Look back to us some time soon to see a picture or two of the last 18 pillowcases.

Laura and Mark

Sunday, February 17, 2013

We're now selling our lovely owl cushions on Ebay for only £5 - such a bargain...!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

131 - 140

 After two weeks of below zero temperatures, overcast and snow, we finally have sun shining through our windows. This seems to have reinvigorated us and as we have spent the morning producing some more pillowcases. We'll send these ones out sometime this week so that some of the children at the Norwich Children's Hospital will be able to enjoy them.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


We picked up a huge donation from Norwich Hobbycraft yesterday and so we would like to thank all the staff there for their support. We will be kept very busy this weekend now that the snow is starting to fall!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year All!

We hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year's celebrations. We are now back in Norwich and starting to get over over our post-Christmas blues. It has been a long time since we have written any proper blogs or made a donation, so apologies all. 

We were in touch with the hospital over Christmas and I am pleased that they think they will be able to use the cute bumper blanket that was donated to us. We will therefore be donating this along with our most recent ten pillowcases. We have ten pillowcases ready to go so we will most likely take a trip to the hospital this weekend to give them to the children.

In the meantime, can we wish Ryan McNally a big, overdue congratulations and thank you for donating more of his, now too big clothes following his fantastic weight loss! We have found that these old shirts have enough fabric to use as ends which means our designs have more variety. Take a look at what we have done:  

We like that the pockets can be used by the children to store some of their personal things.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ollie the owl arrives safely in USA

Thanks to Erika McKenney for sending us this pic of her gorgeous kids!
We are so pleased that Ollie the owl is settling in well with his new family!