Friday, November 4, 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

A few months ago I came up with the idea of creating a Turquoise Flamingo collection, it was a few sketches in my notebook and some very casual browsing at fabrics. Within about a week I had become a little bit obsessed with wanting to make this collection actually happen so I decided to talk to my friend Rory about using to help me out. He was already very familiar with Fund it, having used this crowdfunding website for his band, Ten Past Seven. After a few chats in the shop, I decided to just go for it.
 I contacted Fund it and within a week or two my project was live on their website and within hours I had my first donation from Lorna Dollery. No surprise there, Lorna has always been there to lend a helping hand from the first time we met through this amazing blogging world. Every morning that followed, I anxiously checked how my project was doing. I was really blown away by the generous donations that were quickly helping me reach my target and surprisingly I hit my target a few days before the deadline.
 The Icon Collection will launch on 1st December (if all goes to plan!) and the launch night is going to be a really magical night. Leona and Jill from Le Chat Noir are currently helping me organise it and we're all so excited about the evening. While we are busy with the launch night, Fiona Ryan and Rhona Flynn are busy turning my designs into beautiful, handmade pieces.
 I'm also really looking forward to donating 10% of the dress collection profits to the S.H.A.R.E fundraising campaign on Christmas Eve. It has always been a charity I have supported and I was even part of the committee when I was 17.
 So to all my funders, Lorna Dollery, Mimi Downey, Chris Somers, Margaret O' Callaghan, Zita O' Donoghue, Kerrie Downey, Kate O' Neill, Aisling O' Riordan, Nico O' Reilly, Louis Angelini, Niamh Healy, Michelle Martin, Miriam Kirwan, Laura O' Donovan, Aoife O' Callaghan, Irene O' Brien, Orla Murphy, Kevin Hosford, Edel Bashir, Eileen O' Herlihy, Hilda Allen, Enda Sheridan, Aoife McGowan, Ronan O' Sullivan, Paula Larkin, Sarah Commane, Sinead Johnson, Briona Ryng, Darragh Kelly, Edel Barry, Michael Collins and Lucy O' Sullivan...THANK YOU!!! I couldn't have done this without all of your generous support.