Friday, 30 November 2012

Leukemia Sucks!!

We are due to shave our heads for Naomi Warren and all the other children and families helped and treated by Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. We've raised over £500 through to two charity efforts, Tim grew a 'tash for MOvember & I promised to shave my head if we reached our target £400. We're just a tad short and would love to reach the target by tomorrow, so if you can dig deep and offer just a few pounds by tomorrow I will join little Naomi Warren so she doesn't have to go through the festive season with no hair on her own - so we're joining her!! Her big Auntie Naomi (known to the twins as Auntie Gnome) can't bare for her to be 'bald' over Christmas - so she won't be!! If you can spare a few pounds the address is:
Thanks,  Naomi & Tim - Starfish Quay :)

D DAY - The Night Before Shave Day/LET THE SHAVING BEGIN!


Tim and I decided that for MOvember he would grow a 'Stash and it frustrated me that I was unable to join in, because we had decided that the charity, instead of being a male related charity, this year we would donate the money raised to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSHCC) having spent most of the last six months in and out of hospital (Two heart attacks, one heart failure requiring CPR, three stokes, non-stop bleeding haematomas on my legs and arm, five days of coughing up blood and numerous other things including some rather painful tests!!) Tim has stood by me throughout all of this, and in fact saw each happen, his health has obviously suffered massively because of the trauma to the point where he has had to leave his job to look after me full-time and recuperate from his own PTSD brought on by watching some horrific emergency treatment being administered to me. He has slept in hospital chairs next to me, to comfort me and ensure I'm OK - he's my superhero and always will be. He does it with such grace, never grumbles and is always there to hold my hand. Despite all this, we decided that we wanted to help a family (and many families) struggling with the trauma of watching their children go through far worse than we had experienced, which is why we chose GOSH. Because of my health problems I am unable to give blood (although I've given enough!) and cannot currently go on the bone marrow list (if you can do either of this things, I urge you to think very carefully about what you are actually giving - you are saving someones life!) but I wanted to join in. The family we wanted to help the most is the Warren family. I went to school with Katherine and Caroline Warren, and although Caroline was a year or two younger, we spent time together when I went to their house (especially to watch the Eurovision Song contest - before it became political - nearly 20 years ago!) Me and Caroline got in touch with each other through the 'wonder' of Facebook and have kept in touch ever since. When we discovered 'Little Naomi' had ALL Leukaemia I was heart broken (and not ashamed to say I shed a few tears knowing the pain this would cause to a family that anyone would be lucky to know - and the pain Naomi would go through before she reached the age of three :( ) I spent a long time wondering what I could do that would show I really cared, and would make people put their hands in their pockets during a very difficult financial time. As a girl we always pride ourselves on our looks, even if it's to the smallest degree, so I decided that to get people's attention and hopefully coax a few pennies from them I would shave my head. To do this I want to set the bar high, and I thought £300 would be fairly unattainable in this time when people are struggling to find money for their own needs, let alone those of others. How wrong I could be! I then changed the target to £400 (although I am still shaving my head as the original target was met, and I never back out of a challenge!) I'm currently only £25 off that target, and the brilliant news is that Tim has well surpassed his initial target of £25 (we didn't think anyone would give him money for growing a moustache!!) then he surpassed his next target of £100 and is currently on £125 - I'm so proud of him!! If your reading this tonight (30/11/12), please thing about giving a couple of pounds to my head shave so we can reach the £400 (which will mean GOSH get over £500). Tim has decided to make it a proper challenge he will also be shaving his head, so it's two for the price of one - it's got to be worth a fiver (you can't even buy two pints of lager for that!) so if you would like to donate, you can do so at: and you will help very sick children and families in the UK, not just over the Christmas period, but for the rest of their lives. £5 goes a long way, imagine it was your child. Thank you for reading. If you'd like to read this from a different perspective, please visit: 
You can expect more blogs about what Starfish Quay's Tim and Naomi get up to in 2013, as Tim will be sharing the work load and we're hoping you can share the journey as we build our business :)

The clouds inspire new clocks

We try and use nature as inspiration for all our items, but Tim in particular is a massive fan of clouds, and he has taught me a lot about the different types of clouds and their names etc, for me I just love the way they look, dancing slowly through the sky, either on a beautiful bright day or the sight of an approaching storm.....I took this photo yesterday, mid afternoon - stunning!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Beautiful Clouds After The Storm

Beautiful clouds despite the iffy weather! :) #cloudappreciation #clouds #weather -- Starfish Quay (@StarfishQuay)


FOUR DAY ART SALE FOR CHARITY: We want to ramp up our donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSHCC: @GreatOrmondSt so for FOUR DAYS ONLY we are selling all art on our site ( with 25% OFF. Use voucher code CHARITYARTFORGOSH at the checkout and you will recieve 25% off one-off original works of art, as well as helping the children and families affected by cancer, leukemia and many other illnesses over Christmas and throughout the rest of their lives. So if you're struggling to find the right Christmas gift for someone special, why not do something good and give to a UK charity that desperately needs your help?! Tim & I are shaving our heads, so if you can't afford to by a piece of art, why not give to our charity effort at: or give Tim a double thumbs up for his 'Tash effort this MOvember by giving a small amount at: Remember, not everyone is as lucky as you, so why not show a bit of love and generousity this during the festive people to put a smile back on the faces of those struggling or in need of a virtual hug?? Who can resist this face.....?

Thanks for listening!! :)

Before Our Yearly Round Up!!

Having been so unwell this year I have been unable to keep up with our blog. We've had an interesting year, so like last year we will be doing a summary of the year including photographs and how far we've come. Due to my ill health, Tim has had to give up work, which has been a really tough decision to make. It does mean however he'll be able to help full-time with the business and he is going to take over the blogging duties - which means you'll be able to keep up with all our new adventures, ideas, places that sell our products and all the interesting stuff that happens ;) The summary will come in a couple of weeks, but until then I will try and write a couple of bits to keep you posted about where we'll be and what's been happening over the festive season - beginning of course with shaving our head (see previous post)
If you have read the previous post I like to thank you for reading the article - we're giving 10% of sales to the cause as well, and she is a Handmade Guru in the US so for her to write that was brilliant and gets the word to thousands of people who can hopefully help! Only four days left until shave day, everyone should be proud of the fundraising efforts of so many this year, it's incredible that despite people being squeezed for more money by tax and petrol and gas bills etc, they will still give to something or someone that has nothing to do with them. It's an amazing feeling to know that society isn't going down the pan, people are as kind and generous as they've always been, and we mustn't let the bad apples give all the good ones a bad name!!


Handmade Hero: Naomi's Big Hearted Holiday Mission

Oh My Handmade Goodness have written a piece about our mission to raise money for the children and families treated by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSHCC) ( if you'd like to help please go to: they do great work and need funds to keep the great work the do going. Read the article here: Handmade Hero: Naomi’s Big Hearted Holiday Mission