Friday, August 31, 2012

Day thirty-one, Beauty and the Beast THE FINAL DAY!

$20 plus postage, 250mm x 250mm.

And just like that, we're done! Thirty-one days, thirty-one beautiful illustrations. Please keep checking in as we finalise all the details of the project and share details about ordering.

Thank you for your interest so far!

Sally & Tonia

Thursday, August 30, 2012

One day left!

Can you believe August is nearly over and after tomorrow, there will be no more daily illustrations to share? I can hardly believe it. I'm so amazed at the work Tonia has done and how she's been able to keep up this frenetic pace of creative energy.

Please keep checking here on the blog and on our Facebook page for details on when and how to order. We'll share them as soon as we have a firm idea of how it is all going to work.

This has been such a fun and worthwhile project to be involved with and we can't wait until all the completed prints are in our hot little hands and ready to send out to you all.

It makes me feel incredibly warm and fuzzy to think of these prints one day adoring the walls of your children's bedrooms, all over the world, knowing that you have helped support a wonderful cause for babies who are gone too soon.

Check back again tomorrow to see what the last illustration will be!

Day thirty, Rumplestiltskin

$20 plus postage, 250mm x 250mm.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Paper and printers, hurrah!

We are very excited to have a paper supply company and printer on board to bring our little project, Fairy Tales for Hope, to life.

Australian Paper have kindly donated the paper and Ellikon Certified Green Printing will be taking care of the printing side of things. We are so incredibly grateful that these two wonderful companies are donating their goods and services so that all of the funds raised through this project can be passed on to the Stillbirth Foundation Australia.

Stay tuned for more details at the end of the month when the daily illustrations are complete on when and how to order. At this stage, we plan on having them available through the Stillbirth Foundation website with a small charge for shipping. We are hoping to be able to ship internationally as well.

Thank you for your interest so far and keep your eye on this blog and the Fairy Tales For Hope Facebook page for more information.

Day twenty-six, The Golden Headed Fish

$20 plus postage, 250mm x 250mm.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Day six, Cinderella

$20 plus postage, 250mm x 250mm.

Paper and printing

Fairy Tales from Hope needs a paper supply and print company to come on board to help bring this amazing project to reality so we can honour baby Hope's memory every day of this difficult month for her family. We are committed to the project and are passionate about raising as much money for the Stillbirth Foundation as we possibly can.

We also know that any companies who come on board with us will gain great exposure for their business, and at the same time they can be sure they will be supporting a wonderful cause.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you think you can help us out in any way, we'd love to hear from you.

Day four, The Little Match Girl

$20 plus postage, 250mm x 250mm.

Day three, Hansel and Gretel

$20 plus postage, 250mm x 250mm.

Day two, Puss in Boots

$20 plus postage, 250mm x 250mm. 

Day one, Snow White

$20 plus postage, 250mm x 250mm.

Welcome to Fairy Tales for Hope

In August 2008, my world came crashing down when mine and my husband's first baby girl died inside of me, four days past my due date. I’d had a dream pregnancy, perfect and healthy in every way, but she slipped away during my labour and was stillborn. She was eight pounds and perfect, just not breathing. Our hearts were broken and we were plunged in to darkness. We named her Hope.

Since that day, I have supported the Stillbirth Foundation Australia to help reduce the incidence of stillbirth. Currently, about 2000 babies are stillborn in Australia every year, or six a day –  and that's six too many. About 1 in 140 pregnancies end in stillbirth and there are about as many stillbirths each year as there are breast cancer victims. Yet it is rarely spoken about and remains one of society’s great taboos. We want to change that.

When you come home from hospital with empty arms you are suddenly thrust in to a world when you have to live without the baby you had long been dreaming about. When pregnant with Hope, a vision I had of our future was reading fairy tales together, given they are such a huge part of any childhood. A dear friend of mine and designer/illustrator Tonia Composto, is now honouring Hope’s memory by creating an illustration of a different fairy tale every day this August and at the end of the month we plan on selling prints of her designs for $20 plus postage with all proceeds going to the Stillbirth Foundation. We’ve called this beautiful project Fairy Tales for Hope.

Since the project kicked off a few days ago we have been sharing pictures of Tonia’s work on Facebook amongst our networks and the response has been phenomenal. People love her work and we know by the end of the month, we are going to have many people interested in getting their hands on these unique and vibrant creations.

The project is still in it's infancy and we are still working hard to fine tune all the details and ins and outs. We are looking to get a printer and paper supply company on board as well as affordable options for packaging and delivery. The project already looks like it is going to be huge, which is fantastic, but we also don't want it to get away from us. We have some really exciting ideas of ways we can make it even more successful and can't wait to share them with you.

I feel so lucky to have a friend like Tonia in my life, as she's been by my side during every single second of my grief. She was one of the first people I contacted when Hope died and at a moment's notice, she designed booklets for Hope's funeral as well as thank you cards. She has since designed  thank you cards of my two living children, as well as birthday invitations and the like. She is gifted and it only takes one quick look at any of her work to know that. I look at her art every single day, as three of her gorgeous pieces hang on my living room wall.

For now, I will get posting on the first few designs for the month. We know you're going to love them and stay tuned for details on how to go about ordering at the end of the month. We will post information as it comes to hand - we have hit the ground running as this idea was only dreamed up a few days ago.

Watch this space.