With a (semi-organized) stash of yarn and a growing list of crochet projects for friends and family always in development, I have a soft spot for fellow PWD crafters. This week, I saw a post from Becky Thomson roll by in my Facebook feed and I stopped, because she was making awesome mouse ears to help fund her travel to Friends for Life this summer.

I reached out to Becky to see if I could write about her project, and she generously sent along some pictures of her creations along with explanation of how and why she’s on this mission. From Becky:

“Every year, I’ve taken up a craft or side job to help me cover the costs of coming to Orlando for Friends For Life – unfortunately, paying for flights from the UK is not an inexpensive affair. So in the past I’ve knitted Harry Potter house scarves, made Christmas cards, and done proof reading and corrections on a postgraduate thesis on chieftainism in Ghana!

Friends For Life has become such a major part of my life, and I’ve found myself setting up a countdown to the next one as soon as I’m sat on the plane heading home each time. Over the past two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work at the Friends For Life UK conferences with the tween and teen teams, which has been amazingly rewarding. This year I’m thrilled to be coming to Orlando again to work with the Tween Team for the first time.

After seeing people walking around Walt Disney World with cute Minnie Mouse ears and finding out there was a demand for custom designs, I decided I could do that myself! So I’ve been playing around with fabrics, needles and my glue gun to get my Etsy shop open. I have a whole stack of fabric I haven’t even touched yet, so I can make all sorts of different things if people want them!”

To visit Becky’s Etsy store and support her efforts, click on the link (or on any of the images). And she’s offering a special discount to SixUntilMe readers; enter “SIXUNTILME” as the code when you checkout and you’ll get $3 off each set of ears!

Read more about the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference in Orlando here, and if you’d like to attend a CWD event next month, check out the FFL in Seattle!

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