Pu Hongxue Visits Blue Sheep!

Our producer Pu hongxue - a Qiang minority lady from Beichuan who makes lovely hand-embroidered products - came to visit us at Blue Sheep!

Hongxue was trapped during the 2008 earthquake under rubble in her classrom for 72 hours, which led to the amputation of her left arm and right leg.  Despite this, after she graduated form university, she took an interest in preserving her cultural heritage; namely the Qiang embroidery which she learnt as a child.  Despite her limitations she turns out beautiful products (designed by herself) which she meticulously hand-embroiders.

We were excited to finally meet Pu Hongxue in person, having stocked her products for some time now!

Thanks for visiting, Hongxue!  Come again soon!

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Zero Waste Day, October 2019 @Bluesheep!

A very successful Zero Waste Day Second Hand Sale last Saturday, 12th of Ocotober!

Thanks to everyone who came, brought, sold and bought!

Through our Zero Waste Day we encourage our friends, colleagues and neighbours to "reduce, re-use, recycle" waste and unwanted goods through a second hand sale and sometimes other activities including short videos or talks about environmental issues.

Hope to see everyone next month! 

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Double Ninth Festival at Blue Sheep!

A friend of Blue Sheep, "Teacher Li", decided to throw a small party to celebrate 重阳节 or "Double Ninth Festival".  He invited all staff and volunteers to eat some food he cooked himself and to learn about the culture and history of the festival.  

Ray gave thanks for the food and everyone tucked in to dishes including "pepper goose" and rabbit meat as well as fresh fruit and home-baked bread.

Double Ninth Festival is observed on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month.

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"Rachel" and her paintings

Rachel (her English name) was abandoned by her parents at a young age and was brought up in a 'Welfare Centre' in China, which was home to around 100 other abandoned children, most of whom have a disability.  Rachel herself was struck by polio when she was young, which left her needing to use a wheelchair to get around.

Despite her difficulties, Rachel grew up into a very cheerful and lovely young lady, and soon was working as a therapist in the Welfare Centre where she grew up, treating small babies.  

Rachel has always been creative, playing musical instruments including piano and ukelele, and also painting and making hand-crafts.  She is currently teaching craft classes to some of the more able children in the Welfare Centre.  We hope that in the future Blue sheep might be able to help the craft class to sell their products, so watch this space!

Rachel has been making beautiful watercolour paintings, which Blue Sheep is proud to be able to sell for her.  In fact, one of Rachel's paintings sold on the very first day that it was displayed in the shop!  

Rachel's joy is contagious, and we a Blue Sheep hope are proud to have the opportunity to encourage her creativity! 

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Yang Chenhui's Therapy

If you've ever wondered what happens to Blue Sheep's net profits, this story is one example!

We met Yang Chenhui (pictured, before and after therapy) on a bridge in Chengdu, where she was singing Karaoke.  We gave her a namecard and invited her to come to our shop to visit when she had spare time.

When she did visit Blue Sheep with her mother, she told us more about herself.  Yang Chenhui has Cerebal Palsy and this has affected her speech and movement.  She spends her time singing for hours every night on the bridge in Chengdu where we met her, relying on donations from her busking to support herself.  

Being very good at connecting people, Dr. Ray put Yang Chenhui in touch with a group of Therapists,  who offered to treat her at reduced costs, provided that Yang Chenhui and her mother contributed something to the cost.  Blue Sheep decided to donate the majority of the costs and the deposit (for some specialist therapy equipment to use) to help Chenhui in her endeavours.  

As the therapy began, Yang Chenhui needed to persist, practising her exercises for hours every day, and having facetime lessons over the internet.  

After only 3 months of therapy, Chenhui has improved her abilities and motion immensely already!  Before beginning therapy, she was unable to lift a glass to her mouth to drink; she had to lower her head to the glass by bending her neck.  Now her posture looks great, and she is able to lift a glass to her mouth to drink!  We hope she will continue to improve, and Blue Sheep will continue to help her with her therapy costs.

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IFS Sale Event!

Last weekend, we were invited to attend an outside 3-day 'market-style' sale at IFS near Chunxi road in Chengdu.

We were able to sell a large amount of our stuff, meet lots of new customers as well as other handcraft producers, and Ray gave a talk about ethical and sustainable practices during the first day of the sale.  The sun came out too, which helped!

Thank you from Blue Sheep to everyone who came to buy, to the oraganisers who put up with us, and to Yongzhu who worked extra hard for two consecutive days at the sale, finishing very late!  We were touched by how many people had heard of us and supported our efforts, even at IFS on the 'other side of town' from the Blue Sheep store!

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Origins Coffee Shop Jewellery Sale!

Last week we were invited to attend a jewellery sale event at the Origins Coffee Company in Tongzilin, Chengdu.  We met lots of lovely people, and had a great sale overall.  Thanks to everyone who came to buy and support, and to Origins for the delicious coffee and biscuits!  We hope to attend similar events at Origins again in the future. 

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Archived: Introducing Pu Hongxue 2018-01-14

Blue Sheep are proud to introduce our newest producer: Pu Hongxue. 

In 2008, Pu Hongxue was 15 years old. While she attended class, a huge earthquake rocked her hometown of Beichuan. Of her class of 52, she was one of only 7 survivors.Trapped in the rubble for 72 hours, she was rescued, but needed 14 operations to treat her injuries. Her wounds were so badly infected that her left arm and right leg needed to be amputated. 

Hongxue learnt Qiang embroidery at a young age. When she graduated from university, she resolved to help to preserve the traditional skill of Qiang embroidery by designing and embroidering products for sale.Despite her limitations, she now painstakingly embroiders motifs of her own design onto these beautiful products. 

Pu Hongxue is an inspiration in her bravery and determination, and we are delighted to support her endeavours. Come to Blue Sheep to see Hongxue's handicrafts! 

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Archived: A Sheepish Update! 2018-07-11

Feeling slightly 'sheepish', as it has been such a long time since the last blog post... 

So much has happened since the last post that it is hard to know where to start. We have expanded into what was the noodle shop next-door. There are many new products from our producers, and some products made by new friends, too. 

Our menu has also expanded; we currently have affogato, kefir drinks, and smoothies on the menu, and often have limited specials like fresh-baked cakes and civet coffee! 

 We are currently preparing to offer 'experiences' through Airbnb, featuring craft lessons with producers, mushroom cultivation and tea ceremonies. Many old friends have left us, but many new friends have arrived to help here, and we continue to meet interesting customers and visitors - including those brave enough to try civet coffee! 

 Come and visit us in store for a warm welcome and more about how Blue Sheep continues to support disadvantaged people in China and abroad. 

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Archived: Smart Lady in a Smart Chair!!! 2017-03-03

HOT NEWS!!!Smart lady in a smart chair!!! Xiaoqin's chair has just arrived from Germany after a long delay . Now she has a light weight very manouverable classy-looking chair.Next step is to fix a small motor. Then we will not see her for dust!Thank you to everyone who contributed to the special book-sale or gave donations towards this. 

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