Donations arrive at Liangshan!

Recently, Blue Sheep heard that a school in Liangshan was in need of some supplies - namely personal care products such as soap and toothpaste, and some toys and materials for education.  We sent the news out to our friends on social media, and all of the things needed had arrived from kind-hearted donors one day later!  Stuff continued to roll in for about a week after, and in the end three cars were needed to take all the things and a team of volunteers to the school!

The photo shows donations being unloaded in Liangshan.

Liangshan is an area currently still developing, and many of the roads were thick with mud, which made the travel there trecherous!  However, Blue Sheep staff member Sherap did eventually arrive at the destination with the other volunteers, and the kind donations.  The children in the school were overjoyed!  

Thanks to everyone who donated, and for the team of volunteers who told us about the needs there, and for enabling the event!  We look forward to hearing Sherap's stories when she arrives back in Chengdu!

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Blackboard Inspiring Quotes

Outside of our shop, often referred to as an 'Aladdin's cave' of handcrafts, there is an inviting message, chalked on a free-standing board.

Sometimes we advertise freshly baked goods, sometimes new craft arrivals, but frequently we post inspiring quotes to uplift those on their way to (or from!) work.

Above is one such example.  Do you have any ideas for more inspiring quotes you'd like to see on our blackboard?  Maybe you could suggest a (tasteful!) joke?  Suggestions to viddy_well@hotmail.com - this 'competition' is just for fun, but we'll try to notify you if your suggestion/s get used!

The staff of Blue Sheep painted this blackboard themselves!  We received some 'chalkboard' paint to replenish an old blackboard in a state of disrepair.  Repair!  Re-use!  Recycle!  

 

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Joy's Story!

Here is a story of Ray's friends - an example of amazing perseverance in the face of adversity and cheerfulness against the odds.

Joy was buried underneath the rubble of her house for 4 days during the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. After she was rescued, she was sent to Chengdu for treatment. Unfortunately, she lost one arm and both legs. This did not defeat her, and she was determined to help others who also suffer from disability. Now unable to sew, she has become an inspiration to others and, well supported by her husband, is the President of 10 NGOs that do great work in partnership with the Dujiangyen Federation for the Disabled. They provide a range of activities and make various handcrafts including Qiang embroidery, and can give training in leather craft. They also provide daily care for mentally challenged children. Blue Sheep is happy to work with them and support those who are overcoming such adversities to improve their lives and their own economy. 

Joy, her English name, is very apt for her. Her face glows with a ready smile, despite her struggle with daily living activities. 

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Recycled Skateboard Pens by Eugene Yu

The Yu Family continue to demonstrate their creativity and industriousness! 

Eugene, the eldest of the three Yu children, suffers from Beta Talassemia and, along with his mother, began making leather crafts to support himself and his family.  His condition means that he needs regular, expensive blood transfusions in order to survive.

This latest craft is a pen made from old skateboard plywood; maple ply dyed in a variety of colours.  He glues many pieces of the wood together, along with hardwood 'plug' at each end of each oiece, before turning on a lathe. The result is beautiful!

Eugene has already turned many pieces from the wood given to him just a few days ago!  The broken skateboards from which the pens were made came from local Chengdu skate shop called Flow, who helped us to find the pieces with the most vibrant colours!

Thanks to both Flow and the Yu family for their help!

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Blue Sheep awarded "Best Unique Shop"

Blue Sheep has been awarded "Best Unique Shop" by the Luxury Travel Guide. See: ltgawards.com/

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Blue Sheep Open!

After a while being closed after Spring Festival due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have gathered the necessary masks, thermometer and disinfectant and are finally open again! 

We plan to be open from 10am-6pm for the time being, as colleagues return from their hometowns and customers become aware that we are open again!  Thanks to everyone for their patience, and a special thanks to all of our customers who ordered products online during this testing time.  成都加油!

The picture shows Sherap and Ray enjoying a lunchtime snack in the Chengdu sunshine.   

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Official Visits Eco Hub!

Yesterday a Sichuan official - the 'Provincial Party Secretary' -  came to see Yang making leather products by hand at the Blue Sheep Eco Hub!   加油!

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Blue Sheep 'virus control'  opening times

Some of you may be aware of the current situation with the novel virus which is spreading across the globe.  Having been closed for an extra week, Blue Sheep is now open again; we will be open from 10am to 6pm this week, from the 3rd until the 8th of February.  Please feel free to drop by and browse, or drink a coffee at Blue Sheep this week!  We are also now able to process Weidian orders online, though we have been told that delivery may take a couple of days more than usual.

We hope to be back to normal business hours next week (from the 10th), but we will confirm nearer to the time when we can be sure of how many staff we have available to us, and what the official advice is at the time.

Ray suggests that washing hands well when returning from outside.  Please see the advice from the W.H.O. about hand cleaning!  Ray says you should be able to sing Happy Birthday twice while you wash your hands!  

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Mouse from Blue Sheep!

Happy new year!  

Blue Sheep Craft Shop and our new Eco Hub will be closed for Spring Festival from 8pm on the 23rd of January, opening again for business at 10am on the 28th.  

We hope everyone enjoys seeing in the new year!

Blessings from us all.

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Blue Sheep Christmas Meal

Ray likes to take the opportunity to thank the employees, volunteers and friends of Blue Sheep during the festive season. 

This year we went to a restaurant not far from the shop, and everyone enjoyed the meal, as well as various snacks, presents(!) and a chance to catch up with who has been doing what.

Cheers to everyone who came, and to everyone who was unable to make it this time - you were missed!  

Warmest festive greetings from all at Blue Sheep to all our customers, volunteers and friends!  

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