Tuesday, May 7, 2013

An afternoon in May can change everything

Last Saturday (May 4) afternoon we held our 4th Under a Tree Clothing Exchange.
We transformed New Farm State School hall into a place of tea, conversation, live music and clothes swapping. Women came together unbeknownst to each other that they all share one very important focus, "making a difference". Together, A Pot of Tea Under a Tree with all the volunteers, attendee's and sponsors of this event made a difference in the lives of 6 more little Cambodian girls sold into sex slavery. Another 6 girls learning to laugh and play again.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Under a Tree Clothing Exchange - Post Card Love

This Easter keep your eyes open for our signature post cards.
We are delighted to be preparing for May 4th Under a Tree Clothing Exchange.

So, go through your wardrobe, while sipping your favourite tea and think about an afternoon of clothes swapping and life saving. You may find some treasures there that are ready for a new life. 
Swap the types of things you would like to find! 
You may have clothing and accessories (hats, scarves, belts and shoes) which are in good condition and likely to be valued by others. 

So far we've recused the lives of 16 little Cambodian girls from sexual slavery.
Let's double it this year!

Please email me at info@underatree.com.au for some post cards to hand out to your friends and share the Under a Tree Clothing Exchange love.

Friday, February 22, 2013

There's a baby in there.......

Can you believe I knew I was pregnant within days of conception? The lead up to 6 weeks pregnant was an annoying waiting game with strange symptoms. It was a Friday morning that I took the life changing home pregnancy test that confirmed all that I'd hoped for, 
We are Pregnant!

My first trimester was beautiful, emotional and extremely exhausting! Vomiting here, heart palpitations there, with constant nausea while my body housed the formation of a human being.  

All of this aside, I'm thrilled to take on the biggest challenge of my life, to be a Mummy!
I'm going to be bold and say this. I will fail as a mother in my own strength. I'm too selfish, I'm impatient and I can give those looks that apparently could kill. So here, I am saying it. I will only be the mother that my baby needs by the Grace of God. And just to make that perfectly clear, His Grace is my Heavenly Fathers ability in me. His Love, His words, His wisdom, His protection for me and my baby!

This blog is not only an announcement, it's also a confession to my unborn child. I promise you, my little one, you will know love that never fails!

16 weeks pregnant!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Why Organic Cotton?

I grew up and live in beautiful Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. We love our warm humid temperatures. So, cotton is the fabric of choice here because it’s breathable and light.
Conventional cotton is everywhere. In our bath towels, beach towels, table clothes, bedding, t-towels, general clothing,T-shirts, underwear and more. I was horrified to find that a fabric so loved and desired, because it’s a “natural” fiber, could be so devastating to the planet and directly effect our health.
Conventional cotton is chemically dependent, hooked on pesticides and
fertilizers to grow and accounts for 10% of all agricultural chemicals, and 25% of all
pesticides used worldwide every year.
One T-shirt = 0.4 kg of cotton which draws on 2000 litres of water.
One T-shirt can have 150 gms or 1/3 of a pound of pesticides in it.

Certified Organic Cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment.
Less water is used to grow organic cotton but it is a thirsty crop.
The most environmentally and economically sustainable cotton is a
rain-fed crop grown in sub-tropical countries with good rain fall.
Areas of India, Peru, Tanzania, and USA, and Australia, are just a few, out of
24 countries world wide, who now grow Organic Cotton.
The production systems of organic cotton:
are labour intense with a hands on approach to pest control
replacing the need for toxic pesticides;
they minimise the use of fertilizers and replenish & maintain soil fertility.
All of this means: 
no harm to the earth, no harmful chemicals, no harm to the growers, no toxic water waste, no harm to the millers, no harm to the manufacturers, no harm to all of us who wear organic cotton.
It's a moral fiber!

I would love to know your favourite cotton item and why you love them?

x Louise

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Encouraged by Her Courage

November has been such a beautiful month for me. 
 I had the opportunity to meet with a group of sweet high school girls right at the start of the month. The interact group from Kedron State High School invited me to speak with them about my passion for the girls in Cambodia and the Somaly Mam Foundation.

Two weeks after that memorable afternoon (and only two weeks ago), I was honoured to see Somaly Mam again, in person. Somaly Mam's smile to so strong, so powerful that you forget that she ever suffered as a sex slave. She was so generous with me as I shared with her my encounter with the Kedron State High School girls. I told her "We love your girls, so much, there's a whole number of ladies in Brisbane, who passionately care for your little girls."

Somaly Mam spoke with delight about her girls, she share how they're in the process of learning to forgive. 

"They are forgiving their past to embrace their future"

Every time I meet with Somaly Mam I'm truly encouraged by her courage and the courage of her girls to live again, to laugh and to play over and over, it reminds me that there is no excuse to ignore joy.

Somaly Mam and I in Melbourne, November 2012

These girls had raised over $150 for the Somaly Mam foundation. When I first heard of this I shed a tear, this is the amount it would cost to purchase a girl out of the horror of sexual slavery.

Somaly Mam receiving the hand written card that the Kedron State High School girls asked me to give her.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Get a Dress, Save a life on the 21st of April!

It's under 4 weeks until the 
On the 21st of April @ New Farm State Primary School Hall, Brisbane.
It's a truly delightful afternoon of tea drinking and clothes swapping
 and in the process we save lives!

1 in 40 girls in Cambodia are sold into sexual slavery from as young as 4 years old.
Last year we raised enough funds that is the equivilant of freeing 8 little girls from Cambodian brothels.
Together we can make a difference!
Come along and swap your gorgeous items of clothing.
Take a look at the photo's below of just some of the beautiful peices we have ready to swap.

A gorgeous floral dress with an intersting back 

This pretty dress is a French Connection peice 

Vintage brown skirt circa 1980's is apart of a suit. A gorgeous jacket makes up this outfit.

Vintage skirt

Vintage silver crop jacket and classic black dress

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Art Saving Lives

Painted with nail polish on canvas

After a beautiful conversation over the phone, Nicole Condon and I quickly realised that we have a shared passion for the little girls in Cambodia.
Nicole visited Cambodia in August last year, where she had an opportunity to visit with the girls who had been recused from brothels. 

Her response to the horror of lost innocence was to bravely celebrate what life and colour there is for those girls who get an opportunity to live.
Nicole is generously donating a painting for the raffle at 

on Saturday the 21st of April.
Please bring cash with you!

You also have the opportunity to buy her art work at Under a Tree Clothing Exchange
with 50% of the proceeds going straight to the Somaly Mam Foundation.

Cambodian water lili's pianted with nail polish on canvas

Gorgeous Nicole Condon