Today’s blog is not so much about the world of design but how design can help the world. As many of you already know, I have a retail line of custom handmade pillows and knit items. All of my work is based around scraps and any material donation I receive, making them custom and one of a kind.


I recently decided to create a line of unique plush children’s toys. Mels Mushies are handmade plush toys made from scraps and end of the roll material. Each design is original and inspired by the material around it, making them perfect for any child. The benefit of purchasing any of Mels Mushies? The donation you will be making to the Bathesda House in Bowmanville, Ontario. 80% of the cost of each mushie that is sold will be donated to this cause, along with a box full of handmade toys to help women and their children find peace after leaving an abusive relationship.

Finding something more than just making pretty items in an industry that is solely based on making things look good, is a lot more important than most people realise. Being able to take something I love doing and it put a smile on someone else face is far more rewarding than I could of understood. So, please take the time to share this, help take a bad situation and make the light at the end of the tunnel a bit more brighter.

For more information about Bathesda House:

Since its inception in 1992 Bethesda House is proud to have evolved from simply a shelter for abused women and their children to a well-known and respected agency. They provide a comprehensive system of professional supports that are an integral part of their community’s continuum of services to victims of domestic abuse.

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Sincerely thank you,

Melissa Margaret.

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