Saturday, November 7, 2009

The house is finished.

A while back, I posted about a fundraising project I was doing, called "Dóchas".

I made 60 jars of aromatherapy hand cream, called "Dóchas" which is Irish for hope, sold them for €10 each, with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity, to help build a house in Cape Town.

My brother has returned from building the house and I thought I would post a couple of pics of how it looks. They got the house finished in one week, and the family moved in, delighted.

In this photo, on the left, is the shack where they had been living

so I can imagine that it must be bliss to now have this:

Sorry about the funny faces- I don't have permission to post their faces, and this is my best photoshopping skills.

I am learning, however; the son came along as I was trying to manually smudge the faces, and he has shown me a poly something tool that does it much better and quicker, as in the top photo.

So my new motto is "Every day, my photoshop skills get better and better"!


  1. The little house is looking great! Strong and secure.

    Nuts in May

  2. When I saw the new brick house, I immediately thought of the the 3 little pigs. The wolf certainly couldn't blow down that house!
    I'm so happy to have had a part in the house-building. I love my hand cream.

  3. This is a great photo essay! What progress!

  4. To them a mansion.
    Job well done.
    Blessings to you Mimi and your brother!

  5. Mimi, what a wonderful thing for you to do and for your brother to do! The house is strong and will be home for that family. Thanks for commenting at my "Take That Tune" post! :)

  6. Photo shop is a wonderful thing! Wow what an incredible project and so fulfilling! What a great way to spend a week. And how wonderful are you for helping to fund the venture! You are too sweet!
    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

  7. I love your honesty, Mimi lol......lovely post too!

  8. Mimi, my admiration for you grows with leaps and bounds! A wonderful project! Congratulations!

  9. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments.
    I'm embarassed now, as my part in the project was very small, I just made some creams, which I love doing, some lovely people bought them (take a bow, Stephanie among others) and the money went to Habitat for Humanity.
    My brother and a team of people built the house.

    It was a privilege to be involved in this, and I hope to be able to do it again.