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August 05, 2009

'Chairity'-for Branded

My mom showed me this sofa in Australian Vogue Living a while back, and we both thought it would be a great idea to copy. How easy would it be to buy some old furniture, have it redone in canvas, give some kids some sharpies and let them go crazy on it?

My mom and I both quickly realized this project's potential to be a very fun way to raise money for many different charities.

We immediately got in touch with my aunt, Sidney Aldridge, a pediatritian at Cook Children's Hospital here in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Sidney Aldridge initiated the idea that Cook Children's Hospital was in need of a Palliative Care program at the hospital, and now that this program is well under-way, Sidney is very involved with it's fundraising.


We were not aware of what exactly a Palliative Care program was at first, so here is Dr. Sidney Aldridge to tell you in her own words...
There are now many little patients who are living longer and better because of our advances in medical technology  but they do live with very complicated medical problems, and many will unfortunately still die at a young age. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult journey for these little children and their families.
A new specialty has emerged in Pediatrics to help these most special patients called Palliative Care. The Palliative Care team would like to provide support for a family at the initial diagnosis, then all along the course of that child's life, and finally, help the family prepare for their child's death.
    The Palliative Care team helps the child with symptom and pain relief, and also provides much needed psychological and spiritual support for the child, their siblings and parents during these very difficult times. The team consists of physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, psychologists, and spiritual leaders, such as ministers, priests, and rabbis. The Palliative Care team wants to help a little child live as well as possible for as long as possible, and then help make the end of that child's life be as pain-free and peaceful as possible.
As you can imagine, it takes very special people to be able to practice Palliative Care.  This kind of treatment requires hours and hours with each patient and family, and is not adequately funded by insurance companies.  We rely on wonderful charity organizations such as the Careity Foundation here in Ft Worth to provide this much needed care.  The Careity Foundation has an amazing charity event, a Western-themed Gala called "Branded" here every August to raise money for our new Palliative Care program here at Cook Childrens Medical Center, and they have provided us with immeasurable support.
The project got more exciting for us when we were invited to the hospital to bring our chair to the kids.

The chair in progress!

We even got some unexpected help from a pony on roller skates.

The final product looks great, as you can see! 
We put four coats of lacquer on the chair to seal the scribbles. 


My mom and I have both been so excited to share this fun project with our readers-my mom has also posted about this on her blog Atlantis Home
The chair will now be auctioned off at the annual Branded event. 
For more information, visit their website. 
Again, thank you Dr. Sidney Aldridge for helping us get involved in this event!

We look forward to doing more projects like this-in fact, we have three more chairs in the works! 
We plan to auction some smaller chairs on eBay in the near future-we'll let you know more as this project develops.


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Photo of Elizabeth

What a beautiful chair. I hope you are able to raise a great amount of money at the auction.

Photo of Patricia Ann

Wow, that chair looks amazing! It's nice to hear you guys give back! :)

Photo of cjh

What a fantastic way to use your blog/time/artistic talent for good! That chair turned out so well! I work for DWR, please email me if you can...

Photo of Alexandra

What a wonderful project! And such a beautiful result. You're both very admirable :)

Photo of Meagan

It's so awesome that you can use your blog's popularity to help like this :)

Photo of The Voguette

that chair is amazinggg. and it's an awesome cause! keep up the great work jane!

<3 The Voguette.

Photo of fashion roadkill

This was really touching..I think it was a wonderful idea and very inspiring. The chair looks fabulous :)

Photo of Joseph A

That is absolutely awesome...I have a fraternity based on helping children. This type of thing is so inspiring...great job!!!

Photo of kailey

this chair looks so much better than the one in vogue!

Photo of Hannah

What a great thing to do! And the chair came out great.

Photo of Vicki

It turned out great! what an awesome idea!

Photo of Phyllis

that chair came out beautifully! this is such a great project =)


Photo of Saskia

I love it!! The chair is beautiful and I think it's a great way to raise money for a good cause.
I know your blog is about fashion, but it's really nice to read posts on things other than buying very expensive shoes.

Photo of Libby

What a great idea, and a super stylish outcome! I most definitley want to fo this!

Photo of caitie

that's amazing. something so simple, yet so fun AND super beneficial/helpful.
GREAT job.

Photo of rocoquirk

This is a great idea!
Almost everyday I pass this little antique shop with different white chairs and each time I want to go in and buy one in and decorate it with a black sharpie! I think that seeing the beautiful result here I will do it sooner than later!

It is great that you are getting the children to have fun and you fund the hospital!

Photo of Wendy Potters


Photo of Christine

Wow, how great of you to get involved! The chair turned out so chic! I hope you raise TONS of money for those kids!

Photo of Emma

wow it looks so good!!

Photo of Victoria

If you would have told me this idea in theory, I wouldn't have gone for it; but seeing this in person is amazing--and it's for a great cause! These pieces would definitely bring a boring old living room back to life! Great idea!


Photo of Sophie

Wow, this is fantastic! The chair actually looks really attractive.. I want it ( :
I have added your great site to my blogroll.

Photo of Stella

I don't know if I've ever commented here (I think I did, maybe once), but I do keep up with your blog. Honestly, this has been your most inspiring post ever. It's moved me to tears. It's great to see that you've taken all the attention that you've garnered with the blog and channeled it opportunities, particular this one that is something so positive.

All I'm going to say is you go, Jane. Keep this up. I hope all the chairs sell for exorbitant amounts so you can help those children!

Photo of Stella

Oops, Jane & Judy! Keep up the good work.

Photo of Emma

Awesome,well done :)

Your blog is so much fun to read and i love how much you effort you put into it even at the young age you are...you seem way more passionate than most kids your age.

Photo of findikkurdu

The Aldridges are simply angels. I wish I had the cash to bid on these. They are gorgeous and I want my kiddies to do stuff like this when I have them :)

Photo of Elsa

How strange that all the way over in Texas you buy Australian Interior Design magazines! I must admit, however, that I find them a lot more stylish than a lot of American ones.
Anyway, the finished product looks great, are you going to do any more?

Photo of Helene

What a great idea!

That is so sweet of you and your mother to do that.

Photo of Rachel

That is such a pretty chair! I love what you and your mom do. Very thoughtful.
Me and some friends are currently raising money for Duchenne, we've already organised some things, and are currently busy organizing a concert.
I really hope people are going to pay some big money for that chair. For not only is it worth every dollar, but the good cause makes it even better.

Photo of MJ

That's so amazing and thoughful! Really well done for making such an effort, and for such a good cause!


Photo of Skylice

beautiful result, maybe i should try it sometimes :)

Photo of an angel of france

that a great idea !
you're a good girl in a bad world !
the chair is beautiful !!

Photo of Dominika

That sofa and the chair looks soo amazing! It's a really good idea, very creative! Love it <3!

Photo of Ines

I love the chair...really original!
very interesting blog...I add you to my links...

Photo of A

What a great idea, and even better to do it for charity. I'm an avid reader of your blog although I've never commented before - I love it when style blogs cover more than that.

Thanks for sharing, I hope to see the rest of the chairs!

Photo of Florie

what a wonderful idea! and the result is realy impressive. plus on a symbolique level i think it great that kids can leave somesthing behind considering that because of their illness their future is uncertain. great initiative. hope there will be sequals!

Photo of Pearl Westwood

Hats off to you guys, really what a fun way to not only raise money for charity but to get the kids involved too, Really WELL DONE xx

Photo of Eloise

Your mom is so pathetic, trying to stay young by linking her blog to yours and having you link your blog to hers. It is getting a bit tiresome clicking on the links you both provide and see it being the exact same post. LAME!

Photo of Ally

I usually wouldn't bother addressing a "troll" comment but in this case I just felt I had to.
To Eloise: Considering Jane and her mom are obviously linking each other to get more support and awareness for this charity I don't see how any sensible person could label it "LAME". Promoting a good cause is not pathetic, but criticising other people who are helping others is just a bad reflection on you. If it is 'tiresome' then don't read their blogs!

Jane: It is so inspiring to see this project! What a fantastic and creative idea, I love it. Keep up the good work!

Photo of Lily

What a lovely thing to do, I really admire you and your mum, you used this wonderful creative idea and turned it into a fundraiser to help little children. The chair looks absolutely fabulous. My dad runs a childrens chairty so I will be definietly showing him this post its such a good idea and I love how you got the children involved in the project.

Photo of Leura

my furniture will never be the same, off to buy markers & invite neighborhood kids for a color party!!! & what an amazing charity its for, brings a tear to my eye


Photo of Annabel

good to know you guys are helping sick kids! :)) chair looks awesome

Photo of lisa from london

chair looks great. good job. also a very inspiring idea.

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Photo of Rosie Unknown

That is wonderful! The chair is amazing!

Photo of Le Cocon

great idea, great chair.

xo Noah (Indie Music Blog)

Photo of maria del mar

...Congratulations for this great idea!!!!! It´s fantastic and really fun for these children!!
I think that you and your mum are great & fashion people!!..are amazings!!! ;-)
Kisses from Spain!!!!!

Photo of Little Red

That is such a great idea! And the chair looks awesome!

Photo of Isabel

Wow! What a beautiful and creative way to raise money for charity! Honestly, I think I'd be tempted to keep it myself. You're an inspiration, Jane.

Photo of Caddie

Loved! It's great that you are involved with your community. I'm touched :)


Photo of Johanna

what a great fundraiser! the chair looks fun, kind of like the patchwork ones that have been popping up in the Anthro catalogs!

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