Thursday, January 31, 2008

More news on the fundraising effort

Just a quick update to let you know that the total raised so far stands at $457.22!!!! Today I even got some gift cards to pass along. You guys ROCK! Thank you for your purchases, donations, and for sending a link on to others who might be interested. I feel so blessed to have such a giving circle of friends who will leap in to help people they don't necessarily know.

If you haven't done so yet, please take a look at the great collage kits with FREE SHIPPING. You get to specify the color. I just got some new donated goodies which will find their way into these kits. Please forward a message and/or link to other friends who might want to add to their stash of artsy supplies. We're awfully close to the $500 goal and it would be wonderful if we could smash that. I really want to send a memorable Valentine to these great women, something that's sure to warm their hearts.

Thanks again for your interest and support. Link to the Etsy store is down a little on the right.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fundraiser Update

Wow, I am so excited to tell you that the proceeds so far from my "Starving Artist" sale to benefit my two girlfriends has already raised $326!!! In addition to the things purchased on my Etsy site, I've received donations of cash as well as more goodies to put up for sale.

I've added a couple new things since last weekend and will be adding quite a few more in the coming days so please check back often. And please send a link to other friends who might like to check out my stuff for sale or who would be interested in helping a couple of great women who are facing scary times.

Since I first shared my idea with you I've found out that one of my friends' homes has been foreclosed and she must soon vacate the property. She's not sure where to go and is considering moving to an uninsulated mobile home up north. In Michigan. Where the high today was 23 and the low was maybe 10.

I was so nervous to even attempt this, unsure if anybody even SEES my blog or if anyone would care about people they've never met at a time when so many people are facing hardships. I am so pleased and touched at the response. THANK YOU all who have helped out so far. My goal is now to raise $500 to be divided between these two special women. I'd like to be able to gift them by Valentine's day. I feel sure I can do it, with your help. Thanks for spreading the word. Blogland really IS a special place!

Scroll down to get to my Etsy store link on your right. Shop on!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Shopping for a cause

Have you heard that times are tough here in the Detroit metro area? Tough is an understatement. We are so blessed that DH is working again and I only lack two semesters until graduation and will once again be employable. But I have two very dear friends in the area, both of them single 50-somethings, who are in danger of losing their homes due to prolonged unemployment and, in one case, disability. Did you know it takes an average of 24 months for a disability hearing? Both of these are talented art-friends and both are exceptionally generous so they are used to giving and sharing with others, not receiving. But things are growing desperate and I must find new ways to help.

I have just added several new pieces to my Etsy shop and will be adding more in the next week or two. I will divide the price of EVERYTHING (not including shipping) sold on my site between these two deserving women. So here's a way you can shop AND make a contribution to two single female artists in need. Because this is a private effort and I won't embarrass my friends by naming them, I have no way to provide proof so I'm asking you to trust me on this. I promise not to keep a cent for myself besides the shipping charge.

Please spread the word to anyone who might be willing to help out. There's a link to my Etsy shop on the lower right or just click on "Shopping for a cause" above. I will be adding more items over the next week or two so please check back, too. Thanks SO MUCH for your support! Buy handmade!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

2008 is gonna be great!

One of the Yahoogroups I belong to has a wonderful sense of fun and camaraderie. We gossip and sometimes share tidbits from our personal lives in addition to all the artsy/craftsy/funny stuff we make and swap. Several years ago someone began to say they were "sending mojo" to another member who was going through a difficult time. The phrase caught on and we now regularly pool our collective well-wishes, prayers, positive energy, etc. to any member who shares a need with the group.

Last year was a particularly tough one for many of our members with stuff like job losses, serious illnesses, injuries, freak accidents, and all sorts of mishaps and we began to joke about what might happen next. Things just kept on happening to one of us right after another so that, by the end of 2007, we were seriously fed up. Somebody jokingly said we needed to start lighting candles when we sent out our mojo and the idea clicked. So a group of us decided to art up some of those inexpensive religious candles from the grocery store and arm ourselves with maximum mojo-power, determined to have a much better new year.

The candle I bought somehow escaped from the compartmentalized trunk organizer I'd carefully placed it in at the grocery store and rolled out the minute I opened the hatchback, shattering to smithereens all over my garage floor. So I rummaged around until I came up with this old cylindrical vase from a past flower arrangement (thanks, hubs!)and arted it up, tongue in cheek all the while. Popped in a candle and I am ready for whatever life throws at me or my sisters of the list. (I didn't have enough letter tiles so spell out Our Lady of Pick on Somebody Else For a Change!)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Oh, Deer

About a mile from us there's a stately old home and barn on a large fenced acreage. It's bisected by a major street but has become a sort of defacto deer preserve and lots of folks stop their cars along the sides of the road in the early evenings to feed and watch them.

During the warmer months we sometimes ride our bikes over. When it's this cold and snowy, they're visible most all the time because they're constantly foraging. I stopped on the way home today. Odd to see so many small fawns this early (or late?) in the season. These are shots of both sides of the street. This is the biggest buck I've seen yet.

Ski Michigan!

When we first moved here I was surprised to see these ski hills dotting the area. Turns out, they're landfills! This one is just about two miles down the road from us. It's called Pine Knob.

Kind of fun to see a mini-mountain in the midst of all this flatness.

Digging out

Darcy simply ADORES snow so she was anxious to get outside. I've been working on clearing a little path but this snow is so wet and heavy that it's a very gradual process. I decided to let her off-leash for the first time since her surgery and she was such a crack-up.

In snow this deep, it's a pretty hard slog so she won't stay out long at all but she loves for me to wad up a little hard snowball and throw it. She roots around in the rest of the snow until she actually finds the bugger!

Got it! Now let's go inside, please.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

What a way to start a year!

I guess I officially have the flu. Yuck. Temp is 101, everything hurts, and my throat is just raw. Didn't get a lot of sleep because of the respiratory symptoms. And we had a winter storm blow in overnight. The official snow count for my town as of 8 a.m. is 15 inches and it's not done yet. (As always, click to enlarge.)

This is coming out of the garage to the back yard after my first shoveling foray (but after the sun came up). Darcy was a real trooper and launched herself into the chest-deep snow to go potty. She got out a few leaps and turned around, looking at me as if to ask, "If I squat and don't surface, will you come get me?" No leash needed today! She wanted to go back inside NOW.

This is looking out the patio door. I've left those hanging baskets out there because I noticed that tiny little birds will burrow in under the snow when it gets like this. Who knew birds made igloos?

This is the back deck. Once the sun came up, the winds started so now we're starting to see a little blowing and drifting. Hopefully the wind will blow it AWAY from the back door. I see that another 2 or 3 inches have already filled in where I shoveled this morning. Uncle! I give! Please stop already!

You know how they say the first 12 days of January will represent the weather of each of the months of the year? Please be wrong about January and February, please be wrong about January and February, please...

Hope things are much nicer where you are and that you're enjoying a restful (and healthy) New Year's holiday.

One last batch...

In these quiet, post-Christmas days I took some time out to make a few ATCs. Several of these will go to my monthly swaps but please LMK if something catches your eye and you'd like to propose a trade. (Click photo to enlarge.) February 1 update...all cards now traded.