Thursday, February 18, 2010

If I had more money...

Some of my favorites in the Hearts for Haiti shop right now:

Crochet Flower Pattern by Mamta

Embroidered Bunny Journal by Penny Craft

...I could seriously go one all night. Go on, go find your own treasures! There are seriously at least 5 things for everyone :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Doing my part

It's been a month since Hearts for Haiti hit the ground running and, though things have slowed down to a much more manageable pace, we're still going strong! Last night I was overjoyed to post that we have raised $30,012.19 for Doctors Without Borders in Haiti!!

It has been rather painful to watch the shop fill up with such gorgeous items and then watch so many of my very favorites sell before I could snatch them up. I finally have a bit of extra cash and have been able to pick up a few really wonderful finds. Here they are!

1. Vintage Atlas Envelope Seals from KisforCalligraphy:

I definitely have a soft spot for hearts, vintage paper goods, AND calligraphy, so this one was a no-brainer. The lovely Katy also created our beautiful Hearts for Haiti banner and avatar/logo and has been so very generous with her donations to the shop. I'm looking forward to purchasing more of her beautiful wares soon!

2. Hearts for Haiti Brooch from Sandhra Lee:

This gorgeous brooch was pointed out to me by a fellow team member when I was writing the answers to my Storque interview and I fell in love. I was sorry to see that it had already sold, so when I saw that the seller had donated another recently I didn't hesitate to buy it right away! I'm excited to have this as a reminder of the amazing time I've spent with Hearts for Haiti.

3. I ♥ Haiti kid's tshirt from The Cotton Cupcake Shoppe:

I LOVE this one. I bought one for Lyric and am going to try it on Tigerlily to see if maybe I can order one for her, too, but I think she might be too big. This donor's shop is filled with many more really adorable things, too!

4. Mini Terrarium from pickledaliens:

I have always wanted to have a terrarium collection and now I'm finally starting it! I love how tiny this is--3.5"!!

5. Vintage brass locket from The Creative Block:

Shhhh! This one's a birthday gift for the Annie-obsessed Tigerlily.

:That's my haul so far!! There are still so many amazing finds in the shop, I'll be back to share some of my favorites tomorrow!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The New Normal

Well, I had the best intentions for the blog in the new year. And then there was a devastating earthquake in Haiti and it awakened a need in me to really HELP, in whatever way I could. My life effectively stopped completely for two weeks as I and a bunch of really lovely Etsy sellers put together a charitable shop to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. To date we have raised nearly $30,000!!

Things are slowly calming down, though the shop is still going strong. My own shop and personal projects not so much, but I'm figuring out how to fit them in again. We've settled into a new normal around here and it sure is different. But we're feeling our way and it's not so bad.

Some news:

Lyric fell and whacked his head on our coffee table, resulting in a huge gash on the back of his head, our first visit to the ER in 6 1/2 years of parenting, 4 staples and a new haircut. He was a brave boy, his sister and I didn't handle it so well.
Lyric showing the size of the gash he got from the coffee table

I've started dog-sitting for my friend Cat during the days in exchange for a piece of her amazing art. Her dog, Mia, is a bit neurotic but warming up to me (slower to the kids).


I have been able to get a bit of work done, a new science-y book (love this one!) and a name banner: