Monday, June 28, 2010

End of June Update

First off, let me apologize for the lack of updating this month!  There has been a lot going on in my already busy life - I've been attending one of the local farmer's markets as a vendor (which is surprisingly going okay even with other jewelers there), having family visiting for my daughter's 1st birthday, went to get portraits done, and my little girl has polished her ability to walk!  Which means I'm spending a lot of time with her, and not on the fact, she's attempting to climb things already!

 Our 1st Professional Family Portrait!

Next, I'm excited to say that since my sales went well this month, I have another decent donation ready for the National Wildlife Federation for cleanup efforts!  Please see the previous post for more information on what you can do about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

And finally, I only need one more follower for the next giveaway event to start!  I've decided that the next prize will be a peyote stitch bangle bracelet in the winner's choice of colors.  I haven't decided how many colors I'm allowing, but probably 1-3, in a solid or spiral pattern.  More info and pictures to follow when the next round starts!

Hopefully, regularly scheduled posts will start up again this week - starting with Thursday!  I'm not sure on the topic - maybe it's time for another tutorial?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

PROCEEDS FOR CLEANUP: BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

As the BP oil leak continues in the Gulf of Mexico and hits land, and hurricane season is just around the bend, my heart cries out for all the damage and deaths that have and will occur.  Since I can't go down to the coast to volunteer my services at this time, my husband and I have decided to donate money to a couple agencies putting cleanup crews together (more info below). 

In addition, I will be donating 50% of all proceeds from jewelry sales through the month of June, with the possibility of continuing through to August.

So, if you'd like a little something for yourself, or would just like to donate some money for this cause while also receiving something from me, please visit one of my shops (Etsy or 1000 Markets) and make a purchase!  If you'd like to donate the entire sum to the cause instead, please visit one of the links below!

Some agencies collecting donations and/or accepting volunteers for cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster:

For more information and a map, please visit the following site: 

They give a good explanation of what has and is occurring and what you can do to help.

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has also posted a list of things you can do to help: