Friday, February 13, 2009

And the award goes to...

Proximidade is described as follows:
This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes for self-aggrandizement!
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!'
The rules are: This blog award should be sent to your favorite eight bloggers and they, in turn should forward to eight of their favorites. You should include the text for Proximidade (above) in your announcement blog.

Clare has been wonderful enough to suggest I be the recipient of such an award. I'm going to accept but only because it gives me the opportunity to pass on some of the incredible stories of the week, stories of how wonderful people from all over the world have banded together to help the victims of the Victorian bushfires.

First there is Emma (aka Felicia Fairy). I'm bending the rules of the award because she doesn't have a blog but you can become a fan on Facebook or visit her Etsy shop. Why would you want to? Emma has been the driving force behind the shop.
Emma jumped in, opened the shop and then got it going all in the twinkling of an eye. No mean feat seeing as she has a little baby on her lap most of the time.

I'm feeling a little pressured here to mention all the right people, so forgive me if I miss you (you know who you are - and I thank you too!) Next I'm going to introduce Carley (aka Vanilla Pixie). Carley is one of the many members of DUST (Down Under Street Team of Etsy) who has volunteered hours of her time to help deal with the many donations to be sold in the shop.

Tiffany (aka Owl and Fox) has also helped, as have (in no particular order)
Helena (aka Little Mo and Friends),
Kathleen (aka Whimsigals),
Nic (aka Vintage Principessa)
Emma (aka NeverEver)
Jo (aka RubyJo)
Jade (aka scherre)
melanie (aka Wiccked)
Alanna (aka Bobishi)
Vanessa (aka Light and Shade)
Carmel (aka Lace and Links)
Jay (aka Finki)
I'll stop now as I've gone way over the prescribed number of recommendations for the award, but these people really deserve it! As do all the people who have donated. It's been wonderful!

So, visit the shop (below is a snippet of what's available), have a browse and buy something you like, and all your money will go to the appeal, your goods have been donated, as has the shipping cost, and will come to you in the mail! Perfect.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The 6th in the 6th

melanie tagged me. I don't usually do memes. Not because I'm against them or anything. I usually have the intention of doing them. But then I just don't get to it. But this one had me checking my folders and before I knew it I was at the point where I may as well just post it now.

I took this photo when I was working on the composition for an exercise in my uni course. I wasn't that happy with the final result so I didn't post it here. May as well now that I've been outed! Actually I think it is just the colours I'm a little disturbed by...
And what's the meme? You have to post the 6th photo in the 6th folder in you Pictures folder and blog about it. I've got a Mac so I don't have 6 folders in my Pictures folder. So I chose the 6th folder in the photos from this year. I'm assuming there are no meme police.
I'm not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you'd like to do this please post a comment so I can see what you found in your folder! I'd like to see!
An update on my post from last night. The Etsy shop opened to raise money for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal has made 24 sales and raised $450 already! Such a good response. How can you help? No matter where you are in the world you can visit the shop, browse the items donated by lots of different makers, and buy something. 100% of funds will go to the appeal and your item will come to you in the mail in normal shipping time.

If you are an artist or crafter you can visit the store and donate an item or items by clicking the 'contact OzBushfireAppeal' link on the right hand side. Send them a description and photos for the listing. Once your item has sold you will be advised who to send the item to. You pay the shipping. You can do this regardless of where you are in the world.

The response has been fantastic. We all want to help. There is so much help needed. I guess if we all do our little bit it will add up to a whole lot of help!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Bushfire appeal

We are all horrified by the situation in Victoria with the bushfires and incredible loss of life and damage to property. All my gorgeous friends who are DUSTers (Down Under Street Team at Etsy) are rushing in to help as much as possible. We've opened a new shop at Etsy where 100% of the purchase price is donated to the Red Cross appeal and all items have free shipping including international shipping. There hasn't been time to shift all the donated items in to the new shop yet so this thread in the Etsy Forum has details of others who are donating as we speak (well, type really). I have had time to update a few of my original art prints in my own shop to be included in the appeal, but really, if you want anything from my shop, contact me and I'm sure it will be fine to be a part of the 100% donation deal.

Please help! Click on the images above to link to the listing in my shop. Or visit Etsy via the links in the above paragraph to buy something else and still help the Victorian Bushfire appeal. Thank you.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

My favourite beach

I just uploaded these photos to the Moly_x_25 blog and thought I'd put them here too. I drew this today and it is in Kerry's Moleskine. You can read the post here.
This is my favourite rock on my favourite beach. (If I ever tell you I don't believe in favourites, don't believe it, OK.)
I can tell you it was hot there today!