How exciting..I'm already planning and taking action for next years sales! I ususally wait until the year is half gone before I start looking for a place to send my 10% of sales. Could that be that I just don't sell enough before then??? Not in 2013!! I'm lining up the charity and already plotting how much I can send in before the CAA studio Tour.
I found Seeds of Change while browsing Heifer's web site looking for my holiday gift for my sisters. I wanted something in the US like they do all over the world. I know we have areas here that need help as well. Their idea of helping people is to teach them how to take care of themselves by planting crops, digging wells, raising livestock. This program fit the bill..for my sisters and for my charity for 2013. The goal is to raise $13,417,837 for this project. I plan to help as much as I can. One little drop at a time and we will fill the bucket.
It probably didn't hurt that I have a painting entitled Seeds of Change. I ove the idea of a seed and how it holds all it needs in such a compact shell. This idea for a charity is my seed that will grow and nourish my art business thoughout 2013.
At my last sales event on Camano Sunday was a little slow, so I spent the time learning how to do some cool wire weaving from my friend Kathy Dannerbeck. Using copper wire clad in a bronze sheath she taught me to do a Viking weave, pull it through the downsizer thingy, and then open up an end to hold a vintage glass button. These are the cool butttons I got from her last month. They are vintage glass buttons and really very nice and sparkly. I'm still just learning but you cansee the possiblities. Copper is neat but the bronzed wire is perfect with most of my colors.
This is our third year of working as a team to create wonderful holiday bags that are available to Laurie's customers for a donation to the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. Laurie donates the bags, the space, and the storefront for the project. Marianne Bloom donates her time, glue sticks and library time wtih a small group of 4th and 5th gradres at Stanwood Elementary School. I donate the paper and the lesson on color and design...John got to design and donate the cool display rack. We are team Holiday Bags!!! We are excited to be able to make them available yet again.
It is now a tradition...three times makes a tradition for me.
Be sure to shop downtown this season and drop by Laurie's Boutique to not only pick up great gifts..the hats and new jewelry are really nice..but also to get one of these one of a kind designer holiday bags..signed...and everything!!! Start your collection now..or continue it if you have been so lucky as to have purchased a 2010 or 2011 edition!!
The food bank is my charity for this year. 10% of my sales have been going to the Stanwood Camano Food Bank.