This is the time of year many of us reflect on things we are thankful for. I know, this should really be something we do every day anyway - but most of us require gentle reminders, or in cases like mine, a bonk on the head with a giant cartoon-style rubber mallet, to really sit back and appreciate the little things (and the big ones) that we are blessed with every day.
I am thankful that I am given the opportunity to make my living doing something I love. I am thankful that I have a home and a place to work. I am thankful that it is warm and secure; that there is a roof attached to that place. That my work tools, treasured belongings, and funny little family are safe under that roof.
Yeah, you can probably tell where I'm going with this. I have been overwhelmed with emotion the last few weeks seeing the homes, neighborhoods, entire towns where this is not the case. Recovering from and rebuilding after a loss of this magnitude is something my little brain just can't seem to wrap itself around. I wish I could do some little thing . . . and well, I am thankful that I can.
I've recently reopened my long-neglected Etsy shop and have been adding items little by little. And I will continue to do so throughout the holiday season: I've been inventorying my fabric stash to make sure I have everything I'm offering (!), I've been painting some new original pieces, and will be having quite a few new art-prints available soon.
At the end of each week I will tally up my sales and make a donation, and will keep you updated as to our progress. Yes, it's our progress that we will be making together, because it's your purchases that will make each donation happen!
I'll also be sharing other ways we can all help, here and on my Facebook Page - there are so many great people and organizations out there doing a lot of amazing things right now, it warms my heart to see it. And hopefully I can pass along a little bit of that heart-warmth to the rest of you.
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you all have a beautiful week appreciating all for which you are thankful!
Just a reminder (nudge, nudge) to visit all the amazing blog-hop hostesses each day of the Henry Glass Holiday Party if you haven't already - a full list with links to everyone's great stories, recipes, and free project downloads can be found here.
There's still time to enter my drawing for a 21-fat-quarter bundle of One Crazy Christmas Eve, see the post below this one for details and how to enter. There's also still time to enter the big Henry Glass Holiday Party drawing where you'll win a big fabric bundle + separate gifts from each of the 16 designers participating in the hop! Wow!
You have until Sunday the 25th to enter the Henry Glass contest, and until Thanksgiving to enter mine here. I've had so much fun reading your entries/comments here so far, your stories of Jello are running the gamut from cracking me up, grossing me out, and making me hungry! You are all so awesome!