Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hearts for Haiti update

As of 11:45pm on 1/19 EST raised $6369.66 (after fees) 100% of that money is going to Doctors without Borders.
Since the shop opened on the 16th the shop has sold 565 items and at the time I'm writing this they have 522 items listed for sale.

Kudos to the volunteer etsians who have given ...uncountable hours to listing and contacting sellers.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hearts for Haiti - in business!

It took a little while to get it all sorted out but they did it, Hearts for Haiti went live with listings on Jan 16th. As of 6:43pm on the 18th the numbers looked like this:
Currently in PayPal: $3911.69
Etsy fees: $297.54
Total for Doctors Without Borders: $3614.15

As of 10:46pm on the 18th there are 332 items for sale and 316 sales already made.

Please stop by the Hearts for Haiti shop and see if you can help keep the momentum going.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hearts for Haiti

I've been following a thread on the Etsy forums, there is a ground swell of shop owners trying to set up a shop raise funds for Haiti. The plan is for the participants to donate items to be sold through one hub site on Etsy. each item will be shipped free and 100% of the monies raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. (Except for the etsy fee/listing cost 3.5%+$.20).

I have a personal connection to Haiti. Though it was so long ago I don't remember it, my grandparents helped establish the first art museum in Haiti. For a while when I was a child visiting my grandparents might mean spending time with visiting Haitian artists. One artists, Murat Brierre spent a summer teaching me to speak Creole, the family story says that I was fluent by the end of that summer, but unfortunately I don't remember a word of it now. I am the proud owner of one of Monsieur Brierre's sculptures. The woman in is my mother and the children are my brother and myself.

More later as the Hearts for Haiti project is ready for launch.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Where would your looking glass take you?

Do you ever find yourself mentally wandering away? Wishing you could be somewhere else for even a few moments? If you could set Alice's looking glass so you could go anywhere where would you go?

Today I'm finding myself longing for a magical retreat. Since none of my mirrors will allow me to enter a magical world I'm wandering through Etsy's art categories day dreaming of places to escape to. I thought I'd share the images that held me in their thrall, inviting me to enter their worlds and ponder their mysteries.

Bass Harbor Lighthouse, this is genuinely one of my favorite places in the world. There is something magical about it, once you are down among the rocks there are no bad views. I have spent hours here in the summer.

I have never even heard of this place, but it is so beautiful I could spend ages staring at the image and wishing I could wander among the rocks.

Rock Rainbow in Antelope,

This photo makes me think there might fae hiding in the trees, or sitting on the roof just waiting to play a trick or wondering how humans could create such a beautifully fae building.

Summer house, Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland

The Dryad's Retreat

Here the name perfectly reflects the magic of the image. In my mind I am wandering through these woods, hoping to catch a glimpse of a dryad.