Wednesday, July 27, 2011


OK! So our online auction to benfit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light The Night charity has gottn so big we have desided to extend to a Part 2!

We are going to close out all items that have ben bid on. And will carry over all items withowt bids to a Part 2 auction. This is grate for you and us! You get to have anothr chanse to grab up a cool item or 2 and help stomp out leukemia and lymphoma at th same time! and we get closer to meeting our page goles. which brings us all closer to a CURE. who nos! it may be YUOR DOLLAR that gives us that cure! Cool, huh!

SO! Take a last look at our auction list. Get your bids in. July 29th, this part ends and bids are won.

Pleez share this. Pleez tell yuor frends, famly, yuor cyrcls and groops. Cancer reserch has a trickl-down effect. A brake in one area meens a brake in all. Reserch gives us cutting edg treatmnts that save lives. With Washington making drastic cuts to servises, this mony is vital to programs that support patients and ther famlys. Among the things LLS dos is a one time $500 check to evry patient it can. To use as yuo need. Mine went to med.


Rite now, get 20% off this print (in fact, my entire store!) and STILL 20% gos to Leukemia and Lymphoma Reserch!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Vintage Afghan by Susan Rydell Fischer of SimplySuzula on etsy

Lets tiptoe into this lovly shop and check owt this sweet sweet afghan tthat Susan Rydell Fischer has donated to our auction!
what a beuty!

in her own words:  I am a great-granny living in rural Tennessee after a childhood on the New Jersey shore. Transforming into a country gal came easy to me, and I love it here.

I started collecting vintage linens and housewares years ago for my own pleasure, and Etsy has allowed me to expand my collections and share them with others. I can often be found at local estate sales, searching for treasures.

I love Etsy, and all the friends I've found in this great community!! 

We are honord to have this beuty in our auction.
Bidding on this item starts NOW!  

NO LONGER AVALABLE!~ AUCTION ITEM~Maria Jürimäe's beutifl silk painted scarf of SingingScarves etsy shop

Take a peek with me into Maria's lovly shop and see the incredibl scarf she has created for our auction.
In her own words: I am an Estonian silk artist who is specialized in custom silk paintings.
My name is Maria Jürimäe, and I am mother of two lovely girls. Painting on silk is my passion. I have painted on silk and taught silk painting for over 15 years.

I love to sing while painting. In old Estonian and Finno-Ugric tales the power of song is really strong – it can influence our lives, it can create the new worlds. Our nation has not forgotten this wisdom. And we sang ourselves free from the Soviet Union!

My silk scarves and silk ties carry the joy of making them, and the good wishes that are specially painted into them.

I am a member of Estonian team, EST (European Street Team), and EPE Team♥ Etsy Project Embrace ♥:
This team connects artists to create together awareness and support for people who have been diagnosed and are suffering with Cancer. My mother died on it 10 years ago, and my piano teacher when she was surely too young. So if you buy a singing scarf 10% of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Estonian Cancer Society.

If you would like to know more about me, the magic world of singing scarves, and silk painting, you are welcome to visit my web-home:

For wholesalers and boutique owners:

I love to paint on silk and I have a nice collection of unique silk scarves at my home.
If you love to sell something unique, real, magic, you are welcome to ask me for wholesale prices! In local boutiques my scarves are among the bestsellers, so why not to take the chance! 

Take a look at this beuty
 Bidding for this auction item starts NOW!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Detachment~A Day in the Life of TBT(Traumatic Brain Trauma)

Ther are days whn I awake to feel a detachment of self frm life. Its hard to describe. but it is scary as shit. I feel disconectd from my body, I wach my hands move and dont seem to undrstand how. If i hrrt myslf on thees days, I am detachd frm that also.....making the injry wors cos I dont stop in an aproprat time. Somtims this lasts for days. I walk thru my life feeling like a ghost. Seeing my husband, and needing desprtly to screem to him to help me....or seeing my dauter as she stops by and I cant undrstand the words she is saying cos it seems like evn as she is standng rite bside me it looks like she is a mile away, in my warped vision. Yes, it afects my vision like a fish eye lens. i'm a photographer and that is a perfct way to say it.
My startl reflex is horendus on thees days.

I no ther are sevrl reesns I do this. I undrstand the patholgy and mentl reesons, from PTSD of an abusive marrig, to deeling with cancer, to having traumatic brain trauma from that, and the endless radiashn and treetmnt.......

but ultimatly it dosnt mattr WHAT coses it. What mattrs is to STOP IT. I forse myslf OFF the computr, OWT of my bedroom. I forse myslf to speek to my lovd ones, and to let my husband no i am feeling this way so he can be aware and help me back to good. I'm blessd. I'm an aquarius with an aquarian husband. perfect.

If you suffr from depressn, PTSD, anxiety, fear of leeving your home, or th many reesns of TBT, I hope this helps you.
Evn whn it dosnt feel reel, forse yourslf to reech out to sombdy. and tell thm exacly what is hapning to yuo within yuor head. let them no just how scary it is. I have ben brot close to suisidal thots due to this condishn. It is VITAL that yuo make sombdy in yuor life aware of this condishn so if thay notise you pulling away thay can make the effrts to bring you back out.

If this sounds like smbdy yuo no......welp, thats what ya gota do! Reech out, evn if the person puts yuo off. keep it up. try to be undrstandng. see the anxiety for what it is. and dont let go.

thanks fr sharing a coke with me ths aftrnoon. and for helping me to come out. Make it a grate day.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sara's Artist Watch! Colette of Raw Art Letter Press

Today I'm proud to feature anothr artist who has donated an item in our Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light The Night online auction! Meet Colette of Raw Art Letter Press.

how long have yuo ben crafting? when did yuo start?

i come from a long line of crafty gals - my grandma turned 100 last february and she is still doing needle work and other crafts. i have been making stuff since i can remember - my mom is very crafty and always had supplies around with which we could make things.

what inspired you to begin and what keeps you inspired now?

sister corita kent was a printmaker and teacher whose work has very much inspired me. she is best known for her 'love' stamp.

i am inspired by simple things, common phrases and a lot of special requests! some of the most popular prints came first as customer requests, so i am always glad to hear suggestions.

what is the favrit thing in your shop for you?

my favorite print at the moment is a purple elephant dancing on a birthday cake. 
TOO CUTE! $18 with $3 shipping

how long have yuo ben on etsy? how were yuo introdusd to etsy?

i opened my etsy shop on july 22, 2009 so i've been doing this for two years. my sister has an etsy shop, Lulu Bug Jewelry ( ) and i wanted to understand what she was doing so i opened a shop. she now has a line of pieces that are made from my prints - it is great to work together with her.

any advise to a newby?

or people who are just starting out on etsy? i think the first thing is to make what you love to make. take good photos. get a system for organizing your stuff. talk to other people and ask for help. join a team. make treasuries. participate in virtual labs. don't get overwhelmed or discouraged - this is a new thing. you wouldn't throw your kids in the ocean and expect them to swim - keep that in mind and let yourself be a beginner.

oh, and remember to have fun making your stuff! you are the only person who can do what you do and if you don't make it it will not exist. you never know how what you create will influence someone. my mantra is "stop arguing with your ideas, get out of your way, and make something!"

what is yuor fave charity yuo wod like to have hilited?

one charity that i support is Life Transitions Network which is part of the work Elisabeth Kubler Ross did. they offer workshops for those experiencing loss and transition of all sorts.

This is Colette's item in our auction.

thanks for sharing a cup of coffee wth me. Make it a grate day! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dear God, Thanks for Evrything. Love, Me

Upon a nudg frm a frend, I rite tday's entry.

Its one of those tea sippin, lazy sunshine, slite breezy perfct mornings of summer. When it seems tthat all is rite in our world.
my famly is helthy.
my granma sally is still being silly.
my husbnd is crazy for me and vise versa.
my grandpup totly rocks.
my mick is mr. cool dog.
my pain tday is a 6, so im wrrkng on that.
a dear frend, my 'big bro', is fiting for evry day. how i love him and his fam.
i wory bowt all the kiddos, i want thm to all find hapyness, in whatevr mannr that is.
my mom's feelngs hav ben hrrt and im hugging her.
im frustrated by my inabilty to fix my dauter's problms. SHE has to.
my throt biopsy came bak neg agen, sept for the barrot cells. so no cancer fr anothr 6mnths.
im givng myslf 6 weeks to re-invent myslf.

think of yuor own life, rite this momnt. all of it. the good, th not so good, th bad. Its life.

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"

Life is a grand adventur, a crazy ride.

When yuo go thru yuor day today, rmembr to give thanks (in whatevr way yuo do) for EVRYTHNG. cos evrythng makes yuo who yuo are.
heers to hope!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sara's Artist Watch! Christine A Smith of Fifthelementdesign

Come take my hand and let us walk tgethr. to a beutifl shop that clenses our souls. 

Lets take a peek arownd...of Christine's Fifth Element Design shop 
stunning and simple too, and amazng prise of $25! with $5 shipping

I am in love with this ring and will end up buying it. at $32, and $3.50 shipping, how can i NOT!

OK, lets chat.....

how long have yuo ben crafting? when did yuo start?
I have been making jewelry for about a year.

I started to make jewelry as a way to express my creative side and touch other people. I have Multiple Sclerosis and it has been very difficult for me to write which is what I used to do, so I had to find another way to express myself and creating jewelry helps me do that.

what inspired you to begin and what keeps you inspired now?
What keeps me inspired is that I love what I do. I love to make jewelry, I love to help people heal which is what my jewelry is designed to do.

what is the favrit thing in your shop for you?

My favorite thing in my shop right now is this bracelet:
$28 and $3.50 shipping

how long have yuo ben on etsy? how were yuo introdusd to etsy?
I have been on Etsy since February of this year 2011. I found Etsy doing a search of handmade jewelry.

any advise to a newby?

The advice I have for a newbe is to give it time. If you have a product you believe in and you create your shop using all the tips that Etsy gives, you will sell. A few of the most important points to having a successful shop:

*Make sure you have gorgeous pictures
*Work on your search engine optimization
*Enjoy what you do

what is yuor fave charity yuo wod like to have hilited?

If I have the opportunity to highlight something I really believe in and hope to help I would like to tell you about a shop on Etsy that is a cooperative of women that sell Shea Butter from Sudan. The shop is called, Lululife: Lulu Works Trust, LTD is a member-owned women's cooperative registered in Sudan and Kenya. LWT was set up with the assistance of MEDIC, an international NGO that has since worked side-by-side with the women's cooperative providing technical assistance and moral support encouraging the women to make their shea butter available world-wide and facilitating access to international markets.

The woman of Sudan have seen horrors that our minds wouldn't be able to comprehend. We all need to help each other. Their Etsy shop is:

me agen! sara heer. as yuo can see, buying anythng in this shop is going to be a blessing crossd twise. a person who deels with daly chronic pain is somthng i truly undrstand. and she gos owt of her way to champion the women of Sudan.

This sweet lady also has an item donated to my online auction to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. so her charity undrstands no limits! what a lovly soul!

heer is the beutifl braselet she created for us!
You can click this link rite heer to bid on this beutifl necklase and help fite cancer too!

and i encurage yuo to click heer and take a look at all the rest of the cool items we have up for auction!

thanks for sharing a cup of coffee wth me. Make it a grate day!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sara's Artist Watch! Vikota of Lavinia's Room

I am featuring artists who are takng part in our auction to benefit my and kathy fry's Leukemia and Lymphoma Light The Night pages, heer is MY Heers To Hope LTN page,  and then then heer is Kathy's Heers To Hope LTN page.

Today's feature artist is Vikota, of Lavinia's Room. she is a native american craftsman and is a beutifl jeweler. Let's get to no her a bit.....

 how long have yuo ben crafting? when did yuo start? I have been crafting since I learned to use scissors.

what inspired you to begin and what keeps you inspired now?My Dad was an artist and poverty taught me to upcycle. I put the two together. When I see something that appears obsolete, I always wonder what I can turn it into. I only begun to fill my shop with the things that are still to be put together.

what is the favrit thing in your shop for you?In LaviniasRoom is my favorite, and it is a far cry from what I have planned.

how long have yuo ben on etsy?I've been on Etsy for over a year on my other shop for over a year and in this shop since last August.

any advise to a newby?My advice to newbies is: Find what is on the inside of you and translate it to the outside.

what is yuor fave charity yuo wod like to have hilited?
Wounded Warriors is my favorite charity.

 You can find Vikota's art in her etsy shop Lavinia's Room and also in her other etsy shop, Vikotas.

Her item in our auction to benefit the Leukemia and lymphoma Society is fownd heer on her own auction page and bidding is still going on! 
this is the lovly braselet she created just for our auctn.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Auction Item--One Week Stay in Secluded Puerto Rico Mountain Cabin!

Cabin with covered patio
Up for auction is a seven day stay at our Puerto Rico vacation cabin!  The cabin is located on the secluded and quiet northern edge of the Maricao Forest Reserve in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, and has all the comforts of home!  Features include:
  • Unique 12-sided design
    530 square feet, fully furnished
  • Two bedrooms, one with queen size bed and one with full size futon
  • Additional futon in living room allows total sleeping for up to 6 people
  • Fully equipped kitchen, including refrigerator, microwave, two burner cook top, coffee maker, toaster and toaster oven
  • Charcoal grill and fire pit
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • Covered patio
  • An absolute guarantee of NO SNOW!

    Several special conditions apply to this auction item:
  • Minimum bid of $150
  • Your stay must occur between March 1 and April 15 of 2012
  • Air and ground transportation are not included

The cabin is in the most rural part of the main island of Puerto Rico, in the mountainous coffee growing region of the island.  The nearby town of Maricao offers basic conveniences (grocery, bakery, pizza, convenience store, etc.) but no chain stores of any kind.  You must park at the top of the road and walk in to the property, a distance of about 1100 feet down a dirt and stone road.  The walk up is steep in two places and the road can be slippery if it rains.  

If you love fast paced city life, crowds of people, and cosmopolitan night life...this is not the place for you.  But...if you like to relax in a tropical setting where the houses you can see are over a mile away...if your idea of wild nightlife is listening to the songs of crickets and coquis...if you've ever wondered what it would feel like to take your morning shower outside in the warmth of the morning sun...if you'd like a warm escape in the cold winter months to a place where you can find bananas, mangoes, coconuts and citrus fruits growing wild at the side of the road...if you have a sense of will LOVE IT HERE!  

We will provide information for day trips and area information.  More pictures and info about the cabin can be found on our web site:  

Who wants to go to paradise???

View from bathroom window!
Master Bedroom


Auction Item--Jesse and Liz Finkelstein donate thees beutifl cards to our auction

thees fine print copyrighted gifts of a sunset rite at 'magic hour' were shot by Mr Jesse Finkelstein himself. he givs this discription.

This photograph was taken in April 2010 using an Olympus digital SLR, aperture
set manually, with no special filters or digital modification.  The location
the shot is our back balcony at 1063 Hillsboro Mile, Unit 303, Hillsboro Beach,
Florida 33062.  The view is west across the intracoastal waterway (only a few
hundred yards away) toward the rather unphotogenic city of Deerfield Beach.

One of the most surprising aspects of the photo is that it directly targets an
area with extensive commercial and residential development. Only one subtle
clue is apparent: In the far lower left, a few early lights several miles away
in Deerfield Beach are visible.

The tree in the lower left is on the far side of the intracoastal, and serves
the home for a number of nesting pelicans.  Comfortable shelter 500 feet from
hour fresh sushi seems like an intelligent choice for real estate.

This auction set is for a box of 10 cards, an eezy value of $25.

The beuty of this art is brethtaking.

Bidding on this item is open!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Auction Item--Wall Clock by PragmaticEffects!

You are gonna love this totly unique time peese donated by PragmaticEffects on Etsy!
How cool is THAT! Own the coolest clock arownd and help us fite Leukemia and Lymphoma too!

In her own words...
I'm a stay at home mom during the day and artist at night. I love coffee, cooking, reading, music, and paint!
It's probably also obvious that I love Dali. I started making melting clocks as a way to bring in a little extra money and to pay homage to what I consider the greatest artist ever. Okay, the renaissance masters were pretty good too. 

Bid of this item is open!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sara's Faves~Artist Pick, Elizabeth Holmes-deForest of Foret

I am going to feature some fave peeps. Elizabeth shares her persnl story and her thots on charity.

Today......i'm hapy to introdus "Ribasus"....

$62.00 with $7.50 shipping, extraordnary detaling

$80 with $7.75 shipping

$280 with $10 shipping, stunning color and repurpose

Hello there~ My name is Elizabeth Holmes-deForest, but my inner circle call me ‘Ribasus’ and even more often, ‘Auntie Ribasus.’ Why? It all came from my son’s attempt to say my name when he was learning to speak. Well… the name stuck, and even my late mother called me Ribasus! Anyway, I have had parallel careers in healing and the arts. They are completely intertwined for me, especially when it comes to my talisman healing amulets which are called ELEMENTALZ. You can learn more about these powerful pendant beings by reading up on them in my profile. The link is right there in the listing. This is one of my favorite ones,

I was born curious and have been pursuing both of my interests… which really boil down to helping people and making beautiful things… since I was a little girl. In the arts, I have some formal training and have won awards for photography and works on paper in the fine arts realm. As for crafts, those began early on learning to sew and knit at my grandmother’s feet. I also would make jewelry from whatever I could lay my hands on. I still have the old candy tin with the few beads which I would combine and recombine for hours on end. But the making of jewelry as a business and also realizing my dream of designing apparel came later. I had some jewelry and design businesses through the ‘70’s, but after the birth of my son in 1984, I got serious about manufacturing my own lines of both jewelry and outerwear. Now that I am officially middle aged, I have moved into a less hectic and deadline sensitive mode. I sell my jewelry and offer some of my astrology services ( I have been a counseling astrologer for over 30 years) at Foret on Etsy. I sell some of the extraordinary supplies and gemstones I have been amassing at ForetTwo on Etsy.

I LOVE what I do and it is always hard for me to pick a favorite piece at Foret. However, this one is very special to me because I love dragons. I was born in the Year of the Water Dragon, so these creatures are all over my house!

And at my other shop, ForetTwo, this is a particular favorite at the moment. It is a Tibetan healing pendant which I purchased from a company which is owned and operated by Tibetans living in exile in Northern India.

I have been on Etsy for three years and found it completely by accident. I then lassoed some of my friends to open shops on Etsy as well. You know. Safety in numbers! I had such diverse items to offer that I used to have three Etsy shops but found that one was always ignored, so I condensed back to two: Foret and ForetTwo. I have very simple advise for anyone who wants to sell on Etsy- 1) list something, preferably more than one thing, every day if you can, 2)make sure that your photographs are the best you can make them because they are what sells your item, 3) observe all of the SEO advice which is readily available to Etsy sellers and make your descriptions and titles all searchable and pertinent, and 4) promote, promote, promote. I find that if I drop the ball as to promoting ( I have my Facebook and Twitter linked as well as being on a number of active Etsy teams) my sales stop in their tracks. Just keep making things better and better. Hang in there and never give up!

As for charities, I am definitely in favor of giving, tithing, and donating to whatever speaks to your heart. As a member of Etsy Project Embrace, I make donations to our charities. Right now, I am more inclined to be giving to the local food bank and to the humane charities which need help at the moment due to the disastrous wildfires here in New Mexico. At the moment, I am writing to you my home in Santa Fe where the air is tainted with smoke from fires both above town in the mountains and from nearby Los Alamos. This is the largest fire in NM history- over 104,000 acres and growing.

Over all, Auntie Ribasus urges you to BE BRILLIANT! Do good works and send Love and Light to everyone and everything on our beautiful planet.

Foret’s Divine Designs and Medicine Show!/RibasusWorld
Personal page:!/elizabethholmesdeforest