Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Let The Auction Begin (Tomorrow)

Today we bring our blog tour to an end. Tomorrow, is a big day for us, the Bloggers for Pediatric Cancer Warriors. Tomorrow we wait in anticipation and hope that all our efforts pay off, and we are able to donate the $500 we set out to raise. Please join our Facebook auction page and tomorrow make a bid. Every cent raised in our auction is being donated directly to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, in support of their mission to help our warriors in the battle for their futures.

Personally this past week has been especially emotional for me. I’ve received a few emails and Facebook messages from families sharing their stories, and thanking me for our support in the fight against childhood cancer. It was hard to read some of the hardships that these families are going through. The biggest themes of the letters were that of hope and a desire to be acknowledged and supported. The amount of grace and steadiness these families have shown while coping with a child fighting for their life leaves me in awe. When things got overwhelming for me this past week while organizing the auction and blog tour, I just kept thinking about the words I had read, and dug deeper.

I know our goal is small with this auction, but it is so much more than zero and so much more than if we hadn’t done anything. With that said, and to continue what Erin of Isabella Santos’ Foundation did to me, I challenge you to do something. Any action or amount is more than nothing, just let that swirl in your mind for a minute. Now really embrace the idea that any action you take towards this cause is more than nothing. Your action can be something quiet that no one else knows about, or something loud shouted from the mountain top - it is all more than zero. I implore you to do more than zero!

For all those that have given so much for this event, I want to say thank-you, and as this is the last day and my last opportunity, I would like to take some space on my blog to tell you about the incredible people I got to work with. Also please consider supporting these women and companies in the future, I’ve provided links to everyone so you can easily reference them, bookmark them, or add them to your favorites.

  • First to Shauna of Team Trucker and Erin of Isabella Santos’ Foundation - f*#$ cancer
  • Becca of Sunflower Seams - Thank-you for being the co-organizer I needed to take my idea and turn it into this.
  • Seana of Weekly Auction for Gwen Edwards - Your mentorship and words of encouragement and advice really helped me get a better idea of how to shape the auction, thank-you for taking the time and talking with me.  
  • American Childhood Cancer Organization, especially Jessica and Christy - Thank-you for answering my emails, talking to me on the phone and supporting our auction.
  • To the bloggers - y’all rock. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of women to work with on my first blog tour/auction/fundraiser. You rolled with the punches, offered up guidance and support, suffered through an innumerable amount of annoyances that went along with dealing with a novice, showed immense grace and dedication, wrote amazing blog posts and made the wonderful items in our auction. Seriously y’all rock and your presence took this auction from an idea to a reality, it would not have happened if it wasn’t for your support. The bloggers were Essence, Amy, Becca, Gemia, Indu and Karly
  • To our giveaway donors - I still can’t believe y’all took a chance on me and this tour and donated items. I am forever grateful to have had your support. Our donors were Molly Goodall, Seamwork, PhatQuarters, Pattern Review, UpCraftClub and Paisley Roots.
  • To the donors that filled our auction with all those beautiful items, you have the most generous hearts and I am so thankful for your support. Our donors were Eudacide, Cutey Patootie Booties, Mimosa Goods, NY Red Bulls, Elaine, and Trisha.
  • To my parents - When I told them about my idea of this auction, they told me they would be all in with their bank account. I can’t tell you how many times when I was trying to motivate myself I’d think that at least I knew I had one bidder. Thank-you and I love you!!

And lastly to you the bidders. We would have nothing to give the American Childhood Cancer Organization if you weren’t here. Thank-you for showing-up, bidding on the items and supporting our cancer warriors.

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Blog Tour for “Go Gold©” Auction
Benefiting the American Childhood Cancer Organization

19th The Adventures of Bubba and Bug and Troops To Tots Giveaway is 5 copies of “Wild Things” by Molly Goodall
Giveaway is 6 month subscription to Seamwork Magazine
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to PhatQuarters and pattern stash
Giveaway is $50 gift certificate to Pattern Review
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to UpCraft Club

Giveaway is the book “Building Block Dress” by Lisel Gibson of Oliver & S.
GO GOLD® is the registered trademark of the American Childhood Cancer Organization




Written by: Shawna


Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Makers of the Pediatric Cancer Warrior's Auction

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When I set out to raise money for childhood cancer warriors, I didn’t really think it would happen. I figured I’d give it my best, then just end up making a donation to a charity instead. I assumed because I have a small blog (very small), don’t having a sewing based business, and don’t have connections that there was no way anybody would take a chance on this project. However instead of quietly fizzling out into obscurity, people decided to jump on board. Bloggers that I have been reading for a long while and look up to and a business owner whose shop I frequent took a chance on this project; which is just beyond incredible to me, but I also felt like I had jumped off a cliff into deep water. Luckily we have been able to climb over any hurdles that have presented themselves and am now are just a few days away from the start our the auction!!


During our blog tour you’ve been able to, or will meet our generous, supportive and kind bloggers that have been the heart of this auction. Truly all you need to do is look at what they donated to know that they didn’t just give this a once over, but they genuinely made heartfelt items. Along with our bloggers we also have our more quiet donors, the ones who have made or given things but have no platform in which to promote their items in the auction, and that is what today’s post is about.


Up first is Joan from Eudacide. I met her through a friend only by coincidence. I remember my friend, Shannon, mentioning once that she had a quilter friend who wanted to donate some items when we were all working on a different project together. A few months later I found myself in that deep water I mentioned above, and started clawing at anything that could help with the auction, so I shamelessly hit up my friend to introduce us. After that a friendship was born, we even collaborated on one of the donation items together, a diaper bag - and that was just so much fun!


I am so grateful to Joan, she was the first big donor that signed up, she added several items to our inventory at the very beginning, it was the boost I needed to keep up the shameless begging routine! The first thing Joan donated was this beautiful quilt.
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And once we started talking, I think I endeared myself to her and she took pity on me and just kept sewing up things for the auction. She even quilted this beyond adorable doll’s quilt. It may or may not be on my bidding list!
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If you aren’t the winning bid for one of Joan’s items, or need something for the Holidays, check out her shop on Etsy. Joan is also offering 10% off any item with the coupon code 10ACCO, it expires February 20, 2017!! And side note to Joan, as I’m fairly certain you are reading this, you are amazing, generous and thoughtful. It is a privilege to have gotten to know you and to call you a friend. Thank-you so much for trusting me with these wonderful items to auction!


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Next up is Lauren from Cutey Patootie Booties. Lauren joined the auction after I begged my Facebook friends to donate something. Lauren and I go all the way back to high school. We were on the Cologuard and Winterguard team together, don’t worry if you don’t know what those are - just know they are the most awesome people in the world and yes to settle the debate, Winterguard is a sport :)  
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Lauren generously answered the pity call by donating a gift certificate for pair of custom made booties. What I think is really nice about these booties is that for any size over 12 months they have a skid proof bottom. If you aren’t the winner of these cutey booties, she’s got you covered in her shop with a large selection of fabric!
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Lastly, during that same begging post I made on Facebook a friend of mine (who also donated some wonderful hairbows and pins for the auction) decided to carry the torch a little further and asked a local store owner if she’d like to donate something, and so came to be Mimosa Goods joined us.
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I think going into Mimosa Goods was a double edged sword for me, when I went to pick-up the amazing necklace and earrings that was be donating, I saw all the other things that Sarah had in her shop, and well I do believe I will be dropping by again (and again). And beyond just the items that are carried in Mimosa Goods, I think what I really connected with the most is the mission of this shop. It is a company that I want to support based on the criteria Sarah requires of the items she sells; 1) is it ethically made/fair trade 2) organic/earth friendly or 3) locally made. And she doesn’t stop there, 10% of her profits go to charities. If all those things sound awesome to you, check out her online shop - it is just a treasure trove of social good buys!


Along with our women-owned business donors, we also had some incredible women make items for the auction just for, well going to guess their love of making me stop asking for things :)


My friend Elaine made this Christmas/Valentine Day themed tutu and headband!
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My friend Trisha made these bows and pins!


Please check out our auction, it will be October 27th and 28th on Facebook, and if you have the time share it, oh please share it.
Oh, and  I should mention today Gemia from the PhatQuarters Fabric shop is giving a $50 gift certificate to Pattern Review! Yeah I said $50, so check our her blog for how to enter to win!! Along with that our other giveaway are still open until midnight of October 26th!


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Blog Tour for “Go Gold©” Auction
Benefiting the American Childhood Cancer Organization


19th The Adventures of Bubba and Bug and Troops To Tots Giveaway is 5 copies of “Wild Things” by Molly Goodall
Giveaway is 6 month subscription to Seamwork Magazine
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to PhatQuarters and pattern stash
Giveaway is $50 gift certificate to Pattern Review
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to UpCraft Club
Giveaway is the book “Building Block Dress” by Lisel Gibson of Oliver & S.
GO GOLD® is the registered trademark of the American Childhood Cancer Organization