Give it up!

Happy Tuesday! How's your day so far? My day started terribly: it took me one hour to travel 5 km of HWY 401. Not fun. So now I'm blogging to brighten my day, and maybe yours, too!!!

Today I will host my very first giveaway! I know, there are maybe 5 of you that read this blog on a regular basis, but you're the ones that I want to win anyway ;)

Let me start by telling you about my most recent birdie sling. While I was at the crafty cottage getaway, Isabelle asked if I would be interested in donating one of my birdie slings for a silent auction fundraiser. Most of you know that I have a special place in my heart for theatre (especially musical theatre), so when I found out that this was a fundraiser to support Theatre Smash (a Toronto-based independent theatre company) I was thrilled to be a part of it.

Picking the fabrics for this bag was especially exciting because I had zero criteria. I just waited for something to catch my eye and went from there! the workroom had just received a bunch of new fabric, including Sew Chick! for Bernartex. I paired it with Alexander Henry's Haunted House in green, and a funky coffee cups pattern by Suzy Ultman for the lining.

I can't attend the event, but if you're looking for something to do on Sunday evening, the Theatre Smash Bash is happening in downtown Toronto. You can bid on my birdie sling!

Now the exciting part. With the leftover fabric, I made a cute little makeup bag and will give it away to one of my readers! (That's you!)

The contest is simple. Leave me a comment about a good cause that you've supported recently, in the near future, or something that's ongoing. I've already blogged about a few things I'm involved with: The Hair Dare, my community church, Canadian Blood Services, and now Theatre Smash. I'm also attending another fundraiser this Friday to support a microfinance charity (more on that later!).

What kinds of things do you support? I'll select a winner at random and then announce it on Monday, February 14th [contest closed: see winner here].

Just a small thank you to acknowledge nice things that people do. And boys: Valentine's Day is coming, so don't think this isn't a great prize for you, too!

Anonymous –   – (February 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM)  

Hi Kelly,
Came to you through Theatre Smash and love the blog and being introduced to the workroom! I have plans for that Suzy Ultman fabric - so cute :)

Jennifer Anne  – (February 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM)  

*Not a contest submission... just a regular, old comment*

Looks great! I love how the fabrics ended up looking together. So, this fundraiser your attending on Friday sounds AMAZING.


Krystle K.  – (February 10, 2011 at 8:21 PM)  

Sweet! I have no competition yet for your sweet creation =P Yay!

How the heck do you do this though without kind of bragging (ugh)? I guess mostly I do stuff through church and support missionaries through Power To Change, although I also loan a bit of money through Kiva and do the usual one-off charity contribution. And I have a sponsored child named Evelyne in Uganda =)

Sometimes I try to feed homeless people. I really don't like giving them money directly, so I try to have a bit of a conversation with them to see what their deal is and then buy them dinner. Probably doesn't go very far though since I don't do it that often.

Love love love your stuff Kel. I still need to get sewing lessons from you! See you Thursday!

Grace Poon  – (February 10, 2011 at 11:46 PM)  

oh my! Opportunity International Canada is one of my clients AND I am a huge supporter (verbally and financially) of the work they do!

As much as I don't want more competition.. I'm tweeting this!

Little Creatable  – (February 11, 2011 at 1:04 AM)  

What a beautiful bag thanks for the giveway!

I am a Sunday School teacher for my church, I try to donate blood as often as I can, Help all those I see in need of it and this year I am on a mission to be more eco friendly.

Mrs. Niles –   – (February 11, 2011 at 6:48 AM)  

I sing at retirement homes with a coworker. We try to pick songs that the patients (it's a pre-alzeimer ward) would know and they even sing along!

Robin Sharp  – (February 11, 2011 at 10:14 AM)  

I donate my used clothes on a bi-annual basis to a shelter, and I'm going to take the stairs up the CN Tower for WWF soon!

Kelly  – (February 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM)  

Winner announced! Check out Today's blog post (Feb 14th) (or click on my name.)

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