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It’s The Season For Giving

Today I am looking at the season of giving.  Two of the best things in the world are giving and helping others in need.  Today you can do both with one small donation.

Do you have someone on your gift list that you are having a hard time finding the right gift for?  How about a last-minute gift?  Even better yet, spend that gift money that you receive from Santa on an investment in the future.  You know, pay it forward.

What I am asking is for your help in supporting Nadine Saylor in her quest, Crossing Borders: A Harbourfront Residency.  Nadine is currently raising $5,000 on Indigogo.com  to finance her artist residency at Harbourfront Centre, Sheridan College in Toronto.  What better way to give than to encourage and support Nadine in her quest for discovery.

I am looking towards this residency as THE ideal opportunity to launch my artistic career in a new direction, work on those ideas that have been at the tip of my fingers and to build a business that will sustain myself for the future. I am excited by the possibility for exchange of ideas with the numerous artists in the community in the Craft Department at Harbourfront Centre, Sheridan College and the Greater Toronto Area arts community.

With a very small investment, you could finish your holiday shopping in time to sit back and enjoy a stress-free weekend.  OR, you can pay it forward to a fellow human who wants to explore her creativity, skill, and the world.  Dont wait.  Donate NOW because there is a deadline.

Together, we can make Nadine’s dream come true.


Most of you will be taking the next week off to spend time with family and friends for the holiday.  I cannot end the year without letting you know how much your support means to me.  You keep me curious and excited and always wanting to do more.

So my friends, I thank you for your gift of support and encouragement.

I promise to support you in 2013 as much as you have supported me over the past 2 1/2 years.  LETS MAKE OUR DREAMS COME TRUE IN 2013!

Plates With Purpose

Today I am looking at Plates With Purpose.

Looking for a way to strengthen and support their community, Riverside Design Group created Plates With Purpose™, a series of custom glass plates designed to raise awareness of the missions of their non-profit partners.

Plates With Purpose concept was founded by Mary Irwin-Scott. Beginning with a single design in 2004 (the Butterfly), the collection has grown to several beautiful designs that raise funding for a diverse group of national and regional non-profits.  With your help, Riverside donates 15% of their Plates With Purpose™ sales to these vital organizations who make a difference in their  communities.

Valentines Day is right around the corner.  I think these heart plates would make a lovely gift.

13" SQUARE HEART PLATE IN PEARL, Plates With Purpose
5 x 10" RECTANGLE HEART PLATE IN PEARL, Plates With Purpose

The heart is a symbol of love. This heart design was donated by the father/daughter team of Chicago artist Cassandra Ott and her father, Pittsburgh architect and designer, Grant Scott to honor those who work on behalf others in need. Proceeds from this Heart Plate With Purpose™ benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, who build and renovate homes with heart so that people in need can find affordable homes in good communities where their families can live and grow.

Plates with Purpose supports a number of non-profit organizations.  Here are all of the current plate designs that are offered by Plates With Purpose:

Star The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force & Persad Center
Star, Plates With Purpose
Tree Court Appointed Special Advocates
Tree, Plates With Purpose
Pineapple Family House
Pineapple, Plates With Purpose
Sunflower Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery
Sunflower, Plates With Purpose
Butterfly Forbes Hospice
Butterfly, Plates With Purpose
Perennial Hope™ Crocus Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Perennial Hope Crocus, Plates With Purpose
Wheat Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Wheat, Plates With Purpose

Surprising Milk Bottle Art

Today I am looking at glass artist, Charlotte Hughes-Martin.  I just found out about Charlotte’s engraved milk bottles.  Charlotte takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.  The story behind the engraved milk bottles makes them even more special.

Engraved Milk Bottle, Charlotte Hughes-Martin
Engraved Milk Bottle, Charlotte Hughes-Martin
Engraved Milk Bottle, Charlotte Hughes-Martin
Engraved Milk Bottle, Charlotte Hughes-Martin

I have been engraving milk bottles with various different images and leaving them on random doorsteps.

I like the idea of finding Art in unusual places. It’s happened to me a few times, and when I get to see these special sights it makes me feel privileged, like I’ve been trusted with a really excellent secret, or I’ve been chosen for something exciting that most people don’t grasp. I wanted to make others feel the same way. Be it the person who notices this bottle on their doorstep, or the milkman, or the dairy worker who wonders what’s going on, or the “chav” walking past and seeing an empty milk bottle that they want to steal! I like the idea of making people do a double take when they notice something new.

CLICK HERE to read about Charlotte and her milk bottles.

It is FRIDAY!!!!

photo via pinterest

I hope you receive a nice surprise this weekend.

Enjoy the weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday.


P.S. Don’t forget the Monday Inspiration Challenge.


We all watched in horror last week as Southern US residents and businesses dug out from a horrific tornado.  Tuscaloosa glass and architectural products company, Coral Industries, has proven to be a champion in the recovery efforts and has stepped forward to help those in need.   Many items are needed to help those who have lost everything, including some of Coral’s own employees.

Here is a list of items desperately needed. Please collect these items and contact Coral Industries. They may be able to pick up on their trucks if you are a customer.

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, baby wipes, diapers, formula, diaper cream, sunscreen, shampoo/conditioner, allergy medicine, band aids, first aid cream, tweezers, hair brushes, baby food, pedilyte, pacifiers, over the counter medicines, Batteries (9v, AAA, AA & D), contact solution, feminine products, toilet paper, paper/plastic plates & utensils, napkins/paper towels, charcoal, water, Gatorade, non-perishable food items, air mattresses, sleeping bags, Chapstick, flashlights, dog/cat food, towels, matches, two-way radios, tents, can openers, work gloves, underwear (all sizes both sexes), chain saws, chain saw oil, socks, power bars, insect repellent, tarps, non-perishable food (lots of PB&J’s being eaten) You can ship to:

Tornado Relief
c/o Coral Industries, Inc.
3010 Rice Mine Road
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406


You can also make a financial donation by visiting http://www.givetuscaloosa.com/

Coral Industries is back up and running as of last Friday.  We salute so many Coral employees who must have worked so tirelessly to make sure they are there for you.

Many, many thanks.


This is the time of year for reflections…

NO, I’m not talking about those kind of reflections! 

This time of year we look back at what the past year has been and what the next year will be.  Each year, I find myself completely stressed out that I didn’t quite get all that I set out to and try to figure out how to get it in the next year.  That is when Meg at Pigtown Design gently reminds me of what I DO have.

I have followed Meg Fairfax Fielding’s blog, Pigtown Design, for the past 2 years.  I enjoy following her adventures around Baltimore.  I have family in Baltimore and feel like I am  part of the community by following Meg’s blog.   And by the way, if you don’t have family in Baltimore, Meg has great design style!

Meg works at Woodbourne in Baltimore, Maryland.  Woodbourne started out in 1798 as an orphanage and it is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. 

Nearly every child at Woodbourne has experienced some type of trauma: severe addiction of one or both parents, abuse and neglect, witnessing crime, or a family history of mental health problems. Others come to receive treatment for juvenile sex offenses or other chronic crimes.   Many of these children live full-time at Woodbourne, where they are given the tools and skills needed in order to one day return to their home or community. 

During the holiday season, the faculty makes a video asking the boys what they want for Christmas and what Christmas means to them.  Their requests are small and simple:  a notebook, a game boy, some candy, a notepad, pens, new shoes, batteries, a cookbook, and so on.  Some just want to go home for Christmas.  Some worry about the other children at Woodbourne, not themselves.

Please go to Woodbourne.org to make a donation or to learn more about this wonderful organization. 

If you would prefer to donate locally, I encourage you to give to any organization that needs your help this holiday season and throughout the next year.  Give to those who don’t have what you do.

The difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinary life is finding extraordinary things in an ordinary life.

-Pigtown Design

Warmest Regards,


P.S.  I’ll be back to reflect on glass (YES, that kind of reflection!) tomorrow.   See you then.