Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ozarknana and Tilly

Today I am going to feature a very special lady and her newest creation! Ozarknana is a retired grandmother of 9 from Gravois Mills. Her passion is sewing and creating.

She is one of the newest members of the Etsy Angels team and she is a great addition to our family. She is always there for promotions, fund raisers and events. Ozarknana is a very friendly, caring person.

Her shop ByNanasHands features stuffed plush, toys that are crafted with babies safety first and foremost. There are no removable parts, all decoration is machine embroidered and there are no hard parts on any of my toys, no plastics and no paints.

Ozarknana has created a very special plush toy for the children...the Purple Tilly Tilly is a turtle and she represents the Anderson House...a shelter for abused Women and Children that the team is raising money for....Tilly will help the women and children come out of their shell like the Anderson House will do for them.

There have been 7 Tillys sold up to date for the Anderson House and Ozarknana is donating 50% of the proceeds.

The Anderson House and I would like to thank you for all you are doing for them! This is a very worthy cause!

All the Etsy angels are doing a great job fundraising for the Anderson House!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Abused Women....the Etsy Angels are helping!

The Etsy Angels are a great team of caring artists whose main goal is to help others! Our Team was formed after the many hours spent together promoting for Dawn’s Boys; an effort that began in late December 2007 after a Jewelry artist who was on both Etsy and Ebay lost her life in an automobile accident. She left behind two little boys. Several "Angels" came together to help. After spending countless hours promoting donations from more people than we could imagine that wanted to help, many friendships were made. We couldn’t imagine it all ending without creating a Team for Dawn’s Angels. ♥

This month we are going to help raise funds for a shelter for abused women and children, The Anderson House, is in my home province. The Anderson House is the only shelter for women and children on Prince Edward Island which has a population of 139,818 . It is partial funded by the government but relies a great deal on donations. The Anderson House also does fundraising of their own.

It is a safe and supportive shelter for women and their children who have been physically or emotionally abused or who live in constant fear of abuse. Anderson House is staffed at all times by trained women who honour confidentially.

It provides:

*emergency shelter for abused women and children, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
*Confidential crisis and support phone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
*Outreach Services
*Second stage housing.
*Information and support groups for women and children.
*Public education training.
*Liaison with other community and support services in West Prince, East Prince, and Eastern P.E.I., in partnership with local community committees.
*Cooperative second stage housing units in Summerside and O'Leary, in partnership with local community committees.
*Abused Women Support Group
*10-week support and information group for women who have been or are currently in an abusive relationship.
*Child Care Program

The Anderson House is a room shelter where the women can go to in times of an emergency with their children. The women are provided with support from the trained women there and help with their children. The women have to help maintain the, cooking, laundry, etc.

If a woman is working and must get to work there is a service available to her where she will be escorted to her work site if she feels it is neccessary. There is short term child care that is available to her as well.

Comments from some of the women who have used the shelter and who have been part of the justice system that I work for...I asked them if they would help me with this information in order to let the buyers and sellers of Etsy know about the shelter as we were doing a fund raiser....they were only too happy to provide this information!

* The shelter has saved my life!
* I learned while I was there that it is not only people from my background that are abused and are afraid! I know now that I too have the right to help!
* My family would never believe how horrible my life was until I had to go to this shelter and move into their second stage housing in order to get rid of my abusive partner.
* The councellors are amazing....they help so many people...I wish they were getting paid more.
* Where would I go if this place closed up....I have been there a number of times.
* We need more....sometimes you are not ready to leave but know that you have too...

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Update on first storm of 2009

The storm is finally over after 36 hours...and we have been stormed in ever up yesterday at 6:00am and could not get out of yard. Plows were off the road until 6:00am today. They never got to our road until 12:30 this afternoon. We had to hire a guy with a tractor and blower to clean out our yard.. our little one would not touch it! The bank infront of the garage is about 3 feet over my head...wish I had some one here to take a picture it does not look that big. He just left and hubby raced off to a wake for a friend.

We were lucky that we never lost power like some of the people not far from us...we also were nice and warm with our wood stove and a basement of wood.

It was nice yesterday to spend the day doing me things but today was enough...I did get my tree down, house back in order and lots of sewing done! lets get back on track ...I need to shop, visit family and friends!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Wow...2009 and it is off with a Bang!!!

That is it is off in a white cloud....this morning I got up to go to work...looked outside...what everything was a huge white cloud and was it blowing around! It had snowed all night, a light fluffy snow and it was blowing at 80 to 100 kilometers an hour. That was it for way I could head to work which is about an hour drive!

Yeah, so I have a snow is going to be a me to start off I am doing this blog. I have not been good a posting so will try to add at least one a week.

I am taking my tree is so sad to see it go. Everything looks so bare when your remove the Christmas decorations.

Next on our agenda is getting ready for Valentines...It will be a very special one this year as our son is getting married. There is still so much too do...hoping today is not what the weather has in store for us.

Well, Happy New Year however you are starting off the new year!!!

Wonderful Quotes to live by!

"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you."

~ William Arthur Ward