Saturday, February 20, 2010
A Treasury is a collection of photos "curated" from items that are listed for sale by the Etsy community. This Treasury was curated by: FiveSparrows. (click image to enlarge).
Thursday, February 18, 2010
.....we won silver in rikrak's 2010 Handmade Olympics!!
The silver prizes are a $50 gift certificate to little bit of pretty and a $50 gift certificate to open stock party.
I've asked if we might be able to translate that into something to sell in the shop, perhaps the gift certificates themselves.
Great work spreading the word everyone and thank you for all your votes!
Beberagz, an Etsy shop owner and a donor, asked a great question: "...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Apparently, we are not alone in using the HEARTS FOR HAITI name, nor in having the $$$ raised go to Doctors Without Borders.
This was a group of local merchants, accepting donations and/or offering a portion of proceeds. Their goal was $10,000 in 10 days. She wasn't able to find out how they did.
Our continued thanks to everyone who has volunteered, donated, bought, and spread the word.
...........together we really ARE making a difference!!
Editors note: To see other receipt posts, refer to receipt label
Edited to add the thank you letter from MSF:
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Before I learned about HFH, I started pitching in with my own personal donations of food, clothing, care packages and making up cycled bags to donate to local community programs that were collecting for Haiti relief. Afterward, I registered with the American Red Cross and donated whatever proceeds I could financially muster through my former Handmade4Haiti section in my Etsy shop.
I read about HFH through an article in Etsy's Storque Blog and was moved to tears. After reading about the collaboration through the HFH forum and checking out the shop, I knew immediately that I wanted to donate some items from my Etsy shop, and also hopefully get a chance to pitch in directly. I wanted so much to spread the word about HeartsforHaiti!
When I first contacted Victoria about what role I could play as a volunteer, I wanted to dive in and take on multiple tasks such as listing, sending convos and writing blog posts. I thank Victoria for pinning me to listing items for now as I quickly learned how overwhelmed I would have been trying to do all three tasks!
With my hands in so many cookie jars actively involved in community events, still donating to the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, running my shop from home and caring for my children, I wish I could do more. But just being a part of the HFH team's community effort of love, faith and creative support is something I will never forget. To me, this is history in the making, I am glad to have lived to be a part of it somehow. We are making a difference. Together.
Namaste and Blessings to you,
"10 Extraordinary Days"
The Volunteers were energized by the generous outpouring from the Etsy Community, the touching messages that came with the donations, and they continued to be deeply concerned by devastating news reports from Haiti.
The urgency of the medical situation in Haiti after the earthquake was pressing the Volunteers to get as many items listed as quickly as possible to help Doctors Without Borders. 100% of the proceeds were going directly to D.W.B. after Etsy and PayPal fees.
It had been an extraordinary ten days that none of us who Volunteered behind the scenes will ever forget.
It would not have been possible without the hundreds of Etsy community members who donated their shop items plus the shipping costs as well as the buyers. They are the larger body of volunteers that make up the Etsy Hearts for Haiti Volunteer Team.
Victoria concluded her message: "You are all my heros."
Thursday, February 11, 2010
One month ago, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti taking at least 200,000 lives, injuring 300,000 and leaving over one million men, women and children homeless.
In the midst of despair and grief, surrounded by devastation and tragedy, overwhelmed with eight days of the nonstop flood of heartbreaking news, came this story.
After a week of being trapped in the rubble, Kiki, a frail little eight year old Haitian boy, rescued with his sister, emerged with his hands held out and an infectious smile.
This picture and story spread around the world like wildfire, hopefully spreading the message to never give up and always have hope.
Perhaps one day, this picture will be the face of the Haiti earthquake.
New York Post photographer Matthew McDermott, who traveled to Haiti with the disaster-relief organization AmeriCares, snapped this amazing rescue shot
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Hear first-hand how their medical teams set up makeshift clinics to triage patients on the grounds of destroyed hospital structures; how they accomplished complicated surgical procedures in an inflatable hospital and tents; and the future of their work as they continue to address medical challenges the Haitian people are facing.
Find out how donations are being put to work. Ask your questions.
Location: Online at Ustream - Haiti Earthquake Update
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Time: 12 noon EST / 11 am CST / 10 am MST / 9 am PST / 8 am AST / 7 am HST
For more information, refer to Public Events on the Doctors Without Borders website.
picture courtesty of Doctors Without Borders
Monday, February 8, 2010
Your wonderful group has been nominated for the 2010 handmade olympics on my little blog, and now it has been shortlisted by the judge for your event! Thanks for doing super things! Yay!
There are over $2000 worth of fabulous handmade and vintage prizes up for grabs - so best of luck to your group. In the event that a group of folks win, we will leave it up to your organization to divide up the prizes!
Hope you'll encourage others to vote for you! You can grab a vote for me button from the sidebar.
You might also be interested in seeing who nominated you for this event, in the original post for event #5.
Thanks again and happy handmaking!
k. @ rikrak
Click here to read more and click here to GO DIRECTLY TO VOTING!
Friday, February 5, 2010
It has been over 3 1/2 weeks since the catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. Although donations have poured in, how much will it really take to rebuild an entire city? To care for the wounded, traumatized survivors? The sad truth is that no matter how shocking reports of hunger, homelessness, and disease in the wake of a disaster are, people lose interest once the camera crews leave the scene of a crisis.
It is important to remember that these people will need help long after the media moves on. One of the ways that I have chosen to help is by supporting an Etsy shop called Hearts For Haiti. They have vowed to stay open as long as there is an urgent need there. I have watched this group of women tirelessly volunteer to organize, manage, and promote, and am deeply touched by what can be accomplished in such a short time. The best part is 100% of the proceeds go directly to Doctors Without Borders for Haiti Relief.
I wanted to help in some way too, but like many people, was short on time. With a busy household of five children and a full time business, I chose to contribute in a small way by donating a few items, making purchases, and prompting people to spread the word through social networking. The beautiful thing about this shop, is that there are many ways to support this cause through it, that do not have to involve large amounts of money or time.
Why not do all of your gift shopping for the year through Hearts for Haiti? I know I will be. It gives me a good feeling to know I am not spending frivolously, when others are merely just trying to survive.
Here are a few of my fabulous purchases so far:
This copper bracelet (which I've shown previously, but oh, so LOVE) symbolically represents the heart, generosity and love of the people involved in this collaborated effort. Obviously, I am not alone in admiring this, as the seller, Jen of mintyfreshfusions has generously donated and sold so many!
A birthday gift from the kids to their Dad, appropriately titled "Old Hank" (his name is Henry / Hank) from a very talented photographer, and fellow IndieJunction gal Kelly Warren, of happyshackdesigns. I can't believe I scored this...the colors are amazing!
Another piece of jewelry with the most gorgeous pendant ~ I may or may not be gifting this one!
It's beautifully handcrafted by charmedbyheather.
Here's a great and very unique gift for the macho men in my life. Brass bullet pens...what a conversation piece! The bonus is that this seller, Kathy of awelldressedbullet, is one of the people so dedicated to making this shop a success, through her many donations, support and with the creation of the Hearts for Haiti blog.
If that's not enough, she is super sweet too. (a bit unexpected from someone selling "bullet paraphernalia" ;)
Everyone can get involved by spreading the word. Don't let this become "old news."
Go out and blog, tweet, facebook etc. and if you have time, post your efforts here PLEASE BLOG about HEARTS for HAITI! or leave a comment on the Hearts for Haiti blog and let people know about it.
For Etsy sellers, create a treasury (look for several great ones already there), add a link to your shop announcement, or volunteer to help behind the scenes. I'm sure a few of the current volunteers could use a "coffee break!"
These are just a mere sample of the great offerings there. Hundreds of sellers have donated a huge variety of items in many price ranges. Oh, and did I mention that shipping is FREE?
Just a warning though, this shop is addictive, due to the warm, fuzzy feeling you will get from supporting this wonderful cause. Shop at your own risk! HeartsforHaiti.etsy.com
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Nora, You are probably very busy with the Haiti site but I thought I would share a story with you. I am always creating, but one of my favorite things to make are Moravian Star Christmas ornaments, and have sold them for a number of years.
At the end of January I received a check from a longtime client who had not placed an order with me this year. She sent me a check "in appreciation" of her family enjoying my stars each year.
I was so touched but didn't feel right about keeping the check so I decided to "pay it forward". I found your Haiti site and purchased three pair of red drop earrings to give as Valentine gifts.
I believe everyone came out a winner ... and I feel really good!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Take a tour of one part of the inflatable hospital Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will set up in Haiti.
See all Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Videos on YouTube
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
They also look at Treasury lists created by Etsy members, and will often feature items from one of these lists.
We have been thrilled to have items from the HeartsforHaiti shop featured on the Etsy Front Page seven times........... so far.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Nora here, owner of Etsy shops transienttreasures AND treasurehuntvintage. I am a recent "empty-nester", having put my children through college. Seems I have some spare time--but not much spare money. I am so happy and honored to be able to support this meaningful project.
I, like Sunny, wish I could actually be IN Haiti, helping. Through HeartsForHaiti, I am able to utilize my time and talents to help the victims of this horrific earthquake--without leaving my home. Gotta love modern day technology!
My role at HeartsForHaiti is to notify donors when an item sells---almost 2000 sales to date! (the generosity of the Etsy community is humbling!) I also answer convos as needed.
This shop is a true manisfestation of Ghandis' famous quip--"Be the change you want to see in the world".
And, as Victoria says, "Together we CAN make a difference."
ps - since I am camera shy, I opted for a photo of a bouquet of roses from my garden.
A Treasury is a collection of photos "curated" from items that are listed for sale by the Etsy community. This Treasury is made up of items that have been donated to the Hearts for Haiti shop on Etsy. It's called: "Hearts for Haiti Goodies!" Curated by: graycat26. (click image to enlarge).