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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Life Got in the Way the Past Few Weeks - Updates Galore & GIVEAWAY

Hello and long time no write!  The past few weeks have been one heck of an interesting and busy ride for me.  It's not that anything bad has happened; it's just that I had lots of good things occur seemingly all at once.


The first really big news on a personal level is that my middle child, Anthony, graduated from St. Gregory's University last month.   He was able to achieve this goal in 3 years while working his regular part-time job (to pay for his living expenses) and running his charity for the homeless, Labor of Love Charities.   At the end of last year, I informed you that a gentleman Anthony met had planned to donate a hotel to the charity with the intent that it be turned into a homeless shelter.  To make a long story short, the donation fell through, however, Anthony is in the process of purchasing a 3 story building in downtown Shawnee that will serve as a resource center and place of shelter for the homeless.  Formerly known as the Gasco building - once the oldest funeral home in Oklahoma - this charming building maintains much of it's original art deco decor, flooring and even a chapel.  This shelter will be called the "Philomena House", and if all goes well, it will be open for business at the end of summer.  Please keep your fingers crossed.   Labor of Love Charities now has a Facebook fan page where you can stay abreast of all the latest news with the shelter, the homeless and to view pictures of the Sunday feedings and new shelter.  Hope to "see" you there!     (Pictured below is Tim, one of the regular Sunday visitors to the park, and someone who absolutely tugs on my heartstrings.)

On the "crafty" side of things, the Village Candy Store in  Sewickly, Pennsylvania contacted me to design several candy-themed jewelry pieces they can sell in their store.  Based on my conversations with the owner, Doug and pictures he sent me of his store, this appears to be one fun place to shop.  Not only can you buy candy there, but other candy-themed goodies - pillows, clothing and now, my jewelry.  I think this is going to be one fun adventure and I definitely plan to visit Doug and the Village Candy Store when I make it to Pennsylvania.     

My jewelry designs will be featured in two upcoming books.  The first, tentatively titled "Found Art Jewelry" by Heather Skowood, is expected to be released this fall.  The second, 1000 Steampunk Inspirations by Barbe Saint John, will be released in the Spring of 2011.

I have a few other things up my sleeve which I'll share with you soon.  :)

In the meantime, how about we celebrate all of this good news with a "sweet" giveaway?    All you have to do is leave a comment under this post and please make sure I have a way to contact you through your blog or an email address.  A winner will be selected at random on Saturday, June 5.    The winner will receive a pair of my handmade polymer clay chocolate bar earrings!  Good luck, everyone!

9 comments:

peggy aplSEEDS said...

that sounds like such a great project. you must be so proud of your son. and what a sweet giveaway!

Denise said...

greatgive a way

Denise said...

thanks for sharing and what a great give away enjoy and have fun

JustMe said...

How cool! Congratulations! I also had a child graduate, my second child but first grad, from university of Dallas. And my third from high school and my fifth from square dancing! We are Really doing the happy dance here! :-) I like those earrings - they are cute.
MrsJari from Spark

Mary Ann said...

Wow... your son is doing great works and he's still so young, how impressive! He's really linked up with a section of society that needs a lot of good things to come their way. Good luck to him with his future endeavors!

I love the Hershey's earrings... you do such nice work!

And congrats on all of the success you've had on SP... keep strong and continue on the way to good health!

Mary Ann Atzrott
Barnababy1@juno.com

KC said...

OOOO I love these..... Seen @ Flicker.... My Daughter would love them....( If I dont steal them first...:-D )

Http://kraftingkorner.blogspot.com

KC said...

PS I became of Fan....Excellent Work. You should be proud.

Victoria said...

Congrats on you son's success and his continued ventures.

I just love the earrings & my grandson would be sure to give me extra hugs if I had them on!

Sellz said...

wow- thats so amazing what your son is doing- very inspiring. I hope all goes well and he is able to set up the homeless shelter. I'm sorry I cant contribute anything financially (I am a current undergrad myself) but I am going to become a fan of the FB page to show support.