Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fairy Godmother Nominees

Our FAIRY GODMOTHER nominations have been received and are listed below. Please take a moment to vote for your choice on the right of this blog.


Kim Butler

Kim Butler first began serving for an organization called Healing Hands for Haiti ten years ago. She has taken two weeks of her life every other year to travel to Haiti with a team of doctors, nurses, and therapists. She is the organizer of the team and takes months to plan each expedition. It is not a job for the faint of heart. She is a true inspiration to every person that travels with her on these trips. She has triaged patients for twelve hours, planned a funeral for a neighbor next to our clinic, and held the hand of a young girl as she got her finger lanced without an anesthetic. The people of this country have become like a second family to her. In the aftermath of this past year's horrible earthquake, the first thing she did was to start planning her next trip. This October will make her sixth journey. One year, on a day hike to a citadel atop the mountains of the beautiful country, Kim walked with her porter the whole way and told him of her experiences in his beloved country. As they were walking he asked, "Do you listen to God?" Kim humbly replied, "Yes, I try to do what He tells me." He looked her in the eyes and said: " You must listen to God. He whispers to people to come and help the people of Haiti."

Dana Earl

"Hi. I've been thinking about you".

This is the way Dana Earl begins most conversations with family, friends and acquaintances. The remarkable thing about this trademark remark of Dana's is she does think of others, all the time. And while she is thinking of others, she comes up with wise, constructive, creative, thoughtful and funny solutions to problems and opportunities. Sometimes her thoughts are communicated verbally to that person in need. Other times she is out putting her thoughts into action with small gifts, acts of service, or often a concise and beautifully handwritten note expressing her love and concern. She uses the many natural gifts and talents she has to bless and brighten the lives of others. And her selfless offerings are always appropriate and appreciated. Dana is a friend to young and old. She makes everyone feel as if they are the dearest person in the world. She is a mentor to young women and a confidant for older women. Dana serves in her church and school community. She makes the world a better place by helping others to find sunshine in the clouds.

Marge Pett

Marge Pett has touched hundreds of lives in her community with her generosity and talents. An accomplished artist, cook, gardener, and master of all things beautiful, Marge is famous in her neighborhood for delivering treats, flowers and thoughtful conversation to those around her. She has befriended people of all ages, from all walks of life, and is widely adored by her neighbors, family and friends.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

2010 Fairy Festival Information

Hello, friends!




We hope that you've had a great summer. We can't believe that it's already August! The Fairy Festival is quickly approaching--it's on September 9th-- and we wanted to check in to update you on some of the happenings so far this year.



We received our tax exempt, 501(c)(3) status, which means that any donations (monetary, in-kind, etc.) to Willa's Workshop and for the Fairy Festival are tax-deductible. We are thrilled that our application was approved by the IRS so quickly and that we now have this capacity.



We have chosen Kenya Keys as this year's recipient of the Fairy Festival proceeds. You can learn more about this wonderful foundation at www.kenyakeys.org. Rinda Hayes, the Executive Director, will be attending the Fairy Festival to provide more information on this organization. We have requested that the funds be used to fund a library and help build dorms for the Sumburu School.



Our projectmaking is in full swing, and we hope that yours is too. Please share your great ideas for the market and let us know how we can help with your projects. We'd like to have all items ready to go by September 6th for pricing, so please let us know if we can pick items up from you or help in any way.



For those of you who would like to make a fairy to display in the Fairy Garden this year, feel free to bring your kids to the Ivorys' home (1812 Millbrook Road) on August 20th from 10 am to 12 pm.



This year, we'd like to start a new tradition of honoring a "Fairy Godmother," someone who is particularly meaningful to you and someone who embodies the spirit of generosity, creativity and community. We are accepting nominations at willasworkshop@gmail.com until August 23rd and will then post the nominations online on our Facebook page and our blog (www.willasworkshop.blogspot.com) for voting. We'd be honored to receive your submissions!



We'll be sending along an electronic invitation in the next week or so for you to forward to family and friends. Feel free to pass along this e-mail as well to anyone you think might be interested in this event.



We are also looking for corporate sponsors, who might be able to help cover the costs of the event so we can donate more of the proceeds to Kenya Keys. We currently have Ivory Homes and Vincent & Rees, L.C. committed to sponsor. Please let us know if you know of anyone else that might be interested.



As always, we so appreciate all your ideas and hard work. Thank you for making this such a rewarding and special experience.



Warmest wishes,



Chris Ivory

Ann Tempest

Callie Jones

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Announcements

Willa's Workshop has been informed that it has received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. Now, your contributions (cash, in-kind or otherwise) are tax deductible!

This year's Fairy Festival is one month away and we'd love to see you there! If you'd like to contribute some items for the market or otherwise help, please contact willasworkshop@gmail.com.

Thanks to all the wonderful people involved in this labor of love.