Unexpectedly Appreciated

Art Doodles

Sometimes in everyday life, you don’t anticipate being thanked or rewarded for a nominal task. I, of all people, forgot the power of an unexpected gift.

While working at Canlis Glass Gallery + Studio an event client reminded me of the simple act of kindness that words and a gift can bring.

How it all came together:

Rick donated to a Detlef Schrempf and Rise n’ Shine fundraiser by way of bidding on the Canlis Glass Party donation. (Side note: Rick works at Rise n’ Shine which is a great foundation for children and teens who are affected by AIDS/HIV. Check it out!)

Canlis Glass donates around the Seattle area to help aid in the monetary fundraising for many different non-profit organizations. What better bang for your buck than a kick butt party at the gallery with food and beverages provided by a catering company?

Rick saw the potential and snatched it up for his recent soiree. And what a party that was!

Thank you, Rick, very much for your kind words and gift. Chris and I truly appreciate the value that you seen in us.

Just me doing “Damage Control’ in front of the Bamboo Installation at an event. Rick’s event, thankfully, didn’t need any of these defense methods. 🙂

Also for your listening pleasure is Patrick Meyer. I found him playing classical Bach on a guitar outside of the downtown Seattle Nordstrom one Saturday. I told Rick about him and he booked Patrick for his event. Here’s a listen. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAhwS7wNzwg

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On the Go Friend

Art Doodles

I recently moved to a new apartment in Seattle! …again. I feel like I have been moving ever since I arrived in Seattle a little over a year ago. One good thing that comes from moving is being able to redecorate. My mom taught me the silver lining to this a long time ago.

On my hunt to find a cozy chair for my room, I wandered through Craigslist and found a perfect chair for FREE! Yes, people, I said free. There is a whole  Free section on Craigslist where people can post items that they don’t want to be hassled with to sale, refurbish, or are sick of seeing. Lucky me, I get to reap in the joys of their trash.

To my complete and utter joy, Dan posted this IKEA Tullsta chair. His faithful dog accidentally took a bite or two out of the lower back of it one day but otherwise this clean, spotless and odorless (very important!) chair was in good condition. With a little research, I found out that a $30 dollar slipcover from IKEA will do the trick of covering it up, nicely. Score for me!

Dan was kind enough to deal with the hassle of the Pacific North West’s “Snowmageddon” which brought ice and snow. Two treacherous weather systems that Seattle has no idea how to handle. Finally after a few days of me playing in the snow, I was able to make it over to him with my good friend Jason. (A snow break for you! Some snapshots from my snow vacation.)

Now back to the mission at hand. My friend, Jason, just happens to own a moving company called On the Go Moving. Kind of nifty to have a friend who knows how to move stuff correctly. While I didn’t really need his expertise for this particular event (come people, its only one small chair), I did need his truck and male presence. You never know who you’re going to meet off of Craigslist. Sorry Dan! But if you ever need to move something around town or across the country you should ask Jason!

Thank you to both Dan and Jason for making my new home feel even more like my own now.

I hope to be enjoying my chair soon. Waiting for the final coat of paint

to dry as I type right now.

Here we are “On the Go”!

Arm Fulls of Thanks

Inspiration by Mail

I have an arm’s length of thank you’s to write. While sometimes I can look at this cynically (as a to do list for me to complete), really it is just a reminder at how blessed I am in life. To say that I am indebted to many people for bringing smiles to face, money to my bank account, food to my table and many rides is just evidence that God has me beneath his wing in protective care.

I will be writing/painting letters again soon. My inspiration is flowing but the time doesn’t seem to be catching up with it.

Be blessed today and thank someone!