Monthly Archives: November 2014

spReAd the Love Gives Back Week 3: Lucas North

WOW…I mean *really* WOW!  Week 2 a la Guy of Gisborne was incredible.  The reports of kindnesses really do lift the spirits in an amazing ways – thanks to all who participated and congratulations again to the winner of the hand beaded by Jazzy bracelet:  zeesmuse!

For this week’s drawing, I tried my hand at a little jewelry making in honor of Lucas North.

Lovely Lucas Locket

Lovely Lucas Locket

This locket is fully reversible.  Filled with jewels reflecting Lucas’ baby blues, worn one way there is a tiny image of the spy himself.  Turned around, you can wear Lucas against your heart and show just his initial to the world. (A lobster claw clasp makes reversing the locket simple.)  I carried the cool blue color palette to the charms and added some I thought were representative of this character.  A tiny Big Ben symbolizes his return to England after years of imprisonment and the “Hope” charm is a remembrance of one tattoo…Dum spiro spero – “While I breathe, I hope.”

The locket is hung on an 18″ (45.72cm) silver finish chain.  I’ll also include in the package some spare beads and a necklace extenders case you prefer a bit longer chain.  I think that is all the pertinent details, so without further ado, in honor of the Lovely Lucas North, bring on the kindness reports!  Good luck!!




SpReAd The Love Gives Back Week 2: Guy of Gisborne

It’s been a crazy week here so I’m a lot later getting this up than I wanted but I wanted to give you all a look at this week’s prize.

Multi-strand bracelet that does say Guy of Gisborne in there somewhere.

Multi-strand bracelet that does say Guy of Gisborne in there somewhere.

What makes this Guy-related is the text on the paper beads, verses I – XXXIX of “Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne” from The Oxford Book of Ballads (Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed., 1910) which you can find here.

While all of the beads are strung there’s no clasp on it yet. When we choose a winner tomorrow that person is going to need to measure their wrist and then email me the size they come up with (I’ll give you directions if you need them so it isn’t too tight). We have just over 24 hours left for this giveaway so if this is the one you want comment with a kindness below or via the contact form on the About page. Have you gotten yours in yet?

SpReAd The Love Gives Back Week 2: Guy of Gisborne

Our first week of STL Gives Back was amazing! Thank you all so much for all the kindnesses that you submitted and, in case you missed it, our winner was Kitty who’ll be getting a paperback copy of In Consequence by Trudy Brasure. Thanks to everyone who entered and a special thanks to Trudy for donating a copy of her novel!

Our giveaways are all fan made items inspired by some of Richard Armitage’s most popular characters. This week’s giveaway, a jet and paper bead multi-strand bracelet, was inspired by Guy of Gisborne and is handmade by me. I’m still finishing it but as a preview, these are some of the materials I’m working with.


Jet beads and parchment paper. Hmmm, how could that say Guy of Gisborne?

Okay, again leave a comment with a kindness that you’ve done or that’s been done for you and your name will be entered into this week’s drawing. Additionally, each kindness generates a $1US matching donation up to $100 to one of the charities supported by Richard Armitage via JustGiving.  We’ll draw a winner on Friday at 5PM Eastern Time. Ready? Go!


Remembering those childhood books, or: Another RA

Check this out over at Me+Richard: Make a donation to FirstBook and you could win a trip to the London premiere of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES as a guest of Evangeline Lilly. How cool!

Me + Richard Armitage

tumblr_n510foorWP1t18dyro1_1280Evangeline Lilly and Richard Armitage at the Berlin premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, December 2013. Was this Tree’s edit originally?


Richard Armitage noted yesterday that Evangeline Lilly is giving a trip (airfare, hotel, and styling) to the red carpet of the London premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as the prize in a contest among people who make a small donation to First Book, a charity that supplies books to children in underprivileged neighborhoods.


a_610x408Hey, Generation X, remember these? I do remember Sugarcane Island.


I was thinking of that today when I saw that R.A. Montgomery had died. He was the creator of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series — books that hit our school library when I was in fourth grade (roughly 1979). You read to the end of a short chapter and then the book…

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Can I get a drumroll please?

Jazz is out on the town this fine Friday evening, so she asked me to relay that after a duly secure selection from a hat, the kindness winner for this week IS:  Kitty!  Kitty is the new owner of an e-book copy of In Consequence written by Trudy Brasure.

Thanks to all who reported kindnesses this week – the world is a bit nicer because of your generosity of spirit!  Stay tuned for details on the new drawing for next week’s kindness reports.

SpReAd The Love: Giving Back To Those Who’ve Given

WOW! We challenged you all a few days ago and you’ve already maxed our donor for the Red Cross! Thanks so much for helping us reach that goal!

Now here’s the rest of the challenge. Our Anonymous Co-Conspirator still has $100 burning a hole in his or her pocket to donate to one of the charities Richard Armitage supports via JustGiving so we need at least 100 more kindnesses but there’s a twist on it. You’ve all been so supportive of SpReAd The Love this year so, starting with this post, when you submit a kindness we’ll put your name in a hat. Each Friday at 5PM ET we’ll pull a name and that person will win something from us. We have six prizes total from donors within the fandom and each prize is related to one of Richard Armitage’s characters. Kicking us off is John Thornton from North & South. This week’s winner will win an e-book of In Consequence by Trudy Brasure. Ready? Go!

Everybody’s Got A Little Light…But It’s Brighter On WordPress

So Obscura and I have been chatting again and you all know what that means: another SpReAd The Love challenge. Before we get to that, though, we have a couple of things we wanted to talk about. First, as you can see, we have a new space. It wasn’t impossible for us to coordinate posts on two different blogging platforms but it’s definitely easier with my move to WordPress a couple of months ago.

Second, we still have $150US from our Anonymous Co-Conspirator to be matched from the Into The Storm challenge. A $50 donation was made to Doctors Without Borders and we’re part of the way to the $50 donation to the International Red Cross. We’d love for our Co-Conspirator to write that check sometime soon, and then another check for $100 to one of the charities supported by  Richard Armitage via JustGiving, but to get there we need kindnesses.

Our challenge this time is very simple. Just tell us either in comments or using the Contact Form on the About page about any kindnesses that you’ve done or that have been done for you and we’ll count them up. Each kindness generates a match of $1US that our Co-Conspirator will donate. These don’t have to be extravagant gestures, anything that makes your heart a little lighter or your day a little brighter counts.  To sweeten it even more, each time you submit a kindness your name will be entered into a drawing for a special thank you from the two of us. We’ll be telling you more about that in our next post but in the meantime we want to thank all of you who’ve sent kindnesses our way. This has been such an amazing project to work on and it’s been thanks to all of you who’ve participated this year. Ready to do it again?  Let’s go!