It seems that I can’t resist and opportunity for a good (or bad) pun, but I have a proposition for everyone. In a recent appearance on Good Morning Britain, Richard Armitage gave us a peek at his funky fun socks…
He also mentioned that he would like to get some socks for Christmas (I wonder if he’s prepared for the deluge of fashionable footwear that’s likely headed his way?) A funky or festive pair of socks can be a surprising energy booster. For instance…today is the last day of classes for the fall semester and I celebrated by wearing some festive holiday socks.
No one else can see them (It’s cold…I’m wearing boots!) but I know that they’re there and the thought of the sparkly gifts (there’s a little dog at the top cuff too) makes me smile throughout the day.
On the subject of socks…or maybe the lack of socks for a lot of people, Jazzy and I were talking and we thought it would be a fun side challenge to signal boost some charities that distribute socks to the needy and to decorate our own sock tree as a record.
So here’s what you do…comment here reporting a donation of socks or information about a charitable organization that distributes socks. We’ll add a pair of socks to our SpReAd the Love 2014 Sock Tree and credit a kindness to our running total.
I’ll get you started…Hannah’s Socks is an Ohio based non-profit which since 2005 has distributed over half a million pairs of socks to those in need in Western Ohio and Southeast Michigan. This is just one of many charitable organizations and shelters that operate such programs…We’d love to hear more about one in your area and add to our “sock tree”.
How cool…I can already put up a tree with more socks!!
How about that premiere? Did you watch all of it? I’ve loved reading all of the accounts of fans who were there and, of course, looking at all the photos. Since this week is the premiere of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, this week’s giveaway is a bracelet inspired by Thorin Oakenshield and made by me. Thorin’s hood was said by Tolkein to be sky blue and the chips are royal purple with gold spacers.
To qualify to win this bracelet all you have to do is let us know in the comments about a kindness that you’ve done or that’s been done for you. On Friday at 5PM ET we’ll draw a name from among those who’ve commented. The kindness doesn’t have to be a huge thing, it can be anything that made your heart a little lighter or your day a little brighter. We’ve loved reading all of the kindnesses you’ve submitted so far! So, ready? Go!
Bap ba-ba ba-ba-ba-baaaaa!
The winner of the Lucas Locket is….Hariclea!! Congratulations!! Drop me an email at email@example.com with all your mailing details. 😀
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
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!!
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!
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.
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!