Can you help?

We are having serious trouble making ends meet right now, with the expense of traveling to frequent doctor’s appointments and everyday needs piling up. We both work hard, are disabled, and we receive no government assistance outside of SNAP benefits and Medicaid.

My sales have been less than $250 in December, and anyone who’s ever had their own small business knows that means about $125 or so net income for me. AJ’s paychecks barely cover rent and bills. If I don’t make sales, that means no sanitary products, cleaning products, no groceries for the 1/3-1/2 a month not covered by SNAP benefits, no CBD tincture for my chronic pain, none of the many OTC meds and supplements that help us function a little bit better.

I know that things are hard all-around right now, but if you could please take a moment to consider whether you may be able to help us out in any of the ways mentioned below, I would appreciate it so very much!

– Visit my shop and see if there is anything that calls to you. I am always happy to make payment arrangements and work on custom orders! ❤
– Visit the Baubles & Blessings FB page to catch up on recent posts, and interact to help boost the signal. If no one interacts with posts, FB stops showing them to additional page fans.
– Check out our GoFundMe page and consider making a contribution. I’m working on grab bags now!
– Take a peek at our Amazon wish list and consider whether you may be able to help by ordering a piece of clothing or health-related item. I would be thrilled to offer you a gift code for B&B in thanks!
– Help spread the word about my work.
– Consider whether you may have something to contribute for the upcoming Facebook event and auction.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

Much love and many blessings,
Bri

Auction Wrap-up & Donations

2015-11-22-GoFundMe-ShaunaSo, first off, I posted on the event page but never posted here about the donation from last month’s auction. While trying to decide where to send our $75 donation, AJ and I came across a friend in dire need of help with some dental issues. She’s in Tennessee, where we have firsthand experience with how impossible it is to get help with emergency dental issues if you can’t pay through the nose. So we went ahead and sent the funds her way. She had the first part of her surgery this week!

For this month’s auction, we decided in advance that we would be donating to Nar Nar’s Voyages. Annara is a sweet little girl battling leukemia, and both of her parents are out of work at the moment while her mother is on leave to care for her. Knowing how difficult cancer can be on the patient’s entire family and support system after AJ’s mom fought and lost a brief but nasty battle with anaplastic thyroid cancer, we wanted to do what we could to help.

The auction brought in $704. PayPal fees totaled $27.31, but my awesome auction winners chipped in $16 to offset the fees, so we ended up with a total of $692.69 and rounded the donation up to $70. I sent the funds to the PayPal account specified by Annara’s mom this morning. I hope that this helps ease things just a bit for them, with everything this family is going through.

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Thank you all so very much for your support! Not only does it help this disabled artist couple keep up with basic needs, but you also help us do our part to help others in need. Paying it forward means so much to both of us, and we truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the opportunity.

I also want to give special thanks to the three people who made contributions totaling $35 to our savings to help us forge stability in our new home. It’s been so hard to save anything with how unpredictable income has been this year, and your donations mean so much to us.

As always, much love and many bright blessings to you.

♥ Bri

Giveaway & auction extended through Tuesday!

Heya, friends! My Friday the 13th auction is still running and has been extended by 24 hours. It will end tomorrow night at 7:00 Pacific time, a little over 25 hours from now. All of the pieces shown in the collage are up for bid, along with many others. As I type, there are a dozen pieces without bids and many more with just 1-2 bids. There is also a door prize giveaway!

Not only will the proceeds from this auction help support a hard-working disabled couple with limited income, but we are also donating 10% of this month’s proceeds (after PayPal fees) to Nar Nar’s Voyages to help a little girl battling leukemia and her family in their time of need.

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30% off deal extended; auction next weekend!

2015-11-01-MEDS5-ExtendedWe have not yet met the goal for our med fundraiser, so I am extending the offer through the 13th. Use the code “MEDS” to save 30% on any non-custom jewelry order in my shop. Spend $50 after the discount (not including S&H), and I will refund all US shipping charges.

I also have an auction coming up, from the 13th through the 16th. AJ’s birthday is coming up on Monday, mine is Friday, and the 15th is the one year anniversary of our arrival in Tacoma. We’re hoping that when all is said and done, we might be able to have our basic needs covered for the month and have something left over for some sort of birthday treat, like an inexpensive meal out or a visit to a movie theater. I’ll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for that.

2015-11-04-November-Auction-SqI expect I’ll have some bargain-hunting holiday shoppers at the event. It’s a great chance to snag a deal or five while helping a hardworking disabled couple stay afloat. I generally list everything with a starting price at or below half of retail, and many pieces end up going for insanely low prices. If you enjoy my work but you’ve never participated in one of my auctions, I highly recommend checking it out. Even if you don’t have funds for this one, you’ll see how it works… And I’ll also be doing other fun stuff, like door prizes, this time around. 😀

Thanks, as always, for being here, being you and being awesome. I really appreciate you taking the time to see what I’m up to!

Much love and many blessings,
Bri

More good news… Custom order update & auction wrap-up!

Hello, friends! I have more exciting news to share with you tonight. 🙂

First, I am completely caught up on making custom orders, aside from a few pieces needing supplies or requiring something from the customer. The few folks whose orders are affected have been notified, and I’ll have everything needed within a few days to complete those last few orders. I’ve been sharing lots of these new custom goodies on Facebook and will also post them here soon. My estimated turnaround time for custom orders moving forward is 2-6 weeks.

Moving on, it’s time for the post-auction wrap-up, now that all of the auction items have been purchased. There were 60 pieces in this auction; a few did not sell and were returned to the shop with clearance prices. The auction drummed up a total of $705, plus an additional $9 in optional donations to help offset PayPal fees and $10 in additional donations, which will go straight to helping us build our nest egg. After PayPal fees are taken into account, we ended up with a net total of $679.71. As promised, 10% of the funds raised have been donated to True Colors Fund; we rounded up and donated $68.

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Custom Order & Grab Bag Update

Hello, my dears!

I am just bursting with excitement and I had to share that I am almost completely caught up on custom orders, for the first time in over a year.

I now have 10 outstanding custom orders which I have not completed making, and the oldest of these is from March. I expect to have all of these orders ready to ship within a week or so, and am planning a huge post office trip; all outstanding custom orders, auction items and other recent purchases should be shipped out the week of the 22nd, barring any sort of unforeseen emergency.

I cannot even begin to express how exciting this is! Everyone who placed any kind of custom order before March can expect pictures within the next few days, unless I have already contacted you about a minor supply-related delay.

Thanks so much to everyone who has been so patient with me while I’ve been working to catch up after all of the craziness surrounding our move and getting settled into our new home! Once I get the rest of these orders taken care of and get some new pieces made for the shop, I’ll be focusing on grab bags from our housewarming fundraiser.

As always, my deepest gratitude for all of your love and support! Wishing you all many bright blessings.

❤ Bri

June’s auction is LIVE!

For those of you who haven’t seen my posts elsewhere, my June auction is now live and kicking! As I type, there are oodles of pieces with no bids, or just one or two bids… And each listing is started off at about half of the original/retail price, some even lower.

2015-06-06-AuctionAll of the pieces in the collage are available, along with many items not pictured here. Stop by the event to take a look at what’s up for grabs! I’d also appreciate it so very much if you could pop by my FB page and show my recent posts some love, to help boost the signal and make sure that my posts about the event reach as many of my 13,000 FB followers as possible… Right now, without much interaction, my recent posts are averaging a reach of about 100 people.

If this auction goes well, I am hoping to be able to afford to get a PO box and set up an email newsletter, to help lessen my reliance on Facebook, a now-broken tool for reaching fans of my work.

As always, thank you all so much for your support!

Blessings,
Bri

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