If you're much of a crafting blog-surfer like I am, you may have already had the pleasure of landing in the sweet spot of cyberspace known as The NieNie Dialogues. If not, I'd like you to take a minute to get know this sweet gal, her dashingly handsome husband, and their 4 sweet darling children (seriously, go spend at least 30 minutes reading her wittily written, beautifully real blog--tissues required for this task!). Miss Stepha'NIE (AKA NieNie) is adored by many bloggers, crafters, decorators, mommies, hot mommies, and women across bloggersville who embrace the simple sweetness of life's domestic pleasures.
As fate would have it, tragedy recently struck NieNie Nielson's dear family and now, dear readers--our collective prayers, well-wishes, and donations are needed to pull this family through their unimaginable recovery. NieNie and her loving Mr. Nielson (as she refers to her husband on her blog) were the victims of a small private plane crash just 12 days ago. They are currently both fighting the battles of their lives in the Maricopa Burn Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Family is at their side--to pray, to love, to support, and to care for their 4 beautiful babes while Mommy and Daddy get better during what is sure to be months of recovery. To keep updated on their progress, you can visit Nie's sister CJane right here.
I consider Nie a "friend" of mine--as I've read her blog on many occasions, have shared with her an unspoken kinship for the love of things vintage, of beautiful family moments, of simple elegance, and of our common faith. Although it's small, I wanted to help this sweet family by offering a silent auction here on my blog. All proceeds will be donated directly to an account that has been created in their name. The winning bidder will receive a custom 2 piece set (you choose ANY 2 pieces whether top and skirt, top and hat, jeans and top, or 2 tops for that matter--in any size from 12 months -8 years) and I will design you an original freshandvintage design with "Nie's impeccable taste in mind. I chose my little green newsboy number in green to picture above just b/c it just reminds me of her little cherubs but you can choose any 2 pieces for me to create :) You can also take a peek at my fabrics pictured in this post, and choose one of them for me to build your design around OR just leave the entire designing process up to me and enjoy the beauty of surprise. All of this while helping a family in their aching time of need. I will start the bidding at $50. Simply leave a comment on this blog post and bid in full $1 increments. The commenter with the highest bid will receive this 2 pc freshandvintage "Designing 'Nie" creation. Bidding will end at Midnight (EST) on Saturday September 6th (late Friday night).
Please bid generously and know that my creative spark is being fueled by my 3 kids being in school all day as of 4 days ago. Freedom to create, baby! And--create with a fashionable spirit and
a solemn prayer in my heart, I will do.
Love and prayerful thoughts
Ps. To donate directly to the Nielson family, please click this logo below: