Colorado Flooding Benefit – Cross Stitch Pattern and Kit

To benefit the volunteer efforts for the recent Colorado flooding, I’ll donate $1.00 to the Colorado Red Cross for every sale of my Colorado cross stitch pattern and kit!

Colorado Highway Sign Cross Stitch

I first posted about this Colorado Highway sign pattern in July of this year, when the Black Forest, Royal Gorge, and West Fork fires were still burning. But recently, astounding amounts of rain have decimated Coal Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, Four Mile Canyon, Big Thompson Canyon (again), the South Platte and St. Vrain rivers, the towns of Lyons, Estes Park, Salina, and thousands of acres of farmland in northeast Colorado.
People look at the overturned car near the fast moving water during the heavy flooding on Thursday in Boulder. For a video of the flooding go to www.dailycamera.com Jeremy Papasso/ Camera

 [Flooding in Boulder on Thursday – via the Boulder Daily Camera]

The South St. Vrain River roars through Lyons on Thursday, 9/12/13.  Photograph by Kenneth Wajda

 [The St. Vrain river flooding Lyons on Thursday via the Boulder Daily Camera]

Lefthand Canyon Drive is in ruins seen here on Saturday, Sept. 14, on Olde Stage Road in Boulder. For more photos and video of the flood rescue go to www.dailycamera.comJeremy Papasso/ Camera

 [Lefthand Canyon Drive on Saturday the 14th via the Boulder Daily Camera]

All of this hits close to home for me as I have friends and family all along the Front Range of Colorado. My Mom and her numerous siblings grew up in Boulder. I went to high school in Colorado Springs and then went to the University of Colorado at Boulder. I’m so fortunate that no one I know has been seriously affected, but there are THOUSANDS of people who have lost everything – houses, pets, livelihoods, and peace of mind.

Suzanne Sophocles shows her joy after being reunited with her dogs after they were all rescued from her severely flooded home on Friday, Sept. 13, on Streamcrest Drive in Boulder. For more photos and video of the flood rescue go to www.dailycamera.comJeremy Papasso/ CameraI’m donating $1 from every sale of the pattern and kit through December 31, 2013. On New Year’s Day, I would love to write the Colorado Red Cross a big fat check! So if you’re a Coloradoan, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this pattern would be a great way for you to show a little Colorado pride. Please spread the word about the Colorado cross stitch pattern and kit and how they will help disaster relief efforts!

[Photo is of a happy reunion, thanks to rescue workers via the Boulder Daily Camera]

Friends for Phinney Cross-Country Ride

For the past five days, I’ve been involved in a great cause – Friends for Phinney. It’s a group of bicyclists riding cross-country to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation. They started on July 20th in Oceanside, California, and they will finish on August 30th in New York City. One of the members of the group is my uncle, Tom Casey, and with three of his friends, they’re undertaking this massive ride to benefit Parkinson’s patients.
Friends for Phinney team in front of Boulder High School

[from left: Davis Phinney, Tom Casey, Rick Baker, Kathleen Donohue, and Kevin Cartin in front of Boulder High School]

My involvement started last Friday, greeting the riders as they made their final descent of the day from Salida, Colorado into Copper Mountain, Colorado. After that, the next four days have been a whirlwind of family, friends, coordination, pizza, meeting amazing people, more coordination, helping to run errands, overwhelming emotion, restaurants, gratitude, even more coordination, and meeting more amazing people.

My effort, however, was absolutely nothing compared to the work of these four riders in the planning, coordination, and riding of an average 86 miles a day! They are truly awesome.
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[Kathleen, Kevin, Rick, and Tom at the entrance to Copper Mountain]

My involvement is not quite done yet as I will have to go pick up my husband, Ken, in Grand Island, Nebraska this Saturday the 10th. He rode the 80 mile Copper Triangle with the group last Saturday, and rejoined them in Boulder Tuesday morning for the ride to Fort Morgan. He’ll end up riding 500 miles with the Friends for Phinney team, and I couldn’t be prouder.
friends for phinney copper triangle finish

 [Phil Casey, Tom Casey, and Ken Daniels at the finish of the Copper Triangle]

I highly encourage you to go visit www.friendsforphinney.org and catch up with their progress on the ride. There you can donate to the cause, learn more about the team, learn more about Davis Phinney and his foundation, help the team win $10,000, and read some of the amazing stories of the people they’ve met and their travels thus far. You can also see the calendar of the towns they’ll be passing through, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to meet these outstanding people along the way!

Colorado Cross Stitch Pattern – Highway Sign

This Colorado Highway sign cross stitch pattern has just been added to my Etsy shop!

Colorado Highway Sign Cross Stitch
colorado highway 149 road sign

The stitched example, Highway 149, is a gorgeous road in southwest Colorado that goes through the lovely little town of Creede. I was fortunate to drive this road earlier this year as since then, the still-burning West Fork Fire has threatened Creede. Highway 149 was even shut down for a while.

 

 

SO, to help the wildfire relief efforts for this fire, the Black Forest fire, the Royal Gorge fire and all the other fires burning in Colorado, from now until September 30, 2013, I will donate $1.00 from every sale of this cross stitch pattern to the Colorado Red Cross!

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Colorado Highways, and man there are a ton of beautiful drives in the state.
Echo Lake along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Colorado-1

[Echo Lake on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway by Nature’s Images via Flickr]

Some of my other favorites are Highway 93 from Boulder to Golden, Highway 9 through Breckenridge, Highway 7 around Estes Park, Highway 119 from Idaho Springs to Nederland… there’s really too many to list.

If you’re a Coloradoan, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this pattern would be a great way for you to show a little Colorado pride. Please spread the word about this Colorado cross stitch pattern and how it will help wildfire relief efforts!

What are some of your favorite Colorado highways?

Update 9/7/13: The cross stitch kit for this pattern is now available on my Etsy shop as well!

Etsy Shop Updates – June 2013

Just finished up some major Etsy shop updates and maintenance!

First, I converted all my pattern listings to Digital Downloads. I’m very happy that Etsy has created this functionality. My husband and I travel quite a bit, and customers having the ability to download the patterns they purchase will make part of my business life a lot easier.
Slutmuffin Cross Stitch Pattern PDF

[Now I can get your “Slutmuffin” fix to you from anywhere!]

The second thing I did was to my Etsy shop was update my descriptions and tags. Blogging (and to be specific, the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast) has really made me more aware of the importance of the links between titles, keywords, and descriptions. It’s a bit too early to tell, but initial indications are that these modifications have had a good effect on my views.

This Persian Flower Needlework is based on a very small element from a historical design book.Third, I reduced the prices on quite a few of my patterns just today. The most dramatic drop was on my Persian Flower cross stitch and needlepoint pattern – down almost 50%! But hey, it’s okay, it needed to happen! [I just love this darn flower so much!]

 

 

 

Aside from Etsy stuff, on this blog I’ve got the next three parts of my series on HEXIE MADNESS coming out soon (here’s Part 1), and this Thursday’s ACrafty Interview is with Sasha at WhatNoMints!

Then, of course, I’ve got about a million new ideas in mind. I’ll have a fun new Colorado-themed pattern and kit coming out next week, and I’ve got some ideas about combining stitching and scrapbooking that might work out really well. Stay tuned!