the dealy-o (or, how to enter to win what you want for x-mas)
As a devoted reader of the daily crafty e-newsletter from the blog CraftGossip.com, and a faithful Facebook and Twitter follower as well, when I read a plea in today's e-newsletter for additional contestants to enter the giveaway, sponsored by CraftBits.com to the tune of $150 for your ultimate Christmas gift, I knew that it was fate...and that choosing would be nearly impossible.
That said, here's my current, half-selfish/half-altruisticish wish list:
- $75 of $150 prize for the purchase of beading supplies, including findings, accent beads, seed beads, and decent tools for the volunteer jewelry instruction that I provide to immigrant, refugee and low-income women in the Washington, DC area through the awesome organization Empowered Women International (EWI), which is a certified green business. I'm not just an EWI volunteer, I'm also a client. (And, yes, I totally ripped that off from a certain men's product commercial.) [More details about my personal debt to EWI below.]
- $75 of the $150 prize would go to me, me, me! All me! Mwa-ha-ha. I mean, um, yea, it would. After ripping up the allergy-attack-causing carpet in my office/craft room, I would DIY a decoupage floor with recycled brown grocery bags, leftover scrapbook paper, and anything else I could find. Then I'd put down a protective coating of resin, slap brightly colored paint on the walls (all paid for by my half of the prize) and call it a happy day!
As an EWI client, I am able to market and sell my products in the organization's Etsy shop, at local events, and home parties and, I happily donate a portion of my proceeds to EWI, as do all EWI artists. (And we're talking about some mind-blowingly talented female artists who, for the most part, came to the U.S. seeking a better life -- or women born here who have fallen on hard times.)
Next week, thanks to the generous scholarship provided by a female EWI supporter, I will begin the organization's Entrepreneur Training for Success program, which will teach me what I need to know and guide me through the process of formally launching my new, all-natural and handmade bath & body product line: Briggy's Bath & Body.
I'll also be learning alongside incredibly talented women--mostly artists--from around the world. Perhaps you can tell why I try to give as much back to EWI as possible--the emotional support alone that I receive is what keeps me motivated as I struggle through the process of becoming an entrepeneur nine months after having been laid off from my career due to downsizing.