Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nie Nie Day Auction

Today is Nie Nie Day, August 28th, 2008! Today, this special day, the air is bursting with love, blessings, faith, healing, and many upon many earthly angels. May the Lord grant it that angels from heaven may not be restrained from us on this great day of giving and sharing and loving.

I like so many others across this vast blogging universe have been deeply touched by the tragedy and beauty of the Nielson Family. I only discovered the Nie Nie Dialogues recently through Design Mom. I am haunted by the true joy and love that poured fourth from the photos and written word of Ms Stephanie. I wanted to be a fly in that families house. I wanted to live next door to Nie. I wanted to be her friend. I wanted most of all, to have her, call me friend.

I can't shake this back to school dinner party post from my thoughts. It has inspired me to want a theme for my family. It has inspired me to talk and share its worth to all about me. Stephanie surely was in tune with the spirit as she planned this family party. What a wonderful gift and memory for her children to hold onto. And "Be Prepared"!? My goodness. My thoughts keep stumbling over what a blessing it is to her family that this young mother decided to share herself and children in a public blog. She welcomed the world and acted as a missionary of God, bringing all who tuned in, into her loving world.

I have a deep desire to do something for Stephanie & Christian and their beautiful children. I am offering a beloved shawl that I crocheted for myself nearly four years ago. I thought and thought about what I could offer. What I could do or make that would be Nie worthy. This shawl came to mind because of its vintage appeal and Nie loves vintage! The buttery soft, 100% cashmere is a pearly shade of white and the fiber was spun in Italy. The pattern was designed and the original crocheted in Russia by my favorite boss, Berta Karapetyan of School Products fame. One day she brought this shawl into work and I squealed in delight and adoration at it's sight! I begged to copy it and she happily obliged me.

All the proceeds of this silent auction of mine are going directly to the Stephanie & Christian Paypal account. Please leave your bids in my comments field. Does this part sound familiar? I am completely copying Gabby's words here from Design Mom! Don't know what I'm doing! So, as the auction for my Cashmere Crocheted Shawl progresses, bidders will need to check the most recent comments, to see what the current high bid is. I plan to leave the auction open till midnight PST Sunday evening, August 31st, 2008. Once the winning bidder is identified, they'll send their money directly to the Stephanie & Christian Paypal account. The winner will then forward the Paypal receipt to If you have any questions regarding the shawl please feel free to email me or leave a note in the comments. I suppose I should also mention that we have a smoke free home but we do have a 2yr old, 2 Chihuahuas and a kitten! I promise that the shawl is in perfectly new crocheted condition! Thank you so much for stopping by to look and happy bidding!

One final note I would like to part with are the words of Joseph Addison.

"Friendship improves happiness,
and abates misery,
by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief."


moosh in indy. said...

I'm starting it off at $30.

Anna Macfarlane said...

$35 please

Pam said...

$150 (sorry Anna) I'll be back!!!!

Pam said...

I just read Nie Nie's sister's (djanerun) documentation of her family's strength and testimony. I am increasing my bid to $500.00. Thank you for this opportunity to help. pam

Alissa Nicolau said...

This is all so exciting for me! Thank you so much for your awesome bid Pam!

The shawl is so soft and warm you'll want to bury your nose in it and wrap your babies up to! I crocheted it at a time of great happiness in my life and hope it will carry my joy into anothers home. Good luck!

Cecily R said...

What a beautiful gesture. I wish I could afford to increase the bid.

I will pray for the family though. I'm so glad they have the gospel.

Lora said...

alissa-that is the MOST beautiful shawl i have ever seen. you do amazing work. thank you for sharing it with all of us and mostly with nie nie.

lainakay said...

What a lovely shawl and what a lovely thing for you and Pam to do.