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More Shameless Self Promotion

Okay – so I just got my copy of Something Cleverish in the mail. And I have found some great new (to me) humor blogs. These people are FUNNY! So far, my biggest laughs were for a post from Heidi of Hadleyesque. Her memories of an elementary school piano composition contest are hilarious. I’m honored to have been included in this group. Seriously.

So I’m devoting Materialistic Monday to Nie Nie. Buy the book!

If you’re not familiar with this, Sue from Navel Gazing at It’s Finest had the idea of putting together a book full of funny blog posts to raise money for the NieNie Recovery fund.

And even more great news…Nie Nie is posting again. Her courage, spirit and humor are truly inspirational. I’m sure that mine were just a few of the many tears shed over her last few posts. I think that she and her family bring new meaning to the word “faith” (and I’m not even a particularly religious person…) If you’d like to start your week out with hope and love, go give her a visit.

Something Cleverish

Many of you may remember the Nie Nie Auctions that were held to raise money for Stephanie Nielson and her family. These fundraisers have continued in the form of concerts, ski events and the like. Even books.

Sue from Navel Gazing at It’s Finest had the idea of putting together a book full of funny blog posts to raise money for the NieNie Recovery fund. She asked for bloggers to submit posts and I’m excited to report that one of mine made the cut!

Sue says:

“The Something Cleverish book features posts from forty-three funny bloggers – all for one great cause. We even managed to rope in a few celebrity submissions from Finslippy, Eric D. Snider, Rocks in My Dryer, Big Mama, Sweetney, Daring Young Mom, TAMN and more. (You can find a list of all of the bloggers included in the book here.)”

All proceeds go directly to the NieNie Recovery fund. Books can be purchased as either paperbacks or downloads. And if you’d like to add the button to your own site, you can pick up the html code from Sue’s post about the book.

Big thanks go to Sue for all of her work on this project. She’s one of the good ones.

Go Ahead and Skim to the Bottom if You’re Looking for a Point to This

I got a little caught up in life over the weekend and didn’t end up writing a post for today. Since my day job is a complete time suck and then I have this whole family life thing to prioritize (sigh), finding time to keep my blog updated is not always easy. Especially since I tend to write novels for posts. Do any of my loyal commenters actually read them – or is everyone just skimming…? Don’t answer – I probably don’t want to know.

The Friday confession thing has been convenient in that I generally have an idea of what I want to write by Thursday. So I think I’m going to bookend the week with a Monday feature as well. One that HAS to be somewhat short.

Every once in a while I see something that I really like and think, “hey I should blog about that.” But then I feel silly because I’m not a parenting advice blog (unless you’re taking a “what not to do” perspective of course), and I’m not a fashion or design blog (wearing the same five work outfits every week and decorating with hand me downs from the parents does not an expert make). No – I think that many of the blogs that I read (see my sidebar) have most of that covered.

I’ve decided that my Monday posts will now be devoted to “stuff I like.” This is wonderfully vague and can cover anything from my new shoes to an artist I found on Etsy. I probably won’t do much in the way of baby products since my mission in life is to have as few pieces of plastic in the house as possible. And those wood toys are so expensive! My children play with spatulas and the TV – and I don’t think there is much readership potential for those reviews…

So my inaugural Monday’s Stuff post (still working on that title – let me know if you have better suggestions – maybe I’ll give a prize for the one I use…) will be about something that I’ve been thinking about all week.

For those of you who decided to skim – here is the short version of the past several paragraphs: I didn’t get around to writing anything for today until now – and from now on I’m devoting my Monday post to “stuff I like.” Oh – and I may or may not give a prize to whomever renames my “Monday’s Stuff” title. Since it currently sucks – a prize is looking pretty likely.

So today? I like the community aspect of blogging. I really enjoyed the whole Nie Nie silent auction effort. I brought in over $500 in donations and actually won a lovely necklace. This is what first got me thinking about community and how it may be the foundation for why we are here. Why we’re both writing and reading what others have to say. In addition to all of the fame and money of course.

Seriously though, the fact that this diverse community pulled together to raise over $100,000 in one week for a family most did not personally know is pretty inspirational. I was honored to be a small part of that. [As a side note – you can find information on ongoing auctions etc. on the “benefit blog” page of the Nie Recovery site – AND I know that if you make a donation and e-mail your receipt to Emily of Acte Gratuit, she will mail you “Japanese treat” – from Japan, I mean.”]

Since the auctions took place, I’ve been more mindful of the general blog community support that I continue to observe. From something big like the Nie Nie fundraiser, to something small like prayers, positive thoughts, voodoo, etc. for individuals going through hard times. There are all of these virtual shoulders being offered out there – and I can’t imagine that any of it has gone unappreciated.

Just today, Neil from Citizen of the Month noted that he appreciated the condolences he received regarding a death in his family and proposed yet another community building idea:

Here’s my idea. Tell me if you think this could work. We set up some new Twitter account and call it something corny like BloggerCares, BloggerNews, or LifeEvents. Whenever one of us reads about a blogger with a big event — a death, a birth, a major surgery, a wedding — even if he is someone we don’t know personally — this information could be sent to this account, and then re-tweeted to hundreds of peoples at once, sort of a personal bloggers AP service. Then each receiver of the tweet could act however they wanted to — sending a message to this blogger acknowledging this happy or sad event, trying to be as personal as they could with someone they don’t really know, posting a comment on the person’s blog, or writing an email showing support. If it all worked well, we would be closer to a blogosphere where every blogger who needs it — can receive a few nice messages from the community, without any thought to who he is or what religious, color, political entity — or clique – he belongs to, or whether he is A-list or C-list.

How can you not love Neil? I think it’s a lovely idea. And even if nothing comes of it, the fact that people are out there having these ideas gives me the warm fuzzies. And I’ll leave it at that before breaking into a round of Kum-bye-ya. So I’ll look forward to seeing you at next week’s installment of Monday’s Stuff…when I will most likely sing the praises of my favorite shoes.

The Results Are In!

Thank you to everyone that bid on my auctions! I am in awe of the generosity (or at least love of stuff) that I’ve seen all over the internet this past weekend.

My auctions ended tonight, and here are the final results:

Pinecone Hill Robes – go to jjsmith for $75 AND to Mama Ginger Tree for $100

Arden B coat – goes to Cat+Tadd for $95

Little Girl Necklace #1 – goes to Robyn for $25

Little Girl Necklace #2 – goes to Jessica for $20

Claire V. Bag #1 – goes to myimaginaryblog for $60

Claire V. Bag #2 – goes to karetaking for $55

Women’s Pendant Necklace #1 – goes to LBThompson for $60

Women’s Pendant Necklace #2 – goes to Sara for $35

Women’s Pendant Necklace #3 – goes to Tracy for $25

Total raised: $550

Many of the bidders didn’t include an e-mail address in their bid. If you did not provide me with contact information (please go back and check), then just e-mail me at bigpieceofcake@gmail.com with an e-mail or phone number where you can be reached.

Thank you again for your support of this auction – really your support of ALL of the auctions. And of course everyone should go immediately to DesignMom.com and tell Gabrielle Blair that her heart is as beautiful as her lovely website. She is an inspiration and a true friend. Without her vision and coordination, none of this would have been possible.

Nie Nie Silent Auction Update

It’s not too late to bid! My auctions will stay open until Monday, September 1 at 10 p.m. EST. Here are the highest bids so far:

Pinecone Hill Robe – $70

Arden B Coat – $70

Little Girl Necklaces – $20 & $7

Claire V. Bags – $55 & $45

Women’s Pendant Necklaces – $50, $30 & $25

So that’s $372 for Nie Nie! I think…Math is not my strong suit – and it’s late… But it’s still a lot of money to add to the fund. Let’s go for $400 – OR $500! Apparently I’m very ambitious when it comes to other people’s money.

Thank you again to all of you supporting these auctions!

Nie Nie Day Silent Auction Reminder and Brief Confession

Since I do not want my auctions to get lost under one of my typically long (yes – I KNOW they are long) posts, I’m not going to post again before the Monday, September 1 cut off at 10 p.m.

If this is the first you’ve heard of Nie Nie Day, you can read my post from Thursday to get further details on the Nielson family and all of the amazing auctions that are going on right now (there are over 300). Big thanks to Gabrielle Blair of DesignMom.com for organizing this!

And here is my “Friday Confession” for this week. This morning I had ice cream for breakfast. The end.

I told you I was keeping it brief. Look for a post about the auction winners on Tuesday morning. Have a great holiday weekend!

Nie Nie Day Silent Auction: Pinecone Hill Robe

I’m excited to announce that I’ve just added a FIFTH item to today’s Nie Nie Day silent auction. Jo and Terry Coveny (my parents) of Style Key West, are donating a beautiful “Genevieve” cotton robe from Pinecone Hill:


(Online details: 100% cotton, two loops on waist with tie belt.)

To view a better picture online, click here. The Genevieve robe that is being auctioned off is in peony pink (pictured at center) and is available in both sizes: small/medium and large/x-large.

Pinecone Hill loungewear is truly luxurious, and I am lucky to have received several items as gifts (one of the perks of having family in retail!) This would make a fabulous gift for someone you love (or even for yourself!)

Please place your bid in the comments section along with an e-mail address or phone number where you can be reached.

The auction will be closed at 10 p.m. EST on Monday, September 1, and the winners will be announced the following morning. Winners will make their payments to a PayPal account for the Stephanie Nielson Fund.

Don’t forget to check out the other items that I am auctioning off (there are FIVE posts in all) and visit www.designmom.com and www.allmediocre.com for lists of other participating websites.

Nie Nie Day Silent Auction: Arden B. Coat

The fourth item (of five) for today’s Nie Nie Day silent auction is a gorgeous black coat from Arden B (yes – I know – I said BCBG – I was wrong).
As you can see, our lovely model Kate is posing outside of her house with two half dressed toddlers trying to get out the door. And note how the green garden hose that is unraveling next to the stairs is so perfectly framed by her arm and torso. Yes – it’s all terribly glamorous.



(Label details: Size Small, Shell – 75% cotton, 25% polyester, Lining – 65% acetate, 32% viscose, dry clean only.)

I’m sorry that I don’t have better pictures. I planned to do one full length shot, one of the back and one of the waistline (this coat has a beautiful silhouette). But the picture was taken by my husband (who is a terrible photographer) with our digital camera (which is mediocre at best), two minutes after he got home, two minutes before a rain storm and two seconds before the camera battery died. That first picture is the only one he was able to take.

But as you can see, I have also included a picture of the label (the clothing tag was ripped off of the little plastic thingy before I purchased it – but the original price was over $200). I think I got it on super sale for $90. I have also included a close up of the pocket so you can see the beautiful textured fabric. The coat is light enough for chilly autumn, but warm enough for dressy winter.

And why am I not keeping this coat for myself? Because I can’t wear it. I’ve never worn it. It has never been worn.

I bought it when I was hugely pregnant with my son, Oliver. I hadn’t purchased anything for myself that didn’t have an expandable front panel in months and I think I kind of lost my mind for the few minutes it took me to carry the coat to the register and agree to buy it even though all clearance sales were final. I thought at the very least it would be incentive for me to lose the baby weight.

Well I did lose the baby weight – twice. And two years later, at the skinniest I’ll ever be again in my life, it still didn’t fit. My hips are simply too wide for this coat (I have the coveted “pear shaped” figure).

You may be wondering how it is that I’m modeling it if it doesn’t fit. Well – in truth it does fit. As long as I don’t wear a stitch of clothing underneath it. And this doesn’t seem very practical for a cold weather coat…unless I decided to become a flasher… So I’ve decided to donate my beautiful coat to a good cause. Hopefully another non-pear shaped woman who wears size small will be able to enjoy it when the temperatures drop in a few months.

Please place your bid in the comments section along with an e-mail address or phone number where you can be reached.

The auction will be closed at 10 p.m. EST on Monday, September 1, and the winners will be announced the following morning. Winners will make their payments to a PayPal account for the Stephanie Nielson Fund.

Don’t forget to check out the other items that I am auctioning off (there are five posts in all) and visit www.designmom.com and www.allmediocre.com for lists of other participating websites.

Nie Nie Day Silent Auction: Little Girl Necklace

The third item (of five) for today’s Nie Nie Day silent auction is your choice of two adorable necklaces for little girls (or little boys – your call).

The world famous Parker (my cute as a button neighbor), agreed to be my model. While these pictures provide the general look of each necklace – my lack of experience as a photographer shows. So each picture of Parker is followed by one that provides better detail:

Choice Number 1

Blue Quartz Flower on a Sterling Silver Chain with Sterling Silver Clasp (this also comes in pale blue on silver and red on gold plated silver)

Choice Number 2

Red and Green Indian Beaded Pendant on a red silk cord with with Sterling Silver Clasp (this also comes in black and navy)

(I wanted to feature two other styles – but then remembered that Blogger limits the number of pictures I can use. Although it doesn’t seem like other bloggers have this problem… Anyway – if you are interested, e-mail me and I’ll forward you pictures.)

These necklaces typically retail for $15-20 in stores. They were designed and donated by Christy Wood Jewelry Design. Christy currently has only a few women’s items listed in her online shop (she is in the middle of setting up a new one), but she can do custom work as well as send photos of current designs based on your preferences. She can be contacted via e-mail at christy.wood@netzero.com.

Please place your bid in the comments section along with an e-mail address or phone number where you can be reached.

The auction will be closed at 10 p.m. EST on Monday, September 1, and the winners will be announced the following morning. Winners will make their payments to a PayPal account for the Stephanie Nielson Fund.

Don’t forget to check out the other items that I am auctioning off (there are five posts in all) and visit www.designmom.com and www.allmediocre.com for lists of other participating websites.