Hello Everyone! Boy do we have a fab blog hop for you this weekend! The Girl Fridays from CAS-ual Fridays along with 100's of other designers have joined together for this benefit blog hop titled Operation Julie's Smile. Here's the story...
The creative blogging community is coming together this weekend to help one of our friends, Julie Ranae. You may know her as the design team coordinator for many wonderful companies from bakers twine, die cuts, rubber stamps and more. What many people don't know about Julie Ranae is that she has had some pretty major dental surgeries in her lifetime due to medication she had to take as a child. It was in her plans to think about having all of her teeth replaced in the next 5 years, a decision that was pretty easy to plan out. But then it happened, she chipped her front teeth on a weekend a month ago. The dentist told her there was no way to save them and that his recommendation that she give in and have all her teeth removed soon, but for that day, they needed to get her front teeth done so her gums could begin to heal. He said he would
'work' out payments with her to have ALL this work done...but when she called to make her appointment for the first step of impressions, they told her the amount of money that was needed and that the 'payments' applied only to the two teeth that were extracted that day. Her husband Paul was with her and that too was his understanding as well. So this is how she has found herself in this situation...Needing at least $4000 to get started and another $3000 to finish the process...a total of $7000.
Nicole Rixon, owner of Sweet Stamp Shop put together this benefit after finding out about this situation and before Julie Ranae knew it, it took flight!
Because she is an event organizer by trade, she has taken on the job of organizing all the blogs in this hop as her way of 'working overtime' for what she needs, the same as if she were able to work overtime at an outside job to pay for the work to be done.
It is the goal of all of these generous friends and sponsors to help make this situation more do-able for our friend so that she can share a brand new smile with all of us soon.
If there is anything you can do to help with a financial donation, there is a donation button ready for you to click that you can find in the sidebar to the right. Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500!
Yup you read that right, $2500 worth of prizes to be won and there are three ways you can win:
1. From blog comments left
2. From PayPal Donation list
3. For blog hop hosts
Now with a hop this HUGE, there is bound to be a break in the links somewhere, so if you find yourself lost along the way you can always stop by he Sweet Stamp Shop Blog for the complete list of blog hoppers and the prize list is there too.
Sooooo the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week in relation to this blog hop is based on a quote.
Our sponsor this week is the Craft's Meow, who graciously supplied us with some stamps to play with.
I got the set Timless Tags and decided to pair these with the actual sentiment and some yummy twine.
If you're hopping along the right trail you should have came here from my teammate's blog, Dana Seymor and if you continue along you can hop on over to my other teammate's blog, Jinny Newlin. Make sure you leave a comment here so you have a chance at all the prizes up for grabs and if you can, please make a donation so we can help bring back a new smile for our friend :)We hope that you have fun hopping along and remember, you have all weekend to comment on blogs, so take your time!
Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!