I met Kimberly of My Brown Bag Studio through blogging links. I can't recall how I got there, but I'm sure happy I found her. Kimberly's blog list is listed on her sidebar with a photo from that bloggers most recent post. To make a long story short, this photo caught my eye.
The caption read, "Carving Update". I was hooked. I clicked on the picture and it took me immediately to Tom's blog Quilting and Carving. Without going into too much detail as you can read Tom's complete profile on his blog, he is retired and you guessed it...carves and quilts! Tom was giving an update about his carved santas and was also offering them to anyone who would put them to good use.
Well, I just about fell off my chair! I love painting carved santas...if you remember this photo of the ones I painted that were carved from antique wooden spools by a friend of mine when we lived in Florida.
I emailed Tom and told him that I would be willing to...ahem...take some of his santas off his hands (wink), paint them and sell them with 100% of the profits to be donated to charity. I explained to Tom that a hospice is being built nearby with a projected opening in the fall of this year. The proceeds from the sale of the santas, which to my understanding are pin and ornament size, will be used to this end.
Tom enjoys the carving part and I enjoy the painting part. I "borrowed" the photos from Tom's blog to show you some of the santas that Tom both carved and painted.
Aren't they sooooo kewl? I've dusted off my brushes and paints and I'm ready to go.
I just had to share how blogging and bloggers are making the world not only a smaller but a better place. Would you like to borrow my glasses...the rose-colored ones?
Happy stitching...and painting!