Wednesday, May 30, 2012
* My 2nd Author Signing Has Been Scheduled! http://www.heathercnelson.com/2012/05/author-signing-event-sat-june-2.html
* "My Week Of Heart" Has Begun: http://www.myworkofheart.net/2012/05/my-week-of-heart-has-begun.html
* MTV Movie Awards Gifting Suite: http://www.briannesbasics.com/2012/05/mtv-movie-awards-gift-suite.html
* Dolls for Josh Sussman from Glee & His Hilarious Girlfriend Tess: http://www.briannesbasics.com/2012/05/dolls-for-josh-tess.html
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Reposted from my Author Website:
My second Author Signing has been scheduled!
DATE: Saturday, June 2, 4-7p.m.
LOCATION: The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse (320 Elm Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802; near 3rd and Elm)
On Saturday, I'll be at the Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse to meet fans and sign copies of my book! As I've already announced, my book is currently for sale at The Depot, thanks to the amazing Lisa (the owner). I'll have paperback copies of my book onhand to sign, plus extra gifts & goodies! I'm currently taking preorders! To ensure your copy is available for pick-up that day, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The price is $8 for a signed copy, with $2 going directly back to The Depot! Lisa has been a longtime supporter of my charity work & charity crafts. The Depot is your best place to fuel your creativity!
The Depot's Mission: "To encourage, inspire and promote fun ways to reuse items and materials 'too good to throw away' for creative reuse projects... We are proud to be a part of 'The Village' and work to raise awareness of the importance of community by supporting cross promotion of other neighborhood businesses, emphasizing 'Help Support Local Artists and Businesses, Shop 'The Village' and to encourage neighbors to 'get to know each other' through introductions at 'The Depot'."
To book me for your event, please email me at email@example.com
Last night I spoke at Hancock College to an old friend's class that she teaches. The students were Korean ESL student. The concept of volunteering and charity work is completely new to them, so I got to speak to them about my charity work, my book, and the charity work I'm currently doing.
It was absolutely wonderful to spread the word of "giving back". I really had a great time! If one student is inspired to volunteer, or they tell a friend who is in turn inspired, then I consider the speech a tremendous success.
I'll be speaking to more of her classes in the coming months, and I'm so honored to be able to spread the word of charity work. When you take the time to give back, it's truly indescribable.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
* Yesterday, mustaches made by Brianne's Basics were at Justin Rudd's Mustache Bash at his Monthly Beach Cleanup! We had a blast making 37 fake mustaches on a stick, & the participants loved them!
* You can find those pics & MORE at my NEW business Facebook profile at http://on.fb.me/heathernelsoninfo! You can join me there for all the latest updates & news about my book, my charity craft biz, Happy Heartists, & more! Can't wait to friend you!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
On Saturday, May 5, we'll be participating in a Scrapbook Garage Sale to help raise funds for Happy HeARTists!
The sale will be from 7a.m. til abut 2p.m. at 15977 Amber Valley Drive in Whittier. We'll have lots of goodies for sale, both scrapbook and general craft, with 100% of our profits being donated directly to Happy HeARTists! So come on by and help support our group!
For more information, go to http://www.meetup.com/ScrappinLadyz/events/56196992/
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
This Mother's Day I'm working with Clever Girls in support of Macy's Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the "trade, no aid" program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.
My mom also taught me to embrace my creativity, and how to help it thrive. She was such a talented crafter. She used to cross stitch and make quilts, she made most of my clothes when I was a child, and also made my costumes for the various theater and dance productions I was in. I also found out many years later that she was a talented artist, but she never really used that skill often. My mom is so incredibly talented and creative, and she loves the fact that I am too.
That's why I love the Macy's Heart of Haiti campaign. Not only are they helping artisans in Haiti, but they're also teaching them to use their talents to help themselves, their families, and their community. It's a fantastic program that helps everyone involved, from the artisans to the consumers.
Heart of Haiti Goddess necklace as part of their campaign, and a second one to give to my mom. She doesn't normally wear jewelry, but she loves how beautiful this one is. Sharing a "gift that gives back" not only aids in creating a special memory, but helps raise awareness and celebrate artistry and regrowth for other struggling moms and families in Haiti.
What is Macy's Heart of Haiti? Heart of Haiti is a "Trade, Not Aid" initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy's. Already, Heart of Haiti has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country.
Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mache and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings, and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood. Heart of Haiti products available online at Macys.com
I'd love to hear from you. Post your story in the comments about a person who has truly touched your life, someone who has made a difference and shaped you into the person you are today.
Thank you to Macy's Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this "Share Your Heart" promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I followed the link to her blog, where the intro reads: "Imagine you've been diagnosed with an incurable genetic disease and you are told you will not only lose your ability to walk and move your arms, but you will die between now and the next 18 months. What would you do? My name is Avery Lynn Canahuati, I'm almost 5 months old, and this has become my reality. But before I die, there's a few things I'd like to accomplish...this is my bucket list and my story. SHARE IT & HELP ME TELL THE WORLD ABOUT SMA!"
I read her bucket list. Some of them are things we all take for granted every single day. Wrap my arms around my mommy and daddy. Go swimming. Attend a birthday party. Make cupcakes. Read a book. Ride a bicycle. Stay up past my bedtime watching TV with my mommy and daddy. And some of them were bigger things, like swim with dolphins, going on a road trip, go to San Diego and visit the zoo, go kayaking, make college visits with my mommy and daddy, etc. My eyes filled with tears as I saw the few items crossed out, showing she had done those, and the many others that were still there, showing that she hadn't been able to do those. One item really stood out to me. So I printed a picture, and hopped in my car.
That item was "go to the beach". I work in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, and every day that I work I take small breaks to stretch my back. Literally right behind the office is Marine Stadium. It's only a few hundred feet from the back door to the rocks and the water. I realized how I take that for granted every single day. There are so many people who have never seen the water or been to a beach, and there are even more who will never get that chance, just like Avery.
I drove a couple of blocks down to Mother's Beach. That's a popular beach near Marine Stadium for families. The waves are miniscule at best, and it's a nice quiet beach with a playground. I remember going there often as a young child with my mom, and sometimes with my cousins. I grew up mere miles from Long Beach, so I've always been around water. And it rarely, if ever, crosses my mind how incredibly lucky I am to live in Southern California, near the ocean and all its beauty.
I parked my car, and proceeded to take pictures. I took a picture of the Mother's Beach sign, of me holding Avery's picture with her birthdate and yesterday's date, the day she passed away. Avery was born on November 11, 2011. Kaylee was born on November 12, 2008. They were so close in age, and especially birthdate. I buried my toes in the sand, and buried a corner of Avery's picture in the sand too, so it wouldn't blow away. After I took the pictures, I sat on the bench, with my toes still buried, and said a prayer for this little angel, and the loved ones she leaves behind. I went back to the office and posted it on Avery's Facebook page, with a note: "I was so moved by Avery's story, & I had to do SOMETHING. So I did one of the things on her bucket list. I took her to the beach, appropriately Mother's Beach. I'm so sorry for your loss. She was an angel on Earth, & now in heaven". As I type this post, 73 people have "liked" the photo I posted. The comments people left were so touching: "Such a thoughtful thing to do. Bless you"; "What a wonderful thing for you to do!"; "That is the most sweetest and nicest thing anyone could do for someone so precious"; "This was so thoughtful"; "You are amazing!"; "Wow, you are a great person"; "This is amazing! You are so thoughtful!"; "So amazing of you to do this". I appreciated all of their comments, and as I told them "It isn't much. But it's something. Thank you... It was the least I could do. I have 3 kids, & I'm an avid charity volunteer. This was the very least I could do for someone so beautiful... I'm just a mom & volunteer."
I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. We may not understand or know what that reason is. We may never know. But God, or whatever Higher Power you believe in, does have a plan for all of us. In her short five months on this Earth, Avery touched thousands, if not millions, of lives. Some of my online friends have posted about her. Avery's story has become international news, a heartwarming story in a world where bad news is the norm. I don't know how it affected others, but Avery and her story reminded me to live every single day to its fullest. My aunt used to say "every day is the first day of the rest of your life." Avery has reminded me, and many others I'm sure, to live every single day, every single second, to its fullest. Don't take anything, or anyone, for granted. Ever. Be grateful for what you have, and give to others what they don't have.
Larissa R. left a comment, a call to action of sorts: "Like you, I was very touched by Avery's story and am heart broken by her passing. Please join me in wearing IVORY on FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012 (which would have been her 6 month birthday) so that we can cross 'have one million people across the world wear ivory in my honor' off her bucket list." I will absolutely be wearing ivory that day, and I hope you will too. Let's show this family how truly loved and appreciated this angel baby is.
To find out more about this amazing baby Avery and her bucket list, go to http://averycan.blogspot.com. You can also visit her Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter.