Thursday, November 13, 2014

Current Raffle Items

These will be raffled off on Friday, November 14th.  If you want half price tickets, make a donation before 4pm on Friday at

If you make a donation, please email, call, text, or leave a comment and tell me where you want to put your tickets.  I want you to be able to have some control over what you win. 

You do not need to be present to win!  If you make a donation from anywhere in the world, you get raffle tickets!!

As of 10:00 pm on Thursday night, here are the items I KNOW are included:

Handmade lap quilt. It's incredibly beautiful.

Han Solo Crayons.  Seriously.  Love them.
Ewok coin purse.  Ohmygoodness so cute!!
Handmade scarf, little girl not included
Also likely (but not yet in my hands, so I am not promising):
-Art from Wine and Palette, the ones the "real" artists do
-Various gift cards
-Possibly other fun stuff
Don't miss out!  Donate to Team in Training/Leukemia and Lymphoma Society today!
So.  Apparently, I keep breaking this link.  It may not be a hyperlink, but it IS the correct address. Just remember, one of the reasons I started this blog, is so that I could learn to blog.  You gotta be patient with me sometimes.  Thanks.     

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Current Fundraising Events

Here are ways you can currently make a difference in the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and their families:
1. Join us for a Wine and Palette event in Stillwater, OK on November 14, 6:00pm - 8:00 pm.  Here is a link to register: $20 of your registration goes directly to Team in Training. 
We are going to paint this on Friday.  Yes, you can do it.  No, it will not look exactly like this.  Yes, it will still be something you love and can be proud of. 

By the way, if you are not in Oklahoma, YOU CAN STILL HELP!!!  Everything else I am going to list here you can do from the comfort of your home in your jammies, with a cat on your lap (is that just me? )

2. If you're reading this, and it is still November 12, go check out my Stella and Dot Trunk Show at The show ends today, but Sarah (another teammate, Go Team) is running it and she's in California.  You might be able to sneak in before she closes the show.   
You need some of these.  Or maybe, if you're like me, you needed three.  Can you see the "E" in the clover?  I love initial stuff and especially stealthy initial stuff.  Of course I got KEZ. 
3. Buy a raffle ticket from anywhere at  ANY donations made between now, and 4 pm on Friday the 14th means a raffle ticket.  Each ticket is $1.  If you donate at least $5 Team in Training will send you a donation form for your taxes.  If you live anywhere else, of course I will send you your prize. 
Here are some of the things I'm raffling off:
- A seriously gorgeous black/white/red lap quilt.  Really, it's incredible.  My sister-in-law is amazing
-A purple scarf, also made by the amazing sister-in-law
-Han Solo Encased in Carbonite crayons
-An Ewok coin purse
-Wine and Palette is bringing some art to donate, and they might have gift cards too
-A spiffy baked potato bag; you know, those things you can use to microwave a potato, and it tastes like you baked it for hours.  I also have a pretty amazing and crafty aunt.
-A $10 McDonald's gift card.  I won it at Monopoly (which for some reason cracks me up).  I'm offering it for the raffle
-Anything else I come up with between now and then

Seriously people, you're going to want to win this quilt! 
4. Buy a raffle ticket at the Wine and Palette event.  Tickets will be $2 then, and I can take cash,  checks, and credit cards.  If you're coming to the event, buy a raffle ticket now, and get more bang for your buck!

Here's another way to help families, which is NOT related to Team in Training (so I can't take credit cards, and the donations are not tax-deductible).  At the Wine and Palette event I will have two donation jars, one for Ainsley Peters and one for Austin Hooten, both kids who live in Stillwater.  Bring your pennies and dollars and anything to give directly to two families affected by leukemia and lymphoma. 

Ainsley is 5 and has been battling leukemia for over a year.  I plan to just hand the jar and whatever donations are in it to Ainsley's parents. 

Austin is 12 and was diagnosed with lymphoma two weeks ago.  I'll take all of the donations to the fund set up for the family at SNB. 

So there you have it.  If you want to donate a penny or a zillion dollars, you can do it.  If you want to help a local family, you can do it.  If you want to support the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, you can do it.  Whatever is the right type of donation for you, is the right donation for LLS. 

love and kisses,

Ewok Coin Purse!

How do you get an Ewok coin purse?  (You'll notice a striking similarity to the Han crayons, thanks Kristen!)
1) Go visit my teammate Kristen's fundraising page at  She made them and will either sell you one or tell you how to get one.  She makes them in different colors. 
2) Make a donation to MY fundraising page at  Every dollar donated between now and 4:00 pm (central) on Friday, November 14th is a raffle ticket.  $1 = 1 ticket.  If you wait until Friday night, raffle tickets go up to $2 each.  Double your chances and get a raffle ticket now! 
If you donate $5 or more, you get 5 raffle tickets AND a donation letter for tax deductions.  Whoohoo.
Oh, and you help fight cancer.  There is that amazingly awesome perk too. 

Han Solo Crayons

You can't tell me these aren't the coolest things you've ever seen.  How do you get them?  Glad you asked. 
1) Go visit my teammate Kristen's fundraising page at  She made them and will either sell you some or tell you how to get them.
2) Make a donation to MY fundraising page at  Every dollar donated between now and 4:00 pm (central) on Friday, November 14th is a raffle ticket.  $1 = 1 ticket.  If you wait until Friday night, raffle tickets go up to $2 each.  Double your chances and get a raffle ticket now! 
If you donate $5 or more, you get 5 raffle tickets AND a donation letter for tax deductions.  Whoohoo.
Oh, and you help fight cancer.  There is that amazingly awesome perk too. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Who Put This Wall Here?

I thought I was joking when I said today my only plans were to "run" 10 miles and then recover.  I did 9 last week with no rest after.  Surely 10 would be fine.  Nope.  Nope.  Nope. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

First Raffle Tickets

Looks like Surekha Sheorey is in the lead for raffle tickets.  Right now she's winning the quilt, the scarf AND the Star Wars swag. 

If you want your chance to win, make a donation at

How else could you win a (tax-deductible) quilt?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

You Can Be an Ainsley Ally!

If you're in Stillwater, you may know of Ainsley Peters.  She is a sweet little girl who is battling Leukemia. 

If you are not in Stillwater, you may know of Ainsley Peters, who was in a viral photo of three little girls all dressed up, hugging each other.  And oh, they happened to be bald.  Ainsley did some national tv related to that photo.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a link to an article in the Daily Mail:   I could have picked American media, but I like that they made international news. 

It seems completely ridiculous to me that I'm raising money for TNT and LLS which benefits Ainsley, but not directly.  I need to do something that affects a child and a family I have met.   Ainsley's mom gave me the ok to collect money for Ainsley and her family at the Wine and Palette event.

On November 14th, I'm going to have a piggy bank for Ainsley, and you can put whatever cash or coins or love and pixie dust into the piggy bank.  I'm just going to take the whole thing and hand it to the Peters. 

THIS IS IMPORTANT: At the event I can take checks and credit cards for Team in Training, but I can only do cash for Ainsley.  I know I don't usually carry much cash with me, so this is your heads up.  Stop by the ATM on November 14th and make whatever donation is right for you. 

If you want to learn more about Ainsley and her journey, follow Ainsley Jane's Allies on Facebook.  (BTW, the cover photo is currently Ainsley and her friends, and it may be the most beautiful picture I've ever seen)

Who wants to win stuff?!?!

Oh, here's the deal.  I have some really incredible things to raffle off at the Wine and Palette fundraiser on November 14.  If you're anywhere near Stillwater, Oklahoma, you should really join us.  We're going to paint this:

I am super excited.  I love Starry Night, but always thought the tree in the foreground is a little scary.  This one is warm and cozy.  Or cold and snowy, however you want to think about it.  Register here:  I'll even take some requests for snacks. 

Back to that raffle, some of our raffle prizes are AWESOME!  I have some very kind and generous donors (I'm looking at YOU Kristen McGuigan and Carrie Daigle!!). 

At the event raffle tickets will be $2 per ticket.  I can take cash, checks and credit cards!  (That whole credit card thing kinda changed my life.  It's awesome.)  If you buy at least $5, you'll get a donation receipt for your taxes. 

Buy as many tickets as you want, and YOU can pick which item your ticket goes to (so if you don't need a microwave potato bag made by my aunt, you can put all of your tickets in the Ewok coin purse bucket). 

Here's the cool thing, if you're far, far away (I'm sad) or if you have, you know "commitments" or "whatever", you can buy raffle tickets now.  For $1 each.  All you have to do is go to and make a donation between now, and 4:00 pm Central Time (aka Chicago Time) on November 14, 2014, and you'll get a raffle ticket for every dollar you donate.  THAT'S HALF PRICE!! Twice as many chances to win Han Solo. Just let me know which bucket gets your tickets. 

Yes, you can buy tickets now, even if you're coming to the party.
Yes, if you're far away, I will ship your prize.
Yes, every cent of every raffle ticket goes directly to Team in Training. 
Yes, if you would like to donate a prize to the raffle, I would be more than happy to include it. 
Yes, if you change your mind, or a prize you want more comes in, I would be happy to move your tickets to another bucket (if you let me know by 4pm)

So.  What are these fabulous raffle prizes?  I'm so glad you asked.  Please do not judge my photography skills or my lack of a real camera. 

First Up: Han Solo Crayons, made by my Team in Training teammate Kristen McGuigan.  I've never met her, she lives in Florida I think.  And she very kindly donated Han and the Ewok.  Feel free to check out Kristen's TNT fundraising page,  Kristen and her significant other, Greg are both on the Team and are doing the Rebel Challenge (that's 19.3 miles over the course of the weekend!) Go give the girl some love!
Crayons, y'all

You could color your Star Wars coloring book with Han.

Serves him right for "I know"
Also donated and made by Kristen, Ewok Coin Purse.  It is the cutest thing ever.  Seriously.  You know when the Ewok waddles up and sits with Leia?  It's that cute.  It's about the size of my hand. 
Warwick Davis not included

So I have this sister-in-law who makes me scarves on demand.  F'reals.  I am a scarf junkie and she is my dealer.  "Hey Carrie, would you donate a scarf to my TNT fundraising?"  She popped that baby out while just hanging at my parents one night.  She's pretty impressive. 

Purples and blues with fluffy bits

Sweet little girl not included.
It fits me perfectly, but apparently, if you have an average-sized first grader, it would work for her too. 

While Carrie was in the middle of knitting a scarf for you, she says, "Do you want a quilt too?"  Are you kidding?  She makes the best quilts.  And she has donated one for TNT!!!

Black white and red.  This cute little girl, also not included.
Front. Its gorgeous.

The back is black and white.
The quilt is about 54.5" x  57", shorter than me, but taller than my 3rd grader.  This evening while Dad was in his chair we wrapped one around him quite nicely. 

If you need more details about anything, please let me know. 

At the event we should have some other prizes such as art and gift certificates from Wine and Palette, and some jewelry, if I can part with it.

"Le me esplain.  No, there is too much.  Le me sum up"

For every $1 donated at you get a raffle ticket.  You can also purchase raffle tickets at the Wine and Palette party on November 14 (they'll be $2 a ticket at the party). 

What's that link again?

Oh yeah,

If you ever forget, just google Team in Training, and under "donate" search for me.  Super easy.  Which is why I haven't memorized my direct page. 

Go.  Donate.  Fight cancer.  Win some cool stuff in the process. 

Love and kisses.