Friday, October 17, 2008

Shake your crafty money makers!

What's that you say? Did Io steal the below directly from Lollipop Goldstein? Why yes I did.
Um, some pretty freakin' amazing things happening with U.T.E.R.U.S. When we last left off, we had $837.12 in hand. And then an anonymous donor issued a challenge. She will match bloggers dollar for dollar over any amount made through the eBay auction, the etsy site, or direct donations. In other words, if you donate some pottery to the etsy store and it sells for $40, it actually sold for $80 because this person is matching you dollar for dollar.


You really need to read this new again.

Whatever you donate--either itemwise or as a direct donation--will be matched dollar for dollar. If you give $5, it's really like giving $10. Why is she doing this? Because she wants to kick you into action. She wants you to remember a time someone did something for you and she wants you to pay it forward.

So what can you do to get into the giving spirit? There are numerous ways to get involved in this--one does not even require you to give anything at all beyond your time...
  • Donate directly via the paypal link on the right sidebar (it's midway down the sidebar with the U.T.E.R.U.S. updates).
  • Donate an item to our eBay auctions or bid on an item yourself.
  • Donate an item to our etsy store or buy one yourself.
  • Sell ad space on your blog and donate the ad revenue to U.T.E.R.U.S.
  • Donate a skill--web design, etc--or run a garage sale at home (and then donate the money)
  • Do this really cool thing that Lori found and donate the money you make from it. Remember--$10 is really $20 in donation form.
  • Tell people about U.T.E.R.U.S. and ask them to get involved too.

OK, Io here again. We have sold three of the six things in the etsy store, so we need to get more stock! If you knit, donate a blanket or some mittens or something! (If you *thought* you wanted to knit so you have nice yarn that you never used, you're me. Donate the yarn.) If you an an artist, consider how good it would feel to have somebody buy your work and hang it on their wall! (Kate sold a picture!) If you make jewelry or stuffed bears or purses or anything craftylike, please consider donating some of your work. And if you don't, come buy it!


  1. I'm not crafty.
    So I will donate a bit of money... only a little bit though, as I am dirt po' right now. :( Next month I think I'll be able to afford more though!

    What a wonderful person to match the donations! Big thanks to whoever she is!

  2. the world is just so puppydogs and rainbows right now.

  3. Hey, if some person would buy my hack-job photography, then I'm thoroughly convinced that every single one of us should be able to find SOMETHING worth donating!

    Which means that everyone should be pulling out the pencils and glue and construction paper, and collaging together some sort of art-ish stuff to sell, 'cos someone will buy it, and then we'll be that much closer to helping our fellow IFers out!

    But that's just my opinion.

  4. Chance will be donating two or three something specials within the next couple of days! :)

  5. IO, how can I donate something for the Etsy store???

  6. Totally unrelated comment, but I just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you. You and your husband have had some hits this year, but you, my dear, always bounce back with an unbelievable good attitude. No assvice, no I'm sorrys, just want you to know how much I admire your spirit and your generosity of spirit.

  7. I’ve chosen you to join in a blogger buddy recipe exchange! Check out my blog to find out more about it!

  8. Completely unrelated comment to the post. I wanted to check in and see how you and A were doing, and to let you know that E and I are thinking about you. HUGS!

    Visiting you for ICLW. :)