Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bras by the numbers

Time to count bras again.

At Drop Dead Fabulous ... 151
At my home ... 89

Total so far ...240

Goal ... 2000

Drop boxes are all over both sides of the river.
There is still time to mail them to me as well.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Etsy Treasury

One of my fall prints is featured in an Etsy Treasury.
It's active until I believe Tuesday evening.

Check it out by clicking here. My print is top center.

Pretty cool.

Bra Bling Party

These ladies had a fantastic time adding "bling" to the bras they are donating to the Bridge to a Cure, Bras for a Cause event. It's not too late to have a party like this of your own!! Get your friends together for a great cause. Remember bra donation deadline is October 15th.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Variety is the spice of life

This statement can mean many things.
What I mean ... is the wide variety of bras we're getting...

Blog Changes

Along with working on the bra project, I took a little time to make a few changes to the blog. I added an Etsy Mini on the side. This is a sampling of the items I have up for sale on Etsy. Clicking on any given item will take you to the listing.

I also added 2 sign up boxes. One is to follow the blog here. The other is to sign up for my periodic newsletters. I've done them before & things just got so busy, they stopped. I will be reviving them soon. Signing up will not flood your inboxes with tons of email. Periodic is just that. Periodic. It may be once a week, or once a month, or somewhere in between, or less often.

What will the newsletter include? Sales, specials, new or featured products, as well as news of interest regarding my art & my photography endeavors. So feel free to sign up if this interests you.

Bra count update

By the numbers...

In my possession 65

At Drop Dead Fabulous 125

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bra Count

Just a quick note for tonite. As of today, in my personal possession here at home I have 45 bras!! I know the Drop Dead Fabulous shop has a basketful... plus well over 50 more that were collected today alone.

Fantastic!! But we are still FAR from our goal of 2000.
I'll try to get a better number Wednesday.
Photos are coming too!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bra Drop box / collection Update

Wow ... all this is going along fantastically. So much has happened since I wrote last. The biggest thing I want to mention right now is the fact we now have 11 official drop box collection sites lined up to help all you local folks get those bras to us.

Laura of Drop Dead Fabulous has been working hard to get this locations in place. We talked this morning, so I'll be covering more Avon boxes with that pretty pink paper to get each business their box. How exciting !!!

So here is the list for all our local people.

In Wenatchee...

Drop Dead Fabulous
108 First Street
Open 10 to 3 Mon - Sat.
667-9300 for more info

Butterfly Life
212 Fifth Street Suite 2
6am to 8pm M-Th ~~ 6am to 7pm Fri ~~ 8 to 1 Sat.
663-2151 for more info

Wellness Place aka
NCW Rural Health aka
Good Grief Center
1610 Fifth Street
662-6069 for hours & info

Concentric Salon & Spa
25 N Wenatchee Ave Suite 104
Grand Central Bldg
Mon & Sat 10 to 3 ~~ Tues to Fri 9 to 7
665-7717 for more info

Owl Soda Fountain & Gifts
25 N Wenatchee Avenue
Grand Central Bldg
M - Th 930 to 6 ~~ F & Sat 930 to 8 ~~ Sun 12 to 5
664-7221 for more info

Northwest Wholesale Inc.
1567 N Wenatchee Avenue
662-2141 for hours & info

East Wenatchee locations...

Crabby's Diner
136 Eastmont
everyday 11 to 8
886-0959 for more info

Eastmont Pharmacy
630 Valley Mall Parkway
M-F 9 to 6 ~~ Sat 9 to 4
884-7254 for more info

Style Masters Studio
Inside Wenatchee Valley Mall
Macy's end.
Mon - Sat 9 to 9 ~~ Sun 11 to 6
884-4778 for more info

LocalTel Communications
341 Grant Road
M-F 8 to 530
888-8888 to verify hours & for more info

East Wenatchee Clinic
100 Highline Drive
M-Th 8 to 8 ~~ Sat 8 to 4
884-0614 to verify hours & for more info
This location has 2 boxes, one on each floor.

For all those not local, you can still mail your bras to:
Nicole's Visions
PO Box 1602
Wenatchee, WA 98807-1602

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New prints listed on Etsy

So after I spent some time editing the already listed items on my Etsy shop, I went about listing a couple new prints. Since fall is almost here, what better time to list a couple of my very colorful fall prints?

Both of these were taken up near Steven's Pass. We went exploring in late fall one year down what we would later find out was White Pine Road. What a wonderful hidden area this is. Beautiful winding road into the mountains. Where we pulled over was fantastic. Just below a railroad crossing we parked the car & went walking. These photos are the result of some of the scenery we saw. I forget the name of the small river winding thru.

Clicking on either photo will take you to their respective listing on my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Selling on Etsy

I spent some time today editing some of my listings on my Etsy shop. I changed the order in which the photos were entered. I'm hoping that by doing this, the photos one sees when looking for items will be more appealing & encourage them to click & view the item details more often.

For instance ... this picture

is now what you see for the Earth Laughs in Flowers book mark
instead of seeing this picture ...

Etsy makes a square thumbnail so all people saw was part of the green & part of the words. I think this change was good on my part.

For my coasters, you used to see this picture first ...

Now you see just the flower, like this ...

Clicking on any of the images will take you directly to my Etsy shop & the listing I'm talking about. So what do you think?

Friday, September 12, 2008

Bra & Breast Cancer stuff update

Whew !! It's been a seemingly long couple of days since this all started. Let's see what I can tell you has happened since then.

I am getting an overwhelmingly positive response from everyone I talk to! This is fantastic. It makes me smile to know other people out there are supporting my idea. I can't even begin to tell you what this does for me on a personal level people. Talk about some good feel-good stuff going on inside me. I love it. I feel like I have a purpose! And a good one at that!

But anyways... what's new?

Well, I have the first of the bras already in my possession! The local Women s Resource Center has given me 6 bras!! We're on our way!!

I've spoken with my local Avon Lady, Judy Field. She has kindly donated 10 Avon shipping boxes to me to use as drop boxes for various locations around town. She's also going to go about collecting bras from within her customer base & representative downline. Big thanks to you Judy!! I'll be looking for some "breast cancer pink" wrapping paper to cover the boxes with next. I tried some pink spray paint, but it just doesn't look like I had envisioned. I hadn't even thought of the wrapping paper idea until she mentioned today when she dropped off boxes for me.

Laura has been getting good response on her end as well. She mentioned an email she had gotten from some local folks who were taking things a step further than just donating bras. They are planning a get together to decorate the bras!! How fantastic is that? It does my heart good to know there are so many caring people out there willing to show their support.

So far we have 2 drop off locations nailed down. The first is Drop Dead Fabulous of course. Located at 108 First Street in Wenatchee, they are open noon to 5 Tuesday thru Saturday. The second place is Crabby's Diner in East Wenatchee at 136 Eastmont. She opens at 11 & is open thru dinner hours. It sounds like we have another Wenatchee location, but I wont say until I know for sure.

If you are reading this & are a local Wenatchee or East Wenatchee business who'd like to be drop off location, please contact me!!

Also, if you are a local business reading ... we need sponsors! We need people to step up & say they will donate X amount of money per bra collected.

About donations ... Being a smaller town, we have given this some thought. Of course everyone knows the Susan G Komen Foundation. Well, not everyone knows that our own town has needs too. We'd like to work to give back to our community. With this in mind, we have decided that donations will go to 2 places. Money collected locally will be givne to our very own Wellness Place. The money received will be put to use right here in our community for cancer related issues!! Money collected form abroad, can be given to either place. As not everyone knows Wellness Place, they can choose. Any questions .. feel free to contact me!!

My last thing today is my own effort. Well wait, this has all been because of my effort huh? Well, this one is something I can do with the skills I have. Photography. I've had an idea in my head to create something to sell with some proceeds going to breast cancer. I have the idea! I'm gonna work on a product ... more to come as I develop it ....

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness here we come !!!!

What have I gotten myself into? Something that could (& hopefully will) become huge.
Breast Cancer month is coming fast. October is just around the corner.

Last year sometime I had come across some photos online by a female photographer. She had seen the bras that had been collected & stretched across the Kansas River bridge. What an awesome sight that was. I knew then that I had to find a way to do that here in our Valley.

The thought stuck with me throughout the year.

Fast forward to yesterday. I brought my framed 16x20 donation print to Laura & Rhonda at Drop Dead Fabulous & stayed to chat with both ladies.
I made mention of my thoughts about the bras.

We talked a bit about what it might entail to make this work. The thought of just planning for next year was mentioned. Small ideas for this year were mentioned.

Rhonda makes her own scented lotions & such. She is making a special scent for Breast Cancer Awareness month. It will only be available in October. We talked about a name. Laura was saying it needed to be something that made you aware, alert & all that. I said .. call it Aware. But that's so ... simple Laura said. Simple is good. Simple will be remembered. So ... I helped name the new scent !! Aware .. by Rhonda. I can't wait to smell it.

After getting home yesterday afternoon, I looked online to see if I could find the photos & some info on the bras across the bridge thing. Info found! I emailed Laura & said maybe if we're crazy enough we could make this work this year. Maybe? She says go for it!!! So .... here we are.

Laura (who is a fantastic life coach) is on TV (a local cable channel) every week. She will also be on the radio a few times before the big event. This means we already have 2 major advertising venues. We'll work on getting the local paper involved. We'll work on getting sponsors for the bras. You know, getting businesses to say they will donate x amount of money for each bra collected, to the Breast Cancer foundation. Cool huh?

Wanna help?

Send me your bras !!!!

I spent late last night getting the word out in various places online.
Typed up an email & went to town !!!
To help out, send any unused, clean bras to me:

Nicole's Visions
Nicole Castille
PO Box 1602
Wenatchee, WA 98807-1602

You can write on the bras if you want. Show your support. It doesn't matter what kind of bra it is, send it. Old or new, big or small, colored or white, lace, wild or plain ... just send it!!

I'll be taking many photos of all the bras, the final turnout & offering them for sale after the event as well. I plan to document this process in photos. So watch for piles of donated bras, bras with loving memories, bras with words of support, etc. What fun!! After the event, & the bras come down from where ever they end up, I'll make some prints that will be for sale. A percentage of the proceeds will always be donated to the breast cancer foundation.

The plans still have kinks to work out, but we cant' do any of it without bras!!
We may not be able to string them across the bridge, but we'll make these 2 towns
(Wenatchee & East Wenatchee) take notice & become more aware of the importance
of early breast cancer detection.

I'll keep everyone updated as things progress.

Here's a few places that have done this already:
From the Brisbane Times in Australia
In the UK
In Canada
Another US one
The Kansas one

If you have links to other places that have done this, please let me know.
I'll be happy to add their info.