Friday 29 November 2013

The Season of Kindness

I am sure that all our readers remember our Etsy friend Sandra, who lost her husband almost a year ago.

Sandra has a hellish year behind her. Besides her grief she has encountered lots of ill will from the people that were supposed to stand by her.

Sandra and her little boy lived in an old farm house and used an other space as a workshop that both belonged to her husband and his siblings. It was accorded that she could stay there and pay the taxes and the upkeep.

A few weeks after her husband's death, they told her to vacate the workshop. She didn't protest and converted  the stable of the farm in a new workshop. She did most of the work herself, but still, she had to make expenses to do it that she could hardly afford.

And, of course, when that was done, they wanted her out of the house. They started a pestering campaign , cutting her phone, her electricity, when she had work in the kiln, etc.
She has resisted as much as she could, but the stress was too great and finally she caved in and has moved to a rented apartment.

Sandra is a very brave young woman, and in the middle of all those unsavory maneuvers, she never stopped working, making products to sell locally and on Etsy.

Despite her best efforts, she is really struggling financially.

Kindness should not be limited to this season. But it is the season of celebration, family warmth and joy, and the season to remember those who lack all that.

Sandra has a bunch of great new items in her shop. She has the most lovely Christmas ornaments for a price that most people can easily afford. And we all need Christmas ornaments, don't we? And presents for a bunch of relatives, right?

If every one that reads this would buy at least a small item from her shop, Sandra and her little boy would have a Christmas, maybe not happier, but at least a bit more carefree.

To thank you for your kindness, we will send one of our Christmas trees (in the color of the winner's choice) to one or more of the people who buys from her. We will lot a Christmas tree  for every fifty entries.
Leave the transaction nr. in your comment here (or contact us through Etsy if you like to keep it private) to enter the raffle to win a Sea Urchin Tree.

Please, spread the word among your friends and let's share the kindness.  It is the Season of Kindness.

P.S. We had written and planned this post for the weekend, but are posting it earlier because Sandra is in hospital since last Wednesday.
She has pleurisy, and they have put a chest tube in her back to expel air from the pleural space.
She will be home probably on Monday, but as you can imagine, the situation is even more dire now.
Please help if you can.


  1. I hardly have words now...
    When my father died, 6 months ago, a friend of mine that had lost his father a year before told me this (the night before the funeral): "I have two things to tell you. One is get a lawyer, the other one is everyone, but everyone is going to try and f*** you over."
    And it was true. I don't know why people are so mean and selfish, but it's true. But what happened to me it's not even close of what happened to Sandra..
    I will help, of course. Her shop is so beautiful anyway!
    Thank you for this!

    Ana (nanouke)

  2. Thank you again Estella!
    Seems her personal saint must be Job, it is unbelievable what is happening to her, and how she NEVER complains, and remains positive!
    My support: Order #113036559

  3. Thank you Estella for this post!
    My support: Order #113044044

  4. Thank you for doing this, dear ladies! Sandra, stay strong, you are not alone!!!
    My humble support: Order #113066563

  5. Oh boy that is such an awful story :/
    I've been wanting to get a soap dish from her for a very long time, so it wasn't much of an effort.

    Still it's a very sad story.

    Here the transaction number #113143957


  6. Estella, you are doing a great job!
    Don't be sad about few comments, I didn't want to write my order at all. I guess people are the same. But if you ask :)

  7. Wonderful post, Estella. I can't believe how strong and positive she is. She needs some luck soon.

    So I hope this support helps her!
    Transaction number: #113151487

  8. Estella you are such a great person for doing this!!! Thank you for this post and sending some more strength to Sandra. Even though I am not so active in teh EST team, I still think it is the most supportive team. You are doing great job.
    Order #113066347

  9. Thank you Estella for this post and your support! I hope many more will join us. Here my contribution: #113168872
    I hope for some good news from Sandra soon! :)

  10. Thank you Estella for your post and support! I hope many more will join us :) My contribution: #113168872
    I hope to hear some good news from Sandra soon! :)

  11. Thank you Estella for your post and support! I hope many more will join us :) My contribution: #113168872
    I hope to hear some good news from Sandra soon!

  12. Bought a lovely soap dish that I've been eying for some time now.
    My order: 113286832
    Hugs to you Sandra, we love youuuu
    Thank you so much Estella for doing this, you are such a good friend!

  13. Thank you again Estella!!

    My support: Order #113292571

  14. Thank you Estella for this post. My support for Sandra: Order #113293269
    Xenia (polixeni19)

  15. Wonderful post!!!
    Thank you for this post. Sandra's amazing work is really worth it!

  16. Oh Estella....I hope someone will return you the favor for all the good things you are doing for people and animal! ♥
    Order #113753550

  17. Hi Estella, you have a huge work transaction ID is 165660172

  18. Thank you my angel, love you! ♥
    Order #113762587

  19. Thank you my angel, love you! ♥
    Order #113762587

  20. I hope new year will be better for Sandra and her princess, with less financial problems and more smiles!

    My support order Order #114138131

  21. I hope Sandra is better now, I wish her the best of luck in the year to come and many sales!
    My support order #114201757
    Thank you Estella!

  22. My words are not enough to express how grateful I am!
    Thank sooooo much!