What Can You Do To Help Japan?

Vancouver Island Etsy Artists Use Their Talents To Help Japan

Most of us have been experiencing a general feeling of helplessness as we watch the recent devastation incurred after the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Our team of Vancouver Island artists and crafters from Etsy.com have joined forces to try and make a difference.

A new Facebook page entitled ‘What Can You Do To Help Japan?‘ was created by the team for that purpose. This innovative project offers an affordable, creative way for anyone to help, regardless of their budget. People are encouraged to donate one or more items to sell, or a percentage of what they sell, to the cause.

The Vancouver Island Etsy Team was created by its captain, Lindsay Jenkins of ‘Sunshine Jewls‘, and its mandate is to bring island crafters together from Sooke to Port Hardy to network, communicate, support and build one another’s handmade businesses. Etsy is a social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. One of its aims is to restore community and culture to our commerce.

Here’s how the Facebook project works; you are asked to place a photo of what you wish to donate and include a link, if you have one, so others may find the item and have the opportunity to purchase it. If the item does not have a link, you are asked to add a price instead. You are then asked to share the page link with your contacts and invite them to donate something also, or to shop amongst the donated items. The proceeds from the sales are then donated to whichever organization the seller trusts that assists in the Japan disaster relief efforts.

The premise offered is this, “Each of our contributions may not amount to a whole lot but together, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”  (Micki Findlay of ASeaCreations.com).  The Vancouver Island Etsy team would also like to put out a challenge to other Etsyians, and all local artists and crafters, to contribute something to the cause. If you would like to rise to the challenge, here is the page link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/What-Can-You-Do-To-Help-Japan/200538399970415
If you prefer to help by shopping, you may go to their Facebook photo album @ http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=200538399970415&aid=49705

Here is a quote posted on the page: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” Edward Everett Hale

The team has produced a touching YouTube video to drive traffic to the Japan project page. It can be found below and online @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KluiOr5pmF4 The team has also organized a Spring Meet-Up for April 22nd at 2 pm in Ladysmith to network, plan and share ideas. Some of the handcrafted items they are donating to the Japan Disaster Relief Efforts will be on display there as well.

For more info, here are the links once again:
– Japan Relief Project – Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/What-Can-You-Do-To-Help-

– VI Etsy Community Website: http://www.etsy.com/teams/8082/vancouver-island-team
– VI Etsy Facebook Team Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Etsy-Vancouver-Island-

– YouTube Project Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KluiOr5pmF4

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” Edmund Burke

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller


I would love to connect with you on Facebook so be sure to drop by and ‘Like’ my page!  If you decide to order a singing telegram and you are a fan of my page on Facebook, you will receive an automatic $5 off your purchase!  And if you ‘Share’ my Facebook link on your wall and you can show me that you’ve done so, I will take another $5 off your purchase!  Not a bad deal, if you ask me!  Hope to see you there! (I love a great deal, don’t you?)

Tickleberry Creates That Moment They’ll NEVER Forget!

You may have noticed a peculiar sight in town and perhaps, you may even have had her knocking at your door.   She is a hillbilly and what a spectacle to behold!  She wears a hilarious straw hat complete with built-in bugs, enormous rubber feet, a toothless grin, and, for the piece de resistance; a dead rubber chicken hanging from her scraggly dungarees.   There’s more; she also dons a pink guitar with a big heart in the centre, on which she strums a little melody that brings grins and chuckles to her listeners.  And the song she sings?  A cleverly-crafted, unique and personalized song she has composed especially for the recipient who is still recovering from the shock of her arrival.  And where will this singing telegram hillbilly go?  Wherever you want her to show up, whether it be someone’s workplace, their home, a party, an anniversary celebration, a wedding reception, the hospital, a corporate event, a bar mitzvah ..you name it!  And her name?  It’s ‘Tickleberry’ at your service, but underneath the hillbilly suit is Micki Findlay; singer/songwriter, pianist and guitar player.

Micki has a serious side to her as well; she will toss aside the hillbilly suit to compose and perform one-of-a-kind wedding songs.  “I love working with engaged couples, getting to know them as individuals and as couples, collecting valuable information on how they met, what attracted them to one another and so on, and then compiling their information into an original song that creates a personal, musical expression of their relationship and their love.”  This service Micki offers is also perfect for the renewing of vows and anniversaries.

Micki has received numerous awards in the past – primarily in the Cowichan and Greater Victoria Music Festivals and then at the B.C. Finals in Vancouver where she placed 1st for all of B.C. two years consecutively. At age 15, she was chosen to join the Victoria Conservatory Choir and tour the British Isles where they competed with choirs from around the world.  Since then, she has directed and performed in several musicals and comedies with the Cowichan Musical Society, The Mackenzie Players and C.A.T. Productions.   She also sang with The Calico Gang; a singing group in Chemainus that performed for children several years ago.

Here is what one of her customers has to say about Micki; “I talked to my sister Barb and she said your singing telegram was just wonderful.  She said you did such a good job and that she will always remember your visit.  Thanks so much for your effort and working with me on this.  It meant a lot.”  Mike Jacquemain, Shelby Twp., Michigan, USA.  Micki receives requests from all over the world for recipients who live on Vancouver Island and, when the recipient lives elsewhere, Tickleberry will create one of her famous ‘over-the-phone’ telegrams.

If you would like Tickleberry to “Create that moment they’ll NEVER forget”, you may contact her through her website and she will send you a questionnaire to gather information about the person you want her to sing to and create a unique song perfect for the occasion at hand.  She prefers at least 3 days notice for singing telegrams and at least 3 month’s notice for original wedding songs.

For more information: Website: www.tickleberrytelegrams.com

Email: mtickleberry@hotmail.com

Phone:  250-927-1074

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