Some of you may know of a blogger named Stephanie Nielson, author of the The NieNie Dialogues. I've been lurking at her blog on and off for a couple of years. She is a wife and young stay-at-home mother of small children who loves interior design and clever projects and cooking tasty organic things from scratch and teaching yoga and generally just carving out a sunny, magical corner of the world. I frequently checked in just to see what charming things she'd been up to.
More than anything, Stephanie took immense, palpable joy in her four small children and the beautiful minutiae of their lives inside a bright little ranch house in Mesa, Arizona, and that kind of joy is always inspiring and frequently downright infectious.
But here is where Stephanie's story changed forever: two weeks ago, she and her husband were in a private plane crash that killed their pilot friend and left Stephanie and Christian with extensive injuries and burns. Stephanie, specifically, has suffered third-degree burns over 80% of her body. Both Nielsons are currently in medically-induced comas as doctors fight to treat and heal their burns. The couple's four darling children (two girls, 6 and 5; two boys, 3 and 1) are being cared for by family in Utah, and you can read more about their story here.
So, being that bloggers are mostly kind-hearted people of generous spirit and not shadowy Internet weirdos, an extensive fund-raising effort to help with the Nielsons' medical and household expenses is under way, much of it coordinated by Gabrielle at Design Mom. You can check out a complete list of current benefit auction items and sales here.
And here is what I'm auctioning: a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind blog make-over (complete with new graphics, template tweaks, and coordinating color scheme), lovingly created from scratch and installed by yours truly. I will happily work with either your own source materials and photos OR my own photography and artwork. Click here to read more about my design services and see examples of my work.
Bidding starts at the incredibly low price of $10. Enter your bid(s) into the comments and check back frequently. Auction ends at midnight (PST) on Sunday, September 7th. Winning bidder will donate the funds directly to the Nielson PayPal account, e-mail me their receipt, and enter into a thrilling little back-and-forth about their wildest design dreams. Fun!
Bid big, bid often, and please accept my deepest thanks in advance! And if you just don't have the resources or reason to bid on this auction, kindly check out the other ways to help over here. Or you can make a donation of any denomination by clicking the little bird: