Monday, December 10, 2007

The success of the sale permeates our studio and home and keeps me from sleeping, but what sweet success.  So many people to thank and so many more amazing memories.  It would be hard to single out one moment over the other when you bring a group together to support Soulumination, but getting to hug three pregnant Soul moms in one hour may take center stage. Of course one would have to also cherish hugs from dear Izzy, Victor, Emily, Henry, Garrett, and Ellie.  The moment that stands out in a whole other way was introducing Heidi and Matt, Soul parents connected through loss.  Seeing our dear Angie as the model of the event coming in to sell her beautiful creations and bringing her sisters was another highlight.  On a personal level, just realizing all that my husband does to make this possible, plus his pulling out both his personal and his business credit card to make large purchases is wonderful.  Then the fact that my beloved daughters, sister in law Sally, and lovely niece Betsy joined many other dear friends in creating items for this sale and becoming a part of the Soul artists was so special.
I thank Tammara for her hard work and flawless salesmanship, she made this show possible. Amber Wong did an outstanding job of keeping the checkout process running so very smoothly.  Deb Bluestein spent hours accounting for each sale so that I can write the checks to the artists without delay. Matt and Celina spent all day Saturday working and the bulk of Sunday, Matt personally greeting each guest and joyfully getting his hugs from some dear Soul children.  The entire Fallon family spent hours with us this weekend, plus they helped create the Soul products, brought in many shoppers and are just amazing supports.  Randall, board vice president spent hours here on Sunday with daughter Drew, recording the event.  Her photos are shown her today.  Tara, Soul photographer also brought her adorable boys and took shots on Saturday which I will share later this week.  Board member, Deb created lovely yule logs and firestarters, plus she stood in the cold all day Saturday with Matt creating guests.  So many volunteers spent hours helping us out, not to mention the artists who created amazing product.  

I am thankful to our local newspaper for telling about the sale, but there was one error in that listing.  We do receive all the proceeds from the items that we create as Soul items, but each artist gives us 20% of their sales plus a raffle basket item.  We sold over $2000 in raffle tickets alone. I just wanted to clarify that point publicly and to state that Soul is proud of offering local artists a place to sell and to market their talents.  This sale is of course about raising funds but its also about building a community of loving support.

Today I will start to work toward creating a Christmas atmosphere in my own home and will have daughter McKenzie home one more day to pick out the tree, but its also "back to reality".
Sarah will be working with the 4 new Soul family photos that were taken this past week.  I will be shooting on Thursday for Soul.  Obviously Tammara, Kari, Sarah and I will be cleaning and accounting and all it takes to wrap up the sale.  We will be working to have our Soul products available on line.  
Please continue to use goodsearch and goodshop.  Keep
 our dear Soul children and their families in your prayers.  In love and peace, Lynette