Monday, January 12, 2009

Laura's Heart

I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about my friend Laura, owner of Pitter Patter Art. I met Laura, well, forever ago. You see, I grew up with her brother Chris and Chris married my best friend, Kim, so Laura's been around for, a while. Laura is married to her wonderful hubby Josh and they have two kids. She contacted me a while ago about how her family felt called to adopt. After checking with agencies and lots of prayer, she and Josh decided to adopt from Ethiopia. She also decided to help raise funds, everything she sold off her site would go into their adoption fund. Now, here's the cool part. Laura has a HUGE heart. Since several of her friends (including us) are adopting, she decided to donate items for her friends to raffle off.

Our friends Tracy and Clay raffled off this piece that Laura made. At $10 per ticket, they raised $1500 for their adoption from Ethiopia. How cool is that!

I bought 5 tickets...one in my name and one in each of the kids' names. And guess what? I won. It is now framed and in my powder room. It can be in your powder room too! Go to Laura's site and for $100 you can have one too. Trust me, it's gorgeous!

Then, Laura donated this piece you have seen me blogging about the last week. All proceeds from it go to our adoption fund. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by donating through our paypal button. We are drawing the winning ticket this Thursday so don't wait.


Now, here's the best part. Laura made this next AMAZING mixed media piece for our auction we had a few weeks ago. It is 11 x 13.

I had planned to raffle it off to raise more money for our adoption fund, BUT then it hit me. Laura has helped so many...it's time to help her. So, here's what we are going to do. Starting this Thursday, Jan. 15, Laura is going to be doing a raffle for a stay in a chalet in Gatlinburg. On her site, you will see examples of all the wonderful artwork she creates. She makes beautiful canvas pictures, shirts, you name it...this chic is super created. So, starting right now through Sunday at 6pm, I am going to ask that you leave a comment and you will automatically be registered to win this gorgeous piece for free. All you have to do in your comment is leave your name and your favorite piece off Laura's site Can't wait to read your comments and more importantly, I can't wait for Laura and Josh's first raffle to be a huge success. Please feel free to put a link to this post so many people can see Laura's heart. Please only register one time per person and thanks Laura! YOU ROCK!

P.S. I will ship this piece so feel free to leave a comment even if you are overseas or in another state!

21 comments:

Laura Kelley www.pitterpatterart.com said...

wow brea...you are really too kind. thanks for the encouragement and the sweet words. youll never know just how i needed it, this very moment. i feel odd being the first comment--ha!

kbell said...

So hard to chose a favorite. The shirts are beyond adorable though.

Funny thing, my grandma's maiden name was Emma Laura Kelly. She's who I'm named after.

Tracie said...

Love it! Simply beautiful.
I love the little truck t-shirt. It would look awesome on our Aiden, don't you think!

SGT Sunshine said...

Her work is absolutely breathtaking! I wish I could take a lesson from her. I love all her plaques. I don't know how she can part with them. The small "Names of Jesus" stood out to me alot. I love how many verses and hymns she uses as well.

Great job Laura! Keep using the talents God has given you!

chasybelle said...

I absolutely love the burp cloths! I cant pick a favorite :}

Susan Smith-Alltop said...

Brea, So kind of you to do this! Blessings~Susan

The Addington's said...

Wow...what talent! Hard to say what my favorite would be because everything is so wonderful. But I loved the burp cloths too!!

Anonymous said...

Brea, my vote is for the beautiful piece you won. God has blessed Larua with such talent! Laura, I am praying for you and your family and your adoption. May God continue to bless you! JuJu

Anonymous said...

Brea, I am a friend of Laura's and she actually sent me info about your raffle. I love Laura and agree with everything you said! My favorite pieces are the mixed media pieces! Courtney Oldham

Heather said...

I love all of her work and need to get in touch with her about doing some pieces for me. I love the mixed media piece with the different names of Jesus on it. It is so gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for pointing us to Laura's site; she truly is talented. I loved the 5 x 7 of the names of Jesus. Grandmother

Anonymous said...

My vote is for the piece in your powder room. Beautiful work.
Amy Williams

Anonymous said...

I like evreything I have seen Laura do. I would love to be that talented and creative!!!

Katy Oakes

Anonymous said...

Brea,

I just want to thank you for recognizing Laura's heart because she really does have an amazing love for people. Sometimes, I have felt that her kindness has been taken advantage of. Please continue to pray for her family as they go through this process.

Anonymous said...

Wow Brea what a special gift to Laura. I am so excited for all you young families that have found a place in your hearts and homes for a child who is without parents and could be starving. I can not think of a better tithe than to be helping bring Gods babies to good families and out of the poverty. I can actually give with a cheerful heart!!!!Laura is one of the kindest people I know and I am blessed to know her!May Gods blessing be with you all!

Anonymous said...

I also love the "Names of Jesus" and all the mixed media art. I love the clothes too, but don't have much use for that anymore :(. Brea, you are such an inspiration to so many...thanks for all you do!!
Bethany

Stephani said...

I love ALL of Laura's work. She is such a talented artist. Its hard to pick a favorite but I guess I would have to say the piece she did for Tracie's auction...its gorgeous! - Stephani

Tracy said...

OK I just have to say I love Laura and ALL of her art. She is precious to me!! My favorite hmmmm...just one? Our raffle item is my favorite right now!!

Alison said...

I love all of Laura's art. I have my eyes set on a smaller version of the Jesus piece she did. I have also seen the piece that you are giving away and it is precious as well. I think it would look great in my bathroom!!! She is very talented with many gifts. Great idea Brea!

Lauren said...

I love all the children's clothes. How can you pick a favorite when they are all so beautiful.

causeyfamily said...

I really like the signs with the child's name with scriptures. The T-shirts are really cute too!