Monday, April 06, 2009

Happy Birthday Dean!

There is a special sale going on today to mark the 21st birthday of a wonderful young man named Dean. 100% of the proceeds for the day will go to a special cause, NADS - the National Association for Down Syndrome. Please read below for the details and if you can, make a purchase at AmyDesigns at ArtFire.

I Dreamed
by Amy Cavaness

I dreamed he'd be born beautiful and healthy.
He was.

I dreamed he'd tell me that he loves me.
He tells me every day.

I dreamed he'd be bright and funny.
He is - his humor is wonderful.

I dreamed he'd ride a bike, catch a ball and wrestle with his big brother.
He does and his brother loves it.

I dreamed he'd have big birthday parties with lots of friends and cake and presents.
He's had six.

I dreamed he'd one day get on a bus and go to kindergarten.
He did it yesterday - my heart full of love and my eyes full of tears.

I dreamed he'd make us proud.
He has, and he's inspired us.

Dean has Down Syndrome.
I never dreamed that.

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"It's been 15 years since I wrote this poem. Dean turns 21 on April 7, 2009 and I couldn't have dreamed what kind of man he'd become. He's still funny, he's very bright, and he still loves cake. He continues to make us proud. I continue to be grateful for his presence in our lives. And I love him dearly.

In honor of Dean's 21st birthday on Tuesday, April 7, I will donate 100% of my sales to the National Association for Down Syndrome. This organization offers wonderful support to parents and their kids, and we were so glad we found them when Dean was born."
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And to boost the contribution, Birdy's Knits will be adding to every sale made:

"In support of Amy and her endevor, for every sale she makes on the 7th of April, we will send her an additional $5 to help with her support. So if you can find it in yourself to purchase one of her lovely items Birdy's Knits will kick in an additional $5 per item sold on April 7th from AmyDesigns, no limit! That's our Birthday gift to Dean.

We wish you the best Birthday Yet Dean!"

-- James of Birdy's Knits
I hope you take the time to check her shop and perhaps purchase something that will help a wonderful shop!

ArtFire Urbaneden


It's been a little while since I last posted and so I thought I would review another product I've purchased on ArtFire. I bought two soaps and one soap holder from Urbaneden and I must say I LOVE THEM!!! I don't think I will ever go back to buying soap from the grocery store again!! I bought the Tea Tree Lavender Olive Oil soap and the Cardamom Rose Olive Oil And Shea Butter Soap and a soap holder.

I have tried the Tea Tree Lavender bar and let me just say that it foams up well, smells awesome and feels even better... there is a little bit of clay and powdered oatmeal in the soap for extra cleansing. I feel very special using this soap and it just makes showering something to look forward to. Call me crazy, but new soaps, shampoos, and conditioners are always fun to try! Its been a week, though, and the fun hasn't died, it is a great bar of soap. My husband really likes it as well. I have not tried the Cardamom Rose soap, but it smells heavenly and I am sure that if it is anything like the Tea Tree Lavender soap, that I am going to love it just as much!

I also purchased a soap holder made by her husband. I just had to have it because it is so beautiful and I am not sure if I will use it for the soap or if I will use it for something else...

She also included a sample of a new soap listing, its called Smooth Legs Shaving Bar and she recommended that I wait a week or so before I try it. It also smells wonderful and I am sure it will do a great job for shaving my legs.
Overall, this is a wonderful shop on ArtFire! The prices are reasonable, the packaging is very nice and she ships right away. I cannot wait to see what new soaps she puts in her shop as I will definitely be checking back often!