I fly to Palm Springs tomorrow to attend Camp Mighty, and I'm so excited. I went last year, and it was a wonderful, transformational experience for me, and not just because I acted out a little.
(This year I can't even make a little ponytail, that's how short this hair has gotten. What's up, 2012?)
This year, I've been working with the teams prior to Camp, and that, too, has been so good for me. I may have mentioned a time or two on here in the past year that online community -- particularly involving creative people who write, take pictures, design (websites, illustrations, homes, or lives), teach, and basically shake things up and make them happen, every day -- is turning out to be where it's at for me. It's a slightly less manic preferance than what Jack Kerouac said, that "the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles, exploding like spiders across the stars."
Jack talked a lot of crap, and I'm not a fan of spiders, but he got that one mostly right.
This year I'm going back to Camp Mighty pretty much in an entirely different life circumstance and mental state than I did last year. And even though so much is more uncertain, and I've been through some really weird business this past 12 months, some of it more than I wanted to bear or handle or even entertain for five minutes much less longer, I can say upon reflection that I am a better version of myself, in almost all ways, than I was when I went there before.
So I'm going to make some Twitter handle cross-stitch ornaments, and offer some photos, if you want to kick in some money for charity:water.
This is the Twitter handle ornament I made for Jen, aka @dell0717, a couple of years ago. She liked it. In fact, she just tweeted the other day that she'd just hung it up to start getting in the holiday spirit, and she called me a witch because I mentioned it and her just minutes later. I don't know that I'm one of those, at least not in the supernatural sense of the term, and I'm a little concerned that Jen is a holiday overachiever this early in the year, but she's really funny and nice, so I'm going to let her slide on both counts.
I threw in a little 4x6 print of one of my pictures with her ornament. You may also be so lucky.
There will likely be some variation in canvas and floss color, and if Christmas is not your bag, I am of course open to other holidays and non-holiday options, as well. I'd like to stick to Twitter handles, just to keep some sense of organization going here. You know how I am. These will go for a minimum $20, because they take a lot of time, mostly, and mama's hands are getting older and tireder from all of the typing, you see.
And there's another option! Two, actually. Your options cup runneth over.
My website, which will display my photographs beautifully, is not complete. I do have a portfolio of sorts in the works at my LauriePhotography Flickr account. If you would like a print of any shot in this "Favorites" set, it can be yours for the low, low price of $15 for a 4x6, $25 for a 5x7, and $30 for an 8x10. (My Ritz Camera that produced awesome prints for relatively cheap shut down, so I can't go as low as I'd like.)
My favorites are this one:
And this one.
You may like other ones better. That is okay, too.
I'm warming up to sell my stuff just for me in the new year, along with the portrait work I'm doing. These are life list goals, people, so your support can make a difference in my confidence and personal growth, too! Don't you love that? I KNOW YOU DO.
And finally! If you'd like to pick a shot from my Instagram album, or my main feed, I will send you a Postagram (yes, like a real postcard from Instagram. Isn't the future fun and insane?) of said shot, for the low, low price of $15. I will also send you a very nice message on that Postagram, if you email me your address. There's more information about the Instagram business here.
So that's it. If I cannot scare up $200 to help my people dig a well from this PLETHORA of visual and crafty options, I am going to hand in my internet fundraising card. If you want to do any of these awesome things, go here. Pick your dollar amount poison, and what you would like to receive. Put my name in the notes. Comment here and tell me what you want. (Make sure you include an email, so that I can get back to you.) If you cannot comment because sometimes TypePad doesn't like to let people comment, @me on Twitter @lauriewrites, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will hook you up.
Whew. Okay. I'm ready to go now.
*Date and processing/shipping time information: I will be in California until Monday, so no picture-making or stitching can happen until at least Tuesday, when I am emerging from jet lag hell. I aim to have ornaments done by the second week in December, pictures before that, probably. Just so you know.