Friday, June 29, 2012

A True Story...



This is a true story. It is my story. I do not tell it to make you feel sad or sorry for me! I tell you because I have the wonderful opportunity to begin my own rubber stamp line again! I have purchased an existing stamp manufacturing company and I need to transport the equipment to my town! I need to raise approximately $2000.00 for these expenses. 
Please help me make this story have a happy ending by contributing to my truck and travel fund. 

In exchange for your generosity, the following thank you gifts will be given:

$5.00 pledge-you receive a downloadable digi image of your choice from my digi shop.

$25.00 pledge- you receive a special edition u/m rubber stamp from the new stamp line!

$50.00 pledge- you receive a special edition mounted rubber stamp from the new stamp line
and a special art print by me!

$100.00 pledge- you will receive a spot in my 4 week art e-course (coming Nov. 1, 2012).

$500.00 pledge- you will receive a spot in my e-course, a special edition stamp set and an 
original 12 x 12 painting by me!

If you do not want to make a pledge in this way, I ask you to PLEASE purchase from my etsy shop!
Every bit will help and be SO very appreciated. This means the world to me. thank you from the bottom of my art.



                                                             

*to contribute, please see donate button above and also the paypal widget in the upper right corner of my blog!


98 comments:

  1. Kristen, this is wonderful news! Congratulations, and yes I'll contribute!

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    1. I am more thank-full than you can know. xo xo

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  2. Good luck Kristen! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. :) I have made the pledge, I just hope I've done it right. Lol!

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    1. I need to find a hundred different ways to say thank you. truly and sincerely thank you so much! xo

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  3. My sweet girlfriend, what a story! You have always had my heart and I wish you much success in your quest!

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    1. Donna your kindness radiates from this computer screen. Thank you, my friend, for your support. xo

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  4. Kristen thanks for sharing your story!
    This will manifest...i know it will;-)
    Made a small pledge..in helping it along;-)

    Cheers
    Mariette xox

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    1. I am getting teary eyed (again) thank you for your pledge and your words it means more than I can say. xo

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  5. Kristen: You were one of the most influential and inspiring designers and teachers of rubber stamping! You deserve another chance to share your beautiful artwork and imagination to the "new" world of papercrafting that's around and about us...it's a different time in stamping, but they tried and true as well as those that don't know you...need your art!

    Sending inky hugs (and a few green ones) your way!

    Robin

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    1. Okay now I am in in full cry mode! Robin, you cannot even possibly know what your comment means to me. Wow. Thank you fEI this...you have really given me more than money...you have given me a true sense of knowing that this WILL BE !! xo

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  6. Kristen, I'm honored to help you make your dream come true. I believe when you put a wish out into the universe it will always be answered. It takes courage and strength to ask for help. I know it will happen for you...you go Girl! xo

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  7. I don't know what to say. I am touched beyond measure and my heart overflows. Thank you so very much. xo

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  8. oh I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am for you! what exciting news!

    with all of my chemo and other cancer treatments, I don't know how much I can contribute financially, but you most certainly have my prayers joining your journey! :) I'll see what I can do though.

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    1. Jennifer your thoughts and prayers mean so much! I thank you for commenting and sharing my story xo

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  9. Kristen, it is my pleasure to support your wonderful dream. I've sent you a bit of a contribution. I know that your dream will come true!

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    1. Ginette,

      Your help and support mean so much! I thank you for being a part of making it happen! xokp

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  10. I'm sure you will have no trouble reaching your goal! I've chipped in a little so together we can make this happen! Safe drive!

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    1. Valerie! Your positive words help to reinforce my belief! I thank you so much and will keep you all posted every step of the way! xo

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  11. Oh Kristen, I'm so happy that you're getting a second chance! I already told you that my favorite stamps in my collection are ones that you designed (that I bought from the mean people not knowing any of this...). I love them so much and hate what they did to you. I made a little money today at an art fair and I'm going to share it with you. I wish you all the best, and can't wait to see what the new stamp line looks like. Good luck!

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  12. Oh Laura! Your contribution means so much but your words really touch me! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your art fair money and all of your heartfelt wishes! xokp

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  13. I am so touched by your story, and it resonates with me on a very personal level. I would love to help you in anyway I can. Can I share your video on my page? And you know how I wanted to buy a print from your etsy shop..well it's time I make my purchase :)
    Thank you so much for being so courageous, strong and open. Stay that way. xo
    Amna

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    1. I appreciate it very much if you share my story and/or link. I thank you so sincerely for your kindness and help in achieving this dream. xo

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  14. The first time I ever met you was when I drove to Effie Glitzfinger's Stamp Emporium from Paducah, Kentucky. I loved a particular crescent moon stamp that you were selling, but you were out. You offered to send it to me, but I think you could tell how disappointed I was that I couldn't take it home with me. You sold me the stamp that you had been using in the store for $5 (I think) because it was used. I have treasured that stamp for years. I visited your store twice more and you always shared tips with me or helped me figure out things that I couldn't understand how to do. You encouraged me in my art so I'm glad I can do something to help you move ahead in yours right now. Good luck! I can't wait to see what you do!

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    1. I want to tell you how much having people like you from "back in the day" come forward with stories and support means to me. I can barely type this through the tears that flow! I know I keep saying mushy, sappy things, but I cannot help but feel so overwhelmed by emotion at the memories. I thank you so very much for writing to me and supporting me in this and for staying a friend (even when I did not know it). xo

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  15. what a wonderful story. so good to see you realize your dream on your own terms this time!

    good luck sweet lady!
    xo

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    1. Kelly,
      Thank you x a million! AND yes!! Coming back! Bigger, Better, Bolder!! xo

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  16. KP--I found you via a link from PersistentGreen/Sprout/Amanda Fall, who also just happens to be my very sweet daughter. I will definitely share some financial help for your journey--but I'm not very computer adept, so I'll get my daughter to help me do it. Big hugs for your sweet bravery. I know what it takes to keep going, and keep your face toward the light.

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    1. Aww Aquamaureen (love the name!) Your daughter IS very sweet! And after your wonderful note I see where she gets it :) Thank you for your kindness, support and encouragement. I love what you wrote! xokp

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    2. amanda and I are both about to be out of town for several days, but I'll make a note on my calendar to have her help me make the online contribution as soon as we are both back. big hugs to you.

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  17. Wow...how difficult that must have been for you...You have so much to give and share and I am so happy to help you make your dream come true...I think I will buy from your Etsy shop to contribute to such an awesome deservable woman! Many prayers and best wishes for you and your incredible NEW Journey!!! I will be following you on this magical journey! xoxoxo!
    suZi

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    1. Suzi,
      Your words and support go straight to my heart. I hope one day we will meet in person so I can give you a big hug! I know we have never met in person, but it does not matter, I am still very happy to call you friend!
      xokp

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  18. Tracy Delisle (bigdaveandtj)July 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    I wish you luck in your new stamping business. I made a donation to help make your dream come true! Blessings to you!

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    1. Tracy,
      I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The kindness and support I have received has been mind blowing. I am so thankful to you for being a part of it....
      xokp

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  19. Hi Kristen, I was there... I remember... I loved you and your color pencils and cannot wait to see what you will do next. I owned almost all of your stamp line but I too lost my fondness of the queen and the desire to promote her product. Oh how I miss Effie! You are a special girl and I wish only the best for you!

    Sheryl Johnson

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    1. Sheryl
      Oh how I thank you for your note....it means the world to me to hear from old friends. I went away from it all feeling so sad and miserable. I lost touch with everyone and it made it even worse. For SOME reason, I felt shamed and lost, even though it was not my fault...anyway, your words mean the world to me. I hope to hear form you again and that you will follow my new chapter! xokp

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  20. you got this girl! go, go, go! xoxo ciao!

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    1. ahhh the hand of an old friend! much love goes out to you Nadia and I thank you for your continued belief in me through thick and thin. xo

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  21. Kristen, you are an original and your work is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your fairytale - you will have your happy forever! For all those who tread on dreams there are ALWAYS thousands more hands from above reaching to help pull you back up higher than before. I feel honored to be part of 'feathering your wings'. Fly high kae pea! xoxo

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    1. Your words make my heart soar and your helping hand so very appreciated. may your kindness be returned x100!! xokp

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  22. Kristin-
    I love your spirit and YES, don't EVER give up, hold tight to your dreams, they are manifesting right before you! I hope my small donation will help to move you closer to your goal - blessings. Colleen

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    1. With people like YOU in my corner how can I go wrong? Thank you is not enough but I hope you know how truly thankful I feel....
      xokp

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  23. Hey Kristen
    You & your art are one of a kind. Best wishes in hitting your goal!

    hugs!
    tejae♥

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    1. YOU, Tejae, have so much HEART! (a little pun intended LOL) All of your hearts are so beautiful and know I know just how authentic they are....
      with love and so much gratitude,
      xokp

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  24. I really feel for you Kirsten, you do not have to send me anything in return. I am just happy to help. Sometimes life can be so unfair but I hope it will make you grow even bigger. Snow white will become a beautiful princess, I am sure! Good luck for your new journey.
    ManonXxx

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  25. Manon!
    Thank you so much for your kind heart, helping hand and words of encouragement! Thank you x 10000!
    xo kp

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  26. K - This is such a wonderfully inspiring story. I'm so happy you've got new opportunities coming your way. I can't wait to hear more! Good luck to you on this fun adventure!
    -Jessica

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  27. Jessica!
    Thank you so much for taking your time to leave me a comment and your give me your support! I appreciate it so much! xo

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  28. Kristen...

    I thought I recognized your art from SOMEwhere!! Back in the 1990's I had a boutique, and amongst other things I also sold a few select rubberstamps!! I had catalogs from various companies to order from and I'm pretty sure one of those had your designs in it!

    I don't know your whole story, but I'm certainly glad I found your beautiful artwork again!!

    I eill be happy to donate to your cause! I just can't do it from my phone right this minute!!

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  29. Sorry for typos in above comment! This won't allow me to go back and edit before publishing!!

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  30. Jan! Thank you so much for your comment (typos and all! :) I am so appreciative of all of my friends, old and new...the connections and re-connections I have made. And for all of the love and support I have received. Thank you again for being a part of making this happen. xokp

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  31. I wish you blessings and so much success. I just made a donation. I hope it helps you get your wonderful shop. I cant wait to see what amazing things you make with it. I know what its like not to have any suppport and to be broken down until you feel like you cant get up. I have been there and its so scary. I to have worked my way back up and I am so happy now. I wish the same for you. I will share your story happily and I hope it brings you many sales and you reach your goal. Hugs to you. Follow my blog too if you want to win a treasure for yourself.Im doing a ring giveaway and a giveaway to my shop for my Blog members, anyone can join. How fun if you won. :) You deserve it

    www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com

    www.Artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/Kimis-Jewelry-From-The-Heart

    Kimberly from Kimi's Jewelry & Gifts

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! Your comment came just when I need it! Am feeling so scared right now, but you have lifted me up. I wish you so much kindness in return. Thnak you again from the bottom of my heart. xokp

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  32. OUt of curiosity, what have YOU been doing on your own to raise the $900? I know moving expenses eat into your funds needed. How much of the needed $2k has been yours? Have you tried selling things you do not need in order to make money? Have you changed living habits? My concern is that if you only need $2k to buy this rubberstamp company business,then why haven't you simply put it on your credit card? And if you cannot or your limit has been reached, then where will you get the money needed to RUN the business? It seems like you need more in reserves,as there will be many expenses ,start-up expenses and taxes,etc...It seems more than BOLD to ask people for money so you can buy your desired business...but if you get it,then you are good at sales/marketing. The economy is not good; money is scarce. Stamps are not a product that people buy when they don't have discretionary income available.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your concern and input. I do wonder why you ask and honestly why you care? Have you heard of Kickstarter or Indiegogo or Rocket hub? I could delete your message but instead, will answer your questions since you seem to "care"...I have been working my tail off day and night to raise the money. I have (and DO): make art, take on odd jobs, clean houses, do nails and teach classes AND ASK FOR HELP in order to raise this money. AS far as my living habits, my husband and I have not been out to dinner or a movie together in over two years. I DO NOT USE credit cards. I am moving to a small town in order to cut my living expenses. Do you know about what business I am buying or how much it makes? Thank you for saying I am "BOLD" I take it as a compliment. You need not contribute to my endeavor, it is completely optional. And the craft and hobby industry is doing quite well in this bad economy. I will take my chances and have people who believe in me who seem to be willing to gamble on me too. Thank you again for your comment "Anonymous" blessings to you. xohp

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    2. P.S. I also would like to mention that you absolutely do not know that my "moving expenses will eat into my funds". I find your comment here to be full of assumptions and you know what they say about assumptions....kp

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    3. Well I have to say that anonymous isn't a person of such good character if I might say; the reason being if you believe in what you have to say you don't hide behind an anonymous tag....
      Quite possibly he/she does not have friends who would want to support him/her.
      So in my opinion KP you are richer than they will ever be. Well done you for leaving up the comment and for your response, demonstrates who is the bigger person.

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    4. WHOA!!! Annonymous, why even comment here if you do not approve of what Kae Pea is trying to accomplish? This is one busy, talented woman who always still makes time for others to make them feel special! I have never understood those who are SO unhappy in their lives they want to spread their dark clouds out at others around them. Kae Pea is doing something POSITIVE and CONSTRUCTIVE with her life! How about YOU, Annonymous? What positive thing have YOU accomplished today?

      GO KAE PEA!

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  33. "why haven't you simply put it on your credit card?" -- wow. what an absolutely horrifying comment. maybe because CREDIT CARDS are one of the main things that got everyone into this mess -- (see "the economy is not good, money is scarce"). predatory lending and horrible banking practices (like high interest credit cards) ruined a lot of things for a lot of people, and now you suggest someone rebuild their life and dreams on the back of a crumbling empire of plastic? good idea, anonymous... but i'll take pragmatic, realistic, attainable goals set in REAL cash that will create no debt over charging it any day.

    on a side and more important note i am so proud of kae pea and all the back breaking work she has put into not only this business venture but her established ones as well and for overcoming all of the negative people in her life (like the evil king and queen and to a lesser extent, "anonymous" here) while achieving her dreams. i love you, MOM!

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    1. No idea why my name won't come up... this is Maxi. Not afraid to say my name!

      xoxo

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  34. Maxi....You did you Momma proud...cheers to you sweet heart!!!! She must be an incredible woman to have raised such an articulate, smart courageous daughter as you. Oh, I seem to have just described your mother too. LOVE AND BEST WISHES TO YOU BOTH. <3

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  35. I have donated to KaePae's business and I am proud.

    I believe in her and her goals. I have seen her work hard at everything -- including but not limited to: completing her college BFA degree, mothering, painting, manicurist, housecleaner, petsitter, working at a non-for-profit gallery, teaching, tutoring, building websites, blogs, etsy, being a wife, entrepreneur, and loving friend.

    There aren't enough hours in the day to describe all the effort she puts in to everything she does.

    She will achieve her goals-- with the business, as well as becoming independent financially.

    I am proud to encourage her in this new endeavor. I encourage all to join me.

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    1. My heart is so full that it spills out of my eyes. Your belief in me make my resolve even stronger. xo

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  36. Dear anonymous,
    obviously you've not heard of fundraising. First of all, I don't think that in any of this, did she once ask you for your personal opinion regarding finances.
    Secondly, community based fundraising is a beautiful thing. I don't think she's asking anyone to come up with the entire $2K on their own, and it's good to share what we DO have with someone.
    If you don't have the $, no one is making you. But don't hate on someone in their endeavors to pursue a goal or dream that perhaps you have no guts to pursue.

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    1. Diana,
      I thank you for your vote of confidence in me. It is overwhelming, the love I have received and how supported I feel. It's all okay and I feel nothing but more determined than ever...xokp

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  37. Dear anonymous,
    The great thing about the arty crafty community is that they help each other. I am sure that Kae Pea will pass on the giving that she has received - that is what we do.

    As for 'simply putting it on your credit card' - that is what is wrong with society today and why the world economy is in such a mess.

    I think Kae Pea has shown great strength in asking for help and I wish her well.

    Jill B

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    1. Jill,
      Yes, yes and yes. And thank you, too, for your support and well wishes. It is so appreciated. I will make you all proud :) xokp

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  38. Some people just don't know how to be nice. What a shame. You handled it well, my dear. <3

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    1. Crystal,
      Thank you. It is totally okay for someone to have and share their opinion of course but I just wanted to be able to voice mine in return! Thank you for your show of support. xo

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  39. I know we are all entitled to our opinions but she should have at least got the facts right. You already have raised the money yourself to buy the company and have done so. You need a bit of help with the costs of getting the company moved from where it is to where you are. I have learnt the hard way that some-times you can't do it by yourself and need to ask for some help. These are all so very lovely comments here. It has been nice reading what your good friend and your daughter have to say about you. For those who don't know I met KP in an online course we hit it off straight away. As I watched her art come out I knew this was one hard working dedicated lady. I think you are so great KP.
    Regards Helen.

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    1. Helen
      Yes, when voicing ones opinion, having the facts straight would be nice! I did not even bother to answer to that...anyway, it does not matter at all because that one negative comment, in no way, comes close to the HUNDREDS of wonderful, supportive comments I have received! Thank you Helen for your friendship across the miles. xokp

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  40. OMG! just had to put in my two cents to the anonymous comment. do you have any idea of her history? of how hard she has worked all of her life to do what she loves and share herself with the world? do you have any idea how generous her soul is? the people who support her cause (and I am a proud supporter) believe in helping others make their dreams come true. it is what artists do. we support each other. we all want to succeed and anyone who has ever achieved success has had people help them along the way. she is kind, generous, talented and inspiring. I'm cheering her on all the way to the finish line! go kristen! love you! ciao!

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    1. Nadia,
      Your support and love means the world to me. It really does. Love right back to you! xokp

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  41. Why would anybody who has no interest in assisting this wonderful artist, as all the above, care? Kae Pea is just asking if you WOULD like to contribute, great...plus, did you not see that she's GIVING SOMETHING BACK TO YOU if you donate? So, that means she's spending her TIME and LOVE of art to give YOU something for helping her reach her dream. And I so agree, credit cards are evil for a lot of people (I'm raising my hand high here)...this economy really is bad, BUT that said, I so agree that the crafters are doing okay...I go to Etsy for small gifts as a *pick me up* for friends or myself...Anonymous, you don't KNOW anything about this wonderful woman (and I don't really "know" Kae Pea, only as somebody I met and felt a connection at a craft show....look at all the wonderful comments. Maybe you're just crabby...

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    1. Dianne :)
      Thank you for your show of support and friendship! And YES you do know me! I have seen you more than at just one craft show ! LOL Anyway I send a big giant (((hug))) to you! xo

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  42. The best of luck to you...I can imagine this must have been hard for you but you have many supporters out there and I believe it will all turn out perfectly for you. God bless you.
    Renee

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    1. Thank you so much Renee. Your thoughts and words and support mean so much to me!!

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  43. Dear Kristen, We've just "met," but I've made a donation because I am so moved by your story and your trusting in your dreams. I think it is beautiful and inspiring that you have opened yourself to the hearts of friends and strangers, and you give us the opportunity to be a part of something good. Thank you.
    xoxo lulu

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    1. Dear lulu,
      Every time I think that I cannot possibly be more touched by the comments and generosity of my friends (new and old, far and near) I am proven so wrong. Your kindness and belief in me, is a part of this journey that I hold so dear in my heart.
      I am eternally grateful and so humbled.
      Thank YOU.
      xokp

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  44. yep yep... of course I ve made a donation.. just to be a part of your dream :)
    Thanks for all your generosity
    xxx

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  45. Thank you so much for posting this video. I have been an artist my whole life, went through a very bad relationship break up last year and then this summer I lost my art studio in Austin, Texas which is where I have lived forever.... I moved to Kirkwood, MO to live with my son and his family about 2 months ago. I know nobody here. I am looking forward to the day when I can say I have recovered... I am not there yet... it was good to read your story.... it gave me hope. Thank you.

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    1. I am so sorry for not responding sooner. I sort of 'abandoned' my blog for quite sometime. Many months have passed now and I hope you are doing better and back on your feet! If you are still in Mo. I would love to invite you to my studio! xokp

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