For the Cause … Mark Your Calendars!

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As much it seems like my life is all-rya-all-the-time, I take a divergence in activity on occasion.  Recently I joined a group of really nice women who pool energy to work towards worthy causes such as fighting cancer through Relay for Life and this year, working towards ending Alzheimer’s Disease. As the newest member of the “Boozum Buddies,” I, too, am assisting with fund-raising by offering things that I do, (or used to do that I am looking for an excuse to “do again.”)  You’ll understand in a minute. Hint:

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A set of flower wine glasses I painted many years ago.

As part of our fund-raising goals towards this year’s “End Alzheimer’s Disease” efforts, the Boozum Buddies are collaborating with Oscar’s AleHouse in Eldersburg, Maryland on Tuesday, May, 17 from 11 AM – 11 PM.  Oscar’s will donate 10% of ALL PROCEEDS of the day to the cause.  In addition they have offered their lobby for us to hold an awesome Silent Auction throughout the day.  The amazing auction items will make the trip worthwhile for you, but to be honest, plan on eating lunch or dinner or enjoying a beverage here while you are at it.  (Oscar’s is one of my very favorite places to go for food and bev in the area.)

glass painting at SRV

This class was held at Serpent Ridge Vineyard a few years ago.

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There is nothing like an evening learning a new skill with your favorite friends while nibbling on munchies and sipping a glass of wine.

Mermaid Wine Glass Set

This is one of my favorite wine glass sets. The customer bought these as a wedding gift for a special friend.

For this silent auction, I am offering a class I used to teach, but I have turned down many recent requests since I’ve been book writing:  A Wine Glass Painting Class in Byrdcall Studio in lovely Woodbine for you and up to 5 of your friends. I provide everything you will need. We will agree on a weekday evening or a Saturday afternoon for a three+ hour class where you and your friends will go home with two glasses YOU have painted. (Many choices of glassware available.) I will provide wine and light snacks. You can bring food contributions if you like. In the past these classes have cost $50 per person.  As a Silent Auction bidder you might get a better deal! But talk it up with your friends now to see who of your friends might want to go in on this item with you for a fun “girls night out” (or day).  The other thing that makes this a rare item indeed is the fact that I am kinda known for my glass painting ability. (Go ahead and click here to see some of my glass paintings.) I will be sharing with the class all the tricks of the trade.  Since my studio is mostly a rya rug studio now, you will not find this class offered (by me) anywhere else–maybe ever, but I won’t swear to that. 😉  Every penny of your bid goes to “End Alzheimer’s.”  So go ahead and bid.  If you can not make it to Oscar’s that day, but you have a group of fun folks who would want to join me for this class, call or email me with the highest bid you would be willing to make, and I’ll get it on the bid sheet for you.  You or one of your friends may need to check out the bidding before 11 PM in case it goes higher.  All for the cause!

What if you don’t have 5 friends in mind to line up?  I would be happy to hold 6 spots for 6 women who want to make friends that night for the commitment of $50/person.  If you commit, I’ll write $300 on the Silent Auction form and likely you will win–BUT maybe not–because if it goes higher, well somebody else wins.  Talk to me.  Send a buddy in late to bid up if needed.

Great Blue Heron modeled

Andy (back in college) modeling a Great Blue Heron shirt. I will also have these in the ladies style shirt at Oscar’s Ale House on May 17 as a gift to those making a contribution of $25 or more to help End Alzheimer’s Disease.

Another item I am offering for the Oscar’s Fund-raiser is a free silk-screened Great Blue Heron organic cotton T-shirt (designed as a 2-block linocut by me) to those who make a contribution to our cause of $25 or more. . . while they last!

See you at Oscar’s on May 17th.

Oh, did I mention that my contributions are just a few of DOZENS of fantastic items on the silent auction block?  Really, don’t miss out.DSCF0006

If you don’t live anywhere near Eldersburg, but you would like to contribute towards the Boozum Buddies fund-raising goals to help fight Alzheimer’s Disease.  Click on this link to learn more or to make a contribution.  You can contribute through me, or the Boozum Buddies, or however your would like to help out.  Click here to read more and make a contribution.

As a teaser, here are a few more items you can look for at the Silent Auction at Oscar’s Alehouse:

  • 4 ORIOLE TICKETS w/PARKING PASS
  • KAYAKING FOR 2 ON LIBERTY RESERVOIR
  • BEAUTY GIFT BASKETS & SPA CERTIFICATES
  • BASKETS OF CHEER
  • WINE GLASS PAINTING CLASS FOR 6 at BYRDCALL STUDIO
  • SHELL GAS CARDS
  • CLUB LEVEL RAVENS TICKETS
  • CORD OF FIREWOOD
  • TOOLS FROM HOME DEPOT
  • TEVIS HOME GRILLING BASKET
  • MODERN COMFORT SYSTEMS “TOTAL COMFORT” SERVICE PLAN
  • RENTAL SOLUTIONS and NATURALAWN GIFT CERTIFICATES
  • FRAMED ORIGINAL WORK OF ART
  • TUTORING ART PAINTING CLASS W/ VIVIAN DAVIS
  • ALEXANDER OVECHKIN(CAPS) CERTIFIED PHOTO W/HOCKEY STICK
  • MULCH FROM HIDEY’S
  • MUSIC LESSONS FROM OPUS COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL, ELDERSBURG
  • PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
  • 4 HR GARDEN CONSULTATION FROM MASTER GARDENER
  • CANINE CHIROPRACTOR GIFT CERTIFICATE
  • PLUMBING & WATERPROOFING CO. GIFT CERTIFICATES

AND MUCH MORE!

Thanks for reading.  Feel free to share with anyone you think would like to know about this fund-raiser.

Melinda

Easy way to Order Hand-Printed Shirts (if you can’t get to a show.)

Melinda holding new shirt design - CopyWhy didn’t it dawn on me sooner to make it easier for you to order a shirt?  Now, all you need to do is email me the information listed below.  I am printing about once a month, so get your order in for the next printing day.

I sell the silkscreened shirts on my etsy shop…click here.  But only a few of the handprinted shirts are on etsy.  You can buy or place an order at my shows, but here is another way.

Ordering a Hand-Printed Shirt — 2015

Email me your request.  I will check my bins to see if I have exactly what you are looking for, and if I don’t, I will hand-print one for you.  There is no added charge except postage:  $4—short sleeves; $6—long sleeves.  If buying multiple shirts, I’ll weigh them and quote an actual price for you.   My next printing day will be about 10 days after the Mistletoe Mart ends — the week of Thanksgiving.  Orders placed by November 17th will be printed along with all my Mistletoe Mart orders and should be in your hands by the end of November. 

If you would like to save on postage, you can pick it up at my studio in Woodbine, MD during the Carroll County Studio Tour Dec. 5-6 between 10 AM – 5 PM.  Just tell me when you order so I don’t charge you for postage.

All you need to do is tell me the following for me in an email sent to byrdcallstudio@gmail.com.  I will send you an easy online invoice and the process gets underway.

  1. Tell me the design name:  Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to see about 20 of the designs.  Ask me to post a picture of any other design you want to see from the list below.

Action in the Riffles,   Bee!,   Blues,    Brookie,   Calf & Cow,  Canada Goose,  Cupcake, Peace-Dove, Three Fireflies,  Great Blue Heron,    Hops, James Ranch,  Kitty Waits,    Knotty Dogs,    Listening,  May the Road,   May the Wind,    Monarchs & Milkweed,    Puffin,  Serpent Ridge Original,   Simplify/Thoreau,  Three Crows,    Today I Will Create,   Tree Frog,    The Woolie,    Under the Palm,   Waiting for the Green Flash,    Wanna Play?   Waste Not,    Yin Yang Labs.

  1. Tell me the Style: (All Comfort Color brand Shirts)

Ladies T-shirt,          Ladies Long sleeve,

Unisex T-shirt     Unisex Long-sleeve T-shirt,  or   Child’s T-Shirt

  1. What Size?

Adult   S     M     L      XL      XXL     XXXL   or  Child   XS   S    M    or  L  

(XXL and XXXL additional $3)

  1. What Color?  (I may be able to get others, so ask if you want something different.)

Unisex (Men’s) T-Shirts:  Flo blue,   Yam,   Crimson,   Berry,   Hemp,  or   Blue Spruce

Unisex  Longsleeve Shirt:   Flo blue,  Yam,   Crimson,   Berry  or   Blue Spruce

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Ladies T-shirt:  Flo blue,   Violet  Sea Foam, Hemp, or Crimson

Ladies Longsleeve: Flo blue,  Violet,   Crimson,  Chocolate  or Denim (not shown)

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Children’s Shirts:  Flo blue,   Blue spruce,   Denim,   Berry  or   Lagoon

5.  Second choice if first choice color is unavailable.

6.  Name, Address, zip, phone number, and email address

7.  Do you want me to mail shirt or will you pick-up during Studio Tour?

8.  Let me know if you want me to add you to the Byrdcall Studio Monthly e-Newsletter mailing list.

9.  Absolute deadline for receiving your shirt.  ASAP is standard for me.  But let me know if your request is date-dependent so I can determine if there is a timing issue.

Prices:  $25 for Adult and Child T-Shirts, $30 for long-sleeves.

Maryland Sales Tax of 6% is added.

Add $5 for Great Blue Heron—a 2-color process.

Add $3 for XXL and XXXL

The not-so-fine print:  I move quickly on paid shirt orders, but occasionally the shirt company can not send me a certain size or color as soon as I would like it.  You can really help by making a 2nd choice, just in case 1st choice is on extended backorder.  

And from a crazy busy artist’s perspective, the easiest order for me is the one where I get an email that says, “Melinda, I would like the ‘Today I Will Create” t-shirt in a Ladies size Large.  What colors do you currently have on hand?”  I respond, then they can choose one or ask me to print one.  Often shirts go out in the mail the same day!

Thanks!  Remember this blog posting is always here, so refer to it whenever you need a shirt.

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