If you've been watching the news lately you'd know that Australia has been having some pretty zany weather of late, which culminated in a horrible flash flood in the town of Toowoomba and the nearby Lockyer Valley yesterday. We have lots of friends in Toowoomba, who are thankfully all safe with their houses intact.
When we went to bed last night there were 4 dead (2 women and 2 children) and three missing (all children), which was bad enough. When we woke up this morning the death toll was at 9 with some 72 persons unaccounted for. I have been feeling unsettled and weepy all day, and very far away from home.
Just when it was getting to the stage that I nearly put on my James Blunt CD, I read about the blog Make It Perfect's online auction to raise money for the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. Lots of crafty/sewing types are auctioning off things with all proceeds going to the Appeal.
Which I realised is something that I could do. See you later, James Blunt, go and goodbye my lover somewhere else, proactivity only here.
This is what I have to auction. I just finished it last night and was telling the mister it wasn't going to be hung in the kids' room as initially intended as I liked it too much. It was going to stay in my sewing room. (I'm a generous mother like that.)
Not anymore. It could be hanging in your sewing room. Or kids' room. Or loo.
Anywhere you feel you need a mood-lifting boost of colour, a burst of fabric-y goodness or a demonstration of what the sun looks like on the planet Sploorg in the Datcheron-5 universe.
More details (about the art and the auction) will be forthcoming, but the auction will run from here, this blog. I will pay to post the painting to the winner anywhere in the world (but not the planet Sploorg, I'm afraid. Sorry to all my Datcheron-5 readers).
It would be great if y'all could grab a copy of the Relief Appeal button from Toni's site (the one you see on the upper right here) and display it on your blogs - the more who know about it, the more money will be raised.
Don't forget to check out all the other things up for auction on Toni's site on Monday. If my foray into art doesn't float your boat, I am sure there will be something else out there that will.
Thank you. I'm sending positive vibes to all our friends in Brisbane, which looks set to be the next flooded area. It's also where our house is, somewhat raised (hopefully enough) on a little hill and my little brother and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.