The randomly picked winner is Sharon MacLeod….. thanks everyone for their inspirational ideas
Oh Deanne! I love Donâ€™s bird houses! I tried to talk my husband into going over for the sale but we had company for the weekend. This is the next best thing. I spent today with a group of crafters who were each doing their own thing and that inspires me. My daughter was here this weekend spinning lace weight yarn from hand dyed roving she bought at the Belfast Mini-Mills. Beautiful blues and pinks. Her son makes stop action movies which are a lot of fun. Discussing everything from technique to colour and creative ideas with them all gets my creative juices going every time.
Last week my friend Don MillerÂ had a great week last week. He was on the national news with Peter Mansbridge, my Nephew Aaron Beswick interviewed him for the Halifax Herald, and once again, maybe for the tenth time he was on the cover of the Amherst Daily. All because his honesty is such a good story. For twenty two years Donny has been the youth minister at the local Baptist Church. He has an ecumenical youth group , that you can join once you go to Grade ten, and all kinds of kids, from all religions, all walks of life join and he runs a drama and youth group program with him. They go to church, not in the usual way, but Â they go on Monday nights instead of Sunday Morning and they do fun stuff. He is a gem, the whole town knows it.
He is also so honest and funny. When he decided this winter to create a project of making one hundred bird houses in one hundred days and carried it out ending it with a sale. I went the other day and in the first hour, those bird houses grew legs and just walked out the door. People are happy to buy birdhouses because they are funny, and beautiful, but because Donny has helped them raise their kids, or the neighbour’s kids , or because he has entertained them with a play, or been there as a minister when they needed him.
The honesty part is the hook of this story though, when he is asked, What are you raising money for? He honestly answers, “So I can go on a vacation in Florida.”. His last birdhouse sale was so he could buy a new furnace. Everyone loves it, as they love his birdhouses.
So I bought one of his birdhouses for one of you to win.
Just Â a little spring celebration to thank you for reading the blog.
It is the one he is holding in the picture, a little “Acadian House” he built out of reclaimed wood. All you have to do is Â leave me a comment at the end of this post and tell me how you get inspired! What is your tip to help you get inspired?
We will mail the randomly selected winner the bird house anywhere in North America, so go ahead and enter Â (only once per person) by letting us know how you get inspired……..
I will be interested to hear what you have to say.