My second recent blog-encounter was with a blog-friends sister.
So a proxy-blog-meet.
Not that I wasn't very delighted to meet with C for her own sake, which I was. But it was also the next best thing to meeting Joyce.
I found Joyce's blog in my former shamelessly blog-slutting days when I used to put myself about more in the blogosphere and leave comments on strangers' blogs.
Joyce's brother was dying of cancer and she wrote about that sometimes, with honesty and pain and humour and in a way which really moved and helped me, at the time when we'd just had diagnosis of my mum's cancer.
Plus Joyce can really write, and is very funny.
And has ugly sweater parties which I dream of one day attending.
And shares my passion for vintage fabrics and old buttons.
Just look at the wonderful gift she sent over with her sister:
I've only had this a week, but have already received a couple of passing comments on how fab it is.
Look, it has neckties for straps, isn't that brilliant?
and vintage buttons and everything.
I love my bag, thankyou so much Joyce.
Joyce makes bags like this - well, in fact, not quite like this because each one is unique - and auctions them to raise money for refugees in Darfur. Where she finds the time I don't know because she has her own children to look after, and other peoples' during the day-time.
To date she has raised over $10,000.
As well as using recycled fabrics, buttons and buckles Joyce transforms old waistcoats, fragments of embroidery, still-usable bits of loved-nearly-to-death clothing, vintage handkerchiefs, lacey doileys... Each bag has its own character, adjustable strap and handy pockets inside and outside.
So, if you are looking for a very special christmas gift for someone, and would like to make a contribution at the same time to helping people who have lives and problems which most of us can't begin to imagine, then look at Joyce's eclectic bags, and bid away.
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