Eeeeek!!! Etsy!!!!


A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance. —RIP Carrie Fischer

Remember me talking about the online shopping site for all things handmade? Etsy?

Well, late, late that night, I did.  I opened a shop on Etsy called grayson’s creationsFigured I’d have a few days to figure out how to get it set up well.  You know.  Read the fine print.  Research a bit about shipping costs.  Check out the competition.  Research the name a bit better.  (I have owned the domain name for a while, as well as the same name registered to me on Etsy…so it seemed like a good idea…)

BUT, to open the shop, one must list at least ONE item for sale AND link a bank account.  So I did. With 20% sales going to local Orange, VA charity called the Christian Emergency Council.  (Same charity I supported by knitting and selling over 30 tiny Christmas trees this past holiday.  More on that another day.)

Feeling frisky, I also set up an event on facebook through my OrangeVACommunityMakers group to teach a local fleece hat making workshop for today.  Raising funds for same local charity.  (More on that side project also in a later post!)

Well… my. world. is. now. all fleece. all. the. time.

Etsy item sold. Emails led to 3 more sales. Workshop happened. Only a few folks, but they wanted to help make hats to raise funds for donation. Orders need mailing… Larry the Squirrel is running circles in my brain.

Now, how to leverage this energy and move forward,  creating a sustainable business that can support me, my family, and my local  community?  It all comes back to human rights… if I want to live my life with integrity, I have to put my energy to this end.  Excited to see it happening.



Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Remarks at the United Nations, March 27, 1958


It has been a while since writing.  Habits are definitely hard to start.  Even harder to restart, but worth the effort.  Many reasons why I am back today.  Many intersecting moments are directing me down a path I am excited to follow!

Here is what happened:

I marched with women friends this past weekend, Saturday, January 21st 2017 in the Women’s March on Washington DC.

I used my Orange Community Makers tag to make Pussy Hats for the march and gave over 35 hats to friends in and around Orange and women I met at march.  I LOVED this project! Using the handmade to “Share-Learn-Create-Connect” for community building is EXACTLY what I have been driven to do recently.

(***I get how some might feel that this particular project offends or leaves out some who feel that not having female genitalia means they are not welcome to support a “woman’s” march.  Maybe even wearing something called a “pussy hat” just feels wrong to you.  Please make your feelings and thoughts heard, I will listen. But know that you are welcome to fight for women’s rights and ALL human rights WITHOUT a pink hat…or I’ll even make you your very own fleece hat in whatever color you want. Just know that if you are willing to fight for Human Rights, you are welcome at my table just as you are and I will craft you a hat of your choosing and make it with love.***)


This morning I am trying to figure out how to promote community and fundraising for efforts on human rights and am researching starting an Etsy shop (rhymes with Betsy) to sell items made by Orange Community Makers AND as I am researching my name “My Day In Orange VA” I discover the First American Woman Blogger (I am giving her this title).  Who is she, you ask?  None other than Eleanor Roosevelt.  Did you know she had a five day per week, syndicated column from December of 1935- September of 1962?  Twenty-six years! of 5 day per week publishing!! Talk about a role model for bloggers!

What was it called??!!  MY DAY  (Holy $#*%!!!) Well…perhaps I have been channeling my inner Eleanor and didn’t know it with MyDayinOrangeVA.

One of her main issues was human rights.  If you haven’t read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, please do.  Seth Godin just blogged the other day about how he believes Human Rights might be human’s greatest invention.

Do you see how my world’s are colliding?

Crazy…It’s as if the universe is telling me to get off my arse and get marching…

Thank you to all who have gone before to pave the way…I am about to lay down a bit more asphalt for the future.

For your listening pleasure:  Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou

I met Maya Angelou in February of 1990. Here I am in my office with her autograph.