Thursday, October 11, 2012

We're here for you Darsie!

Hi everyone!  Tragedy has fallen on my fellow Spellbinders and Stamp Simply Ribbon Store design team member, Darsie Bruno.
On Tuesday she was awakened in the morning by neighbors yelling that her duplex was on fire. The fire started in the other tenant's side of the building, but the firefighters had to go through HER side to put out the fire and they fought the fire from her craft room!  Thankfully Darsie and her son were safely evacuated and no one was harmed.   But she lost almost everything to smoke and water damage.  She is now having to muddle through the process of figuring out what to do, where to get furniture, clothes, food and all the basics we need daily.  Thankfully, the Red Cross just helped her find an apartment to live, but in almost every way, she is starting over.
Photo of the fire courtesy of NBC-Elmira

As a community we're banding together to do what we can to support Darsie. Spellbinders created a PayPal button that allows donations to go directly to Darsie and her son.  And there are many more in our online community who are helping too.  I know that Splitcoaststampers has something in the works and I can update you on when it is announced.

Additionally, The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store will be running a separate fundraiser with the sale of the next shipment of Darsie's hand made decorative pins.  These are expected to arrive any day now.  The box of pins was in the house at the time of the fire, but they were all wrapped in plastic and boxed, ready to go to the Post Office.  She was able to get them out and believes they are OK.

Once the pins arrive, they will be added to the store and the FULL PURCHASE PRICE of each package of stick pins will be donated directly back to Darsie.  This collection of pins is called the Shabby Chic Collection and will be available in six colors, plus one Limited Edition Angel Set.  The pins will be $4.00 for each collection (which is set of 3 pins).
Here are some pictures of my favorites in the collection.  Remember, they are not in the store yet. 
Here they are — Aren't they SO pretty?
Shabby Chic Yellow
Shabby Chic Teal
Shabby Chic Pink

Limited Edition Angel Set

STAY TUNED to Sharon's blog and/or The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Facebook Page to know when they are listed in the store.

Darsie is a true sweetheart, extremely talented and hard-working.  She inspires us regularly with her beautiful projects and creativity.
Now it’s our turn to give back just a little to someone who gives so much to us.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for any help you can offer to Darsie. Even a small amount is MUCH appreciated!


  1. So happy Stamp Simply Ribbon store is doing this for Darsie!! VERY COOL!!!

    Crafters and craft retailers are the best!


  2. Michelle, I'd like to send her a Ribbon Carousel. How would I do that? Can I send it to you or does she have an address? You can email me at if you have a moment. Thanks so much!!

    P.S.( I added the sampler pack yesterday and you can use Michelle20 as a discount code since I was late in getting them back in stock!)