Thursday, April 26, 2012

A fundraiser for a worthy cause!

Oh my goodness, when did Blogger change everything? It took me half an hour to figure out what was where....see, that tells you how long its been since I blogged! 

I'm finally pretty well settled in our small furnished beach cottage, and I'm going stir crazy within the 4 walls of the living room! I want my home, my stuff, my belongings around me.....but I have to be patient and wait, maybe another 2 weeks....! 

In the meantime, I must do this post.

One of the best things that has happened since the world of blogging opened up to me, is getting acquainted with fellow bloggers, not just in the field of design, but other "artistic" fields as well. One such friend is Vaishali, and another is Richa, of this food blog. I came across both blogs when I had just converted to "veganism" and was searching and googling madly looking for tasty vegan recipes that did not have - as my son would say - flax seeds, dandelions, rainbows and cardboard, along with wheatgrass and cattle fodder in their list of ingredients!!
These two blogs opened up this whole new culinary world for me....cookies, desserts, curries, vegetables....things I never dreamed could possibly be vegan. And since then cooking has never been quite the same for me.

There are usually 2 reasons why people turn vegan - one is for health reasons, since there is so much evidence now that certain hormones inherent in dairy can cause cancer cells to grow, and the other is for humane reasons. My reason for veganism started out for health reasons, but I am now following it COMPLETELY for humane reasons. Why I had to wait till I turned 50 to figure out how much cruelty animals have to go through to feed the non vegan population, beats me. But like I say better late than never. And let me say this - I am not here to preach or convert anyone. To each his own, I firmly believe each one has to do what works best for them.

I am here however, to thank Richa and sort of pay her back for allowing her blog to be such a go-to resource for me when I was desperate, by letting you all know about an online auction fundraiser she is having on her blog, to raise money for the VSPCA - Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals. 

VSPCA does amazing work and if compassion towards animals is something close to your heart, then go here to read the details. The online auction is open through May 22nd. Take a look yourself and see what goodies are up for grabs....some can be shipped to India, some only within the US, and some to both countries. 
I'd happily have donated an artwork of mine, but sadly I have no way of knowing when my container will arrive from India, so I am donating a gorgeous table runner of choice from Saffron Marigold. 

I request you all to take a few minutes to browse Richa's site, not just the food posts, but the fundraiser as well. 

Thanks, and don't give up on me yet! I will be back on the "regular blogging" bandwagon soon!

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Big Move

We're in Seattle!! We made it. After 4 months of planning and plotting and selling and buying and paperwork that can drown us all, we are here in the great Pacific Northwest.

For those of you interested in reading about our India to US adventure, go here to my travel blog. Its a long post. 

I'll be back next week blogging as usual on S and S! While this is primarily a design blog, I think you will be seeing a variety of topics here going forward.

Have a great week!