Welcome to the A Muse 4th Annual Calendar Project.
This A Muse Calendar began as a fun project I created for my girls to make personalized holiday gifts for their teachers. They loved it so much - and couldn't stop making calendars - that I thought others might enjoy it too. Since it's inception, this project has raised over $11,500 for three different organizations - The Scleroderma Research Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Water 1st. Thank you to all of our customers who have helped us raise this incredible sum and aid these worthwhile causes!
The A Muse Calendars will be available to purchase/download beginning Wednesday, September 15th.
The recipient of this year's Calendar Project is dear to my heart. A longtime customer and friend, Amanda Beers, whom many of you know from her blog Yellow Makes Me Happy, lost her six-year old daughter, Charlotte, a few months ago to an agressive form of Strep. The proceeds from the sale of the A Muse 2011 Calendars will benefit Charley's Fund.
Here are a few words from Charley's mother, Amanda.
A Christmas present we will never, ever forget. Our sweet girl, Charlotte "Charley" Marie Beers, was born on December 23rd, 2003. She left us on June 28th, 2010 after a brief but unrecoverable illness. Her heart, just 6 years old and as pure as one could know, was unable to fight a rare infection. Those that knew her enjoyed each and every waking moment she gave us, for Charley was a bright light with a brighter smile and the brightest of lives.
Charley lived for all things in her amazing life. Her family was her first love. She will always be my soul mate, her Brother is her hero, her Sister a best friend, and Dad continues to be her teammate. There was bowling and baseball. Reading and writing. Hugs and kisses and love. Just about everything Charley did she did with the utmost sincerity. She never wanted - she just gave and gave. She continues to give.
To honor Charley and the life she gave us, we have established a fund to bring charity to those who need it most when there's no other way. This fund will be an annual drive to take the priorities in Charley's life and make them realties, dollar by dollar, day by day. The first project with Charley’s Fund will be a set of swings built at her elementary school. There will be eight swings, all of them black except one… it will be yellow, just for her.
Won't you help us build a swingset for Charley?
Each day this week, the A Muse Creative Team and some special guests will help us showcase fabulous ideas the 2011 Calendars. Please join us for a daily dose of Calendar inspiration, and please support Charley's Fund by purchasing one (or more!) A Muse Calendars.