"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Angels in the Snow" Update

Well! Since the last time I updated you on this, just a week and a half ago, purchases of my "Angels in the Snow" pattern have raised an additional $69 for the Brain Injury Association of New Mexico, including one very generous tatter who bought enough copies for her entire tatting group! This makes a total of $114 so far! Thank you all!

I've been touched by the number of people who have told me that they are purchasing this pattern because someone they know has experienced a brain injury. Traumatic brain injury has gotten a fair amount of press lately due to the number of soldiers who suffer it, and the lack of support they get from the military and VA. Tragic as this is, we should remember that TBI occurs not only on the battlefield, but also in car and bicycle accidents, sporting accidents, and assaults every day. Also remember that not all injuries are caused by an outside force; a stroke is a brain injury, too, just not a traumatic one. When you think about this, you will realize that nearly everybody knows someone whose life has been impacted by brain injury. Services for these people and their caregivers are appallingly underfunded, and many people who need services don't even know they exist. So get on Google and see if there's a brain injury association in your own area, and find out if they can help you or your loved one-- or if you can help them!

And please, please, please, always wear a helmet when riding a bike, motorcycle, or skateboard, make your kids do the same, and don't get drunk. Not just don't drive drunk, but don't ride a bike drunk, don't walk drunk, don't talk drunk. I have seen severe injuries resulting from all of the above. In 9 years working at a level 1 trauma center, I can count on one hand the number of traumas I've seen that were not alcohol-related. OK, lecture ends.

So, a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased the pattern so far!!!!!!!!

I've made it easier by adding a PayPal button. I didn't want to do this because I don't want my blog to look like a commercial site. However, I've had e-mails from several people who were confused about how to make the payment, so hopefully this will clear it up.

Thanks also to everyone who has made the pattern and shown it on their blog! I love seeing all the different colors people use for it!


  1. Hi Miranda,

    Thanks for your pattern. I want to own it, but must wait until DB can make the purchase as the Paypal is in his name.

    I've loved ones in my life that had suffered strokes many years ago and it never dawned on me that this was included in TBI, until I read your post.

  2. Glad you added the Paypal button -- it made things so easy! This is a generous thing you are doing. Thank you.

  3. Blue is my favorite color and this motif makes it look awesome!! :)

  4. THANK YOU for sharing your pattern and donating the proceeds. It is a win-win situation all around.

    Your "angels" flake looks grand in blue!

  5. Hello Miranda, This is a beautiful snowflake and I'm happy to purchase a copy to help your cause. Thank you for offering the pattern!! Happy Holidays!

  6. Lovely snowflake, Miranda!
    I will buy the pattern NOW because a friend of mine died from brain cancer which I count as a brain injury as well. And if it's not - well, I also know somebody who had brain bleeding :-(
    Greetings from Germany,