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Project Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010

Many of my readers know that I was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. When I was 3 years old, I had open heart surgery and went into complete heart block. I need a pacemaker now to keep my heart beating. Thanks to the support of my parents, family and friends and the work of the wonderful doctors in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, I am happy and healthy today at 33. And yes, I have 2 children! I have no doubt in my mind that the research and advocacy of the Canadian Heart and Stoke Foundation has played a big role in the betterment of my life and the lives of others like me. So now it's time to use my talents to give back. I have come up with Project Upcycle for Heart and Stroke to coincide with Heart Month here in Canada. - for each day in February (or as many as I can possibly handle) I will take something and "upcycle" it into something else. Afterall, I am sort of upcylced myself aren't I? Made of a few spare parts here and there. Many of my fellow heart patients understand what I'm talking about. Many have pacemakers, shunts, new valves, even whole new hearts! - I will put my new creation up for sale in my Etsy shop (Tawny Bee) - Half the proceeds (minus shipping) of each product will be donated to the Heart and Stoke Foundation - I will post a play by play of my creations on this blog and my Facebook Fanpage, so check back often! So you might see a pair of pants turned into a lovely skirt. You might see a t-shirt turned into baby clothes. Who knows? The possibilities are endless since I'm putting my - pardon the pun - heart into it! How do participate you might ask? - you can purchase one of my creations and have half the proceeds donated to Heart and Stoke research - you can post this blog post or any others onto your blog, Facebook, Twitter etc. - You can take the little icon I've made at the top of this page and post it wherever you like to get more people involved. - You can direct others to purchase items - You can try out this challenge for yourself. Make 1 or 28 upcycled projects, post them for sale and donate some proceeds to Heart and Stroke - Go directly to the donate page of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and make a donation If you do any of the above, I would love for you to post in the comments to let me know! I need all the encouragement I can get. This is a huge untertaking for me. And of course, here are some links that may be useful as we get going: The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
The donate page for the Manitoba chapter of the Heart and Stroke Fo...
Tawny Bee on Etsy
The Tawny Bee Fanpage on Facebook
My Twitter To start things off for tomorrow February 1st I will be making something out of these materials:

A bunch of old baby socks, some Gladware lids, a baby bottle top, some old pacifiers that the kids have grown out of, some ribbon I got from a Christmas present... What could I possibly make out of all of this? Check out the results on my regular blog: tomorrow!

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