Beautiful apron raffle! – UPDATED

Hey, everybody -

My dear friend Robin has been selling handmade aprons online.  They are lovely and beautifully crafted, with 100% cotton backing and decorative stitching all around, and each apron is completely reversible.  UPDATE:  You can see the 30+ aprons for sale here.

Here are her lovely daughters modelling three of the many aprons she offers:

She offers them at $35 and has been doing a brisk business, but I thought it would be fun to raffle one off here, because I know I can’t be the only one who’s starting to fret about Christmas presents.  So here’s the deal:  you can buy one of these lovely handmade aprons for $35 . . . or you can enter the raffle for a mere THREE DOLLARS.

A little bit about Robin:  she is an Army vet and a gifted photographer who is raising two teenage daughters.  She has been a single mom for four years after a very contentious separation from her husband.  We all know how difficult that life can be, but Robin seems to be given more than her share of burdens.  She has back problems and an anxiety disorder, which make it impossible for her to work outside the home.

Robin HATES to ask for help.  She hates, hates, hates it.  She struggles so mightily to support her family on her own.  They have sold half of their possessions in yard sales, just to raise money for necessities — things like toilet paper and food.  Last winter, they turned on the heat for just one hour a day, in the girls’ bedroom right before bed, and they expect to do this same this winter.  This will be the third year when can’t even think of Christmas or birthday presents.  They have no car, and often spend hours of their day walking into town to do errands.

I know that Robin would never agree to a pure fundraiser, but she is glad to raffle off one her gorgeous aprons.  So this is your chance not only to support a sister in Christ, but also to get a chance at winning something lovely!  To enter, just click this button:

[took the paypal button down because the raffle is closed!]

You may enter as many times as you like, and the winner will be chosen through a random number generator.  The winner may chose any of the three aprons in the photo above.

Don’t forget you can see all the aprons Robins is offering for sale here.  And of course if you can’t spare $3 for a raffle chance, prayers for Robin and her family are welcome!  Thank you.

The contest will close on Friday, October 26, and I will announce the winner that day.  Good luck!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rozdieterich Roz Mackraz Dieterich

    Could you please give us the URL of her online store?

  • http://gravatar.com/keeponspinning Elizabeth

    OK, but where can we BUY these aprons?

  • Andrea Casarow

    I am totally praying for Robin. I am inspired and touched by her story, and relate. I also entered the raffle. God bless her!!!!!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

    Great question! At present, the only online store I know of is through Facebook, and you can order them by contacting her directly. I will be in touch with Robin about finding another way to order, because I know not everybody is on Facebook!

    In the mean time, could you please let me know if this link works? There are MANY aprons available.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.294396710662038.51783.100002751342979&type=1&fb_source=message

  • Rene Round

    This link does not seem to be working.

  • Sarah

    I’m coming off hard times myself– I’ve got my tickets and your friend has my prayers. It is good to have friends who insist on helping when life is rough.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

    Argh – I will get the link fixed as soon as I can Sorry.

  • Kat

    Seems to be working now :) I will share with my friends.

  • Kat

    Hmm, doesn’t look like I can share. She needs a business facebook page.

  • Megan

    Could you send the link to her online store? Thanks!

  • Megan

    Sorry I just saw the other comments!

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrandyMMiller1975 Brandy Miller

    Simcha – she can set up an online store on Etsy.com. It’s only $0.20 per item to list, and she doesn’t have to pay up front. Etsy is only allows hand made goods, supplies for hand made goods, or items that are vintage so it would be an ideal place for her to list her items. If enough people were then willing to link to her etsy store, this would be a huge boost to her promotional ability. If you’re interested in getting more help marketing her store, please contact me. Part of what I do is marketing, and I would be honored to help her out at no cost.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Thank you so much, Brandy! I will pass your offer along to Robin.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

    Okay, I have added the link to Robin’s new Facebook business page. She is now accepting PayPal for apron orders! Thanks for standing by!

    • http://www.facebook.com/BrandyMMiller1975 Brandy Miller

      Where’s the link to her business page on Facebook? The page you gave me takes me to her personal album where we can view the pictures of her aprons, but that’s not quite the same as having a business Facebook page. If you or she want help with this, I can set it up for her. I also recommend using the apron images as the cover art rather than the one she has now.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

        Here is the current Facebook page that she has set up: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robins-Handmade-Aprons-Goat-Milk-Soap/223755971050650?ref=hl

        I will forward your offer of help! Thank you, Brandy.

        • http://www.facebook.com/BrandyMMiller1975 Brandy Miller

          Thanks! I’m sharing this on my own Facebook page and my twitter feed. I’ll also be sharing it on my Pinterest account. Let’s see if we can’t get some recognition (and some purchases) for her :)

  • Mary

    I’m not on facebook so how can I purchase one??

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/simchafisher Simcha Fisher

      Hi, Mary – unfortunately, Robin’s work is only available via her Facebook page at the moment. She is working like crazy to launch things (just today she set up her business page and a PayPal account), and another reader has already graciously offered to help Robin set up an etsy store. I hope that you will stay tuned, and I hope that soon I will be able to pass along info about that!

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