Feel like shopping? A lot of you may remember Tracie Miser, who was very active in altered art of all kinds, and also very good at it. She was a good friend of mine that I met through the yahoo group for Altered Books where she was the first to volunteer to act as a mentor, and I was her first "mentee". A friendship was born that I feel very lucky to have had in my life. She did so much more than offer advice (which she freely offered up), but also introduced me to Valley Ridge Art Studio, insisting I go take some classes with her, something I can't thank her enough for. That's where we first met in real life, sharing our lives, sitting up late chatting, trying to solve all our problems and had a lot of laughs, too. If you knew Tracie, you know how much she liked to shop-unbelievable! I swear she had every stamp, paper, tool, whatever that was out there for sale. Keep reading, more about this coming up. Sadly, Tracie passed away last fall, you can read about it here. Since then, her sister Erika and husband Ron have left their home in WI and moved to Tracie's neighborhood, buying a house near Tracie's house so they could take in her her 3 boys and not disrupt their lives anymore than it already has been. This will allow them to keep their old friends nearby, go to the same schools, stay in the same sports, etc. A huge loving sacrifice on their part! Ok, now to the shopping part, Memories & Beyond in Downer's Grove, IL has agreed to do a sale/benefit this coming weekend to liquidate all of Tracie's supplies-we're talking well over 3000 stamps alone, not to mention everything else she had! 100% of the proceeds are going directly to a trust fund for the boys, since the store is donating all their time, space & staff to this, they're asking to not use charge cards so no more expenses are incurred. The store is located at 1400 C 75th St, Downer's Grove, Il and the phone# is 630-217-0610 if you have any questions. Ron, Erika and the Boys will be there during the sale on Sat, 6/26 from 10-6 and again on Sunday 6/27 from 12-6 with a collection of pictures and a collection of Tracie's work. If you're in the area & can make it, it's going to be amazing! Sadly, I can't be there, but I will be sending a donation. If you can manage to do so, all donations would be appreciated and can be sent directly to First Community Bank, 2728 West 75th St, Naperville, IL, 60564, attn: Tracie Miser Children Fund. I've also got Erika's address if you'd like to send a note to the family, just let me know I'll send you the address. Tracie will be missed, but here's a unique chance to help the family, something I feel really good about. So on this longest day of the year, I'm hoping you all strongly consider shopping or donating-you'll feel great either way!