Shame on YOU BP!

>> Friday, June 11, 2010

Ok so I just cannot resist saying something about this oil spill. I am from the New Orleans Area, I was not born there, but I have no recollection of ever living anywhere else. I LOVE Louisiana and there is no other place (that I've been) that is like it. I've lived in Texas, North Louisiana, Korea, Florida, and now in Mississippi, I have also visited several other states. I have never ever experienced the warm welcome as I've had when going to new places than I have when I go somewhere new in Louisiana. Everyone treats you like family in Louisiana and you are instantly accepted as you are, no matter where you are.

For example, when I was a growing up and new friends would come over most of the time you may be treated as a guest the first time you visited (open the door for you, we would offer you a drink, something to eat, get your glass for you maybe even serve you the food). After that you knock once and if the door was open let yourself in, you were then instructed to make yourself and home and help yourself to anything you wanted. This is how it was when I went to friends houses, sometimes you didn't get the initial guest treatment either, it was "welcome, make yourself at home." Now I don't know for sure that this doesn't happen other places, but I've never personally experienced it.

Ok so now that I'm done bragging on my State (I don't claim MS just yet). I am so upset with BP. They have been shady from the get go, not giving accurate information about how much oil was coming out and I'm sure other stuff too. I was listening to the local talk program where officials, residents, and other people in the know are calling in to give updates on what is actually going on down there. I tuned in while they were in the process of talking to one of Jefferson Parish's (that's county to those outside of LA, in case you were wondering) councilmen (not sure his name since they were already talking when I tuned it) and he was reporting some SHOCKING information. Well considering how shady BP has been, I guess I shouldn't have been shocked, but I was caught off guard.

This Councilmen was reporting that BP has hired security personnel walking the beaches early in the morning to pick up dead animals so the reporters can't show you what's really going on. I think he said something about these security personnel not allowing people on the beach also. Now I may have heard that wrong because I wasn't fully listening at that point, but I think that's what I heard. How in the world can a private security company not allow people to go on a private beach? If that is the case, and again I may not have my facts straight, there is something MAJORLY wrong with that!

I am sick of big corporations spending millions of dollars to cover up misdeals. Wouldn't it be more beneficial to the company to throw that money at fixing the problem than wasting it on ad campaigns that we know are just full of lies?

If you have not seen this video you need to. A grown man is begging for help from our congress and is in tears because his hands are tied! So BP I say to you SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU! I don't expect you to stop the oil leak, I don't expect you to save every bird, fish, turtle, or other sea creature. What I do expect from you is the TRUTH! I expect you to get the tools and equipment necessary for the clean up to the people who are willing to clean up. I expect you to try your hardest to get this leak fixed, and stop wasting money on ad's that aren't solving the problem. Get out of our peoples way and let us get it done!

I am a member of the Handmade Louisiana Team. We have opened an Etsy shop and every penny (minus listing fees) will be sent to a charity helping the cleanup. We are still voting on that charity, but I will let you know as soon as the decision is made.
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Feature Friday

Where has this month gone? I can't believe it's almost half-way over. The past two weeks I've noticed on Friday that the week is over. I guess that's what happens when you are busy.

You might recall that H & J Star Creations picks a new charity every month.

Tell me about your June charity:

For the month of June, 20% of all sales of my Faother's Day items will go to Harlem RBI. Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow.

I choose this because my son suggested it, he is a big sports fan and baseball player, and wanted me to raise money for other kids to play ball...

Gypsy Laptop Sleeve

I learned that Judy is a mother while conversing via e-mail so I wanted to know... What's your favorite thing about being a mother?

the unconditional love - and lots of hugs and kisses...and ice cream, you get to eat ice cream because you are buying it for your kids!

Abacus Toiletry Bag


It has been fun getting to know Judy. She sounds like a fun mom. Please take a moment and check out her Father's Day items and help out an awesome charity. She may change the charity after Father's Day, but I'll keep you in the loop.


Wonderful Wednesday

>> Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Today I am featuring Squishy Bee

Bunny Racer

How did it all start?
I have always been artistic and crafty. I went to college for Fine Art and came home with a BFA in 2005.

Last year a friend told me about Etsy so I checked it out. Now I have my own little shop!

Simply Sophisticated Hand Dyed Burp Cloth

Tell me a little about your charity and why you donate.

My charity is Share of Lancaster. Share of Lancaster exists to bring comfort and understanding to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, pregnancy complications, prematurity, stillbirth, SIDS and any other cause. They stand by parents in their journey of grief, offering a helping hand, a listening ear and open arms. They also provide educational programs for health professionals and the community. All of the services are offered free of charge.
In 2003 I had suffered the loss of my second child, his name was Jonathan. Giving birth to my sweet stillborn baby, knowing the pain others had gone through and will go through, made me want to do something to help other families. So my "Angel Babies" were born:) For every angel baby sold $5 goes to this charity!

For my fellow Artisans: Do what you love and don't give up! It may take a while to get your name out there and known--just remember, it's work and not an overnight process


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I cannot imagine what it would feel like to loose a child. What a wonderful thing to pass along the comfort you were given in your time of need.