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Art for Ruben’s Shoes

The lovely April Lacheur, of BC’s Yapes Paints, is putting her talents to use for a good cause. Throughout the month of May, she has offered up 20 artwork pieces (some prints, some original works) for silent auction on the 32Auctions site. All of the proceeds from the auction will go to support the work of Ruben’s Shoes!

Dahlia - original artwork

Dahlia – original artwork

Ruben’s Shoes is a charity recently set up by Kelly Strongitharm of Port Moody, BC. On a trip to the Dominican Republic she had the opportunity to visit her World Vision sponsor child, Ruben, and recognized a need for shoes in the community. She has been collecting new and gently used shoes ever since (and the pile is growing!)

April’s auction runs until the end of May, but if nothing there strikes your fancy she has also generously offered 25% of all sales from her online shop to the charity.

Cheers to Kelly and April who are doing their part to help communities in need! To learn more about Ruben’s Shoes and how to help by donating or dropping off if you are local in BC, you can find the organization on Facebook, check out Kelly’s video on YouTube or follow along on Twitter!


P.S. We originally featured April’s work back in January 2011 – click over to the post to read more about her work and inspiration!

Do what you love, love what you do!

Update May 6, 2013: They met their goal, with 5 hours left to go! Congratulations, Make It Happen team, we can’t wait to see the final product!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to quite your day-job and just MAKE for a living? Whatever that thing is that you love doing, but always gets pushed to the side for your 9-5 duties?

Jenna Herbut and Neil Mangan want to show you that it can be done. They are trying to raise money to make a gorgeous documentary called “Make It Happen! How to Succeed in the Handmade World”.

You can see watch the Make It Happen trailer and contribute to their funding campaign on

If you’ve been to one of the Make It! shows (in Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver), you’ll probably even recognize some of the artists featured in the trailer so far. Don’t forget to check out some of the fun perks they are offering to supporters (I’m looking forward to getting my t-shirt and a copy of the movie!)

Have a great weekend, friends!