Merry Christ/Richard-mas

So, yeah, I probably should have mentioned this earlier but it’s been quite crazy around here, so I haven’t been in the right headspace to do so. About a week or so ago I received the item I won in the auction of the 2022 December FundRAiser: the Thorin Oakenshield’s belt buckle necklace! It came in such a beautifully crafted box and it is perfect for discreet Richard Armitage fangirling. It’s really lovely and I’m very happy to be the new owner.

Not only did I receive this lovely Richard-themed Christmas item, a little over a week ago Mr E and I and two good friends of ours went on our yearly Christmas market trip to Germany. This time we visited Heidelberg, which is only 30 km south of where I used to live in the 1980s. We left on the Friday (the 9th) and spent two nights there, right in the center of the old town. My younger brother also came and met up with a good friend of his there but met us in the evenings. On our last morning (Sunday) we were even greeted with a dusting of snow, which made everything look even more magical.

On our way back, we also stopped by Heppenheim, where my dad used to work and where I lived for a bit with my family. We used to live in the yellow house in the first picture. The white house is the “Martin Buber Haus” where my dad used to work and where I have also worked in the little library that house used to have (I don’t know if it’s still there). The small town center/marketplace is only a minute’s walk away from the Buber Haus. It was really fun to get away for a weekend.

I addition to all this Christmas stuff, we also have Richard’s Christmas message which landed on Tiktok, and thankfully also on Instagram…

A few snapshots from that video. So cute to see him so happy and relaxed!

He suggests giving to Shelter this holiday season, supporting the homeless. Link is HERE if you are so inclined.

It’s been really busy and somewhat challenging of late, but these are definite highlights during this Chistmas/Richardmas season of lights.

Our Xmas Present for Richard is on the Way #DecemberFundRAiser

What a great end result for our December FundRAIser! The funds have been transferred to LOROS. Read all the details on Guylty’s blog below.

Guylty Pleasure

Hello! I come bearing glad tidings. The time has come to not only disclose the proceeds of our December fundraiser, but to also let you know that the deed has been done and the donation has been made. So the important bit first:

What a proud sum, so elegantly even 😉. How did we do that???? Well, here are the accounts for the fundraiser.

The auctions on eBay made a net profit of €2,103.35. The fixed-price sale on Etsy generated a net profit of €1,042.17. These are all net profits, i.e. the money that was transferred to me by eBay and Etsy. They already deducted their fees at source. (More about that below) We additionally received donations to the tune of €884.91. From the net profits of €4,030.64 we had to cover the postage costs of €575.81. These also include customs fees which I had to…

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The Richard magic mug

Guylty’s 2022 #DecemberFundRAiser has just gone live and it’s time to reveal the item that I have donated.

A few months ago, I came across an option to have your own personalised magic mug made and I thought, “Ooh, wouldn’t that be cool for some discreet Richard Armitage fangirling”! I couldn’t resist and had two made – one for myself that I’ve been using regularly and one still nice and pristine and new in its box. I’ve put the latter into the #DecemberFundRAiser auction on Ebay so that a fellow fan/well-wisher/Richardite can enjoy such a mug as well.

So the smaller box inside that bigger box that I showed in a blog post the other day…

… contains this mug! It looks like a nice and simple black mug…

…. but once you pour hot water into it, the magic happens and our Rich appears!

I chose three images for the mug (click on images to enlarge)…

As you finish your drink or the liquid cools down, the mug reverts to black again.

In recent weeks I’ve been using my own mug a lot for my cups of tea and am loving it. The mug is not dishwasher or microwave safe, so to keep the coating well, it needs to be handwashed. I’m sure Richard doesn’t mind being handled with care. My own mug did accidentally once find its way into our dishwasher but it luckily came out OK. So, it won’t explode or anything if you do so, but better not to. Richard deserves a long and sturdy life, after all.

You can bid on the new, unused mug HERE and I will send it out to the winner at the end of the week after the auction ends. Good luck to all bidders!

#DecemberFundRAiser – where did the time go?

Apparently it’s #DecemberFundRAiser time again! Seriously, where did November go? Life is busy here and for the second time in about 5 weeks I am felled by a flu! I’ve been testing like crazy the first time around and also this time around, but it doesn’t seem to be Covid, not this time and not last time either. I have a feeling I’m catching up on every form of the flu I missed out on during around 18 months of lockdowns. I’ve had my 4th booster Covid shot and a few weeks ago got a flu shot but alas I still got sick. Ugh. Hope it passes soon. This time around, unlike a few weeks ago, I don’t think I have a fever, so that’s something.

Anyway, with all that’s going on here in my real life and with illness, the time just seems to zoom by and I feel wholly unprepared (mentally that is) for it being December FundRAiser time again. The fact remains, however, that the time has come. All the details for the FundRAiser can be found on Guylty’s page HERE. The auction on Ebay kicks off on Sunday, November 27th.

My contribution to the Ebay auction is this Richard Armitage fan item in a box (to be unveiled on Sunday) accompanied by some sweets (typical Dutch stroopwafels and a few chocolates).

Wishing everyone happy charity auction bidding when the time arrives!

Modified to add tbat Guylty has put up some teasers in a new post HERE.

Puzzling Richard

After finding out I had blundered the postage costs for the coasters I had sent out (see previous post) I needed something to cheer me up. The universe must have heard me because right then I received a delightful e-mail from the Richard Armitage fan who had won the jigsaw puzzle I had made for the 2022 Birthday auction. I already knew she had received the puzzle without any further problems and she now sent me a picture of the finished product which she has allowed me to share here…

“Half an hour of “work” and 6 beautiful Richards are the result,” she said in her e-mail. Not a bad way to spend half an hour, I’d say, and it really looks as good as I hoped it would. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing the end result, RA fan and generous contributor to the charity auction!