The Fixed-Price Sale Is Now Live #DecemberFundRAiser

The fixed price sale for the December FundRAIser has just gone live. The announcement on Guytly’s site is HERE. Direct link to Guylty’s Etsy store is HERE.

I had a few placemats made for the occasion…

…lots of ’em, so they’re not selling out as quickly as some other items are, but in the 15 or so minutes since the sale has gone live, other stuff has already sold out, so take a gander quickly if you want to snap something up!


Modified to add a quote from Guylty’s text: “Note: Some items will be published in 2 batches. If you miss out on something that appears to be sold out, come back tomorrow morning when batch 2 goes live!”

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!

My sincerest apologies!

I received an e-mail from one of you wonderful readers in the US who had purchased a coaster in this year’s Richard Armitage Birthday Fundraiser and encountered a problem upon receipt.

She reported the following: “There was a USD 17.40 postage due charge attached to the item. According to my postman, because the item was rigid, it needed to be mailed as a package rather than as a letter.”

I have never had problems before including something flat in an envelope with a card or letter and I really hope other recipients of the coasters have not encountered a similar problem with my shipment!

This year I didn’t send my items via the post office but with codes I purchased from home. I guess I should have sent the coasters out as a “letterbox packet” and not as a “letter” (as per the rates stated here). I assure you I will pay better attention and more closely read the small print next time! I am so very sorry if I have inconvenienced anyone! If you purchased a coaster in the fundraiser and have any problems upon receipt please let me know (e-mail address: bookestherblog@gmail.com) and I will reimburse any additional postage costs.

August 22nd is here again…

… and so that means it’s Richard Armitage’s birthday! His 51st.

Servetus is doing a birthday thing on her blog, you can still join in for the rest of the day HERE. In her post she asks what we would possibly want to ask Richard on this day and I couldn’t think of anyting else than what Isabella always asks in Phineas and Ferb

If you don’t know Phineas and Ferb you can see what that sounds like here in this video. (On a side note, I think this is my fave show that I used to watch with the kids, my daughter still likes to watch on occasion.). Anway, I didn’t need to ask that question, because Richard already answered it before I was asking it…

As for the birthday fundRAiser we finished last week, it looks like at least €5100,- will be donated to LOROS, as per Guylty’s info at the end of last week. How fantastic is that? I’ll update this post with the final donation tally once it’s up. I received my little loot over the weekend (including the gorgeous little Persusasion book earrings I ordered from Guylty’s Etsy shop separately)…

… and I hope the items I sent out last week will be arriving as well at the homes of their recipients soon.

So, it’s chapter 51 for Richard today, at least €5100,- for LOROS and Happy 51st Birthday wishes from me.

Hope there will be cake and candles to blow out as well!


Modified to add that the final proceds for LOROS from the fundraiser are: GB£4525 or €5353.19 or US$5320.34 or AU$7741.66 or CA$6946.49. Wow, so impressed! Thank you to all who contributed in any way, shape or form.

On their way

Had a bit of a busy day today. This morning some chores, this afternoon Mr E, mini me and I spent the afternoon in the beautiful city of Utrecht (it’s my favourite Dutch city) and had dinner there right next to one of the canals…

When I got home this evening it was straight on to packaging all the Richard-Armitage-with-a-whiskey-glass coasters from the fixed-price fundRAising sale for LOROS hospice and the puzzle from the auction for LOROS. I had printed packaging slips and sorted everything this morning, so all that was left for me to do was write the accompanying cards, addresses on the envelopes, fill the envelopes and buy the postage online. We don’t even need stamps anymore, just a code to jot down on the envelope and voilà, ready for the mailbox!

There’s a mailbox at the end of my little street, so I dropped off all the envelopes with coasters immediately. This means that everything is already on its way, starting their journeys to the US, UK, Finland and even New Zealand! The puzzle package will be dropped off at the post office tomorrow morning. Thank you so much for enthusiastically buying in the #2022RABirthdayFundRAiser! I hope everything arrives safe and sound and that the buyers will enjoy their new RA goodies.