Friday, March 15, 2013

Paint Party Friday Auction Blog Hop to Benefit Sandy Hook Elementary School

Welcome to my auction post for the Paint Party Friday Auction Blog to Benefit the Sandy Hook Elementary School!
When I was a little girl I remember my mother telling me that I should be good because Santa was coming. I believed in Santa for a very long time – I still believe in Santa and enjoy painting him at every opportunity I get on any surface that allows paint.

 I LOVE Christmas and I am always scrambling to get everything done before this holiday. I painted this Santa in 2011 on a Chinese bottle gourd born and raised in the USA.  At that time I was trying to focus more on being good and doing good things for others.

 I really liked the way this Santa came together.  He sits on a Paperclay base with the stamped words GRATITUDE, PEACE, HOPE and HEAL. Vintage sheet music snowflakes adorn his coat. His sack is filled with children’s toys and a painter’s palate and there is a Christmas tree ready for decorating.  In his hands he holds a banner reminding us to "be good ❤ do good".  He stands approximately 14" tall, not including his stem.



On December 14th 2012 while I was busy scrambling to make Christmas lists and write Christmas cards and painting Santas, an incomprehensible event took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and time stood still for so many of us. Christmas lists and cards and Santas seemed insignificant and Christmas will never be the same for me. I will always have GRATITUDE for my many blessings and I will continue to pray for PEACE, and I have HOPE that there is a plan for all of us, but it will take forever to HEAL from that day.

I am very thankful to Kristin and Eva of Paint Part Friday for organizing this auction and I have selected this Santa gourd as my auction item. 

Auction Details

My auction will run from Friday, March 15th, 2013 until Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 11:59 pm EDT.  (I am in CT, to find out what time that is where you are please click here).
Shipping anywhere is on me!  If Santa is shipped internationally, shipping is still free BUT the buyer is responsible for any duty/taxes/etc. 

How to Bid

Starting/Opening bid is $25.00 please
1. Place a bid  (with a way to reach you) in the comments section.
2. Bookmark this page so you can easily check back to see if you have been outbid and need to make another bid.
3. If you have the winning bid I will contact you.
4. Payment will be made from YOU to a Sandy Hook Elementary charity (see below).  I will NOT personally be collecting any money.
5. Once you have made your donation to the charity, please send your proof of donation (a forwarded receipt) to me at: gerchouinard(at)comcast(dot)net
6. After I have received your proof of donation in the form of a forwarded receipt (and you have supplied your mailing address), I will mail Santa to you! 
Please remember as you contemplate your bids, all proceeds go to very worthy causes.  Please check out the below charities where donations can be made and pick your favorite.
... a beautifully crafted memorial honoring the 26 lives lost December 14th, 2012.
... an endeavor to create 26 playgrounds (living memorials) "to provide a symbol of hope, recovery and return to normalcy".
... any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Enjoy the auction and thank YOU for participating if you can ...

Congrats to Eva for her winning bid and thank YOU so much for supporting the Sandy Hook Elementary School charities!  Thank you to those who participated in this auction with bids, words of encouragement and acts of kindness. Santa will be moving to Ottawa soon!  Thx all again! 


  1. This is a wonderful piece.

    Have a nice weekend and HPPF

  2. Wow - this is so well done! Starting the bidding at $25!

  3. Wonderful and beautifully done! <3

  4. What a wonderful Santa-beautiful detailing!! Happy PPF and good luck with your auction piece!

  5. I'll raise that bid to $35.00. Love this Santa!

  6. Your gourd Santa is a fabulous work of art!

  7. Lovely Santa and a generous donation. HPPF!

  8. I love Santas, and this one is so adorable!

  9. loving this fab Santa Gourd. Good luck with the auction.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

  10. Beautiful! LOVE him - looking forward to seeing what he brings. Bravo, xo!

  11. What a sweet piece. :)
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  12. A wonderful much love went into this piece! All the best!

    Hugs Giggles

  13. Oh wow this is outstanding and how nice to meet you! Happy PPF :)

  14. Wonderful Santa - and really appropriate with those words at the bottom. I'm sure it will be snatched up and raise some still much needed funds for Sandy Hook

  15. Beautiful santa with so much detail. Good Luck with the auction

  16. He's beautiful! I had a couple of gourds shaped just like fat chefs wearing chef hats and I wanted to paint them but they got lost our last move. This Santa is so charming.

  17. He is charming! I will raise the bid to $40.

    Thank YOU Eva for your winning bid (it means a lot)! And thank you all for your time and sweet comments. Acts of kindness can make a difference. Thx again Eva! ❤


thx for the note! i do appreciate your time!

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