If you are on Twitter, you may have seen a trickle of RAPS pictures coming in over the last week or so. Not posted by me but by the new owners of the latest thank you RAPSes. So it is overdue that I post my customary RAPS reveals here, for my own archive. But just a little look back at history before I get to the recent thank you shrines. The first time I created a handful of mini-shrines as a thank you was for the donations to a spontaneous fundraiser in 2015 in aid of the victims of the Nepal earthquake. The fundraiser was followed up the same year with another charity drive, this time in aid of the Syrian refugees. – From 2016 onwards the charity drives became birthday fundraisers, but sadly I did not create any thank you shrines for the first birthday fundraiser. However, since 2017 it has become my own custom to acknowledge the donation of items with a set of mini shrines. Here is a look at the 2017 thank you shrines. In 2018 I made seven thank you minis. In 2018 I had to thank eight donors with little shrines, and last year I sent “Thornton’s Pearls” to the donors.
This year I had to give thanks to more donors than ever. For the milestone birthday we had a milestone number of auctions – with items donated by the largest number of donors so far. I made 20 little shrines
although I think I miscounted… one shrine is still wrapped and unsent on my desk *um*. With so many shrines to photograph, I thought it would be easier to just film the lot. In truth, I am not really convinced that my vlog efforts are really that entertaining – not least because they are limited by my unwillingness to show my face on video 😂. But in any case, I made a video, and here it is. Warning: Might turn out to be another 10 minutes of your life that you won’t get back 😉.
[Jeepers, ignore my constant slapping of the table in the intro 😱]
There we are. After filming the video, I wrapped up the shrines and then randomly assigned them to the donors. So whatever you got, the universe wanted you to have it 😉. – I like to give those thank you shrines an overarching theme (the recurring “you rock” in 2019, a poem that reads across all shrines like in 2015), as a way of creating a “community” of shrine owners. So this year I chose the recurring use of the printed tweet , a picture of Guy (as a reminder that his jacket had been donated by RA and was the star item of the auctions) and the backdrop from recycled packaging. It was just such a nice sentiment, and it really fits the spirit of our fundraiser in many ways: We are donating loved items to be passed on to new owners. We create a monetary donation to be passed on to a charity. And we pass on our love to Richard in the shape of a symbolic gesture. So. 2021 thank you shrines done and dusted, a total of 260 pocket shrines now under my belt 😱.
I must be barking mad 🤪. And if I continue this vlogging malarkey, I am going to have to think about some other video hosting method than WordPress. I am running out of storage space, soon 😬. But that is just a small price to pay for the joy it gives me to make these little boxes of fun. I hope that the recipients know that their support is much appreciated! ❤️