19 April 2008

a little help from my friends

my sister & me

Dear Friends,

Last night my big sister, Eva called me with very bad news...Her house caught fire and burned down yesterday afternoon. Luckily she managed to get out the house safely and my niece, Jenna was in school so no one was hurt but everything they owned was lost. She and her daughter are suddenly homeless and to top it off my sister is in between jobs.

I am doing everything possible that I can to help.

On May 3rd and 4th I will be participating of a spring sale at the lovely fourth & clay studios in Berkeley. Josie Jurczenia, Rae Dunn, Whitney Smith and myself will be selling off our seconds and also some firsts as well. Susannah Shcnick and Nancy La Rose (sorry Nancy does not have a website) will be selling their beautiful hand made bags.

I am going to give my sister the proceeds from all of the seconds that I sell at the sale to help her out and I also plan to sell some things online in an effort to raise some money for her but it will take a little time for me to make that happen. In the mean time she is in desperate need of
any assistance possible.

My sister is my hero. She has always been there for me in any time of need, safe guarded me throughout my childhood from all the potential hazards that youth presents and has continued to be there for me well into my adulthood. She is a brilliant, strong and capable single mother of two who has worked tirelessly to make certain her children have the best. I know she can pull herself up from this disaster but right now she really needs a helping hand. She will eventually need "things" to refurnish her life but at the present moment the basic necessities of food and shelter for herself and her daughter are her main concern. I have set up an account in her name where donations can me made directly to her to help her get back on her feet. Donations can be made via paypal at this email address evacarrender@yahoo.com.
Please state "fire relief" when making the donation.
If you would rather not send money via a paypal and would prefer to send a check
please send them to:

Eva Carrender
P.O. Box 3104
Santa Clara, CA 95055

Anything at all would be so greatly appreciated.

Thank you so,so much!

For those of you who would like to buy something from me to help out please come on out to
fourth & clay on May 3rd and 4th. I will have lots of seconds and discounted calendars for sale and also some new things never seen before!

I will keep you posted for my online sale to help raise funds for her so please check back.



Blair said...

Hi Diana,

I am so very sorry about this. I would love to contribute a donation, once I got to paypal and signed in I wasn't sure what to do, could you let me know the paypal account I could donate the money to? Take care, peace to your sister and niece.

Vanda said...

That's so awful, I can't even imagine what she must be going through :(

May I also suggest an Etsy shop for people to donate products to, all proceeds going to her? I'm sure a lot of people would be happy to donate things, and I of course volunteer to do so as well!

lisa s said...

oh diana,
i'm so sorry to read this. that is one of my all time nightmares.

i will try to come by the sale for sure....

cindy k said...

Thankfully your sister and niece were ok, but it's a terrible loss to lose your home and all it's treasures.

I would also like to donate and had the same problem as Blair regarding Paypal.

JosieJurczenia said...

So sad to hear this news. I will call you today to see how we can help.

diana fayt said...

thank you so much for your kind words and support everyone!

blair and cindy,

sorry about the confusion with the links before, i thought i could link directly to the paypal account. donations can be sent to my sister to the paypal account i set up for her. the email address is

thank you so much!

vanda, your suggestion is a good one. thank you!!

Lisa said...

I am really sorry to hear this. Count me in if you set up an etsy shop or an auction to raise money. I'd be happy to donate some hand made jewelry.

amisha said...

diana, i am so so sorry to hear about your sister.
i would also be happy to donate if you do an online shop/ auction thing...

rae dunn. said...


what tragic news....but SO lucky that your sister and her kids are safe !! i will donate to eva's paypal account. could also donate some kitchen dishes if needed !

PixieDust said...

Hello Diana,

I come your way via Kelly Rae's blog... I am sorry to hear about your sister's situation - how devastating.

Is it possible to send you a check? I apologize if that sounds intrusive - I'm having paypal issues. I will check back to see if you set up an etsy to donate artwork.

You, your sister, and her children are in my prayers...

diana fayt said...

hi everyone,
i added my sisters PO Box address to the post in case you would prefer to send a check directly to her.

Eva Carrender
P.O. Box 3104
Santa Clara, CA 95055

you have all been so wonderful and all your support means the world to my sister and her family.

we all thank you from the bottoms (and tops) of our hearts!
xoxo, diana

Olivia said...

Such terrible news! If you set up an auction or shop to raise money I would be more than happy to make a donation.