Thursday, August 28, 2008

nie nie day auction: cupcakes

I'm hosting an auction today in honor of my brother-in-law's sister, Stephanie Nielson, who was recently in a plane crash with her husband Christian.  They were severely burned, and remain in critical condition. With over 80% of her body burned, Stephanie in particular is in for months of recovery.  They have four small children.

Stephanie's well-known on the internets for her blog Nie Nie Dialogues, and since her accident, there's been a huge outpouring of love and support from literally around the world.  (You can read more about the Nielsons and how to help here.)  

Today's been declared Nie Nie Day; hundreds of bloggers are hosting silent auctions, with all proceeds going to the Christian and Stephanie Nielson Rehab Fund.  You can see a list of all the auctions here (hand-made jewelry! signed BYU football roster!).

I'm auctioning off three hand-knitted cupcakes.  They've got cherries on top, multicolored sprinkles, and detachable wrappers--I think they're too cute for words.  They'd be great as birthday present toppers, or as baby toys; they're stuffed with filler and super soft.  You can pick the colors, or I'll pick 'em for you.

So here're the rules: leave a comment to bid on the cupcakes (using whole dollars), and leave your email or blog address.  This auction will run till midnight EST on Sunday, Aug 31st.  I'll post the winner, and if it's you, I'll contact you directly.  Then you'll pay the amount of the winning bid to the Nielson Rehab PayPal Account (click on the button below).

Once you've contributed, forward me an email of the paypal receipt to  I'll make your cupcakes and send em out (free shipping!) pronto.

Even if you're totally uninterested in knitted cupcakes (the mind boggles!), check out some of the other auctions going on to benefit the Nielsons.  There's some pretty incredible stuff.  And it's a pretty incredible endeavor, the way hundreds of people have been touched by this tragedy and come together to try and help.  Gives you faith in humanity.


  1. Of course I adore them. I've been sitting with kleenex nearby reading this and links. $50. Send one each to the previous three bidders unless someone outbids me.

  2. I take it back. Lani and I both want the cupcakes. So, just to ice the deal, make it $100 and send them to me!

  3. Laura, Your knitting is so wonderful! I just love those cupcakes. Once I get off the knitting treadmill I am on, I think a few little adorable projects are in the works! Have you seen the cuties at: Oh, and the Flower Power Elephants on Ravelry?

    Thanks for sharing your cupcakes in such a good cause.