The ladies of “Playing by the book” are auctioning a stunning one of a kind fiber art cherry blossom brooch in aid of victims of Japan Quake. What a wonderful cause and if you would like to place a bid go to “Playing by the book” and leave your bid amount in the comment section of their blog. The stunning brooch made with silk hankie fiber, organza, wool roving, silk velvet, wool nepps, cotton scrim and silk tops to create the brooch. It’s embellished with tiny sequins, glass beads (including some vintage) and detached fly, colonial knot, bullion knot, detached chain and seed hand embroidery stitches. Her sister, Kate, a fantastically talented jewelry maker, and Zoe have teamed up to raise money for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Watching the images from Japan it is easy to feel helpless. Zoe stopped watching TV as it just leaves her so terribly sad. However, one thing that she learned firsthand this past month with their Librarithon and work with families in Christchurch is that the blogging community she is part of can make a difference, not just practically, but also in terms showing human solidarity, support and kindness.