Traditions are important, and when our own sweet and wonderful Boony V asked me if I could help out with his annual raffle here I said SURE! without a moments hesitation. Then a little time passed, and I leaned that what he'd actually asked is if I could run this show this year. Took me a moment to wrap my head around the enormity of such an undertaking, but I pretty quickly said WHY NOT? and decided to go ahead and do my best to help spread joy, cheer and pretty plastic across the land in his good name. THEN, in an unintended imitation of a big ol' Grinch, I let a full month pass without typing a word about the wonderful thing that should, by gum, have already been in motion even before that bonus month that I let pass... QUESTION: Have I ruined everything? ANSWER: Sweet Lorb, I hope not!!! The root of this thing is a raffle open to all 'brainers, where we engage in fun non-competitions to win one of many overstuffed boxes of goodies. It's kind of like us all giving presents to each other, actually, and here's how: The way this thingie has worked in the past, Boon has amassed a mountain of trinkets over the year to share with not just us, but the many wee chilluns in his principality, too. He has done this again, of course, as he's a good man. The next phase, the one that requires a little effort from the board, is where you good folk donate stuff to the pile, snaps posted as the donations amass, and everyone gets progressively more generous and more excited. This period usually lasts a month or so, with the donation cutoff being right about yesterday. Ahem. SO, surrounded by an amazing array of fun, Boony would then set about dividing up much of the pretties to go in every box, then holding those fun non-competitions I mentioned to determine who might get what of the droolmost worthy objects that landed in his swamp. Okay, I've been typing about this part, the past, for far too long... Go ahead and take a minute to catch-up with the 3 perfectly run years of festivities that led up to this post of mine: ~~~ 2015 ~~~ 2016 ~~~ 2017 ~~~ Here's what I'm asking: PLEASE don't let me be the preoccupied fool that let this glorious tradition die!!! If I may, as this most certainly won't still work if we're still shooting for early January distribution of bounty, let me propose an alternate schedule: From this moment forth until the end of the first week of January, 2019, the donation pool is open and the shipyard will be in receiving mode. The rest of January will be spent with fun and games (that will surely pale to Boony and Nikki's previous ones), which will bring us to the place we all want to be ~~~ smiles spread and bounty divided. Come February 1st, me and my kitty will go ahead and finish up all the packaging, addressing, list checking, bow applying , etc, with the very best of intentions to make sure each and e'rry trinket has landed at it's new home before that one Hallmark holiday that's allegedly about love. Sound reasonable? Sound feasible? Sound fun? If so... Please join me in the latest, belatedest edition of: BOON's (and his proxy's) VELVET BAG of TOY FUN STUFFS SKULLBRAIN HOLLY DAYS(ish) RAFFLE: The Winterspanning Edition A healthy smatter of rules and specifics to follow, but I just wanted to get this initial announcement out there...finally! I'll start the smatter out now, though, by reproducing Boony's boilerplate from last year: THE JIST : Mainly looking for soft vinyl toys. There will be a winner for every sofvi toy in the raffle (*Ref. last year's HERE). It is best if all of the sofvi are manageable sized for stocking stuffing / shipping with other items; think micros, minis, or mid-sized. Any toys, stickers, comics, candy, etc are welcome too. Along with the sofvi toy won, each winner gets a stocking full of fun goodies to enhance their holiday, their family's, or to spread to others in need of some of that toy magic. Every December I also give a lot of toys, etc to local children without, so if your contribution isn't quite right for the SB Holiday Raffle, I can continue the cheer and either include your donations with those for the little ones, or get em back to you, or whatever. Just let me know. ... Am I forgetting anything? If you have any questions or answers, just post em. If you would like to donate towards this year's holiday raffle, just put an envelope or a box together, pm me, and I'll give you my address. More toys = more smiling people. But donations or not, I plan on putting up some neato vinyl for many a tastes. 2017 has been a pretty catastrophic year for a lot of people, touching home for so many members of our own Skullbrain community. I want it to end for us on a positive note while encouraging good feelings towards the new year, all in the spirit of that deep down childhood toy happy, All of the above is pretty much still the case, except it's me that you'll need to be PMing about all the ins and outs, and me that you'll (hopefully) be mailing some sharable goodies to. Further wurd from Burd Man Boon: - In order to put your name in the raffle, Sb members must have a minimum of 50 posts by the time this is up (meaning if you are reading this, you must already have 50 posts to your name). The holiday raffle is a benefit of being a member of skullbrain, and people who join just for free toys aren’t really part of the community. - ALTHOUGH, if anyone with less than 50 posts donates a vinyl toy(s), etc of good quality to the raffle (whether it is trash just being unloaded is to be determined by Toothaction), I view that as someone actively participating. I understand that there are lurkers and other quiet folk here, as well as new members who are looking to get involved. CALL TO ARTISTS & MAKERS : Whether stickers or toys, etc, I think it would be a benefit to our Holiday raffle if we could include items that are specific to the creativity of our community here. If anyone wants to donate single items, please contact @toothaction . Those items are needed for the raffle. If anyone wants to donate items to be included as extras for everyone, please contact myself (@boonvelvet). These items are for post raffle, to be added to everyone’s winnings equally. For example, if there are 15 winners, then 15 stickers would be needed. Okay, with that out of the way... Sorry Boon! Sorry Nicky! Thanks everyone! See you all again in a bit.