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Nearly Homeless Artist needs funds

$160 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 17 months
Michaela Osiecki  BUFFALO, MN
My name is Michaela and I suffer from a couple of invisible illnesses, mostly severe clinical depression and generalized anxiety. Because of these conditions, it has been very hard to hold down a job and even though I've tried several times now to jump back into the workforce, I find myself facing daily panic attacks and a whole host of nasty physical symptoms that make it hard to even function from day to day.

Since I have a hard time keeping a regular job and if I don't start making some money soon, I will end up homeless in the cold Minnesota winter season - I've come up with a possible solution, but I need some help to get started. I want to start refashioning and making clothing again, because sewing is very cathartic for me and helps manage my anxiety. It also gives me purpose and with that, I can make wonderful and unique things for other people to enjoy.

What I need from you generous and compassionate people is some money to meet basic needs and get my amateur business off the ground. I need funds for things as simple as food and toiletries (which I'm dangerously low on - it sucks not being able to eat every day) but also for supplies like fabric, buttons, threat, elastic, etc. All things needed to be able to create clothing.

Hopefully, with a little bit of help from some kind strangers, I will be able to get my life on track and contribute something back to others. :)
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Update 5
Posted by Michaela Osiecki
12 months ago
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A HUGE thank you to my two most recent contributors - Clay and Matt - those funds are going towards helping my home business stay afloat and ensure future customers get great products in lovely packaging!

Also....being able to eat is wonderful too.
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Update 4
Posted by Michaela Osiecki
12 months ago
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A huge thank you to Tessa for her donation of $30 - that'll go a long way to helping make sure I stay nourished this week while I continue working hard in my new business ventures.

I have several items now listed on my site, if anyone is interested in cute clothing for the summer months, check it out here: http://castlebyth3sea.storenvy.com/

Items for sale!
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Update 3
Posted by Michaela Osiecki
13 months ago
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In an attempt to try and make enough money for us to be able to eat and survive, I have opened up a web shop on Storenvy - right now mostly selling really cute thrifted pieces and some handmade items. Please check it out, pass the links around to people you think might enjoy these items, or feel free to purchase yourself!

http://castlebyth3sea.storenvy.com/

http://www.storenvy.com/stores/831690-castle-by-the-sea
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Update 2
Posted by Michaela Osiecki
13 months ago
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So far, things aren't looking good. In less than a month we're going to be homeless. My partner doesn't make enough to support us and it's nowhere near enough for rent anyplace. I'm trying to do what I can to make some money to help us get out, but it's slow going and I worry I won't make it in time.
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$160 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 17 months
Created November 24, 2015
Michaela Osiecki  
$30
Clay Hopson
12 months ago

I received a little more than we needed on my anti-eviction fundraiser and have been told to keep it, so I'm sending it your way instead. Good luck!!

MJ
$20
Matt Jacobs
11 months ago
MJ
$20
Matt Jacobs
12 months ago
$30
Anonymous
13 months ago
$10
Anonymous
17 months ago
DL
$50
Daniel Lessin
17 months ago
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