I'm sure you will have come across the tragic coverage of James Kim in the run up to Christmas. The crafting world has come together in one of the most beautiful and tangible examples of the reality of virtual communities in the Kim Family Auction which starts today.
Not only is every item donated by its crafter, but those organising the auction have given up their time over the holidays to bring together some of the best examples of craft and fine art online today.
The Year of Living Gorgeously will be showcasing new work and pretty things in many web roundups, but I don't think it's possible to select any of the items in the auction as as more delicious than another. I can't imagine there will be any bargains to be had, as the skills are so exquisite and the generosity already so apparent, but this will certainly be a great opportunity to make a difference, own a unique piece of craft and introduce your favourites list to a number of new bloggers and craftspeople.
The link to Ebay will be put up on the site on the morning of 3 January (EST) and run until 7 January, with all monies going straight to the James Kim Memorial Fund.