i've gotten an incredible response so far and am "deeply touched" by this show of support from friends, family and complete strangers! if you'd like to contribute, please click on the link and follow the prompts in the little green boxes. every bit helps and..i'm SO close!
i spent most of yesterday cutting snowflakes out of tracing paper and gluing them onto the forms in a nod to the frosty situation out yonder. i dragged my tenacled plant back out and gave it a shell to live in.