Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Necklaces I am donating to Craft Hope

YAY!! All the necklaces sold! Thank you so much Elke, Josephine and Maggie! You made a difference! Thank you so much for donating to Craft Hope and Doctors without Borders and for purchasing my artwork!
Love to you all!!!

I am not sure if they posted in the Craft Hope Etsy store yet, but I donated 3 necklaces. From my Alien Fruit exploration....

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Craft Hope for Haiti

Craft Hope Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

We are all aware of the tragedy in Haiti and the incredible need people have for help. It is amazing to know that so many people are stepping up to the challenge. As artists and crafters, we have the unique ability to use our art for good and join in the effort. I saw a link to this website, Craft Hope for Haiti and I encourage you to consider helping by either donating your artwork or purchasing a handmade item. After fees and shipping costs are subtracted, all monies will go to Doctors Without Borders. I just bought a felt brooch and am going to donate some floral beads and whatever else I can think of that people might buy......to know that your artwork is helping someone is truly priceless. Within our hearts and our hands we have more power than we think.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Butterfly Bead challenge!

I just read this note from Robert Simmons, director of Beads of Courage Bead Donations:

I want to wish everyone in the glass community a Happy New Year from all of us at Beads of Courage. I got the latest figures from our CEO and Founder, Jean Baruch, and thought I would let you know where we stand today.

We are in 60 children’s hospitals throughout the United States, New Zealand and Japan. We support over 10,000 children coping with a serious illness. This estimate includes all children we serve who are coping with treatment for cancer, a life threatening cardiac or blood condition, or children coping with traumatic burn injuries. We now provide the Beads of Courage Program for children with cancer, blood conditions, cardiac conditions and burn injuries. All beads donated by artists are given to children for treatment milestones.

Unfortunately, many children we support die each year. The butterfly beads continue to be in high demand from all our member hospitals. There is nothing that can come close to the beauty of a handmade butterfly bead that brings much needed comfort to parents who are coping with the loss of their child.

In 2010 we already have 10 new hospitals ready to start the Beads of Courage Program.

We do depend on financial contributions too to help pay for the manufactured program beads we must purchase to keep up with demand (and for program integrity/consistency). We appreciate all donations.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2009 and all of the years since we began this journey. Each bead is a treasure and we appreciate every one that comes to us. We depend upon bead donations which truly bring the ART to our “arts-in-medicine” mission. Thank you for your glass, your talent and that most precious gift, your time. I look forward to working with you in 2010.

Robert Simmons
Director for Bead Donations
Beads of Courage, Inc.

...so, you know what that means...time to get this ball rolling!
if you have any ideas or thoughts on donating or making Butterfly beads for Beads of Courage, please comment and let me know!
I am thinking of a contest for most butterfly beads created.....something big!
I need your help!
Thanks so much Glass Family!!

Winners of the Beads of Courage drawing!

GTT Cricket—Leslie Cox
Aether—Rachel McCormick
Special odds—Sassy Glass... See More
Coral assortment---Lea Zinke
frits-tn2, psyche—Renee Mathies
frits triton, gaia--Humblenewbie--Theresa
book-Sue in Maine
silver collection-Linda Ostrom
reduction frit pack--angie09
$100 gift cert-Leslie Dana Baer
$50 gift cert-Casey Schell

Thank you so very much for your very generous contributions! You make the difference in a child's day! On behalf of Beads of Courage, I say...You all are the best! Our glass community rocks out loud!
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you so much everyone for giving your time, efforts, creativity and love! You are so appreciated!!
Much Love!