Thursday, February 25, 2010

Artist Paints to Help Cancer Research

Anne is a painter. She paints contemporary landscape paintings, mostly. This year, she also started The Recycled Art Project.

Etsy Project Embrace-- for my items tagged 'epe', a portion of proceeds helps to support cancer research.

If you would like to see more of her paintings visit her web page:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I completed my necklace to be donated to the American Heart Association

Happy Day! I finished making the necklace that will be part of the silent auction for the American Heart Association’s fundraiser for our area. I work with different colors and bead styles each year the one item that does not change is there is always at least one heart in the piece I create.

I had the privilege of having my work mention in the Sun Journal (our local paper) and interviewed me from a patient’s point of view and what volunteering for the American Heart Association means to me.

The article can be viewed at

I am looking forward to the event this Saturday. I’ll have some great photos for you of what other area artist contributed to the cause.

Hat Box Foundation (Hand-made items for cancer patients)

I found a terrific organization today. I was looking for agencies that help with donations to Cancer patients. I personally do not know anyone that has not been touched by Cancer weather if through being a patient, survivor or having family or friends go through the hell brought on by this disease.

The organization is called The Hat Box Foundation

The in the next 5 paragraphs was taken directly from their web page.

Volunteer Knitters and Crocheters

Different from other organizations, Hat Box foundation only distributes hats that are 100% hand-made. We believe something made by human hands contain a special ingredient. It is this ingredient that makes each hat unique and helps to heal the human spirit. Without the generosity of our volunteers, we wouldn’t exist. I
We encourage design creativity and we gladly accept all new, well-crafted hand-knitted or crocheted hats. While we have no pre-determined patterns, please visit our links page for free pattern downloads. Hats can be knitted or crocheted; we just ask that the crochet is more of a tighter stitch so that the hat provides enough coverage for the head. In addition, we ask that the hats be long enough to cover the ears and nape of the neck.
Our recipients include men, women, boys, and girls so hats in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles are appreciated.
As far as yarns go, since our hats are sent to multiple climate zones, we accept all sorts of hat weights. But with Spring just around the corner, lighter weight hats are most appropriate for the warmer months. In addition, we like cotton and acrylic soft yarns since many of our patients have little or no hair (Bernat, Lion Brand, and Simply Soft Caron offer some great lines).
We are a non-profit with limited funds and so we ask all of our volunteers to supply their own yarn. Occasionally we receive yarn donations which are sent back out to the volunteers. If you have any yarn to share, please feel free to send it our way.
You can view their website at
Please email me if you know of similar volunteer opportunities to help Cancer Patients.
Thanks, Debby

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Make a Miracle...Be an Organ Donor

Sue has started something wonderful out of something that can strike fear in the heart of parents and family members. What if someone in your family needed an organ transplant?

Sue writes:

This cause is very close to my heart. I have a 17 yr old daughter who has had two liver transplants. The first, thanks to her living donor, her dad. And we are forever thankful to her donor family for her second.

You can see the organ doner bracelets she has created at her shop:

On a personal note, one of the proudest moments in my life was when my son got his driver's license and without hesitation, when the Officer asked if he wanted to be an organ donor he said yes. Tears of joy rolled down my face, I quickly wiped them as he came over to show me his license. That was a day I will never forget. (my husband and I are also signed up to organ donors)

Crochet pattern Designer helping Disabled American Veterans

Chrochet Pattern Designer Deja Joy Jetmir donates part of her sales to the Disabled American Verterans. She is a tallented designer and what a great way to say thank you to those who have served our country.

You can visit the web site for Disabled American Veterans at

Please visit Deja's shop at to see her original creations.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Getting Ready for Local Heart Association Fundraiser

This is a beutiful art glass bracelet and earrings set my friend Nan made for this years silent auction for the Heart Associations. She has raised close to a thousand dollars over the past five year with her donations. Thank you Nan

You can visit Nan's Etsy store at

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The National coalition for Women with Heart Disease

The National coalition for Women with Heart Disease has sent me some information to share with you. Visit their web site and you can register to get a free Heart Health Action Kit. They also have an on line BMI calculator that I love; I’m not great at math so I never had stopped to figure my own BMI... Great health information that you can share with the women in your life.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

February 7 - 14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
Visit for more information and great support info for anyone living with or that has a loved one with Congenital Heart Defects. Another great source for information is the website. This is the Adult congenital Heart non profit group that has wonderful information and resources for Adults living with Heart Defects. There are now more adults than children living with Congenital Heart Defects. As we age there we may come across special needs and this website is very helpful.

Heart Donatate by LORiOLA

This is one of Loriola's hearts that is like the one she donated for the necklace I am working on.

February is Heart Month

I am working on a necklace for our local American Heart Association's yearly fundraiser. Have you noticed how hard it can be to match red to red. I am working with a lamp work glass focal bead donated by a glass artist. It is a beautiful red heart with two black stitches on it. She has a great collection in her Etsy store I was lucky to have it with me at a bead show and spent most my time looking for reds to match. Happy to say there was some great crystals that matched and I also found some black roundels to work in with them. I wasn't able to find seed beads the right color so when I returned home and went through my stash I was astonished to find the exact red (a whole hank of them). I felt blessed. When I finish the necklace I will post a picture.

What other opportunities have you found to support Heart Health?