Beading for A Cure auctions started today on Ebay and will continue for through the week of May 4 with new items going up every Sunday.
Each year the bead kit (sizes, shapes and colors) is mailed out to the participants without their prior knowledge of what the kit will contain. The challenge is to bead something using at least one of each bead in the kit, participants are allowed to add only one bead of their own choice.
Every year there is an amazing display of artistry in beads. Do yourself a favor and check out the auctions - it is a great way to own a beautifully executed piece of beadwork and all for a great cause!
This is an annual event to raise money for the National Colorectal Cancer Research Association in honor of Layne Shilling. Unfortunately I did not know Layne as I found beading after she passed away.
This is the first year in which I have participated as a beader (I have been lucky enough to have bid on and won items 3 years prior to this one). There is a limited number of kits each year. I have signed up for the event for 2009 and those kits have already sold out.
My piece (a doll) will be offered the week of April 6, you can see my blog post about it here.
If you want to see all the wonderful items that will be offered over the next several weeks, you can find a schedule here.
You can read more about the organization here (while you are there, check out close up photos of each entry under the Gallery 08 button). Prepare yourself for a feast for the eyes!
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman