Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Recently, Kelli at The Hole Bead Shop generously offered up some special challenge kits as a fundraiser for Andrew Thornton.
I only know of Andrew by way of sporadic visits to his blog, but from what I have read there and on other pages/blogs on the web, I understand he recently battled cancer. The resulting treatment(s) left him with a mountain of medical bills.
He is obviously a great guy - there was a call sent out by many of his friends and acquaintances to help defray his medical costs and people answered, not just any people. Special people - BEADER people!
Now me? I'm a sucker for kits, I enjoy a challenge and love to help out if I can. Win, win, win!
The kit is beautiful, the colors are exquisite and there are lots and lots of wonderful Lucite flowers/leaves - way more than I could ever use on one piece.
And, as you can see, the accompanying beads are prefect. I added some vintage sequins in 2 different colors/sizes and a size 15/0 pale salmon colored seed bead to my kit.
I decided on a soft cuff type of bracelet for the kit. The base I beaded on is brown stiffened felt by Nicole Campanella. I've been using her stuff for several years and I love it for my bead embroidery.
It is backed with chocolate colored Ultrasuede for a comfortable feel against the wrist when worn.
It measures 7 3/4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide.
If you know me or have followed my blog for any length of time you know I am not set up to sell my bead work. I would like to offer this up for sale, with the proceeds going to Andrew's medical fund. As soon as I figure out how I might do that - I'll post that information here.
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