Showing posts with label Beads that Benefit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beads that Benefit. Show all posts

Monday, March 17, 2008

Beads that Benefit: Layne's Legacy

Flaming Teeth by AJ Reardon, the lampwork beads are by Lois Oster of Wolf Song Designs

One of our loyal readers, AJ Reardon, is on the council for Layne's Legacy -- Beading For A Cure. LL-BFAC is an annual beading challenge, in which all participants receive a kit of beads from which they create beaded jewelry and artwork. These items are then auctioned off on eBay every March and April to raise money for theNCCRA (National Colorectal Cancer Research Association).

Beadwork by Charlene Abrams, lampwork beads are by Lois Oster of Wolf Song Designs

In 2007, they were able to donate $2600, and this year we hope to shatter that record! You can learn more about LL-BFAC, and view galleries of past and current creations, at our website: Beading for a Cure. 2008's kit included a lampwork bead by Lois Oster of Wolfsong Designs, and many of our participants chose to add extra art beads to their projects -- some which they had made themselves, others which were purchased from various talented artists.

The auctions have started already and run until the end of April.

Spam Guard and he's by Dot Llewallen, lampwork beads are by Lois Oster of Wolf Song Designs

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Beads that Benefit: Beaders for Cancer Research

We have recently received two emails here at Art Bead Scene from two great supporters of art beads, Lisa Kan and Andrew Thornton. Both of them are generously raising funds for the 3 Day Journey benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust, each in a different way involving beads. We support them and applaud them both for their generosity and work. Here are their stories:

From Lisa Kan, (whose bead can be seen on the cover of the April issue of Simply Beads, shown above):

Sara Hardin (of "Ask Sara" from Softflex Company), her cousin Virginia Barrera, and Lisa Kan make up Team Beadalicious! The three have taken on the mission and challenge of walking three days and 60 miles from November 21-23, 2008 in San Diego. This endeavor supports the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust, which funds important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment.

With your help, the team hopes to show the world what beady folks can do to help a worthy cause. The team hopes to raise $10,000 or more by the time they walk, to not only help those afflicted with breast cancer now, but those that will be diagnosed this year, and those that will unfortunately be afflicted in the future. All donations are tax deductible.Lisa has also offered to send the top five donors by the time she walks, a one of a kind glass bead, just in time for Xmas. You must donate under her name to qualify, so she can track this. Whatever you can afford will be appreciated. So, give up a few Starbuck coffees or a meal out to support this team and the wonderful cause. Please donate to the link below and be as generous as you can.

Donate here (link)

Thank you for your support,
Sara, Virginia and Lisa
Team Beadalicious

From Andrew:

" I met Rachel Stokoe at an artist's residency at the School of Visual Arts in the summer of 2004. You might know her. You might not. She's an incredible painter, who's work is sensuous and vibrant. She is also a dear friend. Not long after I met Rachel, her mother, Usha Stokoe, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Right now they are raising funds to participate in the 3 Day Journey benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust. The Trust is "dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure" for breast cancer. What they are doing is VERY IMPORTANT!

I've donated a small amount to the Cause, but in an effort to further help Rachel and her mom reach and surpass their goal, I've also volunteered to donate four necklaces to be auctioned off. Each of the necklaces donated (Child of Morning, Smile Rising, Treasure Net, and Golden Secret) were featured in Stringing Magazine (an Interweave Press publication). The auctions will run for the next six days. Please consider bidding or donating. WE, as a team, can make a difference!


to visit my blog which lists each of the necklaces and links to their eBay auction.

Above: "Smile Rising" originally appeared online as a companion to the Spring 2007 issue of Stringing Magazine. This is one of Andrew's pieces that is available in his auction.

If you're not a winner of the auction or would like to allow someone else to obtain the necklaces, you can still help!CLICK HERE to go directly to Rachel's 3 Day Personal Page to find out more on how to donate to the Cause.

If you'd like to find out more about Rachel and her artwork, CLICK HERE.

THANK YOU for your patience and generosity!

Simplicity Always,

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Beads that Benefit: Postcardians

Dear Art Bead Scene Readers,

I'm organising a competition to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer & this is where the Postcardians come in to the picture. Kim Miles, Margot Potter & Jean Yates along with many other glass artist & jewellery designers have been very kind & have not only joined us, but have mentioned this competition in their blogs. In doing this, they have opened doors for me that might otherwise be shut. The more doors that we can open, the farther we can spread information about ovarian cancer. Someone's life might be saved by this.

I wondered if you would consider joining us? A Roll of Honour can be found here and the main details can be found here.

All you would have to do is to send me a postcard (I'm donating $1 to Ovarian Cancer Action for every postcard I can persuade people to send me) and in return, you might win a prize. I will also add links to your website & blog to the competition's blogsite.

If you do decide to join us, I will give you a code for the drawn as well as my earthly address . If you would like more codes - bless you!
As soon as I receive your postcard, I will scan it & post it on the Postcard blog for us all to share.

The draw will be held on Sunday 1st July 2007. As soon as my dear MILlie* has handed me the winning numbers, I will race to my computer & share the news. The three prizes will start their journey to the winners on Monday 2nd July as will my cheque to the organisers of Ovarian Cancer Action.

Thank you very much for reading this message. Could I ask you to do one more thing for me? Rude as it may seem, please could you say 'PANTS to Ovarian Cancer' to all the women you know or refer them to the Ovarian Cancer Action website which is here ( or indeed any of the organisations who are trying to spread the word about ovarian cancer.

My mother mistakenly thought that her symptoms were caused by the menopause - her doctor AGREED! Her symptoms worsened, but still the doctor insisted that it was just the menopause & that it would all go away in the fullness of time - I'm sure you can imagine what I thought of that. Eventually he agreed to some further investigations & they revealed ovarian cancer which was too advanced to treat. Please don't let this happen to you or any of the women in your life. We have to make a big fuss about this.

My mother's doctor wasn't a bad doctor - he was a GP with a lot of menopausal women on his list to whom he could only offer ten minute appointments. If he'd had some leaflets in his surgery for his patients to refer to, his ladies might have been a little more demanding. I don't think about this as a matter of blame - we're all going to die & we've all got to die of something. In my opinion, it's a matter of education. We are going to die, but with the right facts in our armoury, we might be able to avoid an early death. Please talk to all the women you know. To borrow the cliché - 'We're worth it!'

Here is an essential link - it's what every woman should know -

What do you think? Would you like to join us?

With thanks & best wishes

Jennifer xox

* M(other) I(n) L(aw) lie

1st prize, bracelet by Jennifer Dangerfield with beads by Beverley Hicklin.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Beading that Benefits

Here at Artbeadscene, we love art beads for many reasons, their handcrafted quality, beauty and the people who create and appreciate them. It's especially heartening when art beads contribute to a greater good in our community. 2007 marks the 10th anniversay of one such program,The Bead Projectat Urban Glass.

Founded in 1997 by Annette Rose-Shapiro, The Bead Project provides 50 hours of glass and jewelry making instruction to low income women. Interested women complete an application and, if accepted, are offered a scholarship. The goal of The Bead Project is to assist women in becoming economically self sufficient.

Annually, Urban Glass hosts the Bead Expo where glass beadmakers join with the women of The Bead Project to sell their art beads. Members of The Bead Project are given free tables to showcase their work. Glass beadmakers donate beads for a raffle whose proceeds go to support The Bead Project.

Happy Birthday to The Bead Project! Artbeadscene wishes you many more!

(Beads made by members/graduates of The Bead Project: Christine Gant, Rosemary Westbrook, Rosita Walsh)