Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon
next Monday 4/16/2012
For the last 5 years, my friend, Melanie Horris, has run the Boston Marathon in honor of her patient partner, Lexie Williams. Each year Melanie has said (after the race) "This is the last one!"
And, yes she has already said that this year. (I'm thinking she may really mean it this year)
It is a grueling 26+ miles over hills and dales. Just the training would be more than I could take!
However, she has raised a lot of money each year from her donors in support of both Melanie, Lexie and the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute. Her goal this year is $10,000)
In 2007, Melanie approached me with the idea of making a meaningful bracelet to help raise money for her Boston Marathon run and the Dana Farber. We put our heads together and involved Lexie too.
Our first piece was Lexie's bracelet. It is made with five different colors of Swarovski Pearls and Bali Silver spacers. It is 7 ½ inches long and has a lobster claw clasp and a 2 inch extender for easy fit. The meaning of the colors in Lexie's Bracelet were chosen by Lexie.  (Click on the link above to see more)
The success of the first Lexie Bracelet and its extended pieces (earrings, necklace etc) was wonderful. We raised over $4,000 for cancer research.
Each year, together, we have designed a piece of jewelry in Lexie's honor. A portion of the proceeds has gone to the Dana-Farber. This year's piece is Wings of Hope.
The white Swarovski Pearls used, have the same meaning of HOPE as in the original bracelet.
The pendant is strung on an 18 inch silver plate Snake chain. (It is also available on a 20 inch chain)
Not only does she run but she sells the jewelry too. Keeps me busy!
This year we accidentally found another piece to add. The Hancock Husky. You've seen the Glass Dome Pendants? Well, this is a blue paw print representing the Hancock Huskies. (The school where Melanie teaches) The kids at the Hancock school love them and with their purchases, they are, also, supporting the Dana Farber and Melanie's run.
I love it when a (non) plan comes together!
(The Glass Dome pendants are ready for any fundraiser events you may need or know about. Many designs can be made)
Her bib number for this year's race is 21385. If you would like to follow her progress year, you can go to her page where you can read about her reasons for running.
All of the pieces in the Lexie Line of jewelry can be purchased by contacting me, Melanie or on the Ring by Ring Designs website.
We all appreciate your past support!
Until this Friday's special and next week,

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bead Show Trip
and the beautiful "finds"
I've been to lots of bead shows. Some are good, some not so much. I really don't have a list when I go. If you do, you usually won't find what you are looking for any how.
So, I was pleased to find some beautiful Black/white swirl hand made tear drop beads - at a reasonable price. At the same vendor there were some purple ones, also.
But since I never purchase on the first go round, I was off to the next vendor. Nothing special. So, I went on until I found the table of Michael Harrington and his "Beads that Bounce" What a find that was. He not only was an extremely interesting person but had some great beads.
He almost had the banter of a carnie salesman but what he had to say about his beads was fascinating.
As you might guess from the name of his beads: "Beads that Bounce" the first thing he did was bounce the glass like beads on a steel surface. They did not break as glass or Lampwork beads would. Then he asked me to hold his bead and a similar looking glass bead. His bead was very light. But he wasn't finished with the show.
The beads are made from recycled eye glass lenses. His method is proprietary and he wasn't sharing when another lady pushed for more information. Further, the process does not require heat as Lampworked beads do. (A torch, yet) He did say the process uses optical resin in many layers with things added as he proceeds with the layers. And his last "surprise" piece of information was to say what was inside the beads I purchased. Look close (Sorry, I know the picture isn't very clear) Can you see what is in the middle?  Let me know what your guess is.   I'll let you know next week what the surprise is.
Be sure to read Michael's biography. He has had a fascinating life. (An Opera Singer, movies - he has an IMDb file - worked with NASA etc)
The other beads I found were beautiful but lack the "story" of Michael's beads.
Now comes the fun part!  What to do with these beads? The are nice enough to just string on a nice chain. But what fun is that? Well, we will see!
Let me know what you think of Michael and these beads. Do you have a favorite?
Until this Friday's special and next week,
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