Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Flap Your Wings Tribute Fundraiser

I often think creativity is a universal thing. We all have something to give, and so many ways to give it. Whether it be sharing with each other, teaching someone, giving advice or just being there when someone needs it. Since starting to work with polymer clay and designing my jewelry and other items, I have had the good fortune of "meeting" so many wonderful and encouraging people. Social media is one of the perfect examples of this. No matter what interests you, you can find someone who shares your passion, and is willing to be there for you, with encouragement, helpful hints or tips on refining your craft, and sometimes offering their trials and tribulations, which reminds you, you are not alone.

I don't think this is limited to any one type of crafter. Anyone who is willing to put their heart and sole into something they create has that same common thread of caring for the other one. I belong to a monthly craft group, and although we don't all do the same thing (some scrapbook, crochet, sew, and journal, as I pound on my clay), the group always is uplifting and encouraging each other's work.

Of course, my main focus is on jewelry making, and those that are active in the pursuit of designing it. There are MANY fantastic blogs out there on the subject, done by just as fantastic authors. I have never met any of them, and yet, there is a kinship with all of them, and I know I am not alone in feeling this way.

I recently came across a blog (Moobie Grace Designs) written by Tania Spivey, in which she was writing about a fellow jewelry artist who had been doing wonderful work in metal and mixed media for many years, I do not know if she knew her personally but she did a touching tribute to Judy Glende and her contribution to the art, until she lost her battle with cancer (Typical of how we seem to look after each other.) She decide to start the Flap Your Wings Design Challenge, so that others who felt the lose of this creative soul, or someone in our own life could make a contribution to charity in her name.

It is almost the anniversary of having lost my mother to pancreatic cancer, so it indeed hit a cord with me. I had purchased two of Judy's works and have decided to incorporate them into the items I am creating. I will be offering up these pieces for this auction on the reveal date of April 14, and hope that they do well. Please come back on this date and see what I have done, and if you would like either please post your bid in the comment section, or e-mail me. The items will, of course, go to the highest bidder(s), postage free.

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