Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Global Genes Project - 7,000 Bracelets for Hope

 Today I shipped out my donation to the Global Genes Project.  I sent this denim sodalite bracelet, which will join the many others that artists and crafters have been donating since last year.  The GGP goal is to gather 7,000 blue bracelets by December 2011, to give to families of children with rare diseases.

According to the GGP website: "Rare Disease affects over 250 million people worldwide, and the largest percentage are children. There are over 7,000 rare diseases that have been identified all with very unique needs, but many with little to no support. In order to really help this community they need to be viewed as one, one community of millions, impacted by disease. Rare disease is not so rare, and the community is much more likely to garner the support, attention, and resources it needs if it is viewed as one."

If you're interested in participating in this project, get more information on the 7,000 Bracelets For Hope page.  We can each make a difference, no matter how small.  :-) 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Adele - My New Musical Crush

I know I'm a bit slow at times, so most of you probably have known of Adele for awhile, but I just came across this British songstress and I absolutely love her!  There is something so soulful about her voice; depending on the song she's singing her tone is haunting and beautiful, delicate and powerful at the same time. Take a listen and let me know what you think...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jewelry Party at Allied Arts Guild

 Last Saturday was Clare's 12th birthday, and she spent it at beautiful Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, CA with 21 of her closest friends.  I volunteer at the Guild (whose mission it is to raise funds for Stanford Children's Hospital) and so was one of a small group of volunteers who helped Clare have a terrific day at her Nancy Drew themed party.  I led the jewelry making activity, ably assisted by Sara and Julie.  The girls stood elbow to elbow making design after design, it was great fun to watch.  Who knew how many varied and beautiful designs could come out of the glass and stone beads they were working with?  I wish I'd thought to take pictures of their jewelery, but it was soon whisked away by a 'thief' and the girls had to use their detective skills to track clues around the garden grounds in order to solve the mystery of the missing jewels. 

Once back inside the Sunset Room, where the activities took place, the girls had peppermint tea and cupcakes.  What fun!