Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The statistics of people living in "absolute poverty", or who are considered underfed or chronically hungry are staggering. Those unfair numbers are not just from far away places, but right here in the US as well.
What can you do? Buy a cow, give someone a micro-loan, make a small donation, click to give free rice, or take some other action to end world hunger.
"...the worst thing you can do is nothing." — Theodore Roosevelt
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I have buttons and millipedes and navels and other wacky concepts floating in a cloud above my head, but can't seem to pin one down.
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Established by friends Leslie and Ashley, M.E.K.O.Kids opened their Etsy shop less than 2 weeks ago, but I have a feeling it won't be long before their business takes off. Their products include custom baby, toddler and kids apparel, plus bags, aprons and more.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Take a cue from Chuck from DownToTheWireDesigns who, after having the opportunity to design some pieces for a non-profit, realized that he could easily donate something to one auction a week throughout the year with little hardship to himself. (read his story, featured on the Etsy blog, here)
Tamara, from McFarland Designs, runs a project called Jewelry for Charity, where she donates a percentage of all her sales from both her bead shop and her jewelry shop to a different charity each month. She started the project in 2007 and as of March 2009, she has raised a whopping $9,685.00 for various causes. Read more about her Jewelry for Charity fundraising project here.
I recently had the opportunity to donate a necklace for a charity auction. Designing a piece that would reflect the specific sentiment of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day was a unique and satisfying challenge. To read more about my experience designing the necklace, click here.
As artists and crafters, we should consider ourselves lucky to have the ability to create objects of value. For the price of our donated time and materials, we can help improve our own communities and beyond, one treasure at a time.
If you need a hand choosing a cause, Charity Navigator can help you find one that's right for you.
Monday, April 13, 2009
It has been shocking to learn that the precious metals and gems that are integral to our work are shadowed by a dubious past. None of us made a decision to work with silver mined by children or gold leaving a trail of mercury contamination. No one believes that supporting armed conflict or polluting rivers to make jewelry is acceptable. No one thinks mining should have absolute priority over all other public land uses in the US. No one knowingly wants to make, buy or wear jewelry that is tarnished by such practices.
Although mining issues are complex and far reaching, we believe that well-informed metalsmiths and jewelers, because of their deeper knowledge and connection with materials and their understanding of the cultural and social values of jewelry, have a unique perspective and potential to bring about needed changes. This is why we founded Ethical Metalsmiths. Click here to read the full article.
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