We wanted to do something to help out pet owners who couldn't afford the necessary healthcare for their pets. So, we decided to use the proceeds from the sale of charms and craft beads/items to support these needy animals.
Bug, our rat terrier, is an emotional support dog. When she was about 5 months old, she became very ill and her veterinary care bill was about $1,300.00 when everything was said and done. Luckily, we were able to afford her care. But, while we were at the animal hospital, a woman came in with her very sick dog and she chose to euthanize it if it was going to need a lot of care because she couldn't afford its needed healthcare. Luckily, it didn't need that and she was able to take her dog home. But what if it had needed a lot? My heart was pounding. That was when I decided I needed to do something to help these pets.
I know there are a lot of organizations trying to defeat animal abuse and I could have chosen that battle to fight, but this one hits a little closer to home. Bug needed expensive healthcare again when she was a year old - gastroenteritis. She became so ill within a 24-hour period, we almost lost her. She spent 3 days in the hospital and came home in a very weakened state. But she survived and is now a healthy, strong and active young dog. What if we hadn't been able to afford her care? We would have had to have her put down or adopt her out to someone who could afford it. That was NOT going to happen! She is an integral part of our family and life.
So, 100% of the sale price of these items goes to this cause. Please take a look at the items and see if you might be able to add one or two to your order to help support these animals. Thank you so much for your assistance!
The picture below is of Bug laying on a chair by my husband, who's sitting at his desk. She keeps him company while he's paying the bills.
I worked in the dental field for 30 years, then became unable to work.
However, shortly after launching a handmade jewelry business, in 2012, I became ill and was actually bedridden for an entire year. I am no longer able to sit for extended periods of time to make any jewelry. Plus, I'm really shaky now, which is quite frustrating.
My husband and I heard the beads and components calling out to us, begging to be handled, so he decided to sell my inventory. I didn't want to give up beads completely, though. It's very therapeutic for me to run my hands through them.
I also love to try to design new woven bead jewelry, hence the Oh, My Stars! bracelet and the designs that followed. I do charge for the patterns as a way to help recoup some of the business costs until the shop and website grow a bit more.
So, he's selling my current inventory and purchasing more beads to resell with the proceeds. Although, the term "Seed Bead" has broadened in its meaning, that will be the focus for building a new inventory.
It has taken him about three months to post about 1/3 of my current inventory because he's learning the names of them as he goes and he has a lot of questions!
It's funny to watch a man with big hands measuring out 15/0 beads. And, he's slowly learning the names of them!
He's currently renovating one of the rooms in the house to be his "bead store". I'll post pictures when it's completed.
I hope to watch "our" shop grow into its name. But, we know that just like seedlings, it takes lots of care and feeding for it to thrive. This will be a nice business for him to keep busy with when he retires in a few years.