AUCTION UPDATE: man, oh MAN. i am deeply deeply humbled and amazed by the outpouring of support you've given by bidding, and bidding again, on this piece. the bid is at this point (6pm Friday) all the way up to $500.00. imagine what that money will do for getting medicinal help to those who need it (so many, so so many) in haiti!!! remember, bidding ends tonight jan. 15, at midnight. thanking you all for everything - for being here, for sending such positive words of encouragement and support, for bidding on this necklace, for continuing to come back again and again. i don't even know how to begin to say thanks, but - thank you. thank you, thank you. xo
i live in a fog, sometimes. often, really. i don't have radio reception out here, i don't watch the news on tv. so when i heard yesterday evening about the horrific earthquake that leveled much of haiti, i was horrified that i'd posted such an ignorant, self centered post yesterday morning about being back home, where all is cozy, all is good, safe, secure. i lead a pampered life, by worldly definition, with a heater that comes on, water that flows from a faucet, food that is readily purchased twelve miles down the road. my walls have not fallen in on top of me. in short, i'm ashamed at my head being stuck so far down into the sand. what to do? how can i help? i'm listing below a couple of places that i know need our money - now. they need it now.
i pulled all three of these links from the white house official site. what else to do? as an artist, i can donate funds from a piece of jewelry that i'd been working on for a valentine piece, tucked away since before the mayhem of the holidays. this isn't my original idea, i've seen a couple of other artists offering their help in this same way; but the need and desire to help are mine as well, and i'm reaching out in the only way i know to do right now. the message seems appropriate, and i'm hoping that someone out there will feel that this is a worthy cause and contribution (click on any photo here for a closer look; pardon the light - this wonderful winter (sharp) light washes everything out; i'm in a hurry here and using whatever light is available this morning).
bids will start at $75.00, placed by leaving a comment here at ornamental; the auction will close at midnight, tomorrow night (friday). at that time, i'll send a paypal invoice to the winning bidder's email (make sure to leave a link for me when you comment, please), and make a contribution to doctors without borders/haiti relief, then will send the receipt to the winning bidder as well. i'll add $100.00 of my own funds to the amount. shipping charges will be waived. woven into this piece are faceted rubies, pink tourmaline, bronze freshwater pearls, and a faceted garnet dangling in the back. the locket is silverplate, lined with maroon suede. the small sterling heart there to the left, dangling, is from the amazing collection of candace wakumoto; some of her designs are sold in the shop of my fellow jewelry sweetheart friend, andrew thornton.
up at the top i've attached a small mother mary charm, something i discovered when opening a wonderful package of gifted antique findings and treasures last night from another lovely reader, martha appleberry (thank you martha!!!); it seemed quite fitting for this particular piece.
the necklace, made with deep red sari silk and strips of stretchy dark red netting and suede, adjusts from 19 1/2" to 21 1/2".
anyway. i thank you in advance, for helping me to help, in this way. meanwhile - do whatever you can, however you can. reach out. somehow, some way. xo
and one more thing - a reader, ruth savoy, sent a link to this blog written by a family living in haiti, The Livesay (Haiti) Weblog, for a very real, close hand look at what is happening in the aftermath of the earthquake.