Be Child Cancer Aware and Beads of Courage here in the UK.
It has been a very special year for me too and also a pretty special year for these little beep beep robot beads. The very first one I ever made was for week 1 in my 52 little things project (to make a special bead each week for a Beads of Courage child). I thought it would be lovely to finish the year with a little family of Beep Beeps because Childhood Cancer affects every member of a family and turns their world upside down.
Hot Glass for Cool Kids to raise funds for Beads of Courage in America. It has 20 wonderful tutorials written by artists from all over he world. So far the book has raised almost $14,000. I am so proud to have been part of that super special project.
The first time I began to fully appreciate the significance of the beads
that I make and donate is when I happened to see a picture on Facebook
with a note from one of the BoC Mums showing her daughter holding one
of the 50 little little robot beads that I made to fund raise in the run up to the summer Beadathon. She explained how that her daughter talks to her little robot bead. I honestly
cried, it was so lovely.
I loved hosting the Beadathon, such hard work but such great fun and fingers crossed we will get another one organised in 2014. Below is my fave beady snap of 2013, taken by Marlene Minhas. We ran two kilns at the Beadathon, the first was kindly donated for the event by www.Kilncare.co.uk and this shows Sandy Kelly, a huge grin on her face, fetching the some of the first batch of Beadathon beads out of the kiln mid morning on the second day.
click here). The event was a brilliant success, raising over £7800 and bringing some amazing beads to kids on the Beads of Courage program.
2013 has been an amazing year full of wonderful projects that I feel so privileged to be part of. The cherry on the cake for me was an invitation to be the featured artists in the January 2014 issue of the Soda Lime Times. What a wonderful way to begin 2014.
It has been the most wonderful year of teamwork and achievements and laughter and I have a feeling that next year will be even more rewarding.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and an amazing 2014, Jolene xx
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