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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Donating to a Silent Auction

My friends and relatives know that I am always ready to donate my jewelry to a silent auction.  I really enjoy being able to contribute to a good cause.  This month I've been working on a necklace to donate for Inspirational Sounds, a gospel choir that my mother-in-law is in.  I wanted to make something that had a musical or Christian theme, but I was not feeling inspired. 

About a month ago, I caught a terrible stomach flu.  I was sick in bed, unable to move, when the idea hit me - I could bead a necklace inspired by sheet music.  I could see it all in my mind, the technical aspects of how I would make the necklace.

I had to buy some supplies because I did not have any 5 hole spacers.  I had never made beaded notes before, so I wasn't sure how big they would be or how the spacing would work out on the beaded "staff".  I chose an easy hymn to depict, one that is well known:  Jesus Loves Me
I had a few problems making this necklace.  When I was a child, I had a tendency to copy musical notes backward.  Evidently, I still do that, because I attached the first two measures backward!  I had to cut to notes off and start over. 

Now I need to get this necklace in the mail in time for the auction. 
Do any of you ever donate your work to charity?  What are your favorite charities?  I'd love to hear from you!


  1. This is very creative! How great that you are able to help out your MIL's choir. :)

  2. This is so nice! Pair this up with the piano scarf on Etsy and you'd be styling :-) I have been supporting ACS ever since my mother-in-law began fighting breast cancer. The American Cancer Society has a program called "Look Good, Feel Better" to teach people fighting cancer how to manage wigs and make up. Very cool.

  3. This is such an awesome idea for a piece and for such a great cause. I have donated a piece to a silent auction before. It was for a big fundraiser that the preschool I attended and much later worked for puts on every year. I will donate again the next time they do an auction.

  4. Thank you Mary!

    Brooke, ACS is such a great cause! It is easy for those of us who do not have cancer directly in our lives to forget about it. ACS does a great job educating the public and supporting cancer patients.

    Rose, I donated to my son's preschool auction when I first started making jewelry. It was such a good experience, I think that is why I enjoy donating so much now.

  5. very creative piece! I'm sure it will be a big hit. I have donated many of my creations to charities over the years. It is a great thing to do!

  6. OMG!! That is SO ADORABLE!! And so creative!! You should totally make more and sell them in your shop!! What an awesome idea!!

    I have never made stuff for an auction before, because I don't know where to find out about auctions :-/ I'd really love to though, it would be so awesome for one of my paintings to be in an auction...

  7. What a great idea! It turned out lovely, and I'm sure some lucky auction winner will be thrilled to have it :-)I've not been involved in alot of charity auctions, but it's something I've just started to get involved in and I hope to do much more of!

  8. What an excellent idea for your necklace! It's beautiful

  9. What a cool idea. So nice that it came to you full blown like that. It should will do well at the auction.

    We give to our church, Christian radio, and various other organizations at times.


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