Custom Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Graduation Bracelet (B151-II)

Almost everyday, people come into and (sadly sometimes) go out of, our lives. There are as many ways that these people come and go as there are stars in the sky.

It could be a brief encounter, such as when you checkout at the store; it could be a friendship or connection that develops through school, work or unexpected circumstances. But, it is undeniable. That person has touched your life for some reason. To know this is simply to ask the question,'of the millions of people on this earth, why did this person come into my life'?

Granted, not everyone you meet will have an identifiably direct purpose in your life. It may be years before, one day, you think to yourself, 'now I understand'. But, for some, almost immediately, they indelibly touch your life in a way that is hard to ignore -or forget.

Whether they come or go, life continues on. Your connection may not be as clear and simple as say, you both have something in common. It may be one you cannot explain. But, also, one you cannot explain away. Life is made up of little moments. Cherish them, nurture them, explore them. But most of all, don't ignore them. Those little moments add value to your life and you should never go forward with regrets.
Nancy's Custom Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Graduation Bracelet (B151-II)
Nancy's Custom Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Graduation Bracelet
An example of this was when Nancy contacted me about creating a custom beaded bracelet to celebrate her niece, Jackie, who was graduating and for her work on her senior project. She wanted a custom bracelet designed to represent awareness for cystic fibrosis and to memorialize Jackie's friend, Fallon Finegan, who passed away at just 16 years old from cystic fibrosis. It was a tall custom order, but I knew it could be accomplished.

Jackie had known Fallon since the third grade and to lose her longtime friend must have been devastating. But Jackie vowed to honor her friend while raising awareness of cystic fibrosis and fulfilling her future goals of becoming an event planner.

You can read the full story of Jackie's senior project fundraiser. The Finegan family was so touched by Jackie's efforts that they presented Jackie with flowers the day of the event. It was certainly a very heartfelt day for all involved.

At the studio bench, I got set creating this special handmade custom bracelet taking direction from an existing design Nancy already liked and incorporating pink Swarovski Crystals (Jackie's favorite color) and purple Swarovski Crystals (to represent cystic fibrosis awareness). Merging these two colors was a perfect representation of Jackie's and Fallon's friendship. The sentimentality of the design can also be seen in the centered purple ribbon lampwork glass bead, sterling silver diploma charm and Fallon's birthstone, a December blue Swarovski Crystal charm.

Jackie's Custom Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Graduation Beaded Bracelet (B151-II) is truly a treasured keepsake that will remind her of the special person who came into her life, remains in her heart, and one of many life accomplishments she will make.

Thank you Nancy for the opportunity to create this very special design for a very special person! And congrats to the graduate, Jackie!

Here is what Nancy had to say:
I can not thank you enough, she is going to be thrilled! = ) Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, as this is not just any gift but has so much sentimentality behind it. I will definitely keep your e-mail for future orders!

Got Spiders? Don't Call Me!

Not even a Swarovski Crystal Spider is beautiful!
Don't ask me where it comes from but, I.hate.spiders. Hmm.....'hate' is a strong word. No, who am I kidding. HATE is the word for how I feel about spiders. Not even the spider, Charlotte, from the novel Charlotte's Web could change my mind. Although Charlotte is a little easier on the eyes and the creepy factor -she still makes my skin crawl. Sorry Charlotte.

What's all this talk about spiders? Well, my little one has become quite the prankster. Let me step back a moment. One day, I happen to catch a spider creeping along the kitchen ceiling. With the husband at work, I knew I'd have to do the job. Ugh. As I ponder how I am going to do this, I muster up enough courage to occasionally peek at it (with one eye), as it crawled along the ceiling, waiting for it to stop. It finally stops above the fridge. Great. Not exactly the best of angles to try to kill it.

The cat decides he's going to jump on the top of the fridge to play (since now I am up on a stool whispering words of encouragement to myself that I can do this). I think to myself, 'great, the cat will see it and get it for me'. He jumps up...looks up...looks at me...I point to the ceiling since this tarantula is on the move...he looks up, again...looks back at me. I wait. He'll get it. Time is of the essence here,'s on the move, stop looking at me. No. The cat decides he's more interested in my attention than he is in getting the spider. Figures, the one time I need him to eat that creepy thing and he wants attention. Great.

In the meantime, the little one comes down stairs and asks why I'm talking to myself (don't laugh at me, you know you do it too -at least I admit it) and why I'm on the stool. Her chatting to me is making me lose my focus. I ask her to stop talking for just a moment. She asks again, what am I doing. I tell her there is a spider on the ceiling that I need to get. "Unless you plan on helping me (at this time I turn my head towards her, only to find she has disappeared!). Yes, she ran away the minute she heard spider. Thanks for the help.

Now, this sets the story for today. I'm in my office, the little one is getting water for her doll. She knocks on my door. "There is something in my play room". Ok. I get up, go to her room and there is this big black tarantula on the floor (to you, it may not have seemed that big -but to me, it fact, I think I saw it move!) I think, no way. It can't be. I going to touch it to find out? Heck no! So I need to find a way to know if it's real. Think.

I ask her if it's one of her play spiders and did she put it there, she responds in an inaudible tone. Did she say 'no'? I look at her and she didn't appear to have been the culprit, seemed surprised, so, here I am again...needing to do the spider job. Ugh. She stands watching me as I take a pen and poke at it to determine if it's real or not (as I'm thinking, please do.not.move.). I tell her if it does move -scream! Help is sure to come. lol. Turns's fake. That little stinker! She set me up. She can really get her game face on when she needs to.
Maybe it won't be so funny if that (fake) spider is getting your Hello Kitty! Of course, I didn't say that to her... I snapped this pic without her knowing -or she would probably never touch her Hello Kitty again!

In case you're wondering about the spider on the ceiling. I did get it. After much screaming and dancing around the kitchen, I had to do the job a second time as the first didn't quite work.

What's that? Poor little spider? No. I don't go crawling around spiders' homes. Therefore, I certainly don't expect them to be creeping around my house. :-)

(update) And in case you're wondering. Yes. It completely creeped me out to write this blog post. I could barely search images for the first spider pic. For a brief moment, I contemplated asking the husband if he'd look for spiders -he can take it, he's a man. But, I got my tom-boy on and did the deed. Of course, I did not escape the spider nightmares. Nice.

Laura's Custom Crystal Epilepsy Awareness Bracelet (B073-EP)

With each custom awareness bracelet design, I get the opportunity to meet some really special, fantastic people. I also get to learn about the diseases that affect them. Sometimes I learn a lot about the person, other times, I don't. But one thing is for sure. With each custom request -it touches my life -permanently.
Laura's Custom Epilepsy Awareness Bracelet (B073-EP)
Laura's Custom Epilepsy Awareness Bracelet (B073-EP)

Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It is also called a seizure disorder. Seizures happen when clusters of nerve cells in the brain signal abnormally, which may briefly alter a person's consciousness, movements or actions.*

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of "meeting" one of the nearly 3 million Americans (50 million people worldwide) affected by epilepsy. Her name is Laura.

Laura wanted to have a custom crystal epilepsy awareness bracelet designed that would raise awareness of epilepsy but also be a touch more personalized with her name. Laura's design incorporates lavender Swarovski Crystals, the awareness color for epilepsy, 14 kart gold-fill beads, Bali and sterling letter blocks for her name. She loved my exclusive sterling Hope Ribbon hand-stamped charm and it was the perfect finishing touch to her treasured keepsake awareness bracelet.

*(source: Epilepsy Foundation)

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This article was last updated April 25, 2016

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-National Birth Defects Prevention Month
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-National Radon Action Month
-Thyroid Awareness Month
-National Folic Acid Awareness Week

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February 1st-7th: African Heritage and Health Week

February 1st: Give Kids A Smile Day
February 7th: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7th: National Wear Red Day
February 7th-14th: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
February 13th-19th: Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week
February 14th: National Donor Day
February 28th: World Spay Day

-AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
-American Heart Month
-International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
-National Children's Dental Health Month
-National Wise Health Consumer Month
-Spay Neuter Awareness Month
-Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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March 2nd-8th: Severe Weather Awareness Week
March 2nd-9th: National Sleep Awareness Week
March 2nd-9th: National Problem Gambling Awareness Week
March 2nd-9th: Patient Safety Awareness Week
March 3rd-7th: National School Breakfast Week
March 5th: Tornado Drill Day
March 9th: Parents of Preemies Day
March 10th: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 10th-16th: Brain Awareness Week
March 13th: World Kidney Day
March 13th-19th: National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week
March 16th-22nd: National Poison Prevention Week
March 16th-22nd: Flood Safety Awareness Week
March 20th: National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 23rd-29th: National Tsunami Preparedness Week
March 24th: World Tuberculosis Day
March 25th: American Diabetes Alert Day

-National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month
-National Autoimmune Hepatitis Awareness Month
-National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month
-National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
-National Endometriosis Awareness Month
-National Kidney Month
-National Nutrition Month
-Save Your Vision Month
-Trisomy Awareness Month
-Workplace Eye Wellness Month

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April 7th: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action
April 7th: World Health Day
April 9th: National Alcohol Screening Day
April 10th: National Youth HIV & Aids Awareness Day
April 10th - 16th: National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
April 11th: National Pet Day
April 6th - 12th: National Public Health Week
April 18th - 25th: National Infant Immunization Week
April 19th - 25th: National Infertility Awareness Week
April 24th: World Meningitis Day
April 24th: National Pet Parents Day
April 24th - 30th: World Immunization Week

-Alcohol Awareness Month
-Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
-National Autism Awareness Month
-National Child Abuse Prevention Month
-National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
-National Donate Life Month
-National Facial Protection Month
-National Minority Health Month
-National Rosacea Awareness Month
-National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
-National Stress Awareness Month
-Occupational Therapy Awareness Month
-Organ Donation Awareness Month
-Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Awareness Month
-Sexual Abuse Awareness
-Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
-Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
-STD Awareness Month
-Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

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May 1st - 7th: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
May 1st - 7th: National Physical Education and Sport Week
May 1st - 7th: North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
May 2nd - May 6th: Air Quality Awareness Week
May 2nd: Melanoma Monday
May 2nd - 8th: National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week
May 3rd: World Asthma Day
May 4th: National Bike to School Day
May 5th: Hand Hygiene Day
May 5th: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 8th - 14th: Be Kind to Animals Week
May 8th - 14th: National Women's Health Week
May 8th - 14th: Food Allergy Awareness Week
May 9th: National Women's Check-up Day
May 9th - 13th: National Stuttering Awareness Week
May 10th - 16th: National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week
May 12th - 16th: National Neuropathy Awareness Week
May 14th: Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day
May 15th - 21st: National Prevention Week by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA)
May 18th: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
May 19th: National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
May 20th: Behcet's Awareness Day
May 20th: World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
May 21st: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) Day
May 22nd - 28th: National Hurricane Preparedness Awareness Week
May 23rd - 29th: Healthy and Safe Swimming Week / Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week
May 25th: National Senior Health and Fitness Day
May 27th: Heat Safety Awareness Day
May 31st: World No Tobacco Day

-Addison's Disease Awareness Month
-Arthritis Awareness Month
-Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
-Better Hearing and Speech Month
-Celiac Disease Awareness Month
-Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
-Employee Health and Fitness Month
-Family Support Month
-Food Allergy Action Month
-Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
-Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
-Helping American Youth Month
-Healthy Vision Month
-Hepatitis Awareness Month
-High Blood Pressure Education Month
-Huntington's Disease Awareness Month
-International Behcet's Awareness Month
-Lupus Awareness Month
-Maternal Depression Awareness Month
-Mediterranean Diet Month
-Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
-Mental Health Month
-Mobility Awareness Month
-Older Americans Month
-Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
-Preeclampsia Awareness Month
-Physical Fitness and Sports Month
-Self Discovery Month
-Skin Cancer Awareness Month
-Social Media Month
-Stroke Awareness Month
-Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
-Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month
-Ultraviolet Awareness Month
-UV Safety Month
-Vasculitis Awareness Month

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June 7th: National Cancer Survivors Day
June 15th - 21st: Men's Health Week
June 19th: World Sickle Cell Day
June 27th: National HIV Testing Day
                  PTSD Awareness Day

-Cataract Awareness Month
-Fireworks Safety Month
-Home Safety Month
-Men's Health Month
-Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
-National Aphasia Awareness Month
-National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
-National Safety Month
-National Scleroderma Awareness Month

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July 26th: National Aunt's and Uncle's Day
July 28th: World Hepatitis Day

-Cord Blood Awareness Month
-International Group B Strep Awareness Month
-Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
-National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

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August 1st - 7th: World Breastfeeding Week
August 10th - 16th: National Health Center Week

-Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
-National Breastfeeding Month
-National Immunization Awareness Month
-Psoriasis Awareness Month

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September 7th - 13th: National Suicide Prevention Week
September 9th: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day
September 10th: World Suicide Prevention Day
September 13th: National Celiac Disease Awareness Day
September 15th: Get Ready Day
September 16th: National School Backpack Awareness Day
September 17th: RAINN Day (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)
September 18th: National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
September 20th - 26th: National Farm Safety and Health Week
                                      National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration
September 21st: World Alzheimer's Day
September 24th: Remember Me Thursday (Shine a light on Pet Adoption Awareness)
September 26th: Family Health and Fitness Day USA
September 27th: National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
September 28th: World Rabies Day
September 29th: World Heart Day
September 30th: National Women's Health and Fitness Day

-Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
-Fruit and Veggies - More Matters Month
-Healthy Aging Month
-Infant Mortality Awareness Month
-Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
-National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
-National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
-National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
-National Cholesterol Education Month
-National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
-National Sickle Cell Month
-National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
-National Yoga Awareness Month
-Newborn Screening Awareness Month
-Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
-Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
-Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
-Whole Grains Month
-World Alzheimer's Month

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October 4th-10th: Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 5th: Child Health Day
October 5th-9th: Drive Safely Work Week
October 7th: Walk to School Day
October 8th: National Depression Screening Day
October 10th: World Mental Health Day
October 11th-17th: Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 12th-19th: OCD Awareness Week (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
October 12th-20th: Bone and Joint Decade Action Week
October 12th: World Arthritis Day
October 15th: National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
October 16th: World Food Day
October 16th: World Spine Day
October 17th: World Trauma Day
October 19th: World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day
October 20th: World Osteoporosis Day
October 22nd: International Stuttering Awareness Day
October 23rd-31st: Red Ribbon Week
October 25th-31st: National Respiratory Care Week

-Eye Injury Prevention Month
-Healthy Lung Awareness Month
-Home Eye Safety Month
-National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
-National Disability Employment Awareness Month
-National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
-National Medical Librarians Month
-National Physical Therapy Month
-Stop America's Violence Everywhere Today
-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

November Awareness Causes -Awareness Months Calendar -Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Creations
November 1st-8th: Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
November 8th-14th: Mental Health Wellness Week
November 16th-22nd: Get Smart About Antibiotics Week
November 17th: Prematurity Awareness Day
November 19th: Great American Smokeout
November 21st: National Survivors of Suicide Day
November 22nd-28th: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week

-Adoption Awareness Month
-American Diabetes Month
-COPD Awareness Month
-Diabetic Eye Disease Month
-Foot Health Issues Related to Diabetes Awareness Month
-Lung Cancer Awareness Month
-National Family Caregivers Month
-National Healthy Skin Month
-National Hospice Palliative Care Month
-National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
-Prematurity Awareness Month

December Awareness Causes -Awareness Months Calendar -Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry Creations
December 1st -World AIDS Day
December 2nd -National Mutt Day
                          Giving Tuesday
December 3rd -International Day of People with Disabilities
December 5th -International Volunteer Day
December 6th-12th -National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 10th -International Animal Rights Day
                           International Human Rights Day

-National Impaired Prevention Month
-Safe Toys and Gifts Month
-Seasonal Depression Awareness Month / Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month

*Source: 2011 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Dep't of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC