In case you are new to the blog- here is the backstory. For about a decade my mother was the caregiver for my grandfather (her step father) and her mother. My grandfather passed away many years ago- so when that happened, my grandmother moved in with us. In order for that to actually work, we had to move since she couldn't handle the stairs in our current condo.
My mother took care of my grandmother for 7 years. During that time, she couldn't work. My grandmother suffered from Parkinson's Disease and couldn't do normal everyday tasks. Since my mother decided she would not just sit around the house and stuff her face with food- she started creating jewelry to pass the time. Towards the end of my grandmother's life, Hospice was at our house every day. They went above and beyond for my grandmother and did the things my mother physically couldn't do without getting sick to her stomach. Jewels for Hope was created and that is why we give a portion of the proceeds to CT Hospice.
Now that I told you the depressing backstory of how we were created... now we can get on to the fun stuff- THE JEWELRY!
Don't you love it, right? I think it is so weird and funky. I spice up most of my outfits with Jewels for Hope gear ha ha. Then again, I am the one marketing it so OF COURSE I'm going to be wearing it!!
Even before my mother started this company, I always liked handmade items. I personally like different items. And when I spend money on something, I HATE when it breaks within the first 2-3 days of wearing it. Which tends to happen whenever I buy jewelry from a department store. I don't know if it's just my bad luck that they break on me immediately, or if it is because it is mass produced and not good quality. Who knows? Either way, over the years I have bought less and less jewelry from department stores.
I like to think that a lot of people would rather have handmade items. I know it's scary to buy from a "no name" shop sometimes- but isn't it scary buying from a department store? I have more faith in a handmade item not breaking within 24 hours then I ever would with a department store item. Am I alone here? I'm not sure. But handmade items are getting more and more popular today which I love!
You know what else is getting popular? Can you guess? JEWELS FOR HOPE! For all of you amazing readers who have gotten through this post... please check out the sites below... they are currently hosting a Jewels for Hope giveaway!!!
Girly Girl Moments Blog
Newly Crunchy Mama of 3
and... a SOON to be giveaway- The Fashionable Housewife. Even though she is not doing the giveaway right now- her site is definitely one to look through!