Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Help a Bead Artist in Need

(Collaborative necklace between Michelle Goldstein and Stephanie Sersich)

I got a very sad email the other day about a bead artist that I've long admired, Michelle Goldstein. The father of her children was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer only three weeks ago and death is imminent. There is just no time at all for preparation for this type of tragedy. She's a full-time artist, and has given up her shows and her work to care full-time for him and her children, while trying to prepare for something I can't even begin to wrap my brain around.

Fortunately, she has a huge network of friends who have taken it upon themselves to start a Paypal account for her to help pad the nest a bit. They are also planning an auction to raise money for her children. I'll be participating in that auction and will post about it when it goes live.

Here's how you can help.

1. If you would like to help monetarily, even if it's only $1, email me for her Paypal address.

2. If you would like to participate in the auction, email either Gail Crossman Moore or Anne Mitchell by clicking either name.

3. Keep checking my blog for information about the auction, so you can bid on fantastic jewelry.

I just couldn't wait for the auction, so I'm offering a necklace that I made with one of Michelle's adorable beads up for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to Michelle's paypal funds. After you purchase it, I'll email you a copy of the Paypal receipt so you know if went directly into her account.

The necklace is "Favorite Dress", and it's a sweet little necklace that's fun for any age, young and young-at-heart. It shows the sort of playful spirit that Michelle has, the spirit that we hope to keep in her heart as we all try to help her through this horrible time. Click the photo for more details or to buy.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to pass this post along.



  1. Oh gosh, how sad. I'll email you offline to get that PapPal address.

  2. Cancer is a very painful word for my family. My dad is a three time survivor. First, stomach cancer; second, liver cancer; and then colon cancer. My mother in-law is a skin cancer survival. Every time I listen somebody mention the word cancer, a very sad feeling comes to my mind and it’s inevitable for me not to cry. Every day I thank God for the health of my father and my mother in law. I would like to show Him my appreciation by helping in any possible way victims of this horrible illness. Let me know your friends account so I can make my donation.

    Mari from Puerto Rico

  3. Oh that is just terrible, my heart goes out to her and the family.

    So great to hear everyone is gathering round to help though and way to go with your contributions too.

    hugs DJ

  4. Lori, you are such a great person to help out. It just makes us realize that life is short and don't take anything for granted. I'll be emailing you shortly.

  5. Lori
    So very kind and supportive of you to spread the word. Your necklace is really sweet...her bead are just gorgeous. Jeanette had shared this info. with me already. Will look for more info on the auction.

  6. Lori - thanks so much for bringing this difficult situation to our attention. Michelle is a great woman and artist. Happy to support her during good times as well as bad.
    Deb Cox, Portland, Oregon

  7. Anonymous5:30 AM

    pretty cool stuff here thank you!!!!!!!


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