by Bev Carlson.
(North Easton, Massachusetts USA)
My favorite easy earrings resulted when my friend, Melanie Horris, asked if I could make some jewelry that we could sell to raise money for her Boston Marathon run for the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute. She was running for her patient partner, Lexie Williams, who had brain cancer since she was 3 ½ months old. Lexie was 10 years old the first time Melanie ran for her.
We all put our heads together (Melanie, Lexie and me – cancer survivors all) and came up with a beautiful Swarovski pearl bracelet with five different pearl colors. Lexie came up with significance for each color. It was only a moment until we decided to add earrings to the line.
When making items for fundraisers, you must first have a simple design, good – readily available materials and a good price point. These earrings fit the bill. I could make them quickly and everyone loved them. They have the choice of 5 colors (pink, white, blue, mauve and gray – the colors in the Lexie bracelet). They were all popular though white sold the most.
Over the first two years, we raised $4,000+ for Cancer research with the Lexie bracelet and earrings. Melanie is running the Boston Marathon again this year! The earrings still sell though sales have lessened a bit. Each year we tried different designs but none were as successful as the Lexie Earrings (and original bracelet).