For those of you who don't know already, the series of storms that have hit us here in Central California have caused MAJOR mud and rock slides in Big Sur. This week, the continued rain has caused a complete closure of Hwy 1 through the Big Sur area. Those people (many of my friends) who live and work in the Big Sur area have been severely impacted, with some not able to work and others being displaced from their homes. Bottom line, these people need our help.
I'm offering Free Tech Help & raising money to help residents pay for Helicopter Rides in and out of the area...a service that starts today.
I appreciate your help, in whatever way you can, to assist our friends down in our beautiful Big Sur. Read the sections below for ways you can help.
831 238 5503 firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Tech Help: Anyone who is stuck down in Big Sur (without cell or Wifi service) or displaced from their home is encourage to call (831 238 5503) or email me so I can offer my tech skills for FREE. If you know someone who needs this type of help, please let them know about me.
Raising Money For Helicopter Rides: People who live in the impacted Big Sur area can get in and out by Helicopter for $50/ride. I'd like to help as many people as possible by paying for this expense. If you'd like to help, email or call me (831 238 5503) with your contact details and I'll link you to someone in need.
25% of Bead It Forward Sales Donated To Helicopter Ride Fund: Starting today, I will donate 25% of the proceeds from my Bead It Forward business to help defer the costs of helicopter rides for Big Sur residents.
For those of you who don't know, I come from a family of creative people. My mother, Barbara Elwood with me in the photo to the left, is largely responsible for instilling in me a desire to use my hands to make beautiful crafts. I can remember her teaching us how to sew, how to make Barbie clothes, and my memories are filled with recollections of homemade Christmas stockings and
dresses made from scratch.
This week, one of my cousins found some old photos of me and my sister dressed up in homemade green velvet dresses, made by my mother, for a family wedding back in the 60's. (Photo right...I'm the taller girl behind my little sister, my brother is the ring bearer too). These photos reminded me of what a long tradition I have in my family of homemade crafts...that continues to this day.
This week my mother and I have teamed up to make some unique hand crafted jewelry for Valentine's day. She has put together a collection of one-of-a-kind glass hearts that are decorated with Dichroic glass strips and hung on chains. These pieces started as rough collections of glass that went into the kiln and came out as beautifully designed glass hearts.
Both my mother and I are enjoying creating beautiful crafts to share with people. I've been encouraging her to create a whole line of creative glass crafts. At Christmas she made glass trees (pictured here) and now she has a line of hand crafted glass hearts you can find on my BeadItForwardStore.com.
Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day.
Maren Elwood is a Visual Anthropologist who studies cultures with her camera...and collects beads on her travels to share with you.