Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Feels So Good!

Today I shipped out the last of my April fundraising jewelry orders.

When I announced that I was going to donate the April proceeds I was thinking my goal should be about $1000 in sales, which would get us to $2000 in total donation.  I'm happy to say that we exceeded the goal.

Thank you to everyone who supported the effort! I especially want to thank Janet who made it such a success by telling her readers several times about it.

Shown here modeling one of my bracelets

And thank you to Dani who also posted about the campaign and her satisfaction with her jewelry purchase.

Dani modeling her purchase

Making jewelry is really a creative outlet for me-clearly, I'm not in it for the money. I get so much satisfaction hearing someone tell me how happy one of my designs makes them. And when I get to see someone wearing one of my pieces, I'm thrilled to the point of distraction. Another benefit that I never expected was that making jewelry would result in making connections and new friendships.

So, while filling orders in April kept me busy and at times a little stressed, I was so motivated by the new connections, kind words and positive feedback that came back to me.

I wanted to share some of the e-mails I got:

* This means a lot to me personally, as my mother is from Japan so I have family there. Fortunately, they are south of the horrible destruction from the earthquake and tsunami, and were spared the brunt of the disaster.

* Thank You for giving me the pleasure and opportunity of working with you!

* Your package was just delivered......the necklace is awesome!  The length is perfect and the toggle is beautiful Thank you so much for going the extra mile and expense to make sure I received it before my trip. I'm so excited and can't wait to wear it.

* My beautiful pearl bracelets just arrived in the mail and I can't thank you enough.  They are even better than I expected.  The quality is stunning, just what I have been looking for! Amazing too that the funds went to such a worthy cause, very incredibly generous of you.

Thank you!


Stitchfork said...

Congrats on a suceesful fundraiser! Well done, and very deserving of the compliments!
xo Cathy

the gardener's cottage said...

julie, again i will say...you and matt are so awesome. i can't wait to get and give my bracelets. i know they are going to become favorite pieces of my friends. if i could i'd hug you right now.


Unknown said...

Wow Julie what a wonderful fundraiser, very inspiring. So glad I found your site.

Silver Magpies said...

Wow Julie what a wonderful fundraiser, very inspiring. So glad I found your site.

About Last Weekend said...

What an amazing thing you did, a very tangible, practical reaching out. Improving the lives of those who bought the bracelets and those who receive the monetary help in Japan. Well done in every way!

Anonymous said...

Julie, I'm so glad I found your site too. Can't wait to get my bracelet.

P.S. It was sweet of you to be a follower. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I love your jewelry. The pearl bracelet is just beautiful!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
E + J

Leslie said...

Congratulations on a successful event for a good cause. Yesterday, I wore my namesake necklace. Today, the gray pearls.
Love, love all of it.

Thank you!

DaniBP said...

Hi Julie,

I am late to comment and I apologize, for some reason I missed this post.
Thanks for mentioning me. I continue to wear my bracelets every day and I LOVE them. I've been packing for France and my bracelets are the only jewelry I am bringing!
Thanks so much. I am so happy your campaign was a such a success. Your generosity is very inspiring.