Have you ever had moment in your life or an interaction, so small or brief, that ends up turning into something completed unexpected?
The story behind a new line of jewelry I am officially debuting today is the result of one of those moments.
Yesterday on the blog I shared how a very brief interaction with Lara Coffee at BlogHer last summer led to me designing a custom bracelet. As I mentioned, I posted some pictures of the process of making it on Instagram, my current favorite social media platform.
Then at our monthly Boston Handmade member meet-up a few weeks later, Lucie Wicker, fitness photographer extraordinaire and my #AskAwayFriday partner from last week, asked me if I would be doing any other fitness jewelry. Up until that point it had not crossed my mind to continue to make these charms–I had basically thought I would do these fitness charms for this custom bracelet. The rest of the Boston Handmade members at the meeting were really enthusiastic and encouraging about the idea, which got me really pumped to try it out.
With the Boston Marathon coming up soon, I decided to start with a small test-run (non pun intended) of running fitness bracelets. Living in Cambridge, which is right across the river from Boston, what happened at last year’s marathon hit close to home, and I had known I wanted to do something with my business this year to show my support for those who were affected by it. Initially I thought that I would continue to use proceeds from any heart jewelry sold to be donated. But from that meeting it became obvious to me that I would use proceeds from these bracelets to donate to the One Fund Boston. Moving forward, any each new line of fitness bracelets will have a portion of sales donated to a different nonprofit.
With that, I am so very excited to announce that you can pre-order from my first-ever line of fitness-inspired bracelets! I will be doing a limited number of runner bracelets–I will be starting just with 10, and will see how production goes– and they will available to order between now and Monday, April 21 (the date of this year’s Boston Marathon). They are made of sterling silver made from recycled metal made in the US and feature a hand-sawed runner charm (with or without the ponytail). The cost of the bracelet is $245.00, and 20% of sales from them will be donated. In other words, for every bracelet sold, $49 will be donated to help those impacted by the bombing at last year’s Boston Marathon. Bracelets can be pre-ordered on my Etsy shop here.
Will you help me to raise $500 for the One Fund Boston?