.........Pierre for a healthy cause.....................


Happy Monday
and a big welcome to this weeks featured Shop Who Gives....Pookie and Pierre ( a very cleverly named shop if I do say so myself). Like many of the shops we feature, the story that led them to their cause involves unfortunate loss. I hope we can come along and support her and other shops who give. I can't think of a better reason to shop: 1. it's handmade! 2. it's for a cause! Go ahead, read all about it!

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First, thanks so much for highlighting those that support charities through their art! I am honored to be included.

And now a little about me. Those who know me best would say I might have two personalities. I am a (fairly) serious executive by day and a dreamer by night. Being true to myself, I like to think I'm more of a dreamer. And in my dream world, I work with color and textures. Beads are my current medium. I love creating something out of nothing and seeing beauty unfold before my eyes. A self taught beadweaver, I am thrilled to hear how much joy my work brings to others. It keeps me inspired.

My other passion is helping to raise breast cancer awareness. Through my sales at my jewelry shop Pookie and Pierre on etsy, I donate to Susan G. Komen, a fantastic charity whose mission is to eradicate breast cancer. This year, my donations are going towards my participation in The 3 Day Walk. If you aren't aware of it, it is a truly awesome event held all across the country. Thousands of people come together for 3 days, walking 20 miles each day in support of each other, those that we've lost along the way and to prevent breast cancer from impacting others in the future. The event raises millions of dollars and is truly making a difference. I walked with my father for the first time last year in San Francisco. Sleeping in hot pink tents under the Golden Gate Bridge and completing the incredibly tough physical and emotional journey is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. San Diego November 2009... here we come!

So how did my art and charity come together?

I lost my own mother to breast cancer in September of 2007 after she fought this terrible disease for over 10 years. We lost her way too young. I miss her tremendously every day. When she passed, I lost my zest for life. The grief was overbearing. Gradually through support of those around me, I began to get back up again. Art had always been a passion for me and I decided to start beading again. My mother always told me to do what makes me happy. I finally took this to heart. I found etsy as a venue much by accident and decided to start my shop there and contribute a significant portion of my sales to help raise breast cancer awareness. This experience has changed my life around. I have reconnected with my passion and purpose and feel I am making a difference again. My mom would be proud and I know she is with me every day. I am happy.

This year,
I have [raised] almost $500 through my Pookie and Pierre sales. My goal by the end of November is to raise $2500. I will kick up my efforts through other forums in order to meet this in time for the walk. One way I am doing this through Pookie and Pierre is by introducing a line of Breast Cancer Awareness earrings. Throughout October I will be adding new pieces. It is my hope that these will help bring visibility to the cause in addition to bringing a little joy to someone's life through their purchase. You can see my first three selections out on Pookie and Pierre today.

For those of you who may be interested in learning more about Susan G. Komen or the 3 Day Walk, I would encourage you to check out the Komen website or my own personal 3 Day page at where you can learn a little bit more about me and the walk in general.

Unfortunately, I know that I am not alone in this fight. There are so many of us whose lives have been impacted by a loved one's battle with breast cancer. We can do something together to make a difference. I have my jewelry at Pookie and Pierre and my participation in 3 Day Walk. Others may volunteer at races or walks, support local offices, help provide transportation for those that are sick or just be with those that need a little extra support. Through each of our individual efforts, we can help eliminate breast cancer for good. Imagine that.

I really admire those who use their talents to support a cause greater than themselves. T
he work that you are beginning to do with Art=Food is a wonderful example of individuals coming together to make a difference. I'd encourage you to get out there and promote and make your cause known wherever you can. Having a business background has been useful for me in this sense. All of the same principles apply. You need to market, communicate and sell your idea. How will the world be different if you succeed? Paint a visual and generate excitement. I wish you the best of luck!

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me and my cause. If I can le
ave you with a couple of words of wisdom they would be to do what makes you happy and find your passion in life. When you do, it will make all the difference.

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She is also a photographer who took this cute picture, and I found that she and I both share a favorite place: Cinque Terre, Italy. The walk alongside these cliffs is the via del ammore or "walk of love" (I want to take You here someday!)
Pookie & Pierre,
Thank-you for sharing your story and inspiration. I know what it is like to loose a close family member and it is great how you have learned to overcome (not that you can ever really overcome grief entirely) by using your artwork and contributing to this important cause! I appreciate the time you took to let us in on the work you are doing as well as the time (and talent) it takes for your gorgeous jewelry. I am so so sorry to hear about your mom; like you said, I know she is very, very proud. Readers, go ahead, check out her shop!

(and have some Pierre while you're at it!)

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