Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Bracelet for Villa - Progress Report

In a world where it sometimes seems that the rude, the greedy and the heartless triumph, I have seen that there is hope for this Third Rock from the Sun, even if it shows up in the form of a tiny charm.

I invited, and you responded-- 28 folks that wanted to do something for a person they don't even know and for no other motivation than it felt right to do. It was like a little miracle taking place in rural Vermont, watching those bundles of creativity and hope arrive in my mailbox, knowing each one was made just especially for Vila and sent with love and good wishes. All were handmade with care and all were different. Some were metal, some were resin, some were glass, some were polymer clay. All of them are precious to me and I look on them as on a great treasure because they came from the heart, the source of the greatest resource we have as human beings-- the ability to care about and empathize for a person other than ourselves.

As I sit here, my mind swirls with possibilities-- I'm thinking of a way to expand this out into the wider world, to keep sending hope in the form of a charm, to touch someone who we don't know at all but in whom we recognize our own humanity. A way of paying it forward. We know that our crafting community is worldwide, we could celebrate our global connection in the way we love best-- making art and sharing it!

Next Monday I'll announce the names that were picked by the random number generator to receive the thank-you gifts from me. I've added another two to the group-- but I'll keep the surprise until next week!

Thanks to all of you for your kind and thoughtful generosity and for being my partners in this. Bless you all!


  1. I am honored to be a part of this! So many beautiful charms ~ can't wait to see the finished bracelet!

  2. Christine
    It is sooooo wonderful to see the beautiful collection of special charms made just for Vila! I just know it will make her heart happy when she receives this!
    Your new idea is fantastic....just tell us when and where. :-)

  3. What an uplifting post! I'm sure the bracelet will mean the world to her. Thanks for sharing!

  4. this is just lovely - what a bracelet it is going to be! wouldn't it be wonderful to keep sharing the light and the love?

  5. What an awesome collection of hope. I am so honored to have been a part of this, Christine. And I love that you want to continue to shower the world with love through some sort of exchange or secret charming... Can't wait to see the finished project. Tell Vila that she is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Enjoy the day!

  6. It is an honour for me to be a part of this amazing project! The charms are fabulous, what a collection. The bracelet is sure to be full of positive energy and love.
    Can't wait to hear more of your thoughts...

  7. This is just wonderful! Thanks for posting. I think that there are so many looking for an opportunity to make even a tiny difference, so THANK YOU:D

  8. I'm so excited to see all our charms coming together - each one is like a little piece of love and hope! I am honored to be a part of this wonderful gift. What a lovely idea to continue making art for those in need!...Looking forward to hearing your thoughts...

  9. I really enjoyed looking at everyone's charms. I think I can spot some I know were sent by certain people. I hope Vila's doing okay. This will be a great gift to her. I can't wait to see the finished project. :-)

  10. Such beautiful charms for a lovely lady! I can feel the love and prayers when I look at them all, so powerful.

    I would like to be a part of your healing charms partnership. :)