Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Helping Hearts Post from UEF Forums

It is with deep sadness we must share the news of the tragic loss suffered by Cindy Boardman, known here as designedbylucinda, a UEF moderator and long time member of the Etsy community.

On Thursday, February 3rd an accidental fire took her home, pets, and claimed the life of her 11 year old son, Kevin. No words can convey the shock and sadness we feel, Cindy is an active and valued member of our community and we share in her grief during this incredibly difficult time. Our thoughts, prayers and most profound sympathies are with Cindy and her family.

Her husband Robert Boardman's co-workers have set up a fund to assist the family with medical and living expenses. Donations and care packages can be sent here:

Boardman Family Fund
Knight Communications
10150 Mallard Creek Rd.
Suite 201
Charlotte, NC 28262

Update from Cindy's friend: Please do not send clothes or household items at the moment, as they have some donations already and will be living at a temporary location for a while.

DONATIONS UPDATE: PayPal donations for our contribution of a small arrangement and cash donation can be sent to:
(please note the name on the account is that of one of UEF's moderators, who used her personal details in order to get it set up ASAP)

For those that wish to donate, please note that if you send the money as personal>gift, no fees will be deducted IF the funds are transferred from another paypal account... if using a credit card to donate, it is our understanding that a fee will be applied.

Please direct any questions about the paypal fund to punch or admin (quirke).

UPDATE Wed Feb 9: The funeral will be held on Saturday February 12th. UEF member HappyHound who lives in Charlotte will be picking up and taking flower arrangments to the funeral. The funds for the arrangements will be coming from the forboardmanfamily PayPal fund.

Community Quilt for Lucinda - Info Here:

Big Cartel Donation Shop - if you can donate some items for sale, please read here:

Monday, February 7, 2011

So, I've neglected this a few days due to Etsy changes

And my feelings about them. They've completely eliminated the forums and encouraged us to create "teams" instead. By doing this, they've alienated a lot of buyers and sellers and took the community feel out of the site.

Therefore, I will not be renewing my items on etsy and am slowly moving to Artfire. Artfire has a lot of applications that I like, including being able to purchase items without having to sign up for the site. You can have a kiosk on facebook, as well as a cart on your blog. This alone makes it pretty sweet, and makes me wish I had signed up sooner.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Key to My Goth Heart

So, I'm experimenting in weaving with wire. And, I'm having a total blast. I'm currently using parawire and copper wire because of the exorbitant price of sterling wire. I created this heart using silver and black parawire. My new addiction may be making keys, hopefully I'll go back to the dragons soon! I have one all wrapped waiting for beads...

Key to My Goth Heart

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

So, I'm working on posting more often

So, I'm working on posting more often but my mind is drawing a blank today on what to post about. :) Isn't that just the way it goes? I've been working on items for the art gallery that carries my work the past few days. I finished 2 bracelets and 5 pairs of earrings. And, I finished the bracelet I'm making for this:
Keith is my friend and I'm hoping that this works out very well for him!

Auctions for Artists
Auctions for Artists

Meet Our First Artist: Keith

I'd like to introduce you to Keith, the inaugural artist for this endeavor.  Grab a cup of coffee and learn a little about this fantastic guy!


In 2007, Keith was diagnosed with Pleomorphic Rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of skeletal tissue cancer rarely found in adults. In 2008, he managed to beat it back and hoped to live cancer-free but it returned in 2009 and spread further into his system. Undaunted, he continues to fight while raising his two little girls.

An artist as well as an experienced IT leader, Keith has been diligent about looking for full-time employment but has been hampered by his battle with cancer. Because full-time work has been elusive, Keith tapped into his abundantly creative side and has been sharing his artistic talents with the world through his shops online while continuing to focus on spending time with his daughters.

The costs of fighting cancer are astronomical. Radiation treatments are thousands of dollars per treatment. Boosters for the immune system cost $1,100 per treatment. The cost of the oral chemo regimen he is on (his heart cannot handle the stress of IV sessions) is $56,000 per year and while a large part of that is covered through charitable organizations, he is still being asked to absorb almost $2,000 a month in medication costs. There is also the cost of therapy, as the emotional burden of fighting cancer and the other issues it raises are hundreds of dollars each month.

Every month, Keith has to choose between his medical needs, basic necessities such as groceries and clothing, and providing a place for he and his daughters to live. The financial and emotional burden is very high, yet Keith still does what he can to help out others in his own way whether it be assisting them with design work or sending leftover supplies he can't use to those who can put them to good use.


So, now the good work begins!  As stated before, this site will depend on donations from people for items to sell and lots of high bidders to buy all the goodies put up for auction.  Please contact me at if you have an item you'd like to donate.  Keith's personal auction will take place from 8:00 a.m. (central) on Monday, January 24th through 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30th.

More details will be forthcoming, but for now, let's see what you've got!

If any of you would like to make a monetary donation directly to Keith through PayPal, please e-mail me and I will give you his address.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cold weather

I won't be spending much time on the computer today,  it's 19f here in northeastern NC, and I live in a 200 year old house that I'm trying to heat 2 rooms of with portable heaters. It just doesn't work that well when it gets this cold. I'm going to be spending most of my day snuggled under my electric blanket that I'm very grateful I purchased last month. :)
By the way, this weather just ain't right for NC! Where's my warmer weather? We had snow once, I'm happy. Come back warmer weather! I miss you!

Have a good one y'all!


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Book Review Weave, Wrap, Coil: Creating Artisan Wire Jewelry

Well y'all I am truly blessed with amazing friends. I was emailed after I posted asking about this book on the forums saying I would be able to give a review for this book because it was being sent to me. :)

I received it in the mail today. I will say that there are only a few tutorials I would not be interested in trying. That is way above average for me. The instructions are illustrations that are done very, very well. They go into enough detail for a beginner, but the designs are still interesting enough for a more experienced wire worker to create. I am so happy to have this one, and I can't wait to start creating!


Friday, January 7, 2011

Amethyst ring

So, I haven't created many rings for my shop. I made this one a little while back, but could never get a good picture of it. I took new pictures of it yesterday, when I was trying to upgrade some of the photos in my shop. I'm rather pleased on how well it came out. This is a very small, delicate ring, and will fit a size 5 best. It would make a great pinky ring! :)
Size 5 Amethyst Ring