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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Woman of Substance - Erika Price

Today's entry is about an incredible woman, one that I am proud to say I know. Well, barely. I have only just met Erika Price via my Etsy JET Team(Jewelry on Etsy Team) and it seems each week I learn more about her. I have thought this entry out a over a week now and just don't know how to do her justice. Instead of writing something I know nothing about, I will instead, copy her last blog entry and share part of her world with you. You see, Erika makes amazing jewelry and donates every last cent of proceeds to charity. Yes, you read it right, not just one item but the whole lot. Take a good look at her offerings and if you purchase something from her shop, you know you will not only get a fantastic piece of jewelry but will be helping a very good cause.

Enjoy reading her last blog entry......

As most of my readers will know, I donate the profits from everything I make to charity. I raise funds for Cancer Research UK, my village church, and various Tibetan causes, amongst other charities, and between now and Christmas I’m donating all the profits from my Etsy sales to the American Cancer Society in honour of my fellow-Etsian and cancer-sufferer-in-remission, Laura Slocum.

Today I want to share something with you about a very special person called Tanya Boden. I’ve never actually met Tanya, but I’ve had the privilege of corresponding with her. She lives in Thailand and together with her Thai husband, Attit, runs Aardvark Silver – a quality silver and gemstone supply business.

This summer, completely out of the blue, I received a Facebook message from Tanya asking if she could donate some of her gemstone beads for me to use in my creations – she had noticed my charity work and wondered if she could help in some way. I was amazed at such a generous offer! No-one had ever suggested such a thing before (or since, for that matter!), and for a fleeting moment I wondered if there was a catch! But Tanya, like me, just wants to “give something back”.

Not long afterwards I received the most amazing parcel crammed full of all these beautiful beads – all of which will eventually find their way into my jewellery creations and will thus ultimately benefit good causes. I aim to start listing these new designs on Etsy in early 2010, and you’ll know which ones incorporate Tanya’s beads because “sponsored by Aardvark Silver” will appear in each listing.

So I’d like to say a huge thank you to Tanya for being such a warm, caring and wonderful person, and for helping me to raise funds for good causes. And it’s not just me that she has helped – Tanya and Attit also support two boys from one of the villages in East Thailand, and are currently looking to raise enough funds to employ an English teacher in the area next year – a wonderfully worthy goal to help raise the level of education in the area. Thank you so much, Tanya!

So you see, not only is Erika a giving kind soul but she is also CONTAGIOUS! I hope you all catch her bug! Hope you enjoyed reading about a real woman of substance. I certainly admire her, surely you will as well. (please support her cause)