Saturday, July 18, 2009

Giving Back -- Cast your Vote!

This year especially, MerCurios has seen it's share of success and I am truly grateful. I've been wanting to give back for a while now, however, couldn't decide on a direction.

Moving forward, I would like to donate $1.00 from each sale to charity. This would include retail sales as well as wholesale & consignment orders.

The idea is to involve my customers -- give them (you) the choice of where the $1.00 is going. To keep things simple I will offer 3 charities. You, the customer, would choose which of the 3 charities to donate your dollar to.

I need to narrow down the list to three charities. This is not any easy task as each and every charity & cause holds significant importance to its founder and the community its helps.

So who would you donate to? St Judes? Autism speaks? Stand up 2 Cancer? Coalition for the homeless? ASPCA? Susan G. Koman? Rescue Ink? And the list goes on & on... What charities are closest to your heart?

At the end of the day, I would like to see diversity & to keep the donations in my backyard (United Sates).

Based on your suggestions, I will announce the three charities on August 1st and the donations will be retro active through January 2009. They will be sent to the respective charities at the end of the calendar year.

Cast your vote!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Some would call it an obsession

If you haven't already guessed, I have an obsession with the Evil Eye. I can't tell you where my obsession started or how it began, what I can tell you is it's very obsession that is. Whether or not you believe in the power of the Evil Eye, now that's totally up to you.

Flowered Sky creates some of the most alluring Evil Eye's I've come across. I've been using her glass Evil Eye beads in my work for years. Not only is Flowered Sky talented with glass, she is a successful jewelry designer as well. Below is a sample of her work -- please stop by her shop & tell her MerCurios sent you!

Flowered Sky Beads ~AND~ Flowered Sky

Here is my interpretation of Flowered Sky's beautiful bead work....