WOW, is the word that comes to mind when I see this artist's work. Jupita's is an amazing Etsy store where you can buy upcycled handmade Jewelry and art. I am honored to be able to host this giveaway and you will feel the same if you win one of these bracelets. There is also a story and inspiration behind the artwork by Jennifer who is the creator of this exquisite jewelry and art work. Jennifer gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Othello who was born with a rare condition called gastroschisis. This is when a child is born with the intestines outside the body. At nine months old Othello under went a five organ transplant a new stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas and small intestine, this transplant gave Othello fourteen more months of life. Othello then passed away July 1st 2004. Being a mother I cant imagine the pain from losing a child and I don't think anyone else who has not had to endure this kind of tragedy could. Jennifer took her creativity with jewelry, sculpting and drawing to bring awareness to transplants and other families going through the same thing she did. The cost of this transplant was more then her family could afford and the insurance would not cover the entire cost, so Jennifer's family contacted the Children's Organ Transplant Association where they gave them the stepping stones to start fundraising for Othello's organ transplant. This kind of cost is unjust to any family that has to face the possible loss of a child and so Jennifer who has been in the exact situation now donates the money she makes from her Jewelry, sculptures and art to help these families in need of financial assistance. Over the last month I have been able to have a few conversations with Jennifer about her goals and have found an amazing person behind the scene. She is now the mother of toddling twins and knowing how much work it is when you have a toddler, she still finds a little time to whip up this beautiful Jewelry having two toddlers. Jennifer's jewelry is one of a kind and being recycled from plastic gift cards make them that more intriguing. I spent a little time looking around in her store to see all the designs she has come up with and wondered why she hasn't gone global with her amazing jewelry. I wanted to show you a few pieces that are my favorite and then you can head on over to Jennifer's Jupita shop and check it out for yourself. This necklace displayed on the right is one of my most favorite and I love how it brings definition to the neckline and then draws your attention in to the center of the chest. What an amazing piece. I am also showing a sculpture from her other store Drops of Jupita where she has her sculptures and art work listed. This piece on the left is a bracelet made of gift cards in the shape of guitar picks and I love how she displayed it on top of her art work. Jennifer has also decided to not only giveaway a bracelet which will be the giveaway for this month but also she will be donating a piece from her Drops of Jupita shop next month. She will be giving away one of her bracelets this month to one lucky reader and then next month she will be sculpting a piece for one lucky reader as well. Jennifer needs your help to bring awareness to the life saving of transplants and the needs of families that are going through the same financial burden she once endured. Jennifer is also going to let the winner of this drawing pick the bracelet of their choice and with the designs she has listed in her Jupita store, this will be a fabulous giveaway. You can learn more about transplants and how you can help by visiting Othello's www.othellosmithfoundation.tk foundation page and read more about how one family helped out another in their time of grief.
Now Win It: Jupita's is giving away one bracelet of your choice to one lucky winner. So to win one of these Upcycled bracelets Follow my blog and then head on over to Jupita's and then come back and comment on what piece you would choose if you win.Once you have picked your favorite bracelet check out www.unos.org or www.cota.org and add to your comment something you didnt know before about organ transplants. Be sure to check them all out you might find a special gift for someone else. All entries must be in by September 11th 12:00 a.m. EST and the winner will be chosen by Random.org and posted no later then noon on September 11th.
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*Entry 8: Email a friend about this giveaway and then CC: it back to me Bm1carson@gmail.com
*Entry 9: Enter into one of my other giveaways.. You will reveive an entry for each giveaway you enter into. Be sure to leave a comment for each giveaway you enter into.
*Entry 10: Follow Jennifer's blog Not so Photo JEN ic to stay up to date on her new creations.
1.This giveaway is open to US residents only and you must be at least 18 years of age.
2. You must have the required entry completed before any extra entries will be counted.
3. All winners have 48 hours to respond with full contact information by email. Be sure that you do this so you don't get skipped. If the winner does not respond in 48 hours then a new winner will be chose.
4.Most important: HAVE FUN !!!!!!