Monday, November 8, 2010

Pam, Billy Z, and Dragonfly Jewelry Designs

I spend a lot of time on the community pages of Beading Daily. If you’re into beading, I really urge you to check it out; the people there are wonderful and helpful, and it’s a great place to learn, ask questions, and show off what you’ve done. It is one of the most supportive communities I have ever belonged to.

Now, times are tough right at the moment, we all know that. Many of us are out of work, many who are working are struggling to make ends meet – it’s not easy. But what if, on top of the financial struggles we’re all facing, you were battling debilitating health problems as well?

Billy, one of the members of our tight little community, has a debilitating back condition that leaves him immobilized a lot of the time, and in excruciating pain for a lot more of the time. A serious heart condition makes medication a very unsafe option for him, and the moderate doses that he can take don’t control the pain very well. He puts on his game smile and tries, but it’s hard for all of us to see him struggling this way.
Acupuncture has provided him a lot of relief in the past; more, in fact, than the dangerous pain medications he had to take at one point, but his health insurance will not cover acupuncture treatments. He and his partner in life Pam, also a member of our community, are searching for solutions.

They’ve opened up an online shop at Artfire, and several other members of Beading Daily have donated time, talents, or merchandise to help them raise the money for Billy’s acupuncture treatments. What makes this great for you, the customer, is a chance to see many different talents coming together, and you can browse a great selection of wearable art made by my friends! It's a great opportunity to get some early Christmas shopping done, and the selection of pieces available in their store now is stunning. There's something for every style and budget!

So please stop by Pam and Billy’s Artfire store and if there’s something you’d like, please hit the “buy” button, and know that you’re helping out a worthy person who could really use a break.

Thanks so much for your support!


  1. Well said, Moira! Billy is a dear friend of mine, too, and a precious member of the BD family. The talent that came together in the Dragonfly Jewelry Designs Artfire Shop is incredible and I hope that our effort will at least help a little bit.

  2. Hear hear, Dagmar!!! I was so heartwarming to see the way everyone came together!