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This is my Auntie Karen. I call her my aunt though we have no technical blood relation — she’s been a friend of the family since before I was born. Essentially, she’s filled the grandmother role in my life.
She is almost seventy years old and retired from teaching a few years ago. As you might know, teaching doesn’t pay particularly well. Right now she’s struggling hard to pay her rent and pay for food and her cats, working part-time jobs when she can and pretty much living day-to-day.
Auntie Karen can also bead like a motherfucker.
She has literally hundreds of beaded creations lying around her house, so I convinced her to open an Etsy shop to make some pocket change. (I’m handling the listing of products since she isn’t great with computers. All the products are purely made by her, though.)
The top image is one of her bracelets. Every single one of those little shimmers you see is an individual bead. There are hundreds strung together just so to create that pattern.
Here are a few other items you can find in her shop right now:
LOOK HOW GORGEOUS THESE EARRINGS ARE WTF
TINY DARLING ANGEL EARRINGS
LOOK SOME EARRINGS TO MATCH THE HEADER IMAGE
WOW PRETTY SPARKLY BLUE BEADS
THIS IS AN ADORABLE CAT PIN
HOLY SPIRAL STITCHING??
AND FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR CUTE PLACES TO STORE THEIR TREASURES —
In the coming few days there’s going to be dozens more crafts listed on her Etsy shop. This is a start. Most items are priced between 10 and 25 US dollars (honestly underpriced for the amount of work that goes into them). The exception is the header bracelet, which is 50.
Currently she can only ship to people in the US.
It would be great if you could signal boost this so that people can see it. And if you’re in the US and have a little extra cash to spend, please take a few minutes to peruse her shop and see if you like anything! I guarantee that all of her work is long-lasting and beautiful, and she could really use the money it would bring in.
Here is her shop. Thanks for reading all this and have a lovely day!
She made her first sale today and has been dancing around all day beaming with delight and exclaiming, “I can buy cat food! I can buy toilet paper now!”
She’s so excited && it’s really cute. Thanks so much to everybody who has reblogged & continues to share this.