Friday, September 14, 2012

C.G.G.C Weekend Shopping Splurge: Style by Heart Jewelry

I'd like to introduce you all to a beautiful line of jewelry designed and handmade by my friend Western Bonime. I've known Western for almost 8 years and have had the pleasure of working with her in the fashion industry. She is a multi-faceted, multi-disciplined artist and one who seems to be able to master any creative endeavor she chooses to try. She is also a cancer survivor.

Western is self-employed and relies on her art to both make a living and pay for her medical care. I've asked her to write a little something about her diagnosis and her jewelry:
"In March of 2011, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 anal cancer with a tumor the size of a grapefruit and a second lesion on my liver. I like to call it "Sexy Ass Cancer." Anal sounds….well...anal, and that I am not. One day, I am hoping there will be as many blue, yellow, green, and red ribbons out there as there are pink ones. We cool girls are all in this together.  
When you're fighting a serious illness you have a lot of time to sit still...something I don’t do very well. Making jewelry and illustrating products has been a way for me to feel empowered. The goal is to help offset my medical bills, build confidence in my work, and provide me with an outlet for my belief that women should feel beautiful. By listening to our hearts and choosing quality fashion that reflects who we are and what we believe in, I hope to make us feel delicious."
Please visit Western's Etsy Shop "Style By Heart" where you will find elegant jewelry made with silver, gold, and natural gemstones crafted into organically-inspired shapes.

Western can really do anything.  Personalized fashion portraits, printed tees, and other specialized gift items are available upon request.  Ummm...have I ever mentioned that I like all things leopard? This drawing of hers is one of my absolute favorites.  It would be great to use on a party invitation or to frame and give as a gift.  Come up with your own idea and Western will bring it to life!

Original artwork by Western Bonime

Please visit Style By Heart and check out more of Western's soulful, beautifully crafted jewelry for yourself!  Your purchase will directly help a C.G.

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