Giving Hope Style: NEL and Covenant Mercies

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Roselyn who wasn’t living a fairy tale. Roselyn inherited syphilis from childbirth. Her mother died of AIDS and her father abandoned her; she lived with her grandmother. Syphilis had given her sores on her scalp and created an odor so strong other children couldn’t tolerate being around her, so she couldn’t go to school. With one simple treatment Roselyn could be cured, and the price of the cure? One venti skinny latte from Starbucks.

What does this story have to do with Philadelphia? Well, a non-profit just outside the city in Glen Mills, called Covenant Mercies, was able to pay the small sum for Roselyn’s cure through sponsorship money. Covenant Mercies is a non-profit organization, which extends compassion and support to orphans in Uganda, Ethiopia, and Zambia.

Covenant Mercies vision for orphans in these countries are as follows:

  • Enabling extended families of orphans to provide effective care through the Orphan Sponsorship Program
  • Building orphans’ homes
  • Providing adoptive homes for orphaned children
  • Providing Adoption Assistance grants for qualified families through the Orphans Fund

This vision is accomplished through the Orphan’s Initiatives program. The program consists of the orphan sponsorship program and orphan’s homes. The Orphan Sponsorship program is made possible by people who sponsor an orphaned child for $30 a month by filling out the Orphan Sponsorship Pledge form. The money goes towards medical, nutritional, and educational needs.

So, what is NEL and what does it have to do with this non-profit? NEL is my jewelry line, which incorporates only a couple materials to achieve varying creativity. The NEL design aesthetic is based upon simplicity and classic elegance combined with edge. NEL is not just about creating jewelry designs, but about raising awareness and support for non-profits. Now people like you can support this non-profit and in turn help children like Roselyn.

I’ve made a limited number of Hope bracelets for Covenant Mercies, and have priced them at a minimum of $15 with $5 of every purchase going to Covenant Mercies. Each order is packaged with either a tan or red burlap pouch tied with rope and comes with a Hope bookmark as a token of Covenant Mercies.

 But…you can donate more to the non-profit. The minimum amount you pay is $15, but you can set your purchase amount higher than $15; every additional dollar you pay for the bracelet goes fully to Covenant Mercies.
Send me a message on Etsy or email me if you would like to set your purchase amount higher for donations to Covenant Mercies. I will set up a special order for you.

{Order your bracelet here}

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-Elizabeth Wann {Writer & Designer}

Buy local, buy Handmade Philly!

Recently, I had the opportunity to spotlight Handmade Philly artist in my local library. At the Haverford Township Free Library located in Havertown, we have a fairly large glass display case which is currently filled with handmade lovelies!

So many fun items to buy!

It’s all over the news how terrible libraries are doing right now so our local Friends of the HTFL group is working hard to come up with creative ways to fill the gaps in our library’s budget. Hence the consignment shop! Now we’re able to help out local artist’s trying to get their work out to a broader audience while all the profits go to the library. Thanks so much for all the Handmade Philly artists who are participating!

If you’re a local artist (to the Philly area) and would like the opportunity to show your wares, please contact

And if you’re looking for a great gift now – stop by the library!!

~Nicole Bruno

Career Wardrobe Silent Auction


Thank you to the Handmade Philly team members who contributed to the silent auction for The Career Wardrobe’s annual fundraising event, A Perfect Fit, held June 3 at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. This package will be auctioned off to benefit The Career Wardrobe a nonprofit organization providing professional clothing and support to low-income women transitioning into the workforce. Since 1995, The Career Wardrobe has assisted over 50,000 women by inspiring the confidence necessary to recognize their capacity for self-reliance and achieving independence. The Handmade in Philly package will include custom haiku tea cups by Teaspoons & Petals, a knitted handbag furnished with recycled materials by Brass In Pocket Knits, and greeting cards by Flying Fox Design.

Tickets for the event are available at

Philly Etsy Team Members Donate Items to Art Auction & Raffle

Mew Gallery has become an important community hub for artists and crafters in the Philly area. Not only do they hold art exhibits and consign w/ tons of fabulous independent super-talented folks, they also serve as a meeting spot for Philly Etsy Team monthly meetings and events including Craftadelphia. When we were preparing for the Philly Sewing Collective’s Swap-a-rama-rama, Mew allowed us to set up tables and sewing machines which enabled us to work as a team to sew the goodie bags we gave out.

Once a year, Mew holds a Fundraiser. Now you might wonder why a for-profit organization would be having a fund-raiser but have you ever wondered why there aren’t more fabulous places just like Mew? Well one of the many reasons would be utilities and another is rent. Seriously…I want to be sure these guys are here for another year, because they in turn help to ensure that the Philly Etsy Team and all the independent artists in this community have a place to sell their glorious goods and a place to meet year round. So if you are in the area, please consider stopping by so that you can help support local arts and join us for the fun.

When: March 3, 2009 from 6 to 10 pm

Where: South Philly Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia

What: Beer specials, silent auction, raffle, djs, dancing, and general merriment.

How much? $5 suggested donation

Win fabulous stuff (photography, paintings, prints, jewelry, clothing, zines, candles, ceramics, and sooooo much more!!!) from participating artists:

Alina tees & zines, Anna Burke photography, Beck’s Buttons jewelry, Bell Buoy Press, Boto Designs, Faceplant Wasted, Flying Fox, Gray Nation, Isaac Bushkin, J.L. Schnabel, Jessica Liddel, Joy Stember, KnitKnit, Lana Heckendorn, Lauren Lopez, Leslie Albend, Megan Dorien, Mike Geno, Miss Koco, Nicole Rae Styer, Rebelle Couture, Sarah Myers, Shannon McLaughlin, Sideways E, Tiny Airplanes, Tranquility jewelry, Un De Six clothing, WabiSabi, Warren Veith, and COUNTING!!!

The Second Annual Mew Gallery FUNdraiser!

Posted On February 29, 2008

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Mew Gallery LLC Announces: The Second Annual Mew Gallery FUNdraiser! Philadelphia, PA – March 5, 2008 -Mew Gallery will be hosting its second annual fundraiser on March 5, 2008 at North Star Bar (27th and Poplar Streets). The event starts at 8 PM, it’s $5 at the door, and 21 to enter.

Last year’s fundraiser was a gigantic success so this year the girls at MEW are making it BIGGER and BETTER with musical performances by:Rio VougaRarebirdsMovable TypeSICU, and Nicole Carey. Like last year, there will be a silent art auction and raffle featuring work from Hobo Arona, Itty Bitty Bags, Melissa Crotty, Aviaire, j.l. Schnabel, Alaina G, and many more talented local artists! Raffle tickets give you a chance to win jewelry, ceramics, clothing, journals, stationary, and lots more hand made awesomeness. All proceeds will go toward The Mew Gallery Recession Repression Fund so the art exhibitions, opening celebrations, boutique, craft nights, and general Mew Gallery goodness can keep on keepin’ on. Can’t make the fundraiser but still want to help out? Sure, Mew Gallery accepts donations!! Visit Paypal to send an electronic gift using the following email address: Thanks for your love and support!!!