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Ingrid Webster - Dreaming of Love and Peace

"It all started with the inception of the Neverending Necklace on July 21st 1998, when the necklace itself was simply named "Love & Peace Project" back then.

This project was born when I read about a Veteran's charity in a local newspaper - the Palm Beach Post.

It was by means of that passionate reporting, when I learned about Chris Noel's "Vetsville Cease Fire House", and how it helped homeless and/or disabled Veterans get shelter, emotional support and resources to reclaim their lives.

Having served dozens of Jewelers in Palm Beach County designing and repairing pearl jewelry, I had been working with beads then already for about a decade. So it was a natural jump for me to create a visually intriguing awareness project by using beads. 

In its infancy, the string of love and peace was a vehicle to raise money for Veterans. But then it quickly became a hobby, something to do on weekends, since it really did not generate enough money for charity. Still, the Neverending Necklace slowly grew and took shape, and it changed to an awareness project for love, peace, unity, acceptance and kindness. At the same time it became clear that it would be a lasting commitment.

Over the years, this had become a long and ardent journey, including of course, many ups and downs.

Because of physical limitations (having lost a good portion of my eyesight due to a series of mini strokes), I could no longer drive and show the necklace at events. The still fledgling internet seemed to hold a solution: expose the sections of the necklace to the world, and offer sponsorships to businesses in order to generate money for the charities.

But by then, the economy had turned sour. The Webster household lost its income, businesses couldn't afford sponsoring or much advertising, and the priorities of life shifted just to make it through the infamous recession of 2009. (Which, by the way, really started in 2006. Ask anyone in the construction industry.)

Somehow, the Neverending Necklace survived.

And between all the "keep your chin up" and "it could be worse" that almost everybody had experienced, people still dedicated beads. In addition, they so generously donated beads for use on the necklace.

Gestures of love they were. And without anybody realizing, these actions kept my faith and hope alive.

Enter a renewed commitment to the string that carries the love of so many.

The "idle time" - courtesy of a lousy economy, afforded me to create more panels. I popped out sections like crazy, since at least it kept me occupied. This process put me in a state of "Zen", where I could string the countless beads, ponder about what really matters in life, and make plans for the future of the necklace.

This included the idea of finding an exhibit space, where the beads can be visited throughout the year. It will become a reality with the opening of a Love, Peace and Beads Museum in the future. So naturally, a lot of info about pearls and beads will be found there too, because I would like to share my vast knowledge and pass it on to the next generation.

My focus has moved away from working with bead design and repairs alone. Spreading kindness, love and hope has become my life's true purpose. I design and craft the CertifiCards for those of you wanting to give recognition in a positive way.

These CertifiCards go back about forty years, when I attended what now would be called a magnet school with focus on art and design. Calligraphy and the art of words was (and still is) my particular strength, which I inherited from my father.

My first certificate was created during that time, when a local brewery approached me to produce hand written pieces of appreciation for its customers. That skill served me well during my college time and beyond.

Over the years, many friends have received certificates, which I made individually and with my heart infused into them. They always touched recipients in a very special way. It made them happy.

Because of these friend's reaction, I thought they should be available to anybody, so their friends and family can feel the joy of getting a meaningful gift of recognition. You can find samples of these uniquely hand crafted CertifiCards on this website.

Born and raised in Würzburg, Germany, I found (and now live with) my husband in South Florida. But that's a story for another time..."

 

 

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