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
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.)
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
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.
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
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
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..."
Meet the charities
who receive sponsor donations
Meet the Love & Peace Ambassadors >
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Gem & Mineral
Society of the Palm Beaches