Archive for the ‘The Big 10 Alliance’ category

The Studio Earth Initiative in Review

November 15, 2010

In this post I’ll write about how Studio Earth was first conceptualized, contemplated, then planned and put into action. A lot of time has spanned from the inception, so this writing will be as much for me as it is for all of those interested in the Studio Earth Initiative. I  openly invite anyone to comment or ask questions if they come up. The doors of communication are open and Studio Thirty Three is the threshold of this endeavor.

I remember when I first had the idea to establish Studio Thirty Three which was destined to become a retail business with a creative twist to selling. It was in the winter (Feb of 2006) that I launched a business supporting my vision of a better world that began in my own community. It began at 33 Pigeon St. in downtown Waynesville,  enough off the beaten path for a working jewelry design studio and gallery which served as the incubator for a business plan that was awarded the Small Business Start-up grant of $10,000. Selling retail was not the primary focus as I have carved a niche in designing and creating unique handcrafted, custom jewelry for any occasion; especially engagement rings and wedding sets. This and the scheduled shows  constitute the majority of business. Studio Thirty Three is also in the process of expanding into a wholesale market which prompted our move to a new location.

What happened in the 4 years at 33 Pigeon St. was a blessing, but also a compromise. I stayed very busy, often working very late just to make sure the work was done, especially around Christmas. One year, it was in 2008 I worked 460 hours for the month. That’s crazy. I promised I would never do that again. It was a great season no doubt, especially in the midst of an economic challenge, but at what price was I willing to continue to work with my main objective just simmering on the back burner. The following year I began to devise a strategy that would allow me to  create the Studio Earth Signature Series – a line of affordable jewelry that will assist many non profit organizations with  a sustainable source of revenue. I already had some of the pieces in production and everywhere I turned, I seemed to be doing something for a charitable organization. This new production line has so much potential!

The passion to enlist this  was fueled with the support of the organizations as well as the colleagues and confidants with whom the vision was shared. In December of 2009 I would spend the last Christmas working into the wee hours. I began to actively develop the Studio Earth body of work. It is now a year later and I am ready to hire the assistant I need to get this work done.

In February of 2010, the Pepsi Refresh project came about, In April, a grant proposal was submitted and accepted, and in May I began the quest for Pepsi funding. That is also how this blog began. Keeping people informed is important and blogs are a great way to acomplish that.

Our first month in Pepsi, we moved into the top 100 where the projects who make it that far automatically are rolled over into the next months competition. After 6 months of toggling on the border of winning and not winning, it was time to move on and leave Pepsi behind. Not all was lost however. Partnerships were forged, friendships gained and alliances created out of the Pepsi fizz and for these very things I am extremely grateful. I also experienced the connectivity of my local community and how much support poured into the Studio Earth Initiative. Just on that note alone, it is cause to continue.

November begins a busy season for Studio 33. Christmas is coming, custom orders are being taken and much work has gone into getting the new location set up to provide ample working space for two assistants. The new location also has a comfortable sitting area and gallery space which offers a unique experience to those coming to visit. Appointments here are very necessary. Currently we have a studio tour going on through next weekend, November 19 through the 21, from 11:00 AM to 7 PM.  All are invited to attend, but please RSVP email or phone. diannah.studio33@gmail.com  or 828-452-4264.

Meanwhile, there is still much work to do. Studio Thirty Three has been nominated for another grant; is actively involved in the Good Dreams Group; (our Facebook presence); a website; http://www.gooddreams.org/ and a soon to be published blog. We are inviting all of you who dream and dare to act on your dreams, to join us. This is a great group of dedicated people that has been one of the more obvious reasons Studio Thirty Three stayed so long in the Pepsi Challenge. This month you can still support the November active Good Dreams Projects in Pepsi, as your votes for them are most welcomed.

I have shared our mission statement with you and again extend an open invitation to all to join in and be inspired. It is because of this group that Studio Thirty Three has another chance for a different grant that could ultimately be worth $50K! Here are the details:

Studio Thirty Three nominated for a $25,000 small business grant from Intuit!

Go to this link:  http://bit.ly/Studio33WNC to vote and leave a comment to increase the chances of Studio 33 winning.

If the previous link fails: http://lovealocalbusiness.intuit.com/pages/fan?b_id=22836&cid=ad120x60&format=html

You may also do the following:

  1. Text # 244-326 with Studio33 (no spaces) in message box.
  2. Send.
  3. Reply to response #1 with your name.
  4. Send.
  5. Reply to response #2 with the reason you like Studio33.
  6. Send.

You will get a reply thanking you for the vote.

Please share this – it only takes a minute. Each vote is like a lottery ticket and the more votes earned the greater the chances. The comments are also an integral part of the voting, so please tell Intuit what you love about Studio Thrity Three. This Intuit grant is geared for businesses looking to expand.

Thank you so much for your support!

Diannah Beauregard

Studio Thirty Three
Waynesville, NC
828-452-4264

 

 

 

Advertisements

Studio Thirty Three Has A New Look!

November 4, 2010

From August until now, much time has been spent moving and restructuring the business of Studio 33. After four years of being located in downtown Waynesville, this change is as good as it is exciting. The location of my new studio and gallery space is perfect for the new developments going on for Studio 33. Not only am I now able to focus my attention on my work, but I am also able to enjoy the beautiful place that I live. Not that downtown Waynesville isn’t beautiful, it is a great town. But here just outside of town at the foot of Plott Balsam, I am totally surrounded by nature, a national forest, streams, hiking trails, hummingbirds, (you get the picture). The environment in which one creates is important for any artist. As a visionalry artist I am driven by the natural world, inspired by ancient cultures and traditions and I thrive on peace and quiet.

Here in my new digs I am ready to invite you all to come and see for yourself, the expansion of Studio 33 (yes, I finally have more studio space)! It is in this location that I will be more effective in designing, creating and producing the new lines of jewelry that I have been thinking about and talking about for the past few years. I want you all to see the breath of fresh air that rides on the wind here in my Balsam location.

For those of you (and I hope that has been everyone) that have been voting for us, Studio 33 has also taken a break from doing the Pepsi shuffle, hoping to coast in the top 100 and return after the holidays with a renewed sense of self, of community and enlivened passions from everyone that has been supporting the Studio Earth Initiative over the last 6 months. I know we can achieve this goal, but for now, we have stepped aside to support others, while holding on to the threads of hopes and dreams in the Alliance we have formed with some very special people. You will hear more about our Good Dreams team, but meanwhile, I invite you all to check out our website at GoodDreams.org and become inspired by our dreams and visions and share some of yours with us.

“Good Dreams is a nesting ground for charitable visions, passionate acts of giving, and the people who bring good dreams to life. Good Dreams is powered by the synergy of human kindness and people’s desire to guide and lead each other to a higher level of community and teamwork”.

Our site is an open forum. We invite all to share their message of caring and community. We are also on Facebook! Everyone is welcome to join our ever expanding network of friends in this unified field of dreams and dreamers! Right now, you can support Good Dreams across America, by voting for the group that will inspire you! Here is the link: http://pep.si/b15kpO Vote for this team to win in November! Studio 33 is taking a break, but will be back to win!

After you have visited our Good Dreams site (hopefully you voted), please look at your calendars and mark the day you want to come through the studio tour that is planned for Nov. 12 through the Nov. 14 and the following weekend also, Nov. 19 through Nov. 21. That will be all day Friday through Sunday, from 10 AM to 7 PM on both weekends. RSVP please if you plan on attending. There will be refreshments, music and door prizes, so be sure not to miss this event! I’m excited to see everyone again.

 

Mandelbrot fractal

Here is a sneak preview of something new, and more surprises in the works!

Oh, and please contact me by email or phone to let me know when you plan on coming. It will be good to know how many people to prepare  for!  See you all soon I hope!

 

Blessings to All.

Diannah Beauregard

Studio Thirty Three

studio33jewelry.com

diannah.studio33@gmail.com

 

 

URGENT: Studio Thirty Three Needs You NOW!

October 17, 2010

To the Many individuals who are voting strong every day, THANK YOU! And to the many others who are not, please consider this post carefully.

It is time to make this happen – to join together as a community. We have been wading in and out of winning for too many months. Studio 33  cannot do this alone; we need everyone to do their one small part. Get on line and vote!!! Text message your vote, ask your friends and family to vote. Just do it today and every day remaining in October.

It is October 17. There is less than 2 weeks left to this month which means that we have limited time to regain our position in the lead for the $50K grant that we have been rallying for since May. Yes, since May, it is hard to believe that we have spent nearly 6 months – always being so close and in the lead. It is hard to imagine why we can’t seem to maintain enough voting strength at the end. Perhaps I have not made  it clear what we need to do as a community. This post is exactly that.

We seem to loose ground on weekends. Here are some ideas to guide you.

  • Text message votes are easy, quick and are being done on a large scale, at ball games, in stadiums at all types of events that have many people that will listen to an announcement or pay attention to the flyers being handed out with voting information. Most of the radical shifts in rankings are due to massive “text message voting” at events.
  • TEXT 100505 to Pespsi @ 73774. If you have unlimited text messaging, then please vote for our dedicated team that has helped us reach the top. Do you all realize how many tens of thousands of votes are needed daily to win? Most of these votes come from our Good Dreams Team. All text numbers will follow this post.
  • If there is an event planned, of any kind, a fund  raiser or concert of festival of any kind, volunteers of any of the organizations that will benefit from this grant can be helping to network. I have sent a flyer to everyone that  can be printed and shared on a large scale.
  • Email reminders to vote on line should go out daily at this point.
  • If you are one of the nonprofit organizations that will ultimately benefit from the Studio Earth Initiative once it gets going (with the help of this grant), I would ask you to consider any of these things, and to think outside the realm of the usual to figure out how you can help to promote and increase your votes from your individual networks.

I have been blessed to have a few dedicated volunteers who have worked relentlessly with me to not only maintain, but increase our support. We have been at this for 6 months and would hate to loose again because we could not ante up the vote count. But honestly and ultimately, it is up to the many of you who stand to benefit from this grant. Students who would potentially earn a scholarship should all be voting and spreading the word while also having your friends and families voting. The vision for this project and it’s potential is so huge, I think it would be an absolute waste if everyone wasn’t voting to help us win.

Wake up Haywood County and get on line and vote, text message your vote and tell your friends to vote! $50K here in our county would make a big difference in the lives of many. I hope this becomes your understanding and motivates everyone to help make this happen. Collectively we can do this!

Text Vote #’s: Send each project # as the text message to 73774 (one project# per text)

  1. Studio 33  ::  100505
  2. Skip Program  :: 100847
  3. Casting for Recovery  ::  101715
  4. Tilden Playground  ::  100507
  5. Buss Fitness  ::  100585
  6. Avalon  ::  102340
  7. Redlands Bowl  ::  102320
  8. Tualatin Elementary  ::  100321
  9. St. Joseph School  ::  100242
  10. TwHistory  ::  102066

Thank you!

Diannah Beauregard

Studio Thirty Three and the Studio Earth Initiative

http://big10alliance.org/

http://pep.si/Vote-Big-10

http://studio33jewelry.com

*If you are not familiar with the full potential of what this is about, please explore some earlier posts about the Studio Earth Initiative.

Supporting the Path of Good Dreams

October 6, 2010

Have you ever had a theme song that has run through your life, appearing at random in the most unusual or most auspicious times? In my generation of baby boomer’s there was a genre of music produced that will never fall away, like “the Beatles”. In this particular case, it was a different band, but apparently still listened to because a google search awarded the find of a Youtube for your listening pleasure.  For those of you in a younger generation , you might not remember “TenYears After”, but there is a song I just can’t shake. Here it is,  light years later….  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzrUqAtUcpU

Why now, do I have this song in the forefront of my mind? I’ll tell you.

“I’d love to change the world……but I don’t know what to do”…….So I’ll leave it up to you……

There are many of us who have come together to create change in a challenged world where the “law of increasing entropy needs organizing power”. I am borrowing that line from my friend Michael Mamas, a spiritual guide and teacher to many. I heard him say that during a meditation retreat at Mt. Soma, and it stuck, like the Ten Years After Song. The time is now. Now is the Time. We have organized our Dreams.

The organizing power for me, is the joining of all  good dreams; awakened of individuals vying for a better world. It is interesting to me that we have found each other, our field of dreams, in a “Pepsi contest“. By now, I think everyone has become aware of the 20 million dollars that Pepsi is transferring to community minded projects all across America. What most people don’t realize is that we all have that song running through our hearts, We all want to change the world, and we have a dream to realize that will manifest the change, and ultimately, here in this Pepsi playground, it is being “left up to you”.

We have made the dream real by believing in it. We have worked hard to get our voices heard to be competing in Pepsi. We have made it to the leading spots to realize that our dreams are possible. But ultimately it is all up to you. A simple vote. All you have to do is vote. It seems so little to ask. People are busy. I get that. What I don’t get is why someone wouldn’t take a few minutes out of their time on the computer or cell phones, to cast a vote in our favor – We are destined to win by your votes; votes that will enable these dreams of a better world to awaken into realization.

Our 250K partners – Skip Program and Casting for Recovery are my first examples;

Skip Program was developed on June 5, 2009, in memory of George “Skip” McKeone Jr. On June 5, 1966, Skip was killed at the age of 9 while crossing the street in Mount Gretna, PA. Skip was a member of the Cornwall Baseball Team.

The Skip Program was started with money donated in the memory of Alice V. McKeone.

Shared qualities run through the lives of Mt. Gretnans who come to be regarded as legends. Quietly and without fanfare, they add to the lives of their neighbors — with gifts of laughter, friendship, faith, comfort and compassion. 

Alice McKeone, who lived out the last 64 years of her life in a cottage on First Street in the Campmeeting, knew both joys and tragedy. She and her husband raised five children there, three of whom survive. An eight-year-old son was killed while crossing Route 117. Another son, Thomas, a pastor, passed away last year. Her husband, George McKeone Sr., had died in the living room of the cottage she cherished, the cottage where she herself passed away last Saturday. 

Yet she filled up her 86 years in joyful service to others. A few weeks before she died she was busy assembling prayer shawls to comfort others in times of stress. For more years than anybody can count, she devoted her life to the volunteer fire company, serving for over a decade as the ladies auxiliary president. She became known for her famous ham and bean soup, flavored with the Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy known as rivels and based on a recipe passed down by her grandmother. It was the essential ingredient in nearly 30 years of successful fire company fundraisers.

Alice left memories that several generations will honor. Such are the qualities of those who make a difference in the communities where they live.

Skip Program believes all children should be given the opportunity to play sports and participate in community activities.  Sports and community activities are a large part of childhood.  Skip Program wants to provide assistance to underprivileged children whom, without donations, would not be able to participate. This Pepsi grant of $250K for Skip Program would go far and wide to have a positive impact on the lives of many children. It deserves everyones votes.

For more information visit the Skip Program website at http://www.skipprogram.com/

Casting for Recovery is dedicated to supporting women on their journey with breast cancer.  Since 1996, CFR has offered unique healing retreat programs featuring fly-fishing in the curriculum.  The gentle casting motion is therapeutic and the natural environments are healing in themselves. Our focus is on survivorship. CFR offers 43 programs in 30 states,at no cost to the participants.  The $250,000 grant from Pepsi Refresh would enable Casting for Recovery to add seven new retreats and reach more women in need. It too, deserves everyones votes.

Everywhere we look and in the eyes of everyone we know, there is a loss or a victory to the battle of breast cancer. The goal of Casting for Recovery is to be a preeminent breast cancer support organization addressing quality of life issues as they;

  • Expand current successful retreat programs such as the “Casting for Recovery”
  • Develop alumni services
  • Incorporate information forums
  • Provide breast cancer symposiums for medical and psychosocial professionals working with breast cancer survivors.

Partnering with The Big 10 Alliance means that Casting for Recovery can create a ripple effect and reach and educate more people about their mission.  It also means becoming engaged with a dedicated team of like-minded groups committed to the public good through education and comradarie.  The Big 10 Alliance reaches out across America to create a connected TEAM whose strength and determination is stronger together than any one program.

For more information visit the Casting for Recovery website at: http://www.castingforrecovery.org

Please feel free to sign up to receive updates to this blog in your email. I will continue to post more info about the great projects you are voting for in the BIG 10 Alliance. We are the good dreams you want to see opening to a wakened world.

Thanks for your interest in what we are doing, but more importantly, Thank You for Voting, for voting daily and for encouraging everyone you know to vote any way they can!

Sincerely and in service I remain.

Diannah Beauregard

Studio Thirty Three

http://Big10alliance.org/

studio33jewelry.com

http://www.refresheverything.com/creativefundingthroughart

VOTING FOR OUR ALLIANCE IN PEPSI REFRESH:


  1. Vote online at http://pep.si/Vote-Big-10
  2. Text message your vote to 73774 with 100505 as your message.
  3. Vote in Facebook on our page using the voting app. Text Vote for Studio 33:
  4. Visit my blog site and sign up to receive updates in your email.
  5. We  have a new voting page that lists all text #’s and allows you to vote online and then go to facebook and vote. 3X voting!