Finn the Fighter…the beat goes on.

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Finn & Hunny December 2015

This is a Grandmother blogging today…Hunny is what the Grandboys call me. Sorry but you’re going to have to wade through the picture journey with a few words to get the end with the details of the last Heart Strength edition necklace. Thanks for reading on!

As I took the time to gather photos for this post I was reminded of the amazing journey of my Grandson Finn’s life: His beautiful entry into this world in March of 2014, then diagnosis of Ebstein’s Anomaly & SVT,  his first year of life with medications to keep his heart rate stable and this past year’s freedom of being medication free!

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CICU Boston Children’s Hospital…. #sweetlittlefinn

Looking back the hashtag that Casey & Ashley first used on Instagram was #sweetlittlefinn and sweet he was, but once he returned from the hospital it became apparent that his body was fighting for a normal existence. The prominent hashtag became #finnthefighter, to show how strong and resilient he was. It gave his family strength too knowing that he had a spirit and support to get him up over his first bumps in life.

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One Month Follow up at Boston Children’s….Rock Steady #finnthefighter

An important part of Finn’s first year was keeping him warm, comforted and stress free. Mama saw to that and enjoyed every moment of wrapping this little boy close to her, feeling every beat of his heart. Baby wearing became a joyful and necessary part of both of their lives and still is!

There were challenges during his first year, Finn’s medications that had to be administered 3 times a day like clockwork, caused him to lose his beautiful long head of dark hair. Nothing dampened his spirits as his hair grew back, but this time around it was blonde…taking after his Daddy this little fighter.

Every moment spent with Finn & Holden was filled with love, a love that grew and grew with each beat of our hearts.

The list of adventures were awesome! Harvest at Forever Garlic Farm & September at the Common Ground Fair…Maine was the perfect place for farm and family experience.

Normal activities for this little brother that is no different on the outside than his older bother Holden, is what has kept Finn strong, just like the hearts that I create with strength in his honor.

I am so grateful for each and every moment that I have been able to smile and laugh with these boys…truly every Grandmother’s dream!

Watching your Daughter blossom into the most amazing Mother is an emotion that can’t be put into words. Her care and efforts to make every day a beautiful, healthy and fun experience for her family are a testimony to her inner strength.

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Thanks for taking the time to take a peak into Finn’s first 22 months of life. I am grateful for the love and support everyone has shown all of our family over this time. Now for the Heart of Strength!!

I’m calling this one Finn’s Heart…..Heart Strong #4 of my Heart Health Month donations is a very important design to me. As I come to the final push to raise money in February through donations from 100% of the profits going to the Children’s Heart Foundation, the first in this series will be a donation gifted to Ashley by her Grandmother, or GG as the Grandboys call her. This heart that is hand made to be perfectly imperfect, just like Finn’s beating heart will be a reminder of calm, strength and tenacity of spirit, with just a little fun added in. Slightly tilted the heart measures 1 1/4″ long and 1 1/8″ wide solid brass & a 1″ long soldered thick sterling silver bail, the pendant hangs from a 3mm stainless ball chain. Patterns on the brass are made from my hand with antique hammers & anvil and carry with them the energy of love and spirit of heart strength. Please connect with me via email at circlestonedesignsmaine@gmail.com for interest in this pendant, the coast of this necklace is a $100 check to Children’s Heart Foundation and $10 shipping charges to me. Let’s continue to make this an amazing month of donations in Finn’s honor by my hand & heart for CHD research! ❤

 

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Finn’s Heart

Heart Strength Series

Heart Strong Pendants to Benefit the Children’s Heart Foundation                                                Left to Right: #1($150), #2($100), #3($125), #4Finn’s Heart($100)

 

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Love…Hearts…Grateful Times.

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Heart Strength Necklace #3

First…the details!!

The inqiuiries are rolling in and the curiosity about the next Heart Strong Necklace has lifted me up during this bone chilling time in Maine. It gives me warmth and excitement right down in my soul! So I present Heart Strong Necklace #3! This pendant is hand forged sterling silver, hanging on a 30″ stainless ball chain. Rugged and organic it’s a lovely and happy shaped heart. Each one of these shaped pendants in the numbered series of 10 is hand sawed from sterling silver, hand hammered with my cherished antique hammers to create the pattern work that makes for such an interesting and urban style. I oxidize each one and hand polish with steel wool for a great reveal of the texture. This one is actually the same weight as #1 just a different shape….oh the beauty of the maleability of silver is just so awesome! Heart Strong Necklace #3 is selling for $125, same as before 100% of proceed of the numbered edition of 10 will go directly to the Children’s Hear Foundation. Email me for details on how to get your special necklace!

Second…Heart Strength Necklaces delivered!

I am beyond grateful to have shared some time with amazing ladies, my Sisters of the Stone, who were the first to answer my call to action in raising money for the Children’s Heart Foundation. They have graced me with support and love of my work for over the 6 years I have been making jewelry and evolving as an artist. My first pendant made it to it’s home on Saturday and it was a great feeling. With heartfelt love it went to a woman who has known challenges in her life, yet is resilient and strong, much like the little heart patients I am raising money for. This woman is a sister that Pam and I hold very close to our hearts. The second a gift from a husband to a wife for Valentines, these lovely friends who share our love of children, grandchildren & dogs have been kind supporters and friends for years. The power of social media is the catalyst for connections in the most amazing of ways! Another husband who recognized the significance of these hearts and loves his wife with all of his heart gifted the Brass design #2 necklace! It made it to a special location…my hometown of Moorestown, NJ. Our amazingly lovely friends who we share our love of all things Maine have kindly supported and loved all that Pam and I are and do. I thank you all, you ladies are my rocks!!

Third….the sharing!

Thanks to all who have shared with others as the stories are pouring into my inbox & FB messages. I am hearing about their own journies and those of their loved ones, how someone dear to them has been effected by CHD and how they want to help. Never underestimate the power of that one share and showing you care, it spreads the word and allows the stories to be told. So please even if you don’t know someone directly effected by a Congenital Heart Defect there is someone out there that does!  1.3 million children are born with a CHD each year. To learn more about the Children’s Heart Foundation take a moment and read and share, it’s for the children. On Facebook Children’s Heart Foundation  like their page and share and spread the love!

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Ebstein’s Anomaly Heart Model Finn the Fighter

Fourth…Valentines Day joy!

The glow of Valentine’s Day is still with me this morning, grateful for every moment of the day celebrating love.

It was a great visit with Finn and the Little Lockwoods yesterday. The climbing gym in Scarborough called Salt Pump has become a most amazing place for excercise, fun and learning so many lessons in self awareness for the wee ones,(for that matter the adults too) that it’s a regular routine during these bitter cold times in Maine. Watching the family work as a unit and enjoy being active is what I refer to as a “heart swell”, a time when my heart just feels as though it’s overflowing with love and admiration for their journy to keeping Finn strong and enjoying his normal toddler life with his brother Holden. Both boys are just like all of the kids at the gym, climbing their highest and challenging themselves to go beyond the comfortable limits. Life lessons for all!  It’s a bonus when Pam and I together can make the trip to spend time with the boys, it’s a win all around. Valentine’s day was perfect this year!

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Fifth…..dollars, supply & demand!

My hands are willing to create these beautiful hearts, but my studio is a cold nightmare here in Maine so I’m doing my best to keep up with the demand. I will work this week on filling the orders for the hearts that I have committments for. To date I have received $1,000 in donations for necklaces!! YES!!!!!  Heart Strong Necklace #4 will be introduced next Monday, then it’s time to make sure you have gotten your choice to me and the checks for donations for delivery. I will be so excited to send out all of the checks made out directly to the Children’s Heart Foundation so they can know each and everyone of you has supported this cause in the name of Finn Sawyer Lockwood. You will be giving the gift of research dollars for the children who are faced with all of the different life threatening diseases of the heart. As always I am grateful for your support and love of this most worthy cause!

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To read about the work that Boston Children’s Hospital is doing for the children with cardiac issues check out this video.

 

Heart Strength Energy

The power of leading with your Heart!

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Heart Strong Pendant #2

Last Monday I took a step into uncharted territory and lead with my heart. The heart that has guided me through my entire life, the one that has connected me with my love of 20 years, the heart that has trusted in a lifestyle made from the art created by her and now by me. This heart that raised two amazing children and now is Hunny (Grandmother) to two amazing boys know as the Little Lockwood Brothers.

I had an amazing and supportive response to my news of donating 100% of the proceeds of the sale of my first Heart Strong pendant to the Children’s Heart Foundation. My heart was full of love and gratitude and continues to be as the inquires and questions pour into my FB feed and email!  Thanks to all those who shared and showed the love I reached over 3,499 people on my Circle Stone Designs FB page post!! That’s results from the heart!!

So I guess it’s time to clean up the details and make my heart a bit stronger. I am so grateful in knowing that my intention was received and appreciated in the most amazing way!

Finn’s Truth:

First and foremost I am doing this fund raising to donate to research for children’s Congenital Heart Defect (CHD), in honor of my Grandson Finn. He is approaching his 2nd birthday in March and is a strong and vibrant toddler! He was born with Ebstein’s Anomaly and will be facing a heart valve repair at some point in his life. Truth….the longer he can go without surgery the stronger he will become. So it’s a waiting game for him and the family. For now, he is perfect in every way!! Testing his boundaries and keeping up with his older brother Holden. IMG_3821

Details of the Heart Strong Pendants:

I had intended to only release a 1 unique pendant each Monday in order to raise 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Children’s Heart Foundation, but the inquiries and responses were such that NO was not in my heart!! So moving forward with great excitement here are the details.

  1. Each of 4 new designs released in February will have a numbered edition of 10 that will have 100% of the proceeds paid with a check to the Children’s Heart Foundation. Making your purchase 100% tax deductible.
  2. Checks for each necklace will be made out the Children’s Heart Foundation directly. I will collect them and send you the necklace that you have committed to purchase. Shipping charges of $10.00 if necessary will be paid to Circle Stone Designs in the form of an additional check.
  3. Once you notify me of your commitment and choice your hand crafted pendant will be shipped to you after I receive your checks.
  4. The first week in March I will send all of the donation checks along to CHF in honor of Finn Sawyer Lockwood’s name.
  5. Each pendant is hand made by me in my studio, so there might be slight variations due to my hand forging techniques. I attempt to make them as similar as possible without compromising my process. Satisfaction is guaranteed!
  6. I will only be offering one necklace option unique for each pendant design. If you prefer a different length then offered I am happy to make a substitution.
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Heart Strong Pendant #2 Brass

With great excitement I present to you Heart Strong Necklace #2 created from thick brass and soldered sterling silver bail ring. This pendant is 2 1/8″ long and hangs from a 30″ stainless steel ball chain. Strong and rugged this pendant is hand forged with my signature pattern and left untreated the brass will oxidize naturally over time. It can be kept shiny by a polishing cloth or a scrub with a toothbrush with baking soda and water. Once again there are slight variations in every pendant, but I strive for a continuity even while I hand work each of my designs. $100 is the price of the necklace with the edition of all 10 being donated 100% that means $1,000 to CHF for CHD research!!!

As I continue my journey of giving back with my heart and Heart Strength creations this month, I am reminded of how important love, family & friends are. I have come to understand that immense feeling of gratitute once again for this Little Lockwood Family. Take a moment to reach out to those who need support. Sometimes its just a hug, a note or any small commitment to help someone can go a long way.

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Thank you again for making this amazing journey of creativity and giving back with my heart’s strength possible!FinnHunny2016FEb

 

 

 

Heart Strong & Paying it Forward

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 Heart Strong Necklace

February is Heart Health month, specifically for my family it’s CHD or Congenital Heart Defect awareness month. 22 months ago our second Granchild was born, Finn Sawyer Lockwood. I was honored with being present for both Granboy’s births and for little Finn I arrived just in the nick of time to witness the beauty of his arrival.

At day 10 of his new little life Finn had an episode that would change the path of all of our family and one that no parent wants for their child. In an emergency situation Finn was transported and admitted to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in Boston Children’s Hospital. His diagnosis was Ebstein’s Anomaly along with SVT which caused an abnormal heart rhythm. A truly frightening experience and one that would test the strength of this Little Lockwood Family for 10 days when Finn finally came home to his new reality, he had a congenital heart defect.

His first year was joyous and amazing, yet for his parents it was also full of the normal anxiety of dispensing medications to keep his heart beating at the correct rythym. Living a life focused on medications, heart monitors and echocardiograms on a regular basis was not easy for his parents, but they managed it with strength and Finn was a champ. He was able to be medication free after his first Birthday and to this day remains strong and steady in his growth! His words multiply daily and his spirit is that of any child his age, with an active family and older Brother.

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The fact that he will someday have surgery, or several is his reality. This abnormality is not something a child outgrows, but the stronger he becomes and the older he gets puts his body in a better place to be able to have a good outcome. This tenacious little Finn the Fighter has a big spirit and a loving and amazing life ahead of him!

Feeling the love and watching the support during their time of need makes you realize how it truly does take a village to get through life’s difficulties. It also reminds you that giving back & supporting a cause close to your heart is an important part of paying it forward.

This February I have chosen to support the Children’s Heart Foundation in Finn’s honor and will donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale of a new heart pendant every Monday in the month of February. That’s 5 different hearts that I will make with my own hands, with the hopes that I will raise money to fund “…the most promising research for Congenital Heart Defects” and if there is anything that can help the children suffering it’s research!

The first Heart Strong #1 pendant is rugged and thick 2 1/4″ long and 3/4″ wide hand cut & hand forged oxidized sterling silver that represents the true spirit of my little Grandboy Finn the Fighter! It hangs on a 30″ long thick oxidized sterling silver snake chain and is selling for $150.

Remember this is for the children!! “Through mid 2015, The Children’s Heart Foundation has contributed an astounding $7.4 million toward 62 revolutionary congenital heart defect (CHD) research studies. As the country’s leading organization solely committed to CHD research funding, CHF dedicates itself to bringing health, hope and happiness to children and families impacted by a CHD.”

So here we go folks, contact me to purchase this necklace, my gift in Finn’s honor! Stay tuned for next week’s Heart Strong #2 creation and please remember the joy of giving is truly an honor. Pay if forward!!

Hunny Finn’s Grandmother

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