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Artist Burned out of Home and Studio Wants to Work

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Raised by 141 people in 3 months
I don't even own a teaspoon anymore. All I have collected since I lost almost everything in my 1976 fire in San Francisco. I have collected Rare Discontinued Swarovski Crystal for my work for many years. These can not be replaced. I want to get back to work but don't have a clue where yet and how. I love my work and it keeps me happy to be able to make things that I ship world wide to many people. I make Angels out of Swarovski crystal and had the largest collection of Swarovksi hand made items on Ebay and Etsy with thousands of wonderful customers over the years.
I will need to rebuild everything from the ground up. A household, and a new studio.
Thank you for your consideration.
Kind Regards, Lilli

Here is a link to the story today run by the LA Times

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-aging-and-disaster-20181120-story.html
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I am happy to let my generous donors know that I have found a desk to work on almost like the one that I lost in the fire. I had created almost all of my work in various mediums on that desk for 45 years. My cousin in the Bay Area spotted this wonderful new workspace for me and thanks to my donors I was able to send a check to secure it until I find a place to live. Still a challenge since rents are so high now. I am including some photos of the new desk and the last photo was my old desk and friend when I first started setting it up after my move to Paradise. Thank you all again. This gives me a vision to see myself once again sitting at my desk working. <3
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I am still looking for affordable housing so I can set up my studio and get back to work.
I finally got the courage to go back and look at my burned out home and studio. It was really a shocker to actually see the remains after rain and the weather has turned ashes into a sludge like substance. I will go back again to Paradise in the near future. It was so sad to see everything I worked for my whole life up in smoke and ashes. Here are some photos of what we saw.
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Update, I had a heart incident on the day before New Years Eve. On New Years Eve Day I had a Pacemaker inserted in my chest. My heart beat went down to 20 and to avoid saying goodbye to you all I chose to try the Pacemaker. It is another set back to my finding a place to live and work. I will have to recover now and it will take some time for me to regain my strength. When it rains it pours. I really think my heart broke with the loss of my home and business and I was under a lot of stress. Stress is a killer and it almost got me, but thanks to my close friend Claudia who recognized the signs before I did and insisted I go to the ER I am still here. I was so happy just before this happened to start finding some rare Vintage Swarovski parts to collect for when I am ready to open. As soon as I feel stronger I will continue with that search. Thank you all for being here and supporting my efforts. Love to you All <3 Lilli
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Just found this photo of part of my studio. I miss the rainbows I miss making beautiful things for my customers and friends.
My biggest challenge now is finding a house to rent. I am looking and so blown away when I see how high the rents are. I am not sure where to go what to do. Please keep your eyes open for a little 2 bedroom home for my kitties and I so I can start collecting what I need to get back to work. Thank you everyone that has helped me so far. <3
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