Talented young artist, Lexi, fighting cancer for a second time has motivated my daughter and I to raise urgent funds so she can be included in a life saving clinical trial.
Inspired by Lexi's artistic talents and creative expression, we quickly pulled together a silent auction with the generous help of artists and crafters allowing us to offer an amazing range of works of art to you and your friends. All the funds raised will be donated to Lexi’s mounting medical expenses via her GoFundMe page. Our silent auction is live now on Creativity for a Cure until Thursday at 8pm EST.
I am asking the Creative Capes' Community to checkout the wonderful items in our auction such as ultimate hero cape set, terry cloth doggy towel and slippers, Santa sacks, custom pet portrait, jewelry, hair bows and dress, items for your fairy gardens, and much more! One...please consider bidding on your favorite item and Two....share our page with your social network today to build awareness and action so we in the Creative Capes' community can assist Lexi's heroic efforts in defeating cancer one more time.
Read Lexi’s full story here.
Thanks- Holly, Creative Capes
It's wonderful to have a cape featured on a greeting card by Mundo Images! Here's a bit about what inspired the card and Ann who runs the small business:
Mundo Images started 10 years ago on paperwork - but really started when I was 4 - taking photos of a frog on a family vacation. Since then - I have loved photography and capturing special moments. In 2017 - I started my greeting card business featuring my photos from around the globe. They are printed locally on tree-free paper!
During our first Christmas in the Country show- our neighbors were Creative Capes. We couldn’t stop noticing how these capes completely transformed these young peeps once they put them on.
When my nephew was turning 3 - I knew I had to get him one. He opened his gift and he lit up! He ran around the house and had a smile all day during his party - and never took off his cape. When we go for walks - he always puts on his cape. He stands a little taller and always smiles. I know I had to create a card out of this wonderful feeling for kids - and a great message for adults.
"In the end... you've got to be your own "super" hero."
I'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Janice for inspiring and empowering her community. I'm proud to be a small part of that in making several custom capes to support her breast cancer awareness efforts.
ABOVE: Janice and friends get ready for a race.
"I was diagnosed in June 2015. When I heard the words,"you have cancer", I cried then went to exercise. My mother also went through the same fight. I knew I wasn't going to let it win. The night before my surgery, I rappelled the Niagara Casino. Right after surgery, I was walking 5 miles daily. Sit, rest, not me! One week after my double mastectomy, I completed 13 miles of the tough mudder.
My first chemo, I wore boxing gloves. I was going to win this fight. Throughout my chemo infusions, I would pick a theme, then decorate myself and my cubicle. I wore all pink, dressed as "Sally", a pilgrim, Mrs. Incredible and santas elf. The staff and patients enjoyed my decorating and I made them happy. They actually looked forward to me getting my treatment. It was not a time for defeat but rather a new beginning for me. It was time for my marathon in Florida and I bought matching top and bottom with a princess skirt. Holly had made capes for my grandsons and I thought, "why not me?" I wore my cape for the Susan Komen race. I was not only representing me in the fight against breast cancer but also all the women out there. I was shopping in the mall, and people would greet me. I know you!! You're one of us!
When I wear my cape, it is not for me. It is to bring recognition to the disease and to all fighting. I wear it to represent everyone. Even though you had surgery, you can still run. Even though you had chemo, you can run. Even though you had radiation, you can run. You do not have to stop living your normal life because you have cancer. I did not let the disease control me, but rather I controlled it!
I am proud to wear my cape to all my runs and will continue doing so."
ABOVE: Janice met Donnie Wahlberg (actor, producer, and member of New Kids on the Block) and asked him to sign a cape for the artist behind Creative Capes. He wrote "To Holly, Love Donnie. PS - This is Awesome!"
ABOVE: Janice presented the Mayor of Buffalo his own cape!
After developing these capes for Janice, I have been asked a number of times if I would make them available for purchase to everyone. Since breast cancer awareness month is October, I will make these special editions available during the months of September and October. Click here to shop now.
This spring Creative Capes was proud to partner with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). In an effort to pay it forward, Holly Hagen, owner of Creative Capes, welcomed the opportunity to be a guest speaker for the UMBC Entrepreneurial Marketing Class taught by Jeremy Steinberg. The students were given a unique opportunity to work with a real business during their coursework. Creative Capes, a local business who empowers children through personalized superhero capes, was the selected business for the students to test out their marketing concepts. The class was divided into six teams, each developing their own call to action, content, imagery and target demographics to create the most effective ad campaign for the FaceBook community. The goal was to think outside the box, discover new markets and achieve the best conversion rate. The month long marketing project allowed the students to explore the nuances and challenges of marketing a business via social media platform. It was an honor to provide an opportunity for these young entrepreneurs to test out their ideas in a real world scenario.
Creative Capes is a huge fan of Bug (Super S). Living with a rare disease doesn't deter him from making an impact on everyone he meets. He is a voice for all those battling rare diseases including himself. Photos shown here are from the event - Running for Rare to raise funds to aid in the efforts to find a diagnosis and cure. This special child reminds us all we can make a difference in our own community. Be inspired by Bug and do something out of the ordinary to help someone and feel the power of positive impact.
I'm excited to unveil the latest capes and accessories for the space lovers out there! Sure to be a hit with Star Wars fans, this special edition has a black exterior with a white satin lining. The base of the emblem is embellished with a galaxy of stars.
Get your Galaxy Cape here:
A special thanks to the Galaxy Super Squad of 5-10 year old superheroes who participated in the photoshoot. I also loved working with Erika Leigh Photography capturing these space heroes in action.
Creative Capes is proud to be participating in the Annual Downtown Glenside Arts Festival! Downtown Glenside is a vibrant town with a little something for everyone including delicious restaurants, unique shops, and a strong sense of community and family. We’ll have our capes available for purchase along side of more than other 75 artisans, local crafters and emerging artists offering hand-made pottery, mixed media artwork, jewelry, children’s clothes, custom scarves and much more.
Activities throughout the day will include a kids’ zone including hands on activities and juggling, Tai Chi, musical entertainment, local wine/cider tasting, food trucks, local shopping and events to celebrate Earth Day. Voted as a Classic Town, Downtown Glenside is a great location for a Festival.
The festival will run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 on Easton Road in Glenside between the Waverly Road and Mt. Carmel Avenue, easily accessible by train, bus or car.
We hope to see you there!