It all started when she didn't know what else to do.
But Judith Higgins didn't want to give up her goal of walking 60 miles during three days at a Susan G. Komen event in Philadelphia -- even if a $2,700 entry fee was standing in her way.
So the Lower Windsor Township woman brainstormed.
"And I realized everyone likes to wear jewelry," she said.
Higgins began making breast cancer bracelets, using high-quality toggle clasps that can be fastened with one hand.
She sold each for $20 until she reached her fundraising goal.
That was a year and a half ago, and she hasn't stopped making jewelry since.
"I was questioning what to do with my life, and this seemed worthwhile," she said.
Revolutionary ven ture: In late February, she had an idea for the "R" in Revolution -- a new way to show support for the York baseball team -- but it wasn't something a person could wear every day.
So her husband, Kevin Higgins, a metal manufacturer for 30 years, said he could make an "R" out of aluminum.
The two made a prototype and took it to Rob Wilson, hospitality general manager for the Revolution.
Wilson placed an order on the spot, and the Higginses had more than 100 pieces of jewelry back to the stadium in 10 days, they said.
Selling there now, at a range of prices, are high-quality, nickel-free pewter "R" charms hanging from black cords as well as hematite necklaces, earrings with baseballs and lightweight "R" charms, keychains and tabletop displays.
It's "totally cool" to have her designs selling at Sovereign Bank Stadium, Judith Higgins said.
And it's equally "awesome" to be working with her husband, she said.
"I can give him a concept, and he can take it through to fruition," she said. "It's amazing to work with him. After 25 years of marriage, I still call him amazing."
The two are trying to become known for their custom designs, she said, and they are planning to do some pieces for the Lancaster Barnstormers, the Atlantic League baseball team in the neighboring county.
"We're creative and flexible, and we really enjoy doing the work," she said.
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