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Meet Colleena Capaci of JustHangOn in Chandler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Colleena Capaci.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2002, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My family and friends took a year caring for me. My plan was to do as little as possible. However, that was not as easy as I thought it would be.

After a few months, I was ready to start a project. My sister suggested I make ornament hangers. After a few tries I found I couldn’t make hangers and I couldn’t bend wire. So, then I thought it might not be so obvious if I put a few beads on the wire. After making hangers for a few months, my daughter suggested I sell them at craft shows here in the Valley.

The name JustHangOn was available and perfect for someone going thru chemo/radiation treatment and making beaded ornament hangers.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Obstacles? Challenges? I do not see life in those terms.

Please tell us about JustHangOn.
I started selling beaded ornament hangers in 2003. I love making ornament hangers so much, often starting before finishing my first cup of coffee.

Selling them at art shows bring many interesting remarks: “Are they earrings?” “Are they for wine glasses?” “Are they fishing lures?” I would respond “Nope, they are beaded ornament hangers. That’s what I make.”

I now sell them all over the United States.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Women who have or have had breast cancer are a sisterhood. When I see a woman going through treatment, I stop and say “I used to wear my hair like that (bald), I give them a box of ornament hangers (no charge, of course) and tell them I will be thinking of them. Then they hug me, we feel the bond.

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Nicole Brown

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3 Comments

  1. LYNN LOWE aka: CRAZY GRANNY

    January 11, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I met Colleena at the Harvest Festival in Ventura a couple of years ago. She Such a happy, healthy outlook is such an inspiration! My Christmas tree ornaments are now shown off with her fabulous and beautiful hangers.

    Keep on Hanging On!

  2. Teresa

    January 13, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    My cousin and have loved her forever. She is such an inspiration! Love her laugh!
    ‘Just Hang on!’

  3. Cathy Driscoll

    January 26, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Collena has been my dear friend for 47 years. She truly is amazing and my Christmas tree sparkles with her love. I look forward to another 47 years of treasured memories.

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