Friday, January 11, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop Reveal

When Lori Anderson of Bead Soup Cafe posted the following request, I was like yes, I'll do this:

This Blog Hop is for Marianna and for someone that is close to your memory:

"  This blog hop is both for Marianna and for those people in our lives who mean a lot to us -- a mom, a friend, a brother -- anyone who has meaning to us.  Create a piece of jewelry that tells that story. For instance, Marianna loved red and cardinals, so if you would like to make something in honor of her, you could use red, or you could use beads of birds, leaves, trees, nests, eggs -- things like that.  If you have a friend you want to remember and thank and she's a painter, you could make a necklace full of the colors she often uses in her paintings.
Bead Soup Blog Party".

It was kind of funny that I had just completed the Sherry Serafini Piece " Ripple Effect" in Reds and White and is now in the header of my blog.  

Who did this piece remind me of?  My mother " Ellen Magdalene Brown " and my best friend of thirty years " Leah G Schad ".  Both strong women and both loved to wear red.
I kept thinking as I was putting the finishing touches on this bracelet that my mother and Leah would be arguing over who was going to wear this.  I lost both of them over the past five years.... WOW!  Five years.  My mother Ellen was a breast cancer survivor but with multiple surgeries and anethesia she entered into the twilight of Alzheimers'.  A disease that has taught my family a thing or two on suffering.  Leah was also a breast cancer survivor and my last week with her was walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in West Palm Beach, FL .  I could tell she was tired after this but she enjoyed the celebration of surviving.  She passed from a heart attack within the week.  

I was blessed to know them both.  My mother was my best friend and Leah was my best friend.  I miss them both, the comradery, the love, the laughter, the tears.  We had experienced so many years together that there will always be that place..... right there in the middle of my heart.  This spot is always reserved for them.

2008 " Race for the Cure " with Leah Schad
Now join with me in visiting the following blogs that are participating in these memories with Lori.....

Hostess, Lori Anderson       Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir                 Dream Struck Designs
Aimee Biondolillo              Aimee's Jewelry Treasures

 Alicia Marinache               All the Pretty Things 
 Andra Marasteanu            Handmade by Indra Marasteanu 
 Andrea Trank                     Heaven Lane Creations
 April Grinaway                   Brooklyn Bead Goddess

Barb Solem                          Vivi Magoo Presents
Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery                          Stories by Indigo Heart
Bonnie Coursolle                Jasper's Gems
Cassi Paslick                        Beads: Rolling Downhill
Catherine King                    Catherine's Musings     ( your are here !)
Cece Cormier                       The Beading Yogini
Chandra Leitz                      Juniper Goods
Charissa Nesler                  FireStorm Designs
Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space

Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Murrow               Charis Designs Jewelry
Christine Stonefield           Sweet Girl Design

Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson                     It's My Sea of Dreams
CJ Bauschka                       4 His Glory Creations by CJ
Crystal Thain                      Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin                        Beading Arts
Debbie Rasmussen           A little of this, a little of that
Denielle Hagerman            Some Beads... and other things I like
Diana Gonzalez                  Arte y Poemas

Diane Hawkey                   diane hawkey
Dita Basu                           ankarshilpa
Donetta Farrington           Simply Gorgeous
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell   Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Emma Todd                        A Polymer Penchant
Erin Kenny                         beadiful therapy
Erin Prais-Hintz                 Treasures Found
Gina Hockett                      Freestyle Elements
Gloria Allen                        Innovative Dreams Jewelry
Heather Marston               CSW Designs
Inge von Roos                   Inge's Blog
Iveth Caruso                      Creative Atelier
Jacqueline Marchant        Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp                          Celebrating Life!
Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Do!
Jennifer Reno                     Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Jenny Robledo                   Peppa's Dream

Jennifer VanBenschoten   Jewelry, Art and Life
Jessica Klaaren                   Cellar Door Jewelry

Jessica Murray                   Whimsical Monkey
Joan Williams                      lilruby jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton           It's a Beadiful Creation
Joanne Browne                    josjewels1
Jodie Marshall                     Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art
Johanna Rhodes                 Fire Phoenix Creations
John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC

JuLee Wolfe                        The Polymer Penguin
Julie Bean                             Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell                    Over the Moon Designs
Karin King                           The Sparklie Things Blog
Karin Slaton                         Backstory Beads

Kat Douglas                        Washoe Kat's
Kay Bolton                          Toodles and Binks

Kelly Hosford Patterson   The Traveling SideShow
Kim Ballor                           Vitamin C ... A Daily Does of Creativity
Kim Dworak                        CianciBlue
Kim Houston                      The Pink Martini
Kym Hunter                         Kym Hunter Designs

Laren Dee Barton                Laren Dee Designs
Lea Avroch                          LA Jewelry Designs
Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design
Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art
Linda Florian                        Lily's of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations
Linda Inhelder                      Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton                       Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver                             Fancee That

Lori Bowring Michaud       Artfully Ornamental
Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
LouAnn Elwell                     Southpass Beads
Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns
Marcia Dunne                     The Alternative Foundry
Marie Covert                        Creating Interest
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite   bennubirdrising
Marlene Cupo                       Amazing Designs by Marlene
Martha Aleo                          Ornamento
Marti Conrad                         Marti's Buttons -n- Beads
Mary Ellen Parker                  BeeTree by m.e.
Mary Govaars                       MLH Jewelry Designs
Mary Lindell                         Mary Lindell Artisan Jewelry
Maureen Connolly               Mrs Beadsley's Workshop
Maybeline Tay                     The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin                        The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara                    one-eared pig beads
Menka Gupta                        Menka's Jewelry
Michaela Pabeschitz            la mar de bonita
Mischelle Fanucchi             Micheladas Musings
Mona Rae Baroody             Who Does She Bead She Is?
Nan Emmett                          Spirit Rattles -- Spirited Earth
Nancy Pedersen                   Something Heartfelt by Nancy
Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas                        Bead It and Weep

Pam Farren                             re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister         The Crazy Creative Corner
Pam Traub                             Klassy Joolz
Priya Krish                             Hellopalz  
Rebecca Anderson              Song Beads

Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca's Place
Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle
Rosa Maria Cuevas              Helena de Troya
Sabine Dittrich                      perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe                           Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff                     Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode                         Pookledo
Sarah Singer                         String a Song of Sixpence

Serena Trent                        All Things Made Jewelry
Shai Williams                       Shaiha's Ramblings
Sharon Palac                        Sharon's Jewelry Garden

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson  Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
Sheila Davis                         Stone Designs
Shelley Graham Turner       Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey                       Knot Just Macrame
Sherry Baun                         Unicorns Jewels
Skylar Bre'z                           Brising Beads
Stephanie Haussler             Pixybug Designs
Tania Spivey                        Moobie Grace Designs
Terri G.                                  Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter                         Tapping Flamingo
Terry Matuszyk                   Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Toltec Jewels                       Jewel School Friends
Tracy Kruse                         Goldkisses Art

Tracy Martin                        Nutkitten's Jewelry
Zia Parks                              Anzi~Panzi's Work Shoppe
Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweets
Thank you for spending time with our Memories.............................


  1. Our mom's always have that special place in our hearts, but to have such a wonderful last memory of a dear friend is truly special. Thanks for sharing.

  2. A stunning tribute and beautiful work, so sorry to hear your mother had Alzheimers, it's truly painful to deal with.

  3. Thank you for sharing your story and your bracelet is gorgeous!

  4. Stunning bracelet! Seed beads definitley agree with you. I know that these two women would be honoured by this piece.

  5. A stunning piece as a tribute for your two special people. Thank you for sharing your memories and stories: your mom and best friend will live within your heart forever.

  6. Awesome! Your cuff is outstanding. What a wonderful tribute to your Mom and friend. Thanx for sharing your story.

  7. So hard to lose loved ones, and in such a short space of time. The cuff you created is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to both of them

  8. Oh, the workmanship on your cuff! I keep looking and looking at all the details. Every time you wear it, I hope it brings fond memories of your two best friends.

  9. The beautiful and intricate design of this bracelet hints at the depth of your love and the beautiful details of the lives of these two beautiful women, these best friends. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy the day! Erin

  10. So special to have best friends. Especially when one is your Mom. Great things seem to take time. But they are Oh so worth it just like that beautiful cuff. When you look back you can recall all the wonderful memories that went through your mind as you were creating it. Enjoy the hop.
    Terri G.

  11. Although we've all lost loved ones it is wonderful to read how they all live on in our hearts!

  12. Your bracelet is gorgeous! What a lovely tribute to your best friends!!

  13. Amazing work and thank you for sharing your story ~
    Peace and Love.

  14. Oh, what some people must endure...and how lovely of you to recognize and honor the memories of your mother and your good friend. Beautiful work!

  15. This is beautiful and both these amazing women had such luck to have YOU in their lives--they will be loving on forever, in you!
    all love, jean

  16. Your story brought tears to my eyes. It sounds like you were very aware of your blessings, and I'm sure your mom and friend loved you just as much. I hope they're up there vying over your gorgeous bracelet!

  17. I would also be arguing to wear that fabulous piece you created. So sorry you lost these beautiful strong women. I am losing my mom to Alzheimers now. Blessings

  18. Thank you for sharing such a touching story. I lost my best friend in 2008. Her absence caused a huge vacancy in my life. My mom is currently battling Stage 4 Breast cancer. Your bracelet is absolutely stunning!! I can imagine your mom and friend arguing over who would wear it!!

  19. I am so very sorry for your losses. You created an astoundingly beautiful bracelet - a very worthy tribute to both your mother and friend. I'm sure they really are arguing over who gets to wear it.

  20. So sad that you lost two such wonderful people in such a short time.I'm glad that you got to have them in your life for so long though :) The bracelet is just stunning :)

  21. Gorgeous bracelet, it is just stunning and what a wonderful tribute to the two you lost.

  22. Such a wonderful and precise work from you for your friend and your mom. I'm sure, they take a look quite now and know how much they're beloved from you. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  23. I have always admired those with an ability to work with seed beads. They frustrate me to no end and, yet, the patience a love that went into this cuff is so obvious. A lovely tribute!

  24. You creation is such a beautiful tribute to two amazing women. Thank you for sharing your story.

  25. I like the fact that you already had a piece that reminded you of them. I think that's pretty special- that you found yourself thinking of them as you made the piece. Love that color combo- the red and white and gold sparkle together.

  26. Wow! An absolutely gorgeous piece. A wonderfully tribute to two amazing women.

  27. A beautiful way to remember two wonderful women in your life.

  28. What a gorgeous tribute to the wonderful women you were blessed to have in your life! Your post was very moving. I can FEEL the love you have for them. Thanks for sharing it.


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  31. Very nice story and pleasure to read this. And both are looking nice.