Saturday, May 16, 2015

Art of Awareness Blog Hop and Reveal


A couple of months ago, Lori McDaniel Anderson announced on her blog that she was hosting a blog hop that would be focusing on the awareness of a cause that was important to us.  Some people also might have used the blog hop as a way to remember someone special in their life or an event that may have been significant in their life.  To participate in the hop, we had to purchase at least one bead made by Heather Millican at swoondimples.  Heather even went out of her way to have a special stamp commissioned for the hop for those who wanted to use an awareness ribbon color for their bead.

When I heard about this hop, I knew right away that I wanted to participate.  Like most people, I have had my share of issues I deal with either personally or in my family.   So, while I sat down to decide what I wanted my bead to look like I actually had a bit of a challenge.  There were ribbon colors available from me to select, but to be honest I really didn't feel comfortable sitting down to my blog and telling the whole world about my health.   I never do that.   I am not comfortable opening up the windows and telling just anyone my personal details.  But, at the same time I wanted to honor myself, how strong I am and how I face the barriers that get in my way from time to time.  So how did I do that?  Let me give you a peek.



My bean bead doesn't have a ribbon on it, and it isn't pink for the reasons you might think.   Pink is my favorite color and it represents me.  I have friends that see pink items and immediately think of me.  :)  So of course my bead had to be pink!!  I wanted the piece of jewelry I designed to be fun and happy.  When I showed it to a friend she said it reminded her of balloons at a party and that was the look I was going for!  My bracelet is a celebration of my survival.  How brave I am and how special too.   Marybeth is great and no matter what she faces,  she can do so bravely.   


I am so happy with the way it came out.   I used light rose crystal rondelles, these fun resin beads with spikey crystals in them, frosted glass beads and finally little baby pink seed beads to make my memory wire bracelet.  

Please check out the stories of all the other participants on Lori's page because I am having technical difficulties with the list:






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26 comments:

  1. A beautiful bracelet to honor your accomplishments !

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  2. Beautiful, celebratory piece! SO cute, inventive and true to you - CONGRATULATIONS on a BEAUTIFUL piece! =)

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  3. What a beautiful bracelet. Perfect way to celebrate you.

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  4. I love your piece! The colors really appeal to me, and I like your sentiment of honoring yourself!

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  5. Very pretty Marybeth, and I think it'll be a great piece to wear when you need to feel brave!

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  6. How beautiful and unique and how upbeat! Love it!.

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  7. Love the pink bead it doesn't matter whether or not it has to do with your health issues it is your favorite color. The bracelet is very well done and it speaks to you. That's what is important!

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  8. Your bracelet is lovely and really says all you need it to say! I didn't promote a particular cause either, but concentrated instead on what helps me to cope and stay focused.

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  9. It is a beautiful celebration of color:)

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  10. I love your piece, it is so happy and fun. What a great way to celebrate yourself.

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  11. Your bracelet is wonderfully bright and fun. A great way to celebrate your strength.

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  12. What a perfect way to honor yourself and your accomplishments.

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  13. Your bracelet is lovely! It definitely looks like a party and celebration with all it's bright colors. I agree with your friend that it's reminiscent of party balloons. :)

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  14. Love all of the color! Beautiful bracelet :)

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  15. Pretty bracelet for your strength. Thank you for sharing

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  16. That is one happy bracelet! How great that you are able to celebrate your own journey through this bracelet.

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  17. What a beautiful bracelet! I love how cheerful it is and good for you for making something that means something to YOU. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  18. It's a truly joyful piece of jewellery! It definitely says all the colours at the party to me - how wonderful to create something so happy that you feel represents you!

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  19. Love, love, love your bracelet. So fun and inspiring. Thank you for sharing a little bit of you!

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  20. Best wishes Marybeth, great project!

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  21. Love your bracelet and how special it is as an honour to you! Thank you for your story and for putting yourself out there! Beautiful design!

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  22. Lovely, colorful bracelet! Way to be strong, love your outlook!

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  23. Love your colorful and happy bracelet!! You chose the perfect word for you! It certainly takes bravery or courage to come out stronger after the storm! :)

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  24. Beautiful bracelet and a lovely reminder - we all need one every now and then :)

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