Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Art of Awareness Blog Hop

Today I'm joining Lori Anderson of Pretty Things and Heather Millican of Swoondimples for the Art of Awareness blog hop.  Heather is a polymer clay artist and has a line of word beads that she calls beans.  For this blog hop, she commissioned a special awareness ribbon stamp to use on one side, with a word on the other.  She made custom beads for each of the participants.  I asked her for a bead with the ALS colors (navy blue and white) and the word love.  Then our assignment was to create a piece of jewelry with our bead and post it May 16th on our blogs, with as much about the story behind our cause as we were able to share. 

I chose ALS as my cause because my Uncle has it.  If you aren't sure what it is, would like to learn more, or to donate, click here

My Uncle is a brilliant engineer.  He was my Dad's best friend, they grew up together.  When I was little, I had to take this horrible liquid medicine.  He was the only one that could get me to take it without screaming.  He had books, my God, the books.  I used to go and just stand in front of the bookcase and stare at them.  Being a voracious reader runs in my family, and I remember how happy I was when he said I could read the Hardy Boys Mysteries.  There are so many things I could say, but those are the things I remember first when I think about him. I cannot even imagine what my Aunt and cousins are going through right now. 

Here is the bead Heather made for me:

And the other side.  I love the ribbon with the heart.

Here is the bracelet I made with it.  

The white rounds are cultured seaglass, and those are my favorite blue crystals.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  It's simple and says the most important thing.  

I want to thank Lori and Heather for all the hard work they have both done on this hop.  Please take a look at what the other participants did.  

Hug your family tonight, and tell them that you love them.  Every day you get with them is a gift that should be treasured. 

Millican (hostess) (bead artist)
Candida Castleberry
mischelle andrade
Paige Maxim
Laurie  Vyselaar
Marybeth Rich
Alice Peterson
Kim Dworak
Audrey BĂ©langer
Karen mitchell
Joan Williams
Jean Wells
Ann Schroeder
Gail Accinelli
Tania Spivey
Mallory  Hoffman
Mary K McGraw
Shai Williams
Beth Emery
Catie Doman
Lorelei Eurto Http://
Lee Koopman
Tammy Adams
Katie Nelson
Patty Miller
Chris Eisenberg
Cassi Paslick
Charlee Griffith
Kelli Nelson
Catherine King
Melissa Trudinger
susan Bowie
Jennifer Justman
Cassi Paslick
K Hutchinson
Veralynne Malone
Evie and Beth McCord
Mihaela Georgescu
Rebecca Anderso
Charlene  jacka
Kim Stevens
Susan McClelland
Sally Russick
Gina Hockett
Mona Arnott
Sandi Volpe
Andrea Glick
Janine Lucas
Lori Bowring Michaud
Christie Murrow
B.R. Kuhlman
Lupe Meter
Lucy Bejarano
Stephanie Perry
Elisabeth Auld
Carolyn Lawson
Heather Powers
Katie Hacker
Kepi Rasmussen 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang
Elizabeth Hodges