Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lori Anderson Memories and Thanks. Brooklyn Bead Goddess

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop January 12, 2013

          At the end of last year, Lori Anderson announced the next blog hop will be about someone special in our lives. The theme is about the people in our lives who mean a lot to us - a mom, a friend, a brother - anyone who has meaning to us. We were asked to create a piece of jewelry that tells a story about that special person.
          It was an easy decision for me. My mom was a colorful person who loved flowers, gardening, jewelry, 'hip' clothes, makeup. She loved spending the day shopping. "It's my therapy" she would say and it was a special time to be with her.
 I've dedicated this jewelry piece to my mom and named it "Matilda." She's no longer with us but is always in my heart.

 Mom collected elephant statues (which were a pain in the neck to dust on cleaning day.) Each one had it's own story. One had his trunk raised up, another had it down. One was made of glass, another of carved wood. Some had a broken leg or trunk. I had fun moving them from the back to the front of the shelf. Kind of gave them a chance to be the star of the week 'til next cleaning time. 
When I saw these pewter elephants I knew I had to add them to my design. The Swarovski crystals above and below them give it the sparkle I wanted.

Making the colorful lampwork beads was my next step.While at the torch, I'd reminisce and found a sense of peace run through me. I've made some pretty beads for this special necklace piece.Don't you agree?
  Thank you for this opportunity Lori Anderson and PrettyThings Blog. I've enjoyed the warm feelings and memories it brought back to me.
Please remember to leave your comments below.

Below are the participants and their blogs

Please take some time to see what others have made and leave your thoughts in the comment box. Enjoy !

 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
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


  1. What a fun piece! I'm sure that your mom would be proud.

  2. I love Matilda....and what a wonderful Memory to wear.

  3. A fabulous riot of colors - I bet your mom would love it!

  4. I love this piece - bright and cheerful and with a bit of nostalgia. Perfect.

  5. What a fun and colorful piece. Thanx for sharing your story with us.It's wonderful that you made the beads too. The elephants are cool.

  6. A very special piece. The bracelet and your memories gave me my smile for the day. Your Mom will love it!

  7. I can tell that your mother was a vibrant and lively person from this piece. My daughter loves elephants as well and tells me that the ones with the trunk up are full of good luck. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy the day! Erin

  8. What fun! The beads and the Mom. Definitely would make dusting more fun to be able to decorate with elephants!

  9. I love that your mom is such a colorful person and this piece you have created for this blog hop is perfect! You do such beautiful Lampwork! Enjoy the hop!
    Terri G.

  10. Love the bright beads and a beautiful bracelet!

  11. Color Bomb! Love the elephants and the design.

  12. Inspired color for a totally inspiring woman! And I hear in my head, the Copa, Copa Cabana...why, I have no idea! Love it.

  13. Your lampwork beads are so fun! I love Matilda - a beautiful tribute to your colorful & fun Mom!

  14. Matilda and her elephants are fantastic. Your colorful lampwork beads are really "hip" and fun!

  15. I get a sense of who your mother really was from your beautiful piece.

  16. I love the bright colors of your beads, and the elephants are the perfect touch. I feel as if I know your mom from your story, and from the jazzy vibe of your finished piece.

  17. What a bright and fun necklace! And I agree, those elephants are the perfect touch.

  18. That was a nice way to remember your mother. Lovely, bright necklace.

  19. Gorgeous happy piece, definitely something a mom would love.

  20. Absolutlely fabulous--Matilda is full of joie de vivre! I love your mom and YOU!
    xox jean

  21. I love your bright, colorful necklace! The way you incorporated the elephants was very thoughtful, and I bet your mom would be so honored to see the necklace you made in her honor and to hear the loving words you wrote about her. Beautiful!

  22. Very beautiful and colorful piece in honor of your mom. Thank you for sharing.


  23. What a bright and vibrant piece. Having gotten to know you a bit since we were blog swap partners, I can only imagine what your cool mom was like. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I love this colorful piece and espe opally the elephants!

  25. I love this colorful piece and espe opally the elephants!

  26. I love your colorful lampwork beads!! And the Elephants are a nice added touch to honor your mom. I'm sorry for your loss.

  27. I love you necklace and the story about the elephants! Very vibrant and full of fun, you mother must have been a special lady!

  28. The lampies you have made are so vibrant. beautiful!

  29. Beautiful, fun & vibrant! I hope you either wear this for her, or frame it to keep the smiles there :)

  30. I *love* this piece! So full of joy, as are your memories...thank you so much for sharing with us.

  31. Love this..beautiful colorfs...the elephants are so charming

  32. A beautiful fitting piece. All the love you have for your mom shows in every bead!

  33. i love the colorful tribute to your mother - your glass work is beautiful and the beads you included are oh so bright and happy. the elephants add just the right touch to the piece. thanks for sharing.

  34. Thanks for sharing your story with us. What a beautiful, vibrant, colorful piece for honoring a colorful person like your mom. our hand crafted beads are amazing.

  35. Lovely colors and the elephants are a great touch.
    A nice tribute piece.


  36. Your mother would have loved Matilda. What luck to find those pewter elephants. I'm glad you got to include something that had meaning for your mum into your necklace.

  37. Beautiful beads you made and I love how you put the crystals next to the elephant beads. A great tribute to your Mom!

  38. I love the elephants! My Mimi (who my post is for) had a set of shelves with various statues that she had collected from various countries over the years (gifts, mostly) and I remember playing with them as a child, but I didn't find any beads to represent those items. I'm so glad you were able to find the elephants to add to your lovely, handmade beads for this tribute to your mother.

  39. I love the color and vibrancy of your piece. I feel like I got a sense of your mom just from the bright colors. And I'm so glad you found those elephants! How perfect. =)

  40. Matilda is so colorful and vibrant! This is definitely a fun piece. It feels exactly like how you've described your mum to be. I love it.

  41. I love "Matilda"! It is so happy and fun! You did an awesome job with your beads. My mother is an elephant collector, too! I know you will enjoy wearing "Matilda" and remembering everything that was so special about your mom!

  42. Came from the blog hop - beautiful pieces and the colors certainly remind me of my own mother!

  43. Wonderful bright and happy piece! Love the elephant charms. Lovely tribute to your mother.

  44. Thank you everyone. Your lovely comments are truly appreciated.

  45. I love a lot of color, too!! This necklace is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your memories.

  46. I love your piece! Like your mom, I love color. I know she would love this necklace.


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