Friday, January 11, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

I have been struggling emotionally for the past 3 months, and I thought about pulling out at the last minute, but decided to fulfill my commitment. There are so many people in my life past and present whom I am thankful for, so it was a little difficult to choose.  For details on the premise of this wonderful blog hop please click here.

The obvious choice was my mother. I made a necklace for her birthday, which I included below. I am incredibly thankful for my mom and love her dearly. However, I make jewelry for her often and thought I should dedicate this to someone I haven't openly thanked for being a part of my life.

Mom enjoying her "End of the World" dinner with her Birthday necklace

Although, I am an only child, I was fortunate enough to grow up with someone I often think of as my little sister. She is a fantastic women and I am so proud of her and what she has accomplished thus far. I cried tears of joy at her college graduation this past summer. She completed school while raising her daughter and perusing her love of art. Unfortunately, I lost out on parts of her life when I moved 7 years ago, and our relationship has suffered because of the distance.

I am so gratefully to have you in my life, my dear cousin, Kristen. The most cherished memories are of our summers at the cabin. To me, this necklace has a calming, earthy vibe with a funky side. Which, reminds me of both you and our times at the cabin. Your artwork and personal style is natural with a spunky twist. You are easy going and up for anything. You are a bit of a child at heart, which is part of why you are such an amazing mother.

I wish I could be there in person to share this necklace with you. I love you and hope to see you soon.

Thank you, Lori, for hosting this sweet blog hop.

For more lovely Memories and Thanks pieces, please visit the following:

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**ME**
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


  1. I like the necklace you made for your cousin

  2. Very earthy and like the simplicity of this piece.

  3. What a pretty necklace. How good of you to honor your sister.
    Thanks for sharing.


  4. I'm glad you didn't pull out. I love your bracelet and I'm sure your cousin will too. It's a beautiful tangible expression of your love and appreciation of her. I hope you get to give it to her soon.

    1. Thank you Adlinah! I sent it home with her parents. I can't wait for her to see it.

  5. Wonderful tribute to your cousin. The necklace you created is such an original and perfect to showcase your memories.

  6. A beautiful necklace to share beautiful memories.

  7. Love the chain with the deep crimson cord with the stones,.

    1. Thank you Kathleen! I had no idea what I was going to do with those stones when I bought them. Turned out wonderfully.

  8. Love the design of your necklace! Earthy and funk vibe works for me. Your cousin is sure to love it! The necklace your mom is wearing in the picture Looks fabulous too! Enjoy the hop
    Terri G.

    1. Thanks Terri! I am so happy my mom likes her necklace. I hope my cousin feels the same.

  9. What a wonderful necklace and tribute to your cousin. I am so glad that you didn't pull out and instead decided to share with us.

    1. Thank you Shaiha! I'm glad I participated.

  10. What a beautiful necklace you created...thank you for not pulling out, and for sharing your talent with all of us!

  11. Beautiful necklaces to honor beautiful women! I know your cousin will be delighted to know not only that you made it but with such a strong meaning. So glad you were able to hop with us! Thanks for sharing your story and creation. Enjoy the day. Erin

  12. Beautiful necklace, thank you for sharing.

  13. Love your necklace. I hope you get to share it with your cousin in person soon - I am sure she'll love it!

  14. That is so sweet, and I'm sure she is on Cloud 9 knowing how much someone thinks of her. I LOVE the chain over the gemstones -- that look is so pretty and I am not good at it for some reason (I tangle everything.).

    Thank you so much for being in the blog hop!

  15. So pretty! What a lovely person to thank. I have an only child as does my brother and I hope our girls will be close as they grow.

  16. Mandi, I love the earthy feel of this is just perfect to commemorate those long summer days of childhood at the cabin!

  17. Thanks for sharing your work and story.
    Peace and Love.

  18. A beautiful necklace and a beautiful tribute - thank you for sharing!!