Sunday, January 13, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop Reveal

I first have to apologize that I am so late with my post.  My family and I decided to take a last minute trip to Florida this past week to see the BCS Championship game.  It was Notre Dame vs. Alabama.  My husband Ed is a Notre Dame alum and my son Daniel is a HUGE fan.
My parents spend the winter near Ft. Myers, so it was the perfect opportunity to visit with tham and see the game.

We drove from Pennsylvania on Jan 4th and returned yesterday.
That is my excuse.......

I heard about the Memories and Thanks Blog Hop on the Bead Soup facebook group hosted by Lori Anderson.  I knew right away thatI wanted to participate. You can read why she was holding the Blog Hop, here. This Blog Hop honours both Lori's friend, Marianna, and all those people in our lives (alive, or otherwise) who mean a lot to us.

I knew that I was going to make something to honor my sister Katie, who passed away from Hodgkin's disease in 1997.  She was only 28 years old.  We were 11 months apart and even though our personalities were very different we were close.
She passed away on March and my daughter Shannon was born in June of 1997.
I am taken aback sometimes by how much my daughter reminds me of my sister.  I know she is watching over us.

I incorporated a ladybug in my design because she LOVED ladybugs.  There are times that a ladybug will show up at family functions and we know this is her way of telling us she is still with us.

Thank you Lori for organizing this hop, it has been nice to stop and think about my sister while I am doing something I enjoy.

Here are the links to the other participants - Please take a look.....

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

Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space
Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry

Christine Stonefield            Sweet Girl Design
Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson                      It's My Sea of Dreams
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

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
Lena Adams (Mari's daughter) --Lena's Beady Blog
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

Priya Krish                           Hellopalz  
Rebecca Anderson               Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca's Place
Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle
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. Pretty bracelet to remember your sister by. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So sorry for your the bracelet! Blessings!

  3. A very touching story. It's great that you can pay tribute to her with something that she liked. Great bracelet.

  4. That's a lovely bracelet. It must have been very difficult to lose your sister so young, but a good thing that your daughter brings you memories of her.

  5. A vert lovely bracelet and a wonderful way to remember your sister, Katie! Thanks for your visit and I hope you enjoy the hop.
    Terri G.

  6. Lovely bracelet with great colors. Ladybugs are special.
    Thanks for posting.


  7. Beautiful bracelet for your beautiful sister.

  8. I live in Fort Myers. I hope your trip here was great. A beautiful bracelet to honor your sister ... what a wonderful tribute. If you end up in our neck of the woods, you would be incorporating Geckos in your designs. Lol

  9. I love the bracelet, and I love the thought and care you put into it. The ladybug charm is adorable, and so fitting as a sweet memory of your sister.

  10. The bracelet is so cool! I am really glad you ave a couple of tangible reminders of your sister! Your daughter and lady bugs!!!

  11. Your tribute bracelet is darling, I love that you added your beautiful sister's favorite bug!

  12. A wonderful tribute for your so short-living sister! I'm sure to, she's watching you and feels honoured!

  13. Your bracelet is beautiful! I'm sorry for the loss of your sister at such a young age. Thank you for sharing your memories.

  14. Such a sweet tribute to your sister. And it is interesting that those we lose seem to live on in our lives, like through your daughter. I am sure that your sister is a special angel shining down on you. Thanks for sharing your story and creation. Enjoy the day. Erin

  15. Sorry for the loss of your sister. Your bracelet is lovely.

  16. I love your bold bracelet design. And no apologies necessary for posting late... you were off making wonderful memories with those you love!

  17. Love your bracelet. Thanks for sharing.
    Peace and Love.

  18. Your bracelet is so sweet - what a lovely tribute to your sister!

  19. Now those are the best kind of excuses! love a spontaneous adventure. Thant lady bug connection is so incredibly sweet. I always loved finding them, like you can't help but smile. Beautiful work

  20. It's beautiful, and I am so sorry you lost her so soon.


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  22. Your lady bug bracelet is wonderful! I feel so comforted by you sharing that when you see ladybugs, you know she is near. I'm sorry she was so young! I lost my daughter last July, and she was about your sister's age.

    I just now was able to post my jewelry, and I'm very late. I just had a hard time with it once it came time to post.

    Thank you for sharing. Your post gives me hope!


    1. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter - I know how difficult if has been for my parents. I never stop missing her, but after all of these years, we are able to talk and laugh about all of the great memories we have of her.
      Peace to you....