The inspirational Lori McDaniel Anderson is hosting yet another great blog hop: The art of awareness blog hop.
The participants had to purchase at least one bead made by Heather Millican at swoondimples. We had to make one or more pieces focusing on the awareness of a cause that is important to us or to remember someone special or an event that is significant in our lifes.
My first choice of beads wasn't very hard. It is pink, the awareness color for breast cancer.
The bracelet I made with it is a gift for a very special and courageous lady.
She survived breast cancer but now has major health problems caused by the chemo. She always encourages me with my jewelry making and never stops giving me wonderful feedback. Lovely lady (you know who you are), although we have never met in person, you are very inspirational to me. Believe your health will improve. That 2015 will be a better year. And the years after will be better than 2015.
I combined the swoondimples beads with other beads to enhance the spirituality of this bracelet:
Fresh water pearls
Pearls have long been attributed with having great powers.
Pearls are the result of layer upon layer of substance produced to combat irritation. It is therefore said they will lessen stress and its associated illnesses such as fatigue, hypertension, exhaustion and headaches.
A handmade polymer clay rose bead made by Beady Eyed Bunny.
Roses appear in all of the world's major religions as a symbol of miraculous love at work in the world.
Amethyst, which is her birthstone.
Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and
physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace.
Emotionally, amethyst is used in crystal healing to help heal personal losses and grief. Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength.
Physically amethyst is said to heal the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction, help with headaches, insomnia, arthritis, diabetes, pain relief, circulatory system issues, endocrine system problems, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune system deficiencies, asthma, phobias, pregnancy and preventing miscarriage, menopause, PMS, and general healing.
And just for the beauty of it; Czech glass, a wooden bead and a handmade polymer clay bead from Too Acquarius.
My second bead hasn’t made it into a bracelet yet. But it will, once I’m emotionally ready.
In real life it is red/pinkish but on my screen it looked a bit more red, the color for heart disease.
I bought it with my dad in mind. I wanted to make a special bracelet for me, to lift up my own spirit.
At the time of signing up for the blog my dad was suffering from severe heart failure. It is genetic and his older brother (by 10 years) died just 7 months before. My dad has been in and out of hospital many times for the last 6 years. The last couple of months his health was deteriorating. I was very grateful he was still there, lighting up the lives of my Mum, my sisters and myself with his humor.
Sadly, just a few days after signing up for the blog hop, he passed away.
I’m still very grateful.
Grateful for the fact he always took care of us. Working very very hard so we would have a good live.
Grateful for his advice and his humor.
Although I miss him so much, I’m also grateful he doesn’t have to suffer anymore. He is now in a good place, without any pain.
Dad, thank you. I love you.
Thank you so much Lori, for this wonderful blog hop. Thank you Heather for the gorgeous bead goodies.
Thank you for visiting my blog and please check out the wonderful work of the other participants. You can find the list here.