Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thanks for the Memories Blog Hop!!

My "Thanks for the Memories Blog Hop" contribution:

 This bracelet has a couple of meanings for me.  Mainly it's about the spacers.  I sell a LOT of spacers at shows and online.  Let's face it....making spacers is boring.  Nothing to get excited about.  Cleaning them is a pain too.  But I make them.  Why?

  For this guy:

This is Ayden.  He had a rough start.  He is the reason I do whatever I have to do to make sure his life goes as smoothly as humanly possible from now on.  So every spacer I have to make (and clean!) is for this guy's future.  And believe me, most days I need a reminder why I make these little buggers:)

Have I told you that I come from a long line of crafty/creative people?  This is bracelet is also about them.  See the vintage crystal at the end of this bracelet?  (sorry about the crappy light today!)

That is a nod to all the people that have come before me.  My grandmothers, my mother....I would like to think they are proud of me, and my business.  So a tiny reminder to carry on.  Even when it gets tough.

Now...please go visit the other participants in the blog hop:

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 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
Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design
Lena Adams (Mari's daughter) -- TBA
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


Karin said...

I love your bracelet - it's so fun! Gorgeous work.

Tina E said...

Love the bracelet, Jodie. Love your beads, and I am extremely glad that you make those darn spacer beads.

Cece Cormier said...

Love the color and agree that spacers are really, simply, a pain to deal with. Not so much the making, but the clean up. At least you have a great reason to make them! And the piece is a color riot.

13 said...

Lovely bright colours and great to hear the inspiration behind this.

Pixybug Designs said...

Love the bracelet Jodie! Very pretty and all my favorite colors! Nice picture of Ayden! He sure is growing up fast!

Sea of Dreams said...

Sometimes all it takes is a gentle reminder of why we do what we do...and you have an amazing reason for what you do!!! I love the bracelet you created

Jodie said...

Thank you:)

Jodie said...

Someone has to keep you in beads, right? :)

Jodie said...

Thanks. I wore the bracelet all day today...and thought of all the reasons I do what I do.

Jodie said...

Thank you!

Jodie said...

I do loves me some colors!

Jodie said...

He is getting big...and so smart! He reminds me of my oldest son so much.

Jodie said...

Thanks so much....he is a keeper!

Pookledo said...

Gorgeous bracelet and I love the story too. x

Becky Pancake said...

I love your rainbow of spacers bracelet. It's so colorful stylish. You have a great reason to give thanks & you did him proud. I'm glad that I found your etsy store, I'll be back.

Jodie said...


Jodie said...

It makes a lovely sound on the wrist too!

Christine said...

Your bracelet is a lovely tribute. Now I know where to get my spacers!

Lea Avroch said...

lovely bracelet and spacers Jodie! What a handsome young son you have! Wonderful inspiration!

Donetta said...

They may be a pain to make, but I LOVE your bright, happy spacer beads! And that beautiful boy...what better reason to keep on keepin' on?

BackstoryBeads said...

What a handsome little guy and inspiring post. Gorgeous colors! One of the nicest things about these hops is finding new (to me) artists. Had fun looking around your Etsy shop (and just had to pick up some of those gorgeous colors for myself!)

la mar de bonita said...

Love the guy.... :0) And the bracelet too! :0))

Kepi said...

I commented on the wrong post, but what I said holds true, what a happy bracelet, I love the colors, Thanks for sharing.

Dyanne said...

Ayden is a CUTIE! What an adorable motivator! I love the colors in your bracelet. Very pretty and bright.

TesoriTrovati said...

That is one happy and cheerful bracelet! And what a sweet boy you have there! Good to remember what is truly important. Thank you for sharing your story. Enjoy the day. Erin

Anonymous said...

Love those bright , happy colors!!! Your son is adorable, too!!

April Grinaway said...

You're the Spacer Queen ~ Lovely colors and your work is made with patience and dedication. Beautiful.
Peace and Love.

mrs beadsley said...

love the bracelet! they may be boring to make but they are so fabulously colorful and cheerful!

A Polymer Penchant said...

Oh cutie, Hi Ayden! Well done mama, making and cleaning beads for love! Beautiful result

Lori Anderson said...

Everything I do, I do for my son, too.