Thursday, November 15, 2012

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop




You never know what you might mean to someone.


In order to participate in the Bead Soup Blog Party, you need to have a blog.  My friend Marianna emailed me, excited about the party but needed help to build a blog.  No problem.  We talked about what she wanted and I made it for her, and she started blogging.


The Bead Soup Blog Party came and went but Marianna hadn't signed up.  I'd sent her a few emails to see how she was but there wasn't a response.  Then one day, her daughter emailed me to let me know Marianna had suddenly passed away.



That news just took the breath out of me.  I miss her emails and constant cheerfulness.


Then a few days ago, I got a box in the mail from her daughter.  I knew the box was coming, and that it had something in it from Marianna that she hadn't had a chance to mail before her death.  What I DIDN'T expect was for each bead to be individually wrapped with Marianna's personal messages attached to each one, and a card that told me how she valued my friendship.


I can't let that go.


This blog hop is both for Marianna and for those people in our lives who mean a lot to us -- a mom, a friend, a brother -- anyone who has meaning to us.  Create a piece of jewelry that tells that story.


For instance, Marianna loved red and cardinals, so if you would like to make something in honor of her, you could use red, or you could use beads of birds, leaves, trees, nests, eggs -- things like that.  If you have a friend you want to remember and thank and she's a painter, you could make a necklace full of the colors she often uses in her paintings.



Sign ups are officially closed, but I can still accept people if you email me your name and blog by clicking here.

Grab the blog button from above and link to this page.  (Right click and save the button to your computer, then use the Photo Gadget in Blogger, and enter this page's html link in the line for html.  Free to resize the button as needed).

(This blog hop does not occur until January 12th, but with the holidays, I wanted to post the sign ups now).


But don't wait until January 12th to thank a person who means a lot to you.  Thank them today!  And if they, like Marianna, have passed to a new place, write them a note, anyway.  Keep it, and open it to remember there are people in your life who touch it and make it better.



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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

31 comments:

Katsui Jewelry said...

Lori,
I am so sorry. What a wonderful way to honor your friend. Bless your sweet heart! I will write my little letter today.
xo,
Suz

Jenn said...

Wow. That takes my breath away as well. Thank you for sharing this poignant message and contributing to her happiness. I would love to participate in the next blog hop.

TesoriTrovati said...

What a wonderful tribute to your friend. It is true that we don't know how our words, our actions might impact anothers' life. I am certain that you were a great blessing to Miss Marianna. Enjoy the day. Erin

Kokopelli said...

Oh no, how sad! No, we never should wait to thank a person who means a lot to us. Lately I read in a death notice: "And we thought we still have so much time." No, we don't. Hugs to you, lori, for this wonderful post and for the blog hop. What a beautiful way to remember.

Stepha said...

What a beautiful tribute. It would be a beautiful blog hop. I would have to pick you, Marie and Patti. You three are my angels..

The Crazier Sister said...

I was already contemplating making memory jewelry for Christmas for my mom and 3 aunts in memory of their mom (well, for 1 aunt it's MIL, but she loved her). This is a wonderful idea and will be a joy to share what others will do. A wonderful way to keep memories alive.

Kim Stevens said...

I'm so sorry Lori...sigh....and you are so right, we should never put off telling that someone how we feel because we don't always get those second chances. What a blessing to get that package and know how much you touched her! xo

This is such a great idea! (once again)

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Very nice post and great hop :) Thank you for giving us all the opportunity to be thankful, to cherish, and to honor loved ones -- and to share all our gratitude as a community.

Juniper Goods said...

It's true you never know when you'll go, I am sorry that she passed but how wonderful to get a package of beads from her with so much love. This is a great blog hop idea, I've joined. Thanks, Chandra

Manuela said...

Dear Lori,

I think she is reading this post sitting on a cloud and sending a smile.
It is so hearttouching and I feel so close to you,

♥ Manuela

BackstoryBeads said...

What a beautiful way to remember and celebrate your friendship with Marianna. I would love to join you.

Cece Cormier said...

Great idea and I'm certain we all can pay tribute to her and or others and the fine memories that they have left us with.

Creative Atelier said...

This is such a beautiful post, so touching. I have had so many angels along the way, I would love to join you in this gratitude act.

Whimsical Monkey said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I've been sideswiped by death before and the shock is too much to take at times. I'm joining the blog hop for my grandmother, who died almost 2 years ago and left me her mixer. I learned how to cook from her.

Lori Bergmann said...

I was so sorry to hear about the loos of your wonderful friend, Marianna. (((hugs)))) Your story helps us all remember and cherish those who have affected our lives in a special way! I would love to participate in this blog hop too. *Ü*

kim Idalski said...

Oh what a treasure Marianna left you. And what a treasure you were to her Lori. I'm so sorry for your loss. I read your blog and sat and cried. Still crying. It's true you never know how long you will have those dear to you. I'd be honored to be in this blog hop. My blog is www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com. Thank you for sharing. Kimberly

stregajewellry said...

Lori, this is such a beautiful post. You have chosen such a great way to homor your friend with this tribute. I definitely want to be part of this You are one terrific lady

Marjorie Savill Linthwaite said...

Lori, I did design a piece of jewellery in remembrance of my late mother after eight years of mourning - an ancient Egyptian custom - so I wonder if I am able to join - refer to bennubirdrising - labels: Ancient Egyptian themes - Elephant Walk Memory Beads

Kreestahl said...

Lori, you have a special insight. I have been thinking about setting up a new blog for jewelry and this hop is very timely for me. My mother was diagnosed with Alzhiemer's earlier this year and is declinig rapidly. My piece may be of the memories she is losing to help her keep them closer. I need to figure out how to do that. Maybe photo charms with writing on the back. Anyway, thank you for this and all you inspirations.

Marjorie Savill Linthwaite said...

Lori, Thank you for the courtesy and being so understanding.

Robin Reed said...

Hi Lori, I really want to do this one. i thought I had signed up but I think I got distracted. I want in on this one. Thanks You so much!!!

Lea Avroch said...

What a touching story! & a wonderful way for us all to look within & honor someone special to us.

Isolina Perez said...

Oh Lori I'm so sorry. How heart breaking

Colleen said...

Lori - I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.
Hugs...

Terri said...

I just got done doing a key chain for a new "bead friend" I met through Lima beads. She just lost her husband. I have/had a blog acquaintance that I wonder if something like this happened to her?
This is such a great idea and way to honor all sorts of loved ones.
Thanks Lori for being who you are!

cryssT said...

My learning curve needs some work - which/what is the blog button that I am supposed to grab? Bad enough that when I went to my blog it brought up the 2010 postings. I had to find the 2012 postings.

~cryssT

Priya said...

Oh! thats such a heartbreaking way to find out about a loss. The jewelry making community wishes her to be in a happy place.

April Grinaway said...

Lori, I'm sorry for your loss. I think it's an honor to participate in this blog hop. I just signed up!

Here Bead Dragons said...

yes - I even managed to get this posted correctly. looking forward to doing this. Thanks, Lori.

~cryssT

said...

so sorry for your loss, great way to remember and honor your friend

lilrubyjewelry.com said...

I have finally learned in my life not to be so shy about letting special people in my life know how much I love and appreciate them - life is too unpredictable not to!

Thank you Lori,for hosting and inviting us to take part in this truly meaningful and touching blog hop.