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.
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.
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.