Saturday, April 16, 2011

~~~ Welcome to the 7000 Bracelets of Hope Blog Hop! ~~~

This is not your ordinary blog hop.

This is a blog hop that will ultimately bring a bit of beauty and happiness to over a hundred family members. 

The rules of the hop -- make a bracelet in an adult size in blue.  The bracelets will be sent to The Global Genes Project, an advocacy group for children's rare disease awareness.  The Global Genes Project then sends the bracelets to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases to show them love and support.

When I started making this bracelet, my little boy, Zack, wanted to help, so we raided my blue gemstone drawer together.  Zack had definite opinions about what DID look good and what didn't -- I truly believe I have a jewelry designer in the making.

Zack and I decided to use chunky rounds of faceted sodalite and charms of larimar.  Larimar is a rare gemstone mined only in the Dominican Republic, and I love it, love it, love it.  I like how we covered the range of blue from light to dark, and I got to make my favorite style of bracelet.  Anything with charms makes me happy!

I was incredibly touched and proud of the number of people who readily threw their hats in the ring to create for a cause.  Please take some time to look at the bracelets made by the following designers:

 1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle
3.  Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4.  Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
7.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9.  Amy Severino, Amy's Beads
10.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11.  Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12.  Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13.  Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14.   Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16.  Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
18.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!
20.  Nicki Keller, Nicki's Reef

21.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23.  Carrie Tahquechi,  Carrie T
24.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
26.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
28.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
29.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady 
30.  Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs 

31.  Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux  
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads 
33.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread 
34.  Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde 
35.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 
36.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me 
37.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. 
38.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
39.  CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations 
40.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash 

41.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box 
42.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
43.  Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn 
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle 
45.  Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio 
46.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47.  Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48.  Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49.  Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53.  Andrea Robinson,  Madame Magpie's Shiny Things
54.  John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55.  Breana Fry, Vault 31
56.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60.  Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61.  Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64.  Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66.  Norma Agron, Norma's Clay
67.  Ana Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
68.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72.  Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73.  Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life
74.  Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
75.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76.  Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79.  Sally Russick, WireWorked
80.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter 

81.  KJ, KJ's Beadacious Beads
82.  Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love 
84.  Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy 
85.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86.  Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87.  Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88.  Deb Beechy, Beetique
89.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
90.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

91.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92.  Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
 93.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
95.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97.  Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99.  Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100.  Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores 

101.  Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets 
102.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104.  Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108.  Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109.  Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110.  Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne

 111.  Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112.  Mary Ellen Parker,  BeeTree by m.e.

If you are just learning about this and would like to make a bracelet to send in, send your bracelet, including a business card and a note to the family receiving your bracelet to:

7000 Bracelets of Hope/Global Genes Project
24701 La Plaza 
Suite 201 
Dana Point, CA 92629

A huge thank you to everyone who participated!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Ohhh, your bracelet is so cool! And thanks again for doing that. It was an honor to participate - and fun too:-)

  2. I admire so much your energy, Lori!! And what a lovely bracelet with larimar, my favourite favourite of all stones <3

  3. Zach does have a good eye.. Your bracelet is beautiful.

  4. Love your bracelet, your son has good taste! Thank you for organising the bloghop and for such a deserving cause.
    Deb x

  5. gorgeous! very the design with the charms! ;o)

    Love seeing all the different blues too...amazing!

    Thanks for the shout out about this campaign sweetie...not only for a good cause, but it's also helping me get the bug back again! double whammy!


    hello gorgeous xxx

  6. GREAT choices Zack!!!
    those blues are wonderful together !
    Thank Lori for taking time to organize this hop.You are my first stop.I'm off and ...hopping !
    m.e. :D

  7. Just love the beautiful charm style bracelet you created, I know it will make someone very happy.

  8. You and Zack make a great pair! what a lovely bracelet. I like how you incorporated the rare Larimar in the design that represents the rare diseases..lovely!! Thanks again for the offer, it was a pleasure to participate.

  9. What a wonderful team you make! Beautiful bracelet!

  10. Love your bracelet. I have mine done and it was fun to do something different. I'm glad you had the hop. :)

  11. Wow! What a beautiful and precious bracelet. I absolutely love the larimar with the sodalite. Thanks for calling us to action for this great cause.

  12. Anonymous7:52 AM

    Beautiful bracelet Lori!! Thank you so much for organizing the Hop! I have to agree with Stefanie, it was so much fun and an honor to participate! Thank you!

  13. Love the larimar! Such a beautiful, rich blue. Thanks again for hosting this event. It was fun and rewarding. Have a great weekend!

  14. Beautiful bracelet, Lori! I had fun participating and it gave me such joy that I will be able to bring a little sunshine into someone's life where there are many struggles. What a great way to show them our support! Thanks for hosting this! 8D

  15. Wonderful to see so many participants for this great cause!

  16. I missed the hop with you but I will send in my bracelet. Thanks for posting the address.

  17. Wow Lori! Isn't it cool to see the creative juices flowing from your child? Ya'll made a lovely bracelet, and I know it will be a blessing. Thanks so much for hosting this hop. It was truly an honor to participate.

  18. So nice that Zack helped you! I love larimar. Your design is beautiful and will make someone very happy. Thank you again for doing this... it feels good to pray for and do something for someone struggling. We all need each other!

  19. Oh I think it was so awesome of you to let us all know about it and it was my pleasure to be part of it.

    I love that Zach helped and he is such a doll! We all know where he gets his generous heart and that bracelet is awesome! Way to go Team Anderson!

    Hugs Always

  20. Sandi Volpe8:50 AM


    Your bracelet is gorgeous. I hope you are having a fantastic day and feeling good.


  21. i love that your son enjoys helping you.
    your bracelet is lovely.
    i'm so happy to see so many people participated, i wasn't able to do the blog hop but thanks for including the address so we might donate toward global genes project.

  22. You and your son created a gorgeous bracelet. Thanks for organizing such a special blog hop.

  23. Anonymous8:53 AM

    Thank you for organizing this blog hop, Lori! I agree your bracelet is very cool! Love the stones! Feels good to give. Glad I could be a part of it! Thanks again!

  24. Oh Lori what an amazing idea to include Zack in the design process. I just know he has a heart as huge as yours. Your design is so cool it remindes me of oceans of blue

  25. Lori,
    I love Larimar too - my parents brought me a pendant back from Dominican Republic when they went to visit friends from the old country who immigrated there at the same time my parents immigrated to the States. Thank you for organizing this wonderful event!
    Linda :-)

  26. You and Zach made a beautiful bracelet. It will have such a special meaning for whoever the recipient is. Thanks again for doing this.

  27. Absolutely gorgeous! And I agree, your son is definitely a designer in the making!

  28. I love the bracelet Lori -- thank you so much for coordinating this wonderful event -- it was an honor to participate!!

  29. WOW Zack! You did your momma proud helping her pick just the right elements for this beautiful bracelet!

    Thanks for letting me join in on this wonderful project Lori.

  30. Zack definitely has learned great taste from you. Love the stones, all of them!! Very pretty bracelet. Tell Zack he has a good eye for design. What a handsome young man he is!

  31. I love your bracelet. I think I love anything with larimar in it! I've made two bracelets that I'll be sending in. I just don't have the blog. I'm getting closer. Zack is adorable and I love that he's getting into design. Go Zack!!

  32. Another Beauty Lori!! I love that Zach helped on this one, what a wonderful kid!

  33. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Love the bracelet, Zack did a great job. Thanks again Lori for inviting me to participate.

  34. Beautiful Lori! I love larimar myself!

    Someone is sure going to enjoy this!

  35. Thank you Lori - for bringing this to our attention. All that you do is amazing - you really do inspire me.
    Your bracelet is gorgeous! Love the two different blues together!

  36. Way to go Zack...the bracelet is beautiful. (your mom is pretty good at this too)

  37. Pretty combination! Your son hase a great eye. Happy Saturday hop!

  38. Lori, your bracelet is lovely! I love those faceted sodalite rounds! Thank you so much for organizing this hop. I am so thrilled to support the Global Genes Project!

  39. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Beautiful! Larimar is my favorite, I think it is so beautiful!

  40. looks great! Thanks for doing this Lori, I had thought about it & hadn't followed through. You were the spark to get me going.

  41. Lori, I love your bracelet with the chunky sodalite and charms of larimar! Charm bracelets are so feminine and so much fun to wear! You guys make a great design team.

    This is my first time to participate in a blog hop and it has been so much fun! Thank you for being such a kind soul and bringing us together for this campaign.

    Hope you're feeling better!

  42. Beautiful bracelet, Zack and Lori! It's perfect and whoever receives it will be one happy lady!

  43. Okay, how adorable is your son? I think your bracelet turned out wonderfully! I'm totally loving larimar - I've never had a chance to play with it, but the color is superb!

  44. Anonymous11:27 AM

    I LOVE that your son helped you! Beautiful bracelet! Love the larimar beads too!

  45. I LOVE the aqua color of the larimar with the dark blue faceted beads! Your son has a good eye. Mine used to love to bead jewelry, but now that he is 9, he has moved on to more "boy" like things.

    thanks for hosting this! I am hopping my heart out:)

  46. I love it when the little ones get into the creating with us :) Lovely bracelet - Larimar is one of my favorites too!

  47. Love the bracelet Lori and you and Zack make a wonderful team!

  48. I've never seen larimar's just beautiful. Tell Zach "atta boy" from me :-)

  49. Go Zack and Lori design team! :-) You two make a great pair! Lori, your bracelet is beautiful and I especially love those chunky faceted soladite rounds...just love faceted beads!

  50. I am from your new blog club book! Can't wait to read over your blog and start communicating!

  51. I am in love with your bracelet...and your choice of gemstones you picked with your son's assistance are just right! What a stunning, CHARMING BRACELET and what a wonderful person you are.

    all love!

  52. Hey Lori, what fun! The bracelet that you and Zack designed is just fabulous! and what a face! so sweet and cute! Great job on putting this together ... hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  53. Beautiful Bracelet my Friend & THANK YOU for the opportunity to get involved in such a worthy cause!!
    Big Hugs,

  54. beautiful bracelet! thanx so much for putting this together and giving us all the opportunity to create, look around, and give a little something.

  55. Thanks for always being so special and give us so amazing opportunities.
    Your bracelet is wonderful.

  56. I love yours, Lori. Now why didn't I think of something so unusual? Oh I know, I didn't Zach to assist me. lol.

    Thanks for organizing the hop. I know it's a LOT of work.

  57. Muchas gracias Lori informarnos sobre la campa~a. Me fascino formar parte. Tu bracelet esta hermoso. Me gusta mucho!! Mari

  58. Thanks a lot for making this happen!
    I am honored to be part of this and to be able to contribute to the good cause!
    And a wonderful bracelet!Your son really has potential as designer :-)

  59. beautiful! Looks like lots of us used sodalite...I love it :) Thanks for hosting again and for opening our eyes to this project!

  60. Lori - thanks so much for this opportunity - I so rarely get to make jewelry anymore...I seem to write about it rather than make it ;-)

    Robyn Hawk

  61. What a fantastic cause and so helpful to have all the blogs posted this way. As someone who has only just started making jewellery its brilliant. Not only do I get to see some inspiring and very beautiful jewellery it makes it so easy to find all the jewellers in the crafting community. Your son sounds just like my daughter. She loves getting the beading board out. Thanks for sharing.


  62. Beautiful bracelet!!Thanks so much or organizing this.

  63. You and Zack knocked it out of the park with this one -- it's gorgeous! And anything made with such love and good energy will bring great comfort to the recipient...And I'm dizzy from all the eye candy in the hop. Thanks for organizing the fun!

  64. LOL I have been so busy blog hopping and commenting that I never got past the list to comment on your bracelet.

    It is lovely. Glad you had help- that is always fun.

    Thank you for your work in making this happen.

  65. Oh how I hate to miss a few days. I will definitely make and send along a blue bracelet. Blues are my favorite color and your bracelet is stunning. Zack really does have the creative gene. Thank you for sharing this worthy cause. Happy weekend my dear...

  66. Thank you so much, Lori, for bringing us all together for this important cause. It was a wonderful way to do something good and meet some talented artists.

  67. Your bracelet turned out so beautiful Lori! And Zack helped to make it!! ... I think that makes it even more special. I'm sure it will be loved!

    Thank you so much for organizing this for all of us! I am so happy to have taken part in it!

  68. Lori, thank you for hosting this blog hop. and I wanted to tell you, I love you bracelet!

  69. Love that faceted sodalite and how sweet your boy wanted to help! Grateful for the opportunity to be part of this, thank you!

  70. I adore's on my wishlist! Thanks again for hosting such a wonderful cause!

  71. Lori, Your bracelet is so beautiful. You and your son did good. I love larimar also! Thanks for starting this blog hop, I'm proud to be a part of it.

  72. Yeah Zach - Nice bead choices there - I can see you have a very discerning eye. Way to go keeping mom on the creative edge. Awesome bracelet and I Know the recipient will be Very happy! :)

  73. Love your blue bracelet!!! You and Zach work well together.

  74. I agree with you, danglies sure made for a great bracelet. What a wonderful bracelet. Thanks for hosting this wonderful hop.

  75. What a beautiful bracelet! Love that your son got to help.

  76. i love your style and the way you put things together!! the dangles on this bracelet are so much fun! thanks for hosting this hop for such a great cause.

  77. What a wonderful bracelet! How nice to have your son participating as well... This blog hoping is fun... I just have a few left!

  78. what a lovely bracelet! It will be a lot of fun to go blog hopping here goes! You have the greatest blog 'em!

  79. Anonymous10:29 AM

    I think this is a great initiative! I feel kind of ashamed I haven't participated.
    If I want to send in something later,how long time do I have? I have some beads, but not a good idea :/

    Being in the medical research "business", I know how low priority the rare disease have - which is very sad, because no matter how many others have the same disease or not, the impact in a person's life is still the same.

  80. Thank you Lori for organizing this great campaign. Love your bracelet. I am so pleased that so many jewlery artists are part of this. I have loved doing this.

  81. Gorgeous bracelet Lori! Thank you for once again being host. I hope you are feeling better!

  82. Your bracelet is just beautiful! I know I would love wearing it. I'm sure the recipient will enjoy it, too! I finally got mine posted, it has been a busy weekend in the road with a teenage daughter! School activities....and springtime is just as busy as the rest of the year. Thanks for getting this project together; otherwise, I would have never known about it. Enjoyed participating! Have a great week!

  83. Everyone is so talented - the bracelets are all gorgeous. You have done a wonderful job of organizing this as well as making a fabulous bracelet Lori. I know the recipients will be thrilled.

  84. A beautiful bracelet Lori! Zack is a great partner and has a wonderful eye for design just like his mother!
    Being the mom of a child with a rare illness...this means so much to me!
    Thanks for all the work you put into this and allowing me to participate!!

  85. Love to see artists using their skills and hearts to encourage people who need it! You are having fun on this blog, I am going to hang out here more....

  86. He's definitely inherited his mother's design sense. Gorgeous bracelet, thanks for organizing it. Sorry about being so late!

  87. I am glad to know that your son helped you with the bracelet for a noble cause. I missed the hop but would send a bracelet to the address you have mentioned in the post. Thanks again for connecting amateur beaders like me with these noble cause.

  88. Oh, Lori,
    You have done another wonderful thing. This is such a good cause! And so many signed up. If things are calmer next week, I will make one and send it in. Just taking it a day at a time.
    Much love,

  89. Anonymous6:43 AM

    I'm really sorry I am late to the blog hop! But I'm starting to make my way round the blogs. Your creation is amazing, as always Lori! Zack clearly has inherited your eye for picking good colour combinations.

  90. beautiful bracelet Lori - whoever receives this will love it I'm sure. And what a talented boy you have! Of course. I've just posted mine, two days late but I got there in the end!

  91. Blue jean is my favorite! And ur braceleis sooo cute with the light blue nuggets!

  92. I love that your son helped with this! It's very pretty :)

  93. Lori,
    I know you're not feeling well, but I do have to say thank you for sponsoring this blog hop that will in the end brighten others' days.

    Your bracelet is gorgeous, I wouldn't have expected anything less.

    Here's hoping you get to feeling better soon. Please don't push yourself to hard.

  94. Lori, First of all, I pray that you feel better soon.

    Thank you so much for organizing this wonderful thing. I did not know about it earlier, but better late than never. So I am going to send my bracelet soon and you can see it in my blog.

    I am so glad you involved Zach in this process. How sweet. Beautiful bracelet too.

  95. Anonymous10:29 AM

    What a wonderful cause to throw your support behind. I think you all are wonderful warriors to show us all we can pass it on!

  96. I made it! I started with the last name in the list and worked my way up to #1. It's just been amazing to see so much creativity, generosity and love.

    Lori, you and Zach did an awesome job on your bracelet. Thank you so much for organizing this.

  97. You are right for stating that this will not be an ordinary blog hop. You ultimately did an extraordinary large bracelet. It has a royalty design.

  98. I made a bracelet for this awhile back, I wish I'd known about this blog hop as I would have loved to participate, but I always find out about these things too late due to my inability to keep up with anything lol. This is a great cause!!


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