Friday, January 11, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop Reveal

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 needing help building 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.

In November, 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 created this blog hop as a way of remembering not just Mari, but other people who have deep meaning in our lives.  Over 130 jewelry designers are participating today in a blog hop that is about more than just beads, but the people behind them.

I made my piece in memory of Marianna as well as an expression of love and thanks to all of you who come by and visit and sometimes leave a message.

I knew I was going to use beads from that November box, and when she marked this one as her favorite, it was a no-brainer.

Mari also included a pair of beads that are unlike any I've ever seen before.  I added a bead I enameled.

I then added an assortment of Thai silver hearts.  Making sure each heart was different, as well as using different metals, was deliberate.  I wanted to express my appreciation and love for the things that make each of us unique.  

The carved stone bead at the end of the extender chain is also from a set of beads Mari sent me.  Endings should be just as beautiful and interesting as beginnings.

And the entire piece.

I hope you've been inspired to make something in memory of or in thanks for a person that is meaningful to you.  Please take a look at these other amazing jewelry designers and what they came up with and the stories behind them:

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

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) --Lena's Beady Blog
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


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.


  1. Beautiful piece. Silver, copper and rustic gold coming together. I really enjoy your use of colors.

    This is definitely a meaningful blog hop and I teared reading some of the blogs. Thanks Lori!

  2. Lori - a lovely memorial piece for your friend. I know she loves it and how meaningful it is to you.

  3. Oh Lori--this is so loving AND Beautiful!

    You are just the best!!!! xox jean

  4. Lori, I can't begin to tell you how much this blog hop meant to me (when my blog posts you will understand). Thank you. Your piece is beautiful. Again, my thanks


  5. Beautiful, Lori! Thanks so much for giving us all this outlet for expressing our thanks and memories. You are loved all the more for it!

  6. Anonymous5:02 AM

    Thoughtful and stunning tribute. The hearts are beautiful and the focal is amazing, love the subtle colours, so peaceful.

  7. Gorgeous. Very meaningful and a beautiful tribute.

  8. Beautiful piece, Lori. I love hearts and those are some I've never seen before ~ a perfect tribute to your friend. You are both lucky to have known each other. I'm sure she is smiling down on all the stories you have brought together today.

  9. Gorgeous, Lori! I love that you included her favourite beads, and that each one has so much meaning.

  10. I love what is behind this blog hop. The necklace with the special beads and What a treasure.
    So much that could be said. Enjoy your day.
    Terri G.

  11. Anonymous9:07 AM

    Your creation is so pretty, Lori. It really tells the story of your friendship. Thank you so much for hosting this special blog hop.

  12. You write such beautiful posts and make such gorgeous jewelry. You inspire more people than you realize. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful friend. I hope your friendship with Mari will always remind me of your special gift of connecting with so many through your words and jewelry. Cyber hugs my friend!!!

  13. Such a beautiful piece and lovely sentiment, Lori. Thank you for bringing us all together for this hop.

  14. Hi Lori Thanx for having this hop. It got me to do something that I have had in mind for a long time. The necklace that you created is wonderful. I think that Mari would be proud.

  15. Beautiful piece...and much more to know the inspiration behind it.

  16. Lori - a beautiful piece and as usual, wonderfully written post. Thank you for hosting for all of us to enjoy. ~~T

  17. Lori, I can definitely feel the love in this magnificient necklace. Each bead is so thoughtfully placed. Always a treat to get to savor your designs!

  18. That is lovely, Miss Lori! The sentiment and intention behind each bead choice is so wonderful. Thanks for hosting this hop! Enjoy the day. Erin

  19. Just beautiful, Lori. The necklace, the mix of metals, but most of all the love and understanding that went into the piece. Sigh.

  20. I love the beads you chose, and that you explained why. Your necklace is lovely. I'm sure Mari loves it and thank you for inviting us to join in this tribute to our loved ones.

  21. Beautiful necklace with beautiful thoughts behind its creation.

  22. A beautiful piece and a beautiful tribute Lori.

  23. Anonymous12:26 PM

    This was a lovely idea. You're right that this is about more than beads, but there are more than 130 people participating. Some of us decided to be the the tree falling in the forest, and some of us decided to be the audience to hear it...otherwise, there would be no sound.

  24. How very bittersweet. Your tribute necklace to Marianna is thoughtful and beautiful. Putting meaning and love into what we create is a very precious gift. Bless you dear Lori...

  25. Beautiful necklace, and I so enjoyed reading the meanings behind your choices. Thanks for the post.

  26. Dear Lori, You are such a beautiful person and you have given us so much through your blog. The depth of your heart and work is also revealed in this post where you mention how thoughtfully you have used the pieces that you have used. Wonderful. And THANK YOU. Dita

  27. Ohhh, just - wow!

  28. Oooooh, just - wow!

  29. I love your piece! It's a whimsical celebration of life!

  30. Lori, your jewelry is so wonderful. I really love what you made!
    The Memories and Thanks Blog Hop was such a lovely idea! This time for me, also, the Blog Hop was a very special one dedicating it to my granddad.

  31. The magnificent response you have gotten for this hop is a testiment to your heart of gold (or should I say silver). Bless you sweet Lori for giving us a chance to give thanks and the memories!

  32. You've created and beautiful tribute piece. I look forward to reading all of the blog posts.

  33. Hi Lori,
    Your piece is beautiful! Thank you for your inspiration. Now I'm off to blog hop ~
    Brooklyn Bead Goddess

  34. Beautifully clean lines, as always, Lori... I guess that can apply equally to your jewellery designs and your heartfelt words.

    A wonderful blog hop idea!

  35. You really captured the love for your friend - it's a beautiful tribute to her!
    Thank you for letting us share our thanks and memories!!

  36. It's a beautiful piece Lori! Can see that a lot of thought went into it. I love the mix of metals and textures. A beautiful post and tribute!

  37. Lori that is a special piece. Thank you for all you do.

  38. First of all, I'm so BUMMED that I wasn't able to participate in this extraordinary jewelry blog hop with everyone. I really hope, like your Bead Soup Blog Parties, this will become an annual event because it's such an amazing and heartfelt concept!

    Second of all, I now understand your post and email to everyone; I got so emotional reading your post and seeing what you made to honor your friend I started to cry!

    There's just so much emotion put into these pieces that you FEEL it.

    I think you did an incredible job on the necklace and I truly love the meaning you put into it dear friend!

  39. No matter what the reason for the design - it's beautiful!

  40. Anonymous5:03 PM

    Stunning design, as usual Lori! I think you've showcased the beads Marianna sent you beautifully. I'm off now to read the other posts in this hop!

  41. A gorgeous design, made even more wonderful by its meaning. I especially love that you used a variety of hearts.
    m.e. :)

  42. What an absolute gorgeous tribute to your friend!

  43. Lori, I just love the beautiful necklace you made! You have such great style in your designs. Thank you for putting this very special hop together. It's wonderful to share and read everyone's tributes.

  44. I love the love! All of it, the hearts, the choice of beads and your amazing talent.

  45. Beautiful piece in honor of your friend Marianna. I hope you are feeling a little better. We will keep you in our prayers. This blog idea in great - thanks.


  46. I love the story(although a sad one) and the meaning behind this blog hop.
    And I love the caring you put into the necklace you made in memory of your friend, and also the post that went with it.

  47. That is a beautiful necklace. This was a wonderful blog hop, and a great way to honor your friend.

  48. Anonymous9:38 PM

    Beautiful, Lori, and a lovely tribute to a friend.

  49. Anonymous9:38 PM

    Beautiful, Lori, and a lovely tribute to a friend.

  50. A lovely piece, and a lovely memory.

    My mom passed away this summer, and my dad mailed me a huge box with all of her favorite beads and half finished pieces. I'm still not ready to dive into them, but I'm sure that I'll use all the extra special beads to make a "memory necklace" to remind me of her.

    It's been very hard to recover my creativity since she passed, and I'm trying to let it come back to me in it's own time.

  51. Lori, I keep working my way through the blogs, and there are such wonderful creations and such loving stories shared! Thank you again for hosting this event!

  52. MonaRAEbeads.com10:57 PM

    Thank you for hosting this blog Lori. Your tribute to Mari is stunning. There have been so many beautiful, heartful memories, that I will be taking them all in a few at a time.

  53. Lori I came here last night a little after midnight and saw what you made in memory of Momma and what you said about her and I was going to comment then but couldnt find the words.Came back here alot today and keep looking and still couldnt find the words.I am sittign here now with tears streaming down my face and finally realized that I dont need words..because you understand and get it.You knew momma and you miss her and so you really DO understand.Thank you for finding a way to honor her memory and in honoring her helping me continue to heal from the loss. <3 You too

  54. It's a beautiful necklace Lori. Full of love, good energy and friendship. This is such a moving blog hop, and a lovely way for all these artists to celebrate someone special. I'm going to take my time looking through a few each day. Thank you for inspiring so many people!

  55. Lori,
    You now have a wonderful piece you can treasure forever... I love your use of "the favorite bead" as the focal. Your mixed metals and choice of contrast beads is awesome. Beginnings and endings are beautiful... and I love the significance of the end bead being as lovely as the wonderful beads of Mari's and your enameled one - not to mention the hearts. It is all just lovely.

    Thanks you again for organizing such a lovely and needful Blog Hop! I look forward to seeing everyone's piece and reading their stories.

    Your love and compassion makes you the wonderful woman you are. I am better for every event, every blog I have read, and that I have written. Thank you <3

  56. A beautiful necklace and a wonderful, apt tribute to Marianna's memory. This has been such a special, meaningful Blog Hop. Thank you for thinking of it and doing all the work to make it happen. It's been an emotional experience participating in it, but it has been well worth it. So many of the posts are an affirmation that beauty, hope and resilience can come out of pain and sadness.

  57. Beautiful! I love all the different hearts. I never thought of doing that in a necklace before..I usually do that sort of thing in charm bracelets :D The focal is gorgeous.. no wonder it was her favorite :)

  58. Lori, Its gorgeous! I love that you did the individual
    hearts, it reminded me of her individual packaging
    as I read it. I love the mixed metals, you have a gift
    at putting them together well.
    Oh her favorite bead is so pretty! Thanks for the opportunity
    to do this post. It was therapeutic, and it felt
    good to remember.
    Hugs, Laura

  59. Lori, A beautiful artistic construct of design of different hearts in memory of Marianna your friend - an example of your heartfelt tribute.

  60. Back at home again .... Lori, let me tell you Mari would be absolutely exited about this necklace! It's extraordinary, an interesting mix of different components, fitting well together! Greetings, Michi

  61. Lori,
    What a wonderful blog hop and way to share memories and gratitude. I've enjoyed reading the blogs and seeing the pieces everyone has created - they're all so meaningful and amazing! Tears are still running down my cheeks,....

  62. I'm always amazed how much thought, love, and labor are put into everyone's creations and your's is no exception! I love those hearts! Especially love the meaning and reason behind this hop that you created from having a friendship with such a giving person. This has been great! Thanks again and I hope you are on the 'mend'!

  63. That last one is absolutely beautiful!

  64. What a wonderful tribute to Marianna! I just loved the use of the different hearts and the meaning behind it all.

  65. What a wonderful necklace that you made. Thanks for doing this hop there are so many great shares and memories from everyone. I'm sure She is in heaven Honored by what you did and shared with others so they could share too.

  66. Wow! This a wonderful reminder of the sacredness of beads and all of us connected to them. Beautiful Lori,


  67. I love all the different hearts and metals. What a sweet piece you made. Thank you for sharing what inspired the hop.
    Lori, you rock. Thank you for bringing this hop together. I really have a hard time thinking about the good things about my dad, and you helped me remember them. Thank you.

  68. Lovely piece! Thanks for hosting this blog hop. It is wonderfully to see pieces of jewellery create with love.

  69. Lori, first of all thanks for creating such a meaningful blog hop. I know how it feels to loose a friend as I also lost one. Creating a unique piece of jewelry to remember them was indeed very emotional. I love the way you have used different hearts to emphasize on the uniqueness each of us bring to this world.

  70. Beautiful things Lori made with love for someone you cared about, I would so have liked to be a part of this.

  71. I love the piece, especially how each part has a particular meaning/purpose. Thank you for your hard work with this hop!

  72. What a gorgeous necklace in honor of your friend - it's fantastic, as is this entire blog hop! Well done, my friend!

  73. beautiful piece..
    thank you for hosting this blog many moving tributes to loved ones

  74. Hello Lori!!! you have managed to catch an entire life story and a big palette of emotions in this magnificent piece you have made! All the elements are perfect, beautiful and together they are unique, wonderful, full of energy and good emotions, love and eternity, just like you and your friend Mariana!


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