Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Announcing The Art of Awareness Blog Hop

I am so excited to bring to you a new blog hop with my friend Heather Millican of Swoondimples. I've been a fan of Heather's polymer clay work since my first trip to Bead and Button ages ago.

Recently I bought a set of word beans from Heather to make myself an awareness bracelet. (Yes, they're called beans... bead beans. Cute!) In my career, I've made a lot of awareness jewelry and always worked hard to make them unique and unlike things you often see in department stores. Lying in bed one night, I thought, "I wonder if Heather would be interested in a blog hop?".

Thankfully, she was!

I love this one -- it's my awareness color, and such a simple but powerful word.

For the past few weeks we've been hammering out the details for this very special blog hop and I hope you'll join us.

The details:

At the very bottom of this post there will be a link
leading you to a form to fill out for participation. 
Please be sure to fill it out or I won't have your information for the blog hop! 
And remember, you need to use one of Heather's beads to participate.

1. Visit Heather's store by clicking here.

2. Let her know you are purchasing a bean bead for the blog hop,
and let her know the word you want on your bead.

For information on awareness colors, click here.

One side will have a custom-designed awareness ribbon stamped onto it.

3. Each bead is $12 plus shipping. 
You only need one, but can order as many as you like.

Each is handmade by Heather,
so please order by April 30th (earlier if you're international, please!)

4. Create a piece with your Swoondimples bead, post it on your blog/Facebook
on May 16th,
and feel free to tell us the story behind it, if you like.

5. Upload the button below to your blog. 
Don't have a blog but want to participate?
It's OK to use your Facebook link!
And let your friends and groups know about the hop!

As everyone's blogs are different, you may need to resize the photo to fit. 

For Blogger:

:: First, left click the photo above and save it.

:: Choose "Layout"
:: Choose "Add a Gadget" 
:: Choose "Image"
:: Click the button "Shrink to Fit" (or not, if you want it larger)

:: Upload the photo file you saved
:: Put the html link below into the HTML space

:: Save, and then drag and drop the gadget to where you want it on your blog
This will lead people to this specific page for more information.

Sign ups will stay open until February 24th.

Click here for the sign up form.

Heather and I are looking forward to this hop
and hope it's meaningful to you.

Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.


  1. Love this idea, Lori! And just in time as I'm working on some awareness jewelry for Schiznecephaly, and the awareness day for that is May 19th! :) Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Now to think about the right word for my bead. :)

  2. The store link is fixed now -- -- thanks!

  3. while I'm not into words in my jewelry, I am glad to see you up and running a blog hop. Next time

  4. A beautiful idea. I have picked out my bead and can't wait to see what everyone makes.

  5. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Good idea, Lori. I'm all in. "Talked" to Heather and she is great. I've already ordered my bead and sketched out a design I want. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone makes.

  6. I love this idea so much! Excited to participate.

  7. I loved the idea of awareness jewelry. I have been a staunch admirer of Eckhart Tolle and his philosophy of present moment living, so love that bead with 'be' inscribed on it. This is indeed very powerful and inspiring.

  8. Lori I am so sad that I missed this one! I have been laid up for a few weeks now with nerve pain in my neck and arm. I have a few discs pressing on my spine so I can't make anything at the moment. I love Heather's beads and can't wait to see what everyone makes!

  9. Bridget Torres10:50 PM

    I wish I could have done this, but I don't have the money right now and just got over a heart attack. I love her beads.


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