Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Art of Awareness -- So You're Having a Hard Time Picking a Cause? We Can Help.

My last post was about the Art of Awareness Blog Hop organized by myself and Heather Millican of SwoondimplesSome people have contacted us and said they're having a difficult time picking a cause, as, if you look at this list, you can quickly become overwhelmed.

I dare say we've all been affected by more than one thing on that list, so here are some things that can help.

I love her thoughts.

First, I want to explain the purpose of working with Heather Millican and the purpose of the hop.

A few years ago, I had a monthly design challenge called Cup of Bead Soup, which was a riff off my popular annual Bead Soup Blog Party. This year, I didn't feel up to doing the hop, as after eight years (with some years involving three hops up to 500 people), I felt I needed a break, the hop needed a break to freshen up, and I needed to have time to put on other blog hops I'd dreamed up. Each month, a new artist of handmade beads offered a small set of their beads, there was a random drawing, and the winner paid the artist and created something that we'd all show on blog hop day. It was a great way to see how different minds thought about things even when given the same beads, and it promoted handmade.

A word bead by Heather Millican and an owl by other favorite clay artist, Barbara Bechtel.

Some people have requested beads that have a color with a specific meaning to them. That is totally fine! I seriously doubt anyone has that long list memorized, and you should make an awareness piece that is meaningful to YOU. If you need to be reminded to be gentle to yourself, choose your favorite color and word. If you have breast cancer and are sick to death of pink, choose your favorite color and a word that mean something, like your child's first word.

Awareness jewelry doesn't have to mean just awareness of an illness or syndrome. Believe me, we're all aware of something that has changed our lives! Think of this blog hop, this jewelry challenge, as a way to celebrate a life, to honor a person's key word, to create something that makes you smile when you see it.

I hope this explains things better, and I hope it encourages you to try the challenge! Again, if money is an issue, please message me on Facebook. I've saved back some money so that anyone who wants to do this project can. 

To keep things simple, Heather and I chose her word bean beads. However, if you have burning desire for something different, please feel free to contact her and discuss it with her. It will take more time and have an additional cost, but she treats each customer with care and empathy.

To sign up, click here, and at the bottom of the page is the link for the sign up form. On February 25th, I'll list the participants and their blogs or Facebook accounts, so you can have fun exploring new places and learning about new people.

Heather and I hope you'll join us!

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. Anonymous7:25 PM

    Yes, Heather is very caring and listens and goes that extra step to be sure you have what you want.


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