Memories and Thanks Blog Hop Reveal - A dream of generations

Ohh finally i have the chance to write something for my Family, to thank them in a way!
It's not the first time I bring up my grandma in my jewelry or stories... She was indeed an inspiration for me, a strong woman, dedicated and kind! She loved us very much and she practically raised us and taught us a lot of things! Me in particular, I remember the great time we had while watching or helping her bake Cozonaci (Sweet Brad) with cocoa and nuts, cook Sarmale (Sarmals, dumplings) - (even now I really enjoy the wrapping part)-, making jams - I can feel now, while writing this, the taste of Nut Jam in my mouth- ,  I remember growing up wearing sweaters knitted by her, admiring her crocheted little dolls and flowers, macrames and laces, and crocheted collars and doilies, her knitted blouses and how he taught me knitting and crocheting, how excited I was in making my first knitted little things And how now, I still have a deep love for crochet, wearing but also making it!

My mom has always taught me the best things in the world, how to be strong and commited, how to aim for best and never ever give up what you want, believe and love! She loves making clothes, she handsewed  a lot of stuff for her and for me also, she taught me how to do it and especially how to do it right, how to aim for quality and attention to details! Even now I ask her most of the times how she thinks about the piece i work on, if she has a new idea! She draws some sketches and ideas of clothes and even jewelry!
They both taught me to always be the best, to bright and be exactly how I am, and most of all that my beauty comes from my heart!They teach me to wear beads if I love them, even if the world arround doesn't, to be myself the fashion and trend! The importance of lipstick and eyelener, the dresses and scarves, the beautiful shoes and stockings, beautiful lingery to feel great even in sport clothes... They teach me how to dream!
My brother, ohh yes, he's not really an artist in the classical meaning, altough a very exquisite taste can be easily remarked! He has an eye for beautiful things, aesthetics and shapes! Now he's an web developer and, I really think there's a real art in this too, making from numbers and alghoritsm, real images we all can seee (like in websites and games) and admire!
Even my uncle has  history in art - he painted, was passionate about photography, draw and did a lot of crafts, he even made jewelry when he was young, to sell them for extra bucks!
They all teach me to be profound, deep and to cherish life and nature, to keep calm in the strongest storm, to find a connection with people and with nature, to polish myself every day with the challenges and experiences I have, to find peace and fulfillment in myself! They teach me to study everything I can and especially myself, to learn, and admire, and to love books, and music, and natire, and beauty.

I think it's really amazing what human mind can create and imagine, how we can give life to dreams with our work, started off our greatest tool: our mind, using our other great tools, the soul and hands!
This piece is dedicated to my family, with a strong heritage, especially in character and in mind, but also in our work or dreams! It is a dream, that has been born very long time ago and it becomes stronger and stronger by every day I live, takes shape and brings fulfillment!
I want to honor this heritage, and to keep the dream alive, to make our dreams come true, in the way we would be happy! This year I will work with my mother at my projects, developing new ones and I hope that will bound us! And i hope one day my uncle will afford or have the gut to return to his first love, painting and creating...and that my brother will find his way to fulfillment in a creative way! My grandma will always live in our hearts and she will be proud of every one of us, protecting and guiding us!

The reason I wanted to participate in this blog hope is that Lori's story about her friend Marianna touched me in a deep and and remembered me about my grandmother! Her birthday was in January, on 30th! An she died, 10 years ago on february, 24th. It was hard to handle for me, and for my family! I was only 18 at the time and I felt i have lost one mother, to which I regret I haven't showed more how much i loved her! I know now that she knew that and she's out there, somewhere in this magnificent universe, sending me good energy and love!

For this hop I created a crocheted collar, embellished with natural beads and leather cords! It's a dream of generations, a combination of what it was and what it will be, it's and expression of hopes and beliefs deep down in our souls!
iIused for this a baumwolle with acryl yarn, in lovely nuances of blues and greens, embellished with leather cords in same colors and natural beads of palm wood, coconut wood, Jackfruit exotic wood and Grey wood!
Why this choice you may ask...well it's pretty simple:
* the colours used in this project remembers of the colours of our eyes (green for my grandmother, brown for my uncle and blus for the rest of us);
* emerald green is the color for Liver Cancer Awarness (the reason my Grandma past away almost 10 years ago),

* blue is for hope and dream, green is for life and nature,

* the wood is for life and growth, strength and protection
* the coconut wood is feminine and fertile, symbolizing protection, family
* the palmwood is very powerful ( because of the durability and self renewing characteristics, never changing it's leaves), symbolizing resurrection, and the cycle and the matrix of life.

In the end, it's all about family, heritage, roots and bounds!

Have a great day! And hop!


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More about the hop you can find on Lori Anderson's Pretty Things Blog and you can visit the other hoppers here, to see what beautiful memories and thanks they have and give!



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
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6 comentarii:

The Jewelry Larder by Maybeline Tay spunea...

Thank you for sharing your dream of generations. It is so beautiful that art plays such a strong part in your family. I love the necklace. Contrasting colors with bold and beautiful design.

Mandi spunea...

Nice necklace! Love your story too.

pinkchapeau spunea...

Your collar is beautiful and original. It is a great remembrance of so many people special to you.

Sharyl spunea...

I'm still "hopping" my way though the list, and so very glad I saw your entry! I can't find words to express the beauty of your story and your necklace! I love the design of the necklace and all the thought and symbolism you put into it. It's just so original and lovely! And to read your story gives it all the more meaning. So well done, all the way around!

vovsblog spunea...

Beautiful Necklace and post. Stopping by to have a look at your blog and follow your journey through the bead soup blog party. This is my first one!

Alicia spunea...

Somehow I missed your blog back in January... I learned lots of what you describe - from my mom, as I didn't have the chance to know either of my grandmothers. We know live in Canada, but Christmas always brings the cabbage rolls (sarmale) and the head cheese (piftie), and the sweet bread is there for both Christmas and Easter (and sometimes in between too!) And if there is something I miss - the nut 'jam'... oh... maybe I should check if there is any place where I can get the young, baby nuts from!

Lovely memories - with a beautiful design!