Welcome!!! Thanks for stopping by to see what I have made!
Just to refresh your memories a little, the purpose of this blog hop was to support the Global Genes project. We are making bracelets for families of those with rare diseases. You can read more about the Global Genes project here. ” The Global Genes Project exists to raise awareness and support for the more than 30 million people affected by rare diseases. There are currently over 7,000 rare diseases identified, and 75% of those affected are children. With the 7000 Bracelets Campaign, the Children’s Rare Disease Network gives artists and crafters an opportunity to lovingly share their creative gifts with families who have a child suffering with a rare disease.” (From Elysian Studios blog)
When I read about this blog hop, three things from the instructions guided me in my design. First, we were told that we should do something in a blue/denim/jeans theme or color. Secondly, since we were not sure who we were making the bracelet for, we should make it adjustable. Thirdly, casual and simple ideas were welcome.
So, when I found blue denim felt(!!) in my travels, I thought “This will be perfect for the bracelet blog hop.” Next, was finding beads to match. I found some cute dark blue acrylic beads with gold swirls that reminded me of the gold accent thread on Levis jeans. I then chose Powercord in blue to string everything. I’ve never worked with elastic cord before so there was a bit of a learning curve, but all in all, quite easy. In the end, I decided that it might be fun to make coordinating freindship/family bracelets. They can be worn together, or you can give one to a loved one.
The first one I made incorporated the felt. I strung the felt in blocks to mimic beads, and alternated with the round beads.
The second bracelet has beads in the same pattern, but these are elongated, and for the life of me, I can’t think of the name of this style bead. I had a brass Tree of Life charm, and I thought that would be fitting for this project. I colorized it a bit with gilders paste.
I took some additional photos which are incorporated into the slideshow below. Following the slideshow is a list of all of the others who are participating in the hop. Please be sure to visit their pages. And of course, I want to thank Elysian Studios and One Kiss Creations for putting all of this together, and finding this wonderful organization that I am so happy to support.