Hello and Welcome to my Memories and Thanks blog hop creation. This blog hop has been organized by Lori Anderson as a way for us to honor, or pay tribute, or give thanks to someone who has inspired us, or touched us in some way. You can read Lori’s original idea here.
My piece orginally started out as a tribute to my little sister Kathy. But once I got going, as most things do, it took on a life of its own. I didn’t want my sister to be alone in my tribute, so I added my parents. Later, I decided to include my mom’s parents, and my grandfathers sister. These are the family who influenced me the most as I grew up, and all of them are now gone. I didn’t choose to include my dad’s parents because I never knew them, and each part of my creation brings back a special memory I have of my family member.
My sister went into the hospital for a routine surgical procedure in the fall of 2009. It didn’t turn out to be so routine, as her colon was perforated during the surgery. She became very ill, and needed a colostomy. Over the course of the next several months, she suffered one setback after another, and virtually never left the hospital. By June of 2010, she was on a feeding tube and a respirator, and at the age of only 47, me, my other sister, my sister Kathy’s husband, and her two children made the difficult decision to remove life support. This is something I struggle with constantly. My sister and I were not close as adults, and I grieve not only for her, but for the time we missed sharing together. I will enjoy wearing this piece, because it makes me smile.
My sisters absolute favorite love was cats. She always had multiple cats in her home, so I chose a cat cameo from B’sue Boutiques to be the focal. My mom also was a cat lover, so she shares part of this charm with my sister, but I also put a second cat in the necklace so she could have her own.
The rose charm represents my mom, and her mom. My mom loved roses, and her middle name was Rose. I attached it to an Asian coin, because every time my grandmother and I got together, her destination of choice was a Chinese restuarant so she could get her chow mein. The tassel at the bottom of the necklace is also there in honor of my grandmas favorite food.
My mom’s dad was a tinkerer, and an inventor. He was in the Navy, and when we were children, he built his own cabin cruiser that we took boat rides on. The gear and the clock are my tribute to his love of gadgets. They are also shared by my mom, because she loved science fiction, and these pieces remind me of HG Wells writings.
The compass and the star are for my grandpa. He would use the compass to navigate, and the star represents his service in the Navy. He shares the star with my dad, who was in the Army.
My grandpa’s sister was Jeannette, and my mom was named after her. My great Aunt Jeannette was a nun in the Sisters of the Assumption, and we often recieved gifts from her in the form of crosses and religious medals. My grandparents and my mom were very religious as well, and my grandmother had a special love for the holy family. This Miraculous Medal in sterling is a representation of that.
The shamrock and the Celtic cross celebrate my father Irish ancestry, something he was very proud of.
The charm with the French word “Non” celebrates my mothers and grandfathers French Canadian ancestry. My dad’s side also has French Canadian roots. Ancestors on both sides were some of the original settlers in Canada in the 1600’s, and were involved in the fur trade. The seed packet is for my dad. If you have read my blog before, you know the gardening is a great love of mine, and I have my dad to thank for this. He treasured his vegetable garden, and enjoyed his tomatoes and cucumbers!
Thanks for taking the time to look at my tribute. Please take a few minutes to visit the rest of the participants, and don’t forget to visit our hostess!!!!
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
Charissa Nesler FireStorm Designs
Charlie Jacka Clay Space
Christina Hickman Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Murrow Charis Designs Jewelry
Christine Stonefield Sweet Girl Design
Chrizette Bayman Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson It’s My Sea of Dreams
CJ Bauschka 4 His Glory Creations by CJ
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
Iveth Caruso Creative Atelier
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
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
Pam Farren re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister The Crazy Creative Corner
Rebecca Sirevaag Becca’s Place
Robin Kae Reed Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson a creative chelle
Rosa Maria Cuevas Helena de Troya
Sabine Dittrich perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff Creative Chaos
Serena Trent All Things Made Jewelry
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 You Are Here!
Tracy Martin Nutkitten’s Jewelry
Zia Parks Anzi~Panzi’s Work Shoppe
Zoe Marcin Beads, Tea and Sweets