Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

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.O
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.O
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
Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas                      Bead It and Weep
Pam Farren                           re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister        The Crazy Creative Corner
Pam Traub                            Klassy Joolz
Priya Krish                           Hellopalz  
Rebecca Anderson               Song Beads
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
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    You Are Here!
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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30 Responses to Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

  1. Oh Terry, what a lovely and touching tribute!

  2. Bonnie says:

    What a fabulous tribute necklace to loved ones who played important roles in your life.

  3. Deb Beechy says:

    I need to make a memory necklace someday

  4. Marti C. says:

    Absolutely love the charm necklace and your tribute…very lovely!

  5. Sheila says:

    What a nice tribute!

  6. Terri G. says:

    So nice to include so many loved ones with this memory necklace. Nicely done. Enjoy the hop!
    Terri G.

  7. Char says:

    Beautiful!! along with the memories. I never knew your mom was a Sci-Fi lover and I never would have guessed. Loved the blog. Thanks.

  8. A beautiful tribute to your family Terry………I was so very moved by your stories behind all the pieces………xoxo

  9. windbent says:

    Thoughtful, amazing and unique. I hope it was a happy journey for you to take and not too painful.

  10. marcia says:

    It’s touching that your sister will be joined in this necklace by the rest of your family. It’s a thoughtful and wonderful tribute.

  11. Diane Hawkey says:

    my heart breaks for your losses, but I am deeply touched by the thoughtfulness of your creation.

  12. Alicia says:

    A touching tribute for your family – a lovely piece; thank you for sharing your story!

  13. Jean Yates says:

    I love this! A beautiful tribute to your beloved family and an honest and sweet story.

  14. Tania Spivey says:

    So well thought out…love that you included everyone!

  15. Mona Baroody says:

    Thank you for sharing souch a touching post. Your tribute is so pretty, but the story behind it makes it truly beautiful!

  16. apolymerpenchant says:

    What fun that you were able to include so many lovely people and memories in one piece. Beautiful!

  17. christine says:

    You made such a beautiful, thoughtful tribute necklace.

  18. Crystal Thain says:

    What a lovely necklace full of wonderful memories. I think you did a great job.


  19. torisophia says:

    What a beautiful piece and what a blessing to have such memories and loved ones!

  20. Your tribute piece is beautiful. Thanx for sharing.

  21. Lovely lovely necklace.

  22. I know that every time you wear this pretty necklace you will be surrounded by the angels of your loved ones. Thank you for sharing your story and your creation. Enjoy the day! Erin

  23. Maybeline says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Your creation is a beautiful tribute to your loved ones.

  24. Donetta says:

    You have inspired me to make a memory necklace for all the special people in my life…not necessarily those who have left, but those who are still here. Sometimes I need a reminder to touch base more frequently and to say “I love you” more often.

  25. Andrea Trank says:

    What a tragedy about your sister. But you did make a beautiful memory necklace. Its a great idea that way you put it together.

  26. remaker1 says:

    I really like your necklace and that it represents so many people you have loved.

  27. Adlinah says:

    So many beautiful memories are captured in your necklace. Thank you for sharing the stories of your family, and explaining what each charm represents.

  28. Cyndi L says:

    I *love* how you’ve wrapped up your whole family in this beautiful piece!

  29. Touching and beautiful….
    Thank you for sharing…

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