Saturday, January 12, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

 Today is the Memories and Thanks Blog Hop!

The full list of participants are at the end of my post.  Thanks to Lori Anderson for hosting the blog hop.

 In November, I signed up for Lori Anderson's latest Blog Hop and had every intention of making a piece to honor a friend.  However, I have been sick pretty much since the signups and that has completely zapped my creativity and strength.  So instead, my wonderful husband Chris, suggested I blog about the Memorial Pendant fundraiser we designed this fall.  This was the original post from September.

After the devastating accident on September 5, Chris and I were asked if we could design a memorial pendant for a fundraiser for the families of the victims.  To help the kids get through the week during the funerals, the school came up with this design and it was used on football helmets, volleyball & softball jerseys, and cross country uniforms.
We used this as the premise for our design.

We used 4 crosses from Tierracast and with them being graduated in size, they hang together like the memorial design.  We also wanted to represent the individuals lost, so we designated each a special cross.

The individual cross photo shows which cross is for each person.
Here is why we chose what we did:

Caroline, small and delicate since she was the youngest and smallest.

Dustin, Celtic because he was more artistic and a free spirit.

Travis, simple and rugged for a farming guy, a bit larger since he was older than Dustin.

Marla, floral since she loved gardening, about the same size as Travis's maybe a tiny bit bigger.

All the charms together represent the tragedy as a whole and all those that were involved.

The fundraiser was hugely successful, raising more than $1700 for the Family Memorial fund.  I could not have done the project at all if my good friend Viv, (her shop is Dragyn's Fyre on Etsy), had not helped me get a great price and the quantity of supplies I needed to put the pendants together.  She was a huge help and I hope you will stop by and check out her shop.  She has a huge selection of Tierracast and great prices too.

I also want to thank Pam Schwab, for asking us to design the jewelry for the project.  She did most of the leg and phone work and that was a HUGE help.   

Chris and I were overwhelmed with the response to the pendant demand. We were honored to create a tribute to the victims of the accident.  We sincerely hope the opportunity never presents itself again.

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
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

If you would like to participate in the next Memories and Thanks Blog Hop it will happen next year on January 12. 


Sherri Stokey said...

I don't know what to say, Stephanie - no community should ever have to deal with this. Ever. Your necklace is such a lovely gesture.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful necklace and a great idea. Our community recently suffered a similar tragedy, and this brings that to mind. A lovely, healing piece.

Stone Designs said...

Your necklace is a beautiful tribute to the lost loved hard for you.

one-eared pig said...

A very lovely tribute.

Lisa said...

Stephanie,this is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. You and Chris did a wonderful thing. I especially love the way you picked the individual crosses for each person, it's so meaningful. I do hope it's the only time in your life that you have to create a design for something so very sad. Hugs!

Moobie Grace said...

So heartbreaking, yet such an unique and simple (in a good way) tribute!

adlinah said...

A beautiful tribute to those who were lost. Thanks for sharing. I hope you get better soon.

A Polymer Penchant said...

I'm so sorry there was a need for it, you did a beautiful job finding a way to represent them.

Christine said...

Your memorial pendant is lovely and so meaningful. I hope you're feeling better soon.

Here Bead Dragons said...

The original design and the necklace your created truly honor the victims and also provides hope. Thank you for sharing this.


Becky Pancake said...

A wonderful tribute. Thanx for sharing.

Marlene Cupo said...

Can;t imagine the angst in putting that tribute together. You are truly amazing and a generous soul.

Kepi said...

Beautiful tribute.

TesoriTrovati said...

What a beautiful memorial for those young lives that were lost! I love the image of the four crosses hanging together forever. I hope that you feel better soon! Thank you for sharing your story and your creation. Enjoy the day! Erin

Terri said...

So Sorry you have not been well. I hope you will better soon. I had not seen the post of this back in September...I'm at a loss for words...Thanks for sharing.
Terri G.

Andrea said...

I am sorry you have been sick. What you did for the families of the victims was quite amazing. God Bless.

April Grinaway said...

Lovely tribute and thank you for sharing with us.
Peace and Love.

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