Beads, beads, beads...

Beads, beads, beads...

Friday, April 15, 2011

7000 Bracelets for Hope

Lori Anderson  has shared a special cause with us on her blog Pretty Things.  The 7000 Bracelets of Hope cause is an awareness effort for those who have rare diseases and is being backed by the Global Genes Project.  They have asked for jewelry designers to make bracelets that would go with blue jeans for families that have children with rare diseases. We are blog hopping on April 16th so check out the other bloggers who have made bracelets here.

I have made this bracelet to send to a family for this cause.



 It is made from polymer clay and glass beads and is strung on elastic so it can fit any size.

I hope this makes someone smile a little and feel that they are loved and being thougth about.  Illness of any kind is such a difficult part of life.  Sharing love and good thoughts is one way to reach out to those who suffer.

Because I have been blessed I want to do more and I do have my own special causes.  My husband suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from his time in combat in Vietnam. He also has diabetes and other issues from Agent Orange exposure.  He has lived with issues from this for 40 years and is finally getting help for it.  It is frustrating when you are struggling and don't know why.  It was a relief to finally put a name on it and have ways to help cope with it. I think about those with rare diseases having that same struggle. 

I am so thankful for the blessings in my life.  I have three healthy children and I have been fairly healthy too. We all have life struggles but it is easier to deal with them when we can share our hurts with another. Be kind and show some love to someone that you see is struggling!  Someday you may need that love back!

55 comments:

  1. Talented and compassionate is quite a combination. Beautiful beads.

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  2. Love the bracelet! what a great idea to use elastic chord, for some reason I didn't even think of it, lol. Glad to know that things may be looking up for your husband and prayers for continued strength for your family.

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  3. I really liked the polymer clay beads. I'm new at this but think I'd like to try polymer clay.

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  4. Those beads are great- I clicked on your blog and my immediate reaction was Wow!

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  5. What beautiful polymer clay beads! Your post is so touching and I totally agree. Blessings to you and yours.

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  6. Wonderful polymer clay beads - the elastic is a wonderful idea. Great piece!

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  7. Very pretty! I love the beads they are beautiful!

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  8. elastic is a great idea!!!! Lovely colors:)

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  9. Beautiful bracelet. I'm sure it will be loved.

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  10. VERY PRETTY !!!
    LOVE your polymer clay beads!!!
    m.e. :)

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  11. I love your clay beads- how very pretty. Your bracelet will make someone feel very special.
    God Bless you.
    Alice- Alice's Beads and Baubles

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  12. Oh gosh, I feel for your husband. Big hugs to you both. And the bracelet is so pretty!

    Thanks for participating!

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  13. Marian, what a beautiful post and a beautiful bracelet. I love the millefiori beads. I'm sure they will make the recipient smile.

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  14. This is beautiful, and made with such love. I just know the recipient will be so thrilled!

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  15. Love the beads! May God bless you and your family.

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  16. Love the polymer beads you created and how the bracelet came together!

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  17. Beautiful design and love the beads you used.
    Deb x

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  18. So glad your husband is getting help. So many of the Vietnam vets didn't get the help they needed for many reasons. I wish him well in his healing.

    Beautiful beads and bracelet!

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  19. love this, great polymer beads

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  20. Love the variety of denim blue and white polymer clay beads. Very nice.

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  21. Beautiful bracelet! Great polymer beads!

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  22. I just sighed deeply when I saw your beautiful creation, I know the woman who wears it will feel the same way. Wishing you and your family all the very best.
    SusanMarie

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  23. Bold and Blue- perfect with the denim theme! I liked the idea of elastic also.

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  24. Incredibly detailed polymer beads Marian! Perfect blue hues for the denim theme. Very pretty ~ :)

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  25. those beads are awesome. Beautiful bracelet.

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  26. Sweet...I am so honored to be featured along side all of you talented artisans.

    Robyn Hawk

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  27. very nice, and the elastic is a great idea. so sorry about your husband's illnesses. you are a blessing to each other. peace and love to you both.

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  28. Awesome bracelet for a great cause! Lovely advice, too.

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  29. A great bracelet. Much love and prayer for you and your husband. Thanks to him for his service and to you for your support!

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  30. Love your polymer beads...lovely bracelet.

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  31. What a touching personal story. I am so glad you have help now for him. Love your bracelet. What a great idea to string it on the stretch cord!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me such kind words.

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  32. Such a beautiful bracelet friend! Thank you for sharing your creativity & hope for this very worthy cause!!
    Smiles,
    Susie

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  33. I'm making my way through all 112 participants of this blog hop. I've truly enjoyed all the blogs that joined in. I'm now a follower of your blog. #48 I love the beads in your fabulous bracelet, wow did you make them?

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  34. Someone will be smiling when they receive this!

    Great bracelet!

    ~Cat

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  35. Blue and swirls go together so well! I love the flow of the beads you used - very soothing.

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  36. Marian, this is truly a lovely bracelet, and will be such a blessing to the recipient. Thank you for sharing your story. Please give your hubs a hug of gratitude for his service. I love being able to reach out to others thru this challenge, and being wonderfully changed in return.

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  37. Beautiful beads - what a great bracelet!

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  38. Wonderful beads and they look so great together!

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  39. hey gorgeous, fab creation! ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  40. Great polymer beads! Very pretty bracelet!

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  41. This hop is making me pause and give thanks for all that I do have. I think that the mother who receives this will feel as if a hug is around her wrist! I love the polymer clay beads. Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  42. Great cause! I used to do beadworks as well but has since stopped...you and the other blogs I hopped to inspire me..will try my hand on it again...

    -http://gmirage.com

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  43. Thanks for sharing your story, and encouraging your readers! I love the poly clay beads you made- nice work! The bracelet is very charming and will be loved by the recipient!

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  44. Your beads are so beautiful, Marian! They really make this bracelet something extra special. ^__^ Fun, trendy, playful, and it has a nice sense of youthfulness to it. Someone is going to be so happy to receive this!

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  45. Gorgeous bracelet. I love jewelry with a message! I'm sorry to hear about your husband's struggle but I am also happy to hear that he has sought help. ~Val

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  46. Hi Marian, what a great bracelet so pretty & sorry your husband is going through that so sad to suffer while doing so much for his country hope they somehow are doing the same in return ttfn L:)

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  47. Your beads are so beautiful, I love the calm feeling that washes over me when I look at your lovely bracelet!

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  48. gorgeous plump beads! i love their color. what a beautiful bracelet!

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