Saturday, 12 January 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

Oh so many memories, where do I begin. My mom passed away way to long ago and way too soon. Although it was a long time ago I feel like it was only yesterday and can't believe I have raised my children and lived my life without her. 

My mom gave me so much in artistic ability, my imagination, the importance of family and the love they give to me, the list goes on and on. My mom was well known for her artistic cake decorating and not one of the too few birthdays she spent with my daughters missed having an incredible birthday cake, so incredible even the girls didn't want to cut into it and that is saying something for toddlers. My mom was a floral designer as well.  For my wedding Tiger Lily bouquets were made and Tiger Lily fondant flowers were on my wedding cake. It was incredible. I don't think there was anything my mom couldn't do. She was an incredibly talented woman and anything she tried she mastered. She instilled in all of us the desire to be perfect, to do our very best and not to settle for less.

My mom was a war bride and when she came to Canada she left all she knew and loved in England except for my father and the promise of a new life. Her joy was her children (I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers) and she devoted her life to us. I owe so much to my mom and I know that she is always with me.

Barbara Helen Gresham Humphries (nee Birch)
My mom's favorite color was blue, she would often dress herself and me and my sisters in blue. Even later in life she gravitated to blues. I guess it helped that it was also my father's  favorite color.

In loving memory of my mom!
I have also always wanted to make a version of a goddess and thanks to Lori I think this is the perfect opportunity. This pendant was made in memory of my mom but also for my three sisters....they are all goddesses in my life and mean so much to me. I am so thankful to each of them for bringing me so much joy.

My goddess Modron 

The name means mother and she represents the bond of love between a mother and a child
Thanks Lori for hosting this very special blog hop. It was a privilege to participate.

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


  1. Two fantastic pieces! I'm sure your mom would be so proud of the artist and designer that she inspired.

  2. Wonderful tribute to you mom and two beautiful necklaces!

  3. Your mom must have been an incredible inspiration to you and your siblings. It shows in these fantastic tribute pieces to her!

  4. Gorgeous necklaces - your Mom was very pretty as well as talented. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Debbie, what beautiful pieces! Absolutely gorgeous.

    Your mom is lovely, by the way -- this was such a nice tribute to her. *Hugs.*

    My grandmother passed away a year ago, and she was a creative person, too. She used to decorate cakes, and she made the best chocolate fudge in the world. :)

  6. Such a beautiful story, it really made me smile. The necklace you made in tribute to your mom is truly outstanding. Beautiful work!

  7. Your necklaces are stunning!! Thanks for sharing the story of your talented mom.

  8. Your mother was a beautiful woman both inside and out. Thank you so much for sharing your memories of her. And I am just drooling over your necklaces especially the one honoring the Goddess.

  9. Your work is beautiful and thank you for sharing your story with us. Very touching.
    Peace and Love.

  10. Stunning pieces - I know that word is overused, but SO appropriate here! What a lovely tribute to your talented (and beautiful) Mom!

  11. Absolutely stunning pieces. I love them both!

  12. Both of your pieces look so perfectly done, it is very clear to see that passion for creativity and perfection passed from your mom to you!

    My mother-in-law was also a war bride. She came from Western Australia to the U.S. I remember her stories of the war bride ship. What courage these women had! Thanks for sharing your story of your Mom!

  13. Beautiful necklaces, both of them, and I think they honor very much your mother and your sisters.

  14. What beautiful pieces you've created. Your mother was a lovely woman! Love your goddess necklace too.

  15. Beautiful, beautiful pieces! they are a wonderful tribute to your mom - thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us.

  16. Wow! Your blue necklace is stunningly beautiful!! Your mother was a beautiful lady! The Goddess piece is awesome too!!

  17. wow - gorgeous work on both pieces - both fitting tributes to your mother and sisters.

  18. Beautiful work. You are so talented. And I liked your writing about your mom.

  19. This is really gorgeous! I'm pretty sure your mom is so proud of you right now and is smiling down on your family too. This is a very touching post too.

  20. Thank you so much for sharing about your Mom...she would be so proud of you!

  21. A wonderful tribute to your mother - so you can wear your memories from her close to your heart! I'm also totally delighted with the necklace you've made to honour your sisters and mom!

  22. Your story made me well up - what a lovely tribute to your mom, and to your sisters. The necklaces are gorgeous, and even more so with the story of their inspirations. And your mom was beautiful!

  23. What an absolutly beautiful, heartfelt tribute to the most important woman in any woman's life! I appreciate your post so much, because my mother moved in with me just over 2 years ago. Like your Mom did for you, my Mom does for me - inspires me with her endless talents! Your necklaces are no less than stunning!

  24. Brilliant, Sweetie truly. I loved the post, and the pieces are works of art.

  25. Thanks for sharing your story about your mother. A wonderful tribute and made me feel blessed to have the mom and sisters I have in my life. The Goddess necklace is stunning. Your mom has gifted you with her creativity and talent as well :-)

  26. Such a beautiful way to honor your beautiful mother! I am sorry that she left this life too soon, but I can tell that she was an inspiration to you and that your creative gifts are a great tribute to her legacy. Enjoy the day. Erin

  27. Beautiful tribute and beautiful pieces. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Kepi, BOTH of those necklaces are GORGEOUS!!! I love the tribute to your mom and the beaded photo, and I also adore the goddess (my other favorite bead to make!) Thanks for stopping by my blog and the for the compliment on my Buddha bead!

  29. Beautiful necklaces...I especially love the one with her image. So pretty. Thank you for sharing.

  30. Thank you for sharing about you mom. Both necklaces are stunning and are a wonderful tribute to the memory of your mother, as well as honouring your sisters.

  31. Both pieces are stunning! Thanks for sharing your mother with us.

  32. Your mum reminds me of my own. thank you for sharing. Your work honours her in every way