Saturday, 16 May 2015

Art of Awareness

After joining Lori’s Art of Awareness  Blog, and excitedly ordering and receiving some of Heather’s adorable awareness beans – I panicked. I had to write what the awareness beans meant to me and even though deep in my heart I knew what I what I wanted to say; actually writing it down and putting it out there for the world to see was something I found quite daunting.

The awareness beads I chose express my sentiments perfectly: Love, You are my Home, and Hello Sunshine.

I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters, and growing up we were each others best friends. We moved around a lot and it was hard to develop friendships but I always knew I had my family. As we grew into adults and started building our own lives we drifted apart and the closeness we had once felt didn't seem to be there any longer.  It is so sad not to have that brother sister bond with all my siblings – 2 have become completely estranged and I cannot share the joy, the sorrow, the achievements made and the failure experienced  and just day to day life with them. I really do miss them both so much and wish them happy lives that are filled with Love. I still have a great relationship with two of my sister's and one brother and that makes me feel grounded and part of something, I wish it was with all my brothers and sisters...maybe someday!

viking knit chain, handmade polymer clay pendants, "love" swoondimple" bean, seed beads

I  have my own little family now and they give me the greatest joy. With the birth of my granddaughter everything fell into place, the reason for life became very clear. She is a treasure and everyday is such a blessing. For Zoë it was definitely my "Hello Sunshine".

 Heather stamped Zoë's name on the back and this will become something for Zoë very soon.

"hello sunshine" bean for Zoë

And to always wear my family close to my heart because they are  “You are my home” this is what I made.  My daughters are symbolized by the opal crystals, my husband by the blue pearl, my son in law by the blue sapphire crystals, me by the garnets and my precious precious granddaughter  by the diamond crystals!
Silver chain, silver key, blue pearl, sapphire crystal, opal crystal, garnets, diamond crystals, "you are my home" bean

I am a truly a lucky person, Love fills my life.

Thank you Lori and thank you Heather for this awesome hop and now for the rest of the Awareness participants.
Millican (hostess) (bead artist)
Laurie Vyselaar
JeanWellsJean A. Wells
Mallory Hoffman
Evie and BethMcCord



  1. Thank you for sharing your story. It is hard when rifts happen and that family closeness is lost. My hope is that one day that rift is healed. Your granddaughter is beautiful and so is the necklace that celebrates your family.

  2. I love your post and your necklaces are beautiful. I'm so sorry to hear you lost contact with some of your siblings. I hope that some day you will be reunited and that the bond will be there again. Your granddaughter is just adorable! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Gorgeous work, and what lovely words surrounding your creations. I love how thing hop has been so personal for each of us.

  4. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pieces and your story, I had a lot of trouble writing my post too. It's so difficult to talk about the things closest to our hearts, isn't it? ((HUGS)) Thank you so much for doing this!

  5. Three absolutely lovely pieces. What a treasure for Zoe! It's hard not to be as close to siblings as you once were; I hope that changes for the better in the future. I'm glad you have your "home" family close.

  6. Beautiful pieces. It IS hard to talk about these things we carry close to us, our challenges. But, somehow, this hop is cathartic and hopeful. I've seen that with a lo of the people who have challenging issues. Those bean beads just seem to bring out the best of hopeful feelings, or maybe it is the act of putting together something beautiful and symbolic. Or maybe both.

  7. The pieces turned out so very lovely! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Putting everything into words is the hardest part, but you did so beautifully :) Your little sunshine is so adorable !

  9. I have a wildly .... strange family. I was estranged from my sister for I think 15 years at least, but through yet ANOTHER estrangement in the family, my sister and I have bonded like we should have years ago. Have hope, and it's wonderful that you have love in your heart.

  10. My wish for you is that your entire family comes together some day! While you are waiting it sounds like you have an amazing family to cherish now and congratulations on your granddaughter! You have many blessings! You have a good eye for colors! Your pieces are very pretty. Thanks for sharing your story!