Saturday, January 12, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

Waiting at the Bridge

When I decided to join Lori Anderson's "Memories and Thanks Blog Hop ", I did not have a specific person in mind .
Many people have influenced my life .
Many people have a special place my heart .
I thought I would sign up and then think about who I would choose as my inspiration.
Sadly, fate made the choice for me .
On November 17 a friend and co-worker was killed in  tragic automobile accident.
I blogged about the loss
This statement became my inspiration
" Tyler is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting to bring your dog to you"
Tyler will always be in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.
I made a large rainbow bead in the shape of a heart .
Then I added a selection of vintage brass dog tags.
I am always  collecting bits and pieces of vintage to use in my jewelry.
I especial love these old tags.  Most are well worn with the beautiful patina of daily use.
I like to think about the beloved pets these once belonged to.
I think they represent perfectly the fur persons waiting at the rainbow bridge for their humans.
Tyler loved dogs so much and they loved him in return.
 It is my prayer he is truly with them still,waiting for the day when all loved ones will be together again .
this week  enjoy a visit with all the Blog hop participants
treasure your  memories
Bead Happy


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.       you are here 
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

There are many links to the Rainbow Bridge story.
Here is one,just  in case you are not familiar with it.


  1. So sad about your friend. You made a beautiful tribute piece. The heart is gorgeous, and the dog tags are so unique.

  2. Your story is a very touching one (I know it seems odd, but the reference to the Rainbow Bridge brought more emotions than I thought it'll be possible after today's emotional rollercoaster that this blog hop has been so far). I am sorry for your loss - your tribute (both literal and artistic) is beautiful! The heart is unique and simply gorgeous, and the dog tags add a special touch to this piece.
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Gorgeous work - I love the rainbow bridge story, and your work represents it perfectly.

  4. A lovely tribute necklace to a life that was tragically cut way too short. I'm so sorry for the loss of this co-worker and friend. The use of dog tags I have to say are inspirational. Enjoy the hop.
    Terri G.

  5. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. I think that the tribute piece you made is awesome. I am a fan of your work. My first asymmetrical necklace was made with one of your amazing flowers & my sister loves it.

  6. This is such a lovely memorial to your friend...I love the sentiment behind each component.

  7. That rainbow bead is gorgeous - what a beautiful, fitting tribute to your friend's memory. I'm sorry he was taken so suddenly and so soon. Thank you for sharing your story.

  8. Such a stirring tribute to the life of your friend Tyler cut tragically short. I like the idea that he is up in heaven tending to the pets that have crossed over. Thanks for sharing your story and creation. Enjoy the day. Erin

  9. What a beautiful tribute to your friend Tyler. Your piece is beautiful.

  10. I love your piece and the tribute to Tyler. Your heart bead is beautiful and I love the dog tags.

  11. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's quite a beautiful tribute and sentiment to Tyler

  12. what a lovely tribute to Tyler. The rainbow heart is beautiful and I love the sentiment about the furry friends meeting him at the bridge.

  13. So sad about your young co-worker. Your necklace is a lovely tribute to him.