The art of awareness blog hop

The art of awareness

The inspirational Lori McDaniel Anderson is hosting yet another great blog hop: The art of awareness blog hop.
The participants had to purchase at least one bead made by Heather Millican at swoondimples. We had to make one or more pieces focusing on the awareness of a cause that is important to us or to remember someone special or an event that is significant in our lifes. 


My first choice of beads wasn't very hard. It is pink, the awareness color for breast cancer.

The bracelet I made with it is a gift for a very special and courageous lady.
She survived breast cancer but now has major health problems caused by the chemo. She always encourages me with my jewelry making and never stops giving me wonderful feedback. Lovely lady (you know who you are), although we have never met in person, you are very inspirational to me. Believe your health will improve. That 2015 will be a better year. And the years after will be better than 2015.

Esfera jewelry, handmade awareness bracelet

I combined the swoondimples beads with other beads to enhance the spirituality of this bracelet:

Fresh water pearls
Pearls have long been attributed with having great powers.
Pearls are the result of layer upon layer of substance produced to combat irritation. It is therefore said they will lessen stress and its associated illnesses such as fatigue, hypertension, exhaustion and headaches.

A handmade polymer clay rose bead made by Beady Eyed Bunny.
Roses appear in all of the world's major religions as a symbol of miraculous love at work in the world.

Amethyst, which is her birthstone.
Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and
physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace.
Emotionally, amethyst is used in crystal healing to help heal personal losses and grief. Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength.
Physically amethyst is said to heal the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction, help with headaches, insomnia, arthritis, diabetes, pain relief, circulatory system issues, endocrine system problems, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune system deficiencies, asthma, phobias, pregnancy and preventing miscarriage, menopause, PMS, and general healing.

Esfera jewelry by Janine Lucas, handmade artisan bracelet, awareness bracelet

And just for the beauty of it; Czech glass, a wooden bead and a handmade polymer clay bead from Too Acquarius.

My second bead hasn’t made it into a bracelet yet. But it will, once I’m emotionally ready.
In real life it is red/pinkish but on my screen it looked a bit more red, the color for heart disease.

Grateful, polymerclay bead

I bought it with my dad in mind. I wanted to make a special bracelet for me, to lift up my own spirit.

At the time of signing up for the blog my dad was suffering from severe heart failure. It is genetic and his older brother (by 10 years) died just 7 months before. My dad has been in and out of hospital many times for the last 6 years. The last couple of months his health was deteriorating. I was very grateful he was still there, lighting up the lives of my Mum, my sisters and myself with his humor.

Sadly, just a few days after signing up for the blog hop, he passed away.

I’m still very grateful.
Grateful for the fact he always took care of us. Working very very hard so we would have a good live.
Grateful for his advice and his humor.
Although I miss him so much, I’m also grateful he doesn’t have to suffer anymore. He is now in a good place, without any pain.
Dad, thank you. I love you.

Thank you so much Lori, for this wonderful blog hop. Thank you Heather for the gorgeous bead goodies.

Thank you for visiting my blog and please check out the wonderful work of the other participants. You can find the list here.

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Your bracelet is beautiful!

Your bracelet is beautiful! Your friend is very lucky to have you and I am sure she will treasure it! I loved every component you added. I am sorry for your father's loss. He sounds like a wonderful man and you are so lucky to have had him in your life.

Hugs to you, such a touching

Hugs to you, such a touching story and a beautiful bracelet for you to cherish.


I think your pieces have so much love imbued in them. The red bead, I don't know if I'd even make it up into anything, but carry it as a "worry stone" or talisman when you need to feel him near.

Thank you so much for participating!

Beauiful designs, and really

Beauiful designs, and really strong sentiments as well. I made my bracelet in honor of my mother so i understand you completely. Stay strong, love.

So symbolic

One tell how much thought and care you put into this bracelet. I know your friend will love it. All the symbolism was so carefully and lovingly chosen. It's a beautiful thing.

Absolutely beautiful

Absolutely beautiful bracelet, I love how much meaning you have brought into it, I know she will love it! I'm so very sorry for the loss of your father, may creating the special piece with him in mind help bring you some measure of peace when you are ready.


The bracelet you made for your friend is lovely and I love the sentiment behind it. I am so sorry you lost your father. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I know that you will make a beautiful remembrance piece for yourself when you are ready.

So Touching

Thank you so much for sharing your stories. My best wishes go to your friend and I hope your happy memories of your father and brother help you move forward

Thinking of you Janine, what

Thinking of you Janine, what a challenging time you've been through. Beautiful bracelet - I love reading the story behind every element. This seems to be a really personal challenge for so many of us.

What a beautiful bracelet for

What a beautiful bracelet for your friend. Your love and caring shine thru.

And I am sure sorry for the loss of your father. When you are ready, the bead will find its design.

Thank you

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story about your courageous friend, and for sharing your story about your father. I'm sorry to hear of your loss, and I hope that in designing with your last bead that the process will be cathartic and healing.

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Thank you for sharing your creative bracelet and the meaning of all the beads.As always, your bracelet is beautiful and is made more so given the story that goes with it. I'm sure your friend will be so grateful.
I'm very sorry for the loss of your father. I'm sure when you eventually feel able, you will create yet another beautiful piece of jewelry in his honour.Take care and cherish all your memories.


This is beautiful and the thought and detail you put into this project is so touching. I was feeling quite teary by the end. You have such a lovely, kind spirit and I love the way you honor the people who have touched your life. Thank you for sharing this. xo

Thank you

Thank you for sharing your stories. The bracelet is a beautiful, thoughtful piece for your friend. I'm sorry for the loss of your father. I'm sure eventually your grateful bead will become part of a lovely memory piece.

The bracelet you made for

The bracelet you made for your friend is beautiful and I enjoyed learning the special meanings of the other components. Very sorry for the loss of your father.

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