Friday, January 11, 2013

Memories and Thanks blog hop

Christmas 2009 Nana and my cousin Bella
So many times I had to stop writing this and just walk away, if this was on paper it would be tear-stained and ink would be running allover the the place. Sorry.....
 For me the most influential person in my life was my grandmother, or as I called her my "Nana". She was the one who always told me never to give up on myself and I was always happy to teach me something new in art or just to talk. She was more than my grandmother; she was a mentor, a friend and a hug whenever I needed it. Unfortunately, About 4 years ago she was diagnosed with pancreatic  cancer. The doctor's said that because of her old age she wouldn't live six months, she passed away a month before my high school graduation in early 2012. The Harmers' were always stubborn my mom joked. I had lost my closest friend, and I was ashamed that I hadn't even been there.  We once had plans to go to New Mexico for the Balloon Festival; I did end up going but without her. She would have loved it. I decided to make this bracelet in honor of her, in some way I feel like I'm trying to atone for the guilt of not being there for her. The bracelet is based off the desert and the Native Americans of New Mexico. Two strings; one of Navajo sliver beads and the other a mix of sliver, turquoise, cat's eye, lapis, redstone and green and black stone, disk beads that I don't know their official names blend together one shiny and bright, eager to learn and the other a mix of experiences willing to share.  







Close ups of the sliver beads details. 

26 comments:

  1. One of my life goals this year is to stay connected or reconnect with those who are important to me. It's hard to live with regrets. I know, because I do too.

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  2. Your bracelet is beautiful, and reminds us of what is really important. I bet your Nana would have loved it.

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  3. Beautiful bracelet! A lovely tribute.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous bracelet and a wonderful tribute to someone who loved you very much! I hope that your heart heals soon and your tears will be replaced by smiles and wonderful memories.

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  5. It's a beautiful bracelet! I'm so sorry for your loss. Please stop feeling guilty. I'm sure she wouldn't want you to.

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  6. Your Nana sounds lovely. I am sure she is watching over you.

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  7. I am sure your Nana would have loved your beautiful bracelet. Feel blessed that she was in your life.

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  8. That is a perfectly stunning braceelet which you made for what sounds like a very remarkable and special grandmother. My grandmothers were super too. I am proud to be related to them. Clearly, your Nana loved life, beauty, and YOU! Now that is a combination that spells the kind of love that always lives on. xoxox jean

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  9. Zoe - this is a beautiful tribute to your special Nana. She would have loved it and she would also have told you to not feel guilty: just be grateful for all the time you had together and honour her life and her love (which you did beautifully through this wonderful bracelet). You were blessed with a special love: remember it and cherish it, and spread it around!

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  10. What a beautiful way to remember her by, with a shared dream. Itis a beautiful bracelet that I hope you will wear and feel free from any regret and just feel that love from your Nana

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  11. Beautiful bracelet and beautiful way to remember.

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  12. A heartfelt tribute
    A very beautify bracelet

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  13. Beautiful,colorful bracelet...I love it! Have no regrets, I'm sure your Nana knew how much you loved her!

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  14. This is a beautiful tribute to your Nana.I love the piece you made and the story behind what your Nana meant to you and why.I really like the color choices and the silver is the perfect touch.:)

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  15. beautiful bracelet, the clasp is so unique ,i love it. sounds like you had a lovely relationship with your grandmom, cherish and fill your mind with those memories not the regret.

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  16. You made a beautiful bracelet in your Nana's honor - remember all of the happy times when you wear it.

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  17. We have to know where we come from to know where we are going. Such a colorful bracelet, and fitting tribute to your Nana.

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  18. That is a fantastic bracelet - the colors are stunning. Your Nana would have loved it. Thank you for sharing it and the story.

    ~cryssT

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  19. I love the colors you chose for your bracelet. I think that you did a great job with your tribute piece. Thanx for sharing.

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  20. Very lovely bracelet, your Nana would have loved it, as she loved you.

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  21. A beautiful bracelet rich with memories and meaning of your Nana. I really like the colors and that you made it with double stands. Outstanding! Hope you enjoyed the hop. I'm still making my way through the list :).
    Hugs
    Terri G.

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  22. A beautiful piece filled with life and love and a cheerful spirit, like your grandma. Thank you for sharing your story and your creation. Enjoy the day! Erin

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  23. I love your bracelet, I REALLY love what it stands for...and I love that you chose your grandmother to honor, as I did! I hope and pray that I mean as much to my grandchildren as my grandma means to me.

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  24. You did her justice with your gorgeous bracelet. Love the colors and I, too, had a great grandma. She was my style consultant on all things.

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  25. Beautiful bracelet! How lucky you were to have been so close with your grandmother.

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  26. Totally love your bracelet...Great work...
    Colorful and happy...Thanks for sharing.
    Peace and Love....

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