Saturday, April 16, 2011

7000 Bracelets of Hope

Participants in this blog hop have made blue bracelets to be distributed to through the Global Genes Project to people suffering from rare diseases.  Why 7000? That is the approximate number of rare diseases.  The bracelets are a way of providing hope and support to one of the 250 million families world wide faced with one of these maladies. 

My thanks to Lori Anderson for getting me involved in this project. 

The. U.S.  Orphan Drug Act provides incentives for developing medications for rare diseases.  It should be noted, however, that not all drugs developed for rare diseases turn out to have a limited application; statin drugs, for example, were developed for a rare disease.  Which substantiates my belief that everything is connected to everything else. 

I have been experimenting this past week with beaded beads, and have featured a square beaded bead in my Bracelet of Hope.  This bead is a simple peyote stitch wrapped around a square glass bead.

The square beaded bead is flanked by wreath shape beaded beads.  These are composed of small Czech faceted crystals and delica beads.

I finished the bracelet with two AB finished glass beads.  As per the organizers suggestion I have added an extender which is embellished with more blue glass beads. 

Please be sure to drop by the blogs of the other participants by following the links below.

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle
3.  Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4.  Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
7.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9.  Amy Severino, Amy's Beads
10.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11.  Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12.  Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13.  Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14.   Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16.  Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
18.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!
20.  Nicki Keller, Nicki's Reef

21.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23.  Carrie Tahquechi,  Carrie T
24.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
26.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
28.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
29.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady 
30.  Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs 

31.  Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux  
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads 
33.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread 
34.  Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde 
35.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 
36.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me 
37.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. 
38.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
39.  CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations 
40.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash 

41.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box 
42.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
43.  Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn 
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle 
45.  Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio 
46.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47.  Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48.  Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49.  Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53.  Andrea Robinson,  Madame Magpie's Shiny Things
54.  John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55.  Breana Fry, Vault 31
56.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60.  Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61.  Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64.  Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66.  Norma Agron, Norma's Clay
67.  Ana Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
68.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72.  Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73.  Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life
74.  Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
75.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76.  Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79.  Sally Russick, WireWorked
80.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter 

81.  KJ, KJ's Beadacious Beads
82.  Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love 
84.  Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy 
85.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86.  Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87.  Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88.  Deb Beechy, Beetique
89.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
90.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

91.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92.  Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
 93.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
95.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97.  Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99.  Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100.  Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores 

101.  Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets 
102.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104.  Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108.  Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109.  Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110.  Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne

111.  Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112.  Mary Ellen Parker,  BeeTree by m.e.


  1. awesome incorporation of techniques...lovely design and choice of bead colors!

  2. Your bracelet is beautiful! I have tried some beadwork and love it... it takes alot of time! I like the focal bead and the design.

  3. i just love everything about this one! the box is fantastic! just beautiful.

  4. Gorgeous! Some family is going to feel very lucky in receiving such a pretty detailed bracelet. So happy to be a part of this cause!

  5. Your beadweaving is amazing! So beautiful!!

  6. Lovely bracelet! Your beaded beads are wonderful and the color is so pretty!

  7. Beautiful colors and the peyote stitched bead is amazing.

    Thanks for the kudos...what fun.

  8. Very nice contribution! The peyote is just fabulous! Someone will be excited to wear your piece.

  9. WOW !!! that is a GREAT design!!!
    your beaded bead is Wonderful !!!
    m.e. :)

  10. That is just your beaded bead!

  11. This is gorgeous, and obviously took a lot of time!

    Thank you for participating!

  12. This is truly a work of art! The stitching you did on the square bead is especially beautiful to me right now. Whoever receives this is so lucky!

  13. Love the bead colors and I really love the square bead you incorporated into the bracelet!

  14. Dang! This is stunning. I'm lost for words. Love it!

  15. Beaded beads? How marvelous! You really outdid yourself - no, maybe just some of the rest of us ;-)

    I'm sure this gorgeous creation will bring smiles to the recipient.

  16. wow, this bracelet is gorgeous.

  17. Love, love, love! What a great combination of shapes, colors, and techniques. Really nice job!

  18. Wow, your bracelet is fabulous! I love the beadwork.
    Deb x

  19. beautiful, I am always in awe of beaded beads

  20. Very pretty color and love the big beaded bead.

  21. Wonderful bracelet! Love the square beaded bead!

  22. That is just some crazy awesome mega detail beading ~ and very cool finished piece. I'm certain the recipient will be very pleased. :)

  23. Oh, wow! impressive ... and gorgeous!

  24. oh, my, that is a gorgeous bracelet!

  25. I can't stop saying WOW! ...I am so honored to be featured along side all of you talented artisans.

    Robyn Hawk

  26. wow! you stitched that bead? amazing. you have quite a talent, and patience. nice colors too. I like the aqua.

  27. Your bead work is stunning and so is your bracelet! Wow!

  28. Wow, that square beaded bead is amazing, beautiful bracelet!

  29. Your bracelet is gorgeous! I'm sure it will be treasured.

  30. Your bracelet is gorgeous! Lots to see, and perfectly balanced. Nicely done!

  31. Pretty bracelet. I love the gorgeous colors. It's pleasant to the eye. I'm now following your blog too. #48

  32. Such a beautiful bracelet friend! Thank you for sharing your creativity & hope for this very worthy cause!!

  33. Oh the patience you must have to make beaded beads!
    Lovely color, and those tiny beads make a big bead really something to admire! Gorgeous!


  34. Stunning beaded beads! Gorgeous!!

  35. Love the design on the beaded bead, and the wreath ones are so pretty! This is such an eye-catching bracelet, and I pray it will bring joy to the recipient.

  36. SO pretty, lush colours ;o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  37. The color on this is so fresh and lively. And I love those beaded wreath links. Well done! Enjoy the day!

  38. this square beaded bead is sooooo cool. just love it.

  39. Nothing simple about that! I love your handmade components! Beautiful!


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