Sunday, January 13, 2013


Prayer Chain Necklace

There are times in my life when I find that words aren’t enough. Times when friends or family are hurting and I don’t know what to say or do or how to make things right again in their world. These are times when I retreat into the stillness of my studio and begin wire-wrapping beads ~ and praying. When I’m finally ready to re-emerge, I have finished a bracelet or a necklace and gift it to the person I was praying over. Each bead gets lovingly wrapped with prayers for comfort and healing, strength and peace.
 
This is one of my Prayer Necklaces. Created for someone very close and dear to me ~ my Dad. I wear it to remind me of who is was, is, and will always be to me. He was a gentle and good man ~ Loved his family ~ Was dedicated to my Mom and us three girls. He diligently worked hard to put food on our table and a roof over our heads. He and my mom instilled values in us that we have  subsequently passed along to our kids ~ honesty, integrity, faithfulness, compassion,  respect, and so on. 

This is for you, Dad. Wrapped in love and rememberance. Created with purpose and intent. Just for you ~ because of who you will always be to me.

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 Adlinah Kamsir                   Dream Struck Designs
 Aimee Biondolillo               Aimee's Jewelry Treasures
 Alicia Marinache                 All the Pretty Things 
 Andra Marasteanu               Handmade by Indra Marasteanu 
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Barb Solem                         Vivi Magoo Presents
Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs
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Catherine King                    Catherine's Musings
Cece Cormier                      The Beading Yogini
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Denielle Hagerman             Some Beads... and other things I like
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Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Do!
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Jennifer VanBenschoten    Jewelry, Art and Life
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Jo-Ann Woolverton            It's a Beadiful Creation
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Jodie Marshall                    Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art
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John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC
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Julie Bean                           Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell                   Over the Moon Designs
Karin King                         The Sparklie Things Blog
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Kat Douglas                       Washoe Kat's
Kay Bolton                        Toodles and Binks
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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
Lena Adams (Mari's daughter) --Lena's Beady Blog
Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art
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Linda Inhelder                     Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton                      Simply Irresistable Jewelry
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Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
LouAnn Elwell                    Southpass Beads
Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns
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Marie Covert                      Creating Interest
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Maybeline Tay                       The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin                         The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara                      one-eared pig beads
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Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweet
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17 comments:

  1. Beautiful tribute, beautiful piece. He must be very proud of you and how he has helped to make you the person you are!

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  2. Thanks for sharing that lovely story Barb. You inspire me so much. Can't wait to see you in the Spring.
    xxoo

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  3. What a lovely tribute to your dad Barb. Beautiful. Can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks. xoxo

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  4. beautiful work and a wonderful way to honor your father.

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  5. Beautiful work and sentiment for your dad. Blessings!

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  6. I love the "found object" look of the cross, and the beads are a soothing color. Isn't it wonderful to have something to remind us of the wonderful qualities of those we love?

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  7. Thank you for sharing. This necklace exudes simplicity and strength. I can't help but feel that this piece of jewelry speaks of how you feel about your dad. I love the cross. What a beautiful necklace.

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  8. Love your necklace and the soft, quiet strength it represents. Sounds like he was an awesome Dad, along with your mom! If every parent instilled in every child the virtues and values that yours did (and mine, too) this big ol' world we live in would be a much better place!

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  9. I love the antique look of this! I came from the blog hop and just wanted to agree with Lisa - my dad was like that too! <3

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  10. A very beautiful piece! I made something to remember my Dad by as well, thanks so much for sharing.

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  11. This is lovely...the colors and textures are beautiful. What a nice remembrance of your dad.

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  12. Absolutely beautiful. It's wonderful.

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  13. Great to know the -- in depth from this blog.This will really help for my forward steps to be taken.

    For Your Home

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  14. The sentiment behind this is so beautiful and overwhelming!

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  15. That is so amazing, and so beautiful.

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