January 12, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

The badge for Lori Anderson's Memories and Thanks Blog Hop
Lori Anderson is hosting a blog hop in honor of a friend of hers, Marianna, who passed away unexpectedly.  The theme for her hop is "Memories and Thanks" and she wanted to take it further than one person.  She wanted each of us to blog about someone in our lives who means or meant a lot to us.  Marianna's favorite color was red and when I heard that, I knew right away who my special person would be:  my Gramma Blanche. 
Gramma Blanche and I decorating Christmas cookies.

This is Gramma and I at Christmas last year.  We were decorating cookies and having such a good time.  As much as I hate to share pictures of myself (or look at them, for that matter), here's another from that day that includes my mom and my daughter, too.  Four generations of trouble makers and cookie decorators.

My daughter, mother, me, and my grandmother decorating cookies.

I have the best memories of my grandmother when I was growing up.  I used to spend nearly every Saturday night with her and my Papa, watching the Carol Burnett show all snuggled in clean jammies (they got cable!).  We'd get up the next morning and put a roast in the oven before we went to Sunday School and have a big Sunday dinner after.

She and my grandfather apparently had the patience of saints, too - they took me on a road trip from Nebraska to San Diego, California when I was around six or seven years old.  We stopped to see the sights on the way and she bought me charms to put on a charm bracelet.  We went to Disneyland and Mexico and I had the best time!

Me next to the sign for Gramma's ceramic shop.

Gramma had a ceramic shop when I was growing up - the Nic Nac Shelf Ceramic Shop.  I remember working in the shop with her up until the time I was in high school, although I'm not sure how much help I was in the earlier years.  She taught me all about slip and molds and stains and glazes.  She always liked to make things whether it was ceramics, sewing, crochet or cross stitch.  

Gramma Blanche is 87 years old now and red is still her favorite color, so
I thought I'd do a soutache piece in red for her.  This is the palette I pulled to start:

Palette including red poppies cab, soutache and seed beads.

The cab is from Fallen Angel Brass on Etsy.  I surrounded it with soutache and beads and came up with this brooch:

Brooch by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame using soutache and bead embroidery.

I really love the sinuous curves of the soutache.

A closeup of soutache curves punctuated by rows of seed beads.

I hope you've enjoyed my little trip down memory lane, and my brooch.  I also hope you will take time to check out the other participants' blogs:

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
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
Crystal Thain  Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin  Beading Arts
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
Heather Marston  CSW Designs
Inge von Roos   Inge's Blog
Iveth Caruso  Creative Atelier
Jacqueline Marchant  Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp   Celebrating Life!
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
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 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 Inhelder   Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton  Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver   Fancee That
Lori Bowring Michaud   Artfully Ornamental
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.
Mary Govaars  MLH Jewelry Designs
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?
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
Toltec Jewels   Jewel School Friends
Tracy Kruse   Goldkisses Art
Tracy Martin  Nutkitten's Jewelry
Zoe Marcin   Beads, Tea and Sweets


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! You do a beautiful job with your soutache designs and the cab is lovely, thanks for sharing your source! Love the pics and story!

  2. Really beautiful and such a fantastic photo of you and your gramma (you have a stunning smile)!

  3. This is beautiful! (You are always leading me astray. :) Thank you for that.)

    1. hahaha - follow me..... (in my best mesmerizing voice...)

  4. Beautiful! I may have to try soutache... it is sinuous! I like that word. Your Grandma sounds delightful and so full of love!

  5. A beautiful story (thank you for sharing your memories and those special pictures too!) with a gorgeous piece! I love everything you made - but I love this broche the best: bold, rich, warm colours and a perfect technique. Simply beautiful!

  6. I loved reading about your memories and that broach is gorgeous. I loved the pictures too, especially the one of your 4 generations.

  7. No wonder you are so creative and talented; what a lovely legacy she gives to you. Great choices in design for this. Good job.

  8. So many happy memories for you. Love the brooch. Good for you, trying your hand at soutache. Looks like you have mastered it well!

  9. Gorgeous - the brooch, the memories, and the four generations of smiling faces around the table!

  10. Your brooch is stunning, and am sure Grams will always treasure it. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories.

  11. What a beautiful piece! I'm sure your grandmother will love it!

  12. Gorgeous....I love red just like Gramma! The soutache is lovely.

  13. OOOOOOOOO! I love it and I love YOUR style, and your delightful Gramma!
    xox jean

  14. I think I'm jealous of your Gramma!! How I would have loved to grow up with her! Gorgeous brooch!!

  15. Loved reading your story, seeing pics of your family, and the beautiful red brooch! You always do such lovely work!

  16. Sherri I love the piece you made you have such patience!The story and pictures made me smile and I know momma would have LOVED the red!Thank you for sharing your story :)

  17. Gramma Blanche sounds like an amazing woman! You are blessed to have such a wonderful grandmother with whom you can still create memories. Your brooch is stunning, and I imagine it's now one of Gramma's favourite pieces of jewellery.

  18. How fantastic! My family is quite spread out in ages, large family so we don't have the trill of 4 generations in one picture - truly gorgeous espcially how happy your Gramma looks. What wonderful memories you have together. I love poppies and your brooch is a great finish to that cab

  19. Your brooch is fabulous, just like your Gramma Blanche. I love the 4 generations picture!

  20. Your post brought tears.. I so miss my Grammy's :( I learned so much from each, they both lived to be 94. What a great story, and lovely brooch! How could she not love such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. She must be so proud of you & the wonderful creations you make, thanks for sharing your story (and making me cry lol)

  21. Beautiful! Your story reminded me of my grandparents - I would stay with them almost every weekend until I started high school. They were so good to me in every way. Thanks for the wonderful post.

  22. The brooch is beautiful as is all your work, but THIS one IS special. You are getting very good with that soutache girl! And I chuckled when you said "four generations of trouble makers"! hahha XXOO Shelley

  23. Outstanding. I love your piece. Thanx for sharing. I also appreciate your soutache tips, I'm thinking of trying it.

  24. The brooch is beautiful (soutache is one of those things I want to explore, and you've inspired me!), and the stories of your Grandma Blanche are great. My grandmother was named Blanche also -- it's a name for very special ladies!

  25. A beautiful brooch in honour of your grandma, I'm sure she will love it!

  26. Your grandma looks so sweet! I am sure that she will love wearing this special piece. Thank you for sharing your story and your creation. Enjoy the day! Erin

  27. Gorgeous soutache, maybe I will have to try again because like you the first time was really hard. Yours turned out truly stunning.

    1. You should try again. I really didn't like it - it wasn't easy and it didn't look right - the first time. It gets much better!

  28. What a great tribute to your grandma! I love your brooch, it's gorgeous!

  29. What a lovely photo of 4 generations of women! Your brooch is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your lovely Gramma.

  30. What a fun way to spend your childhood in a ceramic shop. My grandfather owned a shirt store in Philadelphia and I spent a great deal of time there. Your piece is exquisite.

  31. Thanks for sharing your lovely pendant and memories of your grandmother.

  32. Beautiful work...Amazing...Wonderful !


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