Saturday, November 3, 2012

Blog Hop :: Ears to You

A few weeks ago Amy Freeland over at CopperDiem organized a blog hop and asked a few of us to join her in making earrings to donate to Ears to You

The mission of this charity is to provide earrings to lift the spirits of women undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Amy asked us all to make 3 to 5 pairs of earrings for donation. 

The founder of Ears to You is a women named Ruth (her story here) who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She has 3 kids, and her youngest was then just 1 year old. I can't even image the heartache of a mother going through such a frightening situation, and looking down into the face of your children.  Ruth, however, decided that no matter what she was going through, she was going to stay positive. She lost her hair within a few days of her second chemotherapy treatment. It was at this point that she realized she wanted to feel and look as normal as possible. She didn't want to go through her day feeling like a cancer patient. That is when the idea of Ears to You came to her.

Ruth is doing great today, and she's put her efforts to helping other women going through chemotherapy to feel good about themselves. That's where this blog hop comes in. Our earrings will be donated to women currently undergoing chemotherapy.

I wanted to make some bold earrings, some fun earrings, earrings that might bring a smile. I've been trying a new style of beading on brass plates, which is what the first pair is. It's one of my favorites with a bit of a boho feel. There are whimsical starfish, an evil eye pair (another one of my favorites) to serve as protection--or so my Turkish friend tells me. I did a mix of earrings because not everyone likes the same colors, shape or style. So there are hoops, plates and dangles.

I've got just a little bit more to do tonight. I still need to finish up 2 of the pairs before I ship these out, but took a break to write this post. Hopefully this will give just a little bit of happiness to someone in need of a smile, or to just feel somewhat normal when your life feels upside down. Please check out all the other wonderful ladies who joined this hop.

Copper Diem                                 My Addictions
Beads, Tea and Sweets                 Juls Beads
Fabric of my Life                           Blogging Business Artisans
Jeannie's Blog                                Lorelei's Blog
One Kiss Creations                         Backstory Beads
According to Katie                         Cherish Designs
Beads: Rolling Downhill                  Falling Into The Sky
Garden Path Beads                        Antiquity Travelers YOU ARE HERE
Sissy and Jacks                             Erin Siegel Jewelry/Art Bead Scene
Northwood Creative Studio             SilverRose Designs
Cabe Woman                                Dreamin of Beads/SAS Jewelry Design
Summers Studio                           Honey from the Bee
Shaiha's Ramblings                       Mama's Got to Doodle
Beads for Busy Gals                      Tanya McGuire
Creative Atelier

34 comments:

New End Studio said...

What a great idea, Ears to You. You've made a beautiful selection. Hope all the women wear them now and well into years of good health. ♥

Jacquelineand.... said...

So beautiful and what a wonderful, caring, idea! All of you deserve huge hugs!

Copper Diem said...

Those are all so unique and pretty! I love them! thank you so much for participating!

Patti Van said...

You have made some awesome earrings here! So much imagination in each and every design! Any recipient of these earrings will love them!

Jeannie said...

I just love that they are all so different and will appeal to women of all tastes. They are all very unique

SummersStudio said...

Wonderful and beautiful variety. Choice is great thing when you are having chemo.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I'm reading about this all over the net today...and loving it! What a great cause! Your earrings look great and the recipients will love them :)

Claudia said...

What a wonderful idea! God bless all of your hearts. I am sure each one of these earrings will put a smile on someone's face. Kuddos to all of ya!

Juli Cannon said...

Love the eclectic and unique look to them all. Fantastic job!

Christine Altmiller said...

These are all so beautiful! Is is any wonder I am in love with the ones you put seed beads on? Especially that pair with the leaf and flower.

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

O yes, the first ones are my favourite -- I love that hippie/wild child feel they have to them :)

Janet Bocciardi said...

Love your earrings and thought behind the designs. Dream Catcher - perfect! Also love the evil eye pair!

BackstoryBeads said...

You certainly met your goal of offering a variety of styles - from subtle and whimsical to bold and dramatic, and each is striking on its own. These will be treasured.

MirandAck said...

Beautiful. DreamCatchers are my faves. Did you just embroider or wire wrap the beads?
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Caron Michelle said...

Very kool and funky!

Tanya McGuire said...

so interesting and very different. Love the designs.

Erin Siegel said...

I am always intrigued with the designs you come up with. These earrings are no different! I absolutely LOVE the dream-catcher earrings. Swoon!

BeadedTail said...

I hadn't heard of Ears to You but what an absolutely wonderful thing to do! Your earrings are beautiful and will certainly bring a smile to the recipients!

Miss Val's Creations said...

This is such an amazing idea! I can not even imagine what it is like to go through chemo but the most simple things must cheer up the patient. Your creations are beautiful. The dream catchers have such great meaning behind them!

CherishD said...

Your designs are super cool and each is so unique! Love the variety and the meaning!


Thanks for commenting on my blog! I appreciate it! So happy to be a part of this hop with you!

:) Kris

Maria said...

Those are beautiful!
Maria

BamaTrav said...

That's a great thing to do. I lost my mother a few years ago after she fought breast cancer for about 12 years. Women are tough cookies. She never complained or showed her pain and I know the pain was bad.

Kay G. said...

What a great thing to be a part of, I love all that you showed us here. Beautiful earrings. xx

Elisabeth said...

Gorgeous! Love your bold designs!

Katherines Corner said...

lovely. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy Monday wishes xo P.S. sorry I'm so late visiting :-)

Melissa said...

These earrings are all so gorgeous!

<3 Melissa
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Elena said...

Hi! Was very nice of you to visit my blog. I love your work! And your past posts have so much to see. Very nice :)

Introverted Art said...

I think they are absolutely beautiful and I think this will bring many smiles to their faces. Like the dream catcher, it takes aways the sadness of cancer and brings strength... that's what I see when I look at them.

Duni said...

Absolutely brilliant idea and gorgeous earrings - all of them!
As a cancer survivor I know just how important it is to look great, even if on the inside you feel awful.
LOVE the names you have given the earrings!
take care and best wishes,
Duni

Ruth said...

Thanks for your support of Ears To You! We are always in need of earrings and your generousity is truly appreciated!

Nicole Buckingham said...

What an incredible project you've taken on and I am so very glad to have stopped by just in time to learn more.

Aloha,
Stopping by to say "hi" and to follow you here. AND... to invite you to join me for An ALOHA Affair. It's a truly unique chance to share your beautiful work with other bloggers and creative souls who are interested in growing in meaningful ways. 'hope to see ya soon.

Cheers,
Nicole
localsugarhawaii.com

Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

Kashmira said...

How unique!!! Never seen seed beads used like this before. Lovely!

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a great idea! This sounds wonderful! I'm going to check it out.

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