This year, Erin partnered with Brandi Hussey to create some amazing color palettes using the theme Earth as Art. Each of us were assigned two and we can choose whichever one we pleased. I revealed my two color palettes earlier this month but wasn't going to tell you which one I picked.
While I love purple, eat, sleep and breathe purple... I actually chose the second palette, Empty Quarter featuring shades of grey (not quite fifty) & burgundy. Can I tell you, when the student is ready the teacher will appear. In this case Erin was a teacher (literally and figuratively) in my life. I can't even put into words how grateful I am for that. This is how I tell the story...
At the time of sign-up we had just discovered 3 brain tumors in my baby brother (28). The color of the Brain Tumor Awareness ribbon is Grey. Secondarily, in September we found out my grandma whom I'm very close with was diagnosed as having Multiple Myeloma - a blood cancer. She's currently undergoing treatments for that as well. Is it a coincidence that the Multiple Myeloma Awareness ribbon is Burgandy?
I've been living at my brother's home this month taking him to daily treatments. What I've been able to help him with, he's given me back in laughter and love. We're still undergoing treatments and on this journey together.
Therefore... since the journey continues as does my piece. It's not finished, but I see in my soul the big picture of what it's going to be.
|Awareness Ribbon color was added with nail polish!|
I've added additional components that also bring in the grey and burgundy/red theme. I've added some bling and sparkle around various cabochons using sequins (I know my friend Sarah of Saturday Sequins will love that) and a crystal link chain.
None of the components have been edged or backed yet... so you'll see string and such in the photos. I also didn't have my usual photo set up (doesn't work when your digital camera USB cable is at home and you're on the road) so my photos have been taken with my phone.
So as this journey continues, my beaded art necklace which was a challenge in color will continue to grow and become more beautiful with each piece of the puzzle in place.
The Journey - bringing awareness to people that have been touched by brain tumors or multiple myeloma! We all travel The Journey together - arm in arm, heart to heart!
To see all of the rest of the participants, please do visit Erin's blog. See her inspired designs and the other artisans that are participating in the challenge. Allow yourself to grow and let YOUR creativity tell your story!
As we continue treatments with Greg, just know he's in great spirits and takes great pride in making me laugh every day! It's the best way to fight a tough fight!
Peace & love to you,