Today is the day of the Memories and Thanks Blog Hop - another wonderful idea by Lori Anderson. Have a look at her inspiring pretty things blog and you will learn more about all those incredible projects by our dear hostess!
If you want to find out more about the "story behind" just click on the pic above!
This Blog Hop is dedicated to dear friends or family members who might have died already, suffer from a disease or who just should be mentioned here in the Blog Hop.
So, let me tell you my story now!
This story is about my grandfather (my mom's dad).
Back then in the second world war my grandfather had been captured by the russians and put in prison for many years. Just imagine that!!! My grandmother and my mom had to stay alone for such a long time during the war!
As you can figure to yourself in Russia the temperatures were'nt really nice and my grandfather had almost freezed to death there. Luckily he was released when the war was over and he could come back to his family.
As he was a very strong-minded man my granddad spent a long and happy life until he died some years ago.
But before he died, he fell ill which caused a severe circulation disturbance in his both legs.
One after the other both legs had to be amputated.
Being in hospital - my granddad being in delirium - the amputation brought back memories about the war. All the time I visited him in hospital he talked about the time being in prison and the coldness in Russia. He did'nt understand at that time that we were in 2007 and he was in safety. For me and my family these hospital visits were quite frightening moments...
As my grandfather for me and my mother was a very special person I want to dedicate this Blog Hop to him.
My granddad had a lovely house near Munich (my hometown) and a wonderful garden with beautiful flowers and trees. Our favourite flower was a peony in pink and our favourite tree was a lilac with purple blossoms.
Every year in spring my mother went to her dad to gather those flowers in pink and purple.
As I am a lampworker I thought to myself what a necklace would look like with these two colors...
I searched for some pictures in the internet and on the basis of these two pictures I got started.
1. I got on the torch and made these lampwork beads in my mother's favourite garden colors.
2. Then I reflected about the design.
3. After that I started to put together the beads, the leafes and tiny butterflies.
4. Finally I connected the first part of the necklace to a silk ribbon.
Well, that's my story that I wanted to tell you! Oh, I forgot...the necklace was a Christmas present for my mother. To whom else should I have given this jewelry piece. ;0)))
I know that this is a thought-provoking story. Some of you now might start now thinking about beloved persons in their lifes. Thank you Lorik for your wonderful idea! Sometimes we need to be reminded of "Memories and Thanks".
Now it is time to read the stories of all the other jewelry artists...
Please don't hesitate to hop to their sites!
Just click here and you will find the other blogs on "pretty things"!
Stay healthy, happy and keep hopping. ;0)