zondag 6 april 2014

‘Color of Dreams’ Blog Hop
‘Our’ sweet hostess Rita / Toltec Jewels is hosting this Blog Hop. It’s always a lot of
fun  to participate and see in what way she inspires us, again and again…
This time she sent us
beads, made by artist Patricia Handschuh of The Colour of
Dreams Boutique. 
Thank you Patricia and Rita, for donating and treating to the beads.
They are very special!

This Blog is about ‘Color of Dreams’, our dreams. Do I have one? 
Ooo yes, many… Here’s a special one. As a child I was dreaming of working  in Africa,  
inspired by the great doctor Albert Schweitzer. I wanted to be a nurse…
And so I did. Did I go to Africa? No! I married and had my children.
Years later I worked in an Asylum Seeker Centre.
Many people from Africa came to the Netherlands to find peace and freedom. 
 I worked with them, learned a lot about Africa, but I still was here! In 2002 my
husband and I got retired. In all those years I had cherished my dream…
We decided to do some voluntary work. In Kenya, where my husband worked in
the early 1970’s  We started our  jobs in a Children’s Home in 2004.
We developed a complete vegetable nursery, did a lot of PR work for them and lots of other things.
We worked in the Home for about 10 months, divided over 4 years.
Nowadays we run our own Foundation” Changes” to support them.
So my dream came true and is still alive!

I’m sure the children in The Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret would have
loved to see this colourful bead… Such strong, vivid colours, it really looks like candy.
So I dedicate my piece of jewellery to them! The pattern of the bead goes very
well with the pattern of the -recycled, yes it's Africa! aluminium- pendant,
made by me. I glued the bead on the aluminium, and used some stainless steel
wire for decoration and to cover the bead holes a bit.
It a simple design. In this way the bead attracts all the attention, and that’s good!

Have fun visiting all the other participants via this list:
 Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe    Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby    Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith     NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts