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

34 opmerkingen:

  1. Thank you for sharing this story, Dini... I love the accent of the wire over the bead, it definitely has an African look :)

  2. I love your pendant, Dini! The way you let the bead shine against the background is brilliant. Your dream and it's fulfillment is amazing and heart-warming to hear about. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love your dream and your necklace. It's beautiful. Way to go. I'm a new follower of your blog. Please consider following mine. http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-color-of-dreams-blog-hop-reveal.html

  4. Een mooie droom en het draadwerk helemaal Afrika.

  5. Dini! Hi! This is so beautiful! --as is all your work! love, jean

  6. Congratulations on making your dream come true and helping others in the process. Your African aluminum piece makes Patricia's bead pop. Your pendant is beautiful.

  7. I love the balance of industrial and natural in your piece.

  8. Beautiful! So simple, yet so elegant. Your back pendant really makes the dream bead pop! Great work! Thanks for posting.

  9. A nice design that really tells a story.

  10. I'm awed by your actions - how wonderful to help others!! And your pendant is so different and creative! I love it.

  11. What a great design! I love how it symbolizes how you are able to live your dream.

  12. I love hearing your story! And that the metal is African aluminum! Such a strong, perfect statement created with just a few pieces. Awesome work!

  13. Beautiful pendant! I love what you did there, it's innovative to say the least! :)


  14. Beautiful design as usual Dini!!! I really love your work!!!I am glad you had your dream come true! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  15. Thank you for sharing your dream that has come true. I love the rustic and vibrant look of your pendant.

  16. That sure is a different dream - beautiful story. I am glad you saw that dream come alive, it's a powerful way to spend your days, helping others! Love your pendant too - matching the story of a strong woman with a dream full of compassion and love.

  17. Beautiful story, gorgeous necklace, I love the simplicity and how it showcases the bead, awesome job!

  18. Your necklace is so beautiful, and I love the wirework, it worked very well.

  19. Oh, I love it! That is simply gorgeous--and with such an inspiring story to go with it. Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. What a wonderful dream and the necklace pendant is so creative.

  21. Dini, It's beautiful! I love the metal work & wire with the pendant! My husband & I went to South Africa for 3 weeks a few years ago. It is a beautiful country & we would love to go again & visit other places in Africa. It is wonderful that your dream came true. You are an inspiration!

  22. Of course 'our' ♥sweet Dini is an angel on Earth! You, my dear friend, are AMAZING! Oh, I'm so honored to learn the story of your dream -- it gives me thrill bumps! Firstly, because I too think there is something very powerful about the dreams we have as children. I remember so well my dream as a little girl -- to see the Virgin Mary -- and I don't often share this, but it did indeed come true -- not necessarily in ways like a movie or a saint, but I see her in my friends, in those I love and my wise teachers.

    You are not only a beautiful person and beautiful artist -- you are a sage! Working for the love of others -- your service to others, living Satyagraha -- is so inspiring! And Africa! How strong the longing for love there, the need for foundations like you and your husband's "Changes" -- the need for your work there makes the dream coming true all the more beautiful! And your tribute to the children in The Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret is also a tribute to the transformative power of love!

    I'm so inspired by your wonderful story of your dream come true! And your jewelry art -- it's ingenious and simply stunning! I agree, the patterns so perfectly coordinate between the bead and recycled African aluminum.And the metalwork indeed accentuates the " strong, vivid colours" -- so beautiful for Africa! I love the name too-- "It's Time for Africa!" Superb!

    You outdid yourself, Dini. Another star of the show here! Bravo!

    Thank you for sharing your art gifts with us and gracias for sharing your amazing, uplifting dream come true of working in Africa! Such an honor as always, to learn from you!
    xxoo Rita

  23. Oh, I love this. What a great dream and what a great piece. I love the recycled pendant focal you made and it really sets the bead off in a wonderful way.

  24. Your creations never fail to delight, inspire and wow us. What a great piece, Dini. Christie

  25. I love how you worked in the bead in your piece, in the focal like that. How lovely <3 Sorry this comment took so long, this week has been a little heretic.

  26. Thank you ALL so much for the ♥sweet & inspiring comments!