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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Flap Your Wings... an Artists Tribute to Judy Glende


I didn't know Judy Glende, but  she was a jewellery designer & fellow blogger who was  diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in December 2011, her second battle with cancer.  Judy lost her battle the middle of March. Flap Your Wings was the name of  Judy's  Etsy shop...Tania of Moobie Grace Designs  has organized this tribute and fundraiser in honor of Judy and her family and other families who have lost friends and relatives to cancer.

When I read about this challenge I had just heard that my sisters first husband had  died of cancer  last fall.  I was in high school when they got married and if there ever was a fifth wheel in a relationship it was me.  I was always underfoot, I'm not sure how much influence he had on my career choice but my first degree was in Geology, his chosen profession... and I worked for him at the Alberta Research Council on two different occasions.  I have a pilots licence because he flew... I drive a standard car because one of the summers I worked for him I was handed the keys to a standard truck and had to figure out how to drive it... I however do not wear long underwear and hiking boots every time I fly on a commercial jet liner, I have great faith that we are not going to crash on the top of a mountain... BUT, my carry-on does contain lots of clothes  in case the airline misplaces my luggage!  I hadn't seen Andre for over 20 years when he died, but I will always remember the kindness he and his family showed to me.

I really like the concept of 'flapping wings'... there is something eternal and everlasting about those two words... My Bird  focal was part of a bead exchange... I might have used the bird in my necklace for that exchange but I held it back as I felt it was so appropriate for this necklace!


I don't work with a bead board (I don't own a bead board ... so length tends to be whatever I end up with... I like the length this turned out although I am thinking that I need to make a short chain to hook the back together to make it double) I haven't decided yet if I will donate this necklace to a charity auction or just donate money to the local Cancer society ...Cancer doesn't care who you are or what you do, so go out and  flap your wings now, we don't know how many tomorrows we have.

A link to other participants in this bloghop

18 comments:

Skye said...

Fabulous! I love that bird :)

Shirley said...

What a great necklace! I love the soft patina on the bird, and the story of your brother in law. This hop is as much a testimony to the influence people make in our lives as it is to an opportunity to fight against cancer. Have a wonderful weekend.

Moobie Grace said...

I absolutely am in love with that bird!!! Amazing story of your brother in law...it doesn't get any more "real" than that! I appreciate you joining the hop and your donation. P.S. - I don't own a bead board either

AntiquityTravelers said...

Wonderful story and memory. That is an amazing piece and love your use of turquoise. Just lovely

Kim Ballor said...

Love your focal bird, your story, and the fact that you do not own a bead board!

Marlene Cupo said...

From one non-bead board owner to another. Fantastic job, don't ever bother getting one.

Patty Woodland said...

What's a bead board? ;)

Lovely story...

kath001 said...

Really beautiful piece, Lynne.

I had a brother-in-law like that too. Married my sister when I was nine...they used to take me on their dates, cruising in his '57 Chevy, to the drive-in to see Afred Hitchcock. Also lost him to cancer.

BluMoon said...

What a nice story and memories you have of your brother in law.
The necklace is just beautiful!
Jackie

Kym Hunter Designs said...

What a lovely necklace and the bird focal is wonderful! Thank you for sharing the sweet story of your brother-in-law.

shelly said...

a sweet story and a pretty necklace!!

Lori Anderson said...

It's absolutely beautiful. I'd wear it in a heartbeat.

Jo said...

Beautiful! I love the colours on the bird.

Rebekah said...

I love the bird! And I really love how you let it become the "perfect" length without the constraints of a bead board. What a lovely piece!

Ginger Bishop said...

I love this piece and it's length. Fantastic job!

Cherry Obsidia said...

The variety of styles on this hop has been almost as inspiring as the personal stories behind each piece...I like to think Judy would be proud of bringing out so many happy memories. I love your necklace, beautiful...

Creative Moon said...

I absolutely love this necklace! It's like a bird soaring! Such a great tribute to Judy!!!

Islandgirl said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments! I have a computer today so will spend a few hours visiting blogs! And I see no bead board in my immediate future!