Saturday, April 16, 2011

Reveal and Give-A-Way - 7,000 Bracelets of Hope Hop


 Blog Hop, sponsored by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.

I've teamed up with Lori again for another fabulous idea to support the Global Genes Project that promotes awareness for rare diseases.   There are over 7,000 identified rare diseases in the world - all with their own issues.  Lori lives with a rare disease, so it is only obvious why she is so passionate about this project.  Runako Designs is supporting the project because we care about Lori, we are supporters of positive changes in the world, and we live to help others.  The goal is to be able to gift 7,000 bracelets this Christmas (2011) to families living with rare diseases, and at the end of this post I will reveal to you my contribution, followed by a chance for you to win your own special bracelet and a link to 112 other bracelets being revealed today!! 

When I learned of this hop, I immediately thought about a young girl that I met while participating in a disabilities expo several years ago.  Her family stopped at my booth and were immediately drawn to a holiday angel earring that I had made. 


It was during this expo that I learned of the Angelman Syndrome.  Angelman Syndrome is caused by a genetic defect on chromosome 15. Characteristics of this disease is very little speech (almost absent), developmental delays and frequent facial reactions.  The most noticeable characteristic of this disease; however, is what appears to be frequent smiling and and outbursts of laughter...making them appear happy most of the time.  

What really touched my heart this day, was when her father was considering purchasing a bicycle developed for parents with children with disabilities. They had never seen anything like this before, and neither had I.  From our conversation, what I learned about this young girl, is that she LOVED to have the wind blow in her face and boy did she enjoy that bike ride around the expo with her father!!  It was such a delight to watch her laughing and enjoying the breeze!  Without a second thought I gifted her mother with a pair of the angel earrings. 

After reading Lori's invitation to participate in this party, I found myself again, without a second thought, signing up to help in this worthy cause to promote awareness.

Here is my contribution to the Global Genes Project and all of the families who are living with a rare disease. I started out with many ideas, but decided to keep the design simple enough for anyone to wear everyday, as I have no idea who will be receiving it. 


The picture doesn't do justice in capturing the grey in these beautiful
metallic blue crystals. I was trying to capture the colors of the campaign. 

If you want to learn more about the Global Genes Project and Bracelets for Hope, and how you can contribute, visit their website here.  It's not too late, you have until December. Read on to learn about the give away or click here to go to the list of other bracelets.   

Give-A-Away Opportunity!
Now, if you'd like the opportunity to win your own special bracelet, (a duplicate of the above) here's what you need to do for your chance to win.  Promote the Global Genes Project and the 7,000 Bracelets of Hope by April 24th.   

1.  If you are participating in Lori's Blog Hop, you're name will automatically be entered twice, if you leave a comment here.   

2.  If you tweet about this post with a link on twitter you'll get an extra entry or your first entry.  Make sure you @runakodesigns, so I'll see it and leave a comment here.  

3.  If you're not participating in the party today, but want to show your support, blog about the Global Genes Project in general, linking to their website, AND linking to Lori Anderson for sponsoring this hop and bringing it to our attention, come back here and leave me the link to your post, and you'll get 2 entries.  Use this link for Lori :  (http://lorianderson.blogspot.com/2011/04/bracelet-blog-hop-7000-bracelets-of.html)

4.  If you follow my fan page on Facebook, you'll receive two extra entries. Leave me a comment with who you are, so I'll know to add your entries.  

You DO NOT have to leave a comment for each thing that you do, just make sure that in your comments I know what you did and where to find it, so that you can receive credit.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks in advance for supporting Lori's efforts and the Global Genes Project!

FINALLY: Please don't forget to check out the other bracelets posted around the blogospherE today, you can click the link below to go straight to the list on Lori's site. Scroll through the post to get to the link list at the bottom. 



Unveiling awareness,

48 comments:

Beetique said...

Lovely bracelet you made. I tweeted and facebooked you.

KJ said...

That was a thoughtful blog post and a really pretty bracelet. The letter beads are a perfect touch.

Marian Hertzog said...

Really love the bracelet and the word HOPE is so perfect. Your blog is very touching to read and I can see that you have a big heart!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Dee - I love those blue crystals! And the simplicity and message are spot on. Love that we've all banded together to help.

CraftyHope said...

Oh wow. Your bracelet is amazing!!
In addition, your heartfelt words and generosity are very touching.

m.e. said...

A truly GORGEOUS message of HOPE !!!
m.e. :)

Mandy said...

This bracelet is STUNNING! Beautiful story and bracelet!

Cory said...

A lovely bracelet and touching story...left me teary.

Thanks for the kudos also.

chocoholic said...

Beautiful bracelet. Love those faceted blues with the silver!!

windrock studio said...

Hey Dee, I am such a fan of the added words to art.
You did fantastic work with this bracelet, lovely.

SusanMarie

Cyndi L said...

Dee, that is perfect! "HOPE"...I love it!

Pretty Things said...

That is absolutely gorgeous, and your story brought me to tears.

Thank you so much for participating.

Stacey said...

Such a pretty piece!

Jean said...

Oh, Dee--you are such a special, thoughtful person. Your abundant ability to love is what makes the world go around. xox jean

beautiful bracelet!

Boot ~C said...

Great use of the letter beads!

Jennifer Pride said...

A truly touching story. I teared up a little. Your bracelet is beautiful. Whoever gets it will love it, I'm sure. And what a clever way to raise even more awareness ;)

One Kiss Creations Beaded Jewelry said...

your story is beautiful and so is your bracelet. just gorgeous! the color of the beads---love em!

Lutka And Co. said...

A very sweet bracelet. It will make someone smile :-)

Eileen Bergen said...

It's simply beautiful, Dee. I would be honored to win and wear it.

I participated in the bracelet challenge and this is my very first blog hop.

And the best is yet to come: packing up our creations and sending them off on a wing and a prayer.

Brandi said...

I love the colors you captured here, and the uplifting message you put front and center - lovely bracelet!

Francy said...

beautiful hope bracelet.

Mari said...

Your bracelet is lovely!! thank you for your kind words. Mari from Puerto Rico

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Stunning bracelet and I love the message of "Hope" on the bracelet!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Really beautiful Dee! Those faceted beads are really gorgeous and the HOPE letters are a Very nice touch. :)

Bobbie said...

Great way to keep the message of hope front and center - very nice!

BooBeads said...

What a great and touching story, and a bracelet to match!

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

Love the bracelet, the beades are awesome. HOPE, we all need hope.

Mortira said...

I love the crystals you chose for your piece! They definitely fit the blue jeans theme. It was great to meet you through the hop!

raquelamaral said...

I would love to have your bracelet, who wouldn't it is so beautiful. #48

Cristina said...

Beautiful !!!

graygirlstudios said...

that bike is so cool! and the bracelet is beautiful! the dark blue color is really striking. very pretty.

Kate said...

Gorgeous beads and I llove the hope message. Great work!

Shyme said...

Beautiful bracelet!!

Raida said...

I love that you incorporated the work HOPE in your bracelet, love it!

coffeeaddict said...

I love the asymetrical design and the fire polished rondelles are lovely!

hello gorgeous said...

oooo, this is EASILY my favourite creation so far! LOVE IT!!! Love the hope sentiment.... just perfect!!! ;o)

oh to have one of these...keeping fingers crossed...good luck to all who are entered!

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

susie said...

I LOVE it, it's PERFECT!!! Thanks so much in sharing your creativity & HOPE for this very worthy cause!
Smiles,
Susie

Shirley said...

Ok, this is just a STUNNING bracelet, and you made me cry with the story! How totally generous of you to offer a giveaway too! I did head over to your Facebook, because I am not ashamed to say I would drool to win this beauty! I feel so blessed to be a part of this project, and to see all the works of art that have been created to bring a smile to a family.

TesoriTrovati said...

Dee, you are so very generous. I love this bracelet with the HOPE and the sparkly blue beads. This is sure to be a treasure for the mother who receives it. And thank you for sharing the story of that young girl with the bike. That was sweet.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Serena Trent said...

Hope has to shimmer...BEAUTIFUL!!!

Nicki said...

I love your story and your bracelet. They will love it. Take care.

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

I really enjoyed the story in your post, and the heartfelt approach to your design. I think your photograph is beautiful, because that bracelet sure looks gorgeous! The recipient will be comforted by your "hope" sentiment- great job!

Charlene said...

Your bracelet is beautiful and your words are touching.

alankarshilpa said...

What a touching story, and your bracelet is beautiful. Thank you Dee for visiting my blog. I was a bit too late to join this event but I feel I am part of it. Tomorrow I am going to mail the bracelet I made.

SueBeads said...

Very pretty bracelet!

Rebekah said...

I think you really captured hope with this bracelet! It is stunning and someone somewhere is going to be wearing a big smile thanks to your loving heart. Thanks for sharing the story behind it.

Dee said...

Thanks to all who stopped by over the past few days. Your kind and very thoughtful words are all appreciated so dearly. I'll be packing up my little package after duplicating it for the giveaway and sending off this weekly, I truly hope that the family who receives it loves it as much. I truly enjoyed designing this piece and vewing all the other lovely pieces that were made for such a beautiful cause..

Thanks,
Dee

vintage Ribbon bracelets said...

Really enjoyed With this designing love the bracelets! they're so intricate and pretty!which ones are my favorites but they look so pretty on their own way!

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