Monday, September 29, 2014

Winner of the book "Unexpected Findings" is....


Ali McCarthy 

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Congratulations!

Please email me with your mailing address!





Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Job

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My job is to carry myself
and carry my child
and carry my thoughts
(although I may share them sometimes).


My job is to know myself
and to know my friends
and to be as real as I can be
(even when being real is not popular. Or easy.)


My job is to be myself.
My job is to be a mother.
My job is to be a wife.
My job is to open my arms in love.
(And hug tightly.)


I love my job.




  1. Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Stormy path? Sunshine is coming.

I must remember...




Not to mention....





....And ultimately...





Hugs to one and all.






Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway -- "Unexpected Findings" by Michelle Mach

One of my favorite things to do with jewelry findings is find a new way to use them.  I've lost many a toggle bar in my time yet still save the ring, as I know I'll be able to find SOMETHING to do with it.

Michelle Mach's new book, "Unexpected Findings", via Interweave/F+W, is the perfect book for people who want to change up the way traditional findings such as clasps, bead caps, fold-over clasps, and bails are used. There are over 50 projects from Michelle and a cadre of designers such as Barb Switzer, Erin Prais-Hintz, and Erin Strother, to name just a few.  With 143 pages, there will be something for virtually every level of jewelry designer.




This photo shows (center) a piece by Michelle Mach called "California Poppy", using brass frames, filigree, and fabric stitched together.  I love the layering!  The gorgeous fuchsia necklace to the bottom left, "Lotus Blossom", is made with buttons, a vintage Lucite earring finding, cording, and a bezel behind it all.  Very clever, and both show a way to make things that look ethereal quite sturdy by using the proper components, even if those components weren't necessarily meant to be used in that manner.


"Sweet Soiree" by contributor Lorelei Eurto shows a different way to use bead cones.  I've never been good at making multi-strand necklaces, where bead cones usually show up as a way to finish the endings of the multiple strands neatly.  In this bracelet, you can tackle your stash of cones with abandon to create dangles.  They'd also make great earrings!


The beginning and end of the book goes over basic techniques, multiple findings, and ways to adapt them to your taste.  It also includes a listing of where to find some of the findings you may never have seen before.  Most of the instructions come with photos to further explain how to put things together, but a few of the tutorials do require a bit of experience with no photos other than the finished (and beautiful) jewelry.  Don't let that stop you, though -- there are lots of projects of all levels and styles to choose from, from bohemian to vintage-inspired.


Would you like to win this book?

Why of course you would!!!!

To win, just make a comment below
and make SURE there is a way for me to find you,
either by being linked to your blog or email.


Come back on MONDAY, September 29th, to see who wins
(Zack will be drawing the name).


Best wishes, and please feel free to share this
on your blog,
your Facebook,
Twitter,
and your Facebook beading groups.





  1. Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Throw Back Thursday

 Is anyone doing Throw Back Thursday anymore?  I think I kind of missed the boat on that particular thing, but whatever, I'm doing it anyway today.

Summer 1989, Songchon Lake, South Korea, and up to no good.


Around 1993, getting a visit from Santa and friend, complete with gifts.  



Flag football team at DLI, 1988. I'm the one on the far left sitting on my friend's knee, and I knew nothing about football except I couldn't catch one and occasionally had to be reminded which way to run.




Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Good Days, Bad Days, Real Days



Sometimes I have Bad Days.

Sometimes I have Good Days.

But they are all REAL days.



What you read here is me.

It may be one hour of me.

Or two weeks of me.

But it's me.



All real.

And hopeful.

Even on the Bad Days.


(For more on this topic, click here.)


Addition, due to past comments:


When I say I have to sometimes "fake it"

that does not mean I am fake. 

It means I am convincing myself I DO want to get out of bed

and I DO want to make this a good day 

even though I DO feel like neither of those things are possible.




Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Help Me Pick a Topic for 31 Days -- A Writing Challenge

My friend Dana suggested I take part in a 31 day writing challenge held throughout October. Writing every day is going to be an endeavor all on its own, and I won't feel a bit bad if I recycle some things from the past, but for the most part, I'd like to make each post unique.

The difficult part is choosing a category for thirty-one days, considering I write about my son, jewelry, vintage stuff, Lyme disease, all sorts of things.  So would you mind helping me by telling me what you would most like to see me write about and share with you?


What is 31 Days?  

31 Days is an online writing challenge started by home blogger, Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in October. 
As a writer, 31 Days challenges you to go deeper into one topic.
As a reader, 31 Days will most likely have a few topics that you are curious about, it’s a great time to get to know some new bloggers.





  • What do you think, folks? And want to join me and Dana?

House & Home
Simplicity & Organizing
Family Life
Inspiration & Faith
Writing, Blogging, & Internet Stuff
Fashion & Beauty
Food, Health, & Wellness
Personal Endeavors
Too Awesome to Categorize



So those are all the topics you can write about, once a day for 31 days.

Personally, I'm tending toward

Writing, Blogging, & Internet Stuff
or
Personal Endeavors
or 
Too Awesome to Categorize.


What do you think I should do?
And want to join us?




Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Eye Candy Day -- the Jewelry Archives

As I prepare for my only fall show this year (Craftsmen's Classic, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA, Oct 17-19), I thought I'd share some of my past designs.  All of these sold long ago, but there will be interesting new things at this show, as my style, while remaining true to me, has been morphing in some beautiful new ways.  I know what my customers like, and I know what I like making, but moving forward at the proper pace is important.  I want my jewelry to still "look like Lori".


There are styles and techniques I'd love to jump into with both feet, but to be successful at almost any business, you have to know your demographic, and making too many changes too quickly, to the point of obliterating your tried and true, your brand, can be a huge mistake. That being said, I've watched several designers cut the cord completely and rebrand from scratch with great success.  It's a brave and scary thing to do, but they obviously had done their market research and knew what they were doing.


Here's the old...I'll show the new at a later date!











Hope you enjoyed that little walk
down jewelry memory lane!





Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.