Monday, November 24, 2014

Need some handmade inspiration for holiday beading? Here you go!

By NO means is this the entire catalog of bead makers I love.  I love so many and have tried over the past ten years to buy at least one thing from each of them.  Buying handmade is so much better when you consider you're helping support someone else's dream, of making a business making pretty things. You, after all, are probably in the same business! There's SUCH a difference between handmade and factory "handmade" in sweat shops, and having visited a sweat shop in Korea (they make blankets and quilts), I have a strong aversion to the working conditions that happen. 


Not only that, friends of mine who are really good at what they do get knocked off, and often these knock-offs appear in large chain stores. If you see an obvious knock-off, please let the bead maker know privately. On occasion, they give a license to make such beads, but sometimes, it's just plain theft.


OK, off the soap box, on to the pretties!


By Earth Elements -- comes in various colors, too.
Keysha Koy hollow glass beads -- I love her work!
An all-time favorite lampworker, Stephanie Sersich, makes magic happen with glass.

My collection from Round Rabbit -- originals all the way.
Sign up to get a head's up when her things go on sale, because they go quickly!

via Pikalda Beads - she has a ton of wonderful beads!



This should whet your appetite!  If you're participating in the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop on the 6th of December, I my have just become an enabler, making you buy more to add to your collections!  But seriously. Whenever possible, support handmade!



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. 


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Heavy


 I posted this on Facebook but it bears repeating.



It's great if you can put things down and walk away,
leave them by the side of the road
and never look back.

But if you can't, if carrying that load is a part of life,
try carrying a little less at a time.

(And bend with your knees, not with your back.)

In all seriousness,
take care of yourself,
and hug the ones you love.


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, November 22, 2014

Some new jewelry on Facebook!

Last night I put a couple of my traditional crystal Christmas tree earrings up at www.lorianderson.net, but as I did a few weeks ago, I posted even more on my Facebook page!


If you'd like to see what's left this morning, you don't need a Facebook account (although to claim a piece, you need to type in MINE, or comment below/email me, but whoever claimed first gets it).  I'll be updating my web site as time goes on and then just showing a few pieces on Facebook, so don't worry, it's not a permanent change (it's just faster!)


Click here to go to the jewelry -- on Facebook, it's always at Photos/Albums/Jewelry for Sale.  I also am liquidating a lot of my bead inventory, which is also on Facebook at Photos/Albums/Destash.


The bead destashing will be a relatively constant thing, so bookmark the album and check my page out often if you are curious.


LARIMAR PENDANTS will be showing up this weekend!


Dark purple amethyst, larimar, and pearl --
just an example of many other styles I have!

And you can commission earrings, bracelets, or necklaces.  Some examples that have sold in the past....

Silver and larimar -- goes with anything.


I have only ONE of these pendants left!

Earring possibilities are endless!


Could also be made as a bracelet.


Onyx looks elegant with larimar!



Happy shopping!


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, November 20, 2014

So... what ARE the stories????

Some people have asked, due to yesterday's post, WHAT stories do I have?

Well, most are in Korea, Italy, and Japan.

:: While riding a train in Italy for the first time, in a coach just like the Hogwarts Express, everyone decided to nap.  Everyone who knew Italian very very well was snoring, leaving me, who at that time only knew enough Italian to order dinner and count to four in order to teach an aerobics class.  I was exhausted from being in Venice all day, but terrified of where we might end up, so I held my eyelids open to stay awake (and repeatedly counted to four).


Taken by me from one of the Venice canals.


:: Teaching English in Korea.  Technically, not my job, but a secondary job.  I taught men from the (translation may vary) Animal and Plant Breeding Institute. They wanted colloquial English, slang, how to have a real conversation. They not only took me to a museum in the middle of nowhere (no other American there), but treated me and the other teacher to not one but TWO amazing sit-on-the-floor-old-style Korean dinners when we were getting ready to leave the country.


We have no idea who the guy in the middle is -- he was in NONE of my classes!  All of these men were scientists. Notice the parmesan cheese and the salad dressing?  This particular dinner was "let's see how we can do with American food."

:: Running home the last night in Korea from the clubs, in the pouring rain, with my friend Jenn and Tak. I was staying in Jenn's house as my dorm room had been relinquished and there was no room in the inn (literally). Tak tucked us in and made sure we were asleep before he left. Nothing like running in stocking feet in the rain down bumpy-lumpy alley ways in the dark, laughing like idiots. Wonderful, and memorable.




:: Singing Meatloaf's "Love By the Dashboard Light" in a club with a couple guys singing the male parts (natch) and me, Jenn, and Katherine singing the female parts. Joy.  One of those moments you keep in that special place in your brain for no good reason other than it was mega-awesome.




:: My two week trip to Japan to see my best college friend, Jen (different Jen from Korea-Jenn).  She graduated with me and went to Japan to teach English. She was fluent, as was her Australian and awesome husband-to-be (pictures coming). Snow-closed roads (in April), rotating sushi bars, biking, and lots of laughter.  Best. Vacation. Ever.


:: Why this was not unusual.  At all.  And nope.  Wasn't drinking.




:: Just exactly WHY I joined the Air Force -- the best decision I ever made, although I didn't know it at the time.

After graduation, a year and a half later, the door to the barracks still made me nervous!



::  Lessons learned, mistakes made, joys found, loves lost, friends found, and a love of travel that sticks with me forever.

A trip to San Fransisco, post language school.


And then there are other books -- raising an Asperger's child when I'm pretty sure I have many of the same traits; words to live by (and why they've worked, or haven't worked); there's a lot!


Over the holidays, I have several tasks (after family time).


One is to finish all blog hopping. Yeah, I know. Second is to clean out my lampwork studio and see what is what.  Third is to share bits as I go along my writing. There's a reason for being sick. There is. This must be it. And if it's not, I have my history written for Zack. Some I'll vault until he's ready. Some he'll help with. 


And now to scan sixty billion photos. OH, for digital back then!


Enjoy!

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. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

So I have these stories....


(Found via Pinterest, attributed to author Anne Lamott)



I posted on a private Facebook group today about some personal fears I have about writing my story -- you know, REALLY writing, for publication. I've stalled quite often when I wanted to write some of the more gritty stories here, because I've been told that's not nice, no one wants negativity, etc, etc, oh-my-aching-head.


I rather love the quotation from Anne Lamott above. It's quite true. However, truth goes both ways, and I have considered that a LOT in the past years, trying to carefully not "out" someone on my blog, be they friend, family, or alien.


I think what I'm left with is this -- the gritty stories are meant to be written in book form, looked over by an editor, hopefully accepted, and printed. Then people can decide if they want to read them or not. I can (and will) use "ID-changed-to-protect-the-perpetrator", but in some cases, that will be impossible, and I look back to Anne Lamott's quotation.


My journals, and these aren't even all of them -- everything from early Korea and earlier were destroyed.


On my blog, I can tell other stories. I'm Photoshopping my airplane photos so when I have less of a headache, I can tell the long story of me flying an airplane (twice) and what it meant to me. I've mentioned before that writing as if writing for a book is a lot harder than writing for a blog post. I don't know if anyone else finds that true, but I do. When I sit here, it just sort of flows from my fingers. Memoir stuff, I worry incessantly that no one wants to hear it, or it will be boring, or it will fall into the "you had to be there" category.


But I'll never know until I try.


(Anyone know a good publisher who's willing to take a chance on me?)


Who knows what is behind Door #1.


One thing I'm finding true -- not everything needs to be written publicly. That's the beauty of private Facebook groups, messages, emails, phone calls, and the delete button. I often cross the line for some people, but I do think when I have something to write (especially now, since I so recently got my behind and my head handed to me on a platter for writing about MYSELF). I will think twice, but I'll still write.


But I have these stories. Some are really, really interesting, some have incredible morals, some are hilarious, and some are tear-jerkers (never ask me about snow in November, for instance). I don't know why I have to go through all the pain and mental agony that Lyme, Babesia, Mycoplasma, and non-alcoholic liver disease bring into my life, but there has to be a reason. Maybe writing that book is the reason. Maybe I need to not fear negative reviews, or anonymous emails, or anything like that. I'm sure every author at every level has had to deal with it, so that makes me no different and no more special -- suck it up, buttercup.


Therefore, I'll write my stories. Currently, I only write privately for Zack, because in case something ever happens to me, I want him to know without a doubt how much he means to me, and the things he does that tickle me pink. But I have my own stories.


And I'm going to tell them.



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, November 18, 2014

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop Participants -- Mark Your Calendars!




Below is the list of the participants for the 
2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.

Further information before the reveal date of Dec 6th
can be found at


(the Blog Hops header to the right).



Lori Anderson www.PrettyThingsBlog.com  (Hostess)


Audrey Belanger


esperianterra.blogspot.com
Jenny Kyrlach http://anafiassa.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Dolores Raml http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com
Rebecca Ednie Http://eclecticendeavours.blogspot.com
Lili Krist http://emjestudio.blogspot.com/
Marybeth Rich http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
Hannah Rosner http://goodrivergallery.wordpress.com/blog/
Nicole Prince http://healingbeading.blogspot.com/
Deana Hager http://justdeesarts.blogspot.com/
Jackie Ryan http://kydojewellery.blogspot.co.uk/
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com/
Evelyn Shelby http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com
Lisa Johnson http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com/
Terri Gauthier http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com/
Patti Pruhs http://threebeadsandastring.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
K Hutchinson https://jumbledhutch.wordpress.com
Marci Brooks https://thatnothingbewasted.wordpress.com/
Jo-Ann Woolverton itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca
Jasvanti Patel Jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Lisa Knappenberger LIRaysaDesigns.blogspot.com
Mary Lindell marylindell.com
Niky Sayers silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Sandra McGriff skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com
Patricia Handschuh thecolorofdreams.blogspot.com
Erin Prais-Hintz treasures-found.blogspot.com
Maria Rosa Sharrow willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breeding www.99bobotw.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart www.ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Jackie Locantore www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStar
Sheryl Stephens www.babblebead.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake www.beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Mona Arnott www.bijouxgemsjoy.blogspot.ca
Michelle Escano www.cabbycraft.com
Denise McCabe www.cabewoman.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson www.carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Sheila Prose www.catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Kim Dworak www.cianciblue.blogspot.com
Iveth Caruso www.CreativeAtelier.net/blog
Deborah Apodaca www.deborahapodacadesigns.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth Bunn www.elizabethbeads.blogspot.com
Janine Lucas www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Kari Asbury www.hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Inge von Roos www.ingetraud.wordpress.com
Divya N www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Debbie Rasmussen www.kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
KJ www.kjsbeadaciousbeads.blogspot.com/
Klaudete Koon www.klaudetekoon.blogspot.com
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp www.kruseartllc.com
Ginger Bishop www.lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Kelly Schermerhorn www.meanderingwithkelly.blogspot.com
Mischelle Andrade www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com 
Sue Kelly www.midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com
Rachel Mallis www.mintmonarch.com/#!Blog/c1jlz
Susan McClelland www.mistheword12.com
Mary K McGraw www.mkaymac.blogspot.com
Tania Spivey www.moobiegracedesigns.blogspot.com
Stephanie Perry www.mustardbeadbystephanieperry.blogspot.com
Mitzie Crider www.NeedfulLuxuries.Blogspot.com
Nicole Rennell Www.nicolerennell.com/blog
Nicole Valentine www.nvalentine.blogspot.com
Karen Mitchell www.overthemoon-design.com
Tammy Adams www.paisleylizard.com/blog/
Patty Miller www.pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina www.peru-medesigns.com
Stephanie Haussler www.pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com
Roxanne Mendoza www.roxidesigns.blogspot.com
Claire Fabian www.saraccino.blogspot.com
Bridget Torres www.shears58.net
Donetta Farrington www.simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman www.stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Deb Fortin www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Susan Walls Www.susansartcircus.com/blog
Cece Cormier www.thebeadingyogini.com
Heather Otto www.thecrafthopper.com
Lizzie Clarke www.theneedtobead.blogspot.co.uk
Elizabeth Hodges www.thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com
Fay Wolfenden www.torchfairy.blogspot.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson www.TravelingSideShow.blogspot.com
Nan Smith www.wirednan.blogspot.ca
Jayne Capps www.mamasgototdoodle.blogspot.com
Robin Kae Reed                                      http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger                                   https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ready for the 2nd Annual Bead Hoarder's Blog Hop?



All the information and sign up sheet is at 


(I've started using the "Blog Hops" tab on the right.)

Be sure to fill in the form, or you won't be recorded.

Mark your calendars!




The Cafe is back open, with a full team of moderators
and lots of fun.

Want to join?





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, November 10, 2014

The Random Zack Post


Nature Baby.




Ben Franklin Baby



Reading Baby.




Dance, dance, Baby.



Happy Baby.



OUR Baby.