Monday, September 01, 2014

Thanks to a special anonymous poster.

Sometimes people think anonymous posters are just chicken or mean and cruel.  Not so.


I just got an anonymous post, asking me not to post but read it just for me, and it was really quite spot on. So whomever you are, I'm not the least bit mad, and I get exactly what you're saying. Thanks for taking the time to speak to me - I wish I knew who you were so we could chat, because you are very wise indeed.




I'm looking forward to taking the lovely lady's advice from last night and start filling this blog with light again.  I'm going to take people up on their offers of letting me email or call them if I need to vent or am down.  I want this to be a place that you enjoy visiting with a cup of coffee or tea and I look forward to your comments, and they don't have to agree with me at all!


I hope you all have as wonderful a day as I am having.  I guess sometimes I have to stub my toes, eat crow, and think hard thoughts about myself and then get up and say, "Yep, that's done now."


Love to 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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sabbatical, revisited

For those of you who witnessed the craziness that happened on my blog and Facebook this past week, you know that:

a) I was at wit's end, 

b) I was very depressed,

c) I got chastised epically by a few for writing what was called
 a Boo-Hoo Blog, told that I thrived on drama and attention, etc, etc, etc.  


I was unbelievably hurt, embarrassed, angry, back to hurt.  My reaction was to delete everything I wrote on Facebook (although I still have a Facebook account so I can communicate via Messenger with people and see what folks are up to) and I declared a sabbatical on both Facebook and my blog.  I don't regret deleting my Facebook posts.  But my blog -- I refused to touch it.


Today I got a lovely email from a woman who made me think about my decision.  She felt that leaving that negativity and despair up for anyone to read at any time in my life when some folks decided to call me out may not be the most healing thing for me.


And she is quite right.


While I stand by everything I said and felt, it doesn't need to define my life.  It definitely defined my week.  But not my life.


I'm still not sure what I'll do with Facebook ... probably tread quite lightly and easily for a while. My blog, however, is my journey, and I will write what I feel.  If I end up deleting something at some point, that's on me.  All of us have said things or had things said about us that we don't want staring us in the face, right?


To that end, I'm going to continue with my blog in some manner.  Zack will be starting school soon and of course I want to take pictures and share him with you because he's one of the big reasons I'm here.




There are also lots of things I've always planned to talk about that have nothing to do with being sick.  But readers have to understand -- being sick sucks and sometimes, I will write about it.  I know in the past from some emails and comments I've received that my "over-sharing" has helped people.  I've also gotten emails that said I should just kindly shush the heck up and get over myself.


I hope that you will stay with me.  There is a lot in life that has nothing to do with Lyme or Babesia or liver disease.  LOTS.  It is a part of my life, and it DOES affect the things I'm able to do, but I will NOT let anyone make me feel like someone I'm not.  I'm not looking for pats on the back, or attention, or anything like that.  I'm just writing.  Whatever happens when you read it just happens. You're either interested, or you're not.  I'm going to stay authentic, and authentic sometimes is marvelous.  Sometimes, it's the pits.

Thinking on the rocks of Big Sur the day before leaving the country in 1987.

I will always welcome private messages (or post a comment and say to not publish it but email you at xyz), and I always will welcome differing opinions. I've learned quite a lot in life by paying attention and listening to those who don't agree with me, and I would like to think I'm open-minded enough that, if you don't curse at me, I will listen, think about what you've said, and process it. I've changed my outlook this way at times, as I'm doing right now, writing a post when I had no intention of writing for quite a long time.


Writing is my "thing", my passion, even if I'm not always exceptional at it.  Reading and writing are more vital to me than making jewelry, even.  I'm not always going to be a marvelous writer, but I'm doing it for me, for posterity, for learning.


I hope to see you here again, because I care about you 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.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Haberdashery Blog Hop -- better late than never!

I am such an idiot.  I was a week off on the due date for the Haberdashery Blog Hop held by Melissa Trudinger, a friend of mine from Australia.


When I hear the word "haberdashery", I think of a show my son used to watch -- iCarly. There was a character, Nevel Papperman, who wanted nothing more than to own a haberdashery when he grew up. When asked what the heck that was, he explained, in exasperation, that it was "a men's retail store that sells men's accessories such as wallets, belts, buttons, and zippers."  And I swear one day he included ribbons.


My pieces are simple but fun.  I first thought of some of the haberdashery-esque vintage booths I've visited:



I dug into my stash of well-hoarded white buttons...



... which I've since separated out into styles -- mother of pearl, two hole, four hole, engraved, special, plastic but cool, etc.



Then I looked for my stash of Tierracast copper bezels from their Keepsake collection and braved resin again.  The fun part was finding buttons that would fill SQUARE bezels.  


And if these look familiar (sigh) they are ones I made a while back.  The nice big batch I made for this blog hop have gone completely missing.  But if you saw my studio.....


I also made a haberdashery mannequin out of a styrofoam form and pinned lots of paper flowers to her. I threaded a seed bead onto each pin before pushing it into the flower, tied a bow at her waist, and gave her a shiny top by pinning daisy spacers into the styrofoam.  She may not be technically part of the haberdashery realm, but she looks it!



Now I hope you'll visit the rest of the people (who were on time, oh man, I'm so sorry) and marvel at their creations!



Melissa Trudinger, hostess                            http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder                                                 http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Tammy Adams                                                http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Amanda Wacasey                                           http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml                                                   http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com 

Divya N                                                             http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Michelle McCarthy                                         http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com

DiYana Brooks                                                 http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Robin Kae Reed                                               http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick                                                    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Karin Grosset Grange                                     http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Mitzie Crider                                                    http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                                                    http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories

Rosantia Petkova                                           http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Susan Kennedy                                                http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Leithleach Alainn Seodra                              http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kathleen Breeding                                          http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Shiraz Biggie                                                    http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                               http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Heather Richter                                              http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier                                                  http://www.windbent.net/

Rebecca Anderson                                         http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Kyrlach                                                   http://anafiassa.blogspot.com

Rita Toltec Jewels                                          http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Mischelle Fanucci                                           http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karen Mitchell                                                 http://overthemoon-design.com

Carol Briody                                                     http://Cbriody.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                                  http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                              http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                                                  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Jami Shipp                                                        http://www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com

Lili Krist                                                             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/

Laney Mead                                                     http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/

Evelyn Shelby                                                   http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Raissa de Guzman                                          http://www.abloro.com

Niky Sayers                                                      http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Keren Panthaki                                                http://vasdea.wordpress.com

I hope you enjoyed the hop, and come back soon soon soon for a massive book giveaway you don't want to miss!


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, August 04, 2014

Haberdashery Hop

Holy crow, I was using the wrong calendar page!  Tomorrow, God willing, I'll have my pieces (which ARE completed) posted.  I'm so sorry!  Brain fog or stupidity, either one is embarrassing.


A hint:



You can hop the other participants now!  And thanks to Melissa Trudinger for organizing this!


Melissa Trudinger                                           http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder                                                 http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Tammy Adams                                                http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Amanda Wacasey                                           http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml                                                   http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com 

Divya N                                                             http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Michelle McCarthy                                         http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com

DiYana Brooks                                                 http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Robin Kae Reed                                               http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick                                                    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Karin Grosset Grange                                     http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Mitzie Crider                                                    http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                                                    http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories  <-- will post on Sunday

Rosantia Petkova                                           http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Susan Kennedy                                                http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Leithleach Alainn Seodra                http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kathleen Breeding                                          http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Shiraz Biggie                                                    http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                               http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Heather Richter                                              http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier                                                  http://www.windbent.net/

Rebecca Anderson                                         http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Kyrlach                                                   http://anafiassa.blogspot.com

Rita Toltec Jewels                                          http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Mischelle Fanucci                                           http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karen Mitchell                                                 http://overthemoon-design.com

Carol Briody                                                     http://Cbriody.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                                  http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                              http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                                                  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Jami Shipp                                                        http://www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com

Lili Krist                                                             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/ 

Evelyn Shelby                                                   http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Raissa de Guzman                                          http://www.abloro.com

Niky Sayers                                                      http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Keren Panthaki                                                http://vasdea.wordpress.com

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kork-Ease Work Out -- yup, they're shoes



ANY day when I feel I can move around and get a few errands done, I try to take advantage of it. Today, however, I REALLY took advantage of it and decided that wearing 4" heels (3" with a 1" platform) constituted a work out for someone who spends most of her time in bed. 


Oh, I was right.  I can hardly walk now.  But that is quite OK.  Quite.


I even wore a skirt (I'm fancy like that sometimes).  Luckily, Kork-Ease shoes are very comfortable, even these towering things.  I managed to go to the orthodontist (NO MORE BRACES ON MY TEETH!), take Zack for a frozen hot chocolate....




... which they thoughtfully adorned with a chocolate smiley face.  I love Rise Up Coffee!


After I dropped Zack off at camp (MineCraft stuff, I totally don't get it), I went to get my own coffee, did a boring errand run at Target (but hey, I was OUT. OF. BED!), stopped by the local Hobby Shop so I could find US coin books for Zack (we've sorted approximately ten million -- thank you, by the way!), then to the paint store to buy paint to refurbish a vintage curio cabinet I bought last year.




It's sitting on a white glass-doored cabinet/bookshelf, and it is going to look great.  I bought a light sage green to match some of the other things in the foyer, and I have to now figure out how to sand down the wood a little bit (wearing a mask), paint it, and then distress it.  I just don't care for the yellow at all and it's going to be a fun project that will likely take me all summer, but that's OK!


Then back to the orthodontist to pick up my retainer (yes, I'm 12), and to the used book store where I tried to grab the Chinese book I wanted while holding my breath as much as possible (book dust is a Bad Thing for me right now, unfortunately).


I am now exhausted.  Completely happy, but exhausted.  Who knows how I'll feel tomorrow, but I don't care, because today, I felt normal.  And sometimes, normal is really, really cool.



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, July 12, 2014

Winner of the book from Lark Crafts is...



Lynn Berry, you won!

I contacted you by email.

If I don't hear from Lynn within a week, I'll pick a new winner!

Thank you, and stayed tuned for more book giveaways!



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, July 05, 2014

(Calling all seed beaders!) Book Giveaway from Lark Crafts -- Beading All-Stars

HEY SEED BEADERS!!!!  I am giving away an amazing book from Lark Crafts which has not been released yet -- you'll be among the first to own it!


The book is called "Beading All-Stars" and it includes 20 jewelry projects from Marica DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, Mabeline Gidez, Diane Hyde, Amy Katz, Rachel Nelson-Smith, Glenda Paunonon and Liisa Turonen, Sherry Serafini, Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, and Anneta Valious, all experts in their own right.




The book is 127 pages with 20 well-planned, well-illustrated seed beading designs, with nine pages of techniques.  I recommend this book for those who have done some bead weaving or free form stitching before, as the projects tend toward the intermediate to advanced category.  You will NOT be disappointed in the range of projects the book contains!  Plus there are Gallery photos throughout that will get your creative juices flowing even that much faster!


I am giving this book away to US residents only.

(I'm sorry -- international postage would cost more
 than the book -- what's up with that????).


I'm going to try out Rafflecopter for the first time and see how that goes.  Cutting out all the names can take a lot of time, even though Zack loves to do it for me (usually).  There are various options to give you points.  The only mandatory one is that you comment below and have a way for me to contact you (your email connected to your blog or include your email) and remember, US only. I'll have something for International folks soon!



a Rafflecopter giveaway


I will also have three books from Interweave/F+W 
to give away soon as well,
so stay tuned!!!






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.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Wedding of the Year

(If this is TL:DR, please go to the bottom and watch the videos -- they're so worth it.)


Finally, I get to blog about the most beautiful, amazing wedding of my stepson, Ryan, and his beautiful, charming, sweet fiancee Jessica.  We adored Jessica from the very beginning and just KNEW she was The One.  Apparently, from the homily and the Best Man's speech, Ryan knew, too.



I was terrified I wouldn't be able to attend the wedding because I'd been so sick but nothing rest and and an IV couldn't fix!  My dress actually had gotten looser (when does that ever happen?) but I'm still packing the weight from illness and just life.  I hate that, but I learned from reading a wonderful article that it's FAR more important that I am IN THE PICTURES for my family than worrying about how I look.  And after all, this wedding is about Ryan and Jessica, not me!


I love his cuff links, and his yellow and blue socks to match their colors.


I have to share a funny story.  I have never been more glad that there wasn't a videographer because of ... gum.


Both Zack and I were thirsty but we couldn't find water and instead accepted gum from my sister-in-law.  The family was hanging out in the vestibule, and Zack and I were sitting calmly alone, resting and chatting, when all of a sudden the wedding coordinator says, "YOU'RE UP!" and whips her hand at me and Zack and the aisle.


GORGEOUS church with a pipe organ in the balcony and beautiful stained glass everywhere.

Well, I rather freaked.  I had no idea we were THAT close to ready and I must have missed the warning but all of a sudden I realized I was probably going to be the first person down that aisle in the wedding party and I was still a little unsure as to what pew to sit in.  During rehearsal, we left the front pew open for the groomsmen and bridesmaids, but I saw CHAIRS up there for them now -- what the heck to do?  I finally decided to just do what they told me to the day before and made it down the aisle on steady feet on Zack's arm.  (A big fear I had was stumbling since I still on occasion have to use a cane to stay steady and I haven't worn heels in a long time).




As we're walking down the aisle, I was only conscious of hitting the middle of the marble floor, not wobbling, and getting to the right pew without falling on my tuckus.  And when I sat down, I realized.... oh my dear Lord.  Was I chewing gum down the aisle?


Zack had the presence of mind to swallow his, because when the wedding coordinator said, "GO!" there was no thought other than that aisle, not finding a trash can to spit out the gum.  I, however, had totally forgotten about the darned gum until I sat down.  I have no idea if I was chomping down the aisle, but I think I was smiling too much to have done that.  


We'll pretend that never happened, shall we?


About the jewelry -- I made all of the bridesmaids necklaces and earrings, sitting with Jessica one afternoon with every bit of clear and pale crystal and pearls I had and we designed together.  I was so afraid I'd never get it done, because there were a LOT of little crystals to be wound on 26 gauge wire, and my hands have been shaking for months, but I think they turned out quite well.



I wanted to make something special for myself, and it was literally put off until the night before the wedding.  In the week before the wedding, I was not only laid up in bed but had broken my glasses.  Instead of being an easy fix, I was told my eyes had drastically changed and I needed bifocals.  All I could think of was trying to get used to bifocals while walking down an aisle in high heels and not falling on my face.  So I ended up getting one pair of distance glasses, which I was able to get immediately (they're purple, naturally), and then ordered the close-work glasses, which would arrive in a week.  


I quickly realized that without the close-work glasses, I was making my necklace in the blind.  I could NOT see a single wrap I made.  At all. I did all those pearls by feel.  I'm lucky I've made a million, because I could NOT see a single thing close up.  


I made the necklace with sentiment in mind.  The heart was for the wedding, two intricate silver beads, both similar but different, to represent Ryan and Jessica, and then lots of crystal and pearls. I also wore the friendship necklace that had been made for me years ago.  




I had originally made another pearl necklace to go with the long necklace, but Zack, who is my personal stylist, said Cindy's necklace worked much better, and I had to agree.  So that pearl one will be for sale soon.




The wedding was incredibly lovely, and the photos were equally amazing, taken by David Abel Photography (as is the last video I'll post).




Ryan walking down the aisle.



Colin walking down the aisle.

(Being a stepmother rather rocks).


The bride and groom joyously left the church in a vintage Bentley....



... which completely enamored Zack.  Then the bridal party had photos taken in historic Richmond, VA.


(I have to admit something -- I was weepy during the entire wedding, but when I saw the ring on Ryan's hand, it just hit me, hard, and it was just THAT moment, you know?)



Beautiful, stunning Jessica.  Could she be any prettier?  I think not.


The reception was held at a country club, and we had so much fun.  The table numbers were maps of all the places Jessica and Ryan have traveled together, a classy touch, and unique just like them. The wedding party was introduced to everyone to the infectiously fun song "Happy" - you MUST click and watch it and you'll catch the joy and fun that song brings out in so many people -- certainly the wedding party!


Then Jessica, who had just gotten her medical degree two weeks before the wedding, and Ryan, who has a Ph.D., walked out to the very apt Robert Palmer song "Doctor Doctor".  Totally awesome.  In fact, I think there were more doctors in that place, both of the tongue depressor type and the dissertation type, than my local hospital.  Introducing people could sound a lot like the movie "Spies Like Us".  Hilarity.


Ah, and then to beauty.  Ryan and Jessica had taken dancing lessons, and while this is from a cell phone, it's still beautiful, choreographed to "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz.  (I hope you're clicking on all these links, or you're missing out!)




I cried, of course.



Then toasts and food and cake and dancing.  I stuck to bopping in my chair, but oh I wanted to be on the dance floor.  I just knew better -- I was in no shape to get out there but enjoyed it all the same!





It was the most beautiful night.  I'll never forget it.

And now, a beautiful ending to a what I hope you agree is a beautiful post
 for two amazing people.







Thank you for joining me for one of the most important days of our lives.  Love to 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.