Thursday, September 29, 2016

Beads of Courage Charm Auction -- Welcome!

Helloooooo! Are you ready to make some bids on some beautiful, handmade charms? Of course you are! And where would said charms be, you ask? On Ebay, by clicking this handy link. Just click it.

(A quick  note -- as of 11:30pm, there may be a delay in Ebay, but please please keep checking there and checking here. It'll be worth it!)



First, what is this all about other than "ooooh sparkly!" and "OMG! BIN!"? This annual blog hop is the brainchild of Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addiction, a glass artist whose beads were featured in my book and whose beads I still hoard. The auction will benefit Beads of Courage, a phenomenal group whose byline is "Arts-in-Medicine for Children With Serious Illnesses". Each time a child goes through a surgery, chemotheraphy, a long hospital stay, or the like, participating hospitals give the child a bead. A bead may seem like a small thing, but it IS a big thing to these kids. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and the knowledge they are not alone and someone out there they don't even know is rooting for them. Beads of Courage has been around for eleven years, and every year more and more beadmakers participate, more hospitals join the program, and more children smile.


via BeadsofCourage.org
And yes, there are lots of kids who get that many beads. Can you even imagine?


For a number of years I've wanted to participate in Jen's blog hop. It's very clever. A participant makes a certain number of beads in the same basic pattern. They send the individually bagged beads to Jen, who then goes about separating them, designating one for the auction, and sending BACK a charm to the people who sent charms. So if I send ten beads, she keeps one to auction and I get nine back, each different, each from a different bead maker. 


This year's theme was "Fairy Tales". We were tasked to create a charm using a bead or beads related in some way to fit the theme. The charm didn't have to wear a tutu (although that would be cute, and I have a hippo bead in my car that wears a pink tutu -- but I digress) and it didn't have to be "girly" (beads go to girls AND boys, and boys rock some fairy tales). When I got my charms, I was amazed at the creativity. I would love to show you each charm, but I'm really, really sure you might want to to visit the Ebay site to see them all!

via Jenny Davies-Reazor, from a previous auction


As for mine, at first I didn't think I had the skill to keep up with Jen's group. I haven't been in my lampwork studio in four years-ish, and I couldn't think of  anything fairy-tale-ish in metal I could do without wrecking the size limit. It turns out, the answer was under my nose all along.


I love buttons. And I've collected hoarded buttons by the bucketful for ten years.

I love this close-up, as it shows the subtle textures and buttonhole placements.



Favorites I bought at (where else) Bead and Button.



One of my button tins with 99% mother of pearl buttons.


Zack attacked.



These were used in a challenge piece I made here.


My rainy day jar. I've had this over four years, waiting for just the right day to open it, dump out the contents, and look at everything. Why haven't I done it yet? I love the way it looks now with all the sewing notions in it! I promise when I open it, I'll share the adventure with you!


Aaaand, these are not even the half of them. Seriously. Ask Zack. Not. Even. Close.


However, with six vintage jars of mother of pearl buttons on my coffee table, I quickly got an idea. A wedding dress. Buttons on a wedding dress. Or a ball gown? Yeah! So... now what?


Why, Cinderella, of course. 


I imagined Cinderella in a dress with buttons down the back, a beaded necklace, and those perfect glass slippers. But how to make the buttons stand out a bit more, as they were the focal of the charm?


I remembered that once upon a time (see what I did there?) I'd made resin charms with buttons. I dug through piles of things I'm destashing and rescued some copper/pewter bezels from Tierracast and stirred up some resin and attached the buttons.



For texture purposes, the majority of buttons are white plastic, but they are vintage. There are four mother of pearl buttons included. I just had to.


As they looked in the photo above, however, I felt they just weren't enough. They didn't get across that whole "Cinderella's Dress" idea I was going for. So I had to add a tiny handmade glass bead (for her necklace) and two Swarovski clear crystals (for her shoes). Here they are in finished form, with a copper ring on top so they can be added to a charm bracelet or used as a sweet pendant on a necklace or ribbon.




I really, really wanted to add a tiny scrap of lace but the charms were just too small to tie anything around without it looking like Hagrid started crafting, and when I finally got an idea, it was too late. So I stored it in my Swiss cheese brain for "do that again another time".


Now is the time to click that Ebay button I mentioned above, and it's also time to see what the other talented folks made for the Beads of Courage Auction. Their takes on fairy tales are cool, unique, beautiful, you name it! Lots of creativity. Lots and lots.


May all the children live happily every after.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Teaching My Son About the Meaning of Memorial Day (reprise from 2011)

I hope you don't mind my repeating a blog post from 2011, a post that it timeless, about Memorial Day. I hope you enjoy it.  Click here to read it, and for some amazing photos I took.


Thank you.


taken by Lori Anderson (me)


taken by Lori Anderson (me)



Lori Anderson creates jewelry which she currently shows on her Facebook Page, www.Facebook.com/limamike. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party, which is currently on haiatus.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Improve your day with a bit of beauty from Etsy.



When I'm not feeling my particular best, I find window-shopping at Etsy often cheers me up. I make a point of strolling through categories of things I couldn't make myself, let alone dream of. If I wander through jewelry, which I make, there's a big chance I could start feeling a bit low ("why couldn't *I* have thought of that, etc.). That kind of attitude is just no good to your psyche!

My first Etsy find involves dimensional paper Luna moths, a huge favorite of mine. Candygears makes beautiful Luna moths, among other things, and I'm enamored with them.

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Aren't they beautiful? You can glue the dimensional art to headbands, costumes, or enjoy as art. They make me feel like a fairy princess of the night garden.


Next is art from an artist whom I've followed for a long time, Wyanne. I've always loved her dreamy art, but through the years, I feel she's really grown. This print is called "Catch and Release" and I love both the idea behind it as well as the colors and emotion it evokes.


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Moving on ... with two cats who live to play, these handmade catnip jellyfish (jellyfishes?) are to darned cute.



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My two cats would love these, but wouldn't they look cute hanging from the ceiling in your bathroom?



Lastly, yarn. I've noticed that many, many bead makers and jewelry designers gravitate toward knitting and crocheting. I think it's first about the colors, second about making something, and third the ability to create yet another stash with nary a shred of guilt. (Well. Maybe a *little*. But not enough to stop!)

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Megan Risk creates gorgeous yarn for any occasion. This is definitely not your grandmother's Red Heart yarn! Sumptuous with lots of yardage, you can make a decadent scarf or a sumptuous sweater. Stuck on finding a pattern? Try Ravelry.com and discover a world of wow.


Hopefully your day is a bit brighter from exploring these handmade vendors. Have fun shopping!


Hugs, 

Friday, March 04, 2016

Lost Photo Day


There are a couple of updates at my blog "Lemon, Sugar, Hold the Lyme" for those interested. Click here.


Part of my cleaning up the house includes cleaning up my photo files on my computer. When my computer was upgraded to Windows 10 (which I am still grumbling over as I hate change in technology), for some reason almost all of my photos duplicated themselves. I already have a formidably large chunk of space taken up by photos, so the thought of sitting down and deleting them one by one is daunting. Seemingly impossible. It's not as simple as being able to highlight huge sections and delete. Oh no. That would be too easy. No, they duplicated in such a way that each duplicate lies beside the original, so I have to click every other photo and manually delete.

What a pain.


But turn that on its ear, and what a joy!


For I've found a treasure trove of photos I didn't even remember taking. Photos that hadn't been processed, cropped, color corrected. YEARS of photos. So looking at this as glass-half-full, I'm sharing some with you now.

In no particular order, or course.


A selfie of a selfie. Taken early this year. I was fading out my usual vivid purple and blue in preparation for my current copper red, which I'm now fading out to go red with yellow ends.




Beads I had planned to auction off until I realized the total cost in this box was too high to really fit budgets. So I'll be selling these off in bits. As always, if you're interested in something here before I list it in my as-yet-unfinished store (because I is tired), shoot me an email and let me know what you're interested in! There are handmade lampwork beads (including a Sarah Moran boro bead), a Gaea ceramic pendant, a Heather Powers polymer clay owl pendant, an ojime yin-yang fish bead, caged Swarovski pearls, and various gemstones and sundries. I had these in a candy box. Next time, smaller candy box!


And finally....


Two vintage photo albums atop a book of "Charming Bible Stories for Young and Old" from 1893 that's been in my family and is inscribed to a great-great-grandfather (I think that's the right number of greats). The photo album obsession began thanks to friend Cindy Wimmer and I've always loved books, especially these old ones that have amazing photos, drawings, and engravings and are loved and worn from reading.


That will do it for tonight. Thanks for spending some time with me, and please feel free to show links to some of your own recently found and almost forgotten photos in the comments below!



Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jewelry in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Spring 2016



I'm incredibly honored (and surprised!) that I have two pieces in the spring 2016 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. I've always looked at Stampington magazines as the pinnacle of "it" and for years and years had hoped to one day be good enough to be in one of their publications. I've been in both a Belle Armoire Jewelry and a Jewelry Affaire magazine, but I have to tell you, the thrill never goes away.




These are not new pieces. They're new to any magazine, but not new to me. I haven't made anything in over a year. The owl necklace is in my personal jewelry box, and the nautilus shell and turquoise necklace, well, I haven't decided what to do with that one yet.


First, the Hearts of Atlantis necklace.



I remember when I bought that ammonite. I was at a bead show with a friend and wandered into a booth full of odd things -- coins, shells, Tibetan bells -- you get the idea. In a tray were these lovely nautilus-like fossils. There were about fifteen, some with a turquoise inlay and some with a pearl inlay. Zack loves fossils and I wanted to buy one for him and one for me, so I snapped a picture and texted it to my husband. In no time I got a "BING" and learned Zack wanted the pearl. I had looked through the entire tray for one of each with just the right coloring on the fossil, so happily took them home.


The necklace includes amazing pumpkin-carved turquoise beads gifted to me from a friend, a Lori Lochner lampwork bead, and wire circle of the tiniest metal beads I've ever seen that I made myself, and a sturdy but pretty bronze clasp I made myself. I also created the bail so from the side it had a little architecture.








If anyone is interested in this one, it's $152 due to the cost of materials and the time it took to make. Email me if you would like it.



The second necklace is from my jewelry box and I made it to go with a heather blue tunic. I never thought the red would work with it, but it really looks amazing (if I do say so myself, which I guess I just did!).  



This is a long necklace with a seemingly random placement of beads, but it took me forever to really get the balance correct. I made the first beads above the bronze owl by Lesley Watt match. After that, it was a free-for-all. I used square Greek ceramic spacers, bronze flower spacers, and large wavy spacers. I kept the spacer selection small since I had an abundance of patterns and colors in the lampwork beads. I had an old Tibetan bead I'd bought ages ago at the Bead and Button show and I constantly was fiddling with its placement -- I didn't want it to be stuck behind my neck or hidden in my hair. I broke up the lampwork with three antiqued bronze beads I'd been hoarding and a diamond-shaped hammered piece I took off an old belt.

I made this necklace specifically for this tunic.



The magazine goes on sale March 1st at most large bookstores, or you can order it here or never miss an issue (four a year) and subscribe here.


It's nice to have a reminder that this is what I used to do almost every single day. After a huge destash in the near-ish future, I hope to get back to it, and (crossing my fingers), have my sights set on a show in October. 


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