Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Some earrings I really like!

I made these earrings today for the Neptune Festival -- I wish I could have gotten better photos (I see a photography class in my future) but hopefully you get the idea. They're all made with handmade lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals.


You can see more pretty jewelry at http://www.lorianderson.net/



Zack with bubbles







Sunday, September 23, 2007

A Fun Waste of Time

I just found this site to make animated "dolls" -- too much fun! Here's the one I made <-------




And now I REALLY need to go to bed.

Halloween

I just ordered Zack's halloween costume. Nana and Pop-Pop will not be at ALL surprised that he wanted a race car driver costume. Neither Rick nor I care a bit about NASCAR, but Pop-Pop does, and Zack is definitely all about cars and LOVES to visit Nana's house to play with all Pop-Pop's cars and watch races on TV.

Who KNEW that costumes were so expensive? Or is it just that THIS one was? Oh well. For the past two years Zack didn't even WANT to wear a costume so I got off easy making paper airplane wings to tie to his arms one year, and a pumpkin t-shirt the other year. So I guess he's due a really cool costume.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Charms

I just participated in a private swap, with the theme of "Black and White". I made charms out of white vintage buttons and jet Swarovski crystals. The joy of the group is that you send in a certain amount of charms, and you get back the same amount, one from each swap member.


Here are some of the charms that were swapped, courtesy of Heather Bluhm:



Mine is the flower button, 2nd down on the left. As you can see, there are a lot of talented artists in the group, and the packaging on many of them is just as lovely as the charm itself.


When I opened my package of charms, Zack immediately made claim to two of them. I tied them to some gift wrap ribbon and he wore them around with pride:






I love that he takes an interest in what I do, and hope that one day we'll be a mother/son team on the jewelry front!

Books!


I finished the third book in the "Outlander" series last night -- "Voyager". As I describe to my friend, this was my least favorite of the three I've read so far, but that's like saying which is my least favorite, Lindt chocolate or Godiva chocolate, so you get the idea! This one had a lot of interesting twists to it, and (SORT OF SPOILER AHEAD) took place in some rather exotic locales, and brought back a character that I thought was long gone. I happily picked up the next book, "Drums of Autumn", at about 2am last night, so I was fortunate that I had the luxury of sleeping in until 11:30 today!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Have Fun, Get Soapy

I recently discovered this wonderful soap site, http://www.soapylove.com/. Debbie makes the most delightful glycerin soaps -- they look good enough to eat! She'll be added to my Links Page (please visit that and see lots of really creative independent artisans). Wouldn't these make great stocking stuffers or teacher gifts?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Presents

The past two days have been full of presents!

Yesterday, I got a lovely embellished treasure box from my friend Amber. Remember the charms I showed you earlier? They arrived today in this box:





On the top, she embellished it with felt and satin roses (look in the center of the felt flower, and you'll see a shrink plastic "Joy" charm she made, and she wrote my intitials in crystals. I love it!



Today, I got a lovely box of presents from my friend Allegra. She added to my tea cup collection with a really gorgeous piece:






And then she included a bunch of stickers and some activity books for Zack:




And if you've ever received my jewelry, you already know that I love packaging things up so they're really pretty. Amber wrapped all the charms in this lovely mulberry paper with raffia ties, and Allegra is famous for her amazing choices in cloth ribbon and luxuriant paper.

I feel so blessed to have great friends. Presents are great, but the thought and love that goes into them, and the emails, and the IMs, and knowing that people are there for me, is priceless.

So give your friends a hug today -- send them a "just because" note in the mail -- email them and tell them what they mean to you. Life is short, and friends are important.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Shoes for a Cause

If jewelry isn't your thing, then you can still help Ovarian Cancer Research by bidding on celebrity-designed shoes at http://www.stuartweitzmancelebrityauction.com/. I like the one Glenn Close made -- not to be worn, but how cute would that look on a shelf in your bookcase?


Ovarian Cancer Bracelet at SheFinds.com

My bracelet showed up today on the SheFinds.com web site:



This is a fund-raiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), and 50% of the proceeds of the sale of this bracelet this month will go directly to them.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Lots of Larimar

I've been working with larimar, a rare natural gemstone from the Dominican Republic, for a couple of years, and it never ceases to amaze me. The color is like none other -- tranquil and blue as the Dominican waters.

In preparation for my next show, I made a bunch of pieces to replace what sold at the last show. Here are some of them -- enjoy! And if you decide you really must have a piece, feel free to email me.






















Saturday, September 15, 2007

I updated my book list

Thanks to friend Jen, I am now on http://www.goodreads.com/, and not only added a link to the right ------->, where you can see what I've read (and some that I *want* to read), but I updated my books page on my web site with it. MUCH cooler, and much easier than trying to get an Excel spreadsheet to load for me!

I only put up books I've read in the past five years or so, and I know I missed a LOT, but I did my best. I'll add more as I think of them.


So now I'm off to bed to resume my reading of "Voyager" -- I can only hope that I don't stay up until 3am reading like I did LAST night, because I'd actually like to get up at a reasonable hour and get some work done tomorrow!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Dragonfly in Amber

I am hooked. Diana Gabaldon is going down as one of my favorite authors EVER.


Have you ever had a book, or even better, a series of books, that captured your soul, captivated your mind, caused you to get so invested in the characters that you've actually shed tears over them?


If not, you probably think I'm losing my ever-loving mind.


But if so, then you know how I feel about the Outlander series. I just finished the second book, "Dragonfly in Amber", and if possible, it was even better than the first. After I finished reading "Outlander", I promptly made the 45 mile trip to Barnes and Noble and happily bought the remaining five books in the series. What made me especially happy was the sight of those books stacked sky high, each around 1000 pages each, and knowing that I was going to have many nights of blissful reading.
Unfortunately, as my friend Jen can attest (I sent her "Outlander" when I was done), it's QUITE easy to lose sleep because I can't put the book down. A lot of sleep. Lots. Gone.
But I'll take that, for the joy of reading this series. Heaven help the first book I read after I'm done with them all -- it's doomed by comparison.

Adventure Day with Zack




Today Zack and I went to College Park to IKEA, a place we both just adore, if only to look at things. For a short while, he played in the ball pit/play area, but quickly decided that he'd rather walk around with Mommy and see stuff. We only spent $35, but we did get Zack a new light thingee for his room. I looked for a photo, but couldn't find one. Essentially, it's a cobalt blue glass globe with a lighted base, and when the light is on, there are bubbles of air in the glass that gleam like stars.


He has more light show stuff than I know what to do with -- a lava lamp (which I just put away, now that we have the NEW light), a Sponge Bob lava lamp night light (small, plugs into the wall), a moving aquarium night light, and a wall-mounted star light (from IKEA last year, over there on the right).



After IKEA, Zack proclaimed that he wanted to go to a museum. Rick has been taking Zack to a bunch of Smithsonian museums the past couple of months, and he's hooked. All I can say is, thank goodness for my NUVI navigation system -- it has a function where I can search for places, like gas stations, restaurants, or (hey!) museums.
I discovered we were less than three miles from the College Park Aviation Museum, so off we went. For $6, we had a blast -- lots of interactive things for kids, ride-in planes in a play yard, and we got to make all these cool postcards with rubber stamps while we were there.
After that, Zack chose Pizza Hut for lunch, and then back home we trekked (an hour, in case you were wondering) to the bliss of naps. For both of us.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Of Postage and Postcards



Lordy. I just got done mailing out postcards for an upcoming show, the Neptune Festival. It took forever! Why is it that administrative tasks are such a time suck?


1. Create and print out labels with the show info on them.

2. Print out 300+ address labels for the demographic area.

3. Print out discount coupon stickers.

4. Stick all three stickers and a stamp on each of 300+ postcards (that is a HUGE stack).

5. Visit the post office in the middle of this operation to drop another $55 on stamps.

Whew.

And that's just for one show. There is so much more going on in this business than making the pretties. There are the shopping trips (most two hours away), the time spent entering invoices, printing postage, entering receipts, paying sales tax to four states (each with a different payment date), ordering supplies (boxes, ribbons, organza bags, business cards, labels, shopping bags, etc), updating the web site, updating software, etc etc.

However, that's not a complaint. I love my job, love that I can do something I truly love and make money at it, love that I'm my own boss.

But if you'd like to come by and help me stick on stamps for the next mailing.......

Do you remember Lite Brite?

Another picture of my Best Boy. We went shopping yesterday and they had mini Lite Brites for $5. Zack sat on the floor of my office and played and played and played, the entire time giving a running commentary about all the art museums he’s been to with daddy and how you must NOT touch the art. It was so adorable, and so endearing.

A beautiful gift from Amber


My friend Amber (who runs a VERY cool charm exchange Yahoo group) made me some amazing charms -- you can see them here:


I'm learning the altered art style of jewelry, and it takes a lot of time, but the results are unique and so interesting!

New Coffee Pot -- Keurig


We got a new coffee maker today -- a Keurig (http://www.keurig.com/) -- it's one of those where you can brew one cup at a time, choosing from all these different individual packs of coffee. We did the math and it's cheaper by a long shot than Starbucks (although I know I won't be ditching the coffee shops for good!). I'm trying out the Mudslide coffee right now -- and there's Ghiradelli hot chocolate to savor at some point.


Mmmm, chocolate.

On another product review note, we got our Sleep Number bed today -- so I'll have to report tomorrow on how that works out. I sure hope it helps my insomnia -- I am tired of not getting to sleep until 3am.


And the fine folks at TheRawFeed.com have given me a link for you to save!  Enjoy by clicking here.




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, September 12, 2007

Honoring her husband

One of my customers asked me to make a bracelet for her to honor her husband who is a Marine currently serving a second tour in Iraq. Here is what I made for her:

I did a double take

I did a serious double take today. While walking to pick up Zack at preschool, I passed a Ferrari parked in front of the church. Ferrari, red, actually not that uncommon a sight. What made me do the double take was the car seat in the passenger seat.

Kind of lose your cool quotient that way, eh?

Monday, September 10, 2007

OK, here's another one for you

I've been sucked into YouTube tonight, largely because after seeing the lackluster performance Britney Spears gave the VMA's, I wanted to see what she had done in the past. Girl could perform in the day. I wish she would get a good support network behind her (where the HECK is her MOTHER, and why isn't she BEING a mother?) but it's gotten hard to feel that sorry anymore -- she had so much and she's just frittered it all away. If you want to see her really rock a performance, check her "Slave 4 U" VMA performance on YouTube. Night and day from what went on last night.

ANYWAY. I digress.

In watching these old videos, I ran across a Pepsi commercial that I've never seen before, with Britney, Beyonce, and Pink, doing "We Will Rock You" in a Roman ampitheatre. Pretty cool. Pink seriously had the voice for this one. If you're interested, click to watch:



OK, I'm done with YouTube for a while

Maybe they should have had these guys on the VMAS instead of Britney

I love stuff like this -- enjoy!


Sunday, September 09, 2007

A sister? Or an aquarium?

Zack has the bad habit that most small children do of wanting everything they see on TV. Today, something that Zack was watching prompted him to say, "I want a sister."

Of course, that totally took me by surprise -- Rick laughed, I teared up. Rick said that we loved having just him, and would he like a kitten instead?

Zack says, "No, I want a sister for myself."

Then he watched the commercials a bit more.

And decided he wanted an aquarium instead.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

The search for a retirement residence continues

Rick spends a lot of time researching the best place to retire, which at first I kind of wondered, why is he doing that now? until I realized, it's really not all that far off, and honestly, he could retire any time he felt like it since he's already retired from the Air Force.


Anyway, he recently started looking at North Carolina, because it's a relatively inexpensive place to live (at least right now it is). He found this house, which we could totally afford NOW, but if it were HERE, no way.


It makes me a little ill when I think about the vast disparity in housing costs. A house like that here would be in the $700K and up range. Can you say "yikes"? Yet if we moved to NC, owning that home would be no problem at all. What gives???? I just don't get it.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Must. Buy.This.

If you're like me and love the corner brownie in the pan, because it has that yummy chewy/crisp edge, then this product is for YOU:



It's found at the Spoonsister's cool web site, a web site that I love for its different-than-usual products. It's a great place for buying unconventional gifts!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

SheFinds and Ovarian Cancer Research (OCRF)




For the month of September (which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month), SheFinds.com will showcase various independent artists and their jewelry. A part of the proceeds is donated for research. I'm not sure when my item will appear, but I did notice today that they have my Jingles bracelet on their ad, right there on the left, with the millions of charms.
Bookmark www.shefinds.com/ocrf and visit it each day to see what's new, and help a worthy cause!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I was quoted in the newspaper

I was interviewed while at the Shippensburg Corn Festival and they printed a little of it --

Corn festival attracts a crowd, despite heat
By Barbara Phillips Long, Shippensburg Bureau Chief

(snip) Lori Anderson, who makes handcrafted jewelry, said customers began buying from her before 7 a.m. and business was “fabulous.” She was working on beading a piece and answering questions in between transactions at about 11 a.m. “If I didn't sell anything the rest of the day I'd be fine,” she said. (snip)

I'm just glad she didn't show the pictures she took, because it was hideously hot, and, well, I wasn't looking my best!

Monday, September 03, 2007

AMAZING beads

You just have to see these beads! They're on Ebay right now (click here to go to the auction) and they're made by Lezlie Belanger of Canterbury Keepsakes. Keep in mind, these are made out of molten glass, and aren't made with molds! They're just exquisite. I've purchased beads from her in the past, and I can vouch for how wonderful they are.



Saturday, September 01, 2007

Pet Adoption Awareness


I just added a new category to my web site for Pet Adoption Awareness. The color for Pet Adoption Awareness is purple, and signifies adopting a shelter animal and protecting animals from abuse. My cat Max is a rescue kitty, and we're regular visitors to shelters to play with the cats.


One of the bracelets I posted is for dog lovers, with a collar and bone toggle, and the other is for any pet, with paw prints on the ribbon. I hope you'll check them out -- you can get to my Awareness Jewelry page by clicking here.

Birthday Presents

Tomorrow is Rick's 50th birthday, and I wanted to get him something BIG for such an important birthday. I thought he might be interested in an HD TV, but he said that he'd actually prefer a Sleep Number bed. Neither of us sleeps all that well and we've heard so much about these beds, and how they help so many people, so we drove to Dover today to test one out.



It didn't take but a minute to convince me. So we ended up ordering the 5000 series bed, and it should be here in a couple of weeks.



On another note, Zack and I went shopping the other day and he got a cool new toy from Pottery Barn Kids. They're called Creativity Cards, and they're these laminated wood cards with slots in them, and you can build all kinds of things with them. We played with them in the store long enough for me to know it would be worthwhile to buy them, and the photo is of one of Zack's creations. He's decided it makes a cool garage for his cars.