Saturday, March 29, 2008
In the meantime, take a look at Part One of a three part series -- my adventures in a metalsmithing class. First up, earrings. Click here to read at Watch Me Create!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The Easter "basket" is a wooden one that Zack and I painted this week. We were going to stick foamies on, too, but he decided at the last minute not to. I knotted a handle out of plastic lanyard strips and beads and we called it a go.
The first thing he went for was his #88 Nascar chocolate car that Nana and Pop-Pop sent (reminder -- neither Rick nor I follow Nascar, and this is NOT Pop-Pop's favorite driver, yet somehow, Zack has decided this is it for him).He got eggs with money in them....
And then the obligatory bunny ears were eaten off (along with the head, and the toes)......
Then it was time to hunt the Easter eggs that Mommy had hidden in the front yard.
Some were literally tossed across the yard willy-nilly....
And some were carefully placed....
We ended up collecting and re-hiding the eggs five times. Then Zack and Daddy played with these Bunny Paratroopers that Nana sent (by then my camera battery had run out). Zack is bouncing off the ever-loving walls from the sugar high and I'm contemplating a nap, but it's already 5pm.
Happy Easter everyone!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The preschool Zack is in is brilliant. I'm constantly amazed at the projects they do.
For St. Patrick’s Day, they "chased" a leprechaun all week. They came to school one day to find tiny green footprints all over the floor (done really well in paint). Every day, more footprints. The last day, they came in from the playground to find a big pot of gold tinsel. They looked and looked, but no leprechaun could be found in the pot of gold, or anywhere else in the room. Not sure how they explained the story on that one, Zack was vague, but candy was involved at the end, so all was well.
They also got to plant herbs in a little plastic cup, and then they glued a picture of the leprechaun on the front, so when the herbs grow, it looks like his hair.
I only hope his kindergarten is half as fun.
Friday, March 21, 2008
You can read about my accident-prone approach to jewelry design at the "Watch Me Create" blog by clicking here -- you'll learn how I made this lovely bracelet, called "Cattleya", which is currently on sale at http://www.lorianderson.net/. It's named "Cattleya" after the copper orchid charms.
Isn't it lovely? It's one of those pieces that I just had to stop and look at for a while!!!!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
He was looking at the new grass that's been coming up and asked what ate grass.
I said, "Cows eat grass. Sheep eat grass. Goats eat grass."
His head popped up from the back seat.
"What?" he exclaimed indignantly. "Goats eat clothes!"
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
This is an absolutely HUGE piece of rare larimar. I used a lavish amount of Bali sterling silver to create (what I think) is a stunning necklace).
These earrings are rich! Carnelian briolettes beneath, micro-faceted citrine above, and yummy handmade boro lampwork beads in the middle!
I made the chain with large rings of sterling silver and doublets of gold-fill, and then added charms of handmade lampwork glass. The shades range from butterscotch disks to golden rounds. Delish!
See more handmade jewelry at www.lorianderson.net and www.lori2.com
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
"The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- quite liked it, and although I'm sure I was supposed to read this in school, I didn't remember a bit of it.
"A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby -- I liked it, but while it's funny at times, it's a bit dark and the subject is macabre, so it's not going to be for everyone.
"The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" by Bill Bryson -- laugh-til-you-cry hilarious. You have to read it.
"Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult -- I really liked this one and read it in one day.
"Rant" and "Diary" by Chuck Palahniuk -- Eh. I liked "Invisible Monsters" so much better.
So what have YOU been reading?
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Two years ago, this would have cost me $120. And if you think that pile of beads looks like quite a lot, go to my web site and take a look -- many of my bracelets have four to five silver beads and a silver toggle in the mix, and those bags have 10 beads each, so it will go fast.
When I first started making jewelry four and a half years ago, I bought silver at $4/ounce. Now, it's $20/an ounce -- an increase of 500% -- up 35% just this year alone, and we're only in March! That is a LOT for either me to absorb as a designer or you to absorb as a customer. Silver is by far the most popular metal I work in, but the cost of it, particularly for the beautifully detailed beads and toggles I use, shows no sign of coming back down any time soon.
So why is it so high?
Some say it's because China launched precious metal futures trading in January 2008. Some say it's due to silver riding the coat tails of gold's meteoric rise to nearly $1000/ounce. And of course historically, precious metals go up when the dollar is down.
What does this mean for jewelry designers -- more specifically, me?
It means I'm going to work even harder to create unique things. Jewelry is not a necessity, and there are many, many jewelry options out there, so this (hopefully) temporary rise in the cost of supplies will make me push myself to create with more "oomph".
I will NOT be using silver plated anything. It wears off over time and when I see what my Early Lori Anderson pieces look like now, with the plating worn off in part or all the way -- I just can't bring myself to ever use it again. Copper, brass, bronze, yes. Plated, no.
I'm in this for the long haul, so I'm going to treat this hike in silver as a bump in the road that I have to drive over, a bad storm that I have to weather. There's no reason why I can't continue to make pretty things, and I promise to make each piece worth every penny.
To see silver in action, visit www.lorianderson.net
Sunday, March 02, 2008
One of their projects one week was about building, and they drew blueprints of bridges they wanted to build -- chalk on dark blue paper. Then the next day, they built what they drew, with the assistance of the teachers, and saw if they could translate what they drew in 2D into 3D.
That sounds pretty intense for a 5 year old, but really, it was a great excercise in imagination, and "if this doesn't work, what will you pick next", which is something my little guy needs to embrace.
Here is Zack's finished project -- a draw bridge.
When he realized that he couldn't, as a five-year old, build something out of styrofoam that opened UP, he thought and thought with the teacher, and they came up with a bridge that woudl swing OUT. I thought that was quite clever. And then of course he had to build a boat that was going under the bridge (labeled "Motor Boat" lest we not know what it was) and pasted blue paper under it so we would understand it was on the water.
Since this was a big project and wouldn't store in my big art flats where I save Zack's masterpieces, I took this picture, printed it, wrote about it, and attached it to the blueprint to save for posterity.
And I thought I would share it with you!