Sunday, June 29, 2008
Be sure to take a look at her blog for lots and lots of cool handmade goodies!
If you haven't visted my Etsy store, you can find it at http://www.lori2.com/. My main store is http://www.lorianderson.net/ -- you'll find different things on each site.
rating: 4 of 5 stars
I picked this up because a close friend of mine has a child with Tourette's Syndrome, and this book is about a child in the 1950's who has Tourette's. Unfortunately for her, no one in the very very rural farm town had the slightest clue what she had, and therefore her life was totally changed from dealing with her tics and "croaks", as Icy calls them.
While reading it, my heart just ached for her, and I wanted to slap silly more than a few kids and townspeople. The section where she is in the mental hospital was really poignant.
The ending seemed a bit hurried and a little, well, strange, but then upon thinking about it, it fit. I didn't care for it, but it fit.
A good read, and one that will likely stick with you for a while.
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Saturday, June 28, 2008
Holy crow. I've worked yesterday and today, and just counted -- 200-odd pictures (which explains why I'm not done).
In between PhotoShopping the pictures, I added a few things to www.lorianderson.net and www.lori2.com, but here are some things that will be coming soon:
Friday, June 27, 2008
According to the story published in the Baltimore Sun, a $40,000 street scene painted by Impressionist Edouard-Leon Cortes was dropped off along with a bunch of pots and pans and other Goodwill-type stuff. One of the employees thought it looked of value, and gave it to the manager, who did some research, and happy ending, Goodwill now has $40K!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book made me sad on a bunch of levels. Holden is obviously so messed up in side, but he has a deep love for certain people and things, and his way with words spoke to me -- like if only someone would pay attention and HELP this kid, he'd be something amazing.
But the "there is definitely something wrong with him" aspect of the book can certainly give you a sense of forboding -- if someone doesn't help him out, something bad is going to happen.
Certain words were used over and over again and that distracted me from time to time, but not enough to make me put the book down.
If you didn't read this in school, try it out now!
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Monday, June 23, 2008
I loved him as a comedian, but there's another reason I'm sad -- he was the narrator for several seasons of Thomas the Tank Engine episodes. Zack has watched those so many times that I sometimes felt like George Carlin was staying in our spare room. Funny how someone who was famous for "The Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" was also the voice of Thomas and Sir Topham Hat. Not to mention Fillmore in the movie "Cars".
I was listening to the XM comedy channel and they played an interview they had with George Carlin about retirement and growing old. When they asked him what he wanted on his tombstone, he said, "He was here just a minute ago".
Last year was my first year exhibiting here, and I did really well. I thought it was probably a fluke due to the weather being a bit cool for playing on the beach and that people visited the show for lack of anything else to do, so had a completely open mind about how this year would be. It apparently wasn't a fluke, because I had great crowds (particularly on Saturday), and the weather was quite nice. Except for the wind. Oh man, the wind. People would come to my booth and say, "Oh, you have such a nice breeze, this is great for you not to be so hot!"
But the breeze was, shall we say, vigorous, and by 4pm, it was no longer a breeze, but gusts of wind. Rick and the owner of the booth next to me dashed to hold onto the man's tent at one point, as the wind caught a side panel and buckled it, bringing a lot of their art to the ground. I had some of my taller displays fall over on a regular basis, so I learned quickly how to rework my tables to show things off nicely without them blowing into the lake!
However, it was well worth the wind. Great customers, lovely sales, and the tent didn't blow down!
Here are a few things that went to new homes:
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
She also got a chance to meet with several other folks from Easton, including a friend of mine, lampwork glass artist Kendra Saunders of Bead Still My Heart, who makes beads like these:
And a fabulous tray (again, custom made for me -- one of the cool things about Etsy) from Carolina Cottage ---
You can read more about her visit by clicking here. And of course you can visit my Etsy jewelry store at www.lori2.com, or my regular shop with LOTS of jewelry, www.lorianderson.net
Saturday, June 14, 2008
In case you're wondering why the regular jewelry web site, http://www.lorianderson.net/, hasn't been updated in a few days, it's because I'm preparing for a show -- lots will be posted after June 22 and throughout July, as I'll have a bit of a show/travel break!
On a completely unrelated note.....
YUM, ice cream -- thanks, hubby!
Friday, June 13, 2008
rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love this genre of book -- I've loved everything that had to do with wizards and witches, lost princesses and fairies.
I wasn't disappointed at all with this book! Once again I dipped into the Juvenile Literature section of the book store to find this, but its being a "non-adult" selection didn't matter one whit.
I won't go into the plot (you really should try this series out!) but even when you know what's coming, it's still delightful. A big bonus -- the illustrator is fantastic!
A great read. On to the second book!
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If you're a crafter, you might want to take a look at The Storque and peruse their how-to's, seller spotlights, and reviews.
So what am I doing this weekend? Preparing for yet another show! The next show, Art's Alive, will be in Ocean City, MD, and I'm working madly to create more jewelry to replace what sold last weekend. After this show, I have some time off -- only private events and teaching until August. Wheeeee!
Monday, June 09, 2008
rating: 2 of 5 stars
Ugh, boring. I tried, I really, really tried. I live in Maryland, am in Baltimore a lot, graduated from UVA and have visited the enshrined Poe room, so I really hoped to like this.
I got 2/3 of the way through and skipped towards the end, and it STILL didn't seem worth it.
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Sunday, June 08, 2008
- Process credit card payments from yesterday
- Enter emails collected into database
- Enter addresses collected into database
- Photocopy all checks collected and run to the bank
- Print mailing labels for next show (need to be mailed Friday)
- Print coupon labels for next show (ditto due date)
- Stick 'em on. Plus stamps.
- Get a lot of jewelry onto my Lori2 Etsy site due to Something In The Air from an in-person interview with an Etsy Admin yesterday
- Make customizations to a few things purchased at yesterday's show
- Finish five custom orders due out tomorrow
And that's just the top ten.
So I'm plugged into my iPod, Zack and Rick are building a model car, and I'm trying to keep the Fritz Factor down.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Lisa Liddy makes some sumptious jewelry that is creative and one-of-a-kind. Something else that makes her work special is her work with the Melonhead Foundation. Generous lampwork bead artists donate beads to Lisa, she created a unique piece of jewelry, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale go to support the Melonhead Foundation (http://www.melonhead.org/), a charity supporting families going through pediatric cancer treatments.
You can visit Lisa's Etsy store at http://www.joolzbylisa.etsy.com/
Friday, June 06, 2008
Right now, you'll find some affordable trinkets, a few over-the-top bits, and things that just didn't quite fit into my regular site. Plus, Etsy is a fun place to shop for handmade purses, soaps, kids couture, baby gifts, jewelry, art, and you fill in the blank -- it just might be there.
All you need is a Paypal account to check out, and registering at Etsy is easy and free. To my knowledge, they don't send out emails, like a bunch of other sites, not even to their shop owners, so not much worry of spam.
Here are a few things for sale at http://www.lori2.com/ right now:
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
it looks as if they are!
You can take their survey and help select some of the sayings, and make suggestions for your own by clicking here. I want some sort of t-shirt that has something silly about snoring.
I love my husband. But if I kick him one more time in the middle of the night, he's going to bruise like a peach.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
He really wasn't that far away, but certainly close enough that he knew there was a little boy running around. I hushed Zack and he sat down quietly to watch how close the bunny would get....
At this point, we thought we'd lost him. But we sat and stayed still and he got within two feet of us.
Every evening we see this little guy in the front yard, and there's another one (or possibly the same one) that appears in the backyard as well. Pre-Zack, we had a house with a huge backyard, and I had a massive vegetable garden, and the sight of a fuzzy little bunny was not a pleasant sight. I never COULD grow peas, and resorted to spraying everything with hot pepper spray to keep nibbling down. But now that we're on the shore, with no garden, I can enjoy Peter Rabbit.