Sunday, June 29, 2008

Thanks, Little Black Box!

The Little Black Box reviewed my jewelry on my Etsy store today! Thanks so much! It's always such an honor when someone out of the blue does something like that.

Be sure to take a look at her blog for lots and lots of cool handmade goodies!

http://blackboxreviews.blogspot.com/

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.

Enjoy!

Book Review -- Icy Sparks

Icy Sparks Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio


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

A PhotoShop Weekend

Last month was a whirlwind of shows, Zack's being home from pre-school, and a bunch of other things that just kept piling up. The web site and the other blogs I write for just got neglected. So this weekend, I sat down to color correct, crop, and organize all the pictures of jewelry that needs to go on the web.

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:





If you see something you have to have, be sure to email me!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Yay to our Goodwill!


You hear about paintings found in old barns that end up being a priceless Monet, right? Well in my little town of Easton, MD, something neat like that happened.

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!

Too cool.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Book Review -- The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger



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

Sad about George Carlin

I woke up this morning to read the news that George Carlin had passed away.


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".


Sad news.

Back from Ocean City

I'm back from the Art's Alive art and craft show, held in Ocean City, MD -- and am exhausted from it!

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

How I Started Creating Jewelry -- The Journey

If you click here, you'll be able to read my article on the Collective Creatives blog about how I came to create jewelry for a living.

When I looked at my given topic this month and saw it labeled as, “The Journey”, I thought of several ways the article could go. I thought, WHICH journey? The journey I take each day when I sit to design? The journey that it takes to find my creative self in the midst of a chaotic day? Or the journey I took to get to this point in my life, where I make pretty things for a living?

I thought it might be interesting to try the latter — how I ended up where I am now, where I have the absolute joy of actually making a living making jewelry. It’s a strange, convoluted journey, with lots of twists, turns, and almosts, and it will tell you a little more about me, and in the end, why my jewelry is so eclectic, and doesn’t adhere to one given style.



You can see my jewelry at http://www.lorianderson.net/ and http://www.lori2.com/ -- free shipping on all purchases over $100!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Meeting up with Etsy Admin

An Etsy Admin named Beth is making a whirl-wind tour of the coast to find out what people think about Etsy, to introduce them to Etsy, and to get their suggestions. She was going to be in Easton the same weekend as the Strawberry Festival Craft Show in St. Michaels, MD, so I invited her to stop by.

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:

One of the cool things about the visit is I could show her some of the many things I've purchasedat Etsy, including this purse from One Happy Tree, handmade JUST for me --



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

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

New Jewelry on Etsy / Lori2

I have some new things on http://www.lori2.com/ so please take a look! Dichroic glass, a pretty larimar dolphin, and some other exciting pretties.


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

Book Review -- Magyk

Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book One) Magyk by Angie Sage

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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Weddings on the Etsy Storque

Back in January when I did my first bridal show, I blogged about the experience, thinking it would be good for other crafters to view it as an alternative to the traditional art and craft shows. Etsy just published it as an article in The Storque, Etsy's Blog.

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.

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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

Book Review -- The Poe Shadow

The Poe Shadow: A Novel The Poe Shadow: A Novel by Matthew Pearl



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.

Alas, nope.

I got 2/3 of the way through and skipped towards the end, and it STILL didn't seem worth it.

Sorry, folks.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

What Today Looks Like

June is a busy month this year. I had a show yesterday, which means today is busier than normal. Here is what today looks like:

  1. Process credit card payments from yesterday
  2. Enter emails collected into database
  3. Enter addresses collected into database
  4. Photocopy all checks collected and run to the bank
  5. Print mailing labels for next show (need to be mailed Friday)
  6. Print coupon labels for next show (ditto due date)
  7. Stick 'em on. Plus stamps.
  8. 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
  9. Make customizations to a few things purchased at yesterday's show
  10. 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

Shop Review -- Joolz by Lisa

I love jewelry -- no surprise, as I make it for a living. But it may surprise you that I like to buy and wear other people's creations.

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

Give Etsy a Whirl

If you haven't visited my Etsy store in a while, give it a whirl. Right now, it's kind of like the Lori Anderson Designs that doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up, but in time, it will be a bit more streamlined. I'll be offering charms, bead kits, truly kitschy things, and random cheer.

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

Take the StoryPeople Survey!

I'm so excited! I absolutely adore http://www.storypeople.com/ - love, love, LOVE. I was introduced to them by Friend Most Wonderful and Roommate From Way Back When Extraordinaire Kristin (say that real fast) when she sent me a print. I immediately bought one for a friend expecting a baby, and subscribed to their daily email. I've been hoping (HOPING) they would make t-shirts and

YAY!

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

The Rabbit

Today I was sitting outside taking pictures of my jewelry (still trying to master the whole "natural light" thing) and watching Zack play. Zack, being five, was making plenty of five-year-old-boy noise, so I was completely amazed when I turned and saw this staring at me.

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.