Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bead Soup Sign Ups are Closed (and a shout out to the birthday boy)

I rolled out my bed with a massive cold to announce the Bead Soup Blog Party sign-ups are CLOSED.  There were 384 people who signed up.  More than last time.  I have no idea what makes this hop so interesting to people but to say I'm humbled beyond words is an understatement.


My husband will be helping me with the spreadsheet, and I'll use randomizer.org to pick the numbers associated with the names.


IF YOU DO NOT GET IN -- that does NOT mean I don't like you.  Oh man, don't think that.  I'm already a bit of a mess worried that you'll be distressed.  What it DOES mean is that next sign up, you have twice the chance of getting in.  Next sign ups with be in late summer.  So PLEASE don't think I'm playing favorites or dislike your work.  Not at ALL.  This is for beginners and the very advanced alike, as you'll see.

Come back January 15th to see who will participate.


And now a shout-out to my birthday boy, Zack, who turns NINE today.

How did we get from this....


photo by Jen Fariello

to this?



So before I go back to bed for a bit
I'm hiding his presents all over the house.
And hope he'll let me take some NINE year old pictures when he comes home.

Happy birthday to the best creation I ever made.


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

58 comments:

  1. well how you got the nine year old is a miracle! No matter how they started they are all our miracles. If anyone takes not being selected the wrong way shame on them. You stated more than one time that it is a random selection of 200...don't worry about the haters!

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  2. You can't do fairer than a lottery Lori so no one should feel slighted and we all still have the blogs to hop even if we don't get to swap! Happy birthday to Zack - oh to be 9 again! :0)

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  3. Kisses to your little man!!!
    I wait the selection... And if I won't be in I will look all the blogs instead. I think we can learn and get inspiration from that anyway!!!! Thank you Lori!

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  4. Happy Birthday Zack! Nine is a good age... and hiding presents all over the house sounds like a lot of fun...
    Random is fine... all poeple who send hate mail should be removed from future lists! If they don't want to play by the rules they souldn't get to play!

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  5. Zack is too cute!I loved when my son, Doyle, was that age!

    Happy Birthday Zack!

    Karen

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  6. Happy Birthday Zack! Hope you feel better soon Lori! As for the blog hop who's and who's nots, it's like shopping on Black Friday, if you can't handle it, don't do it - no guarantee. It's all black and white, no reason to get red-faced over it. I consdier myself lucky, still just a lurker that gets to see it all - stressfree! Lol.

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  7. The blog hop and party is just so much fun. Hoping I get in, but if not will check out all who participate and try again this summer.

    Zack looks like a real cutie.

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  8. Hope you are feeling better soon, having a cold really bites. Happy birthday to Zach! Time really flies, doesn't it. It makes me reflect on where I was nine years ago. Memories...

    Looking forward to the 15th and some serious blog hopping!

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  9. Happy birthday Zack!

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  10. Lori, if I don't get in this time, I won't be disappointed. It's SOOO cool that you've got such a major following for a fun event! Congratulations to you for thinking up and hosting a significant blog event. (Can't wait to read your book.) And I can't believe how fast Zack is growing up so fast!

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  11. Happy Birthday Zack!!! I hope you get to feeling better, colds aren't fun. Make sure you are taking Vitamin C and drinking lots of Green Tea (usually helps me when I am sick). You do a fantastic job on the Party Lori and we understand it is a huge process for you. I just look forward to seeing what everyone creates, that is so much fun! Now go to bed and stay in bed until you feel better.
    Big hugs!
    Beth

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  12. Happy birthday, Zack! And quick recovery, Zack's mom!

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  13. Happy Birthday Zach!!! You rock!!

    Have my fingers crossed about the Bead Soup Blog Party!! Never a hard feeling about you, Lori.

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  14. Happy Birthday to Zack! His last year in the single digits! As for the BSBP, regardless of where my name ends up in the land of the lottery, you'll always be a ROCK STAR to me! =D Feel better soon -- I just got over a wicked cold and hope yours is over and done with very quickly!

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  15. Happy Birthday, Zach!!!

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  16. ~*::::HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZACK!!!:::*~

    :o)

    I hope you have a fun day Lori!
    Despite the crud!

    <3 Amber

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  17. Oh, you poor girl! Get better soon and a big hurroy to your sweet little birthday boy:-) Ha, he is a capricorn like me. And random selction is cool, don't you worry.

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  18. Nine! NINE!! Happy Birthday Zack!!!

    Lori, rest up so you can hug on that boy when he gets home! And eat a piece of cake for me.

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  19. He is so cute...
    And a touching post as well. xo

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  20. Happy Birthday, Zack!
    Feel better soon Lori. Whatever is going around is really nasty stuff so bone up on your vitamins, hot tea, and lots of sleep.
    I totally agree with Island Girl!

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  21. We all have a coin toss chance of getting in (actually, it's More likely than a coin toss), so everyone should be happy with those odds!

    It's so great that you organise this thing in the first place :D

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  22. Hang on to your hat....before you know it 9 becomes 15 and then...21...
    It really does make your head spin. Guess they are a lesson in living in the moment and savoring every bit of it...even when it's tough. (Like with mine who came home the first day back to school after the holiday break to tell me he was suspended.) Minor stuff really, but on the day?! Yikes. So happiest 9th celebration to your family - enjoy today's adventure.
    I was so sorry to miss the sign up for Bead Soup - I had been waiting for some time, but didn't get back here until today. :o(
    I can't find an RSS feed on your blog to stay updated. Am I missing it somewhere? Or a "subscribe" button to receive email updates? Thanks....and blessings.

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  23. Happy Birthday, Zack!

    I solemnly swear not to take it the slightest bit personally if I'm not selected in the lottery. This blog hop is amazing, but you have so many other responsibilities! 200 entries is very generous.

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  24. He's an absolute doll...Happy Birthday, Zack!

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  25. Happy Birthday to Zack! Nine is a wonderful age. My elder one is also nine. Keeping my fingers crossed for the selection but even if I am not selected, blog hoping will be fun and insipring for sure. Thanks again for all the hard work you put in for these party. Take care and hopefully you will feel better soon to enjoy your son's birthday.

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  26. Every time you post a baby picture of your sweetie-pie, I am amazed at how his features have not changed!!!! I mean, I look NOTHING like my baby pictures! You are very blessed!!!

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  27. Lori,
    Hope you get to feeling better soon, colds are never fun! Happy Birthday to Zack! No hatin' here! If I make the party that will be great, but if I don't that will be just fine too! I will still get to hop! Good luck to all that signed up.
    Therese

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  28. Happy Birthday Zack!

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  29. Happy Birthday, Zack! :-)

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  30. How fun to celebrate his life today! Yes, I am hoping and praying I get in to the party, but I will TRY not to take it personal if I don't! :)

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  31. Sorry you have that cold.
    Bead Soup was a wonderful idea and event...what an amazing number of people signed up.
    Happy Birthday Zack!!!!
    a treasure hunt for birthday presents sounds fun..

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  32. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZACK!!!

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  33. all the best for your son! and for you - get better soon!!! :o)

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  34. Happy Birthday to you, Zack, from me and my son who'd like you to know he's 8 3/4s as he heads to the bus.

    Lori so sorry you're not well, but don't worry about the party. We're all here creating away no matter what. Sending you both warm island breezes and best wishes.

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  35. Hope you feel well enough to enjoy some birthday boy time later on! Best birthday wishes to Zack!

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  36. Happy 9th Birthday Zack!! Hope you're on the mend soon Lori! No worries here with BSBH...if my number doesn't come up this time around then I can still enjoy all the fun without any of the self induced stress we all put on ourselves to create a masterpiece worthy of our soup!!

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  37. Say Happy birthday to Zack.
    Oh Lori treasure these years for they are so special. Zack is such an awesome little soul.
    And the BSBP what will be will be. You explained that it would be a lottery so there should ne NO hard feelings. and don't be so hard on yourself Life is too short and you are too precious.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  38. P.S. Don't you just love little wide-eyed courious boys.
    P.S.S. When is your book coming out? You Know I am looking forward to a signed copy.

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  39. That is such a sweet thing to say about that sweet boy! He is a beautiful creation. Congrats on the great response to the hop! It is no wonder that people are excited to jump on board and you prepped everyone well in advance that it would be a lottery, so I don't think you should stress. Be like a duck and let it roll right off you, even though you are calm on the surface and paddling like heck underneath!

    Happy day to Zach!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  40. "Happy birthday to the best creation I ever made"

    This brought tears to my eyes. Perfectly stated Lori! I also cant wait to see gets to participate. This is my first time signing up. So I have my fingers crossed!!

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  41. Happy Birthday Little Man.

    Lori, the BSBP has inspired us all and you have single-handedly created a bead phenomenon that jewelry designers of ALL skill levels want to be apart of. I want everything to go smoothly for you and I hope you're feeling better.

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  42. Congrats to Zack! It makes me laugh that he has the same facial expression in the baby pic....and the most recent one. :)

    Thanks for visiting my little blog, Lori, and your comments.

    Looking forward to the BSBP selection...whatever happens. :)
    It's a win/win.

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  43. Happy Birthday Zack! Lori - hope you are feeling better today.

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  44. Happy Birthday Zack! Lori - hope you are feeling better today.

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  45. I just observed the blog hop last time, and it totally jump-started my change in jewelry-making, so I know it can be beneficial either way!

    Happy b-day to Zack! He has as many followers and good wishes as you do, Lori! Feel better soon!

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  46. Hope you are feeling better soon. The lottery is the only way to go...it's just the fairest way. For those who send you nasty mail ( astonishing that this happens!) they should be banned for the next round! If we don't get in, we still have the pleasure of blog hopping anyway. Happy 9th to Zack...a magical age!
    Jenni

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  47. Happy Birthday Zack! Enjoy your treasure hunt ;)

    Lori - hope you're feeling better soon. Reminder... 2012 = less stress. Be well ~~T

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  48. I got my 8 and 5 year old miracles the same way. The time really does fly by (ack...I sound like my mother now)! I hope he enjoyed his special day and you survived.

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  49. How on earth is it possible that he's nine already? I mean, it was just like yesterday that you were letting me know that the IVF took.

    Happy day to you, Zack, and Rick!

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  50. Lori, you have a beautiful boy. Tell him happy birthday!

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  51. Happy Birthday Big Guy! I hope you had an awesome day. Lori, isn't it this cool awesome - yet strange feeling when he hits another birthday. I'm always full of awe and wonder but then I get this little pang in my heart too. I love my boy's birthdays...amazing!

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  52. Let's just cross our fingers! :p And enjoy the blog soup party even if we can't join it.. And a happy birthday to the boy :)

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  53. Happy Birthday Zack!

    Congratulations on such a popular blog hop! We all knew that we were signing up for a lottery, not for the party itself, so don't worry about anyone being upset if they don't get in. I like Lynne's idea - remove people if they send rude emails.

    Of course, I will still be keeping my fingers crossed though :P

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  54. P.S. meant to say - hope you both feel better soon! Jx

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  55. I am so behind but I wanted to tell Zack Happy Birthday! He is growing up so fast.

    And as far as the lottery. Regardless of whether I get in this time or not, I will still love you. You were the first person that I considered a friend in blogland and that will never change.

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  56. It has been a crazy few months. I totally flaked out and missed the deadline! I will be sure to put the next one on my calendar so I don't miss the lottery!

    SUPER GREAT LUCK TO EVERYONE who is entered! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

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