Friday, July 19, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop Reveal

This was one of those blog hop ideas I'm so glad I came up with.  Tons of people collect things and then store them away because they're "too special", "too expensive", or in some cases, you just KNEW you HAD to have it but had no idea what you would ever do with it. This is true for designers with fabric, paper, paint, beads .... you can fill in pretty much anything there.



Today over 160 jewelry designers dug into their stashes and chose something they'd been hoarding to work with.  I hope you'll take the time to visit everyone, and I'll be posting permanent links at my page dedicated to blog hops (see the aqua tab to the right)?  Comments mean a LOT to bloggers, and since this hop is about special beads, I'd love for everyone to get a special comment.


Before we start, I want to share with you some of my hoarded stash.  I'm famous for biting off more than I can chew, so I wasn't able to make something from every collection shown here, nor was I able to photograph every collection I own.  But this will give you an idea of my addiction.



My first two hoards collections I'm showing are also the ones I started collecting almost from the beginning of my jewelry making career.  The handmade ceramic beads shown above are from Joan Miller, and almost every single one I picked out at a bead show.  I have one necklace I made for myself and then I guess I had a freak-out that I couldn't do them justice.  Stay tuned another day, because I WILL be working with these.




My second grouping is from Stephanie Sersich, and while I've actually made a few things with her beads, they've all been for me save one, which went to a very special client.  I also own a signature necklace of Stephanie's that I wear ALL the time.  I do that a lot -- wear Other People's Jewelry and not my own because I just love what all of you make!  It's impossible not to be happy around these beads.



Next comes a gorgeous painterly stash of polymer clay by Barbara Bechtel.  I absolutely adore her work, both in polymer clay and in 2D art.  In fact, Barbara and I first "met" when I bought a painting from her on Etsy, and we didn't realize who each other was because our Etsy IDs were totally different then.  She saw her painting hanging in my lampwork studio, and it was an awesome moment for us both.



Next comes unique raku ceramic pieces from MAKUstudio.  I bought all of these two years ago at the Bead and Button Show and let me tell you something -- her booth was MOBBED. It was the very first hour of the show and it was insane, people reaching over other people, elbowing -- just a frantic feeding frenzy.  I had never seen her work before but obviously freaked out as well and brought a lot home with me that day.




Next up is Lori Lochner of lorilochner.com who torches amazing boro beads.  I looooooove boro but having seen how that glass works... it's nothing like soft glass and I'll never be able to do it (don't tell me I *can*, because I have experience behind trying and um, no, I most certainly CANNOT).  Even if I COULD make boro beads, I'd still buy hers, because they are so gorgeous.


OK!


I actually had more hoarded beads pictures but figured I'd best get on with the show!  As I said, I had intended to make at least one thing from each of these groupings, but I've been told if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.  Well, he laughed and laughed, and laughed some more.


I was very deliberate in my choices and made two pieces, both which have IMMENSE meaning to me right now.  I knew I wanted to work with a MAKUraku piece, as while raku is gorgeous, it always stumps me.  The colors are sometimes hard to match, and the style is most certainly not my usual style.  Yet, they spoke to me, and I had to have them.


And here's what I made:



It was so apt that I chose the heart with the nails through it after spending part of this past week lying in the hospital not sure if my ticker was working right or not.  Thankfully, heck yeah, it is, but I see my heart as having nails in it like these -- hurts, pains, personal struggles, betrayals by friends, fears -- you get the idea.  But do you see -- there's no hole in the middle of the heart, but a smaller silver heart that while small, can hold the world.  Nothing can hurt that heart.  No nails will ever touch it.



Here you can see a close up of the colorway I used.  The raku in this particular heart had a blue/purple glow to it, and I found a set of lampwork beads by Firelily (whose beads I both hoard AND use faster than fast, if that makes sense).  I added fuchsia Swarovski crystal to pull out the pink undertone, and found two twisted copper barrel beads I bought from I forget where.  You may have to look hard, but the links of all the beads aren't round, they're squared.  I made my link, and then with pliers squished the circle so it had a flat bottom. 



I also modified the pendant.  Originally, the bail was in the divot of the heart, in the middle, but everything *I* did make the heart rotate too much (this is a long necklace so there's some swinging going on, if you get my meaning).  I held my breath and clipped the loop with flush cutters, and then used steel wire to make two bails around the nails.  I've only used steel wire once (so I need someone to tell me if I need to treat this or not), but before I used it, I brushed it down with a ScotchBrite pad.  And finally, the loops connecting all the beads together are from a copper/oxidized silver chain I took apart link by link.




I made one more piece, and it's actually made with a pendant that didn't make it to picture day when I showed off my Barbara Bechtel beads, because it was REALLY being hoarded and hidden, I guess!  But when I found it hiding out in the drawer, I realized -- this was serendipity.

Must. Use.



"Be a Lamp Unto YOURSELF".  Not to others.  YOURSELF.  I've wanted to be an inspiration and a lamp to others, want so much to make a difference somehow to people in the world, but I've totally lost myself in the process.  I can't be any good to anyone until I'm good to ME.


The polymer clay pendant by Barbara is ringed by a green patinaed circlet from Miss Fickle Media.  I used two shades of bronze to link more Firelily beads, dark green Swarovski pearls, and a bronze clay component and toggle by THEA Elements.  I ended the piece with a double length of olive green suede.



At the last minute, I added a bit of sparkle with the Czech glass rondelles.  I figured, lamp, light, it works.  But I also didn't like the jump rings just kind of hanging out (and I couldn't think of anything clever. I'm not clever when I try to force things.)


I loved this blog hop because it forced me to open up my cherished drawers of special beads and realize that for one, I need to make more jewelry for myself, and for two, I need to share the wealth with my customers.  In the coming months, you'll be seeing more "hoard specials", and I do believe this will be an annual event, so stay tuned this time next year for another edition of Bead Hoarders.


1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish


11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict


21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri


31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads


41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts


51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics


61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes


71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork


81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8


91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives


101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa


111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry


121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy


131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations


141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla


151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted


161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog




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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

99 comments:


  1. I looked forward to reading your blog, Lori, you always have a message and a lot to say, beautifully. Love your two necklaces; the heart of nails is a tremendous metaphor and I love using raku, too. Love the colors in necklace two and overall design. Well done, my friend!!

    Laren at Laren Dee Designs

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  2. Oh, my, Lori - both pieces are gorgeous! They both hold so much meaning: I love your approach on the heart pendant! And the message on Barbara's pendant is just perfect: take good care of yourself, Lori, take good care of the silver heart and of your inner silver being :)

    Beautiful in design, inspiration, and message, as usual!

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  3. Your blog posts do truly inspire, as do your ideas for blog hopS (this being one of your real triumphs. love that second necklace with Barbara's pendant, and so RIGHT ON! (Hugs)

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  4. wow what a delicious hoard that is, full of colour and creativity. Love the idea behind the raku heart and the way you've complimented the dark, rich colours.That pop of lime green in the second one is a joy.

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  5. Thanks for showing us your collection and I LOVE your work!

    What a great blog hop ;)

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  6. Both pieces are wonderful Lori, but the nail studded heart necklace really spoke to me - whether through physical challenges or otherwise, we're all carrying some nails around our hearts -love it!

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  7. I LOVE what you made. That first necklace is beautiful - for its colours and its meaning. Thank you for thinking up this Blog Hop - it gave me a much-needed push to stop being wasteful and USE the beads I buy. And may I say again I am in complete and utter envy of your bead collections. They are awesome!

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  8. Love what you made, Lori! Thanks for hosting this blog hop! What a billiant idea! I enjoyed doing this one so much! I've just posted my entry! --Sharyl

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  9. Beautiful, symbolic and so perfect! <3

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  10. Lori you have good taste in beads. Your hoard, oops I mean collection is fantastic. I'm drooling over here. Both pieces are beautiful and you gave that heart such special meaning it makes my own heart smile. I'm so relieved you're ok.
    Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful hop. You bring people together in the bead community like no other.

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  11. Those two necklaces are gorgeous !!
    Colors are really breathtaking the way You mix them !!!
    That heart necklace is very special too with Your resent visit to the hospital.. Happy to hear You are back on Your feet and home again <3

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  12. Oh Lori, I love your necklaces, and they really are perfect for where you are at the moment. The glimpse into your collections had me drooling at the wealth of special pieces you have there, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else you make in coming months! Thanks for a fabulously fun (and challenging and useful!) blog hop! XXX

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  13. I LOVE your collection of beads. I am seriously in love with the ceramic beads from Joan Miller. They look so happy and vibrant. Although, I am sick and nursing a terrible migraine with cramps and flu, I just smile when I look at these beads...

    Love the 2 necklaces you have created. They are definitely statement pieces that tell their stories. Thank you so much for all the eye candy.

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  14. Woo hoo! Reveal day is here! That is an impressive bead stash you have there. It makes me feel creative just looking at all the bright colours! Love your designs too. Happy hopping :-)

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  15. Love your hoarded beads. You must have quite a collection of artist beads. Hope you are feeling better. Thank you once again for being an incredible hostess. Relax and feel better

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  16. They are both beautiful Lori!

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  17. Absolutely beautiful Lori, both the art necklaces and your soul. You are an amazing beacon of light. Thanks for sharing (and isn't that Stepahnie Sersich just great!)!

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  18. Speechless! These are both lovely in both beauty & meaning. Thanks for this hop - it was tough to part with a bit of my stash ,but I will enjoy it so much more out of storage.

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  19. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt reflections, Lori... your designs and your struggles are SUCH an inspiration! I have been totally dependent on challenges the past months, to drag me kicking and screaming into the public eye. Both your "bruised heart" and your "lamp" are powerful universal metaphors for all of us to ponder; I cannot imagine anyone reading this not being completely in agreement, in their own struggles. Thank you again and again, Lori!

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  20. OMG Lori, your designs are WONDERFUL!Love what you did with the raku heart. Great way to change up the bail to allow it to lie nicely on the chest. The colourways of both pieces are delicious! Thank you for hosting this blog hop.....brilliant idea!

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  21. Wow, You have some stash and both designs are treasures.

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  22. Your designs are always so beautiful. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge. It really got me inspired!!

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  23. Wow! What beautiful beads and the necklaces are just amazing! I haven't checked out any others yet, but I'm off to do that now.

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  24. One of the things I enjoy about making jewelry, art, etc is that we endow them with meaning. I love your pieces and the meaning you have given them.

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  25. Oh wow Lori, both of them are gorgeous, and I really really love that heart. I can see why you were hoarding it.

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  26. Lori, Lori, Lori....what have you done? I've visited only a few blogs so far and at each blog I've had to go to the bead maker's site and I've found beads I want to buy. This hop is not only going to cost me a lot of money...but it will add to my bead stash. Then you'll have to host another swap...you see where this is going, right??

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  27. Oh you've got some serious treasures there in your stash! I do love both of the designs you created. I would recommend sealing the steel wire with some renaissance wax or spray wax or something as it will rust after a while.
    That second piece really speaks to me. I'm not sure if it's the message, the colors, the way you pulled it all together, or what but it's a beauty!
    Thank you for coming up with yet another fab Hop idea. I hope you are getting the rest you need and are feeling better. I think you scared us all this week. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way. (and hugs too! :) )

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  28. I never thought I would be able to hop today, but my Arts Walk was postponed due to weather. What a treat to see your work an read your narrative! Thank you Lori!

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  29. Dear Lori you are really great!
    Love both of your necklaces, expecially the one with the heart!
    I really love this kind of blog hop I found it a very funny chellange for myself!

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  30. Absolutely Fanfreakintastic & truly stunning, as I always am inspired & in awe of your art & many, many talents. Hearts are special & dear to me, so this is definitely a favorite of mine. Peace, Love, & Sunshine, & Hugs a million to you. <3

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  31. I love your necklaces, the second one is my favorite.
    Thank you for hosting another wonderful hop.

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  32. Lori your necklaces are both awesome. The colors you chose for the raku necklace brings out the best colors in the pendant. I love the dark copper squiggly beads too. The sentiment on the second pendant is so true. Those beautiful boro beads play up the pendant color so well. Your pieces always intrigue me. They have so much going on in them. Thanx for having this hop and getting me to use one of my hoarded beads.

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  33. I didn't know about this blog hop (not of FB) so it was kind of fun seeing the reveal posts pop up on Feedly. Why? Well, partially because I'm one of those people hoarding beads and supplies (got some gorgeous variegated fibres now), often claiming to be saving them for a special project or having excuses for letting them gather dust. But the real reason for my reaction was something I wrote on my blog last night and which turned into a post about the total opposite of this challenge. While I normally would jump at challenges like this and often urge others to make something with their special supplies, their treasures, the post I wrote was about not feeling guilty or stressed about not using those special components and about finding values that are more than enough in the components themselves even if you aren't a collector. Components not just being supplies that get their value through being used and connected to other components to create a whole -- they can be wholes in themselves. Or something like that: it was late, can't remember exactly what I wrote of if it makes sense for others reading it.

    I wonder if anyone participating in this blog hop read my post -- just before or after posting their reveal. That must've been... interesting. Or if someone just visiting the participants reads it in between reveal posts.

    It's just such a funny coincidence that I should start thinking about this and then, half a day later, see a blog hop about the same thing, but from a difference perspective. Two different ways of dealing with the same issue -- preferably used together. Letting go AND "forcing" your self to take actions. Both alleviates the "guilt" of having unused supplies and all those energy-draining "I shoulds".

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  34. Thank you for hosting another inspiring blog hop Lori. I love how each of your pieces had art beads that told a story and had such meaning for you. I hope you wear both of these as reminders to treat your heart right each and every day! They are both truly beautiful and so you are sweet soul!

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  35. OOoooooooAAAAAHHHhhhhhhh! I always love your designs, Lori, but this time you have gone over and above your usual stellar quality. The sentiments behind the pieces are what make these necklaces so very special. Absolutely gorgeous! :)

    As always, thank you so much for all the work you put into this hop in the midst of everything else going on in your life right now. I am grateful for and blessed by you, my friend!

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  36. I am so in love with your makes - not only are the gorgeousness personified, but they mean so much. You've been making HUGE leaps and strides, do you know that? I hope you know that. :D I hope you have a "Good" day and not a painful one. Thank you for putting together a lovely hop.

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  37. I always love your jewelry designs. The pieces are lovely.
    Thank you so much for setting up this hop. I had been planning to make a necklace out of some spiny oyster shell beads for years and had even made some lampwork beads to match. Finally I have a necklace!

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  38. I love both pieces, Lori, each for different reasons. Love the heart-it makes a quiet statement that could mean different things to different people and I LOVE the colors! I love the second for the color and overall design-the little dangles add a sweet flash of bling to dress it up a bit more and again, LOVE the colors!
    Thank you for this blog hop-it was a great excuse to force myself to start using bits I'd been "saving" for a LONG time! <3

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  39. Great stuff. Love the colours in the second necklace, particularly. What a wonderful hoard you have. Thanks for organising the hop!

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  40. Lori - your creations are not only beautiful they are inspiring messages - just like you! Thank you once again!!

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  41. Oh I love your stash!! And I love what you made with them. You are such an amazing person Lori and a big example for a great deal of us! Thank you so much for organizing this blog hop.

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  42. oh, Oh, OH I love them!! I love the meaning of your first piece, so very true, that centre, it is solid platinum, ain't nothing gonna get through. I'm going to disagree with you though, I think your finished piece is very keeping with your style, the bright pink, keeps it there. But that second one, man, I could steal it off your neck I love it so. That clever Barbara, I'm so glad she puts those things out into the world and I love all the elements you brought together to top it off. It's simply stunning. Wear them both in excellent health (my wish)

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  43. Lori Dear you and your jewelry are amazing! Thank you for all you do. Blessings and Happy Creative Hearts...

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  44. Thank you for hosting, Lori! As usual, your work is beautiful and inspiring. Wish I could shop your hoard!

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  45. Truly beautiful, both the necklaces and the messages behind them.
    Thank you for sharing your art, and for organizing the hop♥

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  46. I really love the way you pulled out the blue and pinks with the heart necklace --so beautiful. It's amazing that you can produce such beautiful work even when you're facing such health problems!

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  47. Hi Lori, praying all is well with you today! Loved what you did with the heart!

    Blessings

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  48. i love the heart necklace. what a cool focal to work with. i also really love the aqua charms on the second necklace :) glad to see you are feeling better. needless to say, we were all worried about you

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  49. I missed the boat with this challenge. This year has been very busy!

    I love seeing your collection of amazing beads, and the pieces you made are just beautiful and hold such wonderful messages.

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  50. Your pieces for this hop are nothing short of inspirational. :-) When my youngest son was small, he needed speech therapy. The therapist was a gracious, very young man who calmed my fears for my little one by telling me that Pat would be fine - but the only way I could help him, was to care for myself as gently. Both of us could then be free to be what was intended.
    Words to live by, dear lady. Thank you so much for making this idea real, and for trusting me with this place in the Hop. You are the lamp just naturally. :-)

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  51. Oh wow, Lori!!! What can I say, the necklace you created with my raku heart and the story behind it brought tears to my eyes. Simply beautiful... I'm so happy that my work inspired you. I know I can relate to the nails in the heart, but I truly love how you focused on the little silver heart in the center. And, I'm so glad that your heart is healthy. I wish you all the best with your appt this week, I'll be praying for you. A million thanks from the bottom of my (nailed raku) heart for featuring my creations. Big hugs to you! xoxo

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  52. I fist want to say thank you Lori for everything you do. You are an inspiration and I love your openness. I love your designs. "Be a lamp unto yourself". How powerful is that saying. Love ya :)

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  53. Gorgeous gorgeous stash, just having them to look at is such a treasure. You have made two beautiful deeply meaningful pieces, so perfect. You are one very talented lovely person. Thank you so much for all you do!

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  54. Wow Lori your stash is out of this world ,I would love to be owner of that stash .Your wire work is beautiful .I also like the idea of every design has a story and meaning.Feel better .

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  55. Those are both lovely necklaces. When I saw the heart in your collection picture, I hoped that was one you had chosen to use, because a heart with nails is so intriguing.
    My life hasn't been as turned upside down as yours this week, but my post wasn't up until supper time here on the West Coast. I hope some of the many kind folks who stopped by earlier will make their way back again.
    Thank you once again for hosting this challenge!

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  56. *drooling
    WOW! your treasure beads are wonderful..!
    your work is beautiful and inspiring...
    and thank you for hosting... :)

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  57. I love what you said about making more pieces for yourself. That's something I need to do too. Love both of your necklaces and the meaning behind them!

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  58. Here's my blog post- you might be the only one to comment because I'm a couple hours late of the deadline. :( Boo!

    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/2013/07/bead-hoarders-blog-hop-hosted-by-lori.html

    It's been a wicked BUSY day yesterday and today. Isn't that the way it always works? ;)

    Anyways, love love love your blog post! And of course I love what you made! I'm particularly fond of the heart with nails, as that is also how I've been feeling lately.

    Thanks for everything you do, Lori!

    <3,
    Andrea

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  59. I really LOVE both of your designs, the colours you choose for both necklaces are stunning and all work together so well, the fact that they have special meaning to you just makes them even more precious, congratulations on two amazing works of art!

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  60. Love your stash and your necklaces. Thanks so much for putting this hop together!

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  61. Wow, fabulous beads you have been saving! I love what you made.

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  62. Amazing stash!
    Love the gorgeous pieces you created!!
    I like the colors in the first one. Unique idea with the nails!

    Happy Creating
    Tracie

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  63. Both of your necklaces are really wonderful. You certainly have many very special pieces to pick from. Thank-you for hosting this inspiring challenge.

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  64. Your beads are amazing little art piece within themselves. I love what you made with them beautiful!

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  65. What a great collection of beads. I love what you made. So unique and creative. Thank you for doing this! This is my first blog hop so quite inspiring!!

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  66. Loved seeing what you hoard! I needed to do this blog hop but just couldn't right now. Love seeing what you made (although that heart with the nails in it makes me very uncomfortable!), too. Another great hop to your credit, Lori!

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  67. Just in love with your Maku Heart piece. You have done this piece such justice. How lovely.....your Bead Stash is amazing.

    Catherine

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  68. I LOVE both the pieces, Lori, but especially the first one. My heart feels like that a lot, too...

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  69. OMG Lori! Both pieces are truly incredible especially since they relate so closely to what you have been experiencing lately. If I had to make a choice, the second necklace really sings to me.

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  70. What you have made~they are All beautiful! That was touching what you said about the nails in the heart..loved that. Take good care Lori! Lots of love~Janet ox

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  71. Lori, thought I had commented on this, I think fb is eating my comments. anyhow I love this heart necklace and even more what it means to you!!! It is a beautiful Necklace! Hope you have a Blessed Day!!!

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  72. Lori... Wow, these pieces are gorgeous--not just because of what they look like, but because of the meaning that went into them. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

    Also, your stash is gorgeous, too--such treasures!

    Thanks for this idea... It's so fun seeing what people made! :)

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  73. Lori... Wow, these pieces are gorgeous--not just because of what they look like, but because of the meaning that went into them. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

    Also, your stash is gorgeous, too--such treasures!

    Thanks for this idea... It's so fun seeing what people made! :)

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  74. Both beautiful necklaces. I love the blends of colors.

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  75. I promised myself I wouldn't write paragraphs this hop so I get to everyone within a week! lol.. so here goes:

    Lori, thank you for sharing your beautiful collections! I especially love your story of Bechtel art & not knowing it was a connection between you two!

    Your jewelry is amazing -- always so beautiful. I hope you see this: how gifted you are and how moving your jewelry art is. Your style is stunning, generous, and yet always new. I never get enough Lori Anderson art!

    I love the colorway of the heart necklace -- brilliant and beautiful. The steel is powerful, beautiful in the work like a frame for the colors. Love how you reconstructed nails into connections.

    I love the textures of the light necklace: gorgeous shade of green suede, lampwork, Miss Fickle copper and Bechtel clay -- exquisite and the Swarovski are perfect!

    A wonderful hop. Thank you for giving me -- indeed all of us -- the opportunity to share treasures. I'm so happy to finally share some of my most rare gemstones, and create with them: like making an entire seraphinite necklace! TY :) A wonderful indulgence I never would have created if not for you. ((Lori))

    love love love
    Rita

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  76. Wow you have got the most amazing stash of lovelies. I spent a lot of time drooling over them! I love the heart necklace. It's just perfect and speaks volumes. Every component looks like it was made just to be on that necklace.

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  77. I love the meaning you imbued these necklaces with. The are both artistically gorgeous as well. I especially love the 2nd necklace. This was a BRILLIANT idea for a blog hop. I have so very much stashed away!

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  78. Lori,
    the colors that you use are just fantastic. such wonderful necklaces, I really like the second one.

    ~cryssT

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  79. Thanks so much for sharing your hoards and their stories, Lori.
    First I have to say that I too love to wear other artists' jewelry. Either it's something I couldn't dream of creating myself or I'm just drawn to it.
    That said, your designs are inspiring! I love that both pieces have such meaning. I noticed right away that you modified the raku heart and it works perfectly. Both necklaces are beautiful. I hope they bring you joy as you wear them.

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  80. Such beautiful, thoughtful necklaces, Lori. Beautifully done. Great idea for the blog hop, too! Thank you for hosting!

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  81. Thank you♥ for sharing always so much with 'us' Lori! You make me think of many things that happen in your life and mine :-)and I like that, it's good to reflect.

    Now you do it again, through the beautiful jewellery you made. Love the metaphor. Take care!

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  82. Lori,
    I hope that you are feeling better. Your heart necklace is amazing and the story behind it is touching. I want to thank you so much for setting this all up. I do not know if I can wait a whole year for the next one!

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  83. Thank you for hosting another great adventure in Blogging and FUN! Love your stash, the MAKU raku pendant/heart necklace (I'm a big fan of her work) and the beautiful second necklace. All FABULOUS!

    Smiles,Pam

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  84. Serious case of bead envy here. I've lingered over every shot! It's always a treat when you post new work, and these pieces, with their soulful meets experimental-meets intuitive feel, are just extraordinary. And thanks for hosting another hop, which, as always, is a source of endless inspiration and energy for all of us!

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  85. Lori, I love your blog! & looking at your "Hoardings" --- excuse me "Collections"!!!! :))))))

    Thank you for putting on this hop. It gave me the push to get some things done!

    I love the two necklaces you made & the symbolism is not lost on me. I doubt it's lost on most of us! It's a really good thing that God has a sense of humor when he looks down on us & sees what we "plan" to do & what we "actually" do. He must belly laugh a lot in my case or cry buckets, so I for one am very thankful for that sense of humor! :)

    Keeping you in my prayers, that your health will improve & your love of life will keep you strong! Hang in there! Life is worth living!

    My blog will be up later today. Sorry for the delay, computer & life issues. :( Karla

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  86. This!!! "beads I ... hoard AND use faster than fast" THIS! I totally get this!!!!! I love your pieces! Gorgeousness as usual. Thanks for hosting this hop!

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  87. As always, I'mm in awe of your talent/creativity and your spirit. Expect had I been in the hospital last week and/or in pain, I would have chucked the bead blog hop - but you persevere which is tremendously inspiring.

    thanks for sharing your lovely designs and their story.

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  88. Hi Lori! What a lovely idea for a hop! Your stash is crazy good and I saw a few artists I may have to begin stashing of my own! I love what you created! I knew nothing could keep you down! :)

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  89. You truly are an inspiration Lori! Thank you for hosting this hop, and please do continue it every year. I am one of those who probably enjoys the shopping and planning, but stashes it all away for the "right time". The real truth of the matter is there is no real right time, I need to just jump in and start creating. I know my design skills will keep improving as I continue. Your pieces are truly awesome and your stash of art beads makes me envious!

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  90. GORGEOUS! I love each design so different from the other but so filled with meaning, especially with your personal journey as of late.

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  91. Thanks so much for giving us this opportunity to create with our hoarded beads. Not sure why some just get put in the pile but good to use them and enjoy them more.
    I love both of your necklaces but the one with the Raku heart is my favorite, I really love the colors on it.
    Thanks again for everything, I feel I have really grown in my jewelry making because of you.

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  92. Lori, the heart bead would have flummoxed me, with the nails and all, but I love how you both softened it without making it wimpy, and found the personal meaning in it. And the colors in the second necklace are slap-your-momma gorgeous! I hope you keep the sentiment of the pendant in mind all the time as you continue to heal.

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  93. I had no doubt that your stash was so fabulous! Thanks for hosting this blog hop, it gave me the chance to make new room for new beads!

    Take care,
    Ambra

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  94. Beautiful, so much talent. I want them all! Hugs, Mary

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  95. Hi Lori: So good to be back into beading again. Had some big bumps in the road and disappeared for a while but happy to be see you are still churning out the bead hops:) Note I changed the name of my blog.
    Terri wlaschin

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  96. It was an awesome blog hop! I'm so glad you thought of it, even though a trip out of town kept me from doing as much as I wanted to do. You have an envious stash of beads, so maybe that'll be incentive to do another Bead Hoarders Blog Hop -- we all know you have beads left! :-)

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  97. I missed this latest awesome bread soup exchange due to a fun abdominal surgery! I would love to be in on the next bread soup, please c key me know how?

    I think out of these new necklaces you have shown, the raku heart with the nails really says the most. I love it!!

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  98. Both are very nice Lori. Looking forward to see more from you.

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  99. Hi Lori,
    You were one of the first commenters on my bog when I started and I've been going back to my funny first posts and found you there. I'm glad, because I enjoyed my visit here. These beads are gorgeous! I'm going to visit the other bloggers too. :^) patsy

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