Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Things are going to change....




I haven't been around much, but I've been keeping up with things as I can.  There are some exciting things on the horizon...My first craft show in a YEAR is this weekend; Cindy Wimmer's Book Blog Tour kicked off today; a new blogging eBook coming out.  For fun, the Anderson family now owns a tandem bike (for Rick and Zack) and I got a retro pink Schwinn.  Yep, I'm getting a basket.  No, not getting tassels. Yes, my bell is cool, with a pink peace sign on it.  I can't wait to be strong enough to take it grocery shopping.

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I haven't made a ton of jewelry, but what I've made, I feel, has taken me over the bar a little bit.  Not everything. But more and more I'm making things for aesthetic beauty and sentimental reasons without boxing myself in due to the cost of the beads I use.  Of COURSE I pay attention to demographics and their price points, and my booth isn't going to suddenly be filled with mega-watt designs, but I'm determined to break out of a few molds.  There for a while, I *seriously * considered selling the business.  But it's not just about the jewelry, or just me.  More on that some other day.




Zack will soon be offering his resin pendants in his Etsy store, so stay tuned!  We're planning to load it up all at once and shout (swinging a bar through a triangle), "Come and get it!"  Plus the awesome guys at PJ  Tool & Jewelry Design sent me an amazing kit I know you'll love.....Bezel Effects !  As always, there will be a giveaway of their goodies, and OH, I need to show you their new soft-strike aluminum.  I work with kids and stamping and these new blanks are terrific!


When my show is over in two weeks, I have a list.  Sorting LEGO kits while watching movies is high on that list.  Knitting.  Doing some more intensive, creative jewelry design.  Lighting up my torch again.  Starting Zack on piano is another.  And always in the background....writing.  I'm writing, Zack's writing with me....so many things planned, but only one thing at a time, and no guilt if I have to nap.


Medically, things may have taken a sharp 180 and I'm kind of starting all over again.  I'm going through acupuncture, physical therapy, and yet more new doctors, but more on that once I get a final answer.  Tired of the "we think it's...." garbage.  For now, I'm allowing myself to rest on the bad days and enjoy the hell out of the good ones.



Things are happening.  




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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.
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43 comments:

  1. Great post, Lori - I love all the positives outweighing the big negative. And I totally understand your frustration with the medicos and their "we think". My husband would tell you that they call it "practicing" medicine for a reason. Just hang in there and know you can always vent over here if you need it.

    hugs!
    T

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  2. Your pink Schwinn looks magical. It's good to hear from you.

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  3. "The future is so bright you gotta wear shades"! Sounds like you have a great plan and attitude Lori! I look forward to seeing what you create/write/do. :)

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  4. so glad to see you back...please keep it up! good luck this weekend, look forward to seeing your designs.

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  5. I'm so happy to hear that things are slowly turning around for you Lori, you've had a rotten year. I'm looking forward to reading more of your words as you get back on track. Take care ...

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  6. Glad to see the phrase "enjoying the hell out of the good ones" because that's the way to do it! Enjoy all your plans, and I will look forward to Zach's shop being populated. His resin pendants are great. Can't wait to get one.

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  7. Oooh that pink bike is do cool!! Have fun with that craft show. ;)

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  8. Oh my dear sweet, Lori, it is so good to hear your positive,take control voice! Tell you the truth, I need to hear this from a friend. I've had a lot of jammy days lately and I feel like you've given me the all clear to do that. Let's get up and go together, each at our own pace, OK? And I really can not wait to see what Zach is up to!

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  9. I'm glad to hear your voice, and your positive attitude :-)

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  10. Kisses my dear and yes, rest on your bad days and enjoy to the fullest the good ones. That is what I do! <3

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  11. Kisses my dear lady! I do the same thing as you, rest when my day is not as good and enjoy to the fullest the good ones.
    <3

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  12. Hi Lori. Biking sounds fun. I hope you don't get too worn out. Glad you've found a new but familiar to go with your business. It sounds wonderful. I'm not understanding the 180 on your health but I hope it's good! I thought you'd been diagnosed but it doesn't sound like you have. Wish the doctors would make up their minds!!

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  13. You sound good. Living life on life's terms. Cool bike!

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  14. Hi Lori, So nice to read this blog and your sun shine attitude. All the best for you.

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  15. Hi Lori, So nice to read this blog and your sun shine attitude. All the best for you.

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  16. Since the Fall has hit I'm resting on my bad days and enjoying the hell out of the good ones as well my friend.

    You're definitely not alone regardless of whether you have a 'clinical' diagnosis or not!

    It really does sound like things are happening on your end. Lots of GOOD things :) Just focus on those and they'll help you get through the bad days as well as all your friends, online AND real life!

    Lots of love and light coming your way dear Lori :)

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  17. Laura C10:25 PM

    So glad to hear you are not letting health issues get the best of you. It's beyond frustrating when things can't be diagnosed. What a great example you are, taking the high road of a positive attitude. May many more blessings come your way. Hope you are soon sailing on your pink wheels! What a fun ride!

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  18. Love that you're enjoying the hell out of anything you can. And that you're writing since you really love to. Great post!

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  19. I LOVE this post Lori! So much hope & things to look forward to. Read it through twice with a smile on my face for the positive changes I see in store for you. So happy for you! Have fun at your show & I hope you sell tons! Can't wait to hear all about it.

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  20. That pink bike is yummy! You are the coolest girl in town! May you put many miles on it. Have fun!

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  21. It all sounds great! Love the pink bike, too! Wish I had bought a pink one instead of a boring, sort of sporty white one. :)

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  22. Love the pink Schwinn. Fun!
    Here's a little new age take on how your energy works. http://thewisdomshow.com/replay/ Listen if you can. It might help. It definitely can't hurt. Good luck with your show, and everything else.

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  23. Stay strong and inspired - the rest will come! :) ~KM

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  24. Hi LOri, just a hug :)
    great post!

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  25. Love and hugs to YOU Lori, my most awesome beady friend :-) I am looking forwards to seeing your super watt designs ;-) and Zack's pendants and following the blog hop.....Keep on enjoying the hell out of as much as you can! (You are going to rock that bike, by the way!)

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  26. You are such an inspiration! So glad to hear your voice here again. :) PS - your bike rocks!!

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  27. Lori, What great news, Lori! So many things to look forward to! I love your new mode of transportation! xo

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  28. That positive attitude will be better medicine than any Dr can prescribe! Here's to making the most of those 'good' days and riding your fantastic pink bike into more happy, healthy, sunshiny days! See you this weekend, Loves & Hugs <3

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  29. Hi Lori! Good to "see" you in your blog post! Love the contemplative picture of you and your long hair! I'm glad you are still making and creating and doing a show this weekend. Good luck!

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  30. Stay positive and keep smiling...I LOVE your new bike! Right now I run while my daughter rides her bike but I do need to get one soon too. I love the bright colored bikes. :-) keep your chin up and enjoy your day.

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  31. Glad to see you back. Hope you do well at your show. Yes please enjoy the good days and rest when you need to.

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  32. Just sending love!

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  33. The Grand Fern Alley7:57 AM

    I'm new to this blog, but I'm already so encouraged by your spirit of hope! You are right to give yourself permission...to rest, to kick up your heals, to ride that awesome bike! :D You go, Girl!

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  34. Your positive attitude is the best medicine! That cool pink bike looks like a lot of fun. Have a great show and get lots of rest after.

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  35. Great to see you back! Remember...baby steps...don't overdo it! Keep us posted of what the doc's say...it amazes me, they never seem to have a direct answer...Many warm hugs and prayers your way!

    V

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  36. So happy to know you are taking it one day at a time and being gentle with yourself. I like the idea that there are no regrets for taking a nap on the bad days and rocking like hell on the good days. I just got my copy of Cindy's book and I have not had time to sit down and look through it but I will this weekend and I am excited for you to be a contributor! Blue skies are coming and even when you are burdened by clouds, keep that blue sky in your heart. Enjoy the day, Miss Lori! Erin

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  37. I am glad to read you are back creating and writing. I hope you do well at your shows.

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  38. Lori - loving your new pink bike! That would put a smile on my face everytime I saw it. I like your priorities. I want to hear your ring that bell!

    I chose a long time ago, because I could, to just make jewelry I'm really proud of without taking cost in as a factor. Like you, it's not that I want to ignore the cost, but I find my jewelry is more me and frankly better and sells. I still have a whole price range of possibilities for folks, but the main thing is that my muse was able to speak freely no matter what. So much competition out there that you have to create what's you so it's unique. You'll feed your soul, too, which will really make you stronger.

    Best wishes!

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  39. Lori Dear I am so pleased to read this post and find you working at your own pace and making every moment count. I shall look forward to updates on all fronts. I keep you in my prayers and send you healing energy. Smiles to Zack and his amazing creativity. You look beautiful in this photo. Blessings...

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  40. I am so glad that things are looking up for you! One thing I have found about chronic pain is that it ends up opening almost as many doors as it tries to close. It's just a matter of going slowly on bad days and enjoying the hell out of the good ones!

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  41. Looking good! I hope things keep moving forward for you and I wish nothing but the best for you always.
    Jeannie xo

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  42. Yeah Lori!!! Really glad you are back!!! All the love and hugs and Prayers you can handle!!!

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  43. Lori, you always touch my heart with your writing. I love your outlook on what's changed and changing in your life. I've always loved your style of designing, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with next. And to see Zack's pieces!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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