Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nyquil

I need to look back, but I think that whenever I have a Bead Soup Blog Party, I get the flu.  At least soup is supposed to be good for you when one HAS the flu.


Apparently it's going around at school -- parents are dropping like flies.  I am up today long enough to blog a piece for the folks participating the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party® and thought, what the heck, I'll take a shot of Nyquil and write a little here as well.


Ah.  Then I realized I just have nothing to say as I've been in bed almost all week. 


So a quick search of Google Images brought me these, and while I don't know who to attribute them to, I'll post them and if you made them, let me know.  *I* certainly didn't make them, I can't make toast right now.





(Disclaimer:  I am not a spokesperson for Nyquil and was not paid to write this, although I certainly can attest that after taking said Nyquil I have fallen asleep while knitting, eating dinner, reading a book, and helping Zack with his homework.  And that was just yesterday.)




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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.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Sign Ups Are Open for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party®


It's here!
The sign ups for the
7th Bead Soup Blog Party®
take place now until Sunday, January 27th.


Some quick info:

1)  If you do not live in the US or want an international partner,
you may want to consider the 2nd or 3rd reveal date
as shipping times may vary.


2)  To ship internationally, you must be familiar with the process
(so if this would be your first international shipment,
please don't click "yes").


3) You must click the link below to fill in the form.
Be sure to click "submit" at the end of the form.


The sign ups are now closed.


Over 500 people signed up.


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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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

And now, some thinking.

TOMORROW, please come back around noon EST and you'll be able to sign up for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party®  (and there IS only one a year from now on, remember!).  The sign up form will be active from then until midnight Sunday, January 27th, EST.



And now for some thinking.


This blog hop is the one thing I feel I've done well in my beading career -- not actually making jewelry.  I mean, I make pretty jewelry and I'm very detail-oriented when it comes to making wire wraps, closing jump rings, and trimming wire ends ... but I don't think of myself as innovative.  I'm totally fine with that, although I haven't always been.  When I found myself constantly stressed over trying to come up with something NEW and IMPROVED (add sparkle and glitter to that statement) I realized -- "Lori, this sucks.  You're not having fun anymore."


Yeah, that sucked.  But *I* didn't suck.  And I haven't made that connection until recently.


For the past couple of months, I've only made what I want to make when I truly felt like making it.  I'm enjoying it more now that I've let go of the pressure.  I don't feel the (yes, sadly) jealousy I used to feel when I'd see things others were creating and wonder why I couldn't THINK that way.  But the reason I couldn't think that way is I wasn't them.  I'm me.  You're you.  Everyone has a different "It" Factor.  Some have found "It".  Some haven't met "It" yet.


Signs from the maze at Luray Caverns.


Maybe making jewelry isn't my It Factor.  Maybe putting on jewelry design blog hops IS. Because I am always, always surprised at the number of people who sign up and I have no idea why.  There are so many awesome blog hops out there (and joining more blog hops myself is one thing on my Resolution list).  Broader than that, maybe my thing is creating a sense of community to beady folks.  I LOVE feeling the energy in social media, how words can cross the miles and connect us.  Creating a way for people to connect is meaningful to me.


One of my jewelry experiments.


Making jewelry will always be SOMETHING because I do love it.  I have two or three shows a year where I enjoy exhibiting my designs, and I'm not ready to give those up.  But I also know it's OK to step back and regroup when the passion has dimmed.  That stepping back will give me a chance to focus on other things, and in doing so, RE-focus on jewelry.  And when (if!) I get back to making it nearly every single day like I used to -- who knows what It Factor will show up?  If nothing else, I'll have fresh eyes, and a fresh perspective.


I hate to fail.  And for way too long, I've thought of my inability to be a truly innovative, recognized jewelry designer who played with the Big Girls was failure on my part.  That's just crap, though.  It's not failure.  And if I still want to keep striving for that goal, ANY goal, really, and I still don't "make it", was the time wasted?  


Heck no. 



Believe me, it is VERY easy to write "I will not be hard on myself" and quite another kettle of pickles to heed those words every day.  However, I am convinced that part of my physical healing process is to heal my sense of creative worth, and I've been hurting myself in that regard.  When I sit down and concentrate and write down not only the things I've already done (no matter how small) but the things I want to do (not matter how big), I've got a much larger "Did it, done it, got the t-shirt" list than I thought.


THAT list is just as important as your to-do list.


Make today happy.



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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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