Thursday, March 27, 2014

Checking two things off my Bucket List, thanks to Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Affaire

This is actually old news, but there has been so much to pack into the amount of time I have during a day that I'm just now getting around to telling you some awesome news.


You've heard the term Bucket List, right?  I've never actually sat down and written one and checked things off, but there's definitely a list in my mind.  I finally got to mentally check off two things in quick succession and I'm SO excited.  I haven't felt like I've accomplished much of anything for a while, so this felt extra special with pie on top.


I've long admired every publication Stampington puts out.  Their magazines shouldn't even be called "magazines".  They're the size (and often larger) than many crafting books, the paper is sublime (I have a thing about paper texture), and the articles and tutorials are inspiring.  Two jewelry publications, Jewelry Affaire and Belle Armoire Jewelry, are the two I buy consistently, and I've always admired the artistry, and longed for the day when I might make something that would fit inside their pages.


I was shocked when Jewelry Affaire contacted me, asking me if I'd be interested in writing an article about the Bead Soup Blog Party®.  I actually had to check the email address to make sure I wasn't getting spoofed!  But it was true, and they included a lovely assortment of Bead Soup participant's work in the magazine, as well as showing the "raw" soups themselves.  This came out in the Autumn 2013 edition.

buy it here

I was very pleased they included so many people's creations AND the soups they started with, all over ten pages.   And if you want to see even more awesome creations, come visit my blog on May 3rd for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!



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Following in those footsteps came the news that a necklace I'd made for a button blog hop, using a domed silver three pence piece that Niky Sayers sent to me made the grade.  It was a piece I was extremely proud of, using not only the pence, but vintage lace, copper, white patinaed copper from Miss Fickle Media, pewter button links from Ornamentea, and vintage mother of pearl buttons from my own scarily vast collection.  I sent a photo in, and was thoroughly shocked and delighted when they asked me to send it.  

It appears in the Winter 2014 edition of the quarterly magazine Belle Armoire Jewelry.  I have to say -- getting a tutorial into this magazine made me feel like I had finally made it.   I can't quite explain why, other than to say check out Stampington's publications, and you'll instantly get a certain feel.


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And here's the necklace.




I did the metal texturing and and patina for the copper semicircle and links, and overcame my fear of riveting to give some interest and polish to the pendant.  And I went against my incredibly Type A personality to make "messy wraps" of all the linkages.  Oh, man, I love how it looks when other people do it but I've never been good at it.  To add a little something extra, I melted the ends of the silver wire to create a balled end so it would look a little more "done".  As for connecting the pence and lace, I merely punched two holes in the copper and "sewed" the button on with thin wire.  I made the clasp by creating a traditional hook shape and then wound it with thinner wire.


There!  I did it.  Two things to check off the list.  I'm not nearly as afraid to contact these magazines anymore, but even if I never get published in them again, I'm thankful and grateful for the opportunities.


Thanks for sharing my joy!




Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

25 comments:

  1. Congratulations on getting published in the magazines you admire. Getting published is something that would mean a lot to me too. I have been too scared to try yet, but your post is encouraging. I'm so glad that you are posting again. I hope that means that you are feeling a little better.

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  2. Congrats on adding to your achievements with items so close to your beading heart, Lori :)

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  3. How exciting for you!!! this is wonderful news and I am so Proud of you and to be able to say hey I know her. She is soooo talented and a wonderful person to boot!!! Hugs and Prayers for more good days and more off your bucket list!

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  4. That's awesome! Amazing accomplishments!

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  5. Cartwheel Congratulations Lori!!!!

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  6. Congratulations Lori, to you and to us all who made it on the magazine! Thanks to you we had a moment of glory!
    The button necklace is gorgeous, it is so tricky to work with buttons, but you made something really special!

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS. such wonderful news Lori, so glad something good has happened to you. I too love all the Stampington magazines. They are magnificent -love the paper quality, it feels so luxurious.
    I've bought just about all of them at one time or another including the stamping and paper craft ones. my faves now are the Belle Armoire Jewellery and the Jewellery Affair.
    Perhaps some day you will also be in their wonderful mag Where women Create. we'd love to see your studio/workspace

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  8. Congratulations! Now I want to get the magazines!

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  9. Kudos and proud back pats are flying your way! I think it's a red letter kind of day, so enjoy that sunshiny "bask"!

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  10. Congrats.. and that necklace is really cool!

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  11. Absolutely Awesome Lori!! Lovely article for the magazine (I love both of these, too!) and also, you necklace is a stunning one!! Congrats on both accounts my friend!

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  12. Congratulations! What a beautiful necklace!

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  13. Congrats! The necklace is beautiful and I just love that your baby, the BSBP, got such a great writeup!

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  14. I'm blown away by this! Belle Armoire has such gorgeous pieces, such beautiful clothes! And their magazine is the crème de la crème! I'm not as familiar with Jewelry Affaire, but have seen it and admired the art. Big kudos to you! You have definitely ARRIVED!

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  15. Congratulations Lori, what an awesome achievement for you!!

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  16. Congratulations Lori! I can feel the pride and glee through your words. Stampington does indeed put out gorgeous magazines. I browse all of them, even if it's not a subject I'm hugely interested in. I couldn't agree with you more about paper quality and texture. Somehow it improves the reading experience, and it makes me want to keep them forever. SO happy for you! I look forward to what else is on your bucket list.

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  17. congrats, Lori. I LOVE this necklace.
    kathy

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  18. Congratulations on being published in these amazing publications! Like you, I only buy Jewelry Affaire and Bella Armoire Jewerly, other wise I would be broke.

    I love that you went out of your comfort zone with the messy wraps, something I have yet to master.

    Your pieces are all beautiful!

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  19. Anonymous11:03 PM

    Congratulations! I admire your work!

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  20. Congratulations, Lori. Two 'rewards' fully deserved !

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  21. Congratulations Lori!! I have both issues and it brought a smile to my face to see you included.
    Stampington just does a stellar job with all their publications.

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  22. Congratulations! The feeling must be very rewarding and well deserved, to my humble opinion!

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  23. Such happiness!!! I absolutely adore this necklace! Congratulations!

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  24. Such happiness!!! I absolutely adore this necklace! Congratulations!

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  25. Lori ~ You have made it, and it doesn't take being published to validate that (although, You So Totally Are A Rockstar !) You have worked to get where you are, you're style and talent are astonishing. I have been a fan since I came into this jewelry community. Because you are humble, always willing to share ideas and mentor, no matter how you feel, or what challenges come your way, you are extremely generous with your time for other, always encouraging and supportive. The important thing here is, you give of yourself without expectations. That's what makes me buy anything you're published in ~ you write your blog, tutorials, do the BSBP, etc, from the heart, never for personal gain, but from the heart. Just keep that in mind. You reach people through what you do, whether through your blog, books, magazines, shows, blog hops, etc. I've always said you're a tremendous inspiration to me, in every aspect of life, you're also the best friend anyone could wish for. Keep sharing your beautiful gift. Hugs & Loves

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