Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Fancy a Retreat (and a Balloon Ride?)


Crossing my fingers, but other than the normal headache and stuff when the barometric pressure drops, I'm starting to venture out of bed more, making some forays into public, and I'm anxious to do things. Doing things might mean just sitting and knitting, or sitting and making jewelry, or sitting and chatting, (start small, think big!) but I'd love to start doing that with you. A little at a time, building up my strength, but so much more fun when there's a goal ahead.


To that end --  if you feel like making the trip to Easton, MD after October (I have a show I'm bound and DETERMINED to attend and sell my jewelry), I have three extra bedrooms and if you can handle cats, we're good.  It would be fun to have some ladies come and visit, yes? And it doesn't even have to be overnight.  Come for a few hours and we'll have fun. This offer stands all the time.  You don't have to wait until next  spring or fall (more on that in a sec.)  We'll get to know each other -- the real Lori that's been missing and you, the friend I want to know better.


Where will you come from?


I have another idea in mind but this one will take a bit of planning and a bit more time -- like fall of NEXT year.  I really want to wait until I've been "clean and clear" for a little longer, and I want to celebrate the healing with a workshop/hang-out with a small group, but just as importantly and exciting -- a hot air balloon ride.  Once I start feeling right about making serious plans, I'll post more details. I've been in touch with the gentleman who runs the balloon company and he can create a ride just for us.  To me, it's very symbolic -- rising above all the dreck that we've all been dealing with in our lives.


Photo courtesy of our pilot, Delmarva Balloon Rides

It's expensive -- at least a couple hundred dollars -- but I'm trying to figure out how to subsidize that to help everyone, and how to create a workshop that won't wear me out and is more of a celebration of fun and getting together and trading beads -- a real, live, Bead Soup HOUSE Party.  You pack your beads, head here, and we'll have fun teaching each other what we know.  No stress, just fun and laughter and learning from each other.  (The balloon ride is not mandatory, of course -- if the idea scares you, just come out and take pictures and have fun together watching!).

I live near lots of water and trees -- it will be gorgeous.
And we'll have a post-ride celebration!
(Photo courtesy of our pilot, Delmarva Balloon Rides.)


So if you can, hoard a few quarters away, or whatever you can, in a special jar and start getting excited, because *I* am.  And so is Zack, who will not be riding with us (unless you want to enjoy the entire ride filled with screams).  He just wants to see you and your beads!!!!


(Edited:  Depending upon the interest, there will be hotel rooms and I can get a project room for our beading.)


I am grateful to all of you for sticking with me.  I'm even grateful for the true-but-hard-to-admit-to-myself emails I've had.  No, I'm not over Lyme and Babesia but YES my life is pretty good, really, and I'm anxious to get back to it.


Oh.... I wonder if he'll let us bring pie on the balloon trip? HA!




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.

33 comments:

  1. A fabulous Idea, Lori!

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  2. NOW THIS is our Lori! Sounds like a spectacular time, minus the cats for me. Achoo. Still - what's a few sneezes among friends? Hear that sound? That was the first penny hitting the bottom of the House Party savings jar. My birthday is in October....even more excitement. ;)

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  3. Wow.. I wanna play too! Balloon rides are *awesome*!!

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  4. Soooo exciting!!! Can't wait to hear more!

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  5. Jenn Hearne9:05 AM

    What wonderful ideas! Too bad I have no idea what to do with a single bead... ;)

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  6. Would be heaps of fun!

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  7. Lori - you're sounding so much better. I am so happy for you. The party sounds fun but no balloon ride for this girl. I would stay on the ground with Zack and cheer you all on!

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  8. Lori - you're sounding so much better. I am so happy for you. The party sounds fun but no balloon ride for this girl. I would stay on the ground with Zack and cheer you all on!

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  9. Lori - you're sounding so much better. I am so happy for you. The party sounds fun but no balloon ride for this girl. I would stay on the ground with Zack and cheer you all on!

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  10. I *love* the balloon ride idea.

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  11. Sounds like a grand adventure!

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  12. Fantastic! I am so glad you are making plans for adventures! I think that's a fabulous mindset to have! So very exciting! :) <3

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  13. Love your first paragraph :-) and while I'm still a teensy bit afraid you are posting happy thoughts for the nay sayers, you really do sound wonderful and that makes me happier than all the balloon rides in the world!

    Just fyi- I am totally afraid of heights. Well, I am totally afraid of falling is the truth of it. Anyway, I thought I would freak out about a balloon ride, but when my friend and I were in Sedona, I was determined not to miss a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was shaking at first, and terrified, but it was absolutely wonderful. I'm still afraid of heights (falling), but somehow this was different! I'm NOT suggeting that Zach should do it, just wanted to share my own experience!

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  14. Yup, this sounds like Lori. I'm smiling as I read this post, which has such a happy, positive, hopeful tone. I hope and pray that your health continues to improve.

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  15. If only I lived in the US - meeting you would be great! The balloon! I am speechless!

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  16. Looks like three bedrooms won't be enough, this is such an exciting idea, and there has to be beads, beads, beads!

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  17. Sounds like a terrific idea. Would love to join you.

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  18. hmmmm,next fall? hmmmmmmmm

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  19. I would love to join you ANY time and Im not too far from you ( a couple/few hours drive) Ive been meaning to do a balloon ride to celebrate myself!
    Keep feeling the good days and bearing the bad! You are my hero!

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  20. I bet you'll have a full house! Not sure if I would be brave enough for a hot air balloon or not. :0

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  21. Oooh,I see the wheels are starting to turn! Easton, MD is doable from CT for sure!! Just need to get some time off :) ~~T

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  22. I'm upfor visit in November and a retreat next fall. I'll stay with Zack on the ground. Heights and I don't mix!

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  23. Laura9:51 PM

    You are an AMAZING INSPIRATION to all of us! Along with your precious son & husband! What a remarkable family! Thank you! Doubt I will ever see MD but if you ever get to Houston, TX, we'll meet for sure!

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  24. This is seriously exciting! I would be all over it if I still lived in NoVA... but WA is far away and I've got 2 kids in college. :(
    On the plus side, I will totally enjoy any and all pictures!

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  25. You sound great, Lori! So glad you are feeling better and making some fun plans. You are much braver than I am about taking a ballon ride. Happy that you are happy. Lynn :)

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  26. Sounds brilliant but I am too far to join in...UK to USA is slightly more than a few quarters!! Be great to follow the photos though :)

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  27. Your only a couple of hours from my moms house Will save my pennies will feel good to be with thee bead people that I love and admire!!!

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  28. Oh you are so much braver than I!! I have a terrible fear of heights, so I will be cheering you on from far away, safely on the ground!
    It is wonderful to make plans like this, something amazing to look forward to. I am so envious of all the people who will be able to visit/join you for the House Party! Maybe one day we will meet. Are you venturing to Austin, TX any time soon?? :)
    Love and strength to you,
    Heather

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  29. Sadly that is my busiest time of the year. I would be lovely to take a trip to MD. If you do a spring show and make the offer again I will be sure to try and make the trip.

    Angie

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  30. I would love to come see you. I'm not sure about this year but next year might be a possibility. I will be taking pictures on the ground of the balloon though. I doubt you'd want to hear my screams either:)

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  31. :D GOOD POST! <3
    I have a long way to go before I can drive myself to MD but I am working on it!
    :)
    It's VERY good to hear your goals and that you are eager to get up and at 'em! <3
    So glad to read this!
    :D

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  32. What fun... For you! While I love a great new adventure/experience, I'll be cheering you on from the ground as I'm terrified of heights, planes, etc. Much 💜

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