Monday, July 14, 2014

Kork-Ease Work Out -- yup, they're shoes



ANY day when I feel I can move around and get a few errands done, I try to take advantage of it. Today, however, I REALLY took advantage of it and decided that wearing 4" heels (3" with a 1" platform) constituted a work out for someone who spends most of her time in bed. 


Oh, I was right.  I can hardly walk now.  But that is quite OK.  Quite.


I even wore a skirt (I'm fancy like that sometimes).  Luckily, Kork-Ease shoes are very comfortable, even these towering things.  I managed to go to the orthodontist (NO MORE BRACES ON MY TEETH!), take Zack for a frozen hot chocolate....




... which they thoughtfully adorned with a chocolate smiley face.  I love Rise Up Coffee!


After I dropped Zack off at camp (MineCraft stuff, I totally don't get it), I went to get my own coffee, did a boring errand run at Target (but hey, I was OUT. OF. BED!), stopped by the local Hobby Shop so I could find US coin books for Zack (we've sorted approximately ten million -- thank you, by the way!), then to the paint store to buy paint to refurbish a vintage curio cabinet I bought last year.




It's sitting on a white glass-doored cabinet/bookshelf, and it is going to look great.  I bought a light sage green to match some of the other things in the foyer, and I have to now figure out how to sand down the wood a little bit (wearing a mask), paint it, and then distress it.  I just don't care for the yellow at all and it's going to be a fun project that will likely take me all summer, but that's OK!


Then back to the orthodontist to pick up my retainer (yes, I'm 12), and to the used book store where I tried to grab the Chinese book I wanted while holding my breath as much as possible (book dust is a Bad Thing for me right now, unfortunately).


I am now exhausted.  Completely happy, but exhausted.  Who knows how I'll feel tomorrow, but I don't care, because today, I felt normal.  And sometimes, normal is really, really cool.



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.




Saturday, July 12, 2014

Winner of the book from Lark Crafts is...



Lynn Berry, you won!

I contacted you by email.

If I don't hear from Lynn within a week, I'll pick a new winner!

Thank you, and stayed tuned for more book giveaways!



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.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

(Calling all seed beaders!) Book Giveaway from Lark Crafts -- Beading All-Stars

HEY SEED BEADERS!!!!  I am giving away an amazing book from Lark Crafts which has not been released yet -- you'll be among the first to own it!


The book is called "Beading All-Stars" and it includes 20 jewelry projects from Marica DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, Mabeline Gidez, Diane Hyde, Amy Katz, Rachel Nelson-Smith, Glenda Paunonon and Liisa Turonen, Sherry Serafini, Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, and Anneta Valious, all experts in their own right.




The book is 127 pages with 20 well-planned, well-illustrated seed beading designs, with nine pages of techniques.  I recommend this book for those who have done some bead weaving or free form stitching before, as the projects tend toward the intermediate to advanced category.  You will NOT be disappointed in the range of projects the book contains!  Plus there are Gallery photos throughout that will get your creative juices flowing even that much faster!


I am giving this book away to US residents only.

(I'm sorry -- international postage would cost more
 than the book -- what's up with that????).


I'm going to try out Rafflecopter for the first time and see how that goes.  Cutting out all the names can take a lot of time, even though Zack loves to do it for me (usually).  There are various options to give you points.  The only mandatory one is that you comment below and have a way for me to contact you (your email connected to your blog or include your email) and remember, US only. I'll have something for International folks soon!



a Rafflecopter giveaway


I will also have three books from Interweave/F+W 
to give away soon as well,
so stay tuned!!!






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.
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