Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sabbatical, revisited

For those of you who witnessed the craziness that happened on my blog and Facebook this past week, you know that:

a) I was at wit's end, 

b) I was very depressed,

c) I got chastised epically by a few for writing what was called
 a Boo-Hoo Blog, told that I thrived on drama and attention, etc, etc, etc.  


I was unbelievably hurt, embarrassed, angry, back to hurt.  My reaction was to delete everything I wrote on Facebook (although I still have a Facebook account so I can communicate via Messenger with people and see what folks are up to) and I declared a sabbatical on both Facebook and my blog.  I don't regret deleting my Facebook posts.  But my blog -- I refused to touch it.


Today I got a lovely email from a woman who made me think about my decision.  She felt that leaving that negativity and despair up for anyone to read at any time in my life when some folks decided to call me out may not be the most healing thing for me.  That doesn't mean I'm not paying attention or absorbing your words and advice (unless you're nasty and profane about it.)


And she is quite right.


While I stand by everything I said and felt, it doesn't need to define my life.  It definitely defined my week.  But not my life.


I'm still not sure what I'll do with Facebook ... probably tread quite lightly and easily for a while. My blog, however, is my journey, and I will write what I feel.  If I end up deleting something at some point, that's on me.  All of us have said things or had things said about us that we don't want staring us in the face, right?  That doesn't mean I'm dismissing your opinion...it just goes down better when written from a place of caring and concern and not disgust.  Ya know?


To that end, I'm going to continue with my blog in some manner.  Zack will be starting school soon and of course I want to take pictures and share him with you because he's one of the big reasons I'm here.




There are also lots of things I've always planned to talk about that have nothing to do with being sick.  But readers have to understand -- being sick sucks and sometimes, I will write about it.  I know in the past from some emails and comments I've received that my "over-sharing" has helped people.  I've also gotten emails that said I should just kindly shush the heck up and get over myself.


I hope that you will stay with me.  There is a lot in life that has nothing to do with Lyme or Babesia or liver disease.  LOTS.  It is a part of my life, and it DOES affect the things I'm able to do, but I will NOT let anyone make me feel like someone I'm not.  I'm not looking for pats on the back, or attention, or anything like that.  I'm just writing.  Whatever happens when you read it just happens. You're either interested, or you're not.  I'm going to stay authentic, and authentic sometimes is marvelous.  Sometimes, it's the pits.

Thinking on the rocks of Big Sur the day before leaving the country in 1989.

I will always welcome private messages (or post a comment and say to not publish it but email you at xyz), and I always will welcome differing opinions. I've learned quite a lot in life by paying attention and listening to those who don't agree with me, and I would like to think I'm open-minded enough that, if you don't curse at me, I will listen, think about what you've said, and process it. I've changed my outlook this way at times, as I'm doing right now, writing a post when I had no intention of writing for quite a long time.


Writing is my "thing", my passion, even if I'm not always exceptional at it.  Reading and writing are more vital to me than making jewelry, even.  I'm not always going to be a marvelous writer, but I'm doing it for me, for posterity, for learning.


I hope to see you here again, because I care about you all.




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.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Haberdashery Blog Hop -- better late than never!

I am such an idiot.  I was a week off on the due date for the Haberdashery Blog Hop held by Melissa Trudinger, a friend of mine from Australia.


When I hear the word "haberdashery", I think of a show my son used to watch -- iCarly. There was a character, Nevel Papperman, who wanted nothing more than to own a haberdashery when he grew up. When asked what the heck that was, he explained, in exasperation, that it was "a men's retail store that sells men's accessories such as wallets, belts, buttons, and zippers."  And I swear one day he included ribbons.


My pieces are simple but fun.  I first thought of some of the haberdashery-esque vintage booths I've visited:



I dug into my stash of well-hoarded white buttons...



... which I've since separated out into styles -- mother of pearl, two hole, four hole, engraved, special, plastic but cool, etc.



Then I looked for my stash of Tierracast copper bezels from their Keepsake collection and braved resin again.  The fun part was finding buttons that would fill SQUARE bezels.  


And if these look familiar (sigh) they are ones I made a while back.  The nice big batch I made for this blog hop have gone completely missing.  But if you saw my studio.....


I also made a haberdashery mannequin out of a styrofoam form and pinned lots of paper flowers to her. I threaded a seed bead onto each pin before pushing it into the flower, tied a bow at her waist, and gave her a shiny top by pinning daisy spacers into the styrofoam.  She may not be technically part of the haberdashery realm, but she looks it!



Now I hope you'll visit the rest of the people (who were on time, oh man, I'm so sorry) and marvel at their creations!



Melissa Trudinger, hostess                            http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder                                                 http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Tammy Adams                                                http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Amanda Wacasey                                           http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml                                                   http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com 

Divya N                                                             http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Michelle McCarthy                                         http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com

DiYana Brooks                                                 http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Robin Kae Reed                                               http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick                                                    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Karin Grosset Grange                                     http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Mitzie Crider                                                    http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                                                    http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories

Rosantia Petkova                                           http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Susan Kennedy                                                http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Leithleach Alainn Seodra                              http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kathleen Breeding                                          http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Shiraz Biggie                                                    http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                               http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Heather Richter                                              http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier                                                  http://www.windbent.net/

Rebecca Anderson                                         http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Kyrlach                                                   http://anafiassa.blogspot.com

Rita Toltec Jewels                                          http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Mischelle Fanucci                                           http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karen Mitchell                                                 http://overthemoon-design.com

Carol Briody                                                     http://Cbriody.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                                  http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                              http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                                                  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Jami Shipp                                                        http://www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com

Lili Krist                                                             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/

Laney Mead                                                     http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/

Evelyn Shelby                                                   http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Raissa de Guzman                                          http://www.abloro.com

Niky Sayers                                                      http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Keren Panthaki                                                http://vasdea.wordpress.com

I hope you enjoyed the hop, and come back soon soon soon for a massive book giveaway you don't want to miss!


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.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Haberdashery Hop

Holy crow, I was using the wrong calendar page!  Tomorrow, God willing, I'll have my pieces (which ARE completed) posted.  I'm so sorry!  Brain fog or stupidity, either one is embarrassing.


A hint:



You can hop the other participants now!  And thanks to Melissa Trudinger for organizing this!


Melissa Trudinger                                           http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder                                                 http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Tammy Adams                                                http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Amanda Wacasey                                           http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml                                                   http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com 

Divya N                                                             http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Michelle McCarthy                                         http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com

DiYana Brooks                                                 http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Robin Kae Reed                                               http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick                                                    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Karin Grosset Grange                                     http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Mitzie Crider                                                    http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                                                    http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories  <-- will post on Sunday

Rosantia Petkova                                           http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Susan Kennedy                                                http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Leithleach Alainn Seodra                http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kathleen Breeding                                          http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Shiraz Biggie                                                    http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                               http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Heather Richter                                              http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier                                                  http://www.windbent.net/

Rebecca Anderson                                         http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Kyrlach                                                   http://anafiassa.blogspot.com

Rita Toltec Jewels                                          http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Mischelle Fanucci                                           http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karen Mitchell                                                 http://overthemoon-design.com

Carol Briody                                                     http://Cbriody.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                                  http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                              http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                                                  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Jami Shipp                                                        http://www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com

Lili Krist                                                             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/ 

Evelyn Shelby                                                   http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Raissa de Guzman                                          http://www.abloro.com

Niky Sayers                                                      http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Keren Panthaki                                                http://vasdea.wordpress.com
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