Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Four Questions

The Cerebral Dilettante is a jewelry artist I greatly admire.  She makes the most INCREDIBLE jewelry and I can honestly say I'd be happy with any piece she'd wing my way.  

Jewelry by Cerebral Dilettante/Lune Designs
Yesterday Keirsten tagged me with the meme "Four Questions".  She asked me and three other bloggers four questions, and I'm supposed to ask four bloggers my own four questions.  Sounds cool, doesn't it?  So here are the questions Keirsten asked me:

1.  Tell me one big thing in your life that you had the opportunity to do, but didn't, and always wished you had. 

When I graduated college, I had the chance to backpack through parts of Europe with my best friend, Jen.  I also, at a separate time, had a chance to spend Christmas with her riding elephants in Thailand.

Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy
It amazes me that I didn't do these things, considering the extensive world travel I'd already done.  But let's just say I was a different person then, and was governed by what my boyfriend had to say about the matter.  Stupid, stupid, and more stupid.  I look back on The Me That Was and regret quite a lot.  But then, out of that life came a lot of good, so .... you take what you can out of what you think you're given.

2. What is the most favorite outfit (clothes) you ever had? Of your whole life? Describe it to me in detail (sequins, fairy wings, go-go boots and all).

This one is easy. 

When I lived in Korea at the age of 19-21, my roommate Kristin had the. most. awesome. leather biker jacket.  It was oversized, so VERY comfie, and she adorned it with rhinestone and pearl brooches.  I also had several pairs of boots -- black cowboy boots, ankle boots, sky-high stiletto boots -- that I designed myself and had custom made there in Korea.  Remember, this was 1989!

The photo is me in front of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, rocking ever-present oversized white shirt (I either wore one with jeans or untucked over leggings), acid-washed jeans, and my black cowboy boots, all with Kristin's biker jacket.  I loved this outfit.  I snagged her jacket every time I could, and if I could have hidden it from her when she moved back to the states, I would have!

Ah, youth.

3.  What is your favorite thing about yourself? It can be an ability, a learned skill, a character quality or a personality trait. Or maybe it's your hair.

Hmm.  This one is tough, because as you've read in other posts, I'm really hard on myself.  I suppose what I would say my favorite thing about myself is my loyalty and kindness to friends.  If you need me, I'll be there.  If you need help, I'll help.  You don't even need to be a friend in the true definition of the word.  I like to support causes and the underdog and people in trouble.  Some I talk about here and try to raise support for.  Most I don't, and just try to make it an everyday thing -- paying for a cup of coffee here or holding a door there.  I want to lead by example to my son, and there's nothing that perks up a sad day like being nice to someone.

4.  If you had all the time in the world, every day, to devote to some completely frivolous but wickedly fun pursuit, what would it be?

I kind of already do that!  But I don't really do it all day, every day, and it's not all the time in the world by any stretch of the imagination.  And I think I'd be cheating if I said "beading", so let ... me...... think........

OK!  But I'm picking two, m'k?   Antique shopping and photography.  And I don't mean antique furniture shopping, but the adventurous kind, the kind where you search out tiny towns with dusty barns bursting at the seams with Aunt Edna's old stuff.  Then I'd drag it home and take wicked-cool pictures of it, learning all the ins and outs of PhotoShop to make that piece of tossed out Americana look like a million bucks.

From my vintage thread collection (I also collect vintage buttons and have TONS of them.)
But if I REALLY were brave, what I'd REALLY like to do is hunt for abandoned places and photograph them.  But I'm NOT brave.  I spook easily.  So I just get vicarious thrills from my favorite "lost and abandoned" site, Opacity.

Verden Psychiatric Ward,

I hope you've had fun with the questions, and now here are mine for the following four people:

1)  Cindy, Sweet Bead Studio
2)  Erin, Treasures Found
3)  Jen, Jen on the Edge
4)  Sparrow, Sparrow Salvage

And the questions....

1)  If you could have been best friends with someone in history, who would it be and why?
2)  If you could have dinner with a famous person in current times, who would it be and why?
3)  What is your favorite book/books and why?
4)  What is your favorite smell, and why?


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


  1. Oh! Your answers really resonate with me. Funny enough, I am also thinking lately about the things I did not do when I was young(er) that I should have....and how I let the opinions of others (especially boyfriends) influence my decisions. Gah!

    Also...I adore Opacity. So interesting, and so beautiful. Really sparks the imagination.

  2. Interesting, very interesting. Whenever you do a meme like this, I always learn something new.

    I'll work on my responses and post them later this week. (It's going to take some thought.)

  3. i love these! thank you for sharing so much about yourself - that was really interesting...

  4. Lori this was incrediably cool. I'm digging the outfit and your hair in the picture of you standing in front of the University.

  5. This is a great idea.I have learned so much about you. Great answers and chalenging questionsBe Blessed

  6. I love gettin to know my friends a little better!! Great answers & a really fun post. Thanks for sharing friend!!! :)

  7. i love this post..
    it's really good to reflect on how you got to where you are, who you admire, what moves you etc.
    your question selections are good ones..i know 3 right off the top of my head..but the book?..hmm

  8. What fun. It is always nice to learn more about you. Love the jacket and boots. The 80"s were a very special time. Thanks again for sharing yourself and your work.

  9. Ohhh, I can totally relate to that 80's outfit:-) Thxs for sharing your answers.

  10. Anonymous11:51 AM

    Great questions and answers today! Really enjoyed the links too.

    I had a similar outfit to yours that I wore a lot. I couldn't live without it, yet today I have no clue where that outfit went!

  11. Cool! Thanks Lori! I loved your answers! Esp. going around scooping up vintage treasures and photographing them. What an awesome idea and it DOES sound wickedly fun! (And maybe in your old age when you're not afraid of anything/anybody you can photograph the abandoned buildings. Take a friend with you to hold hands with!) I would have appropriated the leather jacket too.

  12. It's really nice getting to know you. It's amazing how 4 simple questions can tell so much.

    Love the boots picture and the jacket. So 80's.

  13. Hey Lori thanks for stopping by...your answers to the questions was great. Fantastic post.

  14. I was fun to get to know you better, Lori! I love that picture of you taken in Korea. Sure brings some 80's flashbacks! And I in total agreement with the antiquing/treasure hunting and picture taking adventure. Tried to do a little of that yesterday on my birthday! :-)

  15. Anonymous6:41 AM

    Hi the outfit and the hair. I had the same hair, but no leather jacket or boots :)
    thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to comment! Good luck with that "stash"

  16. I LOVE old abandoned places! I'd go with you, if you wanted a traveling buddy!

  17. Beautiful and honest post. I am grateful I've gotten to "know" you over the last few months.


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