Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Second Verse, Same as the First

Well, not quite the same as the first.  But it IS the second post of the day!

Published Today

Some updates to the blog:

You may have noticed that I've now added "Followers" to each of the new pages.  Each page acts as its own blog, so if you want to know immediately on your Blog Reader when something's been posted, now you can!

I've got a nice line-up of guest bloggers coming up, most whom you've probably never heard of, and I'm really excited about that.  I've also got some great DIY Tutorials coming up, also from some talented people.  Don't forget that DIY can also mean cooking, so if you're a whiz at the stove, break out your camera the next time you make dinner!  (I like pie.  Did I mention that?)


Finally, I want to share with you some Bead Soup Blog Party press!  Michelle Mach wrote up a wonderful bit about the Party, including a piece MADE from party materials, and announced the next sign ups (August 1-3).  It's in Super Beadwork in their Bead Buzz section.

And here's the page (we're on the bottom right, and I can email you a copy if you can't read this).

All very exciting, isn't it! 

Now if I could just get some work done.  I've been spinning my wheels, it seems.  I got one teacher's gift made, have another to make by this weekend (school is out June 1st!), need to send out a huge box o' stuff, need to make things from a list a mile long -- and it all is so overwhelming that I'm in danger of just shutting down. 

Do you ever get like that?

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. How exciting to have the Bead Soup Blog Party mentioned in Super Beadwork! You know what that means, right? The next one will be bigger & better than ever!
    I'm easily overwhelmed by the "to do" list. Just remember to breathe! It'll all work out!

  2. Check your list and check it off one item at a time my dear. It will all get done in time. If not, then it didn't need doing. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Now it is time to take a deep breath and smile. That is what you give to us when we read your blog...a great big smile. :o)

  3. Lori, I feel like I am spinning my wheels all of the time. This last week or two has been crazy I have been under the weather and it feels like my whole life is upside down. I just can't seem to get caught up and organized. Never mind doing any blog posts or creating jewelry, things that make me feel good and fulfilled. I feel like I would just like to wiggle my nose and the mess is cleaned up I have well behaved kids, supper on the table and time for myself at the end of the day. I know once I am feeling better, I outlook will be better and I will feel better able to deal with all of the goings on in my life, but for today and the last week I have been backpedaling.

    Take care, I know that you will get rockin and rollin and be on your merry way.


  4. Yup! My to do list has morphed itself into a list that, if I ever loose it, my life will end on the spot!

  5. Cool, cool re: the post by Michelle Mach. Yes, I am constantly overwhelming myself and shutting down. Its one of my worst traits. If you figure out how to overcome that one, let me know ASAP! :)

  6. That is good news, Lori! Congrats!
    And thanks for reminding me to make that teacher gift! I almost forgot about it.
    Enjoy the day!

  7. mmm That slice of pie looks REAL good!

    ---As far as shutting down. YES! Sometimes the deadlines and life obligations overlap and make me feel so overwhelmed. I like that you have a follower option on each section-I'm going to go and click "follow" now...

  8. Anonymous5:38 AM

    Wow! I know exactly what you mean with shutting down. That happens to me if I have to many things to do and get overwhelmed, I literally mentally shut down. I can't do anything and I can barely think, it's an odd sensation. So rest and relaxation helps, but the key for me is to try not to let it get to the shutting down point. I've learned to cut some stuff out if it doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things and to curb my perfectionism. That's a biggie.

  9. When I get totally overwhelmed, I usually get to the point of tears,not knowing what to do first, then I just start in a direction, taking one small step and before I know it i'm back on my way. But i hate reaching that point in the first place. Why do we do that to ourselves??

  10. Oh Lori, I swear that we were sisters in a former life! Lol I actually have to be very careful not to let myself get so overwhelmed that I shut down. I do try to tackle one thing at a time on my list. If (when) I feel myself starting to get overwhelmed I will turn up the music, whip out my kitchen timer, set the timer for 15 minutes, and work till it goes off. After all, I figure I can do anything for 15 minutes! You'd be surprised how much you can accomplish in that short period to time! Besides, I usually get on a roll and keep working! So, take a deep breath and relax...You'll get through this. Thanks for the inspiration that you give to me! I appreciate you!

  11. Hi Lori, did u say cooking well that's right up my ally i was in the profession for most of my life i'll try to cook up something yummy for you ttfn L:)

  12. I could use a piece of that pir right now!
    I don't know how you do it Lori keeping up with everything! Ive directed myself now to do more Lampwork and keep to learning and striving to be better, and that has me so focused now. That is a big relief and has taken the load off of my shoulders!
    A teacher gift wow that reminds me..that is a Great idea!
    Kind wishes~Janet

  13. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Well, although I do consider myself to be a whiz at the stove, what I made and posted about today only involved the fridge, the sink and the counter! And my camera to blog about it!
    Stop in. That pie photonwould go so well with my post! Bring it on over! lol

    Ciao Bella!

    Creative Carmelina

  14. To go with your "happy of the day" theme AND the pie- a customer, a wonderful elderly lady of great presence, attitude and... woman- ness?! brought me apple pie today.
    It sounds like no big deal, but really, it is. She comes into my bookies once or twice a day, putting on very small bets, but always either giving me a heads- up when I don't feel "the love" or amusing me with little stories from her everyday life.
    She runs a group once a week for elderly people who don't have much of a social life (unlike her, I swear she's capable of dancing on tables!) and bakes cakes to sell on those occasions for a nominal fee of a few pence, just to cover her costs. (she is on a small pension, after all) I joked the other day that I can't bake for the life of me, and she promptly told me off. "Don't say you can't- you just don't try hard enough! There is no such thing as can't" ... and I had to admit that she was right, I just can't be bothered putting the effort in and put a nice cake together.
    And whaddaya know, today she brought me home made apple pie and a generous helping of clotted cream, left over from todays meeting (she did not say, but I reckon she had to fight over that piece of cake fiercely, as she always prides herself in being sold out half an hour in!). I didn't even know what to say, so all I said was thank you, and it was one of the most heartfelt thank you's I have ever said.
    The cake was amazing!! The crust was crunchy an the apples juicy. The clotted cream will stay on my hips forever, but it was worth every stinking calory.
    Tomorrow, I will give her a gift. I don't yet know for sure what it will be, but I have a pretty good idea.
    How amazing is it for this lady to march to the bookies with a neatly wrapped slice of apple pie and clotted cream to give to a till monkey she does not even really know? The world might be going downhill fast, but I am freakin' glad to share the ride with this woman, she made more than just my day.

  15. That is really exciting!


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