Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Bead Soup Blog Party Sign Ups!!! Three Days Only!

 What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Here's how it works!

First, you must have a blog!
Second, no, you do NOT have to make your own beads!
Third, YES it is open to International beaders!

Please join us for February 2012 sign ups,
and in the meantime, enjoy 
September 17th
the launch of what will be a long party!
Once you see your name on this page, you're registered.
Give me a little time to do all the data entry.

(a HUGE thank you to Marge Beebe for caring enough
to show me how to make that sign up form!
She is my ANGEL!)

Around August 5th, I'll contact everyone with their Party Partner.

Once you have your partner, you'll send that person a Party Pack:
::  A focal  ::
 ::  Some coordinating spacers or beads  ::
 ::  A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)  ::

As you see, some will send a smaller amount, some will send a larger amount, but you do NOT have to send an entire necklace or bracelet kit.  You MUST use the focal and the clasp, and if you wish, some of the coordinating beads, as well as incorporating beads from your own stash.  The idea is to help you think outside the box and work outside your normal comfort zone, pushing you into creative directions you may never have gone.

You MUST use the focal and the clasp,
(although using some of the coordinating beads is encouraged). 

photo by Carol Bradley

my first soup

When you get your package of beads, you can show your beads on your blog.  Then make something with it (one or more than one, your choice!), take a picture, and post it on your blog on the Party day.  Then everyone hops around to as many Party Blogs as possible to see what people made on Party Day!

Grab a button for your blog!

Just paste the entire button code into a Gadget in Blogger (email me if you need help), or you can just cut and paste the button and link it to

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Bead Soup Blog Party

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Feel free to tell your friends!


The book about the Bead Soup Blog Party, 
written by me and published by Kalmbach, 
will be out October 2012!

I'll explain during the party via email
how you can enter your piece
for possible consideration for the book's Gallery!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Barbe Saint John, Barbe Saint John
3.  Rebecca Watkins, Artybecca
4.  Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
5.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
6.  Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
7.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped in Silver
9.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul

11.  Carol Tannahill, Fire In Ice
12.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
13.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of It Jean, There's Beading to be Done! 
14.  Emanda Johnson, Artemesia's Studio
15.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
16.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
17.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
18.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads
19.  Debbie Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs
20.  Kim Ballor, Vitamin C ... A Daily Dose of Creativity

21.  Jen Judd Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
22.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
23.  Lynne Bowland, Island Girl Insights
24.  Mary McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
25.  Shay Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
26.  Shea Zukowski, gr8findings
27.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
28. Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
29.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
30.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium

31.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
32.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
33.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
34.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Jewelry Blog
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle
36.  Tari Kahrs, Pearl and Pebble
37.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
38.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
39.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
40.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions

41.  Shirley Moore,  Beads and Bread
42.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
43.  Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
44.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Q'town?
45.  Sally Russick, Wire Worked
46.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
47.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
48.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
49.  Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
50.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails

51.  Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do
52.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
53.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
54.  Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
55.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
56.  Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads 
57.  Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
58.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
59.   Marianna Boylan, Star Girl Jewelry
60.  Jackie Ryan,  Keep Your Dreams Original!

61.  Heather Pyle, My Muse, Aquariat
62.  Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filuc
63.  Kathy Welsh, Girly Girl Art
64.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
65.  Cassie Donlen, The Glass Beadle
66.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
67.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
68.  Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life
69.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
70.  Christine Brandel, A Hot Piece of Glass

71.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
72.  Jennifer Pride,  Jewelry by J. P. 
73.   Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
74.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
75.   Karen Williams, Baublicious
76.  Kristi Bowman, Kristi Bowman Design
77. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
78.  Natalie Monkivitch, Beadmonki Lampwork
79.  Marge Beebe,  Rock Creek Creations
80.  Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner

81.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
82.  Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
83.  Cat Pruitt, Boo Beads
84.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
85.  Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
86. K. Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
87.  Moira McEvoy, The Musings of Mystic Pesto
88.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
89. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
90.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog

91.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
92.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
93.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleon Designs
94.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni Bead
95.  Wendy Chamberlain, Bears, Beads and Beautiful Thing
96.  Cory Celaya,  Art With Moxie
97.  Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging
98.  Davinia Algeri,  Polymer Clay Beads Baubles and Buttons
99.  Michaela Pabeschitz, La Mar de Bonita
100.  Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

101.  Tracey Weiser, Summer Smack
102.  Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
103.  Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
104.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
105.   Ana Krepel-Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
106.  Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
107.  Eleanor Snare, EBS Jewellery
108.  Gillian Lehman,  The Adventures of GillyBean and Friends
109.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
110.  Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf

111.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
112. Beth & Evie, EB Bead and Metal Works
113. Mylene Hillam, Mill Lane Studio
114.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
115.  Jill Harris, Gypsy Brocante
116.  Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
117.  Patty Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
118.  Christine Hendrickson, The Clay Chick
119.   Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
120.  Poranna, Poranna Reczni Zrobila

121.  Laura Twiford, Souvenirs From Life
122.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
123.  Noemi Baena, Fuego, Metal y Color
124.  Natalie McKenna, Grubbi...
125.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
126.  Cindy Gimbrone, Lampwork Diva aka Cindy Gimbrone
127.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
128.  Kristi Harrison, It's a New Day
129.  Stephanie LaRosa, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
130.  Michelle Mach, Beads and Books

131.  Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
132.  Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
133.  Janice Everett, JLynn Jewels
134.  Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
135.  Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
136.  Norma Agron, Norma's Clay
137.  Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
138.  Kim Hora, Kimmykats
139.  Margot Potter, I Color Outside the Lines
140.  Melinda Orr, Peace Creek Blog

141.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
142.  Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
143.  Tammy Powley, The Crafty Princess Diaries
144.  Vicky Taylor, Treasure Island Crafts
145.  Erin Grant, Erin's Jewelry Creations
146.  Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
147.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations Beaded Jewelry
148.  Sandra Wollberg, Stories from the City of Brass
149.   B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios
150.  Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly

151. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto Jewelry
152.  Julianna Cannon, Julsbeads
153.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
154.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
155.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
156. Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature: My Creative World
157.   Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
158.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
159.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
160.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem

161.  Sarah Elder, My So Called Junky Life
162.  Anitra Gordy, LeeLu Creations
163.  Kristy Abner, Kristy's Kreations
164.  DaviniaDesign, Davinia Design
165.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
166.  Pam Ferrari, Wait Just One More Bead
167.  Lori Bergmann, Ashlyn Design
168.  Diane Cook, Rosa - Josies
169.  Charlotte Pevny, The Infrequent Beader
170.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions

171.  Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
172.  Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
173.  Deanna Chase, Deanna Chase
174.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, Jewelry, Art and Life
175.  Barbara Lewis,  Painting with Fire
176.  Natasha Lutes, N's Whims
177.  Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
178.  Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
179.  Alice Craddick, Alice's Bead and Baubles
180.  Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

181.  Cryss Thain, Here Bead Dragons
182.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
183.  Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
184.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
185.  Andrea Turini, Andrea Turini Jewelry
186.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
187.  Melissa Clarke,  Pieces of Me
188.  Lori Greenberg, Lori Greenberg Glass Beads
189.  Allison Scott, Oh Allison Beading & Designs
190.  Cynthia Tucker, Sea of Glass

191.  Lara Kinney, Something Unique by Lara
192.   Jennifer Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
193.  Patty Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
194.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
195.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
196.  Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
197.   Saskia Kaffenberger,  Perlendistel
198.  Kerry Bogert, KAB's Creative Concepts
199.  Fiona Christie, Christal's Creations
200.  Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie

201.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
202.  Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
203.  Pat Haight, The Wigglebutt Blog
204.  Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
205.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
206.   Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
207.  Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
208.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
209.  Susie Hibdon,  Vintage Susie & Wings
210.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Laboratorium Flory

211.   Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog
212. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
213.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
214.  Cristi Clothier, 2 If By Sea
215.  Missy Rappaport, Melissa Rappaport
216.  Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
217.  Karen Firnberg,  Weaveabead's Blog
218.  Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
219.   Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
220.  Melissa Pynn, Behind the Smile

221.  Rhea Freitag, Starrgazer Creates
222.  Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
223.  Marci Brooks, That Nothing Be Wasted
224.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Studios
225.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
226.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog & Meanderings
227.  Niki Meiners, Inspiration the Whole Year Through
228.  Michelle Buettner, MiShel Designs
229.  Dorcas Midkiff,  Wondrous Strange
230.  Kelly Morgan, Silver Parrot

231.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
232.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
233.  Geneva Collins, Torque Story
234.  Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
235. Dana Johnson Jones, Dana's Jewelry & Etc.
236.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
237.  Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
238.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
239. Aimee Wheaton, creativeFlutter
240.  Andrea Trank,  Heaven Lane Creations

241.   Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
242.  CJ Baushka, 4His Glory Creations
243.  Astrid Boyce, Cooking Glass
244.  Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
245.  Theresa Fosdick, Thoughtful-Notions
246.  Polly Barker, Future Family Relics
247.  Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
248.  Laura Blanck, Laura Blanck
249.  Penny Neville,  Copper Penny Designs
250.  Gaea Cannaday, Gaea Handmade

251.  Carol Bradley, Carol Bradley Designs
252.  Charlene Jacka,  Clay Space
253.  Christine Miles, Wings N Scales
254.  Heather Marley, Creaky Cogs
255.  Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
256.  Gail Zwang, Angelmoose Enterprises
257.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
258.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
259.  Jana Tarhala, Stories of the Secret Garden
260.  Mags Saari, Mags - koruja

261.  Manuela Wutschke, GlassArt - Manuela Wutschke
262.  Sabrina Staub,  Sabrina's Glasswork
263.  Tracy Stillman, TS Designs
264.  Kristi Kyle, Kristi Kyle
265.   Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
266.  Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
267. Cheryl Roe,  BeadRoe
268.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst Artisan Jewelry
269.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
270.  Karen Sinkowski, Krisdaka's Kreations

271.  Pepita Bos, Urracaa
272.   Janna Harttgen, Palima Lim
273.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
274.  Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
275.  Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna
276.  Laurel Bielec, Bielec's Baubles
277.  Mary Eilliott, Starry Dreams Jewellery Designs
278.  Monica Johnson, Vintage in Disguise
279.  Sweet Freedom Designs, Sweet Freedom Designs
280.  Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones

281.  Suzanne Tate, Catching Up
282.   Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
 283.  Jennifer Heynen, Jennifer Jangles
284.  Tamara Soper,  Handcrafted Baubles by Tamara
285.  Laura Sanger, Hg - Elemental Mercury
286.  Andrea Morici, Strung Out
287.  Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne
288.  Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog

289.  Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
290.  Julie Bean, Strung Out (#2)

291.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
292.   Amanda Cargill Austin, Sea Shore Glass
293.  Karen Tremblay, Creative Alloy
294.  Helena Fritz,  Beadwork by H's Blog
295.  Maria Grimes, Garden Path Beads
296. Tiffany Long, Glory Hound Designs
297.  Cathy Khoury,  Touch Jewelry
298.  Barbara York, Quilting in the Panhandle
299.   Sharon Gardner, Preciousness
300.  Barrie Edwards, Barrie's Jewelry World

301. Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
302.  Melissa Muir, Kelsi's Closet Jewelbox
303.  Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
304.   Elizabeth Woodford, Elizabeth Creates
305.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
306.  Mary Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
307.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
308.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
309.  Anna Sabina, Total Escape Clay Studio
310.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams

311.  Shay Stone, On My Path
312.  Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads and Jewelry by Lara Lutrick
313.  Bella Borgouise, Wirelicious Jewellery
314.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
315.  Kathleen Robinson Young, Ugly Duckling Beads
316.  Kari Carrigan, Kids, Glass, Life
317.  Nadezhda Parfyonova, Nally's Creation
318.  Eszter Czibulyas, Bigyo Gyar
319.  Maria Horvath, Horimarka Beads
320.  Doris Radlicki, Doralila Beads

321.  Geanina Grigore, Janina Grigore
322.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
323.  Miri Agassi, Bead Work by Miri Agassi
324.   Julianna Kis, Juli Bizsu
325.  Line Labrecque, Play Sculpt Live
326. Kimberly Roberts, Bahama Dawn
327.  Maria Clark, Sweet Willow Designs
328.  Kathy Alderfer, Artful Accents
329.  Michelle Heim, Life in the Bead Lane
330.  Elizabeth Owens Dwy, Clarity of Purple Sage

331.  Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
332.  Dee Wingrove-Smith, Beady Musings
333.  Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
334.  Sara Hardin, Soft Flex Girl
335.  Angela May, Canterbury Cottage
336.  Terri Wlaschin, Starseed Jewelry + Beads
337.  Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
338.  Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Designs
339.  Christine Hansen, Intuitive Sparks
340.  Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops

341.  Joyce Becker, The Joyful Gem
342.  Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
343.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
344.   Joanne Tinley, Daisychain Jewellery
345. Salla Small, Blog by Salla
346.  Tracy Martin, Nutkitten's Jewelry
347.  Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
348.  Penny Ilagan, A Crafty World
349.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
350.  Pamela Petry, Seeing is Believing 

351. Kelley Fogle, My Life... One Bead at a Time
352. Heather DeSimone, The Beadin' Blog
353.  Candice McGinnis, Craziness, The Theme of My Life
354.  Chris White,  Dzeyner Studio
355.  Jill MacKay, Jill MacKay
356.  Julie Jones, Juliery Jones
357.  Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewel Box
358.  Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
359.  Barbara Judy, Beads of Spirit
360.   Lesley Weir, Djinn Rummy

361.  Jennifer Geldard, Torch Songs
362.  Teri Baskett, Born to Be Worn



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 and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

~~~ Golem Beads Giveaway ~~~

I sent a necklace in to Stringing Magazine and it made it in, which actually surprised me.  But this time the necklace had a gorgeous Golem pendant and thought, why not try.

It's a simple necklace, and the Golem Beads love birds pendant and the Ad/Adornments chain is what makes it, and honestly NOT how I put it together.  And maybe that's why I'm not sending in as many things to magazines anymore and I've just gone a different path.  I have two more magazine articles this year, one next year, and that's it.  I see the same people quite often writing tutorials, and I just don't think I have what magazines are looking for anymore.

However, if any of you want help in getting into a magazine, or want something photographed, send me an email and I'll help you with all my heart.  Because each and every one of you deserves a tutorial, a gallery showing, and a cover.  One day, one month, one year -- yep!  You can do it!!!!  And I'd like to help any way I can.

Something really cool is I'm in the table of contents, which is neato, and I feel humbled to be next to an AMAZING artist, Stephanie Larosa. 

To celebrate Golem Beads
I have an earring pair I bought at the Bead and Button show
to give away!

Just post your name in comments!
You must have a blog for this one.

Drawing will be Saturday August 6th.

Happy Creating!

Quote:  "When Things Go Wrong"


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 and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

Friday, July 29, 2011

You've Got Mail!

I have always loved getting "snail mail".

I remember mail call in USAF Basic Training.  All my friends started college in August, but I was on delayed enlistment, so while I'd raised my right hand before I'd graduated high school, I didn't have a reporting date until November.  I'd written so many letters to my college friends, using different colors of ink, various papers, cards, what not -- and they reciprocated in spades.  I was the only Airman who was SURE to get at least one if not three letters every day.  

Not only would I get letters and cards, but tons of comic strips and funny stuff cut out of the newspaper (remember those, newspapers?).  My friends knew there were dozens of other recruits huddled on the floor of the break room during Mail Call, waiting for their names to be shouted, only to be disappointed time after time.  So they sent me things I could pass around and share.  I'd let someone keep a fun note or comic or pretty card at the end of the day, and I often wonder if those people still have them.

The lesson in all of this -- don't forget to mail a card or a letter to a friend or loved on.  After they recover from the shock of not having junk mail or bills, I know they'll be touched.  After all, it takes time to pick out just the right card, pick up a pen, and find a stamp.  But not THAT much time.

To get you going, here are some awesome Etsy card sellers!

So send a card, 
a letter,
a carrier pigeon,
to someone you care about today!

Quote of the Day: Ha ha -- oh, wait.


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 and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Last Cup of Bead Soup with Lisa Boucher of Clayworks

Today is my third and last showing of work made with ceramic beads by Lisa Boucher of Clayworks.  You can read more about the Cup of Bead Soup project by clicking here.

All of the pendants Lisa sent me had an ocean them, so when I picked up the pendant with the double Atlantic auger shells on it, I knew I had to really play up that beachy theme.

I've had these wild vertagles shell wheels I bought from Beads and Pieces for a long time, and I finally figured out what to do with them -- make a fringe for the auger shell pendant.  I chose some copper chain from Ornamentea and set to work.  After a lot of wire wrapping, I added four of the ceramic accent beads Lisa sent, and finished everything off with some silk ribbon.  

"She Sells Sea Shells"

I learned a lot with this Cup of Bead Soup.  I tried some new things, and I still have a ways to go with the fiber techniques.  I don't come naturally to fiber, but I'll keep at it when the right beads come along, and I believe that Lisa's pendants and beads are a natural fit.  

Thank you so much to Lisa of Clayworks!  Please visit her at the following sites:

Happy Creating!


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 and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thank You.

(Ceramic mushrooms in my dad's garden.)

Thank you all
so very much
for your kind comments 
and thoughts.

Dad and Gloria are home, 
resting and recovering.

I know all your good wishes helped.
I know they helped me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The winner, and a prayer request, please.

First, my apologies for no fun Zack-driven drawing photos.  We had a plan but we'll have to save it for next giveaway.  My step-mother fell into a diabetic coma yesterday after having a mini-stroke last week and things have been quite busy and difficult here.  When dad was at the hospital with her after the stroke, they thought he was having a heart attack, but it ended up being a gall bladder attack, so while my step-mother was being treated, Dad was having emergency surgery.  If he hadn't have gotten up for his follow-up appointment early in the morning and gone to check on my step-mom, he may not have caught the coma in time, so it's strange how things happen.  Anyway, she's out of the coma today, but things are very dicey for her, so if you're inclined to pray or send healing thoughts, I'd ask for that, please.

The winner of the book is.....

Cinnamon Jewelry in England!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Create = Love ... (or, Fighting Depression)

Long-time readers may remember my saying that I was not brought up in a creative household.  Expressing myself creatively was not nurtured.  The first time I thought I might have talent was when a sixth grade art teacher approached my mother and suggested I take art lessons because the teacher thought I had something.  (I didn't get art lessons).  However, after the art teacher's encouragement, I started secreting myself in my bedroom, drawing fairies (a favorite subject) and intricate maps to go along with the fantasy stories I wrote to take myself away from the real world.

I also shared in one post that I suffer from depression.  It's a hard thing to talk about, and some wonder why in the world I'd share that on a public (VERY public) forum, but I'm not ashamed of it, and have come to find there are so very, very many people in the world who suffer at some point in time from some level of depression or sadness.

The reason I bring these two subjects up -- creativity and depression -- is because I want to share a tip I learned from a wonderful therapist, and it's something I believe works for any age, and at any time.

Exercise One: Draw everything you like to do.

Everything you can think of.  Whether it's reading, sleeping, traveling -- pie! -- clothes, birds, exotic cars, pickled peppers -- draw it.

When I was at the lowest point in my life, I could only draw four things.  That's so sad!  But I look at life now, and I can fill that page up.  It's interesting to keep an art journal and date the pages, and every now and then come back and draw a new page, and see what things you add, and what things fall away as new things take precedence in your life.

Exercise Two:  Buy a Doodle Book

Oh, I love these.  This is the latest one I bought:

You can buy this particular book here, and others like it by clicking here.  I don't care if they're found in the children's section or geared towards kids -- they're AWESOME-fun books.  The particular book above is more adult-oriented, I'd say, with more jumping-off points and levels of intricacy, and I'd highly recommend it.  Complete patterns, join shapes with doodles, and decorate things like snails shells, Russian onion domes, and flowers.  If you're not quite up to Zentangles, this sort of book will really bring out the artist in you.  Not only that -- it's soothing, because you can just color, too!

I hope this has been a welcoming, helpful, and enlightening post for you, and I encourage you to search out these books in the children's section of your local book store SOON!

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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

~~ Book Giveaway! "Hot Connections Jewelry" ~~

Today I'm pleased to review "Hot Connections Jewelry -- The Complete Sourcebook of Soldering Techniques" by Jennifer Chin and published by Potter Craft. And guess what?  I'm giving it away!

I love the pristine cover from the start.  It speaks of modern jewelry with a timeless appeal, and fills in a space in the soldering book market that has been lacking (in my opinion).  It runs 160 pages, and they're all chock-full of instruction, projects, and valuable tips and hints.

The book is broken down into six sections, and each section (other than the Basics chapter) has three projects which build upon the skills learned in that section:

1.  Soldering Basics

2.  Essential Fabrication & Soldering Techniques
(sawing, drilling, riveting, soldering, shaping)

3.  Forming Metal:  Other Fabrication Techniques
(scoring, bending, forging, dapping)

4.  Textures, Patinas, & Finishing
(chasing, reticulation, rolling mills, patinas, polishing)

5. Adding Stones & Beads
(gemstones vs other materials, setting stones)

The projects are nothing like I've seen in other books.  They're modern, sleek, and almost architecturally influenced.  Yet you could take these designs and easily move them to the whimsical and playful arena, as is evidenced in the extensive (and gorgeous!) gallery photos.

Is this a book for the beginner?  I believe so.  Don't let the amazing cover fool you or scare you. Is this a book for the more advanced artist?  Certainly.  That's the beauty of this book.  There is truly something for everyone, and many, many jumping-off points for your own creativity.

SO!  Now comes the giveaway!

As with all my giveaways, you must leave a comment.
An extra point for blogging or Facebooking about it.

Winner will be drawn by Zack and announced Tuesday the 26th.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

More from Korea -- Finding the Meaning of Me

I'm so thrilled that so many of you read my blog post about my life in Korea.  Posts like that are springboards to the book I hope to write, and it's always a little scary to see if anyone even thinks I have anything interesting to say!

Today's "Life in Korea" post is about finding my meaning.

I'm the type of person who's spent my entire life trying to stay grounded.  I feel like I was born with wings, but I can't control those wings.  Sometimes they carry me through the light and the beauty and the calm.  At those time, I feel successful and happy and loved.  Then sometimes they fold up and I plummet like a damaged bird into a mud puddle, wondering what happened.

So fly with me back to 1990, to a peaceful Buddhist temple in Rakusan, South Korea.

photos by me, pre-digital era

After my trip to Sorak-San, the bus kept moving along towards the coast to this gorgeous Buddhist monastery.  I was told monks still lived there, but it was also a tourist attraction.  Looking at the photo above, you see exactly what I saw, down to the overcast day and the soft feeling of the air.

The tour guide let us loose at Rakusan, just warning us to be quiet and have respect.  I have to admit, I forgot to take a lot of pictures because I was so taken in with the peace, the quiet, and more than that -- the calm.  Do you know what I mean?  Calm.  There's a difference between quiet and calm.

When I rounded the corner at the Rakusan monastery, I came upon this amazing buddha. I literally stopped in my tracks and took in the serenity.  You couldn't hear a thing except waves crashing against rocks.  I didn't dare encroach upon the platform to get other photos, but what I want you to imagine is this -- the buddha is on the very edge of an incredibly tall cliff overlooking the ocean about as far north as you can get in South Korea without being in North Korea. 

I'm not Buddhist, but I don't think you have to be to have felt the calm and wonder of that spot. I felt on the edge of the world, the literal edge of something, and I felt peace and beauty and love.  I've found those same feelings sitting in the back pew of a Catholic church in Italy, and I'm not Catholic, either.  I think it's more about recognizing where you are in relation to where you are within yourself.

To find myself, then as now, takes calm. Even though my studio spaces are all bright and colorful, I still need calmness to find inner peace so my metaphorical wings can spread.  I get very bogged down with emails and computer work and my "must-do" list, and often, the smallest slight, the tiniest tiff, or even a pretty real in-your-face snub, hurts me and makes my wings droop and I plummet to the earth.  

So I hug my son and husband, call my best friend, and lately, shed tears.  Then I shake myself off.  Find a calm place.  Wait to feel my wings ruffle back up with the wind of self-confidence, self-worth, and finally, push up and away from self-doubt.

via Pinterest

As I've said before -- Korea was a formative time for me, and now, while I'm battling some demons and a lot of insecurities, I find myself reminding myself of just how far I've come. I started as a scared young girl boarding a plane alone to the far reaches of the world to the grown woman, mother, and wife I am now.  I need to remember that trip to Rakusan and the Buddha when I feel my wings folding and my heart plummeting.

Spread your wings, and don't let the little things get to you!

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Eye Candy Day

I've been working like a fiend preparing for my show in August (Intergem at the Dulles Expo Center, for those of you in the Northern VA/MD/DC Metro area).  Not only will I be selling my jewelry, but I'll be debuting my Bead Soup -- these marvelous packets of beads, findings, cord -- tons of choices!  Here's a peek:

Eventually, I'll have a store where you'll be able to purchase these, but for now, you'll have to head to the Dulles Expo Center August 19-21 to grab them.

The summer has been packed and by the time I get around to taking photos of jewelry, the sun is gone, so I have to write down "take photos" on my list for the next day.  And then I forget it again because things come up.  And I write it on the list again.  Rinse, lather, and repeat.  However, yesterday the sun worked for me, and I got some shots.

"Hot Rod" is made with beads I bought at Bead & Button from Golem Beads and Ad/Adornments.  I've been buying things from Kathy of Ad/Adornments since I first went to Bead & Button years ago and I can't get enough of her unique findings. I like how I did the clasp on this one.

"Victoriana" mixes deep rose lucite and onyx, and I added texture by tying bits of dyed raw silk ribbon between the beads.  Since the cost of sterling silver has hit the ROOF, I used a large pewter toggle I bought at the April BeadFest event, and that keeps the price down on this beauty.  That toggle alone would cost me $30 WHOLESALE in sterling.  I'll never give up on using sterling, but pewter definitely has its place!

"Anemone" is another bracelet made with Golem ceramic beads.  Cindy and I had a hard time leaving his booth at Bead & Button -- there were just too many pretty things!  I used some exceptional amazonite I've been been hoarding, a charm from Indo Expo (a wonderful personal friend), and a toggle from Ad/Adornments. 

"Mesa" is made with large lampwork beads from Lori Lochner, nuggets of genuine turquoise, sterling beads, and this time, a large sterling silver toggle.  This bracelet will be more expensive due to the gorgeous lampwork and the turquoise and the silver toggle, but I think it's worth it.

My biggest problem with big chunky bracelets like these is seeing them with teeny tiny clasps.  They won't balance correctly (in my opinion).  The toggle should be of comparable size to the beads you're working with, and I often add a charm at the toggle as a counter-balance.  If all the weight of the bracelet is in the center, the bracelet will just keep flipping that toggle to the top of the wearer's wrist. (OK.  Jumping off my soap box now).

"Space Odyssey" is made with some truly awesome lampwork beads by Bindu Glass.  Absolutely love her work!  The white beads are from a Tibetan dealer Cindy and I found at Bead & Button, and the toggle and cool heart-stamped bead is from Ad/Adornments.

"Simply Charming" is a charm bracelet with handmade lampwork beads by Juls Cannon (whose blog makes me laugh out loud).  I used silver for the main bits but used antiqued brass rings to match up with the raku finish on the glass.  If you look into the faded distance, you'll see I added one granulated silver bead to the bracelet.  I love doing that -- adding a "one of these things is not like the others" bead to things.

And finally, some earrings made with handmade metal bead caps by my friend Lisa Liddy, who's opened a new components store, Metal Me This.  Lots of etched sheet as well as finished handmade goodies!

I hope you enjoyed the eye candy -- I know it was a long one but it's been a little while!  Also, don't forget to check out the Cup of Bead Soup eye candy I did the other day!

Quote of the DayDream a New Dream

And don't forget, the Bead Soup Blog Party sign ups are August 1st - 3rd!

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.