Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking Back.....

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It's amazing looking back on this year.

I discovered how intense hosting
the Bead Soup Blog Party could be.
And then I started writing a book about it.

I taught a jewelry class
(and will be teaching another in March).

 The 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party reveal was exciting
as I worked with beads completely out of my comfort zone.

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I dyed my hair pink.

I had a lot of MRIs and had some good thoughts
 in the tube.

I learned to melt solder and burn up fire brick
with Stephanie Lee.

I thought about finding my bliss. 

You made blue bracelets with me.

I went to BeadFest and Bead and Button
and shopped like crazy.

I took my camera for an outing and
wrote about the entire day,
which ended with hugs from this guy.

Both the older boys got their PhDs, and
Zack wants to be like them.

Zack and I went to the beach
and then went again.

I had Bead Soup Blog Party #4
and about lost my mind.

I went to ArtBliss
and met a lot of friends
and made some cool things.

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I finished my book
and had my picture taken.

I wrote 266 blog posts 

And I read lots of comments
and emails and cards
from all of you, which brought me
unbelievable joy.

Thank you all
for a wonderful year!


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


  1. Anonymous1:26 PM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, LORI! Here's to a most excellent 2012! XXO

  2. Lori,
    Thank you! Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Lori - I hope all your wishes and dreams come to fruition while you live, love and learn. x

  4. I am grateful to have found your little creative corner of the world Lori. Happy New Year!

  5. I love YOU! and this post! Happy New Year 2012! xoxoxox!!!

  6. And you have been a wonderful inspiration and friend to so many of us. I am thankful for you Lori Dear. Blissful and Creative and Healthy Happy 2012. Champagne Hugs...

  7. You are a wonder Lori! It sounds like a wonderful year! I can't wait until the book comes out and I still love the Pink Hair (mine doesn't stay in more than a week now and I have given up). You are an inspiration to us all. Have a wonderful New Year! Big hugs! Beth

  8. What a great year! The new one will hold lots of new things for you. Can't wait to meet up with you FOR SURE this year at Bead & Button.
    So glad you are in my blogger life!

  9. Whew, what a year for you! Thank you for a wonderful year of sharing here on your blog. I can't wait to see what the new year has in store for you.

    Wishing you and your family a Very Happy New Year!

  10. Happy New Year Lori, All the best to you and yours in 2012!

  11. You have had a very busy year!
    Wishing you a Wonderful New Year!!!

  12. Now THAT sounds like a wonderful year, Lori. Thank you for visiting me, and I see that you have fulfilled many of my wishes, one being to publish a book. CHEERS AND MAY YOU HAVE A YEAR FILLED WITH PRETTY THINGS! Anita

  13. Happy New Year Lori! Here's to a fabulous 2012!

  14. Happy New Year, Lori.

  15. Happy New Year to you Lori! Whew, I'm exhausted just reading how much you did this year...can't wait to see what you'll do in 2012 :)

  16. Thank You, Lori..
    let's raise a glass
    (or a piece of pie)
    to a great new year...2012

  17. Happy New Year to you Lori. Thank you for inspiring me with all that you are and all that you do!

  18. As a relatively new blogger, I am glad that I found yours and have enjoyed catching up on it. Here's to a GREAT 2012 for all of us. Happy New Year Lori and all of your readers!

  19. Thank you for your wonderful blog posts in 2011 - I enjoyed them all; they brought colour to lots of grey days. Here's hoping 2012 brings all of us more wonderful things - especially good health!

  20. Wishing you a most wonderful New Year, filled with health, happiness, inspiration and love. Thank you for all you have shared this last year.

  21. I've just noticed my earlier post said 'happy new Lori'...well I guess that's kinda what you're aiming for so good luck, but Happy new YEAR to you and yours too!

  22. Happy New Year Lori!

  23. Lovely recap. Though the year went by in a flash, looking back on the things one's accomplished and there were so many! One finally gets a true picture of what a difference a year makes.
    Happy 2012!

  24. Happy New Year!! Looking forward to more of your fabulous posts & inspiration!

  25. Happy New Year, Lori!!!

    I went to the Bead and Button Show in 2011, too. And I saw those vintage sequins you mentioned in your show-related post. Sp pretty.

    Hey, if you're going this year, maybe we can meet up! I know the best place to get chocolate ice cream. :)

  26. You have had a crazy busy year, my friend!! Happy New Year!!

  27. I've always wanted pink hair, but because my hair is so long I've always had to settle for using the snap in color pieces.

    You were so clever to do your ends, and it looks so super cute!

    Thank you again for all your amazing work with the blog hop. You brought a lot of enjoyment to a lot of people!

    I can't wait for your book to come out.

    Happy new year!!!

  28. Happy New Year Lori... You had a busy yet productive 2011. Cheers to 2012!


  29. Lori, that book picture is fabulous of you! It's got a kind of "take that, you Bead Soup book, you!" It's also got a very "I can take on anything that comes next" feel too. I really get that from you-- that you ARE ready to take the next metamorphic step. Congrats, girl!

  30. Can I just tell you when you smile I swear the room I am in gets brighter.

  31. Anonymous9:20 AM

    Hi Lori
    You and I took A workshop together: The Believe Pendant class with Diane Cook. You probably dont remember me but I remember you cuz of your cool hair! Nice blog - phew you had a busy year. You know when I go in for my PET scan I imagine all the cool stuff I want to make or new projects to teach - makes the time go much faster. Wishing you a healthy New Year. Maybe we' ll see each other at ArtBliss or Beadfeast ;)


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