Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Art of Awareness -- So You're Having a Hard Time Picking a Cause? We Can Help.

(Oops, sorry, posted this on the BSBP page instead of my regular blog page, but all the links work).

My last post was about the Art of Awareness Blog Hop organized by myself and Heather Millican of Swoondimples. Some people have contacted us and said they're having a difficult time picking a cause, as, if you look at this list, you can quickly become overwhelmed.

I dare say we've all been affected by more than one thing on that list, so here are some things that can help.

I love her thoughts.

First, I want to explain the purpose of working with Heather Millican and the purpose of the hop.

A few years ago, I had a monthly design challenge called Cup of Bead Soup, which was a riff off my popular annual Bead Soup Blog Party. This year, I didn't feel up to doing the hop, as after eight years (with some years involving three hops up to 500 people), I felt I needed a break, the hop needed a break to freshen up, and I needed to have time to put on other blog hops I'd dreamed up. Each month, a new artist of handmade beads offered a small set of their beads, there was a random drawing, and the winner paid the artist and created something that we'd all show on blog hop day. It was a great way to see how different minds thought about things even when given the same beads, and it promoted handmade.

A word bead by Heather Millican and an owl by other favorite clay artist, Barbara Bechtel.

Some people have requested beads that have a color with a specific meaning to them. That is totally fine! I seriously doubt anyone has that long list memorized, and you should make an awareness piece that is meaningful to YOU. If you need to be reminded to be gentle to yourself, choose your favorite color and word. If you have breast cancer and are sick to death of pink, choose your favorite color and a word that mean something, like your child's first word.

Awareness jewelry doesn't have to mean just awareness of an illness or syndrome. Believe me, we're all aware of something that has changed our lives! Think of this blog hop, this jewelry challenge, as a way to celebrate a life, to honor a person's key word, to create something that makes you smile when you see it.

I hope this explains things better, and I hope it encourages you to try the challenge! Again, if money is an issue, please message me on Facebook. I've saved back some money so that anyone who wants to do this project can. 

To keep things simple, Heather and I chose her word bean beads. However, if you have burning desire for something different, please feel free to contact her and discuss it with her. It will take more time and have an additional cost, but she treats each customer with care and empathy.

To sign up, click here, and at the bottom of the page is the link for the sign up form. On February 25th, I'll list the participants and their blogs or Facebook accounts, so you can have fun exploring new places and learning about new people.

Heather and I hope you'll join us!

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.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Winner of the BSBP Scavenger Hunt #1, and get ready for Scavenger Hunt #2!

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner but it took Zack and I a lot longer to cut up the strips of paper than we had thought!  Without further ado, the winner of the book "Linked -- Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs" is:

Mitzie Crider of Needeful Luxuries

Mitzie admired the work of 

Adlinah Kamsir of DreamStruck Designs

I hope you'll visit both of their sites!  
Adlinah not only used chain but I noticed she actually 
made chain herself for the first time.  Serendipity!

Congratulations, Mitzie, on winning the book, and to
Adlinah, for rocking her soup!


I know the Bead Soup Blog Party is enormous and everyone has things going on in their lives -- jobs, kids, family, shows, etc -- so I'm continuing the Scavenger Hunts for a couple of weeks to encourage hopping (AND COMMENTING!).  Are you having fun yet?  I know I am, and I still have a ton of blogs to hop!

I'm running this on the honor system.

and scroll towards the bottom to see the loooong list of designers.

Visit until you find someone
 who used ORANGE or RED

Please don't just start at the top -- 
give people in the middle and the bottom some love, too, 
and comment, even if don't find the colors!

Do not leave a comment with the name of the person on my blog, but email me at 
lori at lorianderson dot net with "Scavenger Hunt 2" in the subject line.

The winner will receive this batch of Bead Soup I mixed,
 using crab agate, mother of pearl, lampwork, vintage ceramic, and more!

This Scavenger Hunt will end sooner, since I have a wedding to go to this weekend,
so ready, set, GO!
I'll announce the winner this Thursday, May 22nd.

Please feel free to announce this on your blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

do not leave a comment with the name of the person on my blog, but email me at 
lori at lorianderson dot net with "Scavenger Hunt 2" in the subject line.

Happy Hunting!

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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party Scavenger Hunt #1 -- win a book!

As the Bead Soup Blog Party is enormous (nearly 500 blogs to visit and comment on), I thought I'd add the fun of some scavenger hunts to the mix to encourage people to visit. 

 You do NOT have to have participated in the Party as a designer in order to win!

I was delighted to review my editor, Karin Van Voorhees's new book, 
"Linked -- Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs.

Karin gathered noted artists John Fetvedt, Diane Miller, Anne Mitchell, Laura Poplin, Sue Ripsch, and Vanessa Walilko to create beautiful, accessible jewelry using jump rings.  There are 22 projects, as well as information on how to make your own jump rings should you wish, how various metals will affect your work (and your hands!), a great page on soldering (soldering is NOT require for the majority of these projects, but the soldering that IS required is easy to do.  I didn't burn anything up.)

Other than the projects, my favorite pages are about aspect ratio, how to control your rings, and how to know what size to use for what project.  I like to make my own chains, but I often have to wing it and take things apart when I don't have a good grasp on what 3.5 mm versus 4.5 mm will do. Too small, and your piece can be too tight and crimp up.  Too large, and your piece may look wobbly (but then again, it could look really cool, as I've learned when making King's Maille with huge rings.)

I'm running this on the honor system.

and scroll towards the bottom to see the loooong list of designers.

Visit until you find someone who used chain. 
It does NOT have to be handmade chain, just chain.

Please don't just start at the top -- 
give people in the middle and the bottom some love, too, 
and comment, even if you don't find chain!

To enter, make a comment below, click here to email me 

with the subject "Scavenger Hunt" 
and the name of the blog
in the body of the message.

(that way, people won't see the comments and go to that same blog).

A winner will be chosen Friday, May 16th.

I'll then add another scavenger hunt!




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.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Some tips as you hop!

EDITED TO ADD -- does your "About Me" button on blogger have your email address?  If not, no one can respond personally to your post!  If you go to Blogger, look in the upper right and you should see your icon.  Click the down arrow and choose "Blogger profile".  That's where you can add it.

Just emailed this out, but wanted to post it here as well:

Some tips!

First, thank you to all of you who could participate -- there were a lot of folks who had to drop out (many for very painful reasons, so say a quick prayer if you would) but we still have a LOT of people to visit! 

1)  I do not expect you to get this done in a day.  

However, it would be so awesome if you could try and visit as many as you can in the next two weeks.

2)  I'll make that easier for you if you visit my direct link,

As you will see, some people have links by their name and as time goes on, the links change to the actual NAME of the blog.  That means I've visited them AND made the link go DIRECTLY to their Bead Soup Reveal page, so you don't have to search for it. You'll also see how I hop around all over the place to make it as fair as possible.

3)  Some people can't post until Monday or so because of Mother's Day.  

It is TOTALLY MY FAULT for moving the reveal date, so please don't give them a hard time.  Just come back later!


4)  Please Pin your creations WITH YOUR URL LINK AND NAME to 

I have an ambitious plan in mind, but if you don't add your piece AND YOUR NAME AND URL, you won't get included.

5) I forgot #5.  It probably involved having a fun drink and some pie while you hop.  Yeah.  That's it!

Friday, May 9, 2014

It's Reveal Day!!!!

Here's the permalink to my page if you don't want to list all the participants on yours!  I'll be updating that list as I go so each link will go directly to your bead soup creation page.  Just give me some time!

Have fun, I'm going to be, I'm giddy I'm so exhausted!  Will see you all later!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Party Participant Link List

PLEASE check and see if your link is correct.  I know this is coming with only 24 hours notice, so if you find a mistake, please message me on Facebook for fastest attention ((  The list is in order of when you signed up, so use CTRL-F to open a "find" window to find your name.

I have an overloaded inbox, so if you told me you cannot participate and still see your name here, please message me.  If you can and are so inclined, it would be great if you would write a brief bit with the link to your partner's link.  Thanks!

Please see the previous post for the permalink if you don't want to post this entire list to your web site.

Lori Anderson, Hostess     Pretty Things

Tina Bosh                                    So Many Books, So Little Time
Kristina Hahn Eleniak                 Peacock and Lime
Kari Asbury                                Hippie Chick Design
Kris Binsfield                             CherishDesigns Blog
Amber Dawn                               Inventive Soul
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                               The Eclectic Element
Becky Pancake                            Becky Pancake Designs

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable                 Genea Beads
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                                  Metal Me This
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                                   Renlish

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                              Lamplight Crafts
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                                    My Life Under the Bus
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                                         Java Bead
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                                     Kayz Kreations

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                                   This Here Now, Mamacita
Jacqueline Marchant                          Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                                       Heidi Kingman Jewelry
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                               Spirit Rattles
Jelveh Jafarian                                          Jelveh Designs

Ali McCarthy                                           Northwoods Creative Studio
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                                        Running Out of Thread
Jami Shipp                                               Celebrating Life

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                                         The Craft Hopper
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                                 Sandy's Coloring Box
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                                    Desert Jewelry Designs

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                    
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                          Shaiha's Ramblings

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                                   Lusyl's Kreativeseite
Divya N                                                  Jewels by Sayuri
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                             Silver Nik Nats
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                                  bairozan's blog
Alenka Obid                                          Pepita Handmade
Jacqueline Keller                                  CreARTelier
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                                         lilruby jewelry
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                              

Natascha Marty                            
Sarah Goode                                          Pookledo
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller                   jevebo art
Rebecca Sirevaag                                 Becca's Place
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                             Stories by Indigo Heart
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord                        EB Bead and Metal Works
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                                   Something to Do With Your Hands
Barb Solem                                             Vivi Magoo Designs
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                                   Just Vonna
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson                    Traveling Side Show
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                                Rdegas
Cory Tompkins                            
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                               Pam Hurst Designs
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                                        Artful Moments with Donna Millard
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                               Genny's World
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                                 The Art of Rose Rushbrook
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                          Eva Sherman Designs

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                                    AllesPerles
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                                 Red Tree Studio
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                                 Polka Dots and Paisley
Tania Spivey                                           Moobie Grace Designs
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     tooaquarius
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                                    AA Beads and More
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                                       Bead-Mused
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                             BrisingBeads Designs
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                                 pearl and pebble
Nancy Smith                                           nanmade!
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                                The Sparkle Things Blog

Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                            Off the Top Creations
Lori Finney                                              Using My Beads
Sheila Davis                                           Stone Designs by Sheila
Sabine Dittrich                                       perlendschungel

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                    
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                           Laura Blanck
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                                Jael's Art Jewels
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                          Melissa Muir, Metalsmith
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                                         Andrea Trank Jewelry

Marie Covert                                          Creating Interest
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                            The Studio Sublime
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                                         Texas Pepper Jams
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                                       Blue Antiquities
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                           Secret Songs Designs
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                      
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                                        Copper Penny Designs
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                                         I Wanna Go Out
Molly Alexander                                     Beautifully Broken Me
Nicole Rennell                                        Nicole Rennell Designs
Chris McGilvery                                     M and M Momentos
Erin Prais-Hintz                                      Treasures Found
Dawn Williams                                       Sadie Jewelry Design
Kate Dufour                                            Mixfolios
Robin Lynne Showstack                          The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Elizabeth Hodges                                    The Whispering Seas

Adlinah Kamsir                                       DreamStruck Designs
Carol Dillman                                          Dillman's Dallies
Christine Hansen                                     IntuitiveSparks
Andrea Frank                                          Andrea Creates Jewelry and More
Tracy Stillman                                         Bead Trilogy
Denise Petersen                             
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom         
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia                      Crazy Notions
Suzann Sladcik Wilson                            Beadphoria

Terri Gauthier                                        Blooming Ideas
Alicia Marinache                                   All the Pretty Things
Hannah Rosner                                       Good River Beads and Jewelry
Keren von Hoeren                                  Creative Ideas
Lea Avroch                                            lajewelrydesigns