Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dont Forget the Date!

As time is quickly coming for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party, I wanted to send out a reminder that it's not that far off!  Some chefs have already whipped up their creations, while others (me, cough, cough) haven't even begun.


In the coming week I hope to show examples of focal and clasp use if you're stuck, how to work with things that are WAY out of your comfort zone, and I start the formidable task of linking all people to their blog for the day-of list.  In case you're wondering, no, you don't have to publish the entire list on your own blog.  I'll provide you a link to guide people soon.


My days right now are spent healing and adjusting to new medicine and tests, so I'm here if you need me but I'm not as present as I used to be.  Don't hesitate to message me on Facebook, here, or in email.


Happy cooking!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to use a button as a clasp

Hi guys!  I quick tutorial for you on how I used a lampwork button in a non-traditional way to make a clasp.  I'm lousy at making a seed beaded loop, so I came up with another way.


Click here to go to the article!  In the article, you can see how I used the beads from this Bead Soup in a necklace, but tore it apart and made something new that I wear all the time.  Never be afraid of the do-over!



Lampwork beads by Manuela's Glass Art
Fringed chain from AD/Adornments





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, March 23, 2014

Pinterest boards for the Bead Soup Blog Party AND for the Bead Soup Cafe

Just sent this email out to all the BSBP8 participants, but it also applies to anyone who belongs to the Bead Soup Cafe, www.BeadSoupCafe.com, a Facebook group.  Currently, the Facebook group is set to Private, which means you click and it sends me a note that you want in.  I then check to make sure the person doesn't look like a spammer (we've been hit with a few who were promptly banned).  It takes me a day or so sometimes, but you can also message me at my personal page telling me about yourself so I know.

Here's the content of the email I sent:




Ghislaine Kruse van Erp gave me the splendid idea to create a button the pinterest board, and she ALSO graciously made it and pinned it. If you want to join the 8BSBP boad AND/OR the entire group's board (I'll put a button there soon), just click the large pink "ADD ME" button on the board, and when I see it/an coherent, I'll add you, delete your name, and all should be well.

and comment on the ADD ME pin and I'll get to it as soon as I can. You can do likewise for the general group board





Thanks!






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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Please join Bead Soup Cafe while during the party...

I know some of you don't do Facebook, but if you do, PLEASE join www.beadsoupcafe.com so you don't miss things.  (You'll need to be approved so we keep out the rash of spammers, so please be patient).


Right now I'm adding people to the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party Pinterest board, and if for some reason you haven't followed me or I haven't followed you on Pinterest, we have to jointly follow so I can add you.  If you're in the Facebook group, I can @ your name and you get alerted.


Otherwise, stay tuned, and when I'm done with the ten pages of names, I'll put a list out here of who is NOT connected, and you can THEN tell me what your Pinterest info is.  Please don't post it here, as I still have four more pages to go through.  I'll be back.


original art by Barbara Bechtel

she may have some for sale if you ask her!





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.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bead Soup Update

Hi guys.  Quick post while I can.  I haven't been able to do email so if there is an issue, please private message me on Facebook.


I'm encouraged to see the Soup photos...it seems most people are quite happy and challenged in the right way.  If you get a soup that has you scratching your head for whatever reason, please send me a picture and I'll help.  Another set of eyes can sometimes help.


I know you're probably as sick of hearing "I'm sick" as I am of telling you, but I'm having an extra-difficult time right now and have been told to just lay low so I don't make things worse.  I'm horribly disappointed that I have to cancel my big spring show...$600 booth fee down the drain and thousands in revenue, but.....there's a reason behind everything, I guess, right?  But it's fair to say that with the weather, reduced pain meds, and new antibiotics and supplements recently, I'm a bit worse than I've been in a while.  Yet this is a good thing!  It means Lyme toxins are being attacked, which is what we want.  It just hurts.


Anyway!


Some of you have already received Pinterest invites to the 8th BSBP pin board.  I am at www.Pinterest.com/limamike.  You can post photos of your soups, but no pictures of finished pieces until reveal day, please.  I'll continue to add people, hopefully this week.


When I'm able, I do read over the Cafe, and do not feel afraid to message me, Lisa Liddy, or my husband Rick (Richard on Facebook) if I don't answer quickly enough.


I'm so proud of this group.....things are brewing, people are helping each other, and excitement is palpable.


One last thing....I'll update the partner list soon as there have been some changes, and then will add the official blog list (your name and blog link, no partner) and that will be the list you can link people to on reveal day.  More on that later; just a heads up.


Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts.  Love to all, and a little funny bit so you know my sense of humor is still with me.  ;-)




Thursday, March 13, 2014

very quick catch up

By now all partners should have made contact.  I have gotten a bit sicker, so Lisa Liddy and my husband Rick are scrambling the last minute things.  Please be patient and give them as much help and cooperation as you can.


Beads are due out March 14th.  If you are going to be delayed, please let your partner know and consider upgrading to Priority.  To my two partners.....yours will be going Priority.  Most things are sitting on the table waiting but Rick can't fill in the blanks on that and right now I'm too dizzy and sick to sit up.


Please keep your fingers crossed for me.  I was supposed to get a brain scan on Friday as part of my alma mater's research program.  But they called yesterday to cancel...they have all the data they need. Crushed.  I had a seizure event last week, which has wiped me out, and it could be from any number of things since I'm fighting a few different diseases.  Rick thinks he found a neurologist who can give me an EEG with our insurance.  So much is just not covered.  And I really don't know what to fight first.


I care for you all, and it's important to me that you have a good time with this party.  I believe it will be the last one for a while.  I have ideas to keep the Soup tradition alive, but without swapping next year.  It's a monumental task to do pairings anymore, so we'll take a break and do fun, related hops from your own stash.


I may be down but I'm a long way from out. I'm sorry all this happened in the middle of the important logistical part, but most of you are all well and good and happy, which makes me happy.


Please remember to thank Lisa and Rick for tackling a Herculean task.

Love to all.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Complete and Final List of the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party

First, I absolutely must thank you all for your patience.  I'm glad I did the pairing in batches, because some people have already gotten their soup, and that's marvelous!  For those of you who had to wait, March 14th is the deadline for sending beads.  However, 99% of you who were waiting are in the US, so barring another crazy snow and ice storm, we should all be good.


Second, huge thanks to my husband, who did all the sorting for me.  I would work on the spreadsheet, which has tons of info, and do the pairing.  Then he would take it, filter it, see if I'd made mistakes, and give it back to me in a format I could email or post.  COULD NOT have done it without him.


And third, thanks to all of you in the Bead Soup Cafe who have been fielding questions and helping people out.  That was an enormous weight off my shoulders and I appreciate it so much.


Now, here is the COMPLETE list, in first name alphabetical order (again, I'll be mixing it all up for the final reveal, so don't use this list for your reveal post).

Please find your partner's blog and post on their blog or email them from their about page, or on Facebook, but if you cannot get an answer in three days, private message me on Facebook and I'll get information to you and help you out.  Please watch your spam filters as well.  The word "party" sometimes gets caught.


There will undoubtedly be mistakes -- with this many people, there always will be.  Please private message me on Facebook with that.


I'm exhausted.  So if you message me, I'll answer tomorrow or over the weekend.  THANK YOU.



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Final and Complete Partner List WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW

Hello everyone!  I am happy to say that tomorrow afternoon, I will be posting the COMPLETE and FINAL list of partners.





::  The list will be in first name alphabetical order, but will be changed to "when you signed up order" a few weeks after I post the list.  I want to make it easy for you to find your name.


::  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to let me know if your blog link is not active or is linked incorrectly.  Sometimes blogger does this screwy thing where, depending upon how you enter a blog address, it throws extra characters in.  PLEASE DO THIS FOR ME.... eternally grateful, I'll be.


:: There are some very new bloggers here, and a decent amount of new-to-the-Soup folks.  Whenever possible, I paired them with a mentor, someone who has done the party before and I thought would be a kind, informative partner.  Please don't think that just because a blog is new or the person doesn't blog much that this is a bad partner.  One of my favorite lampwork bead artists is internationally renowned, sells jewelry in the hundreds to thousands of dollars, yet rarely blogs.


::  If there is a mistake, and there will be, there always are, please email me or message me on Facebook as quickly as possible.  Every change in the spreadsheet at this point creates a ripple effect.


I want to thank you all VERY much for the delay, but we are really right on target with our timeline.  I'll be posting hints, tips, ideas, and other things during the "making my stuff" time, so please come back to this page often!

one of my Bead Soup creations







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.

Almost Done!

As most of you know, I live day to day.  Yesterday was a day when I truly could not get out of bed.  The day before, I felt just fine.  And today, I'm OK, too, after acupuncture and a rare coffee.

To get you up to date -- I am doing all that is humanly possible to finish the pairing today.  I appreciate everyone's patience.


Some people were unable to see the embedded file in the last email, so please check out the file at www.BeadSoupCafe.com or you can message me on Facebook, www.facebook.com/limamike as right now I have about 500 emails in my box and will see the Facebook message more easily.

If you haven't had time, please do read through the past posts I've written.

Thanks everyone!









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.

Monday, March 3, 2014

First batch of US partners is up -- more coming tomorrow

I know it seems like it should be very easy to pair people up -- why not just pair number 1 and 2, then number 3 and 4, etc?

I wish it were that easy -- all my other blog hops are, but not this one.  These are the factors:



1.  What countries will you ship to?

2.  If you're a seed beader and ONLY want a seed beader (separate spreadsheet)

3.  Have you participated before (I try to find you someone who has, as a mentor)

4.  Who have you swapped with before? (so you can meet new people)

5.  What mediums have you swapped with before? (for variety)

6.  If you make beads yourself, I don't want to match you with the same (unless requested).

7.  And then the nebulous -- do I feel it is a good fit?

For instance, there are some blogs where I immediately know the religion of a person, hobbies, etc, and I've learned after doing this hop seven times already that it's usually a good idea to keep those things in mind.  I'm not trying to put people in little boxes by ANY means, but I DO look at all 480+ blogs when I pair people.

8.  ALWAYS, every hop, through no fault of anybody's, people have to drop out and I have to rearrange.  When that happens, I have to go through steps 1-7 again.  And then there are the times *I* make a mistake. Oy.



We have 30 countries, 48 states (come on, Colorado and North Dakota!) -- North America, Asia, Europe, Australia as continents.  THIS ROCKS!




OK, now to what you're looking for.  I worked today and got 66 more people together in the US.  I will be working again tomorrow, health permitting.  It's going pretty well.  Tomorrow will be easier, because I don't have the country/seed bead variables and mistakes to correct that took up my first hour today.  This is about five hours work.  I know it looks like a little bit, but ....

You can find the Word and the PDF document at www.BeadSoupCafe.com in the Files section.

And below is the list as well.  Use the slider bars as needed.

I'm getting ready to send out another MailChimp mass email to everyone with this info, too.

Thanks for your patience!








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.

Working -- please be patient

This has been me for the past week, basically.



There is no way to make that picture or what it represents any prettier.  

International and seed beaders have been paired.  I am working on the US folks in batches.   PLEASE forgive me for missing the deadline but I've mentioned in several places this could happen.  We have PLENTY of time.  



If you already have a partner, then you should have made contact by now.  I know that some of you have even sent your beads out (THANK YOU)!


If you are sending beads, please do not show a photo of what you sent until your partner posts theirs.  You CAN show a pixelated version by going to www.PicMonkey.com or www.Pixlr.com and playing with the photo to hint at what is there but not what it is.  Example:




Thank you for your patience.




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, March 1, 2014

International (and a few US people) paired up

OK, here's what I did.  It was a little confusing to me that if you lived in Germany, and you said you'd ship to "US Only", what that meant.   I didn't know if that meant you ONLY wanted to send to the US and no where else, or if Germany would be preferred.  So I went with economy.


I already know that US to US postage has gone up a lot, and US to other countries, but country to country has gone nuts, too.  So in order to make this as economical as possible for you, AND increase the chances of you finding a new beading friend in your country, I tried to keep countries together unless you specifically said you wanted a certain county. Does that make sense?


Also, I tried to pair people who were new to the blog hop with experienced bloggers who I felt would be good, kind mentors.  So when you talk to you partner, here are things to ask:

one of my creations from last year's party

::  What are you sick of working with (don't send that, please)

::  Do you make your own beads, and will you be sending them in your package?

::  Talk about what your current styles are.  Share pictures.


These things go for ANYONE sharing, not just international, and I'll be reiterating that again and again.


Another thing to keep in mind.  I have no control over what your partner sends you.  They may be the best lampwork bead maker in the world and send you gemstones.  You just don't KNOW! Embrace the challenge.

one of my first resin pendants with antique buttons and crystals


Additionally, PLEASE read this article from 2013.  (Please click here.)  It's about what this party is NOT about, and how new bloggers should not be a problem for you.  You are posting your beads and your creation on YOUR site.  Any direction you give to your new blogging partner will encourage them, and that is why I tried to add new folks to mentors.  We all started blogging at some point, right?  If you have a specific problem with this idea, or have concerns, please email me privately by clicking here.


I have NO IDEA when I started blogging that I would end up with over 2000 followers and well over that in readers.  You never know.  Try to keep an open mind, and not make a snap judgement.


Also, please understand that mistakes do happen, so if you see you are paired with someone twice, or your partner's blog is actually your blog, let me know.  Rick had to redo a lot of lines and I'm just hoping that who you were paired with when I put things together is still who you are with.


This is hard.  But it's worth it.

Three ways to get the list:

::  First, the link to the list:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B10nPcTxext6SF9FWGp3bWxIaGc/edit?usp=sharing


::  The list below, embedded -- you have to use the scroller bars up and down.

:: I will also post this on www.BeadSoupCafe.com, so you have three ways now to get this list!


THIS IS THE EDITED VERSION AS OF MARCH 3







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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Slight partner delay.

As I've mentioned before, delays can happen.

All of the seed beaders are paired in a previous post.

All international will be done tomorrow.

The rest I should have done by Monday if I don't have more nights like last night.

I appreciate your understanding and I'm confident that everyone will have PLENTY of time.

Your aching Bead Soup moderator,

Lori

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Seed Beaders Partner List is HERE!

Emails just went out to everyone -- the seed beaders are paired.

If, when you signed up for the party, you said you wanted a seed bead partner ONLY, then your pairing is done!  This is a small batch, only 20 people, but I'm working furiously on the rest.

I checked and double checked to make sure I didn't pair you with someone you had before and that I met your shipping criteria, but mistakes are made.  I also tried, when possible, to pair a new person to the party with someone who has done it before.  



This will be filed in the Files section of www.BeadSoupCafe.com as it will not line up correctly in an email.  


BIG THANKS to Marge Beebe for talking me through how to embed this into Blogger! 


You will need to use the slider bar to see everything.  Remember, the file is uploaded in the Cafe as a Word doc AND as a PDF.





Things to Remember When You Get Your Partner

I just sent another MailChimp mass email to everyone.  It can be viewed here as well.

If you are not getting the emails, please don't stress.  Look at the post before this and see how you can subscribe (or resubscribe) yourself to the list, but I will always post the emails here as well.

I'm working on pairing seed beaders right now.






Things to Remember
as You Get Your Partners 


 

First, please be sure to check www.BeadSoupBlogParty.com on a regular basis as I'll also be posting things there.

Second, I asked on the Cafe last night what to do about the amount of time it takes to email all of you individually with your partner's name, blog, and email address.  The consensus is that for this party, I will be listing partners in batches, on www.BeadSoupBlogParty.com (as well as this email), name and blog only, and you will need to go to your partner's blog to make contact. 

This means if you haven't already made it easy to reach you on your blog, you may want to check.  If you use Blogger, your About Me should include an email and not take someone to Google+.  If you absolutely do not want to have your email out on the internet, please, please check your inbox, look on Facebook, ask atwww.BeadSoupCafe.com.  Having a way for not only your partner but your blog readers to contact you privately via and email link or "About" button is a great way to gain new insights and interact with your readers.


 

Some quick notes.


All US participants -- PLEASE use Delivery Confirmation.  It's inexpensive and valuable.

Before you ship your soup, take a picture of it, but don't post it until your partner has.

PLEASE keep up with your partner, particularly in the early days and the days before reveal date.

ANYONE can send me a picture of their soup for an opinion.


Stay tuned -- pairing is in progress!



 
 


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