Monday, January 30, 2017

Trauma and recovery

I am writing this as I sit in the intensive care unit by my son who had a horrible car accident on Wednesday night.  Two back surgeries later, back brace catheter, chest tube oxygen, ng tube iv tubes etc.  trying to keep him comfortable is difficult . Hard to see your kid suffering.  It is going to be a really long road ahead of him with spine rehab. Back brace. And more surgery in nine months to remove the rod that is holding his spine together.  I recently signed up for two blog hops to keep my spirits up and to keep me grounded thru all this craziness and to give me something good to look forward to.  Thanks for all the prayers everyone is sending me thru Facebook.  Trying to keep sane and hopeful

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Time for the hop again

New year. New president? New grand daughter. Things are changing hopefully for the better.  Fighting an awful cold for 9 days already so I will post cute pictures

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Time for the Swap and Hop reveal today May 15 2016!     Are you excited!!

My partner is Fay Rice Wolfenden of British Columbia Canada who is a lampwork and copper artist
here is what she sent me to work with.  A great collection of lampwork, copper, vintage beads and a few seed beads

this is what I sent to her:

and this is what I made with her goodies.  I had lost of fun with her copper pieces which i changed up a bit by using different bead configurations than what she had  sent me to work with. I especially loved the large purple lampwork bead that I reconfigured into a bracelet. I love the large tubes I got from Supertime beads at the gem show and the matching swirl clasp goes great with it and the purple crystal roundelles

and next up I loved Fays copper tube circle which become the focal along with her other copper dangles which I painted with fire with my torch to get wonderful colors which coordinated well with my love of red creek jasper(my favorite stone)

next up is the vintage blue glass beads which i added blue coral and Fays black spacers.  I showed them off with the focal pod which I created when I took a class with Doreen Gay-Kassell with the New England Polymer Clay guild.

and from her wonderful lampwork beads and copper

and I still have more beads left including her headpins that I am hoarding still.

Cant wait to hop and see everyones creativity
bead hoarder extrodinaire

ps. contact Fay if you are interested in buying some of her beads and copper.

my components including polymer clay are available at the Bead Hoarders destash group on facebook or my facebook page Designs by Lori artisan Jewelry and beads

here is the link to the other peoples hops

2016 Swap N Hop Partner Listings
Linda Anderson - Hostess -
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher) Krafty Max

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Introducing my partner:  I'm sorry but my posts seem to have gone missing so I will reintroduce my partner Fay Rice Wolfenden from British Columbia Canada.  She is a lampwork artist who also works in copper so it was a great match.\

 this is what I sent her lots of beady goodness with my polymer  clay focals

hop is coming tomorrow so I refreshed your memory of our goodies

cant wait to see what everyone made

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Its that time of the year  time for the swap and hop and I am very excited about it . Cant wait to get matched with a partner and pick out some very special beads from my enormous collection of goodies and some of my handmade by me polymer clay pieces for them. So sit tight and sign ups are tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New year

Looking back on 2015. It's been a tough year with my dad having cancer, he passed away on November 21, 2 days before the anniversary of my brothers death 38 years before. Hard to cope with it and I have let slot of things go for a while, such as my bead website. Also my best friends mom died in September and had to help her cope as well.

Good things happened too!  My daughter got married on August 30 and my dad had a  great time.

Hopefully will be back in the mood to make jewelry and components soon.
I'm excited to see some blog hops coming soon so I'm trying to update my blog

Saturday, August 8, 2015

 I am happy to show you what I made for the Summer Lovin' blog hop hosted by JSB Arts who gifted us with her beautiful ceramics in sand and sea colors. When I recieved my beads I saw more of a southwestern theme to them, I was also working on my Blu Mudd challenge at the same time with zuni bears so it was a great time to continue with this theme. Also the pendant bead had a dreamcatcher in it so feathers it was.
Of course I procrastinated and put it off and then saw someone post this am at 5Am so I got up finished the last piece and photographed and here it is

I cant wait to see what everyone else made
thank you JSB for the opportunity to work with your beads. I hope I did them justice

 beautiful ceramics from Shawna Barnes at  JSB Arts Go check her out at the artisan component marketplace to see her work
here is the list of participants  go check out their designs
have fun!
Linda A. -
Kelly P. -
Wendy S. -
Lori S. -
Shaiha W.  -
Carolyn -
Debbie E. -

Friday, May 1, 2015

It's finally time for the bead peeps swap and hop reveal
So excited to see everyone's creations

My partner for this swap is from India and her name is Divya N.  She sent me lots of unique beads and pendants that she created herself. Her blog is  She is from India and makes jewelry and components with an Indian flare and teaches. she has a background in fashion design, but changed to Jewelry design. It really challenged me to use such different and unique pendants and I thought about ideas for a long time before starting to create my pieces..  I saw the buttons and knew that they would make great earrings with Divya's  lamp-work glass at the bottom.  I challenged myself with the green donuts and stars to make a necklace as i usually don't work with greens as much as i should.
They clasp was challenging as it was a different color metal than worked with my pieces so i created a bracelet with it that would show it's handcrafted beauty.  I decided to use a lot of wire wrapping throughout my pieces as well.  Divya created the stars in the green piece and the leather wrapped beads and clasp in the bracelet.  I still have many pieces left that i will use for future projects because as usual I waited too long to start and did not use all the goodies that she sent yet.

This is what I sent Divya

This is what Divya sent me.
 Here is the list of all the blogs you should visit to see everyone's creations

Swap N Hop 2015 Partner Link List

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//

Linda Anderson
Marica Zammit

Linda Anderson
Jessica Hocutt

Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/

Rosantia Petkova
Shalini Austin

Catherine La Vite
Annica Larsson

Lori Schneider
Divya N

Mowse Doyle
Fay Wolfenden

Kathy Lindemer
Claire Fabian

Janice Warden Bergeron
Natalie Davidson

Deb Fortin
Inge von Roos

Karen Mitchell
Robin Reed

Marie Covert
Alicia Marinache

Nan Smith
Johana Nunez

Kelly Hosford Patterson
Lori Blanchard

Sue  Kennedy
Shai Williams

Niky Sayers
Melissa Trudinger

Candida Castleberry
Erin Guest

Nicole Rennell
Ien Temaluru

Robin Showstack
Sam Waghorn

Marianne Baxter
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca

Shai Williams
Lee Koopman

Jayne Capps
Marti Conrad

Tina Bosh
Eleanor Thomas

Jeanne Steck
Gloria Allen

Rachel Mallis!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick

Stephanie Stamper
Chris Haussler

Betony Maiden
Kari Asbury

Jenny Kyrlach
Colleen Foley

Marybeth Rich
Marcy Lamberson

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Ginny Lones

Maria Rosa Sharrow
Loretta Carstensen

Dolores Raml
Michelle McCarthy

Louise McCormick-Glazier
Heather Richter

Tammy Adams
Shirley Moore

Seed Beaders

Susanne Stelljes
Sheila Prosterman

Pallavi Asher
Jami Shipp

Peggy Kosier
Andra Weber

Catherine King
Krafty Max

Sierra Barrett
Lois Sherwood

Katy Heider
Rebecca Robertson   (White)

Heather Richter
Brandy Collier

Stephanie Haussler
Lori Blanchard

Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake

Renetha Stanziano
Tami Norris

Ginger Bishop
Peggy Johnson

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Bead peeps is having a swap 'n' hop and i have been paired with Divya N from India.  this is  her blog.     She is from India and makes jewelry and components with an indian flare and teaches. she has a background in fashion design, but changed to Jewelry design.

About meI am very excited to work with her components and beads and have an international partner to work with during this hop.
I am sending her lots of goodies from my personal bead hoarders' hoard and some of my handmade components made with polymer clay and ceramic porcelain clay.  I hope she loves everything I'm sending her.  She is going to receive a sampler of the bead hoarders' goodies and will be the envy alll. love the colors she works in they are so fantastic and fun.
She even won bead star honorable mention
hand painted leather necklace

stay tuned for more.