Saturday, January 20, 2018

Getting ready for bead peeps wrap and hop!!!

It's that time of year again time for the swap and hop on bead peeps.
I've had a busy year this year, changing jobs, new grand baby taking care of my mom after a hip fracture.

I now have my jewelry in a crafters shop with Robin Showstack inwalpole mass, so exciting to have a venue to sell at.   Haven't made much in the last year as I have been busy but itching to go. I like rustic copper pieces with my handmade  focals, I work in polymer clay metalwork and copper.
I have also newly ventured into planning which of course I collect !  Who is a hoarder of all crafts.

I live in dedham Massachusetts. On a quiet road with my son and three chihuahuas and a fat cat. I love to garden in the Summer and hibernate in the winter doing crafts.
This year has been hard as my best friend Robin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy.   I started a go fund me page for her as she has no job or income, I try to get her out to our favorite places....craft stores and bead shows when she is up to it. Thankfully her tumors are shrinking. 60%. So far and doing better. Say a prayer for her and say Hi.  She also signed up for the hop and I will help her as needed due to some neuropathy in her hands from chemotherapy

My style like I said is more rustic and less girly. I use mostly earth tones. Love to work with copper, Never use gold!!!!!! No pink in my designs either.  !!!!  I don't use seed beads as my eyesight is not great close up. Like chunky beads and regular size beads.   I like to get to know my partner and their likes dislikes and enjoy sending my handmade components, polymer clay etching ,enameling . And fold folding.    I need to break out my torch and get ready to fire it up to make something homemade for my partner.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dusting off

Time to dust off the blog and get ready for the bead peeps swap and hop
Been a crazy year. My mom has been living with me since she broke her hip.
Working full time as a hospice nurse too, started in may

Saturday, April 8, 2017


WELCOME to the bead peeps swap and hop 2017. I hope you all had a great time swap and now hopping.

My partner in this hop is Kristina Peck from Michigan. She likes to work with glass and up-cycled materials. She hadn't used too many art beads so I sent her a few of my handmade polymer clay beads to have fun with. I also surprised her with a plethora of blue beads from vintage  to new, silver accents and a pair of my enameled butterfly charms that I made.  Hopefully she has fun with all my handmade components.   I plan to use some of my handmade components with the beads she sends me too.

Kristina's blog address is:  Kristina Peck
Here is what i sent Kristina
And this is what she sent to me:
Of coarse i procrastinated until last week and made one item then.  Its been a long hard winter at my house with my being sick 5 of 8 weeks with sinus infection  norovirus then pneumonia to top it off and my son in a bad car accident with a broken back , but hopefully spring brings good things.
One wonderful thing this winter was the birth of my granddaughter Leah.

But on to bigger things like what I made from my goodies.  The pendant was by Muddy rivers by Barbara Rog. I added more czech beads to make this necklace.

next came earrings

I used my handmade etched copper components.

Love this one and will surely wear it around.  It contains the czech glass beads from Kristina paired  with patinad copper, copper spacers and a focal from a class at Pflora beads with a german glass doll in the middle. I am in love with this necklace.


I paired the wonderful wood beads and czech beads, chain and clasp with one of my copper components for this fun necklace.

I hope you enjoyed seeing all my jewelry that I made.
have fun hopping .

Linda Anderson - Hostess -

Non-Seed Beaders
Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman

Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price

Kathy Lindemer
Linda Raggo

Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker

Gloria Allen
Ally Asato

Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla

Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips

Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc

Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury

Shai Williams
Betony Maiden

Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson

Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider

Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price

Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis

Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell

Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez

Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson

Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden

Karin King

Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi

Seed Beaders
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi

Penny Houghton
Krafty Max

Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop

Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano

Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass

Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris

Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead soup blog party. Hoarders edition

Hi all! Since I've been sick 5 of the last 8 weeks I am doing the reveal and introduction of my partner all together. Sorry it will be a long read but well worth the wait.
    My partner for the hop is Theresa Fischer of Treesee jewelry who lives in California  which is known for gold and also copper. Theresa sent me a few copper pieces that she stamped.  Theresa   Has a home based business and makes jewelry and dog leashes and works with leather. She loves nature and being outdoors camping and hiking.
check out her blog:

 She also sent me a second package of beads including a mother of pearl shell pendant a few how lite beads, copper beads and a part of a necklace that she had hoarded. She had held on to the mother of pearl pendant with hopes of drilling it, I was afraid to drill it in case it broke so I added a bail to it and used it as a pendant.

I sent her a pendant from Marla's mud some coordinating beads an etched bird copper piece and two polymer clay books that I made. This is Theresa's first swap and I love to send my partner some hand made items along with the required items for the swap for them to play with.  I hope you had. Fun with the goodies I sent

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 After much procrastination...... i know a lot of us wait till the last minute lol..... I tackled my beads and got inspired.  I sat at my workbench and looked and looked and thought then went to Michael's and got more beads(my house looks like a bead store already) but they had 70% green tag beads and I found just the perfect beads for the mother of pearl pendant and started to create and viola.... a necklace! Yah.  then I made earrings from the stamped copper and a necklace with the stamped circle pendant.
   I hope everyone enjoyed this bead hoarder's hop!!! Enjoy the eye candy below

dont forget to hop till you drop. here are the links to all the blogs

Lori Anderson :: Hostess

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!