Thursday, September 13, 2012

IN THE PINK for Lori Anderson!

Bead Goddess by Lea Avroch

Today is officially  "IN THE PINK for Lori Anderson" Day !

After months and months of scheming I can finally let it out!  PHEW!

This whole thing has made me a nervous wreck. I am terrible at keeping secrets! I was so afraid  SOMEONE was going to spill the beans - namely, me! But I think we ACTUALLY pulled it off!

So here's the back story -

As most know, Lori Anderson is the genius behind the Bead Soup Blog Party ®. She works tiredlessly to hook up artists from around the globe - this time her blog hop party guestlist was 400 strong! THATS crazy...and LOADS of work. 

With all she does for our beading community I thought she should be recognized and shown some love! I wanted to do something really different. So I thought, and thought...and thought some more. THEN finally the answer came ... we could all go pink for Lori, afterall isn't her pink hair one of the things that sets Lori apart? They say  'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery', right?!  I went ahead and put the idea out there and Sandra McGriff (my savior) jumped on board and the secret Facebook group,  IN THE PINK , was born! 

We then set out to try and invite everyone we could. This, it turned out, would not be so easy. Did you know that you have to be friends with someone to add them? UGH! We just had to find a more efficient way of contacting all the Bead Soup participants. That's where Amber Chicandfrog came in...she showed up and helped us big time! She went online and visited participants' blogs, rooting out as many e-mail addresses as she could find.  So we sent out an e-mail and between that and word of mouth we had over 130 people join us!    

Everyone wanted to show Lori some love but some weren't able to permanently dye their "locks of love" so we had to get clever. One member, Kimberly Flood, a hairstylist by trade,  offered up lots of ideas for temporarily coloring our hair.

I bought some extensions, but they just didn't do it. I searched for the hair mascara - nada found! I then decided to try to hunt down some spray-in color. After visiting over six stores I FINALLY found it.

Jordyn and Gegi went PINK too!

My grandkids were visiting at the time so for fun, we ALL tried it!


 You know what happened when I put the pink in my hair????? 



I liked it!!      



I would like to thank Lori for ALL her work, her vision and for providing a way for us all to meet new friends from all around the world!  THANK YOU LORI ANDERSON, our Ambassador of Beads!

I would also like to send out special thanks to the two ladies who worked so very hard on this project - it absolutely would not have happened without them - thank you Sandra Mc Griff and Audrey Belangér grateful to you both!
And for all the ladies who participated - thank you for helping us show Lori what she means to us! (check out their blogs by following the links below) 
READ: I took part in Lori's 6th Bead Soup Blog Party ® , read about it HERE!

FEEL THE LOVE by following the links below!


Gail Vanderster-Zwang

Lea Avroch

Leslie Wayment

Kelley Katherine Hagerty-Fogle

Sheila Davis

Amanda Effron

‎Solange Collin

Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten

Isolina Perez

Toltec Jewels

Sherri Stokey

Mary Howell Govaars

Bee Kuhlman

Lynnea Perry Bennett

Alicia Marinache

Heather Otto

Kimberly Flood

Courtney White Breul

Lisa Liddy

Marlene Cupo

Marianne Baxter

Mária Horváth

 Andrea Beth Trank

Heidi Mansfield Kingman

Emoke Schmidt 

Sandra MrtzDiaz

Lupe Meter

Tanya Boden

Ambra Chicandfrog

Kumi Fisher

Sandra Young

Sandi Marinaro Volpe

Gretchen Nation

Mimi Gardner

Marian Hertzog  

Terry Matuszyk 

Sonya Ingersoll-Stille 

Audrey Belangér

Sandra McGriff


Sally Bohner Anderson

Mowse Doyle

Judy Daly Reganti

Brenda Lee Sigafoos 



Marlene Cupo said...


Barbara Lewis said...

You are just having way too much fun! Love the pink and the tribute to Lori!

Sherri Stokey said...

What a great tribute, Shelley!!

Courtney said...

Yeah!!! Love the grandkids and yes, I had pink all over my brush and hands...... :)

AntiquityTravelers said...

That bead is FANTASTIC! you are so creative! and yes, you look nice in pink and a tiara :D

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Thank you but the bead, BEAD GODDESS, was created by Lea Avroch of LAJewelry Designs. SHE is an awesome glass artist! Check out her work at

coolmoon said...

That's what I used in my hair, too, Shelley - and it DOES get a little messy, doesn't it? Weird, because I also have the purple, and it doesn't run or bleed at all. Oh well. It was - and IS - for a great cause. And, as another pink hopper pointed out - October is both Breast Cancer Awareness month AND Halloween month - so for BOTH reasons we can use up the rest of that PINK can of hairspray with very few questions asked!

Tammie said...

What a nice thing you have done for Lori, I bet you are just swimming in good Karma right now :-)

Marian Hertzog said...

Thank you Shelley! This was fun and such a nice tribute to Lori. She puts her heart and soul into the BSBP! You and your grandbabies look great in pink!

Lea Avroch said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For coming up with this wonderful way for us all to honor Lori. I just adore the photo of your grandkids and you! Love the tiara!

Stone Designs said...

Thank you Shelley!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Shelly for this great idea! It was a wonderful way to celebrate Lori.


Skye said...

I am SO super proud of you for not cracking under the strain of keeping a secret! lol Can you believe it was over two months?! And for the record, I think you should consider doing some color permanently :) Do some pink and purple ... or maybe some bright red... just touches.. few little streaks... just enough to make you smile every time you catch sight of your reflection, because you have one gorgeous smile :)

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Oh Shelly, you rock! I LOVE you so much -- you've given us the gift of sharing our appreciation for Lori, the gift of stepping back, contemplating and honoring, counting our blessings from an incredible woman -- and most of all, getting to thank her for those blessings!!! you are incredible too and the love, respect and fun you've made possible is a force, a stream of energy that connects us and uplifts us. What an extraordinary tribute to Lori.♥ Thank you :)

big hugs & big thanks & big love,

Alicia said...

Shelley, this was a wonderful idea - thank you both you and Sandra for all the effort! The pictures are gorgeous :)

Sharyl said...

Really, really nice event, Shelley and enjoyed your post too. I know you put in hours of work on this. It was a really sweet thing to do for Lori! She is so supportive of us! --Sharyl

Anonymous said...

Shelley - your idea for us all to go "pink" was absolute genius!! So much fun and so touching! I can't believe we all managed to keep it under wraps, too. I'm so glad Ambra reached out to me and I was able to participate. I love your pink pics, too.
Thank-you, thank-you!!!

Lori Anderson said...

I love your hair! And I can't believe how many people did this. I know how hard it had to be to organize it all and OMG how did it all go over my head and stay secret???? THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

It's been bothering me all day -- I wanted to add: your grandkids Jordyn and Gegi look so cute!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Shelley for all that you did. I"m so happy that I was able to participate and be a small part of such a wonderful thing.

CreatingCures said...

Great idea for a GREAT lady - thanks for all you did. This was the best tribute and such fun hopping around! ~~T

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