bead soup party

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's PartyTime

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
Here's what I made!
The big day is here at last. I pondered and pondered what to do with the lovely beads my partner sent me. The Murano glass butterfly was too beautiful to be cluttered up with a bunch of other beads but I wanted to utilize as much of everything that my partner sent me and I also had a few beads left from my last bead soup partner that did not get used and I thought it would be nice to merge both of my partners in this soup.

I finally decided that a simple beaded kumihimo robe would set off the glass pendant. I made my kumihimo rope with cobalt blue size 8 and metallic blue size 11 seed beads. I then embellished the rope with some green/gold size 11 seed beads to bring out the green gold in the pendant and to tone down the cobalt blue. I used the lovely silver clasp my partner sent me along with some of the czech glass beads and silver beads that were part of my package. Now I am ready to fly into spring with my butterfly necklace.

Since I had so many beads and two pendants, I started a second project. My lovely partner Cyndi Lavin had a wonderful tutorial on a Robin Adkins technique called fingerweaving. I thought this technique would suit the beads she sent admirably. I wanted to keep it a little modern as well so I made it asymmetrical and combined copper chain and charms with my piece. The Pantone Spring Color Report just came out so of course I had to add in some of those "honeysuckle" pink touches to my piece. Of course, the centerpiece is the lovely lampwork bead made by my partner in gorgeous shades of turquoise and aqua.

As promised, here are the pictures of my "pint of beads" giveaway. Just remember to go visit both of my Bead Soup Partners - Alice Craddick and Cyndi Lavin and leave your comments on their sites and you will be eligible for the drawing.
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3. Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5. Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6. Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8. Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10. Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12. Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14. Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15. Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18. Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22. Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25. Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26. Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27. Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30. Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32. Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33. Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42. Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43. Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45. Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46. Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47. Amanda Davie, Articulations
48. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49. Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton 51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54. Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58. Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59. Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60. Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do
61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63. Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64. Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65. Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68. Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69. Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72. Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73. Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74. Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77. Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78. Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79. Amy Severino, Amy Beads
80. Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85. Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86. CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87. Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89. Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92. Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead
93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94. Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96. Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97. Cindy Dolezal, Cindy Dolezal Designs
98. Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102. Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations
103. Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104. Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105. Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106. Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107. Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108. Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109. Grace Danel, Grace Beading
110. Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114. Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
118. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119. Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings
123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125. Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126. Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128. Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129. Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130. Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132. Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse
142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143. Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144. Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145. Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154. Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156. Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157. Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158. Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
160. Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162. Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163. Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
170. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179. Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189. Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190. Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197. Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200. Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204. Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205. Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207. Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209. Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!
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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Pint Giveaway

Well, as usual, our wonderful soup party hostess has come up with a wonderful idea to have a giveaway of a pint of beads to go with the soup party. What a wonderful idea. She wanted everyone to visit at least three blogs and then comment on them to her on Sunday. I offered that if she didn't mind us borrowing her idea, then we could come up with our own "pints" to offer. Lori, being wonderful as usual, said she didn't mind us borrowing her idea.

So now, here is my offer. I am going to put together my own pint of beads tonight and will post photos tomorrow during the blog hop. Here is the challenge to you. My first soup party partner was Alice Craddick and my new partner is Cyndi Lavin. For those of you who visit both of their sites and comment on their blogs, I will put your names in a hat for my pint giveaway. I know it is going to take a long time to get to as many of the blogs as possible so I am going to give you one week to get to these sites. I will have my drawing next Saturday March 5th for my pint of beads.

Happy Blog Hopping and Let's Have Some Soup

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bead Soup Party - It's almost here

Just five days and we all get to view each other's bead soup. I am sure many of you who are well organized are already done and have your photographs ready. The rest of us are probably spending every spare minute polishing our "masterpieces".

I must admit, my partner sent me such a selection that I decided to try and be productive and prepare not one but two pieces. The first one is virtually done but I am pushing to get the second one done. It is a new technique and I am learning it is difficult to learn a new technique on a deadline. I am sure there are others out there who have done the same thing at one time or another. What is it about the Bead Soup Party that makes us want to adventure into new territory? I guess that is what is great and challenging about this project. I am frantic to get my new piece done. I also attempted something new with an old technique. The anticipation grows. What comments will I get? Will they turn out or will they bomb? Is everyone else out there going through the same thing or am I just being obsessive?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Bead Soup Is About To Boil Over

As usual, I am behind. This is mostly due to unforseen circumstances. I was trying to get the photos of my bead soup beads posted but my camera died and the cat chewed through the cord that downloads the pictures. Now I have to get a new one before next week. Daugher got sick and then I got sick, yada, yada, yada. Hectic seems to be the word of the year.

In lieu of pictures, I am going to give a written description of the beads I received and a little bit of information about my wonderful partner. Imagine my joy at receiving my special package in the mail. Anticipation of what you will get is one of thrills that comes with participating in "Bead Soup". My partner Cyndi Lavin and I had emailed back and forth a few times to get to know one another's likes and dislikes and then she sent me beads in some of my most favorite colors. I received some turquoise colored howlite drops, some gorgeous dark blue czech glass beads, some beautiful aqua crackle glass beads, some beautiful teal resin beads and some teal/turquoise colored seed beads. My clasp was a pretty silver s-clasp. And what can I say about my focals. I didn't get one, but two! Cyndi sent me a beautiful lampworked bead that she made herself. Then I got a beautiful murano glass pendant. And to top it off, she sent me two beautiful dichroic glass beads that would make a wonderful pair of earrings and some C-lon cord. I feel so blessed!

Now, let me tell you about my partner. Cyndi Lavin is a designer, author, teacher..... and so much more. She has a wonderful website Beading Arts and a daily blog as well. I have been following her blog for at least a year now on a daily basis. She has also written a wonderful online book called "Every Bead Has a Story" which is a complete and very educational book about bead embroidery. You can imagine my surprise and pleasure to know Lori had chosen the two of us to be partners. This is the other big thrill with the "Bead Soup Party". It is always exciting to find out who your partner is and Lori does such a great job of matching everyone up. I must admit, I also feel a little bit intimidated by having such an esteemed partner. It is definitely challenging me to come up with new strategies and it is stretching my creativity. It was a challenge to send my partner just the right beads as her work is varied and exceptional. She said she loved my package and I certainly loved the one she sent me.

Now the struggle is to figure out what to do with them. Fortunately, my partner's blog has all sorts of tutorials and links that have helped me get some ideas. Now I just have to execute. If some of you are in that stumped position, check out Cyndi's site, you might find inspiration there as she not only features her own work, but the work of many others. And be kind to yourself and subscribe to her blog. It is my daily dose of creative juice. Only a week to go before the blog hop - I must get busy. Talk to you all later.