Feb 26, 2011

It's Soup!!!!

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

 Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.
Here's what I made!

Please forgive the pictures.  One of my goals this year is to learn to take some good pics.

My partner really challenged me.  I don't usually work with either color pink or seed beads  but I am very happy with how this turned out.  It looks much better in person then in my pictures.

Edited to add:  I have had a lot of compliments on the focal which rightly goes to my swap partner Ruthie who made the focal.  I can't even do a peyote stitch.

Come see what the rest of us made!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
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
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!

I want to thank Lori Anderson for putting this event together!  I had a lot of fun.  Now if you want to see some real eye candy be sure to check out her blog,  Pretty Things.


  1. The pink is very pretty - and looks very nice with the black. And those seed beads worked well!!!

  2. Well I think you should work with those seeds again. You did a great job!

  3. The pink and black, very lovely. You did a great job even though you were outside your comfort zone. Way to go!

  4. Very nice and great job with the color combo!

  5. This is a real go getter in looks!
    So original wow!

  6. Is that rose Quartz? Most of my rosy quartz cabs are thick, and i have some problems, but you did well.

  7. I'm really glad you liked it - and I love what you made!

  8. the sterling is a perfect compliment to the pink stones...very nice!

  9. I can't get over all the work that went into this....you did a fantastic job with your soup mix!!!

  10. EXCELLENT job! And I'm so glad you joined the party!

  11. Oh, my! I love this! I wish I had your ability to put together the Bead Soup!

  12. Nice work! You did a great job!

  13. #209 here...I think you did a great job, too on a challenge it sounds like. I love the focal bead, with the seed beads around it it looks like a yummy sheet cake...

  14. Wow! Hard to believe you've never worked with seed beads before - wonderful!

  15. Great job with the seed beads. I'm impressed. The soup is good.

  16. Great job incorporating the seed beads...you did a wonderful job finishing your necklace..love the focal!

  17. Pretty in pink a sweet necklace!

  18. amazing job with those seed beads!!!
    A Lovely piece !!!
    m.e. :)

  19. Well done! Your bead work is beautiful and I love pink!

  20. I also think you should try seed beads again! :) Good soup!

  21. Wow...lovely work, especially if you don't work with seed beads regularly!

  22. For someone that doesn't do seed beads you met the challenge!! Lovely colors and I stuggled with photos for a long time too. It takes a lot of practice and thoughtful layouts and lighting. I used to live in Woodinville WA, your ocean waves make me a bit homesick... Have a happy day- I signed up to follow you so I will be back.

  23. You did good! It's good that you were challenged to use new colour schemes. I hope you'll continue to push your colour boundaries :)

  24. Cool, lots of work went into your focal. Great job!

  25. Great colors and you put a lot of work into your piece!

  26. I'll bet you are pretty in pink when you wear it ;o) Lovely job with your components.

  27. Very nice necklace in eye-catching colours! Great job!

  28. Love the pink and black color combination - very delicate looking. Awesome piece!

  29. Beautiful piece! Pink and black work every time! ;) Great job!

  30. Beautiful, Shai! Love the colors and your bezeling work is very nice!

  31. Such a wonderful job on the focal! Looks great for a seed bead newbie. I not a pink person either, but your necklace is beautiful!

  32. Great job love all that pink and black and nice bead work.

  33. I know exactly what you mean about being out of your comfort zone. It certainly adds to the challenge, but I think you rose to the occasion.
    Great Job!

  34. what a cool piece-great job with your soup :)


  35. I love how you used the colors in your design. Nice work!

  36. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  37. Beautiful! And yep, I'm echoing others when I say keep at the seed beads - great job!

  38. Great piece...beautiful bead work.

  39. Wow - Very fancy beading with those seed beads. Really nice!

  40. Very, very nice! I love pink and black together. Pretty!

  41. Great color combination and I love your seed bead work!

  42. Well for someone that doesn't normally work with pink OR seed beads I think you have done a splendid job. Beautiful bead embroidery... well done!


  43. I like the striking colour combinations on your piece - the seed beading finishes off nicely!

  44. Oh my...seed beads....I tried them but these old eyes and fingers are not having it....but you did a lovely job - love the focal and pink - just in time for spring....

  45. Such a classic color palette! You can't go wrong with pink and black! I love the embroidery. That must take a really long time!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the day!

  46. I think you did a fantastic job, This is very striking and elegant. The pink looks great with the black. Great bead soup.

  47. You don't normally work with seed beads? Are you kidding me? I'm amazed. I couldn't imagine making something so well on my first try. Fantastic job. I applaud you!

  48. It is refreshing to see some beadweaving here- Like the bead embroidery. Good job!
    Alice's Beads and Baubles

  49. Whew! It's taking me *forever* to make my way around the soup ;-) For someone who isn't used to working with pink, you did fantastic. I love how the black and silver sets it off!

  50. You did a great job for having to work outside you comfort zone! Love the pink and black. Also, thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. So nice of you!

  51. Wonderful job of working outside your comfort zone! Love the colors!

  52. Oooh, I love the pink and black combination! You made Ruthie's focal really sing. I can see it in a poodle skirt! haaaaaaaaaaa

  53. Great job! You've done well working outside your comfort zone :-)

  54. Love what you did with the seed beads. Great job.

  55. Great job with the bead embroidery! Very pretty!


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