Aug 24, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party VI

It is finally here and I am so excited to be able to show off what I made with all the wonderful ingredients sent to me by my partner Maria Rosa Sharrow of Willow Street Gifts.   According to the rules of this hop, we sent each other a focal, some supporting beads and a clasp that isn't a lobster claw.  Maria was more then generous and actually sent me three soups and a focal.

I do want to apologize up front for the pics.  I have tried every which way to get some good ones and have come to the conclusion that I have to find a mannequin since I tend to go for longer necklaces.  Guess that it is time to start haunting thrift stores.

I also want to thank Lori Anderson for putting together such a wonderful hop.  I have no idea just how she managed to keep track of 400 of us and to do it with such grace.  She has a book coming out in October based on these hops so aptly named Bead Soup.  Be sure to check it out!

The Bead Soup Blog Party is all about challenge and this one presented a couple.  First of all, I have never worked with this style of focal.  They demand that they take center stage in an understated type of way.  And that led to my second challenge which was to keep things simple.  And you know I don't really understand why that is such a challenge as that is the style that I tend to wear.  I also challenged myself to use all the ingredients and I did with the exception of the bonus focal.  I am waiting for it to whisper to me.

This was my first soup.  Isn't that focal just gorgeous!  She really reminds me of a sailor's wife waiting for him to come home.

I decided to ease my way into cooking and made this pair of earrings.  In a way I guess that isn't really easing as I don't tend to make earrings even though I love to wear them.  In these I used the silver heart beads and the faceted coins.  I added a pair of sterling silver ear strands to the mix.  I am happy with how they turned out.

Next up is an anklet that has already been put to good use this summer.  In this serving I used the black crystals that Maria Rosa sent to me and I added gunmetal chain and pewter charms.

This necklace is the one where I really could have used a mannequin as it is 30" long.  In this necklace I used that lovely focal and clasp, and added in some gunmetal chain in a couple sizes, some blue beads from Earthenwood Studios with bead caps and some painted wooden beads.  Check out the redhead from the other side of the focal!

Now onto the second bead soup sent by my generous partner.  I love this focal though it isn't one I would have picked out for myself.  That is the fun of this hop.

I started out with a pair of earrings using the vintage red and gold lucite.  I just added a bit of chain and the findings.

For the necklace, I used the focal, the clasp, and some more of the vintage lucite.  I added in the chain and the gold Swarovski pearls. This is again a longer necklace at 28".

And now for the third helping.  I fell in love with this focal.  It is so unique and orange has really been calling my name lately.

I started out this soup also with a pair of earrings.  Another challenge that I made to myself and I am happy that I followed through on.  In this pair I used some of the wooden orange beads and the black crystal.  I contributed the findings and the charm.

In the necklace I used the gorgeous focal and the clasp.  I added some chain and some lampwork beads from StudioJuls.  I have been wearing it lately and I have had one person offer to buy it right off my neck.  However this one is mine and besides I had to try to get some better pics then I had.

My last piece is a combination of all the soups as I wanted to use up the rest of the beads.  This is the first time I have tried crocheting with beads and I am not all together happy with this bracelet so I will probably be remaking it.

Okay still with me?  I promised a giveaway with this party and so there shall be.  I will be giving away both the first and second pair of earrings to one lucky commenter.  I will be keeping the giveaway open until September 2nd to give everyone a chance to look at all the gorgeous jewelry that everyone has made.

Now be sure to check out everyone's blogs. There will be lots of eye candy there and possibly more contests.

Hostess with the mostest, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss,
Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson,
Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents

Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty,
Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle, 
Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier,
The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka,
Clay Space
Cherrie Fick,
En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles,
Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow,
Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles,
Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel,
Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield,
Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards,
Live to Design
CJ Bauschka,
4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith,
Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs,
Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler,
Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro,
Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie,
Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington,
Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn,
Speedie Beadie
Elizabeth Bunn,
Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs,
Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry,
Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden,
Torch Fairy
Fen Li,
Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang,
Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins,
Torque Story
Grace Dorsey,
Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, 
Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear,
Heather Goldsmith,
As I Bead It
Heather Otto,
The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman,
My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman,
Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez,
Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller,
Jane Haag,
Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen,
Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter,
Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd,
Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman,
Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk,
Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown,
Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood,
Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker,
Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley,
Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell,
Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams,
Karin von Hoeren,
Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan,
Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel,
Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg,
We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke,
Kathy Combs,
Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer,
Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson,
Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle,
My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson,
Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon,
Only Road
Lara Lutrick,
Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther,
Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde,
HourGlass Studio
Lilik Kristiani,
Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman,
Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman,
Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge,
Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen,
Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann,
Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington,
Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter,
Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis,

Malin de Koning,
Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron,
Mandy Williamson,
Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter,
The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow,
Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter,
Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina,
Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas,
Room for Change
Marelene Cupo,
Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal,
Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska,
Mary Govaars,
MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger,
Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta,
Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett,
Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero,
The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati,
Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope, 
LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner,
Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley,
Natalie McKenna,

Noemi Baena,
fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari,
Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears,
Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville,
Copper Penny
Rachel Baron,
R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers,
Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson,
Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson,
Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag,
Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher,
Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya,
Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari,
Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson,
Wild Sally Road
Sandi James,
Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe,
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg,
City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams,
Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills,
Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis,
Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens,
Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie,
Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin, 
Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille,
Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon,
The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy,
Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan,
Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson,
Sweet Freedom,
Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger,
Modernly Created
Tania Hagen,
Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden,
Fusion Muse
Terry Carter,
Tapping Flamingo
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

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  1. Hi Shai. I hope you had fun working with all of the different things I sent to you. I can't believe You made so many things!!

    I really like what you did with the butterfly pendant. I make so many necklaces and yet I don't even wear necklaces. I am an earring and bracelet type of gal.

    It's funny but I would never have come up with the pieces you did. You used everything to it's fullest.

    It was a pleasure being your partner and hope to read your blog as often as time allows me too.

    ~Maria Rosa

  2. Wow! You were busy! And creative! Love your creations! Would love to be the lucky winner of your giveaway ;o}

  3. wow, you did an awesome job on this round of soup! The necklaces are too long for my personal taste ( I tend to get long dangling things caught >.< ) but are all gorgeous :) I rather like the red head side of the focal... the lighting in the photo makes it pop with the chain, but that could just be the lighting ;) lol

    oh, and you've got you 'I' on the wrong wide of you 'V' ... that's four.. you want six ;) lol

  4. Congratulations on using almost all this wonderful Soup(s)! These are exquisite pieces, Shai, and it is no wonder you have people trying to steal them from you! I think you were very brave to try a brand-new technique for this, knowing you would be showing the world LOL That is the spirit of creating!.

  5. Beautiful creations..I simply adore the 3rd helping
    Butterfly necklace and earrings. That soldered focal of the wing is amazing! You did a Great job with your soups.

  6. Your soup is good. I don't know which piece I like the best. And your photography is great!

  7. Holy smokes! what a busy girl you've been! I do really love that last focal - just a gorgeous piece!

  8. What a wonderful assortment of pieces. I really love seeing all of them together, it gives a real sense of your style and eye.

  9. oh, wow! a giveaway!!!! I love the blue earrings. I think your crocheting looks great. I've also been trying my hand at crocheting jewelry pieces. Have you tried crocheting with wire? That is a really neat look!

  10. Very beautiful designs, I really love the first and second eearrings. fantastic

  11. I love how all of your pieces came out!

  12. You have done a fabulous job! Earrings are hard for me; i guess because I hardly ever wear them! I hadn't thought about it until now, but I didn't even make any earrings for this BSBP go-round! Wonderful use of your soup!

  13. Looks like you had a lot of fun cooking your soup!

  14. Hey, Tacoma~ I'm just down I5 in Oregon City and have a daughter that lives in your fair city! That said, you made a lot of pretties with your soup! I've done some crocheting with beading, too. The bracelet in my soup was crocheted with silk sari ribbon and I've even tried crocheting wire, but like the thicker fibers, better.

  15. Nice job with your beautiful bead soup! Beautiful focal pieces and your designs are beautiful!

  16. Nice job with those challenges! The oranges are definitely my favorite, so I can see why you'd want to keep that butterfly piece. :) Jen

  17. Maria Rosa was my partner for the previous party, I see she once again sent an amazing collection of goodies! Don't you just love her handmade pendants...beautiful! You did a great job with your soup ingredients, I love the earrings the best! Cheers!
    Lori D.

  18. Beautiful pieces...the crochet looks pretty to me!!

  19. what a grea floral focal - you done the best job with it! congratulations!

  20. Oh VERY clever with all your soups! You did a remarkable job and they're beautiful. Thank you so much for participating!

  21. I love the handmade pendants by Maria! All of your creations are wonderful!

  22. Wow! I am so impressed that you managed to use all of your soup ingredients. Even with the possible exception of one focal. :)

    I always say I'm going to use them all, but it never seems to happen!

  23. Simplicity is what I love most. You captured that in all your pieces! Great soup!

  24. So many beautiful creations! Great job!

  25. I can see why someone wanted to buy the necklace when you were wearing it!!! Everything you made is gorgeous but your
    necklace with the matching earrings WOW!!!

  26. Three helpings of soup! Woohoo! And what lovely soup it is. So many beautiful creations you made!

  27. You really rocked these soups big time. There was so much to work with and I can tell you thought out each and every piece. It's a shame you're not happy with the crochet bracelet, I think the colors and basic design work really well together. Hopefully you'll get it worked out in no time!

  28. Wow, you made loads! I love the 'sailors wife' necklace. Lovely work :)

  29. Awesome designs!! You really spotlighted each focal perfectly. It is so nice of you to giveaway your beautiful earrings. Thanx for the chance to win those blue beauties.

  30. Everything is just beautiful. It all ties together quite well even though each piece is unique. So romantic looking. Great job!

  31. Wow, I love how much inspiration you were able to glean from your soup mix! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one having trouble photographing an extra long necklace?! LOL Great job on everything! *Ü*

  32. What a wonderful job you did making each soup sing, and now you have a whole collection! So nice of you to share with a giveaway. I don't blame you one bit for keeping that butterfly around your neck even if someone else did want it

  33. What an amazing serving of soup!! You can tell that you really worked with each of the focals and used them in unique, but workable ways. Most people would take those pendants and string them on chain or fabric and be done, but you created pieces that both accented the focals and had true, beautiful design elements. Great job!

    And honestly, that flower focal would have completely stumped me, but I love what you made so much that I even want to wear it and I don't do gold or that style of floral much at all.

  34. Outstanding job! The focals you had to work with were gorgeous and you featured them beautifully!

  35. What great pieces. I really like your last bracelet, where you used pieces from everything. Very nice.

  36. Wow, that's a lot of soup. You were very ambitious taking on 3 partners. I'm a blue girl though, so that first pair of earrings really caught and kept my attention. Great job.

  37. three soups LOL I think the best part is when your partner says "I would not have ever thought to do that myself" It means you honoured your beads in your own way and here you have done a great of of that.Lovely pieces.Love and Hugs Tanya

  38. wow... i wide selection from your soup! all your lovely pieces are so well created, congrats!

  39. WOW! Great job on your designs! They are all so creative and different! I would love to win a pair of your earrings! Thank you for the giveaway!

  40. Wow! You were very busy in your soup kitchen! Lovely pieces! And I think you did splendidly with your first crochet attempt!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your kind words! What a fun experience this has been! Can't wait for Lori's next party!

  41. Love what you have made, you did Good!! in your search for a mannequin don't over look decoupaging it with something else to get the look you want. I did that with a cloth one, covered it with paper, and I Love it!!

  42. Beautiful designs, lovely pieces!

  43. You need to continue making earrings, you are definitely a natural!! I am so in love with the "Sailors Wife" necklace, the focal is incredible, the lampwork is too cool and the chain is amazing...where do you get your chains (if you don't mind sharing).

  44. Fantastic creations. I love the butterfly necklace, just stunning.

  45. Beautiful pieces made from your amazing soups!!


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