Soup Time!! 1st Reveal

Today is the 1st of three Bead Soup Blog Party reveals!

I am in the 3rd reveal on August 25th, but about a third of the 400 people participating in Lori Anderson’s 6th Bead Soup Blog Party are posting their reveals today.  In fact, most of them went live at midnight.

I’m posting a link to Lori’s reveal, which is a great place to get you started.  At the bottom of her post (actually about half way down) is a list of the rest of the participants.

Grab some coffee (or a pot) and see what amazing creations have come from this exchange.

If you want a picture view all in one place, you can check out what Tanya of Fusion Muse put together ~ First Reveal in Pictures.

Charming Peggy’s Link Challenge

While browsing the Bead Soup Blog Party Facebook page, I came across a post from Charming Peggy about a Blogging Link Challenge.

Peggy has these acrylic links that she sells in her Etsy shop, WillowBranchBeads, and she wanted to do a challenge for a limited number of designers to create whatever they wanted using her links.

These chunky links are almost exactly the sort of thing I’ve been wanting to use with a couple of design ideas I’ve been kicking around.  I sent her an email and managed to get one of the last couple spots.

The links arrived in the mail on Friday, and I am pleasantly surprised to discover that they are individual links.  How fun!

I received the tortoise shell color, which would not have been my first choice.  But when I look at them, I realize I would have been completely wrong if I’d selected something different.  They are primarily brown, which is a color I love to use, but they have beautiful undertones of orange and red.  There so many different color directions you can go with these lovely links.

Now I have to see if I can work out any of the designs I have in my head.

The blog reveal date is August 17th, so be sure to check back here then!  Oh, and did I mention that there’s a contest element to it too? ;)

Jewelry Thief

Baby girl is 13 months old (okay, 13 1/2) and she loves my jewelry – specifically my bracelets.  I mean, what’s not to love?  They are obviously amazing. ;)

But I think she also loves to snag any bracelet I’m wearing because it’s just her size, she can haul it around the house, and most importantly… she can chew on it.

I was sitting on the couch the other night with the boys listening to my hubby read The Hobbit.  Baby girl had allowed me to wear my bracelet all day, but for some reason she was suddenly very interested in it.

This bracelet is one of my very favorite pieces.  It’s like this one, but in slightly different colors…

Woven Crystal Bracelet

One of the things I love about it is the magnetic clasp that blends in with the woven crystals.  Unfortunately, with a little one, it’s all too easy to just pop off the wrist.

It was honestly so very adorable how much fun she was having with it.

jewelry thief

Until she came up to me a few minutes later going, mwa-pft-mmm.  And then I had to fish it out of her mouth.

I’m kinda surprised she got the whole thing in there.

Summer Arm Party!

I have the worst time passing up jewelry exchanges!  It’s a problem.  And since I can’t seem to dedicate myself to making jewelry unless I have some sort of deadline, then it’s even more of a temptation to jump into any exchange that sounds like fun.

When I saw a couple of my friends on twitter chatting about an arm party, I knew I had to investigate.

Leonora of Yellow Heart Art and Ilene of Much Love, Illy are hosting the Summer Time Arm Party…

Arm Party Graphic (created by Yellow Heart Art)

(which makes me wonder if this happens at other times during the year – must investigate)

And after considering it for a bit, I decided to sign up – even though my website/blog are in a terrible state of neglect.  Nothing like a little bit more motivation. ;)

I’m looking forward to finding out if I’m in!


I am participating in ClickinMom’s 4th Annual Scavenger Hunt right now, and one of the items (out of 150) is to photograph a silhouette of a child holding a balloon.  The gals very nicely posted a tutorial on how to accomplish a silhouette, so tonight I decided to give it a try.

The key point in shooting a silhouette is to expose for the sky (not your subject).  It helps to have the light behind your subject.  A good time to do this is when the sun is setting because your sky is more interesting and you are starting to lose light.  But my subject needed to get a bath before bed, so we shot after dinner around 7:15.

I didn’t start off too badly, but it definitely wasn’t dark enough to be considered a silhouette.

So I bumped up my shutter speed and closed my aperture up a bit to get less light and ended up with a pretty decent series of shots.  This one I liked the best.

Then I edited the photo a bit in Photoshop by darkening the blacks and boosting the blues.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Overall, it took about 40 shots to get a decent one.  With this image, I’m about half way through the hunt.  And I learned something new.  I can’t wait to play with this technique again!