Lori Anderson of Pretty Things is hosting the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party! Sign-ups are going on now. If you are not familiar with the party, you sign-up, Lori assigns you a partner, and then you exchange some beads with your partner.
You must send a focal piece, a fancy clasp (no boring plated lobster claps!) and a collection of coordinating beads. It’s a pretty laid back exchange, but some of the ladies are quite generous with what the send along.
Once you receive your beads, you stew (har, har) over them and create a piece. Of course, you must use your focal piece and clasp, but after that, it’s all up to you.
Then on reveal day (and for several days later), you and all the participants reveal their pieces and everyone jumps around to the blogs to see what was created with their mystery ingredients. I promise that it’s as much fun as it sounds – even more.
I was one of the participants in the very first Bead Soup Blog Party. Back then, it was a “small” group of 84 participants. The party has grown so much since the first party back in February of 2010.
I also participated in the 2nd party with nearly 100 participants, which was a ton of fun.
But by the time the 3rd party came along, I was pregnant with baby girl and did not have it in me to participate. I also missed out on parties four and five.
Each successive party has grown larger than the last, so this time Lori made the decision to spread the party out over 3 dates. I’ve remained on the email list for the parties because I’ve had so much fun with them, and hoped that one day I’d be able to play again.
When I read that party #6 would be the last one for this year and that it would now be switching to an annual party, I decided it was time to play again. Since I am working on bringing my site back to life and combining blogs, I decided to give myself the most time by selecting the 3rd reveal date.
I’m all signed up and ready to join the party. I even know what I want to make for my swap partner – if I can get myself together enough to create it.