Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Today is the big reveal for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.  Lori Anderson of Pretty Things was our hostess for this fun and creative swap.  Today is the 3rd and final set of reveals that have been going on for the past 4 weeks.

You might remember my partner Donetta Farrington of Simply Gorgeous sent me this fantastic collection of beads…

My task was to take the focal (which Donetta did create {wow!} ) and clasp and design at least one piece of jewelry.  I love what she sent me and the colors were so fun to work with.  I was going to drag out the reveal, but there is a lot of blog hopping to do, so I’ll give you the payout first and you can decide if you want to read all the nitty-gritty details. ;)

I knew I wanted to create something that incorporated the lovely silk ribbon Donetta sent me.  The original thought behind my design was to have the ribbon be towards the clasp, but I decided to switch it up a bit and use the ribbon to hold the focal.

Mustard yellow is so popular right now, but not a color I naturally gravitate towards.  Since I knew it would be more of a creative challenge and it looked so lovely with the aqua, I decided I had to use it in my necklace design.  I did struggle to find beads in my stash to compliment the yellow, but I am very pleased to report that I did not buy one new thing for the creation these two pieces.

I have a spool of Vintaj wire I’d picked up when I was designing my piece for the Fusion Beads Vintaj challenge, so I created several large jump rings and linked them together in kind of ring components.  I started with them at the focal, but used them in several places on the necklace.

With the lovely Chalcedony ring Donetta sent me, I knew I was going to create an asymmetrical design.  I love the ribbon bow on the ring.

I wanted to keep the design simple on the ring side of the necklace, so I just used a couple different seed beads and randomly added some silver toned rings I had.

On the other side of the necklace, I wanted a more chunky design.  I loved working with the Kyanite sticks {and I liked saying the name in my head ~ Kyanite, Kyanite}.  I had some semi-precious yellow-toned rounds to mix with the Kyanite and aqua stones.

And, of course, I finished up the necklace with the sooo pretty clasp from Donetta.

For the bracelet, I have to admit I was very inspired by all of the floss, ribbon and string designs from the Arm Party Exchange earlier this week.  I took the orange silk ribbon cord and used a knotting technique I learned back in the days of friendship bracelets.  I just had to make myself another fun heart clasp like I did for the bracelet I created for my partner in the Arm Party Exchange, AmarieBeauty.  Then I played with more of the beautiful aqua stones for the second strand.

I love everything Donetta sent me.  And I have quite a few components left.  I’m so excited to have more silk ribbon to play with!

Make sure you check out what Donetta of Simply Gorgeous did with the soup I sent her.  I can’t wait to see what she’s created!

And, here is the list of the other participants! Hope you have a *b.i.g.* pot of soup all prepped to sustain you through the hop.

Hostess, 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
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
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, AngelMoose Enterprises

Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential
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, CreARTelier

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, Baublicious
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, AllesPerle
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, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
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, uhuhu
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, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
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 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, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Ingredients from my Partner

My soup ingredients arrived a few weeks ago, and I love them!!  Donetta did such a great job sending me a fun focal and toggle clasp.

The focal is a decoupaged wood tile in an antiqued brass filigree.  I *think* she made it.  I will need to find out.  The brass toggle is handmade by Thea too and it is so pretty.  I love working with flowers.

With the focal and clasp she also included some other metal components to play with including a Vintaj dragonfly, two brass flowers with rhinestones, and an adorable brass flower charm from also Thea too.  Those antiqued brass flowers are screaming to be made into earrings, but I’m considering denying them.  That’s just too predictable. ;)

For coordinating beads, she sent me a lovely selection of aqua blue toned stones to work with including a rough chunk of recycled glass, faceted recycled glass rondelles, and blue Kyanite sticks.  I have never worked with Kyanite before.  I love the texture and brown flecks in the stones.  There are also faceted rectangles and a smooth oval of what we think is Chalcedony.

I am really excited about the silk ribbons from Marsha Neal Studio.  I have done very little work with silk ribbon, but it is something I really want get more comfortable with.  The mustard, burnt orange and pink ribbons are all such wonderful compliments to the aqua that I’m not sure if I can choose just one color.

The colors in this soup are so perfect for me.  I just love blue and brown together.  And aqua is such a calming color.  It makes me think of beautiful tropical waters.

Here is everything together complete with labels…

Thank you so much, Donetta!!!  I really hope I can do justice to all these lovely ingredients.

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.

Bead Soup Partner

Lori of Pretty Things assigned partners over the weekend, and in spite of the state of my blog, I’m in the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Donetta of Simply Gorgeous is my partner for this swap.  I’m pretty excited that we’re partners for several reasons.  She lives in Portland, Oregon, which is practically a hop, skip, and jump from my home in the Seattle area.  I love Portland and hope we’ll make it back down there this summer with the kids.

Since Portland is so close, I’m going to commit to making the piece I was considering for my focal.  Looking at the calendar and the other things on my schedule in the next week or so, I know it’ll be tight to get it done and in the mail by July 2nd.  But since Donetta is so close, if I’m late by a day or two, then it will still get to her pretty quickly.

I think we also make good partners because, like me, her site isn’t quite where she wants it right now.  She is in the process of moving, so she has a much better excuse than I do.  The BSBP will be a great opportunity for both of us to get to updating and posting again.

By browsing her blog, I get the impression that she likes to do exchanges and challenges as much as I do.  In fact, I love the pieces she did with the Suddenly Spring Challenge in March.

I think we’re a match made in heaven.  I can’t wait to get to work on my soup mix, and I’m pretty excited to see what she sends my way.

6th Bead Soup Blog Party

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.