Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party TODAY!

It's finally here!! The Bead Soup Blog Party...brought to you by the talented Lori Anderson.

My partner for this swap was none other than the Lanyard Lady hailing from a few states down from me in North Carolina.

She sent me this super colorful assortment of beads.

Some of these beads were 'right up my alley' in the color department - some of them definitely posed a challenge (I'm talkin' to you YELLOW!)

So I put my thinking cap on for several days.

And was relieved to read a post from Lori saying that it was okay to make more than one piece! Whew! Because I had a design idea in mind right away for the focal...but was struggling with a way to bring the colors in. So I took these:

and turned it into this:

I loved pairing the mom charm with the sun focal, because I feel like they are both givers of life!

So then, I had the YELLOWS staring me in the face saying...okay... but what are you going to do with US!?! Although yellow is a challenge for me, the colors in this bead soup were simply gorgeous, brilliant, luscious and vibrant! I began playing with them on an old bead board for a little while and I used most of these:

to make this:

Again, I can't begin to express how scrumptious these colors are!

While I was playing with those richly colored lampwork discs, I couldn't help thinking those discs would be well served as button for a toggle.....which 100% inspired me to make my third and final and favorite bead soup piece. I used some of these:

and made this:

What a wonderful inspiration the Blog Soup Bead Party has been. I have listed below all the participants. Please check them all out! I know I will!

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
56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
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


  1. Wow! They are all so creative and beautiful! Congratulations on working such magic. It was delightful having you as a partner.

  2. Amy what a great job!!!! I think all of them must be fun to wear for sure!!! Way to go!

  3. All three pieces came out lovely! Very nice job.

  4. Wow! They are all so different from each other. Amazing to know they are all from the same stash! The first one has a really fun design, the bracelet is gorgeous, but my favorite has to be that colorful glass bead necklace in the middle. :3 It's just so fun and upbeat. I'd wear something like that in the summer all the time. I think it would look good with anything and really be a positive accessory for feel-good days. ^__^ Lovely stuff! And your little beading cap illustration there is made of win. :D

  5. All three pieces were lovely, but that last piece, the bracelet, is gorgeous! I would wear that ALL summer! Great job!

  6. Fabulous creations! I love the Spring feelings you inspired with your last 2 pieces!

  7. Great stuff, I adore that bracelet.

  8. You did really well with your bead selection! Nice colours and I think your white necklace is really classy, cute ^_^ Virginie

  9. What a fun mix of pieces you designed - the bracelet will be perfect this spring....

  10. Wonderful designs! Each piece looks fun to wear! :)

  11. #209 all 3 of them great job...

  12. Your Bead Soup pieces look like so much fun! I hope you enjoy wearing them!

  13. Wow! Such great pieces. Of course Mom and Sun should be together - both centers of the universe :-) I love the bracelet - so fun and cheerful!

  14. Great job! Love the colors and perfect pieces for the summer!

  15. Are you sure you didn't farm these out to three different people...just kidding these pieces just show your depth and Soup-er talented lady!!!

  16. Nice work with the soup! Love your creations!

  17. I LOVE this first necklace - that focal is so gorgeous, just wonderful. And I need to admit I was a bit scared about how you would put all the other beads together, but when I saw the result I thought wow, I want to wear this. So vibrant and colorful. I love it.

  18. Lovely designs in different color combos ! and I would love to wear that bracelet right now to feel spring is here :)

  19. wow you had an amazingly colorful, and playful batch of bead soup to work with! and you did a fantastic job! I loved all three pieces!

  20. I love the bracelet! Such fun colors and texture. Cheers!

  21. Wow, what beautiful things you have made, the black and white necklace is lovely but the necklace beneath just sings with colour and the bracelet is like sunshine on water, I love them all.

  22. The colorful bracelet and necklace are so different from the first design. I like that! Isn't it awesome how that can happen with the same pile of beads?! Great Soup!

  23. I LOVE bright colors! The 2nd necklace is a favorite, and that bracelet is awesome!

    See you tomorrow!

  24. I really love your work! Very yummy!

  25. Hi Amy, all of your soup ingredients turned into several very tastey dishes,i'm a little partial to black so i would say thats my fav but they are all wonderful!!

  26. Wow I can honestly say you took everything and made so many WONDERFUL things!! Just so lovely everything! Your Soup is a real Tasty Soup Success!

  27. WOW, WOW, WOW! I love them all, but really really love that bracelet!

  28. All of your pieces are gorgeous but my favorite has got to be the second one. The colors are wonderful and Happy;~)

  29. What a wonderful meal! I tend to gravitate to black (though I am trying to wean myself away) so I love that necklace.

  30. WOW You certaintly know how to play with color amazing designs Be Blessed

  31. One of the things I'm loving about this is how people create with things outside of their comfort zones! What you did with the yellow is totally awesome and surely yellow can now be one of your colors! How can it not be? You did a great job with all three pieces! Congratulations!

  32. Everything is pretty but my absolute favorite is the last bracelet. That focal/closure is AWESOME.

  33. Love what you did with those bright colors- I think I am allergic to yellow too but you made it work so nicely by spacing it out with those blues. Lovely pieces. I like all of them but was just wowed by what you did with the yellow. Maybe if I take some antihistamine I can try to use more yellow in my work.

  34. Those bright colros really are scrumptious! I shy away from yellow, too, but when I break it out I always end up staying monochromatic. You are brave!!

  35. Love the necklace with the sun pendant! The yellow would have been a challenge for me as well, you did it, looks great!

  36. yellow is such a crazy hard color to work with (I got yellow and black for my soup). I like how you broke everything up. I like all your pieces but the way you used the disc in the last piece is great!
    Shannon C

  37. OMG, I absolutely love that bracelet. If I could figure out how you did it, I would try one. Very, Very cute.

  38. You are my 209th blog to visit, yup my last one and I have to say your colors brightened up this dreary Michigan day. I love your designs.

  39. Great job! Love the vibrant colors and what you did with them.

  40. So beautiful friend, I love EVERYTHING you made & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  41. Your necklace is stunning, and I like what you did with the yellow beads. A fun necklace.

  42. I feel the same way about yellow, but you conquered it masterfully!

  43. Great job! Looks like you had a lot of fun putting those together. Especially love the black, white and silver together.

  44. I really, really liked the first necklace! I really, really liked the second necklace! I really, really liked the bracelet! All three pieces are unique, scumpdilly-icious and feminine! Congratulations on having Cherin as your partner!

  45. Love the way you separated the colors to make different designs.
    Great work!

  46. Love all your designs but really liked how the colors blended together on the bracelet. Beautiful jewelry.

  47. I thought when I saw the silver piece "JUNK in the TRUNK" don't ask Y but I did! lol I love the necklace it's Fab. The other designs are fun and festive!

  48. So many beautiful pieces! All of them just perfect for summer! Great job!

  49. Really lovely pieces! I love the last bracelet with that bright green button, great job!

  50. Girl, you are going to have to take back the statement about yellow! You totally showcased it to perfection. I love all three pieces, for different reasons. My fave has to be the bracelet. Awesome job!

  51. It looks like you had a lot of fun!! Love all the pieces! Great eye in putting them together!


  52. What a gorgeous selection of pieces you have made. I really loved the first necklace with all the little bits and pieces but then when I saw the bright necklace I loved that too... and then the bracelet. Well done... I adore them all!


  53. while all three of your pieces are delightful, the vibrancy of your second and the palette of the third speak to me loud and clear. They're beautiful. I'm so glad you broke out of your comfort zone!!

  54. Love the combination of black and white. So refreshing. And those colorful beads, especially the second necklace are like a fruit salad at a picnic! You can't stop at one helping! So fun! Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the day!

  55. I *love* how you used the yellow beads! One of my least favorite colors, but you've made such a happy happy piece from them :-)

  56. Oh Amy! What wonderful soup you received! I love all three pieces, but I think the second necklace is my fave - the way the yellow pops out amongst the more mellow greens and blues is yummy!

  57. What great pieces, love your tribute to 'Mom- the life giver', the colorful spring necklace and the happy spring bracelet. The bracelet is my favorite... beautiful work!

  58. Awesome job with your bead soup goodies! I really love the bracelet and the green disk as a toggle clasp!

  59. What beautiful summery pieces! I bet they are lots of fun and comfortable to wear. Lovely!

  60. Beautiful pieces! I especially like the bracelet :D

  61. Very nice jewellery! I like the classical colours and dangles in the first necklace as well as the fun and playful design in the second, but I especially fell for the bracelet: very nice design and fresh spring colours.

  62. Love what lanyardlady sent you and love what you did with it.
    Is the bracelet freeform petoyte?? I love the look- maybe you could shoot me an e-mail
    thanks alice, from alice's beads and baubles

  63. All 3 pieces are funky and cool. I am in love with the bracelet, totally my colors. Great Bead Soup.

  64. You totally rose to the challenge of bright colours w/ your second 2 pieces! I'm not sure I could have made it past yellow :0. I really love the back beading of the first, such perfect little sections of colour mixes

  65. Love the colors...that was my biggest fear...not being able to work the colors all did a great job.

  66. Such fun pieces! But I think my fave is the first necklace. :)

  67. Just gorgeous! I LOVE the bracelet - I would totally wear it all the time....has a lovely texture and the clasp is awesome.


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