Friday, August 19, 2011

Lucky Ear....and My Bead Soup!

I am out-of-my-mind-excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been anxiously awaiting my bead soup from my bead soup partner, Alison of BeadsbyEarthTones. When I received my partner information I was thrilled to be paired with Alison. While her beads aren't in the style of what I normally use, I looked on her site and was so excited to see all the beautiful beads she creates!

The reason I was anxious is because tomorrow we are leaving for vacation for 8 days and the thought of my bead soup waiting for me at the post office while I was away was making me crazy! AND, I really wanted to play with my soup while relaxing this coming week.

So this morning, before Jackson and I left the house to run some errands, I said to him, "Can you please use your lucky ear and make my beads come today!?" A bit of a juvenile request, I admit.

What about this lucky ear, you ask?? Well, pardon me while I digress:

Jackson was born with a crimp on the top of his right ear. From the beginning I loved that little crimp, though I feared it might some day be the catalyst for name calling and poking fun at. And while those fears have come to fruition as he has gotten older, from an early age I explained to him that it was his lucky ear. This idea wasn't mine. Ten years ago, I was once waiting at the bus stop in D.C. when a woman approached me and said "DIOS MIO! Mira! La oreja!" while pointing at his ear. I looked at her quizzically, and she added "Ear, he will have lucky life!" And then she continued wandering down the street.

(Jackson, circa June 2005)

And so the idea was born to help him cope with this small deformity. Pediatricians often asked if I wanted a plastic surgery consult, but I really always liked that special part of him. When he was old enough to understand his ear was different from others' ears, I just went with the "It's Your Lucky Ear" explanation.

In recent years kids have become crueler about it. And now I'm the one asking if he wants to start looking into plastic surgery for it. But he refuses. I'm glad because I don't want him to feel like it's anything to be ashamed of. And because he really believes it's lucky.

I am happy to report the beads were in the mailbox when we returned this morning!!!!

So without further ado - here is MY BEAD SOUP!!!!

How deliciously gorgeous is this soup!?!?! I LOVE IT!

This focal is awesome:

While I would have been happy with any of the beads from Alison's collection, I had been secretly drooling over items in her Organics collection! Lucky ear? Intuitive bead soup parnter? Either way I'm happy!

THANK YOU ALISON! I am thrilled and I have about a million ideas on what I want to do with this scrumptious soup.

Hats off to our Bead Soup Blog Party host, Lori Anderson as well, who works so hard at making this a fun event for everyone!


  1. I love your lucky ear story! Hate that kids are being mean. However, sounds like he is confident in himself, and how wonderful is that! We could all use a bit of lucky ear confidence in this crazy world where we all seem to consider difference to be a flaw, versus something that makes us just shine a little brighter then the rest.

    I'm so glad your got your beads! I think that would have driven me crazy to have to wait 8 days.

    I'm super excited about this bead swap too. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with :)

    Hope you are enjoying your vacation, and finding new inspiring scenery :)

  2. Wow! Lucky ear indeed! I hope you gave that lucky ear a kiss and the boy attached a bug hug of thanks ;) lol

    Those are gorgeous beads! I LOVE that focal too! I looked at that soup and suddenly *I* see so many possibilities for it.. and it isn't my soup to play with >.< lol Can't wait to see what you come up with! I'm curious to see if it's similar to what popped into my head ;)

  3. What a great story! What a sweet face attached to that lucky ear. Your bead soup is so pretty. Have a wonderful relaxing vacation too!

  4. What a great story and I know this soup mix has inspiration all over it! I am jealous those are gorgeous!

  5. Those are gorgeous! I buy a lot of beads from her so have fun!


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