While I typically select brighter colors for my beading, I am a nature lover at heart, and these beads really spoke to me. I immediately honed in on the handmade focal and matching clay pieces from Alison's Organics collection.
I liked the way the lapis stones had a creamy tint to them and decided to add that to the piece I wanted to create. The copper beads were such a perfect compliment to the focal, so I whipped up some peyote beaded tubes to go along with the rest of the copper. And without further ado - here is my first BSBP piece:
I also had some blue died wooden beads and some copper colored fire polished beads to complement.
I bezeled the smaller clay pieces with denim seed beads in a right angle weave bezel...and for the focal I embroidered around the focal and did a small netted bezel.
Usually - I buy clothes and then make something to go with them....this time I bought a shirt to go with the piece I made!
But alas - I still had many beautiful beads left from Alison's awesome soup!
I especially loved the dark carved wood bead and wanted to be sure to highlight that. As I began going through my stash I came across some very old beads.
I received these beads many years ago. They were a gift from one of my employees at a restaurant I used to manage.....in 1997-1999! Florcita had visited her home country of Peru and I was in my third year of beading...it was so sweet of her bring these back for me! However, in all these years, this string of actual SEED beads, stayed in a box labeled "natural beads". When I pulled them out, I knew the ridged dark brown seed would be perfect for this portion of the soup. (As an aside, these were a wonderful re-discovery in my beads stash, I look forward to exploring the other 'seed beads' in this collection.)
After a bit of culling the cracked seeds, I put them together with some round jade stones for my second BSBP piece!
I also had some blond colored wooden beads I added to this piece.
This was a spectacular BSBP experience for me. My husband even commented on "how much fun" I was having with it and noted my excitement for the reveal. I plan to visit all the participants' blogs, no matter how long it takes. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!!
Here is the soup I sent Alison and I can't wait to see what she did with it!
And finally - here is a list of all the participants - happy blog visiting!