Saturday, May 10, 2014

The SOUP is finally ready!!!

Bead Soup that is...

One of my best friends, Catherine King, suggested that I join the Bead Soup Blog Party.  Having never been in a bead party, I was very anxious to see if I was accepted in this HUGE event!

In order to participate in this event, you have to have a blog!  One of the purposes of these parties is to get you to blog and to get out and meet other jewelry crafters.

There was only ONE DAY to sign up for this event and then Lori Anderson matched all the partners.  She prepared a HUGE spreadsheet in order to make sure newbies (that's me) got paired with someone who had already participated in a previous blog party; make sure that no-one got paired with a previous partner and then to make sure that they were paired with someone who could help them step out of their normal box.

Even through major medical issues and pain from Lymes Disease, Lori has weathered on to make sure this year's party is a huge success!!!  I don't know how she did it, I was having trouble just doing my soup - not doing a soup and trying to match up and assist 469 participants!



This BEAD SOUP BLOG PARTY has participants from all over the world!  It spans 4 continents, 30 countries and 48 states.  Participants have to be paired up, taking into consideration those who only use seed beads, those who will and won't ship internationally, and not being paired with previous partners.  Talk about a MAJOR undertaking!!!!  Due to Lori's health, this may also be the last party!  I hope that is not so, but her health comes first.  So pray hard for Lori!!!!

So here are the RULES:

1.  You have to have a blog!

2.  Once you get a partner, you must email them.  Learn a little about them and then you'll then send that person a Party Pack:  A quality focal  (pendant, large bead, etc); some coordinating spacers or beads; and special clasp (not a lobster claw).

3.  You must use the FOCAL BEAD, CLASP and a PORTION OF THE COORDINATING BEADS you received from your partner in your finished piece.  

My partner for the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party is Elizabeth Bunn!  Before emailing Liz, I read through her BLOG and visited her WEBSITEFACEBOOK, and ETSY pages.

I became scared!  There was NO jewelry to look at for inspiration!  


I had NO CLUE what type of jewelry or techniques she preferred.  All I could gather from her pages was that she was an absolutely AMAZING lampwork artist!  Her glass beads are some of the most beautiful I've seen!  

So we contact each other by email and I find out (gasp) SHE DOESN'T MAKE JEWELRY!!!!  

Oh, no, WHAT am I going to do?  

This is my first bead soup party and I have no clue what I'm doing!

But, through our emails I learned that Liz and I have a great deal in common.  We both have a legal background with real estate.  She was a Legal Assistant for an energy company and I was a Real Estate Paralegal. 

We are both task oriented and get totally out of whack when our routine is derailed.  We both have cats and love animals and we both love to write.  She is much better than I am.  I tend to just ramble on!  

She grew up just blocks from Shea Stadium and probably watched my husband pitch for the Mets in the early '70s.

And we both love GLASS!  Lampworking is something I haven't mastered yet, but I truly appreciate all the hard work that is put into each and every bead.  I was taking lampworking classes at our local Club three years ago, but had to discontinue them due to medical problems which finally led to neck and shoulder surgeries.  I do work with fused glass and I am totally in love with it!

So here are photos of the ingredients that I sent to Liz.  I was so worried about making sure I had all the ingredients that I forgot to send her a business card!

Here are my masked ingredients!

And here is my reveal!

You can read Elizabeth's blog post after receiving her ingredients HERE!

Now for the ingredients I received from Liz for my POT of soup!  I am overwhelmed with her generosity!  

Along with the wrappings were candies and chocolate!  I love, love, love chocolate!!!

Liz sent me TONS of beads!  

She hit it on the nail with color - I am a blue/green kinda girl!  

I am absolutely in love with the gorgeous focal bead that I am guessing was made by Liz herself.  There are also copper beads, gemstone beads, pearls and crystals.  There are several focal options within this group of beads!  

So I put all my beads aside on a large tray so I could sit and look at them everyday so inspiration could hit.  

So I gathered up some basic tools and supplies.

I decided to start out with an instant gratification piece and made a fun memory wire bracelet with matching earrings.

Then I started focusing on my two main pieces.

My first main piece "Springtime" focuses on the BEAUTIFUL lampwork bead made by Liz!  A photograph cannot express the true beauty of this bead!  I also used the copper butterfly she sent as an abstract accent.  I added some copper colored pearls into the mix and made a matching pair of earrings.

The petal beads had me stumped.  I knew I wanted to use the central bead as an accent, but it took awhile before a flower started to bloom into "Daisy".  I originally intended to use the butterfly in this bead embroidered piece, but since it was my first completed embroidered piece, I thought I would keep it more simple.

This is the backside of my piece.  Not back for my first attempt!

So I made not one, not two, but FIVE pieces from my soup ingredients!!!  I am hoping that my partner, Liz, enjoyed her ingredients as much as I did mine!!!

THANK YOU, LORI!!!!  This has been a wonderful experience for me and I am so glad I was able to participate in this 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party!!!


Remember those 469 participants?  Here they are, start exploring and see what everyone made out of their "soup".  You can also check out our Pinterest page!

Please check out these blogs first before hitting the rest!!!

Lori Anderson (our fearless leader) Pretty Things

Elizabeth Bunn (my partner) Confessions of a Lampworkaholic

My best friends:
Genny Smith  Genny's World
Catherine King Catherine's Musings

My previous Bead Soup Cafe Holiday Gift Swap Partner:


Make sure you leave a comment for me, so I know you visited!!!!  Let everyone else know that you visited also!  As I begin to explore these blogs myself, I will be converting their links to their name, in order to keep up with what I have already read!

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Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake              
Debbie Rogers         

Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        

Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 
Linda Anderson                

Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen           
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     

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Rachel Baron                              R. Baron Designs
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Dana ickey                               
Rebecca Ednie                       
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            

RaMona Woolson                    
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry             
Renetha Stanziano            

Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
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Autumn Adams                           
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Patty Gasparino                                  My Life Under the Bus
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Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    

Jeanne Steck                         
Carolyn Lawson                    
Kay Thomerson                           
Maybeline Tay                            

D'Arsie Manzella               
Jacqueline Marchant              
Lori Bergmann                             
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 

Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              
Nicole Demore                           
Marti Conrad                                

Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy        
Alisa Siceloff                              
Maria Rios                                     

Tracy Martin                             
Nan Emmett                                 
Ali McCarthy                 
Jennifer LaVite                
Dolores Raml                          

Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                         
Lisa Suver                                      

Natalie Moten                      
Jami Shipp         
Diana Shiraishi                       
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          

Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                            
Sandi James                              
Marianne Hurley                        

Cris Peacock                                           Crisp Art
Andrea Rivers                       
Gloria Allen                         
Kandice Seeber                      
Janine Lucas                                 

Sandy Richardson                   
Hajer Waheed                            
Cynthia Abner                   
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holder                                   

Julie Bowen                        
Heather Richter                
Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                  
Sandi Volpe                                  

Tandra Boyer                        
Klaudete Koon                     
Michaela Pabeschitz             
Mea-B. Uebler                      
Mandi Effron                                

Evelyn Shelby             
Shai Williams                       
Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Cindy Pack                                     

Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger             
Divya N                                                     Jewels of Sayuri
JJ Jacobs                               
Blanca Medina                             

Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                       
Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          

Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              

Sam Siegel                
Gina Hockett                  
Linda Newnham                 
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         

Shalini Austin                    
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    

Niky Sayers                                 
Stefanie Teufel              
Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                             
Jacqueline Keller                    

Sam Waghorn                                 Pale Moon Creations
Jackie Ryan                               
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
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Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                     http://
Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               

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Rebecca Sirevaag               
Magdalena Sikora             
Ana Krepel                
Saskia Letta                            

Beth Emery                         
Lizzie Clarke                                
Evie and Beth McCord      
Marcia Dunne                    
Agi Kiss                                 

Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                     
Jenny Vidberg                            
Klaudia Toth                                           Klaudia Unique Jewellery
Merja Sundström                       

Colleen Vinthagen                
Leah Curtis                         
Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                 ‎
Annica Larsson                         

Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  

Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                             
Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                        
Doris Stumpf                        

Marjolein Trewavas                  Room for Change
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                  
Wendy Chamberlain       
Siobhán Keogh                                      Vovs Jewellery

Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                
Eva Wills                                      
Kathy Lindemer                    
Bridget Torres                              

Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman        
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           

Jennifer VaBenschoten           
Solange Collin                          
Marina Kosović                   
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                     

Claire Lockwood                  
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Nancy Dale                                    

Marsela Schroth                         
Amy Severino                   
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      

Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                      
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 

Asri Wahyuningsih                     
Laurie Ament                        
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                             Pixybug Designs

Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                        
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          

Sandra McGriff                    
Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                      
Sonya Stille                              

Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                  

Cheryl Roe                                    
Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                                      Paisley Lizard

Kristin Oppold                        
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                               Cats with Beads
Cheryl Foiles               
Stephanie Perry       

Barbara Fernald                          
Debi Dufrene                       
Kathy Stemke              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                                   Pixybug Designs

Andria Poole                            
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                            
Donna Millard                                        Artful Moments with Donna Millard
Gayle Dyck                     

Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  

Veralynne Malone                               Designed by Vera
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                     
Cassi Paslick                               
Cindy Boissonneault                    

Linda Sadler                                        Ida Louise Jewelry
Louise Glazier                         
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          

Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly               
Kim Paige                               
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell 
Annita Wilson               

Tracey Leeder                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                  
Tania Spivey                        
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 

Lynn Jobber                           
Lee Koopman                         
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                        

Rochelle Brisson                 
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/

Darlene Fortier                 
Leslie Schenkel                        
Kym Hunter                          
Leslie Wayment                        
Beckie Robison                         

Hannah Trost                                         PZ Designs
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                               
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    

Kim Williams                                 
Theresa Buchle                    
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                            
Skylar Bre'z                                

Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                 
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                          
Barbara Mason                            

Karin King                                      
Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                        
Donna Conklin                             

Karen Jones                          
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis             
Sabine Dittrich                           
Helen Simon                              

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                        
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                

Alison Sachs                       
Kay Mallery                             
Beth Petricoin                 
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                    
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                    
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 

Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                          
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove              
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                            
Fay Wolfenden                           

Kristi Harrison             
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                         

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                         
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                            
Rachel Stanley                     

Sandra Pendragon                     
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Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                    
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington        
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                       
Lori Callahan                               www.Dancingwireandbeads/
B.R. Kuhlman                               

Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               
Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          

Eleanor Burian-Mohr   
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                        
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                           

Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                                         Heaven Lane Creations
Catharine Temaluru        
Marie Covert           
Valerie Tilghman                  

Jean Baldridge Yates  
Patricia Robitaille             
Leanne Loftus                     
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman   

Dini Bruinsma                              
Marde Lowe                                 
Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson               
Valerie Norton                        

Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  

Karla Morgan                            
Suz Hamel                       
Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 

Shiraz Biggie                           
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont               
Kelly Morgan                          
Lesley Lane                 

Lori Blanchard                              
Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            

Jana Haverty                              
Cindy Ritchie                          
Marianne Baxter               
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                      

Cathy Buckley                   
Jennifer Van Horn           
Crystal Rector                        
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                     

Lisa Cone                          
Heather Davis                   
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             

Rhonda Hagerman                
Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                   
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           

Erin Prais-Hintz                         
Dawn Williams                        
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack
Elizabeth Hodges                    

Cynthia Tucker                          
Adlinah Kamsir                      
Stephanie Price       
Carol Dillman                            
Christine Hansen                        

Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                        
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      

Suzann Sladcik Wilson              
Terri Gauthier                      
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                          

Keren von Hoeren                                Creative Ideas
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  1. You made some beautiful pieces! ( I think I have visited, and I thought I made a comment before.) I like all five pieces. The cabochon with the dagger beads looks great.

  2. I adore both of the soups -- the colors, the beads -- and you worked really hard -- well done (lord I am so late to the party).


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