Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal Date is Here!

The third installment of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party is here and I'm so excited to be in the final group of Bead Soupers.  This is my first Bead Soup Blog Party and I am thrilled to finally be able to join in the fun.  A special thank you to Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog for organizing and putting so much effort into this extraordinary party!  

The Bead Soup Party is very popular and has become so large that Lori split the reveal dates into thirds and this is the final and largest group.  My lovely partner, Laura Guenther of Blue Antiquities, was such a joy to be partnered up with.  Laura is a lovely person and she make some absolutely beautiful jewelry.  Laura does quite a bit of enameling and she included some of her own enamel pieces in my soup.  I was thrilled to receive these as I am just starting to learn how to enamel and I love enameled pieces.  Laura was very generous in the beads that she sent me sending me two lovely mixes in the cutest boxes you have ever seen.  There was a blue soup and a green soup for me to work with.  

Both soups were awesome but I decided to use the green soup for this reveal.  The focal in the green mix was a beautiful porcelain bead by Classic Bead.  My hope was that I could do these wonderful beads justice.   The first piece is a rather long style necklace using the silk ribbon in the back.  My second piece is a bracelet that I made combining a kumihimo braid I made with leather, one of my patina pieces as part of the closure,  and one of Laura's own enamel beads.  Lastly, I put together a pair of simple earrings with some leather and a couple more of Laura's enamel beads.  I had so much fun working with these beads and I'm sure that when I get the blue mix together I'll have equally as much fun.  Here's what I came up with.  

Now, please check out these other sites for some more fantastic jewelry:  

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
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
Eileen Snyder,
Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn,
Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs,
Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry,
Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden,
Torch Fairy
Fen Li,
Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang,
Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins,
Torque Story
Grace Dorsey,
Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, 
Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear,
Hajer Waheed,
My Beaded World
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,
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,
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,
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,
Simply Mod Jewelry
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,

Malin de Koning,
Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron,
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,
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,
Natalie McKenna,

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 Goode,

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,
Sweet Freedom,
Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger,
Modernly Created
Tania Hagen,
Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden,
Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier,
Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter,
Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman,
Tracy Stillman Designs

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Lovin' Challenge Part 2

Whew!  I missed the target date for the reveal and pulled out my beads just this morning after being reminded by a blog post that today was the reveal date.   I started hopping through the participants and discovered many beautiful pieces that exemplified some type of bead weaving.  I'm not a bead weaver.  I've made several bead weaving pieces and I enjoyed making them, however, that technique is not what I do on a regular basis.  I envy those people that can turn tiny seed beads into such works of art.  

My piece was definitely not going to be a bead weaving piece and therefore I had the ability to pull something together a little quicker than others.  I love the focal bead that was being featured in this challenge.  I pulled a piece of silver gray sari silk in my stash and that became the catalyst for me to get started.  I had made another focal section using the peach pearls with the gray but after a consultation with my artsy daughter, Baille, I decided to go another route. I chose to stick with the gun metal gray to give my piece a monotone look.    I embellished the sari silk with the gray pearls and crystal beads for some sparkle.  I finished it off with a section of pearls and silver and a handmade clasp.  Even though I started late I feel pretty good about my piece and it is definitely something I would wear.  

Hopefully you have already had the pleasure of visiting the other sites but just in case you haven't, here are the links.  

Summer Lovin' Challenge Kit

I'm late! Where did the month of July go?  Amy at Amy Beads is having a summer challenge.  She put together an awesome kit with a great focal bead.  I just didn't get started in time.  

Please check back in a few days to see my creation. In the meantime please visit these other lovely people to see what they have made using Amy's kit.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed.