Saturday, June 26, 2010

Have to share this great give away!!

Beth and Evie at EBBeadandMetalworks are giving away 

this beautiful "ThumBOWLina Leaf Bowl they made

in celebration of the Bead Soup Party. 

Go on over HERE and comment to enter the drawing. 

Yes it's that simple!.

Yellow Leaf ThumBOWLina
You can also still take a sip of their wonderful bead soup!!

The Party is Almost Over

Come get the last of all the delicious Bead Soup!!

85. Melissa, One-Eared Pig Beads
86. Rebecca, 2SistersBeadwork
88. Denise, Bling on the Blog
89. Doris, Glaszwerg
93. Kristie, Artisan Clay
94. Jess, Vintaj
95. Suzann, Beadphoria
97. Michelle, bMichelle

This has been such a wonderful experience. 
I am so inspired by all the amazing designs this week.
Thank you to all who participated and shared their talents.
Thanks again to Lori from Pretty Things
for hosting this fabulously fun event! 
Let's hope it becomes a tradition. 

Please shut the door when you leave.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Finally, My Bead Soup is Ready!!

I am a Bead Soup Virgin so this has been very exciting!
  I am so used to being inspired by the beads and components I create or purchase that in a very fun way it was challenging to get the soup from my partner Emanda and start there.  I was inspired by the fish pendant Emanda sent to create with an ocean theme in mind, something I love already.
I twisted up the yarn ribbon she sent and added oodles of randomly strung blue/green/purple seed beads. I wrapped them with two strands of purple seed beads and 
tiny fresh water pearls I had to hold the twist in place.  
This took several attempts and wiring one strand to hold it all together  
but finally I had a water feature in the necklace.  
I had to remove a tassel from the fish pendant and add the big knot of yarn and bead ends to it 
so I covered those messy ends with glue and made beaded beads over them. 
The next part should have been easy but like Goldylocks and her porridge dilema I redid it 3 times.  
I wanted to use all the beautiful amethyst, cloisonne and dark blue stone beads Emanda sent me 
BUT the first try was too long
So I shortened it. 
AND .. the second try I didn't like my bead order! 
So I took it out again, 
 at last the third try with the beads rearranged 
 It was finally just right!
Emanda also had included three lovely little lamp work beads so I purchased my first sterling silver wire and made the loop part of her link longer using one of them, attached her pretty hook and then wired another one to the fish pendant.  
I wanted to challenge myself to create another asymmetrical design and so here it all is. 
Emanda was generous so I still have leftover beads. 
I was able to make a bracelet to match with some of them and the third lamp work bead.  
I made my own clasp (!!) the wavy one from more of the sterling silver wire!
And a little set of dangle earrings that match the wrap on the necklace with fresh water pearls. 
This has been a blast to blog hop and see so many wonderful designs. 
Thank you again to Emanda for the lovely ingredients.  
If you haven't already be sure to see her creations made from my Alamo inspired beads. 
(Just a click away - click her name)  
Truly the most inspiring thing I have participated in online. 
A HUGE thank you to Lori of Pretty Things for getting us all organized, partnered up and inspired!!! 
Be Sure to visit the rest of Today's Cooks!! 

73. Valerie, Hot Art
74. Courtney, Beads by Breul
76. Shea, gr8findings
77. Julie, Pryce Designs
78. Jeannie, Jeannie's Blog
79. Patricia, Verre Design
81. Heather, My Muse   you are here
83. Sonja, Drachenei

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day Six of the Bead Soup Party!!!

Good morning all!  
I am getting really anxious to post my bead soup but alas my turn is not until tomorrow!!
Here are today's Goodies- slurp them up!! 

60. Carol, Carol Bradley Designs

61. Wanda, 
A Frayed of Fibers

62. Diana, 
Vintage Blue Studio

63. Marieke, 
Marieke's Blog

64. KJ, 
Silver Parrot

65. Maire, 
Maire Dodd

66. Shannon, 
Miss Fickle Media

67. Dana, 
Dana's Jewelry Designs

68. Charlene, 
The Bead Dreamer

69. Elisabeth, 
Beads for Busy Gals

70. Cathryn, 
Chile Cats

71. Missy, 
Melissa Rappaport

Have a wonderful day! 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

and on the 5th Day....

There is more bead soup!! 

48. Nan, Spirit Rattles

49. Amy, 
Copper Diem

50. Malin, 
Beading by Malin de Koning

51. Anne, 
Gardanne Glass Lampwork

52. Alice, 
Alice's Beads and Baubles

53. Barbara, 
Second Surf

54. Amanda, 

55. Heather, 
Humble Beads

56. Melissa, 
Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love

57. Kate, 
Organic Odysseys

58. Patti, 
PJ Clark Designs

59. Stefanie, 
Stefanie's Sammelsurium

Keep sippin!! 
And don't miss this:

The Best Bead Give-A-Way Ever!

The Best Bead Give-A-Way Ever!

Hi Everyone, My Big reveal is Saturday, June 26.  In honor of this weeks "Bead Soup Blog Party" I am giving away the BEST mix of beads ever!  The totalweight of the beads are 7 1/2 pounds!  Well OVER $350.00 worth of beadsout of my bead stash!  Some still have the tags on them!  Click on the pictures for a larger image!
Go to Denise's Blog to enter

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More Yummy Bead Soup- Day 4

Hey all,  
Here is more great Bead Soup Party!! 

37. Filomena, Pink Velvet Bird

38. Lyn, Lyn Foley

39. Tari, Pearl and Pebble

40. Rebecca, Song Beads

41. Regina, Regina's Writings

42. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse

43. Whitney, Whitney Lassini

44. Maria, Garden Path Beads

45. Michelle, Life in the Bead Lane

46. Ann, My Critical Eye

Happy Blog Bouncing!! 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Today is Day 3 Of Bead Soup!!

Please go have a look at today's jewelry artists.
 The soup is still "HOT"!! 

27. Lisa, Alterity
29. Melanie, Kookie Designs
30. Christine, A Hot Piece of Glass
32. Laurel, Rue's Daftique
33. Sandi, Do Be Do Bead Do
34. Nicki, Nicki's Reef
35. Virginie, ViviBijoux
36. Janeen, Wild Vanilla

I need to announce the winner of my second giveaway contest:
The one and only Christine B from "A Hot Piece of Glass"  
Click on her name and see her wonderful Frog necklace from the Bead Soup Party too!!
She was the only person to leave comments !! 
 I was so excited by her quick response and great suggestions 
that I sent her one of my resin caps already just for great answers. 
So, don't miss your next chance to win something 
I may be generous and pick an extra winner because of your great suggestions too.
Happy first day of Summer!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bead Soup Happy Day!!

I am thrilled to introduce to you my partner-
drrrrrrrrrummmmmm roll!!!
She has revealed her Bead Soup Creation today!!
I have been anxiously waiting to see what she would do with my "Alamo Beads" 
and the soup ingredients I sent her.  
Take a look:
Go to her blog: "Artemisia Studio" to learn more about her and how she put this together. 

I love this piece and she really captured the feel of my original inspiration-
The Alamo in San Antonio Texas.  
Thank you Emanda for this wonderful design!
Now that you have had a sip of Bead Soup don't go away.  
Check out the rest of today's menu:
June 20, 2010
16. Emanda, Artemisia Studio 
17. Marie, Skye Jewels
18. Loretta, Designs By Loretta
19. Stacy, Sissy and Jack's
20. Joanna, Filcowe
21. Diane, Diane Hawkey
22. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things
24. Marcie, La Bella Joya
Happy Blog Hopping!!!