Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bead Soup for Beth Bricker

Okay, this is the teaser. 
Beth's Bead Soup is in on it's way to her. 
Meet my Bead Soup Partner caught at a Bead Show.
Beth is on the Right- with the great smile.
Do you think Beads make her happy?  I do.
I had fun with Adobe Elements and disguised the pictures I took of her ingredients. I don't think you will recognize anything in this but that is the point. Surprise!!  
Bead Soup a la Jurassic Park for Beth
I love this one, came out really abstract after about 8 filter effects.
Bead Soup el Cognito
I sent her a really nice clasp, handmade by a favorite etsy artist I will divulge later.
I made the focal pendant and all of the polymer clay beads 
and then poured in a lot of spicy beads to warm it up. 
I am anxiously waiting my ingredients for the Party too! 
Okay, that was yesterday, the teaser above, 
(Now you know one of my little secrets, I started to prepare this post yesterday for today)
my husband brought in the mail and 
Guess What?!!@%$&*
My Bead Soup arrived from Beth!! 
(Today- Sunday)
I had to wait until this morning to photograph it all.
Beth was so generous!!
and there are beads I have never ever seen before in the mix! 
This is so exciting.
 I need to take you through 
the visual experience of opening this package of goodies
The mysterious package- I think she discovered that I sew too!  
A kind and encouraging note and more fabric related wrapping- love it!!  
Oh my, very organized, all labeled and carefully packaged!
This is a lesson for me.  I am learning from this.
This is unbelievable!! So many truly unique beads!
I am so wowed by how many I have never seen before.
You need to see some of these close up:
We have mountain sheep here in Nevada but I have never seen
Horn, Antler or Deer Bone beads
in any of all the bead stores here in town
and I have been in them all.

 I love them!  
I think that deliciously nubby big bead is the antler bead,
it is really amazing- wish you could see it from all angles! 
Can't make a truly tasty broth for the soup without some Bone can we.
Also I have never seen undyed howlite or seeds quite like these. 
There are some really different czech beads too.  I love all the earthy tones.
They are making me yearn for a vacation in the Montana Mountains,
where I could wear a plaid flannel shirt with my jeans like this cloth
and not sweat to death like I do here in the Desert. 
I think she may have figured out some of my favorite colors
with the Mardi Gras beads and the Turquoise.
The Black Tourmaline is so unusual- love the chunky randomness of the facets,
I couldn't quite capture it's true beauty because
I over slept this morning and the sun was already too bright. 
I love copper and will probably be adding even more to the mix
The Earthy Howlite Focal and a gorgeous Copper Clasp. 
(sorry about the tint, the sun was not cooperating outside
so I moved indoors for the rest of the photos)
Last and most precious,
an alternate Focal;
a Rusty Key.  
I found all these ingredients really inspiring and can't wait to get to work. 
Thank you so much Beth for your amazing package of goodies!!
I am going to get started with some wire wrapping,
right now,  with Copper of course!! 

Be sure to come back on September 17th for the Blog Hop Reveal. 


  1. Wow, that is quite a bead soup!! Love the earthiness of them and that key is awesome!! I just got my soup off to my partner and need to post what I got too!

    Have fun and see ya on the 17th of September . . .

  2. Man - that is a bead Festival! Such a beautiful and unusual assortment - I'm sure you'll be able to create some beauties with those. Anxious to see what you do with the rusty key. I'll be back to see. ~ :)

    Nice sneak peek of your beads as well. Those are works of art as well.

  3. Wow - you hit the mother load! What a wonderful bead soup stash you received. I seriously can't wait to see what you create! Oh, I love what you did to your photos and I can't wait to see what you sent!

  4. OOOH! I love the way this is packaged. I need to get more inventive with that. And you know I love the key. Swoon! I love all the colors and textures. You will ROCK this. And that header, so cool! I love the Zentangle effect. I should do one of those.
    Enjoy the day!

  5. Oh my goodness what a gorgeous bunch of beads and goodies!!!*LUCKY*!

  6. You soup is delicious and so healthy! What a mix! And so beautifully labelled and time I will improve in this area! I will definitely be checking this out...very thoughtfully put together.


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