Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup Reveal

It's finally here! Today is the day we reveal our Bead Soup creations! As you may remember, I was paired with Suzette Bentley of Ellie's Bijoux. I am so honored to have such a talented partner! Suzette's work has been published in many magazines and she is also a member of the Cousin Creative Circle. I thought this was really neat because I have worked with Cousin and their sister company, Prima Bead. In fact, you'll see lots of their materials used my in pieces today. I was able to make quite a few pieces with all the goodies that Suzette sent. As you'll see, I pushed myself to try new techniques and work with different materials, but most importantly, I had so much fun! A big thank you to Suzette for being such a wonderful partner!

Okay, enough chit chat... You want to see what I made!  First, here is a quick reminder of what my soup ingredients were.

And now, without further ado...

This first necklace uses the cute owl pendant by Nan Emmett and the deep purple bicone crystals from my soup. From my stash I used ceramic beads by Splendid Loon Studios and Grubbi Ceramics, as well as other glass and crystal beads. Instead of my typical stringing technique, I opted to use cotton cording in orange, which matched this little guy's head feathers.

When I saw that Suzette had sent one of Lorelei's clasps, I just about died. I have been wanting one of these beauties badly! It's so pretty, it had to be the focal point in this bracelet, so I paired it with the lightweight chain from my soup and some beads from my stash that matched. The green pave bead is actually left over from the last bead soup party and the pink ones are, again, from Splendid Loon Studio.

I had absolutely nothing in my stash that was the right shade of yellow and it really needed the pop of color. What is a girl to do? Try making my very own polymer clay beads, of course! I say it was a success, what do you think?  I have worn this bracelet so many times already, it has to be one of my favorites!

Next up is another bracelet, using the brass ring and a few seed beads from that huge pile. I again used the orange cotton cord instead of stringing. The faceted, orange ceramic bead and flower charm are made by Grubbi.

This pair of Vintaj brass filigree leaves came in my soup. I paired them with faceted Amazonite stones, from my stash, and then dangled matching seed beads from brown silk cording.

Last, but not least, is a necklace using the beautiful sea glass beads from my soup. I absolutely love sea glass and collect it regularly on the beaches around my home. I don't even care that these beads by Znetshows aren't created the 'natural' way, they are so pretty! I paired them with white glass pearls, quartz chips and sterling silver in an asymmetrical design, then added the little sea shell charm for a bit of extra flair.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoyed the reveal! Also, don't forget to check out what Suzette made with the soup I sent her.

Happy Hopping!


Alicia Marinache           
Amber Dawn Goldish   
Barb Solem                  
Bev Breisinger              
Birgitta Lejonklou         
Breana Fry                   
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres              
Carol Dee Myers         

Carolyn Chenault         
Cassi Paslick                
Cece Cormier              
Cheryl McCloud          
Cindy Wilson              
Crystal Thain               
Cynthia Riggs               
Dana Hickey                
Dana James                

Darlene Fortier            
Deana Hager              
Deanna Cox               
Deb Brooks               
Debra Behrends          
Denielle Hagerman       
Denise McCabe          
Diana Frey                 
Diana Welte               

Dini Bruinsma            
DiYana Alcalde         
Dolores Raml            
Donna Millard           
Dot Lewallwn            
Duane Clark              
Dyanne Cantrell         
Eleanor Burian-Mohr  
Elisabeth Auld            

Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer               
Enik√∂ Fabian             
Erin Grant                 
Eva Kovacs              
Eva Sherman             
Gina Hockett            
Grace Rotenberg       
Gretchen Nation        

Hannah Rosner          
Heather Davis           
Heather Marston        
Heather Powers         
Ingrid McCue            
Jacqueline Marchant  
Jan Petek                   
Janeen Sorensen        
Jane-Michael Stallings

Jasvanti Patel             
Jayashree Paramesh    
Jayne Capps              
Jean Yates                 
Jennifer Cameron       
Jennifer LaVite          
Joan Williams             
Jodie Marshall           
Judy Riggs                 

Julie Anne Leggett      
Kat Barron Miller       
Kathy Lindemer         
Kim Hora                  
Kim Houston             
Kim Sparks               
Krafty Max               
Kris Lanae Binsfeld   
Krista French            

Kristen Stevens         
Kristi Harrison          
Kumi Fisher             
Laren Dee Barton     
Laura Bracken          
Laura Demoya          
Laurie Hanna            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere 
Lea Avroch               

Leanne Loftus           
Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel         
Linda Anderson        
Linda Djokic            
Linda Murphy          
Linda Sadler             
Lisa Liddy                
Lisa Suver               

Liz DeLuca              
Liz Engriser              
Lola Surwillo           
Loretta Carstensen   
Lori Anderson          
Lori Bergmann          
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe              
Lori Schneider          

Lyn Foley                 
Maddison Langford  
Magdalena Sikora     
Mallory Hoffman      
Marcella Austenfeld  
Marcy Lamberson    
Maria Clark             
Maria Rosa Sharrow 
Marianna Boylan      

Marie Covert           
Marti Conrad           
Mary Ellen Merrigan 
Mary Harding          
Molly Alexander     
Nan Emmett            
Niky Sayers             
Pam Chesbro          
Pam Farren              

Pam Sandy              
Pam Traub               
Pamela Gangler       
Patricia Buchanan    
Patricia Johnson       
Patty Miller              
Paula Hisel               
Peggy Gabrielson      
Perri Jackson           

Rachel Baron           
Rachel Stanley          
Rain Hannah             
Rana Wilson              
Renetha Stanziano     
Robin Reed              
Rochelle Brisson        ---- You are here
Rose Rushbrooke     
Ruth Szapa              

Sally Russick           
Sandi Volpe            
Sandra Pendragon   
Sandy Richardson    
Sarah Small             
Shannon Hicks        
Shari Replogle        
Sheila Daniels          
Sheila Davis            

Shiraz Biggie          
Shirley Moore         
Skylar Bre'z           
Staci Smith            
Stacie Florer          
Stacy Pomerleau     
Stephanie Weiss     
Sumi Rani             
Susan Sheehan       

Suzette Bentley     
Tamera Norris      
Tracy Choy           
Tracy Stillman        
Valerie Norton       
Vicki Holliday        

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Focus on Life: Weeks 11 and 12

Week eleven's prompt from Sally was 'the Possibilities are Endless'. I struggled with this one as I didn't want to photograph the obvious, beads. That is exactly what I ended up doing though... I finally realized that the obvious subject was really the right one to photograph, because beads are a part of who I am. They provide endless possibilities to show the unique and creative person that is me.

Our next prompt from Sally is 'Observe the Curve'. This photo is of a packaging design that I really like. I went with an abstract style to focus on the cool curved sunburst effect. I also love the color combo of black and brown!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013


I'm not sure about other artists, but sometimes I'll make something that I'm just not happy with. Perhaps it's my perfectionist mentality. One of the necklaces I had created for the Bead Soup Blog Party falls into that category. There are some things I do like about the piece, such as the color combination and some of the specific beads. However, it lays funny when worn and seems a bit unbalanced to me, so I decided to redesign it and make a new necklace! Here are the before and after photos.



So what do you think? Is a big improvement, or did you like the original better?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Focus on Life: All wrapped up

This week, our prompt from Sally is 'All wrapped up'.
Most of us are tired of the snow and ready for warmer weather, including myself, so when we were hit by another storm yesterday I decided to make a beach themed necklace. I used a silver coral branch as the focal with pearls, gemstones and glass beads dangling from silver chain. This is the point where my hands were tired from all those wrapped loops, so I took a break and snapped this photo.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Focus on Life: Knock Knock

This week, our prompt from Sally is 'Knock Knock'. I knew immediately that I wanted to take a photo of the doors in my apartment. They have these beautiful, antique-style glass door knobs that I just adore. I took many shots, from every different angle, hoping to capture their beauty for you.

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