Friday, March 29, 2013

Bead Soup Bloggy Blingy Bunny Hop!

First of all, I just want to say how much I absolutely love, love, love the Bead Soup Blog Parties.  The whole concept is just irresistible, getting a surprise package of beads from basically a stranger, and using them to create new wonderfulness!  What a great idea, and Lori Anderson is absolutely nothing less than a hero for organizing and being a mom to this whole enterprise.  Marie Covert,
Marie Covert
who is my partner in this party, is also my hero, because she did two things for me.  First of all, she made me use the cool, watery, misty color palette she sent me, and secondly, she made me go blingy with her cool focal that had sparkles embedded right into the surface of the polymer clay.  What a fun idea, and totally something I would never have thought to buy for myself.  It is so good to try the new things your partner's gifts inspire!

Now, as some of you know, I have been having yucky eye problems, and have had a hard time meeting commitments because sometimes my eyes just will not cooperate, and I can't focus well enough to bead, or photograph (please forgive the photos, between the two of us, my hubby and I have about half a good eye, but we just keep trying).  Fortunately, there was enough time on this one, that I was able to finish my piece, get the photos taken and write the blog piece, despite Blogger giving me some hassles that required me to download a new version of Internet Explorer and abandon Google Chrome, at least for now.  The bad part about that is that Blogger lives at Google, but I had to use IE for this post, as recommended by the troubleshooting guide.

So, as I said earlier, Marie's beads reminded me of sand and sea, and sparkly things you find on the beach, so I just went with that.  One side of my piece reminded me of the shore, with sand and sparklies, and the other side reminds me of waves, with a little section of glass rings that reminded me of sea glass.  The Cellini spiral waves are also a nod to the beaded bead focals I sent to Marie, kind of a cosmic twinsie thing!

the blingy focal

the wavy side

the sandy side

the whole waterful wonderful piece

And now for more fun, visit all these wonderful blogs so you can experience the whole party, and make sure you visit the BSBP web site for the other two reveals, because this party doesn't end here.  It has two more days of beady goodness!  Have a great party!

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
Enikö 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
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


Audrey Bélanger said...

I love that there are two sides to your piece ! The sea and the beach :) LOVE LOVE LOVE

Shirley Moore said...

You keep amazing me with all that you are able to do with eye problems! I can't imagine doing the cellini with bad eyes! I could totally 'see' the sea with your descriptions. Great job!

Sea of Dreams said...

Gorgeous design! I love that you created two very different sides to the necklace and yet they blended so very well!

April Grinaway said...

Wow...I don't do seed beads so this is truly amazing work!

brandi said...

~i can only imagine the amount of time and patience at hand when you created this beautiful piece...amazing indeed...much love light and blessings~

Krafty Max said...

very unique! I love the mix of stitches and elements!! ~KM

Marti C. said...

absolutely fantastic! great job!

Anonymous said...

Lovely work! I'm not a bead stitcher so I can't imagine how you did that, even if you had perfect eyesight :)

vintagesusie said...

Wonderful & intricate seed bead work on this necklace, a lovely design!!

Shiraz said...

What an interesting concept! I love what you did on the wavy side especially.

13 said...

that seed beading must have taken forever but so worth it, it really makes the design pop

Sandra Pendragon said...

Such a beautiful piece! I just love the color combination. It really is lovely and with eye issues! congrats on a great necklace!

PiPa said...

So beautiful how you combined beadweaving with bigger beads. Love it!

Pretty Things said...

I love your story behind your piece and adore the Cellini spiral! You really made this your own!


I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP
I love this necklace, you are so talented! great work :)
ciao dall' Italia

Kepi said...

Love your free form, so well done!

Alicia said...

I am always in awe of bead weavers - your piece is adorable! The asymmetry of the design is just perfect. Love it.

Laura Bracken said...

What a gorgeous necklace. I loved reading your post about it.

Mulligan Stew Jewelry said...

I have no skills with seed beads, yet I can truly appreciate the beauty of your creation! So Lovely!

Shae Warzocha said...

If I saw a stranger wearing this necklace I would have to walk up to her and touch it. I would instantly know she was a fellow creative type. Wonderful job.

kathy stemke said...

I love a necklace with a good story. Yours is stunning! Love the asymmetrical look. It would be like wearing fine art.

Nchantme said...

Stunning beadwork! Love the asymmetry and the beadwork is integrated beautifully in your work! Congratulations!

flyingbeader said...

Great freeform piece. HOpe your eyes get to being better for you to create more lovely things

Just Beads said...

Wonderful asymmetric design. Love it.

Perl - Eni said...

Wow... gorgeous work!
Very unique!

Kris Lanae Binsfeld said...

Your soup works so well with your whimsical style and love the colors and unique bead work! Very Happy Soup! :) Kris

Sheila said...

I love the contrast of the wavy side and sandy side. Very cool.

vovsblog said...

beautiful work well done!

Dry Gulch said...

Love it, very colorful and beautiful work.

paula hisel said...


Liz E said...

What a fun necklace! I especially enjoyed the freeform seed bead weaving. I hope your eye issues resolve and you can continue to bead. I looked through your site, where I saw a lot of really beautiful work. The bead world needs you!

Cheryl Gangle said...

I would have never guessed that you had any vision problems what-so-ever! The detail and beauty of your necklace is second to none. I can see the 'beach' theme, but in looking at it closer, it looks to me like you included a 'coral reef' into the design! Very Cool!!!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Beautiful necklace! Congrats!

Breana said...

Love the sea and sparklies theme!

Dini Bruinsma said...

It's Springtime!!! Sweet necklace, great job ♥

Micheladas said...


Elizabeth Beads said...

Super job!

Leanne said...

So creative!

maryharding said...

Love your necklace and that you beaded different parts of the lanscape to make up the whole waterfall scene

Bobbie said...

It's always nice to discover another seed beader in these hops -- really nice work on this! And now I need a trip to the beach...

Robin Reed said...

Sweet, pretty , fun, I love the look and the colors! You did a Great Job!! Have a Blessed Day!

Sandi Volpe said...

Amazing seed bead work, perfect colors!!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Wonderful work and colors!

Spirited Earth said...

love your soup mix,and what you created, great job.

Karen Mitchell said...

Great job with your bead soup. Love the wavey side :)

Tara P. said...

I love your piece and I love the two sides!

Patricia Johnson said...

Nice job with your soup..your beadwork is really nice.

Maire of Thistledown said...

Your necklace is absolutely gorgeous! I am so proud that you enjoyed the mix! Thank you so much for your effort and the beautiful mix that you sent. I have had so much fun with it, and I am so glad that I have had the distraction (playing with the beads!)
Much Love,

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CraftyHope said...

Despite eye problems and computer issues, you rocked this challenge. Nicely done!

gite said...

thats cool, i love your freeform side and the combination on the other side. Thats cool :-)

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