Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Hop

Yeah!  It's finally here.  The first reveal date for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Hop!!!
I've been wanting to do this for over a year, so to say I was excited to participate is a little bit of an understatement. 

Here's the reminder of the beautiful beads I received from Kristen Stevens....

You know, some beads really speak to me and I can quickly visualize how I will use them and other, well, they take some time to sink in and figure out. 

This second set (and most of the first set), I knew how I wanted it to look right away and with a few tweaks, it came out rather quickly from the design to the finished product.   All of the garnet red and grey beads look flattering together.  This is something straightforward to highlight these awesome handmade beaded beads (made by Kristen herself!).  The focal is a little off center, which is balanced nicely with some of the other larger handmade beads.  I think I will enjoy wearing this - the best of both worlds of beadweaving and a little wirework. 

And this one I fiddled with for awhile - letting it percolate and trying to think what colors to use with the (Suburban Girl) pendant and how to hang the pendant so it looks like it fits in with everything and not just added at the last moment.  I think it turned out quite nicely, no?  And actually this focal helped me use up some of my own bead soup that I've had for quite awhile.  I liked the hidden patina in the pendant and drew that color out with the green gemstone beads (no idea what they are).  And mixed it all with brass and copper beads - even added a copper coil around the pendant hook so it all goes together.  If you can see the small bronzey coppery beads that make up most of the chain - they have a flower motif on them - which reminds me of the pendant.  And a handmade copper hook clasp to finish it off. 

This has been so fun!  It is nice knowing someone else out there in the bead community.
Thank you Lori Anderson for hosting this blog hop - it is so much fun!
First, check out my partners site for what she made!  Kristen Stevens -
Then, check out everybody else.  The list is long...

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
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe*YOU ARE HERE*

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*MY PARTNER*
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


  1. Gorgeous pieces, but I especially love the second one! Great job!

    Gina H

  2. Oh I loveloveLOVE what you made with Kristen's beaded components!! She's going to be over the moon, too, I know she will!! Such a beautiful treatment of her focal, WOW!! And I really like how you pulled the pendant into the necklace design on the second one, as well. So happy to 'find' you during the hop!!

  3. Oh my! You have really blown me away. I love everything about it. The off center placement of the pendant is something I have always wanted to do and you made it rock. I also knew you would make Diana's pendant sing and you did! I am humbled! Thank you soo much!

  4. So lovely! The red and gray piece is just striking, with its mix of color and texture. Great work!

  5. I love what you did with your soup! The beaded beads are gorgeous!

  6. Absolutely beautiful! The garnet and grey one is my favorite. Love the colors

  7. I love that first necklace (I'm fond of off-center pendants) and you really nailed the second one with the texture change in the beads. You should be proud of yourself!

    Thank you so much for joining the party!

  8. Great necklaces! I love them both-and they are so different from each other.

    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

  9. I love how you arranged beads, both beautiful necklaces!

  10. I love the second one! The stones work beautifully with the pendant.

  11. Love the red and gray combo. One of my favorites!

  12. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I'm visiting all blogs...
    I really love the second necklace!
    ciao dall'Italia

  13. the first necklace is super, i like it!

  14. Love them both, but that 1st one really speaks to me. love the mix of hematite & ruby red. great job!

  15. I love what you made from your soup

  16. They sure do speak to you! Lovely.

  17. Great designs! Love those beaded beads and the red/gray color combo.

  18. Love both designs, very pretty!

  19. Lovely pieces ! The reds just pop !

  20. I love the beaded beads and what you've done with them, all your pieces are lovely

  21. I would wear either of these anywhere, anytime. Just lovely!

  22. Great use of the focal. You paired the beads so well. Lovely designs!

  23. Gorgeous, both so different but so neat!

  24. Beautiful! I especially love the second necklace!

  25. How wonderful! I love them both, but the 1st one is really calling out to me!

  26. Very special soup and such lovely necklaces!

  27. I love them both, but the first one - with the 'off center' clasp - simply beautiful!! ~KM

  28. Those are both beautiful. I love the balance in the first necklace.

  29. Great designs, and each one so unique! And all from one soup!

  30. Great designs. It made me go and buy blackberries for my cereal. Yummy.

  31. I like both of your pieces. The first one makes me wish I had though of it. It is wonderful and I could see myself wearing it often.

  32. Both beautiful and I really liked how you off centered the focal piece on the first necklace!

  33. beautiful pieces - love the red and grey colour combo =)

  34. You really did a beautiful job with Kristen's beaded beads. That red sets them off wonderfully. Love the necklace with Diana's focal! Truly awesome work!

  35. Brilliant vey very nice ty for sharing with us all, bye for now and Happy beading

  36. Beautiful necklaces and beautiful wire wrapping.

  37. Love the deep gray and garnet colorway, gorgeous!

  38. Your asymmetrical necklace looks amazing! You did a great job with that beaded focal.

  39. beautiful designs - the second necklace is my favorite.

  40. Well done - beautiful warm colors. I especially love the second necklace :0)

  41. Love the colors..both necklaces are gorgeous!

  42. You did an outstanding job with your soup components. I would wear every piece. Wow!

  43. The beaded beads and focal are awesome-I really like the way you offset the focal. You are a very talented jewelry artist. Thank you for sharing.

  44. Nicely done!! Love both necklaces...both are beautiful!

  45. Both pieces turned out great. I like them both.


  46. You did beautiful work with your soup

  47. Beautiful work, lovely pieces! great job!

  48. What lovely soup you had to work with, and what pretty pieces you made from it! I really like how you chose to put the beadwoven focal a little off center to balance with the other beads -- it's a nice quirky touch that makes the necklace special.

  49. Great pieces!! The texture and designs on both are wonderful. :)

  50. Awesome pieces...I really am drawn to the second one...

  51. Fantastic necklaces and I especially love the deep colours in the second one

  52. Beautiful necklaces! Love the first one!

  53. Absolutely lovely! I can't choose a favorite... they are both beautiful. Wonderful work! :D

  54. Both of these are just beautiful! The first, a bit more "dressy" perhaps, while the 2nd one could be worn for more casual occasions too. I love them both, but can see the 2nd one on myself! Absolutely lovely work, no doubt about it!

  55. Two gorgeous pieces, but i love the focal and gemstone necklace with its earthy feel.x

  56. Love both necklaces! They are different, showing that you have a good feel for the beads. My favorite is the more earthy of the two. I love the double strand and how it all works together. I think those beads [the long rectangles] are a type or several types of jasper. Have a Blessed Day!

  57. Love both of the necklaces but the second one really draws me in.

  58. Both of your necklaces are super! Isn't it funny how some designs make themselves almost and others need so much thought? Either way, your designs are positively beautiful!