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