Bead Soup Blog Party

Let’s Party!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party!  Here’s how it works.  Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things, paired up all the participants. In January we sent each other a pendant, a nice clasp and some coordinating beads.  My partner, Elisabeth Auld, of Beads For Busy Gals, sent me a wonderful pendant and clasp she made herself, as well as many other goodies. I blogged about them here: Bead Soup Ingredients Arrive. You can visit Elisabeth’s blog to see what she made with the things I sent her.  I’d also encourage you to take a look at her Etsy shop to check out all her beaded beauties.

The Necklace

Blue handmade necklace by Linda Landig

I love the pendant Elisabeth made, so this necklace was a joy to design.  I placed her handmade clasp on the side, toward the front.  I wired two iolite briolettes and 4 Swarovski crystals to it.

I added two fabulous round rock crystals to balance the asymmetrical design.  The rock crystal echos the clear glass faceted rounds in Elisabeth’s clasp.

Lampwork Glass by Beads and Botanicals

I used turquoise lampworked beads from my friends at  Beads and Botanicals on either side of the pendant and the rock crystals. Elisabeth supplied the Montana Blue crystals and the rest of the beads were from my stash. This necklace is now available in my ArtFire Studio.

The Bracelet

There were still lots of Elisabeth’s goodies left over after the necklace was made, so I decided to make a bracelet.  I’ve redone this bracelet two times now and it still isn’t quite right! First it turned out to be too small.   I didn’t mind redoing it the first time because I just had a plain turquoise bead in the center and I had decided to switch it out and add a lampworked bead instead.  It turned out  much prettier this way, however….now it is too long! (*says impolite words here*)  So now I must redo it again and make it shorter.  I’ll add a link to it here when I finally get it “just so”.  The final version will be very similar to this:

Turqoise handmade bracelet with lampwork bead.

Don’t you just love the little bird charm that Elisabeth sent me?  I’ve had the speckled lampwork bead for a long time–I’m not sure who made it.  Elisabeth supplied the turquoise tubes, the off-white teardrop shaped beads and the turquoise colored lentil shaped beads.

Turquoise speckled lampwork bead

Earring Giveaway!

I still had some of the turquoise tubes left, so I made some earrings to giveaway!  All you have to do, to be entered in the giveaway, is  leave a comment on this post.  A winner will be chosen the following Saturday.  If your comment doesn’t automatically leave a link where I can contact you, then please leave your email address with your comment.

Linear turquoise and silver earrings

Bead Soup Blog Hop

Now comes the fun part! All the blogs listed below (over 200!) participated in the Bead Soup Blog Party.  I encourage you to visit as many as possible over the next week(s).  Many of them are having giveaways, also.

Once again, I’d like to thank Lori Anderson for putting all this together.  There was an amazing amount of behind the scenes work that took place to coordinate something of this size.  Lori will be publishing a book on her Bead Soup Blog Parties.  I’ll post info on it when it comes out.  Stay tuned!

Bead Soup Partiers!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things (Bead Soup Party  hostess)
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK’s Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl’s Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack’s
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori’s Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel’s Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue’s Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading to Be Done!
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana’s Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni’s Bead
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally’s Creations
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy’s Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

100.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings (You are here!)
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong’s Creations
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice’s Beads and Baubles
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H’s Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina’s Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear’s Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta’s Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki’s Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka’s Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie’re
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie’s Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader’s Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab’s Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana’s Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Homeschooling Life

The next party’s sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don’t miss it!

View From My Studio

Yesterday:

Just a light dusting of snow–grass peeking through.

view from studio window on WednesdayToday:

Same view–way more snow!  Snow is a big event in the Pacific Northwest!  There are about 5 inches (12.7 cm) of snow so far.

fesh fallen snow

Don’t forget to come back on Saturday.  Even if I’m snowed in, I’ll grab a cup of hot tea and post my Bead Soup Party designs and we can all enjoy a fantastic blog hop to see what others have created too!  See you then!

Bead Table Wednesday: Sneak Peek!

After having just returned from palm trees and outdoor dining in San Diego, it is a bit of a shock to look out my studio window and see this:

Snow in Olympia, WA

The snow is coming down hard right now, with 6 inches predicted by tomorrow.  Its okay though, because I’m snug and warm in my studio, surrounded by beady goodness.

I promised a sneaky-peek of my Bead Soup Blog Party necklace, so here it is.

Well, you are just going to have to make do with this image until the Bead Soup Party Day on Saturday.  Come back then and see the necklace, earrings and bracelet that I made with the fabulous beads and components sent to me by Elisabeth Auld of Beads For Busy Gals.

Yesterday I picked up some luscious beads from Beads and Botanicals, here in Olympia and the day before, 2 pendants arrived in the mail from Shaterra Clay Studio.  View & swoon!

Shaterra Clay Studio pendants and Beads and Botanicals lampwork

Monday Meanderings: Sunny San Diego

My husband is a train buff.  He is an amazing font of knowledge about all things public transit.  It’s not unusual to be watching the opening scene in a movie with him and when he sees a train he’ll say something like, “This movie must take place in Chicago in the early 40’s.”  He knows what kinds of train ran where and when.  So for Christmas this year, I gave him a round-trip train ride for two to San Diego.

Amtrak train in front of a station house.

Last week we escaped the gray, dreary winter of western Washington State and caught a train south to sunny San Diego.  The trip takes about a day and a half and we had a small sleeper berth.  We passed through snowy mountains, ocean vistas studded with palm trees; past rivers, farmlands, cities and towns.  Whenever the train had a 10 minute layover, my husband would be out on the platform taking pictures of the trains.  His great happiness meant so much to me.

snow view from the Amtrak train

View from the train window, of mountains in Oregon, on the return trip.

In San Diego we visited Coronado, where they filmed “Some Like It Hot” with Marilyn Monroe.  I walked barefoot on the beach, luxuriating in the feel of the warm, silky, fine sand.

Hotel at Coronado, San Diego

Hotel at Coronado, San Diego

We went up to Cabrillo National Monument, with its incredible views of the San Diego skyline, across the bay, (see yesterday’s post) and we visited San Diego’s first mission.

The mission building and grounds were lovely, but what lingers with me was an old photograph of a class of Native American children, all with sad or grim faces.  These children had been forcibly  removed from their families and sent to the Catholic mission school.  This happened to Native kids all over the country and their tears flood my heart.

San Diego's first mission

I’ll post pictures from our visit to San Diego’s fabulous Balboa Park, soon.  I hope you vicariously enjoyed this trip, too!

Artisan Pewter Giveaway

Green Girl Studios new workAndrew Thorton is having a Giveaway on his blog: The Writings and Art of Andrew Thorton.  There are artisan pewter toggle clasps and charms here, representing the newest work from his family’s business, Green Girl Studios.  Check it out!

 

I’m busy working on my Bead Soup Challenge necklace.  I can’t wait to share it with everyone.  The reveal date is Saturday, Feb. 25th, but I’ll allow a little sneaky-peeky on Wed. the 23rd!

My husband and I just returned from a train trip to San Diego.  He is a big train buff, but I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, too.  I’ll post more on Monday, but here’s a teaser…

 

Cabrillo National mounument

View of San Diego from Cabrillo National Monument

 

 

Long Linked Necklace

I finished the necklace I blogged about for Bead Table Wednesday (BTW).  I’m slower at wire wrapping than I wish I were, but I love how it turned out!  It’s rustic, varied and each bead is interesting–not only that but it has my favorite color, rust orange!

long necklace with gunmetal chain, ceramic, glass, felt and carnelian

Organically shaped ceramic beads, handmade felt beads, African beads, glass and carnelian are all hand-wired to gunmetal colored chain.  There is no clasp, as the necklace is long enough to just slip over your head.  This Chain Necklace is now available in my shop.

long hand wired necklace

Gunmetal hand wired orange and black necklace

Bead Table Wednesday – Playing With Wire & Chain

{BTW – Bead Table Wednesday.  A weekly look at work in progress on my bead table.}

Having Fun

I’m having fun switching things up and just playing with my beads right now.  I’ve  made several “serious” necklaces and bracelets recently, for the Artisan Wedding Fair in which I participated.  You know, serious stuff like: white pearls, faceted gemstones, rhinestones and sterling silver.

So today I’m playing with a completely opposite style of jewelry.  I’m using black-coated copper-core wire and gunmetal colored chain to make a whimsical, casual, long necklace.  You can see the beginnings of it below.

Bead Table WednesdayThe ceramic rounds are the sale beads I bought at Michaels and wrote about last week, on Bead Table Wednesday.  I’ve combined them with some handmade felt beads, some speckled African beads, some carnelian and various other interesting beads from my stash.  I’d hoped to include the calcite you see in the upper right, but the holes were too small for the wire.  I’m going to make this long enough to just slip over your head – no clasp needed.

I’m having fun making this necklace, and I hope its eventual owner will feel that playful spirit every time she puts it on.

necklace in progress

If you’d like to take a peek into more studios, of both the people who create beads, as well as those who use them, visit the BTW Flickr group.