Bead Table Wednesday: Bead Soup Goodies

BTW: Bead Soup Goodies

I am thrilled to be participating in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party for the third time. Lori pairs up the participants and we swap beads. In “beader-talk”, bead soup is a mixture of different beads.  The bead soup we sent to our partner had to include:

~ A focal (pendant, fancy bead, center of attention)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)

The challenge then is design something(s) using the beads you were given.

We’ll photograph our creations and we’ll all post the results on March 3rd.  This year’s group will include 200 participants.

Here’s the necklace I created for my first Bead Soup Blog Party.

Blue Iris Necklace Linda Landig

Blue Iris Necklace

This year I was lucky enough to be partnered with Karen Hess, a beader who is a retired teacher like me.   I encourage you to check out her shop and her blog, Monday Musings.  She is a wonderful designer and I’m glad to get to know her a bit through this partnership.

Karen sent me a delightful bead soup, that arrived beautifully packaged.  Each of these little plastic containers has a gorgeous handmade lid decoration – and no two are alike!  I love it that even after our blog hop is all over, I’ll be able to reuse these lovely containers and they will always make me think of Karen.

beads in containers, from my partnerOpening up those containers reveals this gorgeous bead soup!

Black and white beads from my partnerHere’s a close up of the unusual and fun heart pendant.

Bead Soup Blog PartySome of my favorite beads in the soup:

black and white beads from my BSBP partnerAnd here’s the frosting on the cake!  In this pretty envelope was a postcard of the old Olympia Brewery.

When I was a kid, this was the biggest brewery in the state.  It is now defunct and the buildings sit mostly empty.  The brewery is located in a beautiful park-like setting on the Deschutes river.  When I was a kid, my family would drive there from Seattle on special occasions.  I remember rolling sideways down the grassy hills, watching the salmon climb the fish ladders on the Deschutes river and then concluding the day with dinner at the  Falls Terrace Restaurant.   The restaurant and the park are still lovely. I now live only 20 minutes away from the old brewery.  We celebrated my father’s 80th birthday there, 6 years ago.  I wonder how Karen got this postcard?  Check out the groovy bell bottoms on the couple in the picture!

So now it is time for me to get to work/play!  I’ve got a few ideas rolling around in my head, but I’m not yet sure where they will lead me.  Come back on March 3rd to find out!

My 2nd Bead Soup Blog Party design:

Lampwork and garnet necklaceP.S.  This is my 200th blog post!


Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group


13 thoughts on “Bead Table Wednesday: Bead Soup Goodies

  1. First up, congrats on the 200th post!!

    Now, that soup! How pretty is that!? The neutral black and white palette is pretty cool as you can add just about ANY color to it to make the design truly yours. Now I’m anxious to see what that design(s) is!!

  2. Oh, Linda, you captured everything so beautifully1 Thank you so much for the recognition and gracious, kind sentiments. I’m anxious to see your creation, too! I’ll be posting pix of your bead soup for me on this coming Monday’s blog post. I’ve got so many ideas spinning around, I’ve already started creating.

    I am the fortunate recipient of a life collection of post cards from a dear friend. They are so special and while I love them all, I know so many will mean so much more to others. So, when I swap I like to find a card or two that just might put a smile on my friend’s face. I’m so glad I was able to do that for you. By the way, my brother and sil live in Portland and dh and I rafted the Deschutes a couple of summers ago! Congrats on your 200th post!
    Karen xo

  3. Her packaging is awesome! I do love black, white and silver-it lends itself to such an elegant design. While I do love her packaging, I am most touched by the post card/picture she sent! You are blessed to have such a thoughtful partner! And…congrats on your 200th post!!!!!

  4. Oh lovely bead soup! I have been wanting to participate but i missed it this time. Congratz on ur 200th post. I’ve 30 odd posts so far, i know what it takes to reach 200, really cool!

  5. What a lovely stash! And such a thoughtful touch with the postcard too! What a wonderful partner 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you create, Linda!!! Oh! And congrats on the 200th post!!!!! WOW!

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