Bead Soup Blog Party 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by the talented Lori Anderson of Pretty Things blog.  Lori partners up all the participants and we exchange beads, including a special focal bead and clasp.  Today is the day we reveal what we have made with the beads we received.   

I was very fortunate to have been paired with Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodles.   Nancy creates beautiful  lampwork glass, enamelled metal beads and metal components.  Here’s what Nancy sent me!  Everything here is handmade except the leather and the items in the little dish. 

bead goodies from Nancy Boylan

Bead goodies from Nancy Boylan

I was giddy with joy about receiving such a gorgeous “soup” to design with.

lampwork glass, enameled beads, clasp and leather

Thrilled with my bead soup!

I started with the pendant and designed this necklace.  The necklace includes Nancy’s pendant, 2 of her lampwork glass beads, 1 of the lampwork headpins, 2 of the teardrops beads and the leather she sent.

lampwork glass necklace

“Dot to Dot” necklace

I also used one of  her handmade clasps, which includes another of her lampwork beads. The clasp was so pretty, that I decided to place it at the side where it could be appreciated.  I dangled 2 teardrop shaped beads from the jump ring above the hook.

turquoise lampwork necklace

“Dot to Dot” necklace

I already had a clear picture in my mind of what I wanted to do for the second necklace.  I wanted a really simple necklace so all the attention would be focused on the lampwork beads.

lampwork bead necklace

“Playa” necklace

I named this the “Playa” necklace.  Playa is Spanish for beach.  This necklace reminds me of beautiful tropical beaches we have visited, with their turquoise water and lush green jungle growth.

lampwork glass and chain necklace

“Playa” necklace

The “Playa” necklace used up the larger beads, so I used a pair of the smaller lampwork beads to create earrings. I wired the lampwork beads to a pair of handmade copper components by Melinda Orr.  Then I dangled the last 2 turquoise tear drop beads in front of the copper components.  I named these earrings after Forget-Me-Not flowers, which are kind of turquoise–my brain was kind of zapped by the time I got around to naming these.  If you’ve got a good name for these earrings, let me know in the comment section, please!

copper and lampwork glass earrings

“Forget Me Not” earrings

Nancy was so generous with her beads that I still have more left over.  A number of unexpected things happened this past week, which ended up sapping all my time, (and sanity).  So I ran out of time to make jewelry with all the beads Nancy sent.  Here’s what is still left.  The beads on the right are a combination of Nancy’s beads with carved polymer clay beads by Barbara Bechtel.  I’m planning to make a bracelet with some combination of these beads and use Nancy’s gorgeous copper toggle clasp as the closure.  I haven’t decided what to do with the items on the left yet.  Isn’t that pinwheel cool? Can’t wait to use it!

Below is a list of all the blog hop participants.  I hope you will go visit these blogs next.  Lots of lovely eye candy going on in these jewelry blogs!  Have fun!

Hostess, Lori Anderson,
Alicia Marinache, All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts, Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
Candida Castleberry, Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn’s Creations
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson, Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy’s Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris’ Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge’s Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten, Jewelry, Art and Life
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie’s Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog & Meanderings  You are here & I’m glad you are!
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry
Marti Conrad, Marti C’s Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs  My Bead Soup partner
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre’z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal’s Attic
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie’s Bijoux
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau


Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

Bead Soup Goodies

It’s almost time for another Bead Soup Blog Party.  I think this about the 5th one I have participated in.  Hosted by the talented Lori Anderson of Pretty Things, this has become a big event with participants from all over the world.  (To see a map of all the countries participating click here.)

Lori partners up all the participants and we exchange beads, including a special focal bead and clasp.  Tomorrow we will reveal what we have made with the goodies we received.    I was very lucky to have been paired with the super talented Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodles

box from Nancy Boylan

Bead Soup box from Nancy Boylan

Nancy is an amazing jack-of-all trades. She creates gorgeous lampwork glass, enamelled metal beads and metal components. Not only that, but she is generous beyond belief. I was stunned when I open her package and saw all that she sent me!  I was so excited when I peered inside this box!

box of lampwork glass beads

Bead Soup goodies from Nancy Boylan.

 Nancy packed a lot of goodies into such a small box.  Here is my new stash!!!  Be still my heart!  Lampwork glass beads, including a large focal and a strand of graduated beads, lampwork head pins, enamel beads and pin-wheel, leather, two handmade clasps and a dish of coordinating commercially made beads.

bead goodies from Nancy Boylan

Bead goodies from Nancy Boylan

And how did I feel about this phenomenal bead soup?  Well this says it all:

lampwork glass, enameled beads, clasp and leather

Thrilled with my bead soup!

And here’s what I sent to Nancy.  The ceramic dragonfly focal bead is from Shaterra Clay Studio.  The beads in the lower left hand corner are leopard skin jasper and the pretty leaf clasp is brass.

dragonfly ceramic pendant, leaf clasp and beads

Bead Soup sent to Nancy Boylan

Please come back tomorrow, July 28th, to see what I made with Nancy’s beautiful beads.  There will be links to all the other jewelry designers as well.

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



Monday Meanderings: A Walk On The Waterfront

{Monday Meanderings: Musings & Observations From Beyond the Bead Studio}

Bits and Pieces

  •  You can now go to Beads For Busy Gals to see  the pendant, clasp and some of the beads I sent to Elisabeth Auld, my Bead Soup Blog Party partner.
  • ArtFire, the company that hosts my online jewelry studio, was ranked #1 in a Sellers Choice survey of  2,800 artisans  regarding online marketplaces!  The complete article is available at AuctionBytes.  If you sell online or are thinking about doing so, this article is very informative.
  • I’ve changed the look of my blog.  The biggest difference is that the center column is now white, making it easier on the eyes when reading.  The blog also has a clean, modern look now.  Simple and streamlined.  I’m still tweaking it a bit–I need to get my blogroll back on the right side, etc.  What do you think of the new appearance?  Please leave a comment.  I’m interested in your feedback.
  • I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who visited my blog and left comments for the Fusion Bead Challenge Reveal.  Your thoughtful comments and sense of community means a lot to me.  ♥Hugs♥

Waterfront Stroll

On Saturday, I took my dog, Chochi, to the groomers downtown, to get a bath, brush and nail clip. Afterwards we took a stroll along the waterfront.  I thought I’d share a couple of pictures.  I feel so fortunate to live close to the water.  Anytime I need a dose of serenity; Puget Sound is only 10 minutes away.  The Sound has been my friend all my life, giving me solace, strength, insight, joy and calm.

WA state Capitol Building in background

Behind Chochi is boat mooring and behind that you can see the WA state capitol dome.

Boats in foreground, WA state capitol in background

Washington state capitol building in background


Port crane with mountains in the distance

Port of Olympia crane with Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Small boat with the name of Godzilla

This little boat named Godzilla made me laugh!

red tug boat by the dock

I love this little red boat--so stout and boldly colored.

Bead Soup Package

Bead Soup Ingredients Arrive

Lori Anderson has arranged another wonderful Bead Soup Party.  I’ve been partnered with the talented jewelry designer, Elisabeth Auld.  I wrote about Elisabeth and the Bead Soup Party earlier this week.   Just today, I realized that Elisabeth was the Designer of the Week in September at the Art Bead Scene Blog.  Yay, Elisabeth!large soup bowl and ladle

This week all the Bead Soup Partners sent off packages of “ingredients” for Bead Soup.  Our packages were to include a pendant or focal piece, a nice clasp and some coordinating beads.  Just look at the lovely ingredients that Elisabeth sent me!

Beads sent from Elisabeth Auld

I was so delighted when I opened the tin which was wrapped with the felt ribbon you see in the background.  This generous serving of beads includes stick pearls, glass, ceramic beads and felt beads.  Also, note the sweet little bird on the right!

Handmade pendant by Elisabeth Auld

I think I literally gasped aloud when I saw this gorgeous pendant.  Elisabeth made it herself!  I LOVE it!!!! Oh my gosh, I couldn’t have been luckier.  I’m so glad that I have such a talented partner!  And she made the clasp, as well.  Wow!  Thank you Elisabeth!

The big Reveal date will be Saturday, February 26th.  Be sure to come back then to see what everyone has made with their Bead Soup ingredients!

Handmade hook and eye clasp

Give Away News

Lori Anderson, who arranged this Bead Soup Party joy, is having a fabulous metal stamp giveaway on her blog, Pretty Things.  She has a very cool set of metal  stamps (worth $70)  to give away to some lucky winner (Me? You?).  Click here to find out how you can enter your name for the give away.