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
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.
Opening up those containers reveals this gorgeous bead soup!
Here’s a close up of the unusual and fun heart pendant.
Some of my favorite beads in the soup:
And 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:
P.S. This is my 200th blog post!
Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their bead tables.