Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Who me?  A bead hoarder???  Cough, cough, sputter.  Um yah.  I have a boatload of beads and many that I have hung onto for years.  Lori Anderson could host a blog hop like this every month, and I’d still have hoarded beads to spare.

This is how Lori describes this blog hop:

So what’s this blog hop design challenge about?  Well, I’ve noticed that I’m really, really good at collecting beads, but not so good at parting with them!  I’ve amassed a scary number of beads that need to see the light of day.  I have excuses — lots of excuses.  This one is too special, this set cost a lot more than I usually spend, this set needs just the right accent beads.  
Enough excuses!  It’s time to play!


Here are some oldies but goodies I managed to put to use in the last month or so.

I purchased the sweet ladybugs charms from Golem Studios well over a year ago.  The charms are so cute, but whatever I paired them with just looked lame.  So I never used them – ’till now!  I think these simple glass rings give them a little extra pizzazz, without competing for attention with the charms.

Ladybug Earrings

Blue and red artisan earrings

Ladybug Earrings

I got this rabbit pendant from Shaterra Clay Studio in March of 2012.  The triangular,  peach aventurine has been in my stash for probably 5 years!  A rabbit in our yard finally inspired me to use these.  I love the peach and brown together.

Brown Rabbit Necklace

Linda Landig Jewelry

Brown Rabbit Necklace

This next and last, pair of earrings uses rustic patinated copper rounds from Miss Fickle Media that I bought over 2 years ago.  I love them with my new spiky ceramic charms from Off Center Productions.

Big, Bold & Sassy Earrings

Turquoise Dagger-Shaped Earrings Handmade Ceramic Copper Long Funky

“Big, Bold & Sassy” Earrings

Thanks for hosting this fun blog hop, Lori!  I look forward to visiting others’ blogs!

Here are all the participants.  Click to find out what they have been hoarding and what lovelies they designed with their hoarded treasures.

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine’s Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre’z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D’Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie’s Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia’s Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka’s Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda’s Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou’s time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 – For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD’s Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine’s Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl’s Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn’s Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings ‘n’ Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi’s Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra’s Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge’s Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca’s Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena’s Beady Blog

News Day Tuesday: Kalmbach Bead Soup Challenge

My online friend, Lori Anderson,  recently published a book titled: Bead Soup.  It was published by Kalmbach Publishing in August.  Kalmbach is now hosting their own Bead Soup Challenge to publicize Lori’s book.

A group of beaders were selected and paired with various bead shops around the country.  The bead shops contributed beads, a focal and a clasp, which Kalmbach then sent out to the participants.  I was partnered with the Bead Lounge in Colorado.  Here are the goodies they sent me!

Bead Soup from the Bead Lounge

Bead Soup from the Bead Lounge

Before I actually started my design process, I went through my bead drawers and pulled out some good contenders to include in the design.  Here’s the soup bowl with additions from my bead stash.

Bead Soup with additional items from my bead stash

I started with the pendant first.  I knew I wanted this lampwork glass “wing-ding” by Genea Beads to be a dangle in front of the pendant.  I knotted it in place with Irish waxed linen and accented it with 3 small green serpentine beads.

Ceramic, lampwork glass and serpentine bead pendant

Ceramic, lampwork glass and serpentine bead pendant

I decided not use the gold plastic beads that you see in the picture above.  They have a very cool shape, but their size, seemed to overwhelm the pendant.  I saved them for a second project later.

green and brown handmade necklace

Kalmbach Bead Soup necklace

The beads are all knotted on linen-colored cotton cording.  I had some fun playing with the design.  I used green rubber O-rings as spacers.  They go perfectly with the serpentine stones on the pendant.

brown and green one of a kind necklace

Kalmbach Bead Soup necklace

The jewelry challenge stated that we only need to use the pendant and the clasp in our design.  But I still wanted to use the gold three-sided beads, so I created a bracelet on memory wire.  I haven’t used memory wire in years and frankly I was kind of surprised that I liked the results so much!

red, gold and orange 3 strand bracelet.

Kalmbach Bead Soup bracelet

Kalmbach is going to be letting people vote on their favorite designs.  Three winners will receive Kalmbach gift cards. I’m not clear if the voting will take place on Kalmbach’s Jewelry Facebook page or if it will be on the company website.  Follow me on my Facebook page and I’ll let you know where to vote, as soon as I find out.

Red, gold and orange 3 strand memory wire bracelet

Kalmbach bead soup bracelet

To all my readers who are in the path of hurricane Sandy, I wish you safe keeping.  You are in my thoughts tonight, (I’m writing this on Sunday night).


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.

Bead Soup Blog Party – Welcome!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party blog hop!  Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is our uber-awesome hostess.  She paired the 200 participants and we exchanged beads with our partners.  I was delighted to be paired with Karen Hess of Monday Musings. Here are the wonderful beads, pendant and clasp which she sent me.

Bead Soup Blog Party

Beads from Karen Hess

The striped heart and polka-dot beads had such a playful nature that I decided to just have fun and make a completely whimsical necklace.  I added a few more black and white beads of my own and here’s what I came up with!

Black and white heart necklace

Whimsical Heart Necklace

At first, when I laid out the beads on my bead mat, I mixed all the black and white beads together, but it seemed too jumbled and busy that way.  So in the spirit of whimsy, I put all the predominately white beads on one side and all the predominately black beads on the other side.  I used white beading wire and some white coated chain that I had left over from another project.

black and white glass bead necklace with a large glass heart

Whimsical Heart Necklace

Black and white glass bead necklace with a large glass heart pendant

Whimsical Heart Necklace

I like the way the white disc bead echos the shape of the black ring on the other side, however that was not my original intent.  I started out with two white glass discs and I intended to make a pair of earrings with them.  I put a large black jump ring through one of the discs and hung it from gunmetal ear wires.  It was very cool looking!  However when I tried to thread the jump ring through the other disc, I found out that it had a somewhat smaller hole.  I pushed just a bit too hard and….. Well you can see the results. 😦

broken glass bead


After I was done with the necklace, I still had some pretty silvery gray faux pearls left.  A friend of mine had given me four 2-hole ovals of rose quartz.  I thought they would combine prettily with the silver-gray pearls, for a nice spring and summer bracelet. The colors reminded me of the gray and pink pussy-willows that are in our yard. I added some silver spacers and bead caps that Karen had sent me too.

Rose quartz bracelet with pink and gray pearls

Pussy-willow Bracelet

Rose quartz bracelet with pink and gray pearls

Pussy-willow Bracelet

Earring Giveaway!

I still had the very cool carved wooden beads.  These are definitely “my style” – woodsy and rustic. I had just recently received an order of orange handmade glass beads from Indonesia, which I was anxious to try out.  They paired perfectly with the carved wood.

black and orange earrings.

BSBP give away earrings

To celebrate the Bead Soup Blog Party, I will be giving these earrings away one week from today!  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, to be entered in the drawing.  I will determine the winner using an online random number generator.  Maybe you’ll have the lucky number!

List of Participants

Here is a list of all the participants.  Be sure to check both sides of the list, as people are listed in pairs.  Have fun!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Kingdom of Bahrain) and Hajer Waheed (Singapore)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen (Canada) and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

Bead Soup Blog Party Teaser

Tomorrow is the Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!  I spent most of Friday working on several pieces of jewelry, using the beads sent to me by my lovely blog partner, Karen Hess. I’m excited to show you what I’ve made, but restraint is called for here.  I can only show you a teaser today…..sorry!

teaser photo of Bead Soup Blog Party jewelry

But wait…there’s more!  I will also be giving away a pair of earrings to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is leave a comment on my Bead Soup Blog Party post.  I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner one week later, on Sat. March 10th.

200 people are participating in this challenge.  I’ll have links to everyone’s blogs so you can hop around and get your fill of beautiful, beady eye candy!  I’ll see you tomorrow!!

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

“Harem Bracelet” Kit Winner!

Painting With Fire Giveaway

I woke up this morning to find out that I am the winner of the “Harem Bracelet” Kit on Lori Anderson’s blog, Pretty Things.  I am beyond thrilled!

Lori Anderson is one of sixteen people who are taking turns reviewing Barbara Lewis’ book “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry – A Workshop in Painting With Fire“.  Each review includes a giveaway!  That’s 16 opportunities to win!  Here’s what I won:

enameled beads and silk bracelet

Harem Bracelet Kit, by Barbara Lewis

Here are some pictures from one of Barbara’s classes, of bracelets made with this kit.

enameled beads and silk bracelets

Harem Bracelets

There will also be opportunities for a mega prize at the end; drawing on all the names that have been entered for the 16 reviews.  Here’s the schedule of the reviews that remain:

Thank you Barbara Lewis and Lori Anderson!

Bead Soup Blog Party – Welcome!

Bead Soup Blog Party

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party!  Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is the amazing organizer of an event that now spans five continents and 21 countries!  This is the fourth Bead Soup Blog Party that Lori has organized and the second one in which I have participated.

Here’s how it works:  Lori paired up all the participants.  We all sent our partners a special focal bead or pendant, a pretty clasp and some accompanying beads.  We could add anything to this “bead soup” that we wanted.  We all made one or more pieces of jewelry and today we are sharing what we have created!

My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner

My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner was Lori Dorrington.  Lori is a lampwork artist (handmade glass) and a jewelry designer.  She has a blog called, “Lori’s Adventures in Etsyland” and she has an online shop called, Lori’s Glassworks.  Here is a picture of the wonderful beady goodies that Lori sent me.

Beads from Lori Dorington

Bead Soup from Lori Dorington

Clockwise from the left, we have Lori’s pretty lampwork glass beads, tiger-eye beads and a clasp, some small green pearls and garnets.

My Bead Soup Necklace

I knew right away that I would make one of the lampwork beads into a pendant and that I’d like to have two strands in the front, with the other two lampwork beads serving as a transition from two strands to one strand.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Focal Bead

I purchased some little bead caps to add importance to the lampwork and I bought this cool leaf chain that I dangled from the end of the lampwork focal. The lower necklace strand is mostly garnet, with some pearl highlights and the upper strand is mostly pearls, with one cream-colored lampwork bead in the middle.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

I’ve been designing this necklace in my head for several weeks now, but last week I suddenly remembered that I had some hand dyed silk in a deep red.  I found it in my stash and it was a perfect match!
I’d never finished a necklace with textiles before, so I had to push myself into new territory–which is the exact purpose of this exercise.  I added some fine copper chain to give added strength to the ribbon in the back.  I don’t particularly like necklaces where the ribbon just ties in the back, so I finished it with copper cones and the clasp that Lori sent me.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

The transition (see above) was a little tricky for me.  At first I had larger beads where the two strands come together, beneath the lampwork, but it was too bulky and the strands jutted out awkwardly.  So I re-strung that portion of the necklace using smaller beads.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Spiced Cranberries Necklace

I named it the “Spiced Cranberries Necklace“, because the deep reds remind me of the cranberries that grow so well here in the Pacific Northwest, along the coast. And here’s a little bonus:  click on the link, if you’d like a yummy recipe for a Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider Drink.

A Giveaway

I also made some earrings with the tiger-eye beads that Lori sent me.  I placed a copper wafer and a green Czech glass bead above the tiger-eye and then I topped the earrings off with a small mookite bead.

These earrings will be given away as a “thank you” for visiting my blog during this blog hop.  All you have to do to be entered to win the earrings is to leave a comment on today’s blog post.  You must include your email address, or your link must lead to a blog or other website where is it easy for me to locate your email address.  If I cannot find your email address, I will choose someone else.  This giveaway will be open until the end of the month.  The winner will be chosen using an online random number generator.

Tiger-eye, glass copper and mookite earrings.

Bead Soup Giveaway Earrings

The Blog Hop

Here is a list of all the Bead Soup Blog Party participants.  Have fun visiting as many people as you can.  I know this list is overwhelming, so I want to thank you for visiting my own little corner of the bead blog world.  I sincerely appreciate it.

These are the partner pairs.
The Hostess with the Mostess (!), Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke
19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel
You are here!     118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington
For a total of 362 people making jewelry!

Bead Table Wednesday: Owl Be There!

Little Owl Bracelet

I can’t really show you what is on my bead table today, because I’m working on a necklace for the Bead Soup Blog Party.  It has to remain a secret until the reveal date on September 17th.  Be sure to come back then, because over 360 people are participating and that’s a whole lotta handmade jewelry eye candy to be seen!!!

In the meantime, I will share a bracelet I made earlier this week. I first showed you this cute ceramic owl connector  last Wednesday. I couldn’t wait to put it to use!  Here are the results!

Little Owl Bracelet

Little Owl Bracelet

I named it the “Little Owl Bracelet” in honor of the light green ceramic owl connector by Marti Conrad of MartiC.   Two lampwork glass beads by Jenelle Aubade of Beads and Botanicals highlight one side of the owl.  On the other side, I added a little brass spiral, near the clasp which fastens to a loop on the side of the adorable little owl.

The “Little Owl Bracelet” was featured on this Monday’s Beads Of Clay (BOC) blog!

Little Owl Bracelet

Little Owl Bracelet

I love how this turned out.  In fact, I was so delighted that I went back to Marti’s shop and bought another little owl.  It hasn’t arrived yet, but here’s a sneak peek!

MartiC Etsy

Sand and Sky Owl Connector


I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group