Saturday, February 26, 2011

Soup's On: the Big Reveal

Last month 210 tiny packages of beads crisscrossed the country and hopped the pond.  In the midst of snow storms in the North and rain in the South beads were winging their way to new homes while beaders on multiple continents waited for the mail carrier to deliver their soup.  
My bead soup arrived from snowy Wisconsin and I was delighted.

All of this furious activity is the brain child of the phenomenal Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  This is the third Bead Soup Party she has hosted during the past 12 months.  I sat on the sidelines last year at this time, but joined the fun in June.
This time around I must have redesigned my piece three times, including wire wrapping nearly every bead in the soup and making four beaded beads (for non-bead weavers this means hundreds of teensy seed beads and a number of hours time), before I decided to go simple.  

This beautiful collage pendant made by my talented Bead Soup partner Kim Hutchinson of Running on Ink (number 184 on the partier list below) inspired my final creation.  Kim sent me three focal possibilities: an antique skeleton key, a ceramic round, and this pendant.  She told me she threw in this fabulous butterfly just for fun, but not as part of the bead soup.  And I did have fun with it.  I put it on a piece of leather, I added it to a turquoise necklace, I strung it on sari silk, and I just kept wearing it.  Finally I decided to toss some dyed blue howlite into my bead soup and go with this pendant.

We hit just above 80F (that is about 26.6C to all you metric system Bead Soup partiers) this week in South Georgia and I'm going to slip into a tank top and show off my Butterfly #4 necklace.

A great big thanks to Lori Anderson for hosting and to Kim Hutchinson for her fabulous soup.  Check out the reveals in the rest of the blogs:

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
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
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 YOU ARE HERE

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


  1. I love the photos of your piece! I had such a hard time photographing mine. I love what you did with the bead soup you were sent. WOW! Gorgeous.

  2. hey gorgeous, fab creation! Love the colours and love how you have photographed it too... ;o)

    have a great weekend


    hello gorgeous xxx

  3. Oh my heavens Lois, this is so stunning! I love that it is simple! I know what you mean about resigning it several times! I did the same thing! Your photos are just amazing! Thank you for being such a wonderful partner!

  4. I love it, and adding the bit of blue is spot on! I also love the teardrop beads you added -- I think adding texture is perfect for this piece!

    I'm so glad you participated this time around and hope to see you in August!

  5. WOW! I love what you've done with all the pieces. The little pieces of blue, the matching oranges! Wonderful!

  6. lovely necklace...and I love the "bust" used for photographing your piece

  7. Very pretty necklace with a real air of summer surrounding it. Like the detail of using little flecks of blue to tie together the pendant with the rest of the necklace.

    (Wish we had temperatures like that here right now. Termometer shows just a few degrees over 0 C and I want spring -- especially after seeing all the lovely colourful and blossoming jewellery in this blog party.)

  8. Love how you've incorporated texture into this piece, the side beads add just the right touch. The colors are fabulous. Wonderful job!

  9. What a beautiful design. I love the butterfly pendant and the way you put everything together.

  10. This is a gorgeous piece. I love the touches of blue and the asymmetrical look. As someone else mentioned, I love the bust that it is displayed on. Is it handmade?

  11. I love that pendant and you really designed around it perfectly. Fabulous necklace. Enjoy your weather. Wish I could :(

  12. I love what you made! It's really beautiful!

  13. Yes I do know those tiny seeds require time so I am glad you changed your mind because this is Fabulous!!!!!

  14. Very nice. I always start complex to reach simple.

  15. A real beauty and you have amazing photography skills!

  16. I love the way the red flows in your piece, only some accents of turquoise here and there! What a lovely pendant <3

  17. i love your necklace and I envy you for the tank top weather - we are still not really passing the 32 F here in Germany.... send some degrees over to us, would you?

  18. I am loving this color combination - really stunning piece!

  19. #209 it great job...

  20. Beautiful! Love the colors and textures! :)

  21. Lovely piece - love the carnelian and the soft green and the focal is amazing!

  22. Yum love the color palette and the design. Very nice.

  23. Lois I just love it .Glad you went with the butterfly and added the blue, just gorgeous. I also love the carnelian? And your addition of howlite, really pretty.

  24. Really beautiful and fresh ... I know it will look great with your tank top ... and a lot of other things!

  25. Your necklace is gorgeous, the color choices and transition from larger beads to smaller is very nicely done.

  26. That is SO pretty! You really put together your soup in a way that I find particularly appealing. Enjoy wearing it - I bet you'll get LOTS of compliments.

  27. Gorgeous fall color necklace! I like the asymmetrical design a lot; it really lets the textures and natural qualities of the beads shine. Very pretty, charming piece. :) Wonderful work!

  28. What a chic necklace. i really like your interpretation!

  29. I can't help but notice your photographic skills here, you're a great photographer and I like the shot of the necklace on the antique pottery. You did a really fab job on this piece for sure ^_^ Virginie

  30. love your butterfly # 4 it is beautiful!

  31. Guess that 4 is the lucky number! Love the necklace and envy your weather.

  32. Really like the look of your design. I bet it will get lots of comments when worn.

  33. Wow!!! I am totally impressed with your design your piece is so lovely.and your soup was yummy be blessed

  34. Hi Lois, i see a hint of spring in the air what, a pretty focal i really love what you have done it did not take any shine away from the focal very pretty

  35. Oh, my, you did a wonderful job with your soup!!!1 Great job!

  36. Gorgeous colors! That necklace will be awesome with so many outfits.

  37. When I saw the focal it just made me Smile! A happy focal. Your Necklace is very beautiful!! And I think youve done a great job on your Soup!

  38. What a great necklace, I love how you used little blue beads to bring out and accent the unusual focal!

  39. I am so jealous you can pair that with a tank top this weekend !!!
    Here in Maryland, I'd still have to wear it with a sweeter!!!
    But,that GORGEOUS necklace would look Fabulous with any outfit!!!
    You have captured a Summer day for anytime of year !!!
    m.e. :)

  40. That's a stunningly beautiful necklace and I LOVE the hint of asymmetrical beading! It partners the pendant perfectly! Congratulations and Thank you!

  41. Gorgeous! Love the focal and your photos!

  42. 80 degrees, wow!! We were -17C. here in eastern Canada this morning which translates to about 0 degrees F. I am soooo ready for spring. My pool is still FULL of snow!!

    Your bead soup creation is just beautiful, lvoe the colors and your focal is really pretty. Great job.

  43. this is really fabulous, love the colours , beautiful piece

  44. Amazing design, love the butterfly pendant.

  45. *sigh* 80 degrees. It was 20 here this morning.

    Beautiful necklace!

  46. Por fin I'm getting around to your post! I really like the stones in this necklace and the way you've laid out the colors, it's soft, but very wearable, I LOVE it!

  47. I love the way you pulled it all together! So beautiful. Jealous of the 80 degrees, soak up some Vit. D for me. :)

  48. Oh! I love your creation! It's so feminine and beautiful.

  49. I'm still working my way through the list. . . There's SO MANY of us!! I'm not complaining though. I love seeing all the beautiful pieces of inspiration on each and every page. Yours in no exception. It's EXCEPTIONAL! I just love what you did with that pendant. Great eye!

  50. Also still hopping. Fabulous necklace!!!! Love the pendant, and your color combos are awesome. Great job!!

  51. Love those colors together! Good job :)

  52. Lovely work! The different beads and stones really go well together.

  53. Beautiful design. Love the focal.

  54. Now that's a really pretty piece. Succeeds in both colors and construction. Well done.

  55. Beautiful necklace. Love the way you have played with different colors and types of beads. And the photographs are amazing too. Great job

  56. Gosh what a pretty design. The beads and pendant really do look beautiful together and I love the asymmetry of the piece (something I struggle with!). Love the way you have photographed the piece too. Well done!


  57. Beautiful work and I just love how you photographed it! Very nice!

  58. How awesome! You did a fantastic job showcasing that beautiful focal. You've created a really wearable piece and that's just super! Good job!

  59. Beautiful, love how just a pinch of the blue ties it all together. Very nice!

  60. What great colors, love the specks of blue, does wonders with that pendant. Lovely necklace, well done!

  61. It looks great :) I was originally planning on doing bead weaving for at least one of my piece and I ended up going simple as well.

  62. Love the final necklace! Would love to see all your creations before you ditched them! I bet they were beautiful, too! You'll have to chronicle your next adventure and share with us!

  63. Lovely! What a gorgeous necklace. The flashes of blue really make it. I posted your beads today, hope they arrive soon!

  64. I love the soup and what you did with it. Nice pinkish colorway. I really like the white faceted beads. It has a island feel.
    Alice's Beads and Baubles

  65. Beautiful necklace! You've done a great job! I like how those small blue beads tie the whole piece together. Smart move! ;)

  66. Love,love,love,the necklace. I'm finally getting close to the end of the blog roll, glad I made it to yours.

  67. Your necklace has such a lovely tone to it....very soft....perfect for that butterfly.