Monday, July 23, 2012

Soups Exchanged

Although I haven't been posting much, I have been beading.  I'm just about done with my piece for the Amy Beads Summer Lovin' challenge and I'm working on my Bead Soup Blog Hop piece.
the reveal is August 1st

Emma Todd of A Polymer Penchant and I exchanged beads.  As Emma mentioned in her post, Lori Anderson, our BSBP hostess, must have a crystal ball to work some kind of beady magic when she pairs off beaders.  Here is the gorgeousness I received from Emma.  I adore the focal and am loving those three-lobbed teal beads which I believe were also made by Emma.  I've been looking at (and buying) some larger beads this year so this soup is perfect for me.  We reveal on August 11th, but there are actually three reveal dates and the first is July 28th - this Saturday!
from Emma's blog - find Emma's beads here on Etsy
Here is what I sent off to Emma in Canada.  The soup started with the ceramic focal by Tracee Dock at The Classic Bead.

a slightly internationally flavored bead soup

I had a bit of trouble deciding if I wanted to accent the blues or the greens in the pendant, but I realized maybe I was not the one who should make that choice.  I sent along beads to pull out both colors and also really liked them together. The pink Czech beads with gold accents came from Two Scoops in Sweden, the Czech faceted olive beads (which I called matte crystals above) are from Yashmacreations in London, England.  The amazonite rounds are from a stash I used to made a pearl, amazonite, and sterling rosary for my mother-in-law.  The rest of the amazonite now lives in Mexico and is in the hands of one devout lady.  The blue quart came from Marcie Abney Carroll's (La Bella Joya )destash shop and I loved it so much I search and found some more.  It is a pretty good kyanite imitation.

Marcie was my first BSBP partner and I'm pretty sure Lori partnered us because we both seed bead and we are both Spanish teachers.  The party is definitely great for sales because I've been buying patterns and beads from Marcie since then.  Although I don't sell on-line, the BSBPs have helped me to pick up blog followers.  I think I had a grand total of nine going into the first party.  I can't for the first reveal on Saturday. 


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do. Beautiful soups!

  2. Wow. I can't wait to see what either of you come up with. The focals in both soups are amazing and the colors are really beautiful. Looks like you will both have a great time creating and playing with the beads while we get to enjoy seeing what you each came up with! Win-win for sure!!

  3. Yay Lois! I'm so glad you shared all the details, about what is what, those blue quartz coins especially had me stumped, never seen anything like them before, they are so gorgeous. The week got away from me completely so I didn't get to photograph my new soup, so I'm going to take the liberty of borrowing your pic :) I'm so glad we are on the 11ty right now. As far as I've got so far is taking everything out of the box, staring, mulling then all back in the box, only to repeat the next day

  4. Oh and I meant to say that summer lovin kit is gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you make with that too

  5. Wow! I am loving the soup you received! I can't wait to see your creation!!!

  6. Love your soup, and love what you sent!

  7. Wow, you have some gorgeous beads to work with, see you on the 11th.

  8. How fun! I wish I could see that peacock bird piece up close! That looks amazing.
    Looking forward to your designs and thank you for your kind words on mine.
    Happy Blog Hopping!