Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party - The Big Reveal

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?
 Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.
Here's what I made...

This is my first time participating in Bead Soup. What fun it has been! This beautiful polymer focal, matching polymer beads and accompanying coordinating beads came to me from Elizabeth Freeman, my bead soup partner.

In the pendant I see a river running between two enormous mountains, with a campfire and our friends waiting for our arrival as we canoe downstream. I also added some of my own goodies to the mix; my own etched lampwork beads, jade stones, copper viking knit and resin hearts. A true mixing of medias combining to create a one of a kind necklace and earrings. I call this set Colorado River.

Come see what the rest of us made!  

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
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

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

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        ***You are here***
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  
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, Beads and Bread

Many, many thanks to Lori Anderson, the organizer of this event. You can find Lori on her blog, Pretty Things .
The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!

Updated to include 2011 Bead Soup links:


  1. ooo, lovely creations!

    can't wait for the next party!

    have a great weekend...


    hello gorgeous xxx

  2. I LOVE how you put this all together! The focal is wonderful, and that Viking knit really works! So very pretty.

  3. How very pretty!! Love your creativity with this piece!

    Well done!


  4. Hi Ema, I love what you have done -- the focal is so idyllic. You let the focal sing and added simple and elegant elements -- not to say viking knit is simple, but it just looks so clean!
    Thanks for your comment over at Artemisia's Studio. Blog Hops are so much fun and they stretch our creativity!


  5. Nice! I really like the viking knit that you added, and the colors are all spring-coming - lovely!

  6. This color combination is wonderful! Love all the different textures! Gorgeous creation!

  7. This piece is just gorgeous! I love the colors!

  8. I love the colors...I know a lot of people have said that, But I really do love the colors...LOL

  9. WOW, AND OMGATORS!! You did me proud. Thank you. Hope I did your beads well. You are a great bead soup partner!!

  10. What a beautiful set you created! Love it!

  11. Hi Ema ~ Those look great! Love the name. You did a beautiful job putting it all together. Some of my favorite colors and that pendant is really pretty. Very nice work!

  12. So pretty! I love that pendant! I hope you're enjoying the party!

  13. Romantic and beautiful! I like it very much!

  14. #209 here...wonderful, great job....

  15. Those colors are fantastic! Excellent work!

  16. WOW you really put this together stunningly! LOVE!

  17. I love the copper and the polymer combination. Great design.

  18. OH! I see that. What an amazing view that bead has. Thank you for taking us on that journey.
    Enjoy the day!

  19. Great work. I love what you did with the focal.

  20. Beautiful colors, love the viking knit!

  21. I see the river!!! Beautiful viking knit and beautiful work!

  22. Amazing colors, just gorgeous! I love the Viking knit also.

  23. Lovely focal! Similar colours to a lot of your beads! The viking knit looks great in that necklace! It's a wonderful piece, really cute earrings!

    What colour of glass did you use in your etched beads? I don't recognize that colour and I thought I had every colour of glass ever made... I used to before they started making 4 new colours a month!

  24. Wow! Your set is gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  25. very pretty beads you have there and you did them all justice in your beautiful designs!

  26. great colours, love how you put all of this together

  27. A perfect set!!what a Soup-er job you did with your bead soup mix!

  28. Love how you brought that copper in with the blue...that's one of my new fave color combinations. You put them together perfectly!

  29. Glorious set! I love how you brought your image to life with these. For me, the addition of the viking knit copper brings it all together. The colors, the design... wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I really love these. Fantastic work! :D

  30. This is the best color combination I've seen so far in my bead soup hoppin! It's really gorgeous and the viking knit is PERFECT!

  31. I don't think I would have personally seen that exact image if I hadn't been looking for it, but I totally get what you mean. Your etched beads are a great accent to the rest of the piece. Wonderful work!

  32. Love the soft colors and your beads are a perfect complimet, great Viking knit, beautiful

  33. You got some amazing beads to work with! Wow! The viking knit really adds that extra pop to the entire piece. Love it. Great job Ema!

  34. I'm loving the round shape of the earrings wire, and all the wire work on the necklace, nice job ^_^ Virginie

  35. You're a lucky girl, those beads are gorgeous. and you created an equally gorgeous piece with them. Great work.

  36. Your ingredients are amazing! And what you created did them justice. Brava!

  37. Love the viking knit and the resin hearts!

  38. These are gorgeous! I love the colour scheme.

  39. The Viking Knit and the copper hearts totally set the focal off to perfection. Love your design!

  40. Love how you combined things to perfectly fit your theme - your viking knit in copper is awesome!

  41. What a beautiful beautiful necklace! I cant say enuf how lovely this looks. Wow Id wear this anyday!

  42. Thanks for all your positive comments. These beads were a bit out of my color scheme and although I didn't stretch too far out of my norm for the design, it was challenging for me to come up with a color scheme. Although Elizabeth set me off to a great start by including copper pieces and beautiful turquoise, pearl type beads which ended up setting the tone.
    Thanks everyone :D

  43. I'm still catching up on the day job really interferes with my ability to just have fun! Anyway--you are so lucky to have Elizabeth as your beading partner! She was my first Bead Soup Partner and she was awesome! I really like what you did with her beads--they were yummy before you breathed life into them! Both pieces are stunning! Thank you and Congratulations!

  44. Beautiful polymer clay beads you had to work with, really like seeing you pair it with viking knit.

  45. I love, love love what you did with your BEAD SOUP Friend!!! The viking knit is gorgeous & since copper is my favorite, these pieces are something I would LOVE to wear!
    Beautiful work...
    Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  46. Lovely pieces! You definitely have a sweet touch and that comes through your work. Nicely done!

  47. What a lovely necklace the polymer clay beads are beautiful.

  48. I love the stash you received, and your designs are beautiful! You make good soup!

  49. That color combo is to die for. Just gorgeous!

  50. Really like the colours in your pieces - well done!

  51. your design showcases the lovely focal perfectly!
    Great Soup!!!
    m.e. :)

  52. That's a lovely set! I really love the colours and how you've composed them. The sections of copper viking knit really makes the design something extra.

  53. Wow what a gorgeous focal and beads... I love what you have created... you have complimented the focal beautifully. Well done!


  54. I can see what you see... You did an amazing job of interpreting your vision, it is a thing of beauty. I love it.

  55. Wow love your creation it is really beautiful I like the copper and the different blues and your glass beads are masterpieces they are now on my to buy list.

  56. Beautiful pieces - those copper pieces are awesome!!

  57. Beautiful soup, and beautiful work. I love how you made a viking knit to go with your piece.

  58. Wow beautiful colors to mix with copper. Love the viking knit backs on the necklace. those are some beautiful polymer clay beads!! Nice designs.


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