Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Pinch of This and a Dash of That

The big day is here!  Reveal Day of Lori Anderson's (the Hostess with the Mostest) Bead Soup Party.  The roll call on this swap has an AMAZING 210 people in attendance!  Can you imagine if we were at a real party?  The diversity of style is just incredible and it for sure would not be dull.

My blog partner is the talented Serena Trent.  Serena took much better pictures than I did for what I sent her and what she sent picture is in the lower right corner. 

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.
I made three pieces using the beads that Serena sent to me. I made the 1st necklace using one of the bars that Serena made. I drilled some additional holes in the bar in order to hang dangles. Next I added the neckstrap with basic knots using waxed linen (I knew 6 years ago that it would come in handy some day!). I made a wired embellishment on the opposite side using steel wire in 19g and some silver plated wire in 26g.

The second necklace I used the focal that Serena sent, I didn't use it with Mr. Bee facing out. I flipped the pendant over and was fascinated with the pattern on the back. I added various beads in black, silver, crystal, hematite colored glass and a just a pinch of yellow lucite flowers as bead caps. I added a length of polyester chain. I really like how this one came out--I wore it yesterday. I also made a matching pair of earrings.


1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane   You Are Here!
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
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

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!

Enjoy the hop around the blog-o-sphere! And THANK YOU for visiting!


  1. Those are beautiful Michelle! How ingenuitive to drill more holes to dangle the pieces from the front. I like how you used the other side of the large pendant as well. Great soup creation!

  2. good morning! you did such a super fantastic, creative job with this fascinating collection of beads! I am thrilled to be the first person to leave a comment on this fun day.
    love, jean yates :)

  3. It's amazing what artists do when they given pieces that are quite unique ... yours are beautiful!

  4. ~*Hello Michelle!*~
    I like Mr. Bee!
    The designs you came up with for your two pieces are nice!
    ~*Enjoy the soup!*~
    Amber Dawn

  5. I love the variety of designs, and all so imaginative! Wonderful work.

  6. I wish I had thought to make a mosaic! Beautiful job!
    Happy Soup Day!!!

  7. Michelle, that was a great idea drilling additional holes in the bar connector - which is really cool by the way! I like the knotting around the beads as well. Great pieces!

  8. Very nice! Love how you put it all together!

  9. That bar makes a really nice piece for hanging pieces from. I love that your second necklace could be reversed to see either side of the pendant. Well done!

  10. Looks like you had fun! Interesting pieces, I haven't worn mine yet but I'm sure I will!

  11. I like how you used a bar as a focal to bring the other beads together, and I like how you flipped Mr. bee over. I like the way you think and I like what you have made. Have a great weekend.

  12. These zebra and lime beads are amazing, never seen anything like it, you used them really well, lovely stuff!! smile, Virginie

  13. Love your creative designs! Have a great weekend.

  14. Very nice. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Very cool use of those bars - must have been a challenge to use them.... have fun hopping....

  16. This looks challenging and fun. I really appreciate the talent that created this wonderful work of art! Congratulations!

  17. That was a challenging set of materials. You were very successful in making them work. Your designs are great and I love the back of the bee pendant too.

  18. Very cool! I really like the detail on the backside of the bee pendant as well. It goes great with the necklace design. Also good placement of the lucite beads, I think it is just enough color to make them pop. Great Designs!

  19. Lovely and unique pieces. Great job!

  20. love what you did with your bead soup, its all very creative!

  21. wonderful the color mix and what you've done with the focal..nicely done. very creative and airey!

  22. How cool! I love the bar and you've used it in a unique and really flattering way!

  23. Wow! Very creative pieces! I love how you were brave enough to drill into your pieces to create something fantastic! It looks like you had a wonderful time designing :)

  24. Nice job, Michelle! You really went all out! Love the piece w/ the bee focal!

  25. Wonderful ways of thinking outside the box! Gorgeous creations!

  26. Both necklaces are great. I love how you used Mr. Bee. Very cool.

  27. Very nice work, you did a great job using the unusual items to make a lovely necklace.

  28. I really like the geometric forms combined with an organic feel. Very nice work.

  29. Very interesting pieces! Beautiful job! ;)

  30. Wow you are so creative. Great pieces!

  31. Wow this is such a Wonderful necklace youve made! It so stands out and youve really been so creative here!

  32. What great ideas - and the two pieces came out wonderfully!

  33. i love that you thought to drill the perfectly!

  34. I love how you took the pieces and made them yours. The bar that you drilled extra holes in looks fabulous, and I love the design on the back of the bee pendant. Great job!

  35. That soup was yummy! Love how you drilled into the bar, and that pendant is so cool! You can wear it both ways!
    Enjoy the day!

  36. Fun pieces!!! The necklace bar is very cool - and the additional drilled holes for dangles was a great idea!!

  37. Really unique pieces! Love how they came together.

  38. Great idea to drill more holes for dangles! Nice pieces.

  39. Love your creations I am getting so many creative ideas from reading everyones blogs.

  40. Very, very nice! I love how you think outside of the box. Wearable art? Yes!!!! Congratulations!

  41. Fantastic pieces! I need to learn how to drill so I can augment pieces like you did that bar :)

  42. Ooooh, it's so cool! Kind of reminds me of lizard eyes somehow. I love it! And I love how you've turned the pendant on it's head, literally. Very unique!

  43. A beautifully creative design from some equally creative components. Great job!

  44. Love them both, but I really love the round silver pendant.

  45. Very trendy necklaces! Love the colors!

  46. Very clever drilling more holes... super artsy and unique!!!

  47. Very modern and innovative - Loved the use of the bar and the knotting around the beads

  48. Great pieces! I never would have thought to drill extra holes or to turn the bee pendant backwards. Very innovative!

  49. Great job, Michelle! My favorite part? The knotted bits!

    Uh-oh, my word verification word is "psyco"....

  50. I love how inventive you were with the materials. Results are wonderful.

  51. What interesting pieces you had to work with! I like both pieces you made, you certainly thought out of the box! Nice!

  52. Great necklaces. I agree the pattern on the back of the bee pendant is cool and if it flips there's Mr. Bee on the other side, he's cute.

  53. What fun! Your design so is unique....Take care!

  54. I love that you used the components in your own way - the extra holes you drilled is brilliant, and the back of the bee pendant is really fascinating!

  55. You clever, clever girl! This is why the Bead Soup Blog Party happens! Fantastic thinking 'outside the box' with your ingredients - congrats on such great work!

  56. Michelle, very cool idea, using one of those awesome bars and drilling holes into it! Love that second necklace too, and the versatility with the flip of a pendant! Way cool.

  57. I love these necklaces, Michelle -- your designs are very creative! Love the colors too -- well done.

  58. Very clever use of your ingrediants! I love the bee necklace

  59. That bar is RAD! And I like how you used it to hang more dangles! Way to go! Very lovely work and always fun to use a bit of something from your stash that has been in there for awhile!

  60. #209 here....beautiful love the colors wonderful job...

  61. I like that Mr. Bee is a surprise at the back of the necklace.

  62. You did an awesome job combining those wonderfully funky elements~ LOVE the results~!

  63. Very nice design...unique and creative. I like what you did with your ingredients.

  64. I love what you did with the bars- and how you got out the tools to make it do what you had in mind. What cool pieces you have put together. I love the links too!

  65. Michelle, what a beautiful design....I am a newbie to this and look forward to all this creativeness...

  66. TWO PIECES!!! Well, I am really amazed with how you used the beads. I was not thinking of using them in that way when I sent you the soup mix. You did an awesome job.

    You know I just realized the design on the back o the Mr. Bee pendant! It's so cool seeing those beads used that way!

  67. Very cool, unique designs! Great job! :)

  68. Great job!! I love what you did with the bar. What fun soup.

  69. Very creative job! Love the balance you struck with the shapes.

  70. Awesome job and I love your thought process for changing the bee focal around, you have no boundaries in your designs.

  71. Love the zebra bars! Beautiful pieces!

  72. WoW!!! A very cooool piece! You did a wonderful job with your soup. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  73. your designs are incredible- great job with your soup :)


  74. Very unique--what a great idea to turn the focal around!

  75. Great design work! I love what you did with your focals!

  76. Wow, you had a lot of soup to work with...I like how you pulled the 2 pieces together :) Nice job!

  77. I too like how you used the bar as a focal. My first inclination would probably of been to use the bars on each side of the focal, but you were able to bring it all into the forefront. Dazzling. I loved the colors too. This bead party has opened my eyes to so many different color schemes and designs. Great job.

  78. Hi Michelle - Very ingenuitive of you to drill the other holes and add more beads to the focal. I really like how they all turned out. Nice work!

  79. Very nice work, love how you put it all together.

  80. So glad you were able to find something in your stash to actually use...I have six year old materials that are dying to escape the hoard! haaaaaaaaa Love the dangly centerpiece on the first piece...awesome!

  81. What gorgeous pieces... I was looking for that cute little bumble bee and then realised you had turned the piece over! Well done - you did an awesome job!


  82. What a unique focal! I love the way you incorporated it into your piece - beautiful!

  83. These designs are so contemporary and so much fun to look at! I'm loving what you did with your soup; great colors for spring/summer, and what a kinetic design. I imagine that you can't help but to move and dance while wearing these. :D Fantastic designs!

  84. Now that is thinking outside of the box...I admire how you used the bar to create a focal for the lovely dangles. Great Bead Soup, thanks for sharing!!

  85. those are beautiful!!
    really well done!

  86. Those are very unique components, and you did very unique things with them! Very creative. Great job on both pieces!

  87. Love your soup! Those colors are awesome. Your use of the focal's back side was really great. That makes it such a wearable piece. What a happy necklace!

  88. Very pretty necklaces! Those bars look very unusual and interesting. I like how you modified it to work better for you. The back of the pendant looks very nice used in the front. (I like pendants like that, with flipsides that are just as nice as the front.)

  89. Beautiful pieces. I like the way you have played with the center pieces, the dangles on the bar have come out very pretty.

  90. Love the colors and what a bold, striking piece! Great job!

  91. Your designs feel both ethnic and contemporary at the same time! Nice use of the components Serena sent!

  92. Serena made those bars?! Wow. You really stayed true to the color scheme of the bar, which really allows the bar to steal the show. I'm going to have to learn macrame. Using black waxed linen really added to the piece. Smart move. Your dangles gave the piece a larger presentation without taking any of the glory away from Serena's bar. Great Soup!