Friday, August 10, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party - Reveal Time!

Welcome to the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Since there were over 400 sign ups for the Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by the fabulous Lori Anderson, it was decided that the reveal dates would be placed into three groups.  The first reveal was July 28th, this is the second (August 11th) and the third will be August 25th.

I'm proud to be a part of this party for the 2nd time.

Here is the soup that my new friend and my new partner in beadin' crime, Andra Weber, sent to me a little over a month ago:

I am going to try to keep this short since there are over 100 other blogs to visit this round sooooooo, here is the big reveal!

For the necklace using the focal, I used knotting cord to Macreme a silver neckwire using some of the bigger beads as accent points.  For the bracelet, using the clasp, I wirewrapped the accent beads and linked them together as I wrapped.  Last but definately not least, the earrings, I used the extra seed beads on embroidery thread to make the dangles and then I added the silver bead caps and attached them to the silver post earrings.

Here's a closer look at those earrings:

I can honestly say that I don't know how you seed beaders do it, I chased those little suckers EVERY stinkin' time I picked them up - because I'd drop them EVERY stinkin' time I picked them up.  I bow to you, bead embroidery masters!

Please be sure to stop by and see what my partner created with the soup I sent her, Andra Weber - I for one, am on pins and needles waiting for midnight to come around to see for myself!  Of course, it'll be tomorrow morning since I haven't seen midnight in about two years - ahhhh, the joys of parenthood - it's exhausting.

Until next time,
Here is the list of the souper's for the 2nd reveal, have a gander at all the creativity that's in this reveal:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey   <~~~~ THAT'S MY PARTNER
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box    <~~~~ THAT'S ME
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party 2012! Swap complete.

Bead Soup Blog Party 2012!

Swap complete

Well, it's that time again!  I'm very happy to say that I'm participating in my 2nd official Bead Soup Blog Party!  My partner and I are both on the 2nd reveal date of 8/11.  The details of what we swapped are below. 

My partner this time is Andra Weber a very sweet, generous lady from Georgetown, Delaware.  Andra is a multi-talented bead maker, she has delved into lampwork and fusing but mainly works with seed beads.  I don't know how anyone can work with those tiny beads, although I am about to find out as Andra sent me some vials of seed beads to go with her beautiful focal.  I know I won't be able to accomplish anything near what she did but I'm sure I'll come up with something for those tiny little buggers.  This is going to be interesting!

Andra went way beyond generous with her soup package, I think I'll be using the contents for years to come in my jewelry making! 

Swap received from Andra

Andra sent her gifts in this adorable little bag, which she said that she thought Cassie, my 18 month old daughter would like a little bag to carry around.   

And, like it she did, look at that joyful expression on her face!  She's a little wiggle worm lately so it's hard to get a still shot of her. 

Inside the package was a card that was made last year by Andra's 98 year old Aunt Edna using one of her own photos.  Isn't it pretty?

Here's a shot of the focal that Andra hand embroidered with seed beads.  Andra said the seed beading around the focal took her about 5 1/2 hours to do, amazing.   Andra also sent a package of assorted carnelian stone beads and both a copper and a silver clasp because she just couldn't decide.  Bonus for me since I get to choose which metal tone to use in my creations!

Here's a shot of the entire contents including the extra goodies she sent that weren't meant for the swap but just out of her own generosity!  Thank you, Andra! 

Swap sent to Andra

Bill and I celebrated our 5th anniversary in June and to celebrate we went on vacation to Cozumel, Mexico. 

I like to talk via email to my partner before I make the lampwork focal with them in mind.  Since we were in Cozumel when the partners were announced, Andra and I didn't get as much email time as we would have liked but I came home with an idea in mind since she asked me to soak up some extra sunshine for her.  That idea turned out to be perfect because in a later email, after I already had the focal made, she told me how much she likes the sea.  I made the focal with a tropical theme in mind since I was still day dreaming about our wonderful vacation.  Who am I kidding, was still day dreaming..... shoot, I still am!

I also sent her matching lampwork spacers, a fine silver textured clasp that I made, a pair of seashell dangles made by Suburban Girl Studio, some swarovski crystals, sterling silver spacers and coordinating ribbon.  The ribbon - Even though I have managed to mangle the ribbon sent to me in my previous swaps, I still love to see it in jewelry designs. 

I am on pins and needles waiting for August 11th to see what Andra created.  In the meantime, be sure and stop by her blog for a visit: 

Monday, April 9, 2012

And the winner is.......

I'm just a few hours late....... sorry for the delay!

There were 15 comments and using the true random number generator on, the winner of the jewelry set is #10! 

The 10th commenter was Creative Arty Facts!  Congratulations Liz!  I will be in contact shortly for your mailing address.

This giveaway was a ton of fun!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Collective Creative Canape Reveal and Giveaway


April 1, 2012 Reveal

 Hello again!  Today is the big reveal date for the small bead swap that Keri Sereika of Pink Lemonade organized for a group of fellow beaders. 

If you remember from past blog posts, I was paired with Linda Younkman of Lindy's Designs.  Linda sent me this lovely assortment of bead goodies:

Here is what I came up with after a lot of arranging and rearranging, sketching ideas, wire wrapping, alterations causing breakage (cursing), and stringing..... whew, I'm done!

Here's the necklace.  You'll notice that the focal leaf is missing it's backdrop.  Well, being the kind of person who can't leave well enough alone, I decided I didn't want to have it hang as pictured above.  I decided to drill two more holes in it and have the leaf hanging from the long side.  All was well until I then decided I that the focal didn't have enough weight to it to keep it from flipping over so I drilled another hole to hang the matching lampwork bead I made from the bottom.  Guess what happened? 

Yup, it broke.

All is well, I actually like what I wound up doing better!  Below you'll see the lampwork bead I created after receiving the package from Linda knowing that I wanted to use it somewhere in one of the pieces.

A better shot of the pendant:



I really like the mis-matched wire colors in all the pieces, a little bit of gold, a little bit of copper and a little bit of brass too!  Doesn't the messy (on purpose) wire wrapping in the earrings remind you of wild vines in nature?  Speaking of mis-matched, did you notice what I did with the clasps for the necklace and bracelet?

Don't forget to visit my partner's blog Lindy's Designs to see what she created with the goodies I sent:


Winner to be drawn, Monday, April 9, 2012

I had originally planned on doing the giveaway for one of the pieces I created.  But, since these all go so well together, I just can't stand to orphan any of them.  So, the giveaway will now be for the ENTIRE set, necklace, bracelet AND earrings. 

All you have to do to have a chance at winning is leave a comment below, say anything you wish, keeping it pg rated of course.  You can also share this on your facebook page for an extra entry!  Leave a separate comment for the extra entry. 

On Monday, April 9, 2012, I will take the number of comments to and have a number drawn.  That person will win the entire set.  Everyone can enter!

Make sure I have a way to contact you for your mailing address, otherwise I won't be able to send these beauties to you.


Bryna Lumb ** you are here **
Rochelle Brisson
Linda Younkman  ** my lovely partner **

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Swap 2012 Received

Hi!  Just a quick update with the fun swap elements sent to me by Linda Younkman!  I am just falling in love with these swaps!  Linda sent me a ton of goodies.  I'm going to be able to create several pieces from the beauties that she sent.  Thank you Linda for your generosity!  I love the colors, they are right up my alley!

Here are the goodies I received:
Check out Linda's Blog to see a clear picture of what I sent her.

And, don't forget, the reveal will be on April 1st - come back to see what I create and be part of my giveaway!

Happy beading,
Love & hugs,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bead swap 2012 - beads into jewelry and a giveaway annoucement

Hello!  The time has come again for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party which has a reveal date of March 3rd.  Unfortunately, I wasn't one of the lucky 200 that got picked in the lottery this time.  But, the swapping continues anyway!  There is a group of non-participating jewelry makers who arranged an informal swap and I get to be part of that!  

Our packages must be in the mail to our partners by March 1st and our reveal will be the first week of April. 

My partner this time is Linda Younkman and her creation will be revealed on her blog located here (click the hyperlink to be directed to her blog) also the first week of April.  If you go to Linda's Etsy storefront you will see her talent shines through in the jewelry she makes.  I'm very excited to see what Linda does with the package of goodies I am sending her.

As a teaser, here is a pixelated photo of what I am putting in the mail tomorrow.

I will post again when I receive the goodies that are on their way to me from Linda. 

Now, the giveaway announcement! I have decided to do something different with my bead swap this time.  I will have a giveaway of one of the pieces I make with this swap.  All you have to do is comment on the blog revealing the piece(s) and you will be entered into a random drawing using to win the piece.  The entry period will last for one week following the reveal date.  I will mail the piece to the winner so make sure I have your email address to contact you!

Happy beading........