Saturday, March 30, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party REVEAL!

It's time for the first reveal of the 7TH BEAD SOUP BLOG PARTY!  And it's a doozie!  I think there must be a million participants (maybe closer to 200)!  Our fearless leader, Lori Anderson, suggests that we don't start at the top of the list (so the ones at the bottom will have a visit soon) and :

** A way to keep track?  

Copy and paste the link list into a Word document, 

and delete people as you visit.**

You'd think she's done this before?  HA!  It IS the 7th one!
So breathe, take your time to enjoy all the fun that's been going on. . .  Here is a photo of my soup from talented lampworking partner Lori Bergmann :








Pretty beautiful, huh?  I had to spread it out in my own eclectic way.  Was dying to try some new things and to repeat some old favorites!  Here it goes. . .




I found that this was a unique experience for me.  It's not only the first BSBP I've participated in but it was also one of the first times that I was doing WHAT I WANTED TO DO without worry if it would please someone else.  That made it extra fun.  I hope I did please my partner, Lori Bergmann, because she sent such beautiful beads but other than that. . .I indulged myself by trying new designs, relaxing and enjoying the time spent at the bench.  Speaking of bench. . .here is my little bench in our little 2nd story sun porch.  It looks even messier now than it did in this photo.  This is where all the magic happened:














And this is the view from my studio window of our early spring snowfall.  Nice!!!




 Lori's gorgeous soup!







The first piece was something I'd been wanting to try - a charm necklace a la Deryn Mentock or Diane Cook (two of my favorite artist/teachers).  The heart focal was perfect!



From the awesome stash I received from Lori, I used the lovely focal heart, one of the chunky nugget beads, three of the smaller lampwork beads, a few of the brass beadcaps, the tiny bronze heart and Lori's handmade clasp.  The rest of the charms, dangles and beads came out of a dozen or so boxes of my own soup collections and some of my own enamel beads.  Silk fibers, trims, and vintage.  

So now I was free to play with all the other parts/pieces (ingredients) Lori sent.  And did I ever play!


















Three bracelets (the two memory wire ones are my favorites from a design Jen Judd taught me!), one small pair of earrings and last but not least. . . . .
10 feet of "Happy Easter/Spring to Me!" necklace!  I spent hours just zoning out, making connectors.  It was so wonderful for me to escape to the bead zone.  Very inspiring to use some of my own enamel beads, too.  Now I'm ready to head down to the basement and BURN some more!!!  Thanks Lori B. for your beautiful beads and for the new friendship!

And thanks Lori Anderson for taking on this monumental task of organizing this Bead Soup Blog Party!  The process and creating was a balm to my harried soul!  Quite a diversion! I needed it!

Now, please go check out what Lori Bergmann did with the bead soup that I sent to her:

My soup to Lori
Here are Lori's links:





The full list of all the party goers for this reveal can be found at Lori Anderson's Blog - Pretty Things

So glad you stopped by.  Enjoy the rest of the journey!
 

119 comments:

  1. Very pretty pieces! I really love that necklace.

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  2. Oh, you're 'playing' resulted in some gorgeous makes!! I love it when I feel inspired and just sit to play without worrying about the outcome, so freeing. :) I am in love with your necklace where you zoned out and just made connections. I make freeform cubic right angle weave necklaces doing just that - thinking of nothing and just picking up a good bead as I go. :)

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    1. The playing was pure therapy! I ran over to your blog. . .wowzer! Awesome work! Thanks for hopping by!

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  3. Your work really flows. It all came together so organically. I love how you used the memory wire. It never would have crossed my mind to use large beads on it or to not fill it up with beads completely. I love seeing the wire. Great inspirations!

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    1. Thank you! The wire is covered with rubber tubing. I used brown on these but have used black and white and some colored tubing, too! Thanks for stopping (hopping) by.

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  4. Very beautiful design, great colour combination. I love them all!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. It has been FUN!

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  5. I'm amazed by all the beautiful jewelry you made! The first necklace is ver romantic-my style.

    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.
    kathy

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. See you in a few weeks!

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  6. Carol, these are so beautiful! Love the charm necklace ... I especially favor long necklaces! The memory wire bracelet are super cool too! Your space looks ideal ... lots of natural light!

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    1. Thank you, Babs! The long necklace was a island of calm reflection in turbulent seas. And so was the messy little bench! Not as much light in the basement - but then that's where the fire is! Thanks for stopping by! <3

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    1. Thank you! Your work is pretty fabulous, too!!!

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  8. Wow, you made some great pieces and a 10 ft necklace so cool!!!

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    1. Thanks, Sandi! This has been a blast, huh?

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  9. Beautiful! I love the charm necklace, it is something that I also want to try soon.

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    1. Amazing how much comes to the surface when the creating meets the hoarding! Thanks, Cindy!

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  10. Wonderful job! The charm necklace is fabulous.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. It was fun digging thru the collections (hoardings) to find some fun dangles!

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  11. I love that you indulged yourself and are so happy with the pieces you created! Just lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Kristen. I think you get it!

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  12. Every piece here is so beautiful and different!

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  13. I can tell from each design that you had fun creating with your bead soup - your creative spirit shines through in each piece. Those memory wire bracelets are awesome!

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  14. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm visiting all blogs... I love how you matched colors,great work :)
    ciao dall'Italia

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  15. Wow, you were REALLY vibing with your creative Muse, partner!! I'm so impressed at how you were able to create so many unique designs and especially love that honkin' long necklace you made at the end. What a super outcome and I hope you have a wonderful time during your first Bead Soup Party! It's been a great pleasure having you for my partner too! :- D

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  16. i'm loving the necklace and the memory wire bracelets. well done :)

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  17. super colours and inventive design! congratulations!

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  18. Particularly love that first necklace (they're favorites of mine, too, those teachers!) and I totally get what you mean about zoning out making connectors. I LOVE doing that.

    By the way -- one of your flower beads is featured in my bead soup piece! :-) I'll want more if you're at BeadFest in August!

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    1. I know you get the zoning on connector part! I can't believe that I didn't spot the enamel flower! I'm so honored! It's on "protect," too! May it guard your heart!

      I don't know about BeadFest, yet, but I've got your number and can certainly do some flowers - just for YOU! Blessings, sister!

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    1. Thanks, Peggy! I love the red heart, too! The photo doesn't do Lori's lampwork justice. It's raspberry with a pink and purple "finish" and gold swirls and gold "wings." There is silver in the glass! Really!

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  20. Love those memory wire bracelets!! Beautiful! What a fun bead soup you received!

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    1. Thank you. I have quiet a pile to add those new bracelets to. And I don't always wear just one, either.

      Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the hopping. I hopped by yours, too!

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  21. Beautiful designs. Love the first necklace!

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl! I visited your reveal. Great imagination and designs!

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  22. Beautiful work and what a soup!

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  23. Lovely - I love the happy springtime colors !

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  24. The designs are incredible love the tassel effect, but I especially adore those bangles

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    1. I hear you re: bangles!!! I wear them - multiples. . .have them in my favorite colors!!! Thanks for hopping by!

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  25. Very pretty pieces, I love love the bracelet.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for the encouragement!

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  26. Gorgeous pieces! Love the long necklace and that you made all the connectors!

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    1. There was a lot of therapy and peace going on with the long necklace. I'll be forever grateful for the sweet place I went while making (creating). Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. Love everything. I think the spiral bracelets are my faves....but sheesh. I dunno!

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    1. I'm honored that you stopped by. . .our styles are very different but I think we both love the play (create) (make) (color) (jewels) (etc.). We GET IT! And I LOVE your brass!

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  28. Amazing those memory wire bracelets... and the silk cord necklace :-) Stunning colors!

    Greetings from The Netherlands!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments and for taking the time. . .from Maryland, USA! :)

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  29. Fabulous - I especially love that wonderful necklace!

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    1. Thank you! You had some great makes, too!

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  30. Thank you so much for sharing your amazingly beautiful pieces with us all. They are very inspirational with an old world charm about them ...bye for now and Happy beading

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  31. Great pieces. Particular love the bracelets.

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  32. Love the long Easter necklace. It's a great way to showcase a beautiful eclectic mix of beads. The silk in the other necklace is gorgeous and gives the piece a romantic feel.

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  33. Love the necklace with the dangles!

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  34. Great job Carol. Your first necklace is my favorite.

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  35. It's fantastic that everything you made made you happy. All of it looks great and you made so many pieces. What fun you had, it's hard to believe it's your first BSBP:)

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  36. Hi Carol,
    This too will be my first soup participation :) I think I am more jealous of your work space than the view out of your window.. (we have been in the upper 70's over here.. Not that I am complaining. lol) Your work is beautiful and I def need to check out your enamels... Do you have an etsy or place to sell them??

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  37. Love all of the designs, but especially the wonderful bangles, and the 10 feet of just beautiful! We have had a snowy spring where I am as well.
    ~Shari

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  38. This is fantastic and I enjoyed reading your insight about doing what you wanted to do... and so pleased you had great results!

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  39. I love that you posted photos of your studio. Mine is just a disaster! Although I am bound and determined to one day clean it perfectly(chortle). What wonderful soup you created. I enjoyed every bite! the soup you sent your partner was just incredible!

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  40. Your designs came out beautifully! I totally love the memory wire bracelets. ♥

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  41. I love the charm necklace! All of your work is stunning! Great job!

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  42. The charm necklace is also my clear favourite piece - I love the way you put so different components together. Beautiful work!

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  43. WOW, I like them all, but I really like the first necklace with the silk and multi dangle....perfect!! ~KM http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33113.html

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  44. Very creative Carol, I love the first one with the silk and tassle, it looks like you, I can definitley see you wearing it. That 10 foot chain is amazing, I can see how it would put you into a zen like state working on it, when not wearing it i would have to hang it in the studio as an inspiration piece! So grateful for you friendship and visit yesterday, see you again real soon!

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  45. Great job on all the creations! I especially loved the memory wire bracelets and enjoyed seeing your bench!

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  46. I think I had more fun reading your post than I did ogling the jewelry! Think I have to say your first necklace is my fave, it's just so pretty and feminine. Great job!!!

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  47. beautiful pieces - that heart focal is so sweet =)

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  48. Lovely designs, especially the long necklace!

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  49. Oooh! I really love the bracelet with the toggle clasp! But all of them are lovely! Great job!

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  50. Your necklace a la Deryn and Diane style turned out yummy. Great job on all of your pieces...looks as though you had a lot of fun with them.

    Diana

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  51. Gorgeous pieces! The bracelets are my favorites. Very nice to see your work space. Looks like a busy place! :)

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  52. The memory wire bracelets are my favorite. Nice designs.

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  53. Very nice. Love the memory wire bracelets.

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  54. Beautiful designs: I am especially drawn to the very first necklace! I love the eclectic mix, it is working together so well! All the other pieces are lovevly too.

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  55. Those bracelets are cool! Nice job...beautiful creations!!

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  56. Beautiful items - they look so nice.

    ~cryssT

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  57. Very creative use of your soup!. I really like your necklace, but think your bracelets are my favorite.

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  58. I am loving the charm holder, but I think the memory wire bracelets are my faves!

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  59. What you did with your soup ingredients is awesome! The bracelets with the memory wire in really cool. I think that is my favorite. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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  60. What a great batch of soup you cooked up -- and it's obvious you had a blast doing it!

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  61. The memory wire bracelets are my favorite! and nice colors...!

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  62. Awesome!!! I love your 10 feet necklace...very awe inspiring!

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  63. The charm necklace is awesome. True to Deryn works!

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  64. Very pretty jewelry! Congratulations!

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  65. Beautiful pieces! Your creations are stunning! A very talented designer!

    Lucky you to have Lori as your partner! She and I were partners last BSBP, and I loved what she sent me to create with!

    Diane and Deryn teach for me at Vivi Magoo Presents! You should join us at one of our retreats someday ;o}

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  66. Love all the different pieces. My favorites are the memory bracelets--so cool!

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  67. Love the red in your soup! I love how you added the enamel beads (my new favorite bead) and the eclectic-ness of your necklace. Love the bracelets too! Great job!

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  68. Each of your pieces is so unique. Both necklaces are stunning.

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  69. It is fascinating the way you combined the pieces. Everything is so lovely and lively !

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  70. Wow, I love everything!! Awesome Soup!!

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  71. Carol, I sure enjoyed your post, including the Spring weather/snow tie-in! Your tassel necklace is really gorgeous. You'll be able to wear it with just about everything! And your memory wire bracelets are really cool & very wearable - what a great design technique from Jen.

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  72. WOWZA! Carol's creativity at work! Way to go girl! Keep it up!

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  73. Love you pieces all so unique, the tassel necklace its gorgeous.

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  74. You got so much made from your soup and it's all so cool. I especially like your memory wire bracelets too as well as your super long necklace. I get on those moods to just make and zone out. I'm sure your meditative mood helped make this such a pleasing piece (peace ;) )
    Wonderful work!

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  75. I especially like your long necklace. Very colorful and fun! -Julie

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