Sunday, February 27, 2011

What's in a Bag?

I can tell you that my bag is my most frustrating thing ever. I seem to never have the right size or color, style, type of material or something and I end up going and buying something else that I think I'll like. I don't like heavy bags so that limits what I will carry to small light weight bags and then I can't seem to get all my stuff in them. This is a big worry to my husband as I just either make or buy more bags....I have a limit on shoes but not bags. LOL. I think he is wishing he had put the limit on bags now. Ha ha too bad.

So, back to the reason for my ranting, I purchased a Miche bag several years ago at our local fair. Carried it for 6 months or so and then decided it just didn't work for me, too small, stuff kept falling out, etc. A month ago a friend of mine asks if I would attend a Miche Bag party....who knew they were still around and now gaining popularity, well I told her I would come to hers but I already had a bag and didn't especially like it. "Oh, but now they have two new sizes and they have fixed the problem at the top of the bag and they are just so much better" she said. So, I went to their web site to check out the new styles of covers and sizes. They seem to be better and they do have a bigger bag, kind of like a tote bag. If you have never seen or heard of these bags you can check them out on their web site

Okay, I keep getting side tracked. Last night my friend and her husband came over for dinner and she had one of the new "standard" bags and yes they had fixed the top but just wait, she opens her bag and out pops a liner with all her stuff. What a great idea when you want to change purses. I'm sure you can now guess where this is going, yes, I made myself a liner. It fits inside my Miche bag and several other bags I own so it is very versatile. The Miche folks have one that they sell, smaller but it has more pockets. I used some scrap fabric and pieced these two together. I like the black and white one but I messed up on the pocket, and the tabs were too big so the second one fixed those problems. I'm not crazy about the color but who cares, they go inside a bag and you really don't see that much of them.

Now I will be tempted to buy more covers and possibly that bigger bag tomorrow night at her party....oh, what have I gotten myself into.

If you are looking for the Bead Soup Party blog and my giveaway you can check it out HERE.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's Bead Soup Party Time

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

Finally, I've been waiting for this for weeks. Lori Anderson over at Pretty Things hosts a couple of Bead Soup swaps each year and they are so much fun. She matches up all the participants and then we send a group of beads, focal and clasp to our partner, make an item or items of jewelry out of what we receive and then we post our results. I got a great treasure trove of beads from my bead soup partner Janea of Organized Chaos and have had a great time putting some pieces together. First here is my soup, lovely blues, pinks and browns with buttons and hand dyed silk.

Now here are the pieces. I've already worn the triple gold chain with the two dangles, bracelet and the pearl earrings so much that they have become my favorite go to pieces. I remade the blue set a couple of times until I found a design I liked and finished this one on Thursday while it was snowing. I have enough of the blue stones and beads left to make a bracelet so that will be next. The metals I used are antique brass and antique copper. The metals were defined when I received the focal piece (on the blue necklace the encased lace) and the clasp (on the bracelet) which were antique brass, thankfully I had a bunch of this antique stuff that I hadn't used yet and this gave me the perfect opportunity. I used very few of my own beads and tried to make simple items that I would wear. I love all the pieces.

Now for a surprise, for all you blog hoppers or just readers of mine, I have a giveaway. I have used a few of the beads I had left from my bead soup and made this just for you. This is an antique brass chain bracelet with light pink glass and pink crystals. I'm not sure what the creamy pink stone is but I love it and added it to the bracelet center and earrings. All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment....that's it. I'll choose a winner on March 5th which will give everyone one week to visit me and comment. Please make sure I have an e-mail address to notify you or can find you through your Google/Blogger profile. Good luck and have fun blog hopping.

Please visit all these wonderful and jewelry designers blogs to see what treasures they received and made. You never know what inspiration you may find.

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,">BeadRoespan>
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,">Songbeadsspan>
25.  Deb Hunter,">Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski,">Suburban Girl Studio

27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten,">VanBeads div>

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, P">earl 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  div>

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
75.  Jean Yates,">Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76.  Debbie Goering,">Prairie Emporium div>

77.  Valerie Norton,">Hot Art 

78.  Jana Trupovniece,">Stories of the Secret Garden  </div>

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 - you are here
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 div>

92.  Jenni Connolly,">Jenni's Bead 

93.  Nally Parfyonova,">Nally's Creations div>

94.  Karyn White,">Releases By Rufydoof  span>

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
100.  Linda Landig,">Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer,">N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers,">Jamberrysong's Creations div>

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 div>

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  div>

123.  Amanda Austin,">Sea Shore Glass 

124.  Jennifer Velasquez,">Jen Judd Rocks 

125.  Hazel Ward,">All Those Things 

126.  Brenda Salzano,">Salzanos span>
127.  Dee Gordon,">Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova,">Anita-M&nbsp;
129.  Margaret Saari,">Mags-Jewelrya>
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  </div>

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  div>

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,">Gr8findingsa>
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  </div>

175.  Julie Nordine,">Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass 

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,">FryeStylespan>
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,">Julsbeadsspan>
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


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