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


  1. How very cool! And I can't wait to check out all the others. What a great way to do a challenge and you have so many wonderful pieces out of your bead soup. I love the little framed lace piece.

  2. You did an awesome job, the pieces are just lovely!

  3. What a great bunch of beads you received!
    I love the combo of pink and brass together.
    Your bracelets are my favorite.
    I am happy to enter your draw!
    You can find me under ETSY as seller;

  4. Oh, awesome! Look what you did... you took your bead soup and created stuff that was absolutely your own unique style. :3 Awesome. I'm really loving that one piece with the blue and the lace, but these are all gorgeous. I could see these being worn over the course of a week for a great, cohesive-looking wardrobe. Fantastic work!

  5. those are really lovely! love the bit of ribbon!

  6. I can see why you have worn them and why they are your favorite to go pieces! Spectacular! I would so love to be entered! Thank you!

  7. Your pieces are beautiful! I love them all :)

  8. So lovely and feminine, girly :-D

  9. My goodness you were productive with the great beads you received. Great job.

  10. #209 here... It is beautiful what you did, boy did you get a lot of beads. Great job...

  11. Wow you ended up with alot of pretties! I like your design work! And you are doing a giveaway! So generous of you! I really like all of the pieces you created!

  12. So many's like wow! you've been a busy bee, Definitely count me in for the giveaway ^_^ Virginie

  13. A lovely, versatile mix you've created. Although blue is usually my first choice, I'm really loving the pink mix in the second picture. Great job! CJ

  14. Beautiful! I love hot colors (like the pink) with brass they reall set each other off

  15. You got such a nice set of choices and I just love what you have done with them.

  16. all are so pretty.

  17. Oh I REALLY love the blue piece! And I'm so proud of you for using so many of the beads you received! I hope you had fun and will do this again in August!

  18. Fun stuff - I love all the pinks! The bracelet's my favorite. I'd wear that all the time too :)

  19. Such an assortment you got! That little piece of lace in the focal is such a cool idea. And the complement of the two pink necklaces is great. Layered is in!
    Enjoy the day!

  20. They're all so beautiful! Love the designs and colors! :)

  21. Nice items! Nice giveaway!

  22. Wow - amazing that you were so inspired by your mix that you were able to create all your wonderful pieces! Great stuff!!!

  23. Love the blue piece!

  24. Anonymous8:39 PM

    Very pretty pieces! Love the colors! Have fun hopping!

  25. I like the pink one. Does it wrap around several times?

  26. Wonderful jewelry! And how many beautiful pieces you hav created out of your soup!

  27. I love what you did with your bead soup! its amazing how many pieces you got ou of it! and your bracelet that you are giving away is beautiful!

  28. WOW, great use of your bead soup mix. I love the multi strand bracelet. Cheers!

  29. Wow! You create amazing jewelry!!! Gorgeous pieces!!! That is one special box of soup that seemed to keep on giving!!!

  30. Amazing! I love that pink necklace, perfect!

  31. Hi Dana, i really like the fact u used most of your soup ingredients & all of them are awesome, thanks for sharing one of them with all of us,with your givaway! i also took a peek into your artfire shop my fav was the gold dangle elegant bracelet i'm a real sucker for all things dangle, i clic the follow button look forward to seening more of your wonderful creations

  32. Lots of pretties! love the soft colors of your design, they work really well with the brass...kudos on a job well done!

  33. The Blue Necklace is such a stand out pc! Really wonderful what youve done with the beads!

  34. Wonderful jewellery! I especially love your effectful use of colour in the pink and blue necklaces.

  35. Wow! My challenge this time was pink. I think that it really opened my eyes to the color. And the pink in your pieces really pop. I am in love.

  36. Lovely piece really creative Be Blesse

  37. LOVE the simplicity and elegance of the triple strand gold necklace- the colors on the others are so very pretty.

  38. I love them all! So much whimsy. Gorgeous.

  39. Each of your designs is so lovely and each seems so wonderfully wearable!!!
    You have created such Wonderful helpings of soup!!!
    LOVE THESE !!!
    m.e. :)

  40. I think the blue set is my favorite, I just adore the pendant and it looks cute hanging in your design. Great Soup!

  41. Very nice and love all that antiqued brass and copper, I especially like the three strand piece with the brass flower button or whatever it is. Nice designs.

  42. Beautiful! Thanks for being so generous in your give away! Contact me through blogger.

  43. I think all of your designs are great. I would be proud to wear them.

  44. What a nice stash of beads, love the pink necklace and the bracelet. Like what you did with the lace focal and the blue ribbon. Great pieces. Thanks for the giveaway.

  45. Oh my gosh, you made so many things! They are all so pretty, and I love the collage photo!!!

  46. Love your pieces, great work!

  47. Those pieces all turned out so nice. I especially love the bracelet (?) on the bottom middle. But they're all very pretty.
    I'd love to have a chance to win your giveaway, too, as that piece is very pretty also.

  48. WoW! You got so many lovely pieces out of your bead soup! What a wonderful variety of designs.

  49. Love your peices!

  50. Beautiful use of your bead soup!

  51. What beautiful treasures! I love the dangle you created for the bracelet :-)

  52. So beautiful friend, I love EVERYTHING you made & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  53. Your pieces are gorgeous, you did a great job with your soup stash.

  54. Look at all the lovely pieces you made! Great results.

  55. I really love the more vintage elements of your design. Great work!

  56. Such a wonderful assortment of designs... all of them have that extra special touch. Great work :0)

  57. so pretty, I can see how any of these would become fave pieces

  58. I really like your pink pieces, including the bracelet.

  59. wow lots of pretty wearable pieces and I especially love the give away bracelet that pink just pops. I am off to check out more of your stuff it is just my style. Beautiful.

  60. All of your pieces are so wonderfully warm, vintage-y, and just plain lovely. However, I am in LOVE with the blue set (necklace and earrings) You've done such a great job. I feel like a slacker now with my three pieces and your . ..well, more pieces. Fabulous work!

  61. What beautiful, romantic pieces you have created... so hard to choose a favourite!

    Thank you so much for offering the gorgeous bracelet as a giveaway... count me in!

    Well done.


  62. Beautiful work! I love the pink necklace!

  63. I love this blue necklace - this lace pendant with all this blue in there is just gorgeous, and looks wonderful on that simple chain. Love it a lot.

  64. Dana - I love all of the pieces you created with your super generous heaping of Bead Soup! But I have to say that the simple 3-strand necklace combined with the pink necklace is gorgeous!

  65. I'm normaly not a pinnk person,but I think I like the pink one the best!

  66. Gorgeous! Simply and elegant - perfect :)

  67. Dana, you have a wonderful creative style that I really really like. The pink necklace with the addition of the dainty three chain necklace looks terrific. Hope you had as much fun as I did at this party.

  68. Anonymous9:51 PM

    what a fun idea! bead soup! I think you gave me enuf links to hop around the next month! lol..luv your creations...and would be honored to wear your so pretty...luv that pink stone too! so happy to have found you!

    xo cher

    hilly77 at comcast dot net

  69. So many beautiful pieces! Great job!

  70. What an incredible amount of gorgeous pieces you managed to create. *love* that lace focal!



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