Saturday, February 26, 2011

Soups On!!

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.

My partner was Anna from The Laughing Raven and she sent me some gorgeous components!
Anna was so generous I ended up making two pieces.  Most of my past bracelets have always been single strands, but I thought it would be fun to try something a little different here.
I love the turquoise/copper combination...such a soothing theme.  The tiny seed beads added a splash of color.  The copper clasp, (isn't it beautiful), worked perfectly with this trio.

 And next came the necklace.  So much fun to make!  Can I just tell you how much I love that silk ribbon?  It's so comfy on the neck and the colors are amazing.  I had NO idea how to use the fairy focal at first...she had a lot of holes, but I ended up filling them with the colorful seed beads, almost as if she offers treasure to the one who wears her.
What an experience this was!  Thank you Lori for putting this all together and Anna, your soup was perfect!

Here are the rest of the participants....
Stop by if you get a chance!
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, 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
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.
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
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 (my partner!) 
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 Sachs, BeadsbyEarthTones  (that's me!)
172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
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, 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


  1. Wow, Alison, these pieces are amazing!! Everything came together so beautifully; the bracelet strands are perfectly composed and balanced, and what you did with that pendant just sparkles. I'm glad you had fun with what I sent and love what you did with it all! I had a blast with your soup, too -- thanks for being a great bead soup partner!

  2. The copper and turquoise looks so good together and I really like the double strands.

  3. I am partial to turquoise and copper also so I drawn to your pieces. Like how you incorporated fiber into both pieces.

  4. Copper and turquoise - such a dream team! And I love the way you worked the seed beads in!
    Both pieces are just beautiful.

  5. Wow I really like the pieces you created! Love copper and turquoise together and the fiber just sets it apart!

  6. Gorgeous pieces! I love the use of fiber/texture!

  7. There is a lushness here, with the textures and colors and finishes. I love anything with copper and turquoise works so well.
    Enjoy the day!

  8. #209 here...gorgeous...great it...

  9. I love how you combined your parts! awesome job!

  10. Those are beautiful! Love the placement of the large beads on the necklace, and the danglies on the butterfly angel. Wonderful job putting it all together!

  11. These are wonderful pieces. I love how you added the fabric to the bracelet. The little colorful beads not only echo the colors in the fabric they also provide a texture in and of themselves. Beautiful work!

  12. I love it! It came out really well!

  13. fantastic necklace as are some of your beads I've just looked at on your blog...beautiful finish!!

  14. Hey Alison, Two pieces! Both gorgeous. Dresses up and dresses down, how versital can you get!
    Isn't the swop hop fun?


  15. Love the multi-strand bracelet! And how cute is that fairy! You did a marvelous job!

  16. Very nice - I so love the turquoise and copper together!!

  17. What a lovely chunky bracelet I just love it, the necklace is also beautiful.

  18. I love turquoise, too! Lucky you! And you did justice to every piece of it!! Wonderful creations!

  19. What a combo. I know its been said before, but turqoise and copper. Wow! And you did a fantastic job with all of it. Love it.

  20. I love the turquoise in your piece. It's beautiful. You got a great soup, and you made a wonderful necklace and bracelet.

  21. Oh wow, these are beautiful! I LOVE copper and Turquoise together too! Great job! :)

  22. Lovely copper and turquoise pieces. You made them sing.

  23. This turquoise fiend absolutely loves it.

  24. That bracelet is gorgeous! Copper and turquoise yummy!

  25. Yep those colors are oooolllaaaalaaa! I think your use of fibers was awesome!

  26. That bracelet is genius. You did great on the multistrand part:-)

  27. Wow! Your work is gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  28. I love the copper/turquoise combo too, beautiful

  29. oh these are so pretty. awesome designs.

  30. So pretty! I popped onto your page to look at your bead soup and then got side tracked in your etsy store! Beautiful beads and your necklace and bracelet are lovely!

  31. Beautiful! The necklace with the fairy is stunning!

  32. Oh LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you did the colors and textures - just beautiful!

  33. For trying something different, you really excelled . . .that bracelet is gorgeous! The necklace is also really pretty. You make me want to play around with fiber some more!

  34. I think this is really great. Sometimes longer necklaces can really weigh on the neck and chain can become very uncomfortable. I think your solution with the fibers around the neck is such a great idea. Good work!

  35. bold and beautiful! I love the copper and turquoise combination!

  36. Oh! Fairies + blue = LOVEEEE!!! These are GORGEOUS!! I love the addition of the fabric, and the fun textures; really gives these an eclectic, kinetic look that makes them seem organic, alive. Or maybe like running water... So beautiful! I am definitely a fan! Beautiful work. :D

  37. Funky, Fun and Oh so Cool. You did a fantastic job with your soup mix!!!

  38. LOVED what you did with your Bead Soup!!! (Course I'm not biased about the silk ribbon?!) ha ha! I used silk sari ribbon on my creation as well! Good job!

  39. Fantastic pieces! Lots of texture and energy! It was also nice to see one of my family's pieces represented! You should hold on to that the fairy centerpiece. We only did a limited run of them in shibuichi, which is a copper/silver alloy, and it's really rare.

  40. Beautiful! I love the rich colour scheme you've got going on here. And I think that fairy looks very happy where she is, holding onto all those beautiful beads :-)

  41. I've got a thing for fibre jewelry at the moment your picture is really crisp too, so it's really well done all around, good job ^_^

  42. Beautiful! I especially loved your use of the ribbon in the bracelet with the copper and turquoise.

  43. I love copper and turquoise and you wove them beautifully together! Very yummy!

  44. What a nice soup stash you received, and you did it proud. Very fun design.

  45. Lovely soup, and lovely design.The copper is stunning with the turquoise. You did an outstanding job. Sending a big pat on the back. The talent I have seen on this hop is amazing.

  46. Love both pieces but especially the chunky bracelet.

  47. Just gorgeous, beautiful designs!

  48. Teal and copper the best combination ever! I love both pieces but the multi strand bracelet especially!

  49. Such a lively beautiful rich bracelet! Your Necklace is great..I Love the Green Girl focal and its just Lovely what you made!! Just lovely all around here!

  50. Both of your pieces are gorgeous. I love the fiber you used! It looks like your little fairy has her own perfect little piece of forest :)

  51. Very lovely designs. I enjoyed taking a stroll through your blog and discovering your beautiful poly creations too. Thanks!

  52. Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components, soooooo yummmmmmy... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  53. Love these pieces, and especially how you used the fabric.

  54. Beautiful! Love the colours and the contrast between hard (metal) and soft (fibre).

  55. Both pieces are amazing! I just love the combo of the turquoise and copper

  56. Copper and turquoise really pack a punch! It's a great combination, really bright and summery feel to it. Well done on your creations!

  57. Wonderful colors and love the incorporated textile JUMMIE :) Both are amzing <3<3<3

  58. Copper and Turquoise, my favorite combination, Love your bracelet... beautiful!

  59. Wow I love both of your pieces - the turquoise and copper combination is just stunning... but boy I love your bracelet.. I love the multi strand and the chunkiness of it. Well done!


  60. Beautiful pieces. I love your use of fibers in each. It creates a very soft feel.

  61. I love the multi strand bracelet with the turquoise and copper colors and the necklace is fabulous! I love what you did with the fairy focal.

  62. For a first complex bracelet, you really knocked it out of the park! You did such a great job with those components.

  63. I love what you did! The bracelet is smashing. A favourite!