Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Soup's On

Today is the day! Just a few weeks ago each person listed below received a nice little package of beads in the mail. We were paired randomly with a partner to whom you had to send a focal, a clasp and some accent beads, one of the rules was you had to use the focal and clasp. This is what I received from my partner Emanda from Artemisia's Studio.

It was a little challenging for me using a focal so large and not wanting to take away from the pendant simple wired strands were created with the pearls and dyed quartz she sent me, they were a perfect compliments to the pendant. I used the clasp as a design element and not as a function . Be sure to hop on over to Emanda's blog to see what she created with what I sent her.

Pour a cup of tea and grab a few cookies, have a seat and visit the following blogs...there is lots of beading goodness. Have fun!

Party Participants

1. Lori, Pretty Things Blog
2. Mallory, For the Love of Beads
3. Terri, Blooming Ideas
4. Cindy, Sweet Bead Studio
5. Lorelei, Lorelei’s Blog: Inside the Studio
6. Kerry, Kab’s Creative Concepts
7. Erin, Treasures Found
8. Jeannette, Jeannette Blix Wire and Metal Jewelry
9. Adrienne, Adrienne Designs
10. Nan, Spirit Rattles
11. Laurel, Rue’s Daftique
12. Nancy, Beading From the Heart
13. Mary, MK’s Creative Musings
14. Cassie, The Glass Beadle
15. Dot, Winchell Clayworks
16. Sharon, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
17. Lisa, Lo and Behold
18. Norma, Bead Dreams and Moonlit Fantaseas
19. Judith, Judith B.
20. Debbie, Prairie Emporium
21. Maria, Garden Path Beads
22. Susan, Kaplan Creations Jewelry and Glass Design
23. Melissa, Melissa Meman: Art, Love, Life
24. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things
25. Lisa, Joolz by Lisa
26. Cristi, 2 If By Sea
27. Sandra, Marbella Jewelry Design
28. Maria, Greene Earth Originals
29. Barbara, Jewelry of Distinction
30. Leslie, Bei Mondi
31. Loretta, Designs by Loretta
32. Linda, Bella Bead Jewelry
33. Kathie, The Bead Cult
34. Patty, Plays With Fire
35. Nicki, Nicki’s Reef
36. Anne Marie, Heart’s Desire
37. Mary, Mary Harding Jewelry
38. Jayne, Mama’s Got to Doodle
39. Emanda, Artemesia’s Studio
40. Whitney, Whitney Lassini
41. Marcie, La Bella Joya
42. Suzann, Beadphoria
43. Jen, Jen Judd Rocks
44. Julie, Credit River Art Glass
45. Janiece, J Birds Garden
46. Kate, Organic Odysseys
47. Laurie, The Mermaid Tale
48. Michelle, My Crazy Crafty Adventure
49. Sue, Sue Beads
50. Janeen, Wild Vanilla Designs
51. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse
52. Kristie, Artisan Clay
53. Regina, Regina’s Writings
54. Tari, Pearl and Pebble
55. Lyn, Lyn Foley
56. Beth, Sunshine Daydreamz
57. Cathryn, Chile Cats
58. Emma, Fred Bean’s Nook
59. Connie, Cetta Cheese Chatter
60. Juli, Jul’s Beads
61. Julie, RockerJewlz
62. Libby, LibbyLeu and Glass Too
63. Melanie, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
64. Katie, My Life and My Beads
65. Zuleykha, Zuleykha’s Polymer Clay
66. Rekella, Me But a Little More in Depth
67. Ricki, What’s New at Ricki Voges Design
68. Lisa, Lucid Moon Studio
69. Jo, Daisychain Jewellery
70. Lynette, Rock Hill Designs
71. Lynne, Island Girl’s Insights
72. Chas, One Woman’s Haven
73. Ruthie, Rose Works Jewelry
74. Elizabeth, Turquoise Sky
75. Maire, Maire Dodd
76. Janet, Singing Woods
77. Eileen, Dorset Hill Beads
78. Julie, Miss Kitten’s Jewels
79. Joann, Jo’s Jewels
80. Patti, PJ Clark Designs
81. Mel, Kookie Designs
82. Erin, Every Heart Crafts
83. Dale, Flights of Fancy
84. Dee, Runako Designs


  1. I LOVE it. Makes me wish I wore jewelry.

  2. Wow! Great job! I love the butterfly! You did a great job pulling everything together!

  3. Wow, that's a show stopper for sure. Beautiful bright colors and a vintage style. So wonderfully created from a master artist!

  4. Hi Judy,

    You are my first stop on the tour -- I couldn't wait to see what you did with what I sent you -- gorgeous! Have a great day.


  5. Wow! I think you used the focal perfectly! Your blog is my first stop. Now I have to go see them all! Thanks for posting a list :)

  6. That's really pretty... I'm sure you'll get lots of compliments when you wear it!

  7. Very Pretty!

    You are welcome to stop by for a cup of "Spring" soup on my blog.

  8. So pretty. There is romance in the air with this piece. You completely respected the components and created pure loveliness!

  9. Thanks for the cup of soup Judy. Yum!

  10. I love how you used the heart with the neckline! And the butterfly is gorgeous -- you did it justice!

    Thanks for being part of the party -- we'll do it again soon!

  11. Wow this is sooo make good soup...actually outstanding jewelry...I love this party!

  12. Judy, love the way you featured the cobalt blues and used your bead soup focal---it's just lovely!

  13. really beautiful judy - it's funny, you see a pile of components, and then a finished product - and yours just so perfectly integrated them... wonderful!
    oh, i saw what you wrote about your cat assistants! i have those too - :0)

  14. How is it possible that I could be the first comment?!? Your creation is lovely. Love the wirework. I tried to make links with my necklace and I still need quite a bit of practice! I don't trust a jump ring between two simple wire loops. Is your experience that it works fine?

    Party on!

  15. Oh Wow! OMYWOW! How pretty is that?!?!?! I just fell in love with this piece! You did it so perfectly right--in balance and texture!

  16. beautiful work, i love all the colors too!

  17. Beautiful Judy! Lovely necklace you created. I'm going to go check out a few other blogs and their creations now...

  18. Simply beautiful, Judith. You did a wonderful job w/ such a challenging piece!!

  19. this would look great...on me..
    i love this..

  20. Beautiful piece, Judy! Love how you thought outside the box for the clasp! Wonderful. Love the asymmetrical design, too!

  21. Great job you did with such a challenging focal.

  22. Oh, this is pretty! Totally my style! Love it!!

  23. your necklace compliments the butterfly perfectly~ nice work

  24. Beautiful! love what you did with the clasp, great idea! great necklace!

  25. I just love a big pendant! You did a great job with your beads - very lovely!

  26. I love what you did with that focal. Such great colors. Great job Judy.

  27. the butterfly pendant you had to work with is absolutely beautiful. I love how you kept it simple and kept the eyes on the true centerpiece...lovely design and beautiful necklace!

  28. I love the gold color you added. It is beautifyl.

  29. very pretty, so feminine yet very colorful too!

  30. Judy, I just knew you would make something gorgeous with your beads!! I love how you kept it "simple", yet added your own signature style. I love it!

  31. OOOh, I love butterflies, and you did a beautiful job of designing with that fabulous pendant.

  32. Its such an elegant piece, I would wear it in a heart's beat.

  33. Very, very lovely! Very cool the way you wire wrapped the heart and beads together!

  34. I've been anxiously awaiting to see what you did with Emanda's ingredients! It turned out wonderful! I love the butterfly and the twist you gave the piece with separating the clasp. I love the key dangling down the back, how cool!

    Hope you are enjoying the Party!
    Kate ~
    Organic Odysseys #46 Bead Souper

  35. What a great pendant and I think your design is lovely!

  36. I love butterflies - and I love that piece!

  37. This is lovely! I love the butterfly pendant and your design compliments it so well! Very pretty and elegant piece - enjoy wearing it:)

  38. I can understand how that pendant was a challenge for you - it would have been for me. BUt I think you really found the perfect solution. Great necklace.

  39. Simple and lovely! You did a nice job highlighting the focal without overwhelming it. I especially love how you put the clasp towards the front of the necklace.

  40. WOW seems to be the word! Great job - amazing piece. I love your earrings below the Blog post too!

  41. What a gorgeous spring necklace, I love it! Who could be in the winter doldrums wearing this? Not I!

  42. Beautiful! I love the simple stranding and the clasp on the side~ you've set off that gorgeous focal perfectly!

  43. Great ingredients and I love what you did with them. I used my clasp in a similar way... I think that is truly inventive.
    Thanks for the heaping serving of bead soup. If you haven't already, do come by and taste some of mine!
    Enjoy the day! Erin

  44. What a lovely focal!! Beautiful design. I really like your wire work outside the beads.

  45. Love the butterfly... so colorful! And the pretty heart clasp at the side is a nice touch. Thanks for sharing!