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Friday, August 24, 2012


Finally! The soup is ready!!!! I had a ton of ingredients and it has been simmering a long, long time, so lets get started!

First, I would like to remind you of all the stuff I got from Shawn
There was so much, if you'd like more detail go to my blog here to see all the pretty stuff she sent me.
Now for the reveal...

I fell in love with these at first sight, and just wanted to leave them as is. I had to do more though, but what? I loved the humming bird toggle that was in my ingredients. The first thing I thought of, was to make earrings out of the toggle, but I couldn't get them to lay right, so I decided to use it as a focal. I thought it was perfect addition to this necklace.

Ok, now I REALLY want a macro lens for my camera (sorry so blurry), but anyway, don't you just love this bead? Instead of stringing it onto a necklace I decided to use it as a focal. I did a little bit of wire wrapping and hung it with the green beads that were in my package. I added some root beer colored crystals and flanked it with some of the filigree beads Shawn sent me.
Ok, on to the next piece.
Some more wire wrapping.
These earrings make a good match.
This next piece is meant to wear off centered. Again, I was sent a gorgeous toggle, too pretty to put at the back where no one could see it, so I used part of it as a side piece along with a white and green freshwater pearl. I also did some more wire wrapping and wrapped some purple wire I had on hand to make a bail for the drop. Then I added purple beads that were in my bead soup ingredients, a little bit of chain and crystals I had on hand and vola! I guess you can tell I like a wee bit of bling...
Here is a closer look.
Ok, now the next piece is not a piece of jewelry, at least not any of us would wear.
It is jewelry for my curtains. I will be blogging on these in a few days. Yes, there is a story behind my madness.
Here, we have a memory wire bracelet,
and earrings to match.
This next piece has been developing for awhile. I did quite a bit of wire wrapping on this one.
Can you tell what the black ring is?
I had some left over rings from a curtain rod, and so I upcycled!
Here some earrings that will match.
Shawn sent me a mess of these beads. They are so pretty, and all I could think of was to make earrings out of them, but nine pair? Then I remembered working with the young women at church making earrings to donate to the local cancer center. I actually have an appointment next week at our cancer center (no I do not have cancer, I just see a hematologist for my blood clot issues), and I plan to donate these to them. They will be donated in Shawn's name.
I had a few mismatched beads left over, so I made some knitting markers. This was actually my sister's idea. She is not only an avid jeweler and author of jewelry books, but also crochets a lot! You could also use these as phone jewelry too (to hang off your cell phone).
 I did a little wire wrapping and made some pendants. 
WOW! Hope I didn't bore you! I had a lot, and I've been a busy girl! Moving, getting settled in a new community, and making jewelry! It's been fun, though!

I would like to thank a few people for the opportunity to be a part of this Bead Soup.
First off my Bead Soup partner, Shawn Marie. I sure hope you go to visit her blog and see what she created. I'm sure you will not be disappointed! 
Then of course, there is Lori Anderson which this would not be possible without her and her long hours of hard work. You need to go check out her blog too. This time around there have been three different reveal dates, and she has done them all, and so far, what I've seen, like WOW!!!! Talk about talented!!!!

Anyway, here is the list of Blog Soup Party 6
3rd Reveal participants. 

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents

Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry 

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. Wow! You are so energetic! Kudos for thinking outside the box on so many pieces!

    1. thank you! I think my batteries are about to die though :P but I sure enjoyed playing around with all my stuff!!!

  2. You made awesome pieces! I'm very inttigued with the curtains!

    1. thanks! stay tuned, I'm going to post something about those curtains shortly.

  3. Oh, my God, how many pieces from your soup you made!!! Congratulatins for your work and for the donation, very kind of you.

  4. Obviously your beading mojo was in full swing. I'm so blown away by how much you got made. So many beautiful pieces. I think my fave has to be the one with the off center clasp. Love the curtain rod idea, that was great!

    1. once my mojo started, I couldn't stop! and about those curtains, stay tuned. I will posting something about them in a few days

  5. Somebody was in a cooking frenzy ...
    Totally fab Ideas!!! Beautiful necklaces and thoughtful gifts... you out did your self.

    1. lol, yep, once I started cooking, I could stop. I had such nice ingredients to work with!

  6. Wow! So many great designs. They all turned out great. I really like your memory wire bracelet. I've never worked with memoru wire. And the stitch markers are so cute. What a great way to use all the extra beads as earrings and a great way to help someone else, too. Very nice.

    1. thank you! I love working with memory wire. I have found that you can make bracelets for any size wrist, and everyone seems to like them

  7. You made a ton of stuff. I like that necklace w/the green pendant the best.

  8. Wow, you made so many beautiful pieces! I love the necklace with the offset flower clasp! And I like how you went outside the box with those stitch markers and curtain hangers!

    1. thanks. I really wanted to do something different. both the curtain hangers and stitch markers just came to me because of something that I had to do. I will be posting something about the curtain hangers soon.

  9. oh my! look at you beading away! so many great things, and donations as well! Really love that last necklace with the green focal - it is so beautiful!

    1. thank you!!!! glad you could stop by for a visit

  10. Wow, you got a lot out of your soup! What a great job! Looks like you had a lot of fun :)

    1. I did have a lot of fun, and had a great batch of ingredients too!

  11. What a lot of great pieces! I just love how you thought out of the box with the curtain jewelry and how you are donating all those wonderful earrings.

    1. thank you. I will be posting something about the curtain jewelry soon.

  12. you really were busy! The citrine in the first necklace is gorgeous, and I love that hummingbird clasp! I have a hard time hiding pretty focals in the back, too!

  13. Nice work. I'll take that green one with the oh so cool focal bead!

  14. So many ideas! Congratulations!

  15. You made an incredible mix of jewelry. I love the color combos. My favorite is the necklace that is off centered.

    1. seems like everyone likes that off centered one, lol thank you for stopping by

  16. Wow you made a bunch of really pretty jewelry. Love that you are donating the earrings. I really like the curtain jewels.

    1. thank you! I will be posting something soon about the curtain jewels

  17. I love the curtain jewelry what a fantastic and creative idea. I want everything in my apt to have jewelry now too.

  18. Terry what a fabulous job with your soup. Your kindness and creativity never stop amazing me. I am oh so glad you were my partner and I can now consider you my friend. I finally got my soup posted this evening. I can't wait to get a better view of those curtain hangers you made...great job.

  19. What a nice bead soup and you did a great job with it! Such beautiful creations!

  20. Wow!! That's amazing all you put together with your soup! I really love that green and purple necklace. So pretty. And that's so sweet that you're paying it forward to the cancer patience. Great work!

  21. Wow, what a great variety of pieces you made with your soup. Too many to pick a favourite, though. ;-)

  22. Oh my goodness, I think this is the most prolific soup I've ever seen. You did an awesome job making so much from all those fixins

  23. Wow...you rocked your soup what an awesome selection of pieces...love the necklaces!!

  24. I love the green necklace and the off centered piece! You made so many pieces, which is amazing! Lovely jewelry! Laura

  25. Love the jewelry for your curtains - very cool!
    Love all your creations - great job!

  26. Love the green necklace with the floral pendant. That pendant is amazing!

  27. What a collection! I really like the necklace with the purple wire and the necklace with the black rings. The jewelry for your curtains is a very creative and fun idea!

  28. Oh the curtains, now I'm thinking of danglies hanging over the alligator clips and down the curtains. Love your purple and green necklace, one of my favourite colour combos that I used in my own bead soup :) You've been very busy!

    1. Love that idea! Are you gonna try it? I's sure like to see! I might have to try that myself, like maybe in my craft room, if I ever get it set up ;)

  29. wow! You were crazy busy with your Bead Soup ingredients! What a fun idea for your curtains! I love seeing new and unusual ways of employing beads! :)

  30. I never thought of making jewelry curtains but you certainly got me thinking! Amazing creations!

  31. I love your creativity!! You made so many wonderful things from your soup!! Upcycling is my thing but I had never thought about bling for the curtains. Fantastic!!!

  32. WOW! First, let me say how pleased I am at how excited you obviously were to play. You gave it your all!

    I love the hummingbird toggle and you did a great job showcasing it. The curtain jewelry is AWESOME and you should submit that idea to a magazine -- how clever!

    Thank you so much for your hard work!

    1. why, thank you, Lori! Really? you think I should submit my idea. Wow! that is the ultimate compliment from you!!! Not sure how to do that though. I guess I can ask my sister, Tammy Powley, she's done that stuff before.

  33. What fun you had with your soup! Love all of your creations and how you used your soup for things besides your jewelry pieces. Nice to have creative touches in all areas of our lives!!

  34. Wonderful job with all your pieces. Love the necklace with hummingbird toggle.

  35. you made some wonderful pieces..all lovely

  36. First, let me say that I love what you did with your bead soup. Everything is well designed, interesting and beautiful to look at. But, what struck me most about your reveal is the respect that you paid to your partner by coming up with creative, innovative ways to use as much as what she sent you as possible. She must be thrilled with what you did. You obviously enjoyed participating in this party and maybe without even knowing it paid your partner the ultimate compliment. I would be honored to have you as a partner anytime. Great job!

    1. you are so sweet! thank you! Yes, I had a ton of fun with all my goodies!

  37. Wow! You really got a ton of items made with the soup your partner sent. I'm quite partial to that necklace with the ceramic pendant and green beads. Nice work!

  38. My goodness, what a busy lady you have beeen! Lots of lovely pieces tooo. I especially like the 5th piece (necklace). Loveyl :)

  39. Oh wow! Beautiful job! What a lovely soup and you did so well with your ingredients!!
    I especially love the 1st one, it's perfect! :) (They all are!)

  40. Wow!! you got really a lot out of your soup. The black earrings are a favorite of mine, as well as the necklace with the green focal. I think that is wonderful that you are donating the earrings to such a worthy cause.

  41. WOW! My favorite are the curtain hangers and the earrings, beautiful.

  42. wow, you received a lot beadsoup!
    the memory-wire bracelet speeks most to me.. love the colors.
    you did a great job!

  43. Wow you outdid yourself and each piece is so beautiful!

  44. I liked all your things, the yellow necklace is lovely and I adore the shower curtain rings! That is a great idea and they look wonderful! Great job with a great soup!

  45. Great pieces, and so many! Love the curtain ring necklace.

  46. You made so many amazing and lovely pieces!! Love your earrings for the cancer center - such a thoughtful idea!!