Friday, August 24, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party, Final Reveal!

Whew! I am so excited it is finally here! Welcome to the 3rd and final reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. The event was possible thanks to an amazing hostess, Lori Anderson. Can you believe there were almost 400 participants? What does that mean? 400+ wonderful creations and 400 blogs to visit. Sound tiring? Yes, it is but it's all worth it.

Here is the soup my partner, Kay Thomerson, sent me. The picture isn't the best, but the beads are beautiful.

After three failed attempts, I contacted Lori for a little helped.  Funny enough, she suggested a similar idea to  my fourth design.  It all worked out and I'm pretty happy with the results.

The pendant, clasp and red shell/gemstones and green Chinavoski  rondelles.

Necklace Closeup

Earrings to match!

Colorful fiber, silver chain and gunmetal round beads.

Fiber necklace closeup

I used all the beads, the lovely heart pendant, the clasp and some of the fiber.   This is the first time I've played with gunmetal and/or pewter.  I love the darker metal with the beads Kay sent. I haven't figured out what to make with the handmade clasp yet, but something is coming.

Since my jewelry stash is becoming overwhelming, I'd like to do two giveaways #1 for both the necklace and the earrings and #2 for the fiber necklace. If you'd like to participate, please leave a comment with a way to contact you and which number giveaway.

Thanks for checking out my Bead Soup reveal. Don't forget to hop through the other fantastic creations. Visit Kay Thomerson to see what Kay did with the soup I sent her. Enjoy!

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
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
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
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
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 *My Partner
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
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious *Me
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
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
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

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
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

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


  1. They both turned out wonderful Mandi. I love the length and the multi-strand in the first piece. And the fiber is too cute with the gunmetal. I think Set #1 is my favorite though. I really like all the color in that piece. Congrats on some great pieces and challenging yourself.

  2. Well your first necklace certainly doesn't LOOK like you struggled! It's very much my style. Great work.

  3. I love what you created with the mix you were sent. Both the necklace and earring set and the fiber necklace are beautiful. I love the mix of colors in the first set especially!

  4. I love what you made especially the earrings!

  5. Very pretty! Your first necklace and earrings are so feminine and delicate. And the second necklace is fun and funky. Very, very different! :)

  6. It doesn't look like you struggled with either set. They all came out perfect. choose one set. I would have to say the first one as it is more my style to wear.

  7. These look great - good job. I'd love a chance to see that fiber in person! Thanks ~~T

  8. The first necklace is pretty, with striking colors, but I LOVE the fiber necklace! The colors, and textures - LOVE!!! What technique is it??

    Very nice work!

    1. Thank you! I actually weaved the fiber thru the chain about every 3rd link and the I crocheted the fiber using the basic stitch. It was a little awkward as I chose not to use a crochet hook, but instead pulled the loops with my fingers.

  9. Awesome bead soup...yum! You did a very nice job with it! Such beautiful designs! That fiber necklace is gorgeous too!

  10. I loooove the fisrt necklace, so cute!
    And a lovely bead soup too.

  11. Wonderful pieces.Great colours and blends.Love and hugs Tanya

  12. i was wondering what will you do with these fibers... So creative , im impressed!

  13. Your designs are wonderful.It is so generous of you to give them away.I would like to be entered for a chance at #1. Thanx

  14. Simply gorgeous. I adore the first necklace. So pretty & feminine which is usuallly so not me! Lovely :)

  15. The pieces are all great. I especially love the colors in the first necklace. The green really makes it pop. Your work with the fibers is very creative and very beautiful -- I would have been stumped. I would love to enter the drawing #1.

  16. Soup-er pretty pieces! Please sign me up for the necklace and earring giveaway.
    I have some of the fiber and will try my hand at something similar to the fiber necklace..what an inspiration!

  17. Beautiful pieces, the green is fantastic to give a nice contrast. Put my name in the hat for either in the set.

  18. Beautiful pieces. Love the fiber piece. What fun.

  19. Everything is beautiful. The fiber piece is nice. The green goes so well in the pink necklace. Lovely shading. Great job.

  20. I hate to hear that you had so much trouble with your soup. I wouldn't have know if you hadn't said anything. The necklace and earring set is my favorite (put me in for #1), but the fiber piece is also super unique. Nice job!!

  21. Lovely! Yeah, that fiber would have stumped me completely! Am still wondering...what would I have done. Love your version :)

    And contacting that was a great idea, I would not have thought to do that!

  22. Excellent! And after seeing your previous post with the knitted cord, how perfect that you used that fun fiber! I'm glad everything turned out how you envisioned -- I think the necklace looks like a pretty tea cup pattern. Beautiful!

  23. i like the double-row necklace, it has become very consistent.
    beautiful, well done!

  24. Lovely necklace and earrings. The fibre piece looks like fun. Put me down for #2

  25. Love what you did. The fiber necklace (#2) is my favorite!

  26. These turned out fabulous. Love 'em. ;-)

  27. That lampwork focal is to die for, and you designed an amazing creation to highlight it. I vote for #1

  28. lovely, really love the heart focal & what you did with it

  29. I really, really like that fiber necklace. Too fun! Great batch of soup. Good job for using a bit of everything too!

  30. Love both of your sets, they're great! But I think number 1 has the edge for me, you can put my name in the hat for that one!

  31. Lovely pieces - love the layered necklace and the fiber necklace is so fun!!

  32. Mandy. It's taking me awhile to get around to checking everyone's projects out. You did a great job! I especially like the fiber! If you haven't go end it away yet.....