Saturday, February 26, 2011



So, what is a Bead Soup Blog Party, you ask? 
Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer by our hostess, Lori Anderson and tasked with  sending their chosen partner:
  • A Focal
  • A Special Clasp (and not the ordinary lobster clasp)
  • And some coordinating beads.  Using the focal and the clasp is mandatory, but everything else could be either from the beads sent to you or from your own stash.
Here is what I received from Suzette, my Bead Soup Blog Partner:

Such wholesome ingredients!

And here is what I made:

Unchain My Heart!

I used the brass heart, chain and the red velvet Quartz beads to create the front and focus of the necklace. Stepping outside my usual 'stringing' box, I wire-wrapped faceted Ocean Jasper beads, and some length of brass chain to complete the necklace. I am very happy with the results, are you? 

After the First Bead Soup Blog Party, I donated the piece I made to a Juvenile Diabetes Fund Raiser at my work place. This year I will be doing the same, 'Unchain My Heart' will be used to raise funds to fight the battle against Juvenile Diabetes.

Then with the striking Vintaj attic windows I made earrings..... a giveaway at this 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

Sunshine on My Shoulder!

I could picture sunlight streaming into the attic through the window and I tried to create that effect with some champagne colored AB crystals. This pair of earrings will be given away to one lucky partygoer, drawn randomly from those who leave comments on this blog posting. The winner will be drawn on the night of the 4th of March. I figure it might take a week for some of us to make the rounds of some 200 blogs.  I have decided to extend the deadline for my giveaway as I know some of us are still making our way around the blogs. I will draw the winning random number, next Friday March 11th. The winner to be announced on Saturday March 12th.

I would love to hear what you think?

And now come see what the rest of the party-goers have made! Happy Blog Hopping!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things - OUR HOSTESS - THANK YOU!
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 WestfallSilver 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 TeufelStefanie'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

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
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

100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
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 
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 - YOU ARE HERE
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 Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
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 - MY BEAD SOUP BLOG PARTNER

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

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Winter Enchantment!

This month presented a challenge to its design partners and the theme was Winter Enchantment. Living in Florida, I used my imagination to conjure up a picture just like the one below of Maria Grimes' backyard after a snowfall in California! Did you know that this winter, Florida was the only state in the union that did not have snow on the ground? 

I guess I could have worked with a Florida winter theme, but no, I had to have snow... 

Photo Courtesy of Maria Grimes

So picture a white landscape, 
snow on the ground, 
misty morning and black tree trunks... 
and here is my idea of Winter Enchantment!

I consider these challenges as great opportunities to play with materials and supplies that I do not usually work with, in this case Organza Ribbon and the Resin Pendant by Taina Hartman. carries a wide selection of her whimsical and colorful charms and pendants. 

The necklace is made of three strands, one of gunmetal chain, one of white Keshi Pearls, and one of white Organza Ribbon. I must admit that I had a difficult time with the Organza Ribbon, you can see the results of my rough handling with some thread separation in the ribbon. I need to be more gentle and need more practice...

Along one side the gun metal chain, some Swarovski Crystallized Elements hang, as icicles on a tree branch...brrr! I used Xilion Bicones in Crystal Ab, Crystal Silver Shade and Black Diamond colors. To hang the pendant on the ribbon, I chose a fan-shaped gunmetal-plated Pewter bail and for closure the clasp was a star-shaped gunmetal-plated toggle. With the rising price of precious metal, these base metal clasps make the perfect alternative, both stylish and inexpensive.

I also got myself a length of Silver Organza Ribbon, but decided to save it for another project.. it is a beautiful silver with a hint of pink. I also picked up a strand of some Crystal yarn, but failed miserably in trying to use it in my design. So if anyone has some hints on how I can use this yarn, or tell me of how they have used it, I could certainly use the help.

Silver Organza Ribbon and Cotton Crystal Yarn

Disclosure: Some of the beads described above I have received free of charge from
I have been asked to review these beads/supplies and give my honest opinion of them.  I am not being paid by for my endorsement of any of the products received and reviewed in my blog postings.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Andrew Thornton's word of the week is BOUNDLESS

To me boundless means unending, without boundaries and without limits. 

It reminded me of this unending necklace of cultured freshwater Pearls that I had made some time ago. These pearls were of a unique shape - little cylinders - and I thought they would give a new meaning to the traditional string of pearls.

Boundless Pearls

Andrew invites you to create a piece of jewelry, a work of art, or take a photograph that best captures what this word 'boundless' means to you.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Giveaways Galore!

Here are some great giveaways happening this weekend, so take some time to visit these blogs for some fabulous prizes.

First stop, say Hi to Andrew, back from Tucson and giving away some of his famous family's newly unveiled beads. These goodies are from Green Girl Studios, and my favorites are the peacock toggle and the little elephant charm. What a wonderful collection!

Picture courtesy of Andrew Thornton

Second stop, say Hi to Carol, she is giving away one of her gorgeous signature bracelets. I have not quite got the hang of making these wire beads, so to win such a bracelet would be awesome.

Picture courtesy of Carol Bradley

Third stop, say Hi to Julie, who is eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring and giving away this unique and charming bracelet, made using the flattened bowl of a vintage silver spoon.

Happy weekend everyone, I get three days off! Bankers, what can I say! But I got to get working on my taxes, so it will not be much of a holiday.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone has had or is having a great day today!

Last week I posted about my entry to the Happy Mango Beads Valentine's Day contest 'Bead My Valentine".

Today the winners were announced...

And the best in show award goes to none other than Dawn Marie Douchette for her intricate and romantic necklace. So beautiful, so delicate. Congratulations, Dawn! Now I can say, I knew her before she got famous!

I, too won in the gemstone category for my ' A dozen Roses for my Sweetheart' bracelet. So exciting, I am thrilled, I won a $25 gift certificate to Happy Mango Beads!

You can see all the winning entries in the different categories, and all the entries are posted on FaceBook by Happy Mango Beads, they even have all the entries in a cool video.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Be(ad) My Valentine! - My Entry

Not too long ago I posted about the Be My Valentine contest being sponsored by Happy Mango Beads.

Today I would like to show you the piece I entered...

I call it a dozen red roses for my sweetheart!

What do you think? 

What do you get for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day? 

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