Bead Soup Blog Party – Hoarders Edition!

Hello!  If you are reading this, you probably have noticed that I have not posted an entry in  a LONG time.  As always, life has taken over my life, and left me with precious little time for niceties like blogging.  I’ve also not been making as much jewelry as I would like to.  And I haven’t participated in a swap event in several years.  So when I saw that Lori Anderson was going to be hosting a bead swap and blog hop, I wanted to  be a part of it. Being a part of something like this always ignites that creative spark again.

Lori paired me up with Inge Von Roos.  Inge is a very talented lampwork artist, and makes the most beautiful beads.  Luckily for me, she sent me several of her gorgeous handmade creations.  I was overwhelmed when I opened the package and started looking at them, and was immediately drawn into the textures and colors.  I hope I can do her creations justice with my creations.

I’ll share my unboxing with you!  Initially, the package inside was nondescript, giving no hint of the goodies inside.


I opened this to reveal a gift box.


I wanted to take my time, but at the same time wanted to see what was inside!  I lifted the lid, and saw several smaller packages inside.


First, I opened the bubble wrap that you see on the top of the package…..there was a lovely selection of glass beads in various styles and colors.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I removed this from the box, a packet with Inge’s dichroic glass beads was revealed.  I have to admit, that these are my favorite of everything she gave me. I LOVE color and I LOVE sparkle, and anything with color and sparkle together is close to my heart.

Next,  I focused my attention on a group of bumpy beads, also made by Inge.  I have always enjoyed this style of bead. I love the bright colors and the bumpy texture.  They remind me of a cartoon image. Just a bunch of fun!!!  And I see Pantone’s color of the year for 2017, Greenery, very predominant in these beads.

Moving on, I spied a little tiny box in the corner of the box.  Knowing that good things come in small packages, I opened the little box with great anticipation, and found an amazing glass tree bead.  What a beauty-the color, the texture, the detail. This bead is fabulous, and will be a beautiful focal.

The next packet that I opened revealed some pretty green swirly beads, with a couple of blue ones added to the mix.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou were probably wondering when I was going to get to that little gift bag on the left of the package. Well, it was opened next.  I found the most amazing glass beads that Inge made on a mandrel.  These are incredible- I would love to see the process she uses to make these.  These make me think of Christmas.

I was almost done, but not quite.  Next was a package of Czech beads that Inge had actually purchased on a trip to the Czech Republic. Inge loves to travel, and this provides the opportunity to buy these beautiful beads right from the source.

Last, but not least, there was a pretty organza bag. It also contained beads and a clasp that Inge had bought on a trip to Thailand.  These are gorgeous!

.How fortunate am I to have such a wonderful artist as my partner!

The reveal for this blog party is Saturday, March 25.  Please stop by then to see what I have made with Inge’s generous and lovely gifts.








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Welcome Back, Stranger!

Well, hello little blog of mine! I have missed you!

I’m sorry, but life has so gotten in the way of keeping in touch with you regularly, dear blog.  I spent a lot of time in the spring with gardening, planting seeds, and tending to my small plants.

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Then things started growing like crazy!!!  Soon it was time to harvest!



Then it went really nuts, with everything coming in at once.  I furiously canned and froze, almost every evening after work.



Whew,,,,it finally ended in the fall, and once again, I returned to my other love-making jewelry.


So now, it’s time to return to you, little blog.  I’m not going to promise that I’ll be here every day, but I will try to make it at least once a week.

And just because I feel like celebrating, I’ll be awarding a pair of Christmas earrings to one lucky person who reads and comments on this blog entry.  I will do a random drawing from all entries for a pair of Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree earrings in your choice of Sterling Silver Filled, or 14K Gold Filled Earwires.


All you have to do is comment below!!!!  Please make sure you stop by again.  I try to make my blog entries succinct, yet entertaining, and sometimes informative.  My usual subjects are gardening, canning, cooking, or jewelry.  This year I’ll be adding a new topic, as my husband and I recently adopted a pair of Bengal cats.


I look forward to seeing you again!

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Hungry for Some Soup??

Dig in!!!  This is the weekend of the big reveal , where you can view not only my bead soup creations, but slightly more than 200 of my closest friends.

The Bead Soup Blog Party is hosted by Lori Anderson.  This is a true labor of love for Lori, and I have been fortunate to be a part of this several times.

My partner for this round of Bead Soup is Natalie Moten.  Natalie was primarily a quilter, who recently discovered jewelry making as another creative outlet.

Here is the soup I got from Natalie.


Front and center, you can see the gorgeous focal that Natalie made for me.  I wanted to use this , of course,  but it was a bit tricky to come up  with something that would showcase Natalie’s flower without overpowering it.  I am happy with my design, and I am looking forward to wearing this with my summer clothes.

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I decided to go with an asymmetrical design, and I split the toggle clasp that Natalie sent. I used the ‘dogbone’ portion with one of the “D” shaped turquoise beads, and used a free form wire wrap to attach the “D” bead to the chain.  I knotted teal blue silk cord for the portion behind the neck.  For the matching earrings, I used some malachite chips for the darker stone because the dark blue ones were a bit large for the earring dangles.


For my second piece, I used another of Natalie’s handmade focals. This time, it was the birds nest.  I paired it with the small crystals that Natalie sent, and used vintage Czech seed beads from my stash, as well as a gunmetal toggle and earwires that I had on hand.


A better view of Natalies bird nest, next to the matching earrings I made.


For my last piece, I used the pink/fuchsia beads in a stretch bracelet.  I love these bracelets, but I hardly ever make them, and I don’t know why that is….they are easy to make, and they are good sellers.  I should make more of them!!


I wanted to make one other item but unfortunately ran out of time…however, I did get the focal piece made, and I was so excited about it, I wanted to share that, even though the necklace is uncomplete.  I took the round part of the toggle, and paired with one of the crystal beads that seemed to fit perfectly in the hole.  I wired it in with a bit of 28 gauge wire.


I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations, and I hope my partner Natalie is pleased with what I made.  Please be sure to go visit her blog, and take a look with what she made with the beads I sent her.


Please be sure to visit our lovely hostess, Lori’s  blog also, and show her some much deserved love.

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Bead Soup Reveal Date

Our hostess for the Bead Soup blog party , Lori Anderson, has been dealing with some health issues, and has postponed the reveal date for the third Bead Soup. You can check back here on April 27 to see what I have made!!! I hope I do justice to my partner Natalie Moten’s  wonderful beads. Just a reminder-here is what she sent me to work with.???????????????????????????????I just love this color palette, and she sent me so many fun things.

And here is another peek at what I sent her.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat would YOU make with these soups??  Don’t forget to visit on the 27th, and see what we have come up with!

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Hop Like a Bunny This Easter Weekend!

This weekend is  the first reveal of Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. Although I am not a part of this reveal, many of my talented friends are.  Please take a look and see what they have made.

Oh, and just a reminder….my reveal is April 13!


Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain
Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe
Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell
Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
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Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman
Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
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Ingrid McCue
Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
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Krista French
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Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver
Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen

Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider
Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
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Marianna Boylan
Marie Covert
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Mary Harding
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Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
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Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick (my partner)
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks
Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
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Shiraz Biggie
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My Partner Got Her Soup!

My partner , Natalie Moten, has updated her blog with pictures of the soup she recieved from me.  Here’s a look at what I sent her.


I sent two focals….I wasn’t sure which one I would like better, but then when I got them, I fell in love with both of them, and though it best for Natalie to choose which one she wanted to use.   Both are lampworked glass. The free form one is by Aimee Milan of Polychrome Beads.  The tubular shaped one is by Robyn Kirkman of FireSong Creations. That  one  came all the way from Queensland, Australia!!  I also chose  a lovely handforged copper toggle created by Maria Scott of SunStones of the Southwest.  There are more handmade beads, in the form of colorful spacers, and a pretty swirled lampwork by Jodie Marshall.  Because I am such a lover of vintage pieces,  I wanted to include some vintage components, too.  I found those at Yummy Treasures.  I have included some tan beads with miniature floral prints, and some Czech teardrop glass beads. There are also cream colored faceted Czech beads (with two jade color accent beads) from Five Sisters.  Last but not least , I included some gemstone beads from Fire Mountain gems.  The larger tan/peachy beads are red aventurine, and the smaller red beads are dyed howlite.

Please remember to come back on April 13 to see what we have made!  And take a few minutes to visit the shops of the suppliers of the soup ingredients, too!

And here’s a quick reminder of the soup I got from Natalie. What would YOU make with it?


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Soup Has Arrived !!!!!!

Did I mention previously that I had an awesome partner for this year’s Bead Soup Blog Party??  Well, just in case I didn’t, let me now say it.  My partner, Natalie Moten, is awesome!!  Just look at the goodies she sent me, all the way from Anchorage to their new home in upstate NY!!!!!!!

Here is how everything looked as I took it out of the box.


Right away, you probably noticed a bright pink bead on top of the leopard box just like I did….we’ll get to that in a moment.  The top left is a package that was labeled as soap.

And guess what?? It is soap!  From an artisan in Wasilla, Alaska, Swan Mountain Soap.  It is called One Thousand Roses, and those are rose petals embedded into the top of the soap.  It smells great, too! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA But I digress….back to the beads.  I couldn’t resist opening that leopard box to solve the mystery of the pink bead.  Inside the box was a gorgeous flower handcrafted by Natalie from beads and metal stampings.  The pink bead was at the center of the flower, and to fit in the box, Natalie had put a hole in the top that the pink bead could fit through.  It made for a great mystery! There was also a smaller flower and a birds nest that Natalie had made.


Natalie’s handmade focals. Aren’t these amazing?

Next, I peeked through the top of the little tin, and saw all kinds of sparkling goodness.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I poured out the contents of the tin, and all of these beauties were in there.


Here is a look at the entire soup.


I am absolutely in love with this soup.  I adore bold and bright colors, and being a lover of vintage, the big flower focal just calls to my heart.  I am so touched that Natalie made this for me.  Be sure to come back on April 13 and see what I have made with my soup!!

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