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!

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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

Adlinah  Kamsir www.dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.com
Agi Kiss http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Alison Sachs www.beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com
Amanda Tibbetts http://www.amandamade.com/blog
Amy Sims www.amysimsdesigns.com
Ana Cravidao http://acbeads.blogspot.com
Andra Marasteanu http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com
Andria Poole www.Jewelleryartiste.blogspot.com
Angela Perkins http://jeweledinspirations.blogspot.com
Anja Schultz http://anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de/
Ann Sherwood http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/
Anna Nordeman http://annas-adornments.blogspot.com
Annita Wilson http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com/
Arlene Dean http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/
Astrid Boyce http://astridboyce.blogspot.com/
Barb Fernald http://barbarasfernald.com/
Betty James Hoppensteadt www.tybetastidbits.blogspot.com
Birgit Klughardt www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com
Bonnie Coursolle http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/
Brandy Thomason McNair www.bellavitajewelry.blogspot.com
Brenda Sigafoos http://brenda-sigafoos.blogspot.com
Carmen Lau http://littlemake.blogspot.com/
Carol Wilson http://jetadorn.blogspot.com/
Caroline Dewison http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Cassie Donlen www.cassiedonlen.blogspot.com
Catharine Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
Catherine Turrell http://fairysketches.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri Reed www.creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Cherrie Warzocha http://colorsofshae.blogspot.com/
Christa Murphy http://adventuresofwonebeadywoman.blogspot.com/
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/
Christina Stofmeel www.fengbeads.com
Christine Hansen http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com
Christine Stonefield www.sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins www.tellyourgirlfriends.com
Cindy Cima Edwards www.cindycima.com
Claire Lockwood www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com
Colleen Vinthagen http://www.thewireworkshop.com/blog/
Dagmar Liebisch http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de/
Dana Fowler www.blogjunepur.blogspot.com
Danielle Kelley http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com/
Deb Fortin www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Denise Milward http://milwardstorysofar.wordpress.com/
Diah Anggreni http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com/
Diana Gonzalez www.arteypoemas.com
Diane Valasek http://dragonflyclose.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/
Doris Stumpf http://glaszwerg.blogspot.de/
Elizabeth Bunn http://elizabethbeads.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Drake http://mutteringsofacrone.wordpress.com/
Elizabeth Jones http://www.eyekandyjewellery.com
Elizabeth Stolarczyk http://elizabethsart.blogspot.co.uk/
Ema Kilroy http://www.emakdesigns.com/blog
Erin Kenny http://beadifultherapy.blogspot.ca/
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Fay Wolfenden www.torchfairy.blogspot.com
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Gen Smith http://gennysworld.blogspot.com/
Ginger Davis Allman www.thebluebottletree.com
Giorgia Rossini www.joyblonde.blogspot.com
Hannah Annear www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Heidi Kingman www.Heidikingman.blogspot.com
Ildiko Jarai www.sviroalkotasai.blogspot.hu
Iveth Caruso www.CreativeAtelier.net
Jackie Locantore http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStarSanctuaryStudio
Jacqueline Keller www.creartelier.blogspot.com
Jane Pranata Lim http://cherryeve.blogspot.com
Jennifer Davis http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Tough http://jenniferbeads.blogspot.ca
Jenny Vidberg http://shymessmycken.blogspot.se/
Jessica Klaaren Http://cellardoorjewelry.blogspot.com
Joanna Matuszczyk http://filcowe.blogspot.com
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Judith Johnston http://www.lampworkbeadlounge.com/
Judy Riley www.threeredbeads.blogspot.com
JuLee Wolfe www.thepolymerpenguin.blogspot.com
June Butt http://www.onewhiteswan.blogspot.co.nz/
Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com/
Karin King www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Karin von Hoeren www.creativeideen.de
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathrin Lembke http://allesperle.blogspot.de/
Kathy Stemke
http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic http://slovoni.blogspot.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Kelley Fogle www.mylifeonebeadatatime.blogspot.com
Keren Panthaki https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Kimberly Idalski http://www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com
Kirsi Loponen http://peikkonen.blogspot.com
Klaudia Tóth http://www.klaudiabizsu.hu/
Krista Quantrill www.cornucopiaofcrafts.blogspot.ca
Kristina Hahn Eleniak www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Kristina Johansson www.wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com
Laney Mead http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/
Lara Lutrick http://www.lutrick.blogspot.com/
Laura Guenther www.blueantiquities.blogspot.com
Lauren Potts www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Leah Tees www.mybeadylittleeyes.blogspot.ca
Lena Adams http://mommaslilbirdiesblog.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Leslie Wayment www.aabeadsonline.com/blog/
LiliKrist http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/
Linda Kropp http://lindasartbarn.blogspot.com/
Linda Newnham http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
Linda Younkman www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Boucher http://lisasclayhappenings.blogspot.com/
Lizzie Clarke www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com
Lora Bright http://fandangling.wordpress.com/
Lorelle McIntyre http://beadyart.blogspot.com.au
Lori Anderson www.PrettyThingsBlog.com
Lori Finney http://lori-finney.blogspot.ca/
Lucie Bouvier http://www.carlosbeadstore.com/blog/
Malin de Koning http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.se
Marina Dobrynina http://savonfeutre.blogspot.fr/
Marina Kosovic http://machoopko-design.blogspot.com/
Marion Simmons http://www.shadetreejewelry.com/blog.html
Marita Suominen http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi/
Marjolein Trewavas http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk/
Marsela Schroth www.marselita.de
Martha Aleo www.ornamento.wordpress.com
Mary Govaars www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Mary K McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Maybeline Tay http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.sg/
Mea-B. Uebler www.glasorakel.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Menka Gupta http://menkag.blogspot.com
Merja Sundström http://suntsan.blogspot.fi/
Merja Syrjämäki http://helmiriippuvuus.blogspot.fi/
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Michelle Escano www.cabbycraft.blogspot.com
Michelle Wigginton http://adornedonadelaide.blogspot.ca/
Milla Hope www.Lbcreativeart.com
Miranda Ackerely
Mowse Doyle
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Mrs M Makes www.mrsmmakes.wordpress.com
Nan Smith www.wirednan.blogspot.com
Natalie Davidson http://northshoredays.blogspot.co.nz/
Natalie Moten http://runningoutofthread.blogspot.com/
Natascha Marty www.sommerlicht.ch
Nikki Banham-Hall http://jewellerymakingblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Noemi Baena http://blog.noemibaena.com/
Norma Turvey http://moonlitfantaseas.blogspot.com
Pam DeBoer http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/
Pam Hurst www.pamhurst.blogspot.com
Patti Pruhs http://threebeadsandastring.blogspot.com/
Penny Houghton http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au/
Penny Mills www.cobblestone-lane.blogspot.com
Rachel Van-Walsh www.balancedcrafts.com/blog
Rebecca Sirevaag www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Regina Santerre http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/
Regina Wood
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Roberta Fauntroy www.thevirtualbeadsociety.wordpress.com
Rosanagh Watson
Rose Johnson
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Rosemary Cheslock www.glasseyebutterfly.tumblr.com
Rossana De Gaspari http://rdegas.blogspot.com
Sabine Dittrich www.perlendschungel.blogspot.com
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreations.tumblr.com/
Sandi James http://www.dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca
Sandra Wollberg http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com/
Sandra Young http://gypsyroadbeads.blogspot.ca/
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Sharon Palac www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com
Sierra Barrett http://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com/
Silke Gröber http://just-beads.blogspot.com
Siobhán Keogh http://vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie/
Stefanie Teufel http://stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com
Stephanie Stamper www.Skwds.blogspot.com
Sue Hamel http://cardandjewelrycorner.blogspot.com/
Sue Rennie http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk/
Susan Kennedy www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Susan McClelland http://mistheword12.wordpress.com
Susanna Lehto http://othellehto.blogspot.fi/
Suse Stelljes www.pearlify.blogspot.de
Susie Hibdon http://vintagesusieandwings.blogspot.com
Suzann Sladcik Wilson www.BeadphoriaBlog.com
Tara Plote http://newbiebeader.blogspot.com/
Terri G. http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com/
Terry Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com/
Terry Matuszyk https://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com/
Theresa Frank http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/
Tina Bosh http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/
Tina Noonan www.wingedimp.blogspot.com
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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.

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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!

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Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Amber Dawn Goldish http://www.InventiveSoul.blogspot.com
Barb Solem http://www.vivimagoopresents.com
Bev Breisinger http://countryfrogcreations.blogspot.com
Birgitta Lejonklou http://www.lejonklou.blogspot.se
Breana Fry http://www.vault31.blogspot.com
Brenda Sue Lansdowne http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com/
Bridget Torres http://www.Shears58.com
Carol Dee Myers http://caroldeezigns.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Chenault http://www.carolynchenault.wordpress.com
Cassi Paslick http://cassisbeads.blogspot.com/
Cece Cormier http://www.thebeadingyogini.com
Cheryl McCloud http://www.cherylmccloud.blogspot.com
Cindy Wilson http://www.itsmyseaofdreams.blogspot.com
Crystal Thain http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/
Cynthia Riggs http://cynthsblog.blogspot.com/
Dana Hickey http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/
Dana James http://danasjewelrydesign.blogspot.com
Darlene Fortier http://www.darliciousrejuvenations.blogspot.com
Deana Hager http://justdeesarts.blogspot.com/
Deanna Cox http://www.deannaaki.wordpress.com
Deb Brooks http://www.fromtheheartcreations.blogspot.com/
Debra Behrends http://www.hopefuljourneys.blogspot.com/
Denielle Hagerman http://www.somebeadsandotherthings.blogspot.com/
Denise McCabe http://www.cabewoman.blogspot.com
Diana Frey http://www.dianafrey.blogspot.com
Diana Welte http://lilyweeds.blogspot.com
Dini Bruinsma http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
DiYana Alcalde http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Dolores Raml http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/
Donna Millard http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/
Dot Lewallwn http://speediebeadie.blogspot.com/
Duane Clark http://biz-e-bead.blogspot.com/
Dyanne Cantrell http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com/
Eleanor Burian-Mohr http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com/
Elisabeth Auld http://www.beadsforbusygals.com
Elizabeth Owens Dwy http://www.1996shabbylane.blogspot.com
Emily Greer http://www.gaiacopia.com/blog-2/
Enikö Fabian http://perleni.blogspot.co.at/
Erin Grant http://ErinsJewelryCreations.blogspot.com
Eva Kovacs http://ewagyongyosvilaga.blogspot.hu/
Eva Sherman http://evashermandesigns.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett http://www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Grace Rotenberg http://rivkasmomcom.blogspot.com/
Gretchen Nation http://www.artfoodlodging.blogspot.com
Hannah Rosner http://goodrivergallery.wordpress.com
Heather Davis http://www.blissfulgardenbeads.com/
Heather Marston http://www.cswdesignsbyhehe.blogspot.com/
Heather Powers http://www.humblebeads.blogspot.com
Ingrid McCue http://www.wrappedinsilver.com
Jacqueline Marchant http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/
Jan Petek http://www.janpetek.com
Janeen Sorensen http://wildvanilladesigns.com/
Jane-Michael Stallings http://www.craftvacuum.blogspot.com
Jasvanti Patel http://www.Jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Jayashree Paramesh http://www.nchantme.com
Jayne Capps http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
Jean Yates http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Cameron http://glassaddictions.com
Jennifer LaVite http://www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com
Joan Williams http://www.lilrubyjewelry.com
Jodie Marshall http://www.Marshalljodie.blogspot.com
Judy Riggs http://www.rigglettes.blogspot.com
Julie Anne Leggett http://www.thepeacefulbead.com
Kat Barron Miller http://mkpbeadart.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Kim Hora http://www.kimmykats.com
Kim Houston http://thepinkmartiniboutique.blogspot.com
Kim Sparks http://beadabunch.blogspot.com
Krafty Max http://kraftymax.blogspot.com
Kris Lanae Binsfeld http://www.cherishdesigns.wordpress.com
Krista French http://expressyourfaith.webs.com/apps/blog/
Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/
Kristi Harrison http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.com
Kumi Fisher http://maliekaidesigns.blogspot.com
Laren Dee Barton http://www.larendeedesigns.blogspot.com
Laura Bracken http://laurabrackenblog.blogspot.com/
Laura Demoya http://www.Thebeadtherapist.blogspot.com
Laurie Hanna http://jewelrybylh.blogspot.com/
Laurie Keefe-Cecere http://treeofliferootedinmysoul.blogspot.com/
Lea Avroch http://www.LAJewelryDesign.blogspot.com
Leanne Loftus Http://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Lee Anne Messerschmidt http://wiredhammerednworn.wordpress.com
Leslie Schenkel http://twistedchicken.wordpress.com/
Linda Anderson http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/
Linda Djokic http://www.lutkaandco.com
Linda Murphy http://www.bonitabead.blogspot.com
Linda Sadler http://idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com/
Lisa Liddy http://lisaliddy.wordpress.com/
Lisa Suver http://fanceethat.blogspot.com/
Liz DeLuca http://www.creativeartyfacts.blogspot.com/
Liz Engriser http://www.beadcontagion.blogspot.com/
Lola Surwillo http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Loretta Carstensen http://www.designsbyloretta.blogspot.com

Lori Bergmann http://www.LoriBergmann.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Lori Poppe http://lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider http://www.Beadaddicted.blogspot.com
Lyn Foley http://www.lynfoleyblog.com
Maddison Langford http://maddy-moo.blogspot.com
Magdalena Sikora http://porannagazeta.blogspot.com/
Mallory Hoffman http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/
Marcella Austenfeld http://www.goodtogojewelry.blogspot.com
Marcy Lamberson http://www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com
Maria Clark http://sweetwillowdesigns.blogspot.com/
Maria Rosa Sharrow http://www.willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Marianna Boylan http://www.stargirlshop.blogspot.com
Marie Covert http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/
Marti Conrad http://www.marticsclay.blogspot.com
Mary Ellen Merrigan http://www.MaryEllenBeads.com
Mary Harding http://www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Molly Alexander http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com
Nan Emmett http://spiritrattles.blogspot.com/
Niky Sayers http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Pam Chesbro http://afortunatesoul.blogspot.com/
Pam Farren http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
Pam Sandy http://pamseclecticstuff.blogspot.com/
Pam Traub http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Pamela Gangler http://shealwayslovedpink.blogspot.com/
Patricia Buchanan http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/braceletstoo
Patricia Johnson http://patricialjohnsonglassart.blogspot.com
Patty Miller http://cabaribeads.blogspot.com/
Paula Hisel http://simplybeadiful.weebly.com/simply-stated.html
Peggy Gabrielson http://georgiamountainarts.blogspot.com
Perri Jackson http://shaktipajdesigns.com/blog/
Rachel Baron http://www.rbarondesigns.blogspot.com
Rachel Stanley http://2catchahummingbird.blogspot.com
Rain Hannah http://honeyandollie.com
Rana Wilson http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Robin Reed http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Rochelle Brisson http://www.acreativechelle.blogspot.com
Rose Rushbrooke http://www.roserushbrooke.com/blog/

Ruth Szapa http://www.trudicrufus.blogspot.com
Sally Russick http://thestudiosublime.com (my partner)
Sandi Volpe http://www.sandivolpe.com
Sandra Pendragon http://sandrapendragon.blogspot.com/
Sandy Richardson http://www.SandyColoringBox.blogspot.com
Sarah Small http://bysalla.blogspot.com
Shannon Hicks http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/
Shari Replogle http://www.playswithpaper.blogspot.com
Sheila Daniels http://www.cheekymagpie.com
Sheila Davis http://www.stonedesignsbysheila.blogspot.com/
Shiraz Biggie http://www.secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com
Shirley Moore http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Skylar Bre’z http://brisingbeads.blogspot.com/
Staci Smith http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com

Stacy Pomerleau http://www.craftenvilleblog.com
Stephanie Weiss http://www.uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com
Sumi Rani http://www.HundredColors.blogspot.com
Susan Sheehan http://susanasheehan.blogspot.com/
Suzette Bentley http://elliesbijoux.blogspot.com
Tamera Norris http://www.beadsinspireme.com
Tracy Choy http://www.bumblebeadsdesigns.Blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Here is a look at the entire soup.

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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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Traveling Soup

I am currently packaging up my soup ingredients to send to my partner, Natalie Moten.  Natalie started out as  quilter, and was recently introduced to creating jewelry, and has found a new creative outlet.

Natalie and I both love lots of color, and her quilting appeals to me because of all the lovely brights. She has a great eye for pattern and design, and I’m sure she is going to make something beautiful with these pretty beads that I will be putting in the mail first thing Tuesday morning.

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They are going to travel a long way!  I am in upstate New York, and Natalie lives in Anchorage, Alaska! How cool is that?

I am looking forward to receiving my beads from Natalie, and I’ll share them with you as soon as I get them!

Natalie and I are in the third reveal on April 13.  Please make sure you come back on that day to see what I have made🙂

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