Saturday, February 26, 2011

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party! (And Giveaway Alert!)

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

 Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.
Here's what I made!

It was a rare cloudy day in Phoenix and the lighting isn't the greatest.

Shirley sent me everything but the biwa pearls, which came from my stash.  The seeds beads scared me a little bit, but I managed to incorporate them. :)   The chain was awesome - I need to get some more.

Here's another look:

(I still think the focal looks like a mitten)

Let's take another look at that, shall we?

 Mitten or Michigan??? You decide!  
I'm going to admit that the focal is nothing like I would normally pick out in a million years.  I'm not a huge fan of turquoise.  Well...I like the color, but the stone, not so much.  It's also quite a bit bigger than I normally work with.  I found it so easy to design something around it, though.  I've mentioned this before, but I sat down with my soup, snapped a couple pictures for my blog post and then my fingers just made the necklace. 

I want to take a minute to say thank you to the lovely Lori Anderson for hosting the Bead Soup Blog Party.  To be honest - this is the whole reason I started this blog.  She had quite a time getting everything set up and has been great about sending us encouraging emails and helping us when we run into technical difficulties.  

And if you've made it this far, I want to tell you that I'm going to give away my necklace!  You guys have put up with me when I've been crazed and not able to blog. 

I'm not going to tell you to blog, tweet, or facebook about it - just leave a comment and tell me to put your name in the hat!  I'll be drawing a name on Saturday, March 5 and posting the winner.

Come see what the rest of us made!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
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 Westfall, Silver 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 Teufel, Stefanie'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

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
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

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog  <-------      YOU ARE HERE!
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 <------ MY PARTNER!

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

Please visit our hostess' site at Pretty Things for more information.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's Almost Time!

Hi, all!

I just wanted to remind you that this Saturday (February 26) is the big reveal for the Bead Soup Blog Party!  I've had a busy couple of months, but once my beading area finally got arranged from the move, I sat down with my bead soup and the design just kind of happened within a few minutes.  I sat down, looked at it, and had it done within about 20 minutes!

So here are my ingredients again:

And again, upside down.  Seriously, Blogger? How does this happen???

I don't have any sneak peeks because I haven't bought a new camera yet and it was one of the casualties of moving.  However, I'm buying a new camera and taking pictures of my creation tomorrow night, and getting all set up for the reveal!

So we'll see you here Saturday!  Can't wait to see what everyone else made!  Be sure to check out my partner's reveal, too!  I sent her some yummy stuff in all my favorite colors!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Finally, a Look at My Bead Soup!

Okay, you all know that I moved.  I think we all know that if something doesn't get broken during a move, you're not working hard enough.  Well, this move's victim was my camera.  So I'm going to show you my bead soup from my wonderful partner, Shirley, but they are pictures taken with my cell phone.  Sigh.  I am doing research on a camera this week and will have purchased one and taken pictures by reveal day.  If it's not one thing, it's another!

Do you all know about Bead Soup?   It's hosted by the lovely Lori Anderson of the Pretty Things Blog.  You put your name in, she matches you with a partner, you send each other beads and make something, then blog about it. 

So, without further ado, here are the soup ingredients that Shirley sent me:

Seriously, Blogger?  Upside Down?

Okay, so I fussed with the pictures and they're all UPSIDE DOWN!  What the heck???  At any rate, here is my bead soup - if your head is on a 360-degree hinge, it will be a bit easier to see, and if you know how to fix this in Blogger, let me know.  Here's a picture of the whole soup. 

The turquoise focal and the clasp.  I love stars!  Doesn't the focal look like a mitten or maybe Michigan?  So fun!

A selection of glass beads.  I especially like the shape of the black ones!

Seed beads.  I am not a seed beader and they tend to give me a bit of a headache, so I have to admit, I was terrified!  She also sent directions on a stitch and I tried it.  Not pretty. I think I need to be shown, not read directions off a piece of paper.  And I needed an extra hand.  Maybe once science catches up and I grow a second arm, I'll try it again.  :)

Wait...this picture is right side up?  Is someone messing with my head?!

Antique gold chain.  See how they're double links?  I love it.

I spent this whole weekend organizing my beading stuff in a nifty new container I found at The Container Store and bought with my gift card from a Christmas gift. 

I got the big one in the back.   The drawers are about 5 inches deep and they sell little plastic dividers.  So I have all my beads in there, sorted by material and color.  I love having a space in this new house where I can leave my beads out all the time instead of having to shove them all back in little boxes and put the boxes under the table!

After I completely unpacked everything, I sat down to make a few things and looked up five minutes later and realized it was actually five HOURS later!  I haven't made a thing in MONTHS!  So, I've got some things to show you and I whipped out my bead soup design in about 20 minutes.  Er...once a new camera is procured, I will be showing you what I made. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Oh, and I Forgot to Mention...

I spent four days in Tucson for the gem/bead/jewelry shows!  It was awesome and I purchased lots (and lots) of treasures!  I couldn't find my camera for the trip, so I didn't get a single picture of the shows.  However, I will take pictures of my treasures this weekend!  (I found my camera today.  In a box marked "Bathroom".  I just don't get it.)

Also, Google Reader tells me I have 759 unread blog posts, which means that I haven't visited your blogs recently.  I will, but it will take me a little time. 

Okay, have math test tomorrow - time to study!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hey, Strangers!

When I set my goals for the year, I truly didn't know what was ahead of me, personally. 

First of all, I received my bead soup from my lovely partner, Shirley, but haven't had a chance to take a picture of it yet.  Okay, I admit it - I can't find my camera.  More on that later. One of my goals for this weekend is to get pictures taken and frankly, to find my bead soup.

You see, I moved at the end of January.  But that's just where the story begins...  Well, maybe that's the middle of the story.

Dear God, look at that mess...
We are renters and the owner of our house wanted to try and sell.  I'm in the mortgage business and the Phoenix real estate market isn't wonderful right now and there were a lot of issues with the house that had to be fixed, but that is neither here nor there. It wasn't our choice, and they wanted us out.  So we called one of the many Realtors I work with on a regular basis, and asked if he would help us find a place to live.  That's a great tip that a lot of people don't know. Realtors are great with helping you find a house to rent, and you don't pay them commission - the landlord does. We started getting emails from him with various houses and spent a full Saturday afternoon driving around checking out the neighborhoods.  We narrowed the list down to about 5 houses, which we saw on Sunday.

As we were getting ready to leave Sunday, we saw a new one come up and added it to the list.  That's the house we saw first and we instantly fell in love.  

Yes, I know - all you can see is the garage. That's what the houses are like here in Phoenix.

The neighborhood?  A dream.  The house?  Bigger, nicer, newer, wonderful.  The kitchen, however?  Smaller and lacking a few things.  We put in an application anyway, but didn't keep our hopes up because we were the 10th people to see it on that day and everyone had made an application.  Luckily for us, our Realtor really went to bat for us and convinced the landlord we were the right renters. Another advantage to having a Realtor on your side.

We got the house!  Remember the kitchen, though? refrigerator.  And no microwave - both of which were included in the lease we signed.  Many phone calls and emails between us, our Realtor, the landlord, and the property manager ensued.  The short version of the story is that we had to buy a refrigerator and microwave both.  Because, like everyone (especially those of us in the mortgage business), we had an extra $1000 sitting around just waiting to be used. Ahem.

My poor savings...  However, note that I'm wearing shorts and a t-shirt in January.  I love Phoenix!

Once we had that squared away, there was the big "when can we move in?" drama.  We had to be out of our old house by 12/31 and we wanted to have access to the house a few days earlier so we could clean and have the refrigerator delivered.  More drama and more multiple emails between all parties involved.

Did I mention that while all of this was going on, I was trying to keep up with my algebra, economics, and marketing classes, and working about 55 hours a week because one of my team members left the company?

Back to the bead soup - I found the time/energy/wherewithal to send my partner her bead soup.  The envelope contained the cutest little bag with different seed beads, gemstones, and other treasures.  She has pictures of it on her blog.  Because, ya know, I just wasn't quite organized enough to take pictures of it before I bagged it and tagged it.  I skipped to the post office a full week before the mailing deadline and was so proud of myself!  Three days later - it shows up in my mailbox.  Yup. One digit off on her ZIP code.  Back to the store to buy another padded envelope and back to the post office.  This time, I forgot the little card I did for her which explains why I picked the beads I picked, a little story about the focal, etc.  And by this time, I'd packed (i.e. lost) my camera so couldn't take pictures again.

Then, we finally move into the new house and we're still in love with it.  About a week after arriving, we finally unpacked the kitchen (I'm still working 50-60 hours a week and in school three nights a week and my boyfriend would rather sit on the couch watching TV. Do NOT get me started!) and I cooked dinner.  After dinner, I loaded the dishwasher and started it.  A few minutes later, I come back into the kitchen and see Lake Tara in the kitchen.  What the heck?!  More emails and phone calls to the property manager and someone comes out to fix it.

Fast forward another week, and I'm in a car accident.  It's a very tiny accident, and no one even had whiplash.  I was headed home from work and the sun got in my eyes and the guy in front of me stopped suddenly and I didn't.  

My poor car. 2011 Prius - bought it in September. Less than 4000 miles. 

Picture taken today by the claims adjuster with my insurance company.  About $8000 worth of damage and they basically have to replace the entire front half of my car as well as the passenger side door.  The guy I hit was an SUV so I slid right under his bumper and it pushed my hood back toward the windshield and bent the entire frame.

Oh, and my boyfriend called me today at work and told me that the sprinkler system in the front yard malfunctioned and essentially flooded the entire neighborhood.

So...what's new with you?