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.


  1. You did a GREAT job of working with that focal, especially using the seed beads to hang it from the necklace! The whole piece is bold and very well balanced, and adding the stick pearls brings in the perfect sheen to lighten it all up a bit. Fabulous design!

  2. You did a fantastic job! Especially with all you had going on. And, I'm going with....mitten. :)

  3. I am also not a big fan of turquoise, but you made it a very wearable necklace. I would not have thought to add the pearls but love them.

  4. fabulous job!! love how you incorporated the diamond shaped beads with the pearls...wonderful!

  5. Hi Tara, I'm with you, I would have been out of my element if that gorgeous chunk of Turquoise had come my way. You did a fantastic job balancing it with pearls and your other elements, though Great job.

    I hope you get a really good response from the swap/hop -- So much fun! (I decided to start at the bottom of the list I'm in the middle at #95).

    Artemisia's Studio

  6. #209 here...very pretty, great job....

  7. Perfect composition! I would NEVER have thought of doing something like this. Amazing!
    (Note to myself: turquoise and pearls)
    Oh, and PLEASE count me in!

  8. The focal is so striking! I love what you did with it! Beautiful piece!

  9. Very pretty. The focal is so unique.

  10. You had a tough focal. That piece evokes a southwest feel, but the pearls are more south sea. But I love that black accents. Stick pearls are so intriguing and I think you made it work! Enjoy the day!

  11. This is awesome, Tara -- I love the way you used black and white as a backdrop for a color you found challenging. It may not look like the rest of your work, but you made it work.
    Shea (#167)

  12. For Claiming to be a new beader, you did really well with this piece. Don't be afraid of the seed beads...they are friends...LOL!

  13. I think you did a GREAT job! And I hope you keep blogging. It's a fun way to network, to be creative, to experiment with ideas. I'm so glad you joined the party, and I hope you come back in August!

  14. You cant possibly be that new because you rocked this soup for sure!!! Great job!!!!

  15. I love how you used the seed beads. Great job.

  16. You may not have been beading for long, but I think you've got it. It's so much fun to create new things and we all have our comfort spot. However, it is also fun to be challenged with something that we don't normally wouldn't choose. But you've got no worries, because your soup really cooks....

  17. You did great! And you know what? It's exactly the colors I wear all the time. Congrats!

  18. I like how you incorporated pearls with the other elements...very nice

  19. You did a great job! It's a very unique and creative design! :)

  20. That is so bold! I'm not a huge fan of turquoise either, but you did a fantastic job with this necklace. The biwa pearls really turned this piece from ordinary to exquisite! Thank you!

  21. Wow! Your work is gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  22. You really did a great job working with the turquoise! It's just lovely.

  23. great use of chain & stick pearls together

  24. I'm so glad you were able to find some inspiration with your focal! I agree with you that sometimes big focals can be a little hard to work. Congrats on a job well done and on pushing past a roadblock along the way!

  25. What fantastic piece! You did an excellent job. I really like the way you've made everything work together. It has a very modern feel and looks like it'd be very expensive in a shop. Nicely done!

  26. You did a great job creating out of your box! Well done.

  27. LOL "mitten or Michigan" LOL!!! You did a great job!!!

  28. I love the black, white and turquoise together. Such a pretty combo! Beautiful work!

  29. Wow! This knocks me right over! It's simple but bold, monochromatic but colorful... How'd you do that?!?!?! I feel like this would be right at home around a mermaid's neck. It's very natural that way... But it's also very artsy. It would be great to wear to an art show opening or at an important meeting or conference. It just seems to ooze confidence. Mmm, I think I'm in love... Wonderful, wonderful piece!

  30. You know what, white black and turquoise has always been a favorite colour combination of mine. What a lovely piece. Are you going to keep for yourself? You did really well ^_^

  31. You made that focal sing! I would have been challenged working that big too and you did great!

  32. Has anyone else noticed how the focal looks like an upside version of the state of Michigan (lower not the U.P) Maybe I did because I live there. Anyway you did a Soup-er job with the bead soup mix you were sent!!!

  33. yes you are right the focal is quite mitten like, but I happen to be a fan of turquoise, and I think it is striling as a focal in your beautiful necklace, and if it were mine it would definitely get worn! I really like your design, you did a great job!

  34. Very pretty. I like how you mixed the pearls with the turquoise. Good soup!

  35. Quite expressively Pretty!
    This is a great Soup!

  36. You did a wonderful job and we all have to start somewhere and we all can learn from each other. Very nicely done.

  37. I think you had a ah-hmm "challengin" focal to to work with , and you stepped in and came out smelling like a rose. Who would have thought-pearls! Just a great creation. Bless you.

  38. I think you did a very nice job with what you were sent in your bead soup. It turned out great and I like the way you incorporated all the colors. Please put my hat in the ring for the drawing.

  39. Funk, chunky, edgy...LOVE it!

  40. Love the colors, the variations in shape and texture, and the way they all come together in this necklace.... beautiful!

  41. Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  42. Cool modern necklace! I really like the sections with the biwas.

  43. Oh wow! And you still call yourself a newbie? :-)

  44. Very nice job, well done.

  45. Very bold and a great use of the stick pearls! Put my name in the hat! This is a stunner!

  46. I love that combo of the focal and the stick pearls! This necklace causes you to sit up and take notice. Just gorgeous!

  47. I love how you have used the focal. The turquoise, pearls and black beads are very striking together. Well done!


  48. For someone who is not a big fan of turquoise I think you did a great job making a necklace that compliments the focal nicely. And since I am a turquoise fan, I really love the necklace!

  49. Nice design. Very simple :)

  50. This is so very unique - beautiful design!

  51. I think you did a wonder necklace with your soup! It's always good when we push our boundaries! The best jewelry designers do it all the time!

  52. Tara, your Bead Soup piece turned out amazing...I do love turguoise myself. The color combination is stunning!

  53. Wow Tara, that piece really is amazing! What a super cool idea. I like that you were giving it away. I chose to do that with my necklace as well, just posted about it yesterday though! Glad you visited!!

  54. What a challenging focal and what a great job you did with it,

  55. Wonderful challenge and it came out looking awesome! I love it.

  56. I am not very choosy when it comes to accessories but you made me give a second look for your master piece. Head-turning!


Thanks for stopping by! I love your comments and will reply to you if you leave a way to reach you!