Past blog hops and challenges

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bead Soup is done!!!

Here are my pieces from my Bead Soup mix that I received from Beti Horvath, the Stringing Fool. 

I started with the flourite rounds and added peach-lined crackle beads with black seed beads as spacers.

Here is Beti's handmade clasp.

I added adventurine lentil beads and another shape for the peach-lined crackle beads.

The final design!

I still have another set of beads to be made up so look below.

The Jasper donut decorated with brass bead caps, a pearl, and root beer colored seed beads for the bail. You can see the pearls that I used.  I added dark grey pearls to the blue ones that Beti sent me.

Other side of the above jasper donut.  I used a head pin threaded from the other side and made tight loops on this side so the pearls do not move.  Am thinking of adding short chain lengths to have a different look.

Beti's brass hook 'n eye clasp

The complete set!

 The final set of beads - Adventurine chips and flourite rounds

 I hope you have enjoyed looking at what I made.  I want to thank Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for hosting this Bead Soup Blog Hop.  I had a great time making everything and am anxiously awaiting the next Bead Soup Blog Party. 

Here is a list of the other participants in the blog hop:

 Hostess, Lori Anderson,
Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry
Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau
 Tina Bosh, Every Good and Perfect Gift
Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna
Next reveal date -- August 11th!

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

International Society of GLASS Beadmakers bazaar

Looking for a ride along partners to the International Society of GLASS Beadmakers 2012 Gathering Bead Bazaar on July 28, 2012, 10am to 5pm, in Bellevue, WA at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

I live in Olympia and would be willing to meet others interested in going to the Bazaar so that we can ride together.  Parking is supposed to be free and entrance to the bazaar is $5.00 per person.

If you view my previous blog for today about the Puget Sound Bead Festival, my first purchase was from some of the ladies that will be at the show.  There were several others that I met at the Whole Bead Show in Lynnwood that are also going to be there.

Just leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by.


Puget Sound Bead Festival

 Friday was a successful day of purchasing beads.  I came away happy with my purchases.  I bought lampwork beads, vintage lucite, and polymer clay beads.  I even thought about going back on Saturday or Sunday but there are a couple of more bead sales coming up, so decided against it.  Will just work with what I bought.

The welcome sign

My first purchase of the day - Lampwork beads made by Washington lampworkers

My next stop was at the booth right next door for some matching lampwork rondells and spacers from an Oregon lampworker

Another lampwork bead purchase - another Washington artisan
Polymer clay flowers

My biggest purchase of the day - vintage lucite beads from Trinkets by T - another Washington based seller

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pretty Things giveaway

Lori Anderson of the Pretty Things blog is having a BIG giveaway.  Here is a link to her blog entry:  five-bead-and-button-bead giveaway.

She is giving away 1) a goodie bag of things that she got at the Bead 'n Button Show in June, 2) a copy of her first book, Bead Soup, 3) a copy of her eBook on blogging, 4) a "Bead Souper" tote bag in your choice of color and 5) a Bead Soup mix that she will create especially for you.  I want all of the goodies but I need to choose only one, not sure which one I will choose.

Go on over to Lori's blog and enter to win one of goodies that she is giving away.

Hope to have some goodies to show you tomorrow or Saturday of what I find at the Puget Sound Bead Festival.  If you happen to go on Friday, I am the one with the orange rolling backpack, be sure to stop me and say Hi!

Thanks for stopping by. 


Friday, July 6, 2012

Bead soup has arrived!!

My soup has arrived!  My beading partner is Beti Horvath of the Stringing Fool blog.  She sent me some gorgeous beads.  Here is the package as it came out of the envelope.

Beti packaged everything in small plastic bags.

A jasper donut that is bluish green, flourite beads, green aventurine chips, medium blue pearls, some brass bead caps, some brass wire swirls, and two clasps, one that Beti made and a brass hook and eye clasp.

A closer look at the donut and the pearls, I wonder if they will go together?

Or maybe the aventurine chips and the flourite rounds will go with donut?

What do you think?

Thaks, Beti, for the gorgeous beads and the challenge to make something with them.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to come back for the reveal on July 28th.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Soup's on its way.

Managed to get my Bead Soup Blog Party partner's bead soup off to her today.  Included a focal piece and clasp for her to use along with some beads.  Hope she likes them.

Thanks for dropping by.