Friday, May 9, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party May 10, 2014 Reveal! - Hurray It's Finally Here!


 The Bead Soup Blog Party is hosted by Lori Anderson of prettythingsblog.com.  It's an event where people from all over the world gather on her blog site, exchange beads with someone they have never met, and then create something beautiful with them.  This is my first year being a part of such an exciting event.  Being new, I was a little apprehensive and uncertain of what to expect.  I had waited a whole year to join, having discovered The Bead Soup Blog Party just a few days after it had begun last year.


Soon after joining, I realized that it was all about community, challenges, growth, and meeting new friends.  It was also about the experience of taking the unfamiliar beads you are sent, embracing the challenges that are ahead, and then designing something beautiful.   I also discovered that it was not so much about the bead soup mix that was sent to me, but about facing my own insecurities.   Do I have the talent to design something beautiful with unfamiliar beads and beads chosen for me by a complete stranger, blogging about it, and then letting the whole world see what I have designed? 

My journey through this event has been very rewarding.  The bead soup mix Jean sent to me was a beautiful blend of warm and cool colors in rich blues, purples, pinks, and greens - a mix that was full of artisan beads, beads that I would not normally buy for myself.  Each bead had been beautifully crafted and I felt the pressure of designing something worthy of the beads, which at times was a little overwhelming.  I sat and looked at the beads for a few days before the designs started coming.  Once I decided on something I was able to finish within a few weeks.  Thank you Jean for all of your support and for sending me a beautiful Bead Soup Mix!      

Meet my Bead Soup Blog Party Partner:

I was teamed up with Jean Baldridge-Yates.  She is the author of  - Links: Inspired Bead & Wire Jewelry Creations (which can be purchased on Amazon!) and she is also the designer and creator of the blog prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com which is a wonderful array of heartfelt writings and an eclectic mix of photos and blended social interaction. Needless to say, her work and designs are beautiful!  She has been a wonderful friend and has helped me with the ins and outs of the Bead Soup Blog Party.  Over the last few months Jean and I have talked every week and I have discovered what a wonderful and courageous woman she is and I am glad to call her my friend. 

Jean sent me a beautiful soup mix of artisan beads, glass, semi-precious gemstones, crystals, and findings.  With these pieces, I added a few of my own and designed a bracelet, a necklace, and matching earrings.  I decided to split the focal and the clasp.  The blue glass and silver clasp went to the bracelet and the lampwork focal bead went to the necklace, and then I used a mix of the other beads and findings in both pieces. 



One of the things I enjoyed most was the anticipation and arrival of the Bead Soup mix.  I had no idea what to expect and was very excited when I opened the box.  Each package of beads were beautifully wrapped - it was like Christmas!  Some of the beads she sent I had worked with before, however, I was a little out of my comfort zone in knowing how to design something from a selection someone else had chosen for me; I felt my biggest challenge was going to be the beautiful floral lampwork bead focal by Kim Miles.  (As you can see, I have not added ear wires to the earrings yet, I hope you will forgive me :-)  I am not certain what style I want to use and I am undecided between a lever-back or a simple fish hook style - but then again, maybe a post??)



Both pieces remind me of a bright summer day in the garden with the rich mauve, purple, lapis, and green colors.  The oval/leaf connector on the bracelet reads “Love Life” and it could not be more fitting. 

The bracelet has been designed with beautifully crafted designer beads by the following artists:  The large silver ceramic leaf is from my own Purple Fish Studio; the three little pewter flowers and the tiny pewter bird is by D’Arsie Manzella of Mamacita Beadworks; the tiny silver leaf is by Nina Designs, the blue glass and silver clasp is by Emma Ralph; and the “Love Life” connector is by Green Girl Studio.  I used the simple classic bracelet design.  Your eye is drawn to the brilliant Sapphire blue of the claps, to the words on the leaf "Love Life", following down through the charms, picking up the Lapis blue towards the center and then up to the single leaf. 

The necklace is "opera length" and is designed with two different kinds/styles of leather, Lapis and Amethyst beads, a floral/dragonfly pewter ring & toggle clasp by Mamacita Beadworks, and the glass donut/disks and the beautiful floral plunged lampwork focal bead, both designed by Kim Miles.  I also went with a simple design for the necklace, using an opera length of about 36".  I then created a scalloped edge by wire wrapping leather cord down through the focal area of the necklace.  I also wire wrapped little crystal pearls to the leather cord giving it a bit of texture.  I strung the glass donut/disks loosely onto the leather cord and created a drop with the Lapis and Amethyst beads.  The colors leading up to the focal really enhance the beautiful floral detail of the focal.    

Please be sure to visit prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com You can also read more blogs and follow this event by clicking on the link below.  I hope you are inspired by the great works and interesting Bead Soup Mixes.

8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party


If you are interested in more of my work, I have it listed at ursyllabs.etsy.com.  

I hope you are inspired to create something beautiful!

Sincerely,

Jen


 

42 comments:

  1. Dear Sweet Jen, you did such an amazing job and made such beauty with these beads I am in tears! How can I thank you anyway for being who you are, and how can I thank you for this wonderful creativity which welled up and overflowed into your spectacular designs? They are each fit for a princess! I love every one of them more than the other! You are a phenomenal designer! THANK YOU for being my partner!!!
    You TOTALLY, COMPLETELY rock!!!
    xoxoxox love you, jean!

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  2. Lovely pieces! I really enjoy the colours.

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  3. oooo! pretty stuff. Love the bracelet!

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  4. Love the bracelet - very pretty!

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  5. So glad you joined us this year! What beautiful pieces you've created, delicate and feminine. Love the components you added to round out your soup!

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  6. I too love the excitement of getting mystery beads in the mail. I also enjoy hopping around to see all the eye candy. You received a nice soup and used it very well. Both the bracelet and necklace sets are light, summery, and oh so pretty. I enjoyed seeing what you made, and am a new follower :-)
    Liz at Bead Contagion

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  7. Those are two lovely sets. Nice use of your soup.

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  8. Lovely & inspiring. Great work!

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  9. Beautiful sets! So glad you decided to join in and share your talents with us!

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  10. Love the wire around the leather....really cool use of beads and charms!

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  11. Beautiful soup, beautiful use of the soup, and beautiful reveal. I agree with you, the anticipation of what you receive is one of the best parts of this. And for me, the worse part is deciding what to send. I tried to enjoy it more this year and I did, but still, its hard for me. Great job.

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  12. Jen you have great design aesthetic. The bracelet is beautiful. I like the necklace best. The scalloped edge wire wraps accent the focal perfectly. The pearl drops add texture and movement not often seen in leather jewelry.

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  13. Love what you have done here!! I love the opera length necklace with the pretty focal!! nicely done!!

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  14. I agree, Jen, as a first timer, I too felt apprehension, but I needn't have worried! My partner sent everything I needed. You were lucky to have such a beautiful and thoughtfully planned soup, and you definitely did justice to these gorgeous components :)

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  15. I love the bracelet with the matching earrings.

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  16. Beautiful, delicate pieces, I love the details of the mini dangles and the leather cord

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  17. What a lovely soup...and what truly lovely pieces you created with it! I am swooning over both pieces, but that bracelet - the colors and the design - really calls to me! Congrats on getting through your first Bead Soup Blog Party! Are you ready for next year yet?

    Also - many thanks for the kind comments you left on my blog, Intuitive Sparks.

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    1. Yes - I am ready for next year - and oddly enough I can hardly wait! LOL My brain is already spinning with my next bead soup mix......

      Thank you for the feedback - I appreciate it!

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  18. I'm with you on the earrings, they could go either way, but will certainly be lovely worn. I think you did a beautiful job creating with your lovely artisan soup. I love variety of textures but they still look like a smooth design.

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  19. Brighting, spring compositions! Bracelet is my fav!

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  20. What a beautiful blue clasp. That blue bracelet was my favorite piece

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  21. So pretty! Love the bracelet.

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  22. Your necklace looks like it belongs in Downton Abbey. Just beautiful.

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  23. Awesome pieces! I really love the double stranded design of the necklace and how you worked in cording and beads. It has such a wonderful visual appeal as well as texture. xo Genea

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  24. Love what you did with your soup, beautiful focal, pretty colors, put together beautifully!

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  25. Your worries were unfounded - you have made stunning pieces! You have put so much thought and heart into each piece and they look so well made. The blues, greens and just a hint of purple coupled with the silver leaf and birdy make for a glorious spring on the wrist. And the little touches like the wired beads around the necklace cord make it a very special piece indeed. Just beautiful.

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  26. The bracelet is lovely. I like all of the various components - especially the dangling charms. You made the clasp stand out as well. Everything is very pretty.

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  27. You've made some beautiful pieces, I can't pick a favourite!

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  28. Gorgeous sets you made. My favourite is the second one. I like the way you used the leather and especially the drangonfly clasp.

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  29. Beautiful pieces, you have really rocked your soup!

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  30. It sounds like you got a lot more out of the party than just some new pieces. It sounds like you learned what it was that Lori intended when she started it. That's definitely a good feeling!
    As for your creations, they are lovely. Wonderfully done.

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  31. I can tell that this party was more than a bead swap for you. I've enjoyed myself also and it was so nice to see someone enthusiastic like you. Both your necklaces are so feminine and summery. Beautiful colors.

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  32. Very nice bead soup pieces you made. Great writeup too!

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  33. I really like what you made with your soup. And I really enjoyed reading about your process in designing the pieces. Nice job!

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  34. Yep still hopping....beautiful pieces!

    http://veradesigns.blogspot.com

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  35. Beautiful jewelry work! Glad to see you in this marathon hop;)

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  36. Oh, I love that bracelet! Perfect choice of beads and arrangement, very beautiful! The necklace shows a lot of texture, colors and details you want to check on again and again. The wire wrapped leather with the small pearls is such a great idea!

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  37. Jean is a great partner isn't she?! Wonderful soup! And wonderfully served!

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  38. Hello! Yes, Jean is a great partner. I am so grateful I had her. Her soup was awesome and I was thrilled with the pieces she sent me and a little overwhelmed. Thank you. I am still working through the list too - it was a big one, but loved seeing all the beautiful soups and designs.

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