Bead Soup Blog Party

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!

First, let me remind you what my bead soup blog partner Patty at My Life Under the Bus sent me.
And here's what I did with it

I made this necklace right away

But then, there was so much left over that I made another necklace (this one's all mine, I'll definitely be keeping it!)

And, I crafted a pair of earrings!
AND. . .there's still more left in the soup pot. Patty really did spoil me.
Now head over to Patty's blog and ALL the others to see their Bead Soup creations

Bead Soup Blog Party

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
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

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

A BIG THANK YOU goes to Lori Anderson at Pretty Things for Hosting the Bead Soup Blog Party. She went through a ton to organize this many bead bloggers. She's an angel for doing it!


  1. Oh still my heart! I love the first necklace--I could absolutely see them with the earrings. But I also love the second necklace. Beautiful pieces of absolutely delightful talent and creativity!

    I'm drooling over the first necklace...I'll clean up as I leave...When I leave. lol

  2. So colourful!!! I would never have thought of adding so much colour to the amazing metal stamping!!! I love both necklaces you have ade - and I would KEEP both :)

  3. So Nice! Such incredible wire work and love how you put those delicious unique elements together. Very lovely pieces!

  4. Bahahaha ! OMG we totally channeled each other with the earrings!!! You did a fantastic job my friend ( and yes your my friend whether you like it or not)! Love both necklaces - The first is A-MAZ-ING. It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know you - we were certainly a well paired match XOXO

    Viva la Soup!

  5. Hope, those are both incredible necklaces! I definitely would be keeping both of them :) Those focals are droolish, indeed! Lovely earrings too...

  6. i love that copper focal, the colors are beautiful

  7. goodness gracious, what a lovely soup to work with!
    you made some really beautiful pieces!

  8. I love everything that you did for this blog party! Just amazing!

  9. They are both beautiful necklaces. It would be hard to choose between them so I think you should keep them both :-)

  10. All three creations are gorgeous! You did a great job with your soup!

  11. Oooo you had some wonderful bead soup to work with. You certainly made some fantastic jewelry with it!

  12. I love the wire wrapped earring circles!!

  13. Patty sent you such a wonderful soup, and you totally did it justice with thiese pieces!! The blend of colors in each piece really works, and you added lots of unique touches to make them special. Beautiful work!

  14. I love them all but oh yes, that second necklace? Perfect. LOVE it! And I really like how you incorporated wire in your earrings. Very clever!

    I hope to see you again in August!

  15. #209 did you get alot of did a fantastic job on both items...great work...

  16. I like it. Very interesting and very beautiful!

  17. Hi Hope!
    I can see how you'd jump on that copper focal right's fabulous and the beads you mixed with it are perfect!
    Have a great party weekend...

  18. I really like what you have made, especialy the earrings! Those are very pretty!

  19. I love the first necklace, the second one is nice too. Very creative.

  20. Great job on all three pieces. I think I would want to keep them all.

  21. That is wonderful soup!! I would like a serving of that please!

  22. everything is wonderful!! And that!! You did a great job bringing it all together!

  23. Hi Hope, I am crazy for the beautiful first piece -- copper is so warm and elegant. Very art nouveau-ish. Both pieces so different.
    Isn't the swop hop fun?


  24. So much beady goodness! Love it all!

  25. What a beautiful and unique piece.

  26. All I can say is WOW! Your soup was tremendous and your pieces are fabulous. I have to say, the second one really called to me. I can see why you are keeping it. The way those turqoise teardrop fan toward the focal is just perfect.

  27. Ok, you had me at the soup..I love the bead soup mix you received. You did a great job with it. Very pretty.

  28. Beautiful pieces. I love those earrings!

  29. WOW!!! You sure outdid yourself with not one but TWO beautiful necklaces! And I agree with LeAnn, I'd keep them both! Enjoyed seeing your Bead Soup creations...and the earrings are so pretty that wire wrapped detail you added!

  30. You did a great job with the designs, they are all so pretty! Love the wire work on the earrings! :)

  31. I love your clever earrings :-D

  32. I love both necklaces. In the first one, they play of light and dark beads around the chain is really interesting. In the second, I love the little dangles with the firepolished beads. They really make the earthy focal pop. Bravo!

  33. Such beautiful warm colors! You and Patty did great :-)

  34. I'm crazy for copper. Excellent job.

  35. Oh yes you were spoiled but so are we for getting to see your beautiful creations!

  36. Your pieces are gorgeous, I love the wire wrapping at the top of the earrings

  37. i wanna learn how to make those earrings! LOVE that first necklace so when you tire of it send it on :o)

    Beautiful designs.

  38. They are all great! I just love those colors! I really love that second necklace though. I would wear that all the time. :-)

  39. They are all wonderful but I'm in love with your dragonfly earrings!

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

  41. Wow, 2 necklaces and a pair of earrings. Awesome and beautiful. I love the first necklace the copper focal is wonderful.

  42. Wow! What a stash. I do love those dragonfly earrings. So fun!

  43. Wow. What great pieces. I really like the art deco focal of the first piece, it really makes a statement and grabs your attention. Your color combinations are beautiful and I love the pop of turquoise. Nice job!

  44. You hit the jack pot with your soup! I love both necklaces! Each has a different look but I love the colors & textures of each of them. Hard to decide which is my favorite!

  45. Love the necklaces!!! The way you used the pendant and the 2 strands off of it, my fav.

  46. Patty has great taste, so I wasn't surprised that you got such a great stash. ;) But my, oh, my! What you did with it! I could gush forever about all of these beautiful pieces. It's awesome that you could use so many of the beads. :D I really, really love the necklaces, though. The first is so beautiful, almost like it's made of flower petals. It brought to mind images of Oberon from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" singing his bit about the blossoms in the forest. Definitely a fairy piece. ;) The second is so much fun! It's so retro looking, a happy hippy necklace. And the earrings? Gotta love dragon flies. There's something nice and art nouveau about them. All beautiful! Wonderful work. :D

  47. You cook up a mean batch of soup! These are just crazy cool!! Wow!

  48. Dang girl, you were busy! I love all the pieces you've created. They've got a very warm and earthy glow and they are tres chic! Good job!

  49. Oh such beautiful focal pieces, I love how you put it together, gorgeous.

  50. gorgeous pieces sweetie....fab focal in the first creation! ;o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  51. Beautiful, Hope! You made some really lovely pieces here with Patty's gorgeous soup.

  52. Can I just say, I love the earrings you crafted, it is most beautifully done ^_^ Virginie

  53. I would keep that necklace for myself if I were you too! Those earrings are DARLING! I love how did the beaded wire wrapping at the top of the rings.

  54. Love! Your work is great. Those earrings are to die for! :)

  55. Love! Your work is great. Those earrings are to die for! :)

  56. What a beautiful stash of bead soup, and you did a fantastic job with all the pieces. I love the dragonfly earrings.

  57. Those are some fantastic pieces! Totally wearable, and just lovin' those earrings! Great job.

  58. I think I love your "keeper" the most. The color of the dangles make my heart swoon...

  59. You made three stunningly beautiful pieces, and congrats on keeping one for yourself. After making all that soup you deserve something special.

  60. In love with necklace 2. It has everything I desire in a piece. Colors of earth and sea, texture, and flow!!!!!!!

  61. Oh my goodness how I love, love, your design especially the first one and it pleases me so that you are using copper. I have a whole Etsy shop decated to it.Be Blessed

  62. Amazing! Love what you did with the first necklace and focal.

  63. Such a great mix of beads. I love the necklaces and the wire wrapped earrings, great job!

  64. I really love the colour combination you've used in your piece - Hmmm, really nice!

  65. You got a great soup, and I love hat you did with it!

  66. Both necklaces are beautiful, I definately would keep that second one for myself also, great job!

  67. You certainly had a great mix to choose from! I really like each piece. The double strand near the focal on the first piece is just great, super idea!

  68. Your Partner sent you wonderful beeads!! Love love love the top Necklace with that gorgeous focal. Just beautiful!!! Nice earrings. Youve done a wonderful Soup I think.

  69. Still making my way around to everyone today. I love the tones in your pieces. Both focals are gorgeous and your designs showcase them beautifully!

  70. They both turned out very pretty. But I love that first one with the big copper focal. Copper is my favorite metal, so it especially speaks to me. Nice job.

  71. Wow, the first piece with the copper is just stunning, and you did an awesome job showcasing those huge focals without letting them overpower the rest :D

  72. Nice pieces and since i'm late making the rounds, I also appreciate reading the back story.I'd really like to see that fist necklace on the body or a mannequin. Love to see how it hangs with that double attachment.

  73. I love your multi-bead links on your 1st necklace. Very nice use of mixed sizes and shapes.

  74. Both pieces are fabulous! OMG, that huge pendant in the first necklace is lucious! Love the colors in the second piece.

  75. All the pieces are nice, but I agree with you, the second one is my favorite too.

  76. Oh, you made beautiful necklaces! Love the seed bead accents on the earrings!

  77. They're all lovely, but I think it's the second piece that really caught my eyes with the sweet turquoise dangles. I really like the colours in the first necklace too. Very pretty!

  78. Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Can I just say "YUMMMMMMMMMMY!"
    Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  79. Love all of your pieces, but I really like the earrings!

  80. VERY nice - we received similar color palettes - nothing I've worked with before but am really enjoying it!

  81. Oh what beautiful pieces! Both the necklaces are so pretty and I am glad that you are keeping one. And the dragonfly earrings are amazing. Great work!

  82. I love those necklaces especially the first one. I used to strictly a silver girl but copper has been drawing me more and more lately

  83. You lucky thing, getting two focals! :D You did an amazing job, really like the earrings too

  84. I just want to say thanks to all of y'all for the support and encouragement. I'm so glad you liked my pieces. This bead soup blog hop had been A BLAST. Thanks!

    p.s. I did a post on Tuesday that goes into more detail about the pieces I made if you are interested.

  85. Beautiful what you did! I enjoy reading your blog. Also, thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. So nice of you!

  86. What beautiful necklaces, and the earrings...simply gorgeous. Great designs, well done!

  87. Ohhhh how delicious is your soup! That copper focal it stunning. I love what you have created. I love the first piece first... the copper focal with the darker beads is just so striking. Well done!


  88. Really beautiful mix you received! Your pieces are wonderful. I love how you wrapped the hoops on the earrings - looks so cool!

  89. I love what you've done with your soup! The necklace with copper focal is amazing! Great job!

  90. I love what you did with your soup goodies - the necklace with the large floral pendant is stunning!

  91. Both pieces were so well done and lovely but I have to say I like the ceramic focal one the best!


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