Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party...Soup is On!!

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party coordinated by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things!
First things first, thank you so much, Lori, for coordinating this Bead Soup Blog Party.

Hmm, a what? What is a Bead Soup Blog Party, you ask?

 Well, 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!

My partner was Charlene over at GrayGirlStudios. She sent me this great pendant and several beads. Many of which you see here. I did hoard a few for future beading. :) It's funny...Charlene and I must've been on the same wavelength because the colors of beads that we sent each other to use were very similar.

I named this piece Day At the Lake. :) My initial inspiration for the piece came from the pendant. When I look at it, literally I see earth and water. And many of the beads Charlene sent me supported that theme. I added two silver fish beads and some other glass beads from my stash. The dragonfly is a brad that I cut the back off of. I thought twice about using him because I also sent one to Charlene to possibly use in her design but it really added a whimiscal feel to the necklace. And the toggle is very nautical, don't cha think?

So, all of the components in this necklace are things and colors that one would see while sunning out at the lake. :) But that's just my interpretation...what does the pendant make you think of?
Now, come check out what everyone else 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 (You are here! Thanks for stopping by.)
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

100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
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  
175.  Julie Nordine, Credit River Art Glass
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 on Lori's blog.  Don't miss it!

And be sure to check out this post. My sister is giving away a free digital print card that she made. All you do is send her your email address to You may be one of five, yes five!, lucky winners. Below is one of her cards. 

Support small business and handmade! :)


  1. So you are an early beader bird too:) I am so looking forward to seeing every ones creative work!! Enjoy your blog hopping...and wonderful job with your soup!!

  2. Lovely! That focal is so cute and a portent for nice weather, so I love it. ^__^ You're right, great watery and earthy color scheme. I'm loving it!

  3. Ahhh, makes me think about spring and summer. And with all that grey sky around here that is totally needed:-)

  4. Totally the lake. The colors are just perfect together. Summer here we come, love it!

  5. Lovely piece, perfect for spring with the bright green and I have beutiful visitons of dragonflies skimming over a lake in my head now, thank you ! :))

  6. Beautiful! So fresh and spring-like, like Stefanie says. I love the dragonfly!

  7. Very cute! I love the color fun and refreshing!

  8. Lovely colour combination, very 'Spring'

  9. Lovely !!!
    A perfect design for a sunny summer day !!!
    m.e. :)

  10. I see spring just around the corner,nice job!

  11. Hi Anita - Very nice work putting it all together. Great colors!

  12. Perfect for a day at the lake. Good job!

  13. Nice use of the components and yummy colors! Snow here today-- sigh!-- I can only dream of those colors. Thanks for sharing!

  14. So lovely and so serene--the colors are just what we need after this rough winter--looking at your design. I can just imagine a day at the lake! Perfect!

    jean yates

  15. Beautiful piece! So funny my blog partner and I sent each other almost the same packages as well! I got mine first and could have screamed!

  16. Beautiful! The name "Day at the Lake" is perfect, and I love how you added the dragonfly brad to the pendant, super cute! Today I'm spending the day at a very snowy lake... so seeing your summer inspired design is definitely something to look forward to.

  17. I really like the use of texture and colors! That piece is very enticing and I love the cool blues and warm greens. Reminds me of a special day that I spent at a lake--with colors just like your necklace!

  18. Do you what, I love the colour combi:lime and baby blue. Cute focal that's been combined to beautifully on this necklace. Real talented girl here ^_^ smile, Virginie

  19. The little dragonfly is adorable! Have an awesome party!!

  20. So sunny and whimsical. I am lying by the lake listening to the hum of dragonfly wings.

  21. I totally see water and earth in that focal too, but I see it as more tropical oasis than lake. To each his own. In either case, you've made a lovely necklace in one of my favorite color palettes. yay!

  22. WOW I love all the colors and that pendant is gorgeous. Great work!

  23. This necklace make me think Magical Lagoon. It is so fresh and colorful, I love it! One of my favorite color palettes and you executed it very well. I think I am going to have to find some of the dragonfly brads now!

  24. Makes me think of a fun day at the beach...wonderful job!!! Such a fun piece!

  25. The pendant says "spring" to me. I love green and blue together. I really love that you added a brad to the pendant! Very creative.

    I think it's fantastic you and your partner connected. I know how wonderful it was to connect with mine :)

  26. I love this 'fresh' design, it is lovely. Just in time for spring.

  27. Love how you added the dragonfly. It's perfect.

  28. Love the focal piece and you did a great job of putting it all together.

  29. Ohh this is such a fun and happy necklace youve made, noting drab here! Really lovely!

  30. Cute! Love that dragonfly and the colors just pop.

  31. we are knee deep in snow right now so your piece was a welcome sight. so full of spring and promise.

  32. Love your design. The dragonfly really added to your pendant. Tasty soup!

  33. Great colors for spring, and I love the pendant. This is very youthful and fun.
    Enjoy the day!

  34. Love the colors! You did a great job! :)

  35. Beautiful necklace! Perfect for spring! ;)

  36. Very fun and you are right the dragonfly does add a whimsical feel!.

  37. Love your design. The fish beads are a great addition to the theme:)

  38. What a lovely piece!! Makes me think of spring, my favorite season!!

    What fun!!


  39. A perfect spring piece, love the colors!

  40. I love the blues and greens also! You did a great job. Very lakey. :)

  41. Georgeous reminds me of summer and I thought the dragon fly was part of the origianal bead so that is an awsome fit.

  42. Love it! Your name is so appropriate!

  43. I love the lake inspiration! It's great :)

  44. I love the whimsy in this piece! Bright and cheerful!!

  45. One of my fav color combos and I love how fun your piece is,perfect for summer.

  46. very well done! It looks good! and the 'Day at the Lake' title is awesome! I knew you could make something fabulous out of it all! I like the dragonfly, I had to use it too.

  47. Love those colors together - great piece :-)

  48. What a delightful piece, I can totally picture the dragonfly buzzing over the lake and the fish jumping about... great colors.

  49. Wonderful colors - makes me think of summer on the beach in Michigan. I can feel the sun on my face now!

  50. There is something about glass...blown glass whether it is a vase or a feels amazing and the color combo here for this necklace is so refreshing!

  51. Very cute pendant you got to use. I love the color combo!

  52. That pendant is so cute, and you really carried the colors through and made it all adorable! Wonderful job!

  53. What a great mix of beads, and I love the added dragonfly motif :D

  54. Lovely necklace. I too love the addition of the dragonfly. Very inventive.

  55. So cute and sweet! Feels like summer coming :)

  56. This is super fresh - it reminds me so much of Spring!

  57. This pendant makes me think of my stepmum's garden in the backyard when I was a kid, when she would decorate it with glass pastel dragonflies and butterflies, and antique farming tools from my grandparents' old house. We would plant chives and make potato salad every weekend, sprinkling freshly washed and chopped chives from our own garden when we barbecued in the backyard. Those were great summers!

    I inwardly squealed when I saw the pendant ... I thought it was absolutely gorgeous! Great work!

  58. What a sweet piece, and such a unique pendant! I know you had a great time working with all your "ingredients"!

  59. I love your necklace! I would wear this all the time. The colors are so cool and soothing. Very pretty! :-)

  60. Love the colors -- very spring-like and happy!

  61. Beautiful! That dragonfly is very cute!

  62. #209 here....pretty, love the focal piece, good work..

  63. This really does remind me of a day at the lake! Very happy and springy!

  64. Great name for this fun summery necklace. I like your style.

  65. I would sooooo wear this piece! Thanks for sharing.

  66. What a fun and playful piece - reminds me of spring, which I wish would get here sooner!

  67. Very nice summer necklace! From what I've seen so far when blog hopping, it seems like many long for spring and summer now looking at the beads they sent and the jewellery made from them.

  68. So creative and love the focal....the colors are so spring-like.....

  69. Your piece screams summer and dince I live in Michiggan it can not get here soon enough!!! Take me to the beach- your piece did just that -awesome!

  70. I love the colors of this piece. The pendant looks like a lake in the summertime when the sun is hitting it and making the water sparkle. Gorgeous!

  71. Great job- the design and colors make me think of spring.

  72. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! It says SPRING to me & right about now, I sure could use some sunshine! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  73. what a great spring combo! you did a great job with this soup :)


  74. What a wonderful color scheme. I have to say the colors just popped for me. It made me think of warm summer days and cool nights.


  75. what a sweet "springy" necklace! Lovely job:)

  76. This is such a wonderful fresh necklace just waiting for the weather to break!

  77. What a gorgeous piece - the colours are gorgeous and the piece has such a happy feel to it. Well done!


  78. Such beautiful colors - I love the fused glass focal. And the dragonfly is just perfect for the necklace. Lovely!

  79. Such a fun, summery piece! And we're neighbors--I lived in Greensboro for 15 years!

  80. Lovely and fresh! Sweet.
    Bead Happy!

  81. Oh wow! I am often nervous about working with lots of colors together, but you obviously aren't! Your piece rocks!

  82. Wonderful tropical feeling with this necklace! Can't you just see someone wearing it in Maui?
    I'm moving slowly, too, but I'm enjoying the heck out of hopping!

  83. Very refreshing color combination. The pendant is so beautiful too. You have done a great job!

  84. Those colors are great and sooo summery! Love it!

  85. I'm a little late but just wanted to say that I really love, love, love the green and blue colour combo! It really suits the style of necklace - lovely!

  86. You did a wonderful job on your piece....the colors are bold and springlike....I think I would probably be at the lake with you.

    Also, thanks for visiting me during the BSBP