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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Welcome to Reveal Day!


Yes, it is finally "Reveal Day" for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party - which means that today, almost 500 artisan bloggers around the WORLD will be showing you for the first time and telling you about what they created with the soups of beads received from their partners...including me and my awesome partner, Susan Walls of Susan's Art Circus.

First, a reminder of the incredible soup that Susan sent me - I had sooo much to "cook" with and had such a great time!

Filled with mother of pearl, shells, shades of blues and greens, sea charms, and a  beautiful Tribal silver starfish focal, this treasure box was a perfect match for my ocean "spirit" - and the timing was great as we were due to spend a week on the Gulf coast which was great for feeding my muse!

My first piece was a necklace to feature two of the focals - a mother of pearl piece and the silver starfish - and also use one of the clasps from the soup.  I added a "fun" silver turtle to the focal and then used the blue and green crackle glass beads along with more mother of pearl rounds, plus blue chalcedony, tropic jade, and rainbow jasper, all wired with sterling silver.

"Beach Dreams" Necklace

 




Of course, then it was natural for the "fun" turtle to get some "friends." 


I LOVE this set sooo much and have already worn it many times - it is definitely a keeper for me :)




With such a wonderful soup collection, my muse kept going but this time I moved to a different color inspiration while still following the ocean/beach theme.


"Sand Dunes" Set


Finally, I used the beautiful turquoise nuggets provided along with chips of amethyst, quartz,  and turquoise in a memory wrap bracelet with whimsical sea charms from the soup.

"Beach Wrap" Bracelet



I still have leftover soup, and in this case "leftovers" are great!  So, I'm sure I'll be adding to the "Beach Collection" in the near future.  It has been such fun getting to know a new super-talented friend, and I can't wait to see what Susan has created with the soup I sent her.  Be sure to "hop" over to Susan's Art Circus and see for yourself.  And then, check out all the other incredible creations and blogs today and this weekend - you can get the complete list from our fearless leader Lori Anderson at Pretty Things.  Have fun hopping!






47 comments:

Mandi said...

Mimi, you did a fabulous job! I love the ocean theme especially how you carried it throughout all pieces. The beach wrap is stunning with the mixture of color.

stregajewellry said...

That Beach Dreams necklace is just gorgeous!

AWJewelry said...

love all the beachy things! Great job can't wait to see what you do with the "leftovers"

sam Waghorn said...

Totally wonderful pieces, each one is beautiful.

Tammy Adams said...

Gorgeous pieces. Loving the ocean/beach theme of your soup.

Heidi Kingman said...

Beautiful! I can hear the waves now ... :)

Mags said...

Beach dreams, oh-la-laa, I dream such all the time :-) Love your soup, love your creations so much!
Thanks for stopping by in my blog :-)

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

Stunning! I absolutely love the Beach Wrap bracelet.

WindDancerStudios said...

Wonderful pieces! I can never think of things to do with chips and you turned them into a perfect beach wrap.

Becky Pancake said...

Susan your Beach Dreams set is wonderful. I can see why you have worn it several times. I would too.

Genea said...

What a great soup and beautiful designs! I really loved how you wired up your starfish with the turtle dangle. Very creative! Xo Genea

Marti Conrad said...

Love the starfish focal and the turtle earrings and that wrap bracelet is wonderful!

Kari Asbury said...

Now I need a trip to the seashore! Your designs are gorgeous!

Jael said...

I love how you tied the starfish to the shell with wire, and added the turtle. Very unique! You know, some green wooly wire would have been a great way to wire the two together! That's the sort of thing you think about with wooly wire ;) Great job!

Off the Top Creations said...

Oh yes just love the ocean theme and your use of your soup is fabulous ... I would wear them all ;)

Off the Top Creations said...

Wonderful theme I love it ! You did a fabulous job of using your soup to make some beautiful pieces ... I would wear them all ;)

Susan said...

Beautiful!! Im amazed at the chips turned into that wrap! Wow! It makes me so happy that you enjoyed it all and have "leftovers" to make more. Thanks so much for being my first partner

Pookledo said...

I've never thought of mixing the colours of the beach wrap bracelet together before but they work wonderfully!

laurie said...

Love the beach wrap! Wow!

Nelly May said...

Such gorgeous beachy creations! As winddancer said, the beach wrap is such a wonderful use of chips.

Chris said...

I love your first set. The sea colors with the mother of pearl is quite lovely. Nice soup!

Hannah Trost said...

Wow the necklace is lovely but that bracelet is gorgeous! I really like the stacked chips in that piece.

vovsblog said...

Such lovely work well done!

Debi Dufrene said...

Ah, what a fab soup! And you did it a beautiful justice! Wonderful!

CraftyHope said...

As a beachy girl (on the Gulf Coast, actually), I adore these pieces more than you can image. These are totally my colors and so dreamy paired together like you have done. I hope you enjoy your vacation, I've totally enjoyed your pieces!

roomforchange said...

The beachy, turtle set is gorgeous!! Fantastic how you used your soup for different designs!!!!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

That beach wrap bracelet is my favorite, hands down! However that's not saying I don't like your other pieces; I most definitely think you did your soup and partner proud with your beachy designs :)

In fact, it makes me want to take a trip to the beach right now!!

Linda said...

That focal is to DIE FOR! How brilliant to put them together that way! I'm in love with the beach theme and am just in awe of your pieces! We'll done!

Linda
http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

Kumi Fisher said...

That is an amazing stash you received and I love the ocean theme for all you made! They are all so beautiful and perfect jewelry for the summer!

Dancing Wire and Beads by Lori said...

Love the beach themed jewelry pieces you created, awesome job!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love the colors of your soup, being a Gulf Coast person. And I love everything you made, especially the wire wrapped bracelet. Hope your time at the beach was fabulous.

bailaora said...

fantastic necklace with the focal, I'm impressed!!!

LoriF said...

I live in a "beachy" town, and Susan, your pieces are PER-fect! I love the colours, and the elements, and that memory wire bracelet makes me rethink the wire I have tucked away somewhere. So fresh!

LoriF said...

Mimi, I apologize....Susan is your partner! *slapsforehead*...can I plead "old"??!

Kepi said...

Beautiful beachy fun, I love the turtle earrings.

bairozan said...

A beautiful presentation of the ocean theme ! I like the Dunes set most of all but all pieces show good color combo and choice of bead shapes and size.

Sarah said...

What beautiful pieces! I really love the wrap bracelet; thought it was fluorite for a second there.

Just Beads said...

I love all of your pieces. They are going together so well. My favourite is the starfish necklace.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Susan, your awesome designs has me dreaming of warmer days :) Particularly love the last one... so lush I didn't even realize it was memory wire!

tappingflamingo said...

Boy, am I a fan of the beach, and I am a BIG fan of your pieces. I love that necklace and the wrap bracelet, and the earrings...and, and! The colors are great, just love everything about it!

Divya N said...

your pieces are so beachy and resort. the wrap bracelet is super cool

ACBeads said...

I love all your designs, especially the Beach Dreams set that I think it's gorgeous.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Ana

Pepita said...

Beautiful pieces!! You're ready for the suumer now. My favorite is the memory wire wrapped bracelet!
Alenka

la mar de bonita said...

Hmhm beautiful play of colours in the stacked bracelet - love it! Just perfect for a day on the beach!

Dini Bruinsma said...

Love the ♥Beach Dreams and turtle earrings so very much! Such a beautiful set! Great job, all of the designs... That beach collection must be wonderful to look at!

PiPa said...

Everything's so beachy and fresh and calls for summer! and who doesn't love summer! wonderful work!

barbarasfernald.com said...

A gorgeous summery collection! I especially like the beach dreams necklace. (And I especially like the name of your blog!) Nice job all around!

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