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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!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, May 2, 2014

Extra! Extra!

As in an "extra" week until the Bead Soup Blog Party reveal - Lori, our fearless (and I mean, fearless, bless her heart) leader, is facing extremely challenging health issues (please keep her in your thoughts and prayers) and has asked that we move the reveal date back one week.  So, if you stop by here tomorrow you won't see the incredible necklace, bracelet, and earrings that I can't wait to show you....

But since I now have an extra week....when you stop by NEXT Saturday, May 10th, you might possibly see that awesome necklace, bracelet, pair of earrings PLUS even more great items since the stash I received from my super soup partner is overflowing, and my creative juices have even more time to play! :)