Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

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!

For my first piece I made a necklace using all the lampwork beads, the cup shaped glass beads which I strung using my own forged copper head pins, all the clear glass beads, most of the white glass beads, my own forged clasp, I added pearls, seed beads, Tierra Cast spacers and pendant, Vintaj rounds, and black rondells.

For my second piece I used the clasp and added my own Swarovski crystals, jade, turquoise, copper spacers, and carnelian beads to make a double strand bracelet. Love how this came out but then these are my favorite colors!

This challenge was a creative stretch for me because I never use black and yellow. I left my beads sitting simmering for a while and then was hit over the head with an idea of what to make. The necklace especially was an inspired piece and very different from what I normally make. I hope you like it and thank you for visiting! Make sure you check out my partner #148 Shelly Graves to see what she made with the soup I sent her! Tell her I sent you.

Come see what the rest of us 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
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.
You Are Here---- >139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter<------You Are Here

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 
my partner -->148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me <--my partner
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!

 I would like to say a big thank you to The Bead Soup Blog founder Lori Anderson. She did an incredible job of pairing people together in a way that definitely stretched me creatively and I know others as well.
Be Sure to visit Lori's blog:


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday 2/23/11

Good Morning,
Unfortunately I cannot show you all my bead table this morning because it has Bead Soup all over it. With the big reveal being this Saturday I have been feverishly working on my piece(s).

So here part of my table/kitchen island. I snapped this photo on my HTC EVO which I am in love with. These are beads patiently waiting to be put away. You see I bead in my kitchen but my beads are stored in a small bedroom down the hall. In that bedroom? Three of my four dogs beds and my cat. They don't like when I go in and out of their room too much when they are trying to sleep so I have been trying to grab a bunch of beads to take with me or to put away. That way I am not in and out too much.
I know that must sound strange to some but my dogs are very happy having their beds in the room because they are all female and this way there is no fighting over beds.
Just last night I started a 15 minute bead table clean up. I set the stove timer and took 15 minutes to sort and organize my beads. I swiped this mermaid plat from my daughter (she's 20 months) and put on it the beads I am finished with. This worked out great. In the 15 minutes I actually got a lot done and I was not overwhelmed. I know there is a ton more organizing to do but I will save that for tonight's 15 minutes ;-)
Hope you have a great day!
What's on your bead table?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Smoky Quartz Beads

Bead, Gemstone, 10x10mm Faceted Fan (Smoky Quartz)
I am always on the lookout for Smoky Quartz Briolettes.
I love their smoky gray/brown color because they work with so many other stones.
I have not had an easy time finding this shape and size of Smoky Quartz that haven't been too expensive or sold in a strand. I like to buy my beads in a strand, not sure why but I don't like to buy gemstones by the piece.
I was online this morning searching the Rings and Things Website and I found these 10mm Smoky Quartz Briolettes for only $15.25 a strand!

Check them out when you get a chance, just be sure to save me a strand or two!


My blog got a makeover yesterday. What do you think?

About a 2 weeks ago I started making a crochet shawl with the most beautiful yarn I have ever felt. I worked on it about 30 minutes a night and a few times at work when I had a no show client. I am getting faster that's for sure. I am also addicted to crochet right now. I am loving it!

I am craving a new project so I think I will make another baby blanket (I made a pink one about 3 weeks ago) this time in cream. I am thinking of donating the pink one to Neal and Angie and The Calling All Angels project. I saw their you tube video about their son that was born premature and passed away. All they had from his time on earth was his prints and the blanket given to them in the hospital. Visit their blog to learn more: I can see a mother cherishing the handmade pink crocheted blanket in memory of their child's life or placing the blanket over their healthy sleeping child for years to come.

My daughter loves all things crocheted and she promptly wrapped herself in the shawl I made.
The Girl

I hope you all will check out The Calling All Angel's Project and donate a blanket, handmade or not.

Yesterday my blog got a makeover. What do you think?

Have a wonderful Sunday!!!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Obsessed no more - Week 7

Everyone gets obsessed with a new technique, material, pattern,
inspiration, etc... everything we do is based on that obsession. Then, one day, you wake
up and you can’t stand the thought of continuing on the same path. Tell me about it!
The Girl and her favorite "banket"

When I read this weeks prompt I was thinking I would have nothing to write about because I don't feel that I have ever become obsessed with a technique only to end up not being able to stand it.
Then as the week progressed (I give myself the week to mull over the prompts) I started to think of all the mediums I have worked with and all the crafts I have worked on. One that I loved and lost came to mind painting on glass.

I loved painting on glass, I was good at it too. So what happened? I bit off more than I could chew. I decided because I was good at painting on glass I would paint glasses for my wedding favors. I wanted everyone to have their own figuring most of the people would be couples so they would leave with a set of 2. So I started the daunting task of painting over 150 wine glasses. I didn't stop there though I also painted vases and glass votive holders, several for each table. It took almost a whole year to get everything done. Then we filled the wine glasses with Hershey's kisses and placed them into handmade lunch bags tied with ribbons.  Thank God I have a wonderful husband who is very helpful, he tied all the bows and punched the holes.
After my wedding I put the paints in the spare room closet and didn't look at them again until we turned that room into The Girl's room at which time I threw them away, I think.
I have been thinking about painting glass again but not in a wine goblet sort of way, more of a how can I use this in my jewelry way.
Do you have a technique, material, medium you were obsessed with but now cannot stand?
Let me know by leaving a comment!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What's on your table?

What's on your table?

On Monday, because my daughter was a perfect angel,  I was able to use my Ice Resin.
I filled bezels I had prepared weeks ago, I coated tiles I had distressed and stamped. 
I even made something I am keeping a secret till Bead Soup.
In the upper left corner you can see a tiny piece of one of Nancy Schindler's hearts. 
In the upper left are 2 of the beautiful beads Marie-Noel from sent me
and above my ruler are 2 of her tiles.

What's on your table? 

What projects are you working on?

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Winter Enchantment

I was thrilled when I was asked to be part of Artbeads Winter Enchantment Blog program. I love they have great coupons and I never met a bead or bead coupon I didn't like. Let me tell you a secret-coupons make me shop-if you give me a freebie or coupon to your etsy shop, I'm there. Now don't tell anyone okay?!
I live in NY right near the Hudson River. We have had snow and lots of it this winter so when I was given the task of creating something that I found beautiful or inspirational about winter the only thing I could think to design with was a beautiful Swarovski Crystal Snowflake
6704 20mm Snowflake Pendant Crystal AB
Image from
 Most people here in NY would say they are sick of snow and I am in the business closing, yucky brown, road messing up, freezing cold kind of way. But, I love the view of the snow out my back door just after it has snowed. The sky is bright blue, there is fluffy snow on the lawn and coating the tree branches. Everything is white, sparkling, and quiet. Oh the quiet. Have you ever stood outside during a really bad snow storm? There is no noise (at least at my house there isn't) no cars, no birds, no neighbor's yelling. Its so peaceful and with 4 dogs, a cat and a 19 month old I need some peace and quiet. 
Okay back to what I did with that snowflake. I ordered these Matte White Lampwork Beads, you get 7 beads in your order. They are so pretty. I love the matte quality to them, very icy feeling. I also ordered a TierraCast hook and eye clasp (Love!) and Light Sapphire AB 6mm Bicones.

TierraCast Clasp

My initial thought was to use all 7 in a bracelet but that felt boring. Then I was going to use 6 of them in a necklace and save the 7th flowery one for another day. Then, in a dream, I knew what I wanted. Crystals, crystals, and more crystals.
My first necklace, the one I saw in my dream!
My second necklace
I was able to make 2 necklaces and a pendant with my 7 beads. I added some sterling silver chain, head pins, wire, a Swarovski crystal briolette, silver rounds, a toggle clasp,  4 mm Swarovski crystals, and TierraCast spacers I bought from Artbeads around Christmas.
So what do you think? Do they feel like an enchanted winter snowstorm to you? They do to me!

The materials above were provided as part of the Artbeads blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another Question - Week 6

How did you fall in love with the process of creating? Did you have a mentor?

I have a wonderful mentor, my mom. She can make anything I think.
She can sew, crochet, cook, craft and bake. She used to make wedding cakes, and taught me to make roses when I worked at the Price Chopper bakery. When I was little she made me a Big Bird cake for one of my birthdays, it was awesome.
I can remember her making clothes, corn husk dolls, wreathes, and Christmas tree ornaments.
My dad is very creative too, he can pretty much do anything too. He has worked with wood, electronics, and cars, just to name a few things.
I don't specifically remember when I started crafting or creating art - I suppose I always have - but I do remember being in an art class in High School using oil pastels and not hearing anything else going on in the classroom. I was in total bliss at that moment. Nothing and no one could touch me, I was in another world. It was wonderful.
I have crafting ADD though and jump from craft to craft, medium to medium. I enjoy pastels, drawing, photography, making jewelry, crochet, and working with fire and metal. I should probably try to combine all these and do mixed media art, maybe someday.
My handmade jewelry display, combining my love of wood, paper and jewelry design.

So now I ask you:
How did you fall in love with the process of creating?
Did you have a mentor or take a class?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Questions - Week 5

Hello and welcome to week 5 of my 52 weeks of blogging. The prompt for this week was to ask my readers a question. I am posting very late this week because I couldn't think of just the right question to ask everyone.
The hawk that visited us this summer. So beautiful.

I think I finally came up with one:
Why do you blog?

and if you don't have a blog or read blogs:
why do you facebook?

I started blogging because I wanted to share pictures of my daughter with my family that don't live locally. Then I found it to be a great place to journal about or life together and to save some of those moments that pass to quickly. Then as I found other blogs I started to blog to meet other people and to follow other bloggers, artists and friends. I have "met" some of the most wonderful people through blogging. They encourage me, support me, lift me up and push me forward. Thanks to those women, I hope they know who they are.

Would you like to play along? Visit 52 weeks of blogging your passion.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I thought you all could use a smile. 
I am stuck inside for the 2nd day in a row due to snow and I think we are all going a little stir crazy.
Be careful out there tomorrow because if there is school there will be a whole bunch of crazy women on the loose, finally. giggle