Friday, September 16, 2011

bead soup blog party reveal day!

i am so so so thrilled to be participating in lori anderson's bead soup party for the very first time! this is my second challenge ev-er, but i'm not a newbie to beading. i got my first beads in sixth grade from my dear mama. she was garage saleing in coos bay, oregon and came across a box of beads and brought them home to me. why me and not my sister? i was into crafts and she wasn't. all my life i've tried to get my sisterinto beading, and it never took till eight years ago when she was put on bed rest for the last trimester of her first pregnancy. i was in alaska and she was in seattle and i went down to keep her company and brought along some of my beads. we're both readers but there's only so much reading you can do before it starts to pale. so she tried the beads... and loved it! yay! my favorite person in the whole wide world joined me in my love and now we own our own business selling our jewelry in fairbanks, alaska. you can visit her here. she is also in the party.

so now that you have a little history on my beading, let me introduce my soup partner, cassie donlen. she is a dear woman who is fabulously talented. she is a lampworker and metalsmith who has been published and who's site is here. her main store is here and her little store on etsy is here. she sent me these beads. aren't they completely a-maz-ing?!? she made the lampwork, the toggle, and the focal. the rest of the soup are all vintage czech. the cones are pewter.

without further ado here is what i made---



i just love how they turned out!

this was so much fun! lori worked so hard and made this a wonderful experience. i hope i'll get to do it again.

to visit the rest of the blogs visit lori anderson's blog here. have fun perusing everyone's blogs!

82 comments:

  1. Both pieces are lovely im not surprised you love how they turned out :)

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  2. I really like the way you put all the lamp work in the necklace together and asymmetrically- makes them really pop and also the handmade clasp at the front so it can be seen, too. Nice job.
    jenni

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  3. I love the asymemetricalness of the necklace. I love how you have the glass beads on oneside and the chain on the other - sweet! Love the clasp, purple and dangles of that bracelet! Awesome job!

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  4. Gorgeous pieces! Love what you did with your soup!

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  5. What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

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  6. Really nice! Love that vintage Czech and the clasp is amazing.

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  7. You received a gorgeous soup, and both designs are stand-outs. I love the blue flower focal on the bracelet. Very nice!

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  8. I am SO sorry for being late -- today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They're still working on it, but it's like dial-up.

    LOVE, especially the bracelet for some reason!

    And funny -- that's how I got started in beading. I was on bed rest and a friend brought me some beads and the Fire Mountain Gems catalog. And that's all she wrote!

    I hope you'll participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  9. Very Lovely! My mom has joined me in beading -- nice to have a partner in crime. We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda

    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  10. Very pretty pieces. I like the way you used the chain with the lampwork beads and the colors are great.

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  11. Lucky you to have the talented Cassie for your partner, I love her work. However, she was well matched with you, the ingredients you sent to her are amazing! Love the owls, they are one of my favorite things! Where did you get the small owl stamp? Beautiful and funky designs!! I would love that bracelet, bet it makes wonderful music when it moves!

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  12. I love the asymmetrical necklace its great I would totally wear it. The bracelet looks like its jingly and fun.

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  13. Nice soup! Love your creations...very pretty!

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  14. Wonderful! You have created two terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your style and love the asymmetrical design. Cheers!
    Lori

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  15. Both pieces are beautiful, and I love what you sent your partner as well. Very pretty :)

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  16. Love Love Love! Great job! Both are beautiful pieces. I love asymmetrical pieces!

    I LOVE the soup you sent Cassie too!

    Julie

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  17. Love the beads and asymmetry to the necklace and I adore the bracelet.

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  18. Wow, both pieces are fantastic! :)

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  19. Oh, you did a great job! I love the bracelet!
    Greetings, Michi

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  20. Lovely pieces! I love the bracelet... !

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  21. Love the pieces! I especially like the asymmetrical necklace, it really shows off those gorgeous beads! Nice design!

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  22. I love them both, but the necklace really speaks to me. Very pretty!

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  23. Hey isn't this blog-hop fun? I just joined you on your creative journey. I love your creations.Emanda is my daughter at:
    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html
    Be blessed to be a blessing
    P.S. I really like your header the drawings are great

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  24. I really like how you brought chain into the necklace to add texture and contrast with the lampwork. And the bracelet looks like great fun to wear!

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  25. What wonderful soup! I really like how the bracelet turned out.

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  26. Lovely necklace - it would be a fun piece to wear! Love the blues and silver in your bracelet - so pretty!

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  27. LOVE the necklace!! Bracelet is awesome, too!

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  28. both of these are so nice, I love the chain/bead mix of the necklace & the bracelet is awesome.great soup!

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  29. Great and colorful pieces! The necklace is cool and totally wearable!

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  30. Great soup mix you had to work with and I love what you did with it! I typically make everything symmetrical but am eally drawn to the asymmetrical pieces I am seeing, will need to push myself to try that more! Lovely pieces!

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  31. Both pieces are really a lot of fun. I'm totally digging the colors in your bracelet though. . .they're totally some of my favorites. How much sound does that bracelet make with all of those little coins on it!? I bet it's fantastically noisy!
    Great job!

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  32. Awesome ingredients and delicious designs. Awesome job!

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  33. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! both of them, they're gorgeous!

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  34. I love that necklace and would wear it in a heartbeat. My stuff always looks weird...
    Congratulations, lovely work.

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  35. I really love the bracelet it has a gypsy feel to it! and the necklace it wonderful too!

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  36. What a fun necklace. And the bracelet, too. I like the way you used the little 'coin' dangles on the bracelet. Very gypsy-ish. Nice.

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  37. I love the colors of your soup and all the beautiful beads- They are all so wonderful- It would be hard to know where start, they are all so different but go together great!. I agree with Lori The bracelet is my fav. Both are very fun pieces.
    Alice's Beads and Baubles

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  38. I LOVE fun jewelry. Yours just reeks of fun and whimsy. Awesome!

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  39. fabulous creations sweetie! ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  40. Beautiful work, love the bracelet with the coins

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  41. I love that you and your sister are in business together. Beautiful pieces too!

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  42. I like the colors in this bead soup. That bracelet is so fun and happy! Great job!

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  43. Great job! Especially like your bracelet. :)
    I can so relate to your jewelry making story. My sister tried to get me into making jewelry a few years back. I was too interested in a fella at the time :) That failed, but my interest and now Love and addiction is Jewelry making and well not so for my sister.. Funny how things work out.. :)

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  44. Beautiful design...love the necklace.

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  45. Thank you for sharing your story on how you got into beading, you truly enjoy what you do and it shows in your bead soup creations! Beautiful work!

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  46. Oh, you are so lucky to have your best friend BE your sister (first of all) and to have her love beads, too. Lucky you!!! I love the necklace & bracelet you made. Gorgeous, both of them. I admire people who can do that asymmetical thing and not have it look awful (as it does when I try to do it). Nice work!

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  47. Very nice, love both, but i love the bracelet a LOT!

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  48. I love you put all the "bumpy" beads together in the necklace, turning the bigger ones with the more detail sidewards even. Shows them off very nicely and it's a good contrast to the Very Big Chain on the other side. I love the bracelet too, very gypsy-like. =D <3

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  49. Both pieces are gorgeous!! That bracelet is fantastic with the dangles!! Love!!

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  50. I love your asymmetrical necklace, with its little pops of color!

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  51. L-O-V-E them! You did a great job! It's wonderful that you have this shared interest with your sister. My youngest daughter joins me in my creative time quite frequently (my oldest daughter has no interest).

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  52. lovely :) I especially adore the bracelet! I'm so glad you dragged your sister into beading with you so you two can now share this!

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  53. Two lovely pieces of jewellery! I wouldn't have thought to put all the lampwork on one side, but it looks great.

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  54. Oh, I love both pieces. They both look like they will be fun to wear.

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  55. I love both your pieces- especially the bracelet! Beautiful!

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  56. Like both pieces. The lamp work beads with the asymmetrical design looks great and I especially like the bracelet.

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  57. You have some amazing lampwork there! Nice necklace and the bracelet is so unique. Glad you sister joined you, must be fun.

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  58. Love your bracelet and necklace! Way Cool!!

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  59. That IS an amazing toggle.... and I love that you've placed it in the front of the necklace to show it off. I really like your coin bracelet though. I can just imagine how nice this would feel on your wrist with the coins gently brushing your skin. The colour combo is great!

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  60. Oh, these are just lovely! Your aesthetic on these pieces is right on - they're just so pleasing to the eye! And that bracelet? I can totally see that on the arm of a friend who's a belly dancer!

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  61. Really pretty how you set off the clasp in the necklace. The bracelet made good use of the enameled component as well.

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  62. Really beautiful pieces. I love that jangly bracelet!!

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  63. Both pieces are great but the bracelet is off the chain...NICE!

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  64. How fun! You did a great job, love all the beads and the colors are great too!

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  65. Love love these! Especially that bracelet! It is gorgeous!!

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  66. I just love what you've made, especially the bracelet. Gorgeous. ;-)

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  67. Oh I am in love with that bracelet! It gave me inspiration for sure :-)
    The necklace is beautiful too and so cool how you joined all the different elements together!
    Shannon C
    formysweetdaughter

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  68. Sophisticated Whimsy!!Really fun pieces. You did a Soup-er job with the soup mix you were sent! A delight for the eyes for sure.

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  69. Love the asymmetric design of the necklace and the boldness of the bracelet. Great color combination too! Really fun pieces!

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  71. I loved to read about your beading history and I really love the bracelet. The combination of blue beads and metallic discs is great.

    Ambra

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  72. Love the beads and the way you designed the necklace.
    Sorry about the delay, I'm moving slowly through the soup.

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