Friday, August 24, 2012

bead soup blog party 6!

well, here we are at the third and final reveal! i'm so excited to be here! thank you lori anderson!!! you are a true angel, and you will soon find out why.

my partner is eileen snyder. here is her blog, and here is her shop. there was a little hiccup in our part of the party. eileen and i were slated for the first reveal, but eileen's package to me got lost in the mail, and ended up back at eileen's! but before it had appeared, i contacted lori and said i wouldn't be able to do the party, and she very kindly sent me a soup! and *then* the package appeared at eileen's and she sent it back to me, and then i had ***two*** soups. um, wow!!!

so, here goes.

some of you might recall my soup from eileen. here it is.

i was really inspired by the flower beads and the butterfly to go with a garden theme. and since it's still summer and we've still got flowers i thought it would be perfect.

the first piece i took on was the pottery shard pendant from china. i really like handmade elements, so i added some of my polymer clay to eileen's soup.

i added the chain, the b'sue boutiques bird, the butterfly, the polymer clay clasp and face, the jade drops, and the gray rondelle. everything else was from the soup.

next i worked on the luscious amethyst chunks. i added everything but the amethyst; lava rounds, wood disks, copper flowers, chain, silk sari ribbon, the polymer clay bird, and the button clasp i made to follow the garden theme.

i wanted to keep the butterfly light and delicate, so i just added a few crystals and some chain. that new y-connector is something i worked out a couple weeks ago. i'm sure others have done it, but boy did i feel smart when i came up with it! ;)

here i was thinking lush vintage garden with some weathered statues, happy bugs, and some stately old trees, with a silvery magical bird living in it. i used that gorgeous orangey-red crystal from lori's soup, and the flower bead and the two clear and white beads from eileen's soup. i added everything else. i made the copper etched pendant, the wish bead, the hope clasp (in signifigance for what it feels like to plant such a garden), and the magical bird. i used cotton cording to do the micro-macrame, which i've just started to do. the little lampwork snail is by doris stumpf. we exchanged beads in the pantone palette bead exchange. the buttons are all from the soho garment district.

and finally from eileen's soup is the clasp and the silver bead. i made the polymer clay bird and nest, added the plastic leaf button, the ceramic beads, the wood bead, and the glass seed beads.

so that draws us to the close of eileen's soup. on to lori's!

i was thinking sparkly and effervecent for this one, and romantic. so i chose glossy black wire and chain and lobster clasp. and i took a cue from heather powers and some of the pieces i've seen her do. it's so lovely how she uses rhythm in her work a lot, and i wanted to evoke that. so i did some repeating and grouping.

and here is the gold leaf clasp that lori sent. i used it as a link and added my polymer clay clasp, the two flower beads from eileen's soup, and a nest i bought at jo-ann's. i stuck with the garden theme from eileen's soup here, and was thinking of a tree twined with flowers and a little nest safe in it's arms.

i hoped you liked this stop on the party line! i know i thoroughly enjoyed working with eileen's and lori's soups! you're both the dearest people. now on to the next blog!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
YOU ARE HERE!--Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

unfortunate discovery

so i'm slowly working through a kindle book called 'blogging for readers' and we were supposed to list what our driving forces are. my top one was ***comfort***.

um, yeah.

is that not a ridiculous driving force?!? it's makes me make poor choices that only take into consideration the immediate moment, and boy have i made a --ton-- of bad, stupid choices; with my money, my time, my friends, and most importantly, my dear beloved family. i'm afraid i've hurt them so deeply over this issue that it's unforgivable. i can't believe they still love me as they do!

and i think the core issue is my relationship with God. i'm close to Him when He's comforting me, but in day to day life i just seem to let Him slide. it's just not a wise way to live! i have so far to go! it seems insurmountable. very frustrating. i just can't do it; get over this need for comfort.

i'm so broken right now, God. forgive me.

 addition--hey, edvard munch fans! (the amazing artist who painted this amazing painting) it has come to my attention that there's an awesome site on devoted to all things munch. go! visit! learn! 

Thursday, August 2, 2012


two posts ago was my 200th post! woo-hoo! missed it. sad face. oh, well. maybe i'll catch the next big anniversary and do a giveaway, or something equally exciting. that would be fun, wouldn't it?

so, recently i signed up to join a group of bloggers who are going through 'the crafter's devotional' which is sort of map or workbook or inspirational book directed toward crafters.

i just got it yesterday in the mail and dove right in. i'm so excited! it looks really good. i'll be journaling some of my experiences here, and then we're encouraged to keep a written journal of our journals and trials. i started that yesterday. that part seems pretty personal, so i'll just be sharing some of it. yesterday we kind of talked about artistic dna. how we are the only one of us that will ever be, and how if we don't express ourselves, our art will be lost. i explored how i think pretty much all of us are artists, just expressing it in different ways. some are mothers, others work in the business world creatively, some cook, others dance. it's all art. God himself is an artist; i can tell because of how creative he is with this world. he really loves artists! so embrace the fact that you, too, are an artist. and your creations are one of a kind. make art! it's also just a beautiful book. hardcover, with gorgeous art throughout. yay, books!

two days ago i signed up for the lovely erin prais-hintz new challenge; the challenge of travel. i'm totally excited! i love erin's challenges and this looks like a good one. go sign up! it's still open.