Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's Bead Soup Blog Party Time!!

Since I signed up for the Bead Soup Blog Party more than a month back, I was so eagerly waiting for February 26th, The Reveal Day...the day 210 talented beaders from different countries around the world will show what they created with the bead soups they got from their partners. Today is the day...Bead Soup Party Day!!

When I got my bead soup from my partner Francy Inman, I was very thrilled. The beads sat on my desk for a few days and I kept thinking which beads from my own stash could I use to blend with the beautiful ceramic focal and brass textured beads I got from Francy. I choose beige & green colored fresh water pearls & green Agate and started with inner strand of the double strand necklace. Initially I was not very sure of using the ping round beads but when I added them in the center portion between the green Agate, it added a subtle contrast to the otherwise earthy tone.

I wanted the outer strand to be longer than the first strand and with a rectangular focal bead in the strand, I kept it lighter with mainly pearls.

When I added both the strands to the brass clasp, I was delighted to see the outcome.

With a few brass beads still remaining, I thought of making matching earrings to complete the set.

Most of the times, I end up selling or giving away the jewelry I make and once I had to even give away the jewelry I was wearing. But this set is for me to keep :)

Let's see what other party beaders made!!

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

A big thanks to Lori for organizing this wonderful event and all her hard work that went in it. I am already looking forward to the next party!!

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 ** MY PARTNER **
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
75. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
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
100. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings

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.
139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
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
148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
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
175. Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass
176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog ** YOU ARE HERE **
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. Just can't miss it!!


  1. lovely creations sweetie! ;o)

    have a gret weekend...


    hello gorgeous xxx

  2. Wow Menka you did a beautiful job! The double strand clasp did not stump you at all and matching ear rings.. . wonderful.

    Again, thanks so much for the beautiful beads you sent me. I loved the challange of putting the necklace together and so very shocked that I had quartz flowers in my stach that matched the focal!

    Happy designing,

  3. Menka, I love what you made and am happy you are keeping it for yourself. I know you will get compliments every time you wear them.

  4. Very pretty and versatile. I would keep it too.

  5. Definitely a keeper, and very wearable! The bright pink beads are the perfect accent, both to bring out the pinkish hues in the focal and to contrast with the darker tones in the necklace. Beautiful work!

  6. #209 it, that is a beautiful focal bead on the necklace...great job...

  7. The two strands are just so perfect, the right lengths and the beads in just the right places. The pink just pops. Great necklace, beautifully made.

  8. Beautiful!!! I love those beads and how you worked everything together!

  9. I loved the 2 strands of beads and how you put them together! The colors are wonderful and look rich and earthy with pizazz!

  10. gorgeous! I really like the richness brought in from the pearls...wonderful job!

  11. Hi Menka, Great result! The double strand necklace is a perfect solution. I've seen a few others in the swop hop. Must be some magic in the air!

    Isn't the swop hop fun?


  12. I love the double strand necklace, nice use of your soup.

  13. You did a great job. I love how you put it together. Very pretty!

  14. Beautiful designs! Everything flows together nicely! Great job! :)

  15. I love that you showed your process. The agate you added is an awesome contrast to the pink beads. Bravo!

  16. Nice. Love your work with color.

  17. I think it's cool that you and your partner both ended up with lovely pearls in your finished designs. I'd definitely keep that one for yourself...haaaaaaa!

  18. Oh yes you should keep this! Gorgeous work!!!!

  19. Wow! Your work is gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  20. I can see why your keeping it - great work!

  21. love, love, love the pearls~beautiful

  22. Wow, talk about drama! What a gorgeous set!

  23. Delightful! You've really done a great job stringing everything up. Looks very opulent with the multi-strands. Very nice!

  24. Oh, VERY NICE! You did a beautiful job.

  25. I can see why you want to keep this - its stunning! That focal is just goegeous!

  26. Keep it and don't feel bad about it, it's so creative and just begging to be worn! Excellent job!

  27. So pretty! I love the soft neutral colors with that pop of hot pink!

  28. wow, what a beautiful set, I don't blame you for keeping it for your self!

  29. Fantastic set...beautiful and easy to wear!!!
    I know I'd be wearing it!!! You did a great job!

  30. I love this design! The double strand works so well with these colors and that amazing focal. :D I like the beads you added, too. Perfect! This unfurls like a sunrise in the southwest, all the rosy golds and silvers, and the sparse greens... breathtaking. Beautiful job!

  31. What a fun piece, the hot pink really sets it off. Thanks for sharing your creation with us ^_^ Virginie

  32. Beautiful piece. I love the pop of color and those textured beads are really neat too!

  33. The double strand is perfect as is the length! I see why it is a keeper. :)

  34. what a lovely set! The colors you chose set off the focal beautifully. Love the classic design and totally agree this is a keeper set!

  35. Beautiful design. I love the colors.

  36. A lovely Necklace!! So well done. Great Soup!!

  37. Very nice! I love the double strand and earrings

  38. I agree about how well balanced the two strands are, something I struggle with. Nice job.

  39. Great job! Those earrings are super cute too.

  40. That's a lovely set! I really like how you made the necklace with two strands and how well the green rondelles work with the pattern in the focal.

  41. Love the set! I'd be wearing all of them at once. Bring on spring!

  42. The focal is a beautiful piece of art. Wear this necklace with joy (since you are keeping it). You will bask in many compliments:) Thanks for sharing.

  43. Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  44. I wouldn't give that piece away either! It's interesting how we've all spent so much time on these special pieces and I think that makes all the difference in how well they've turned out! Yours is a stunner!

  45. I can so see why you would want to keep this set. It is so unique and classy.

  46. Beautiful pieces... I am so glad to see you are keeping this set for yourself. Very nice. Well done!


  47. Hello Menka
    I'm so happy to stop by your blog today for the first time and to see your Bead Soup post. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on your design as you created your piece. Your 2-strand necklace turned out so gorgeous...the colors are great and the lampwork focal is so pretty. I'm glad to hear you're keeping your special necklace. I think I'll be keeping mine as well. :-)

  48. What a beautiful focal you received and what a great job you did with it.

  49. Very Pretty Design and Love that focal bead.


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