Today I went to the local Target to buy some groceries. I picked up what I wanted, paid and walked out of the store. When I reached my car and picked up the grocery bag to put it in the car, I noticed that I had missed two cans of pumpkin puree hidden under the top rack of the cart. I put the grocery bag in the car and decided to take the cans back into the store. I waited for the same counter to be free where I had paid for the other groceries. When I got my turn, I told the lady at the counter what happened and that I wanted to pay for the two cans. She was very happy to hear it and thanked me for being honest and coming back to pay for the cans. I felt equally happy to see the big smile on her face. Guess I was done with my good deed of the day :)
When I started putting together the soup for my partner Mary Shannon Hicks, I wanted to send her a good mix of beads and findings.
I started with few yellow Jasper, an Agate oval and added couple of strands of fresh water pearls.
Along came multicolored glass beads and crystals.
And here is a small collection of pewter findings I added to the soup.
For the focal and clasp, I added a hand and a flower clasp. I am very curious to see how Mary will use them in her designs, specially the hand. I have been trying to use the hand in one of my designs for some time but haven't been able to finalize on one. Hoping Mary's design will help me refine my ideas too.
Mary found the soup beautiful and fun. Eagerly waiting to see her reveal on the party day.
This year my partner for the Bead Soup Blog Party is Mary Shannon Hicks who is an excellent seed bead artist and loves to create beautiful designs.
I was totally thrilled to see the soup Mary sent and my first reaction was wow! she sent me such an elaborate soup! It included obsidian, lava rock, cinnabar, howlite, pearls, agate, vintage beads and so much more.
And look at the clasps, ear wires, findings and the lovely chain she sent.
And here is the best part of the soup. The sterling wire wrapped focal.
I am so touched that despite her recent eye surgery Mary took out time to create this special focal just for me. This is the first piece I am going to use in my designs.
Thanks to Lori Anderson for creating these parties despite her long going illness and connecting beaders and jewelry artists across the world one bead soup at a time.
Every year I look forward to Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party and have participated in four of them in the past few years. As Lori announced the details of the 8th BSBP few days back, the first thing I did was to put a reminder for myself. Glad that I just signed up for the party.
Photo courtesy - Lori Anderson
This year the sign ups are for one day only and there is only one reveal date too. So if you are interested, don't miss the window to sign up. Its today only, Sunday February 9th.
Lori Anderson, the creator of Bead Soup Blog Party, announced a new blog hop this year...the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop. A great opportunity for the participating beaders to look into their own stash for beads that they have been hoarding for a long time but never got to use them, create beautiful jewelry pieces with them as part of the blog hop and share with all. For this blog hop no beads were swapped.
Over the years, I have collected lot of semi-precious gemstones, pears and metal but due to many reasons haven't been able to spend as much time beading as I would love to do. This year I decided not to buy more beading supplies till I use at least 1/4th of what I already have. So the announcement of bead hoarders blog hop came at a right time for me. Also, my mother in-law is visiting me this summer who loves to bead with me. So as part of this blog hop, we together made few pieces, very simple still creative. Here are some of them.
The first one is a necklace set with olive green ceramic rectangles with freshwater pearls.
I really liked the simplicity of the necklace and the softness of the color combination.
For the necklace below, I created half chain and use stringing for the other half.
Black is one of my favorite color. Here I used black Onyx with metal beads and separators.
Double strand Jade necklace with chandelier earrings.
This one is my favorite with Pyrite stones.
I am sure every participant must have created very beautiful pieces. Can't wait to see the reveal.