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Saturday, February 26, 2011


make sure you read to the bottom of this! there's a giveaway and some auctions involved.....

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.
I was paired with Diana of Suburban Girl Studios! If you didn't see what she sent me, see this post.

So, in my infinite clumsy wisdom, I was playing around with all of the goodness she sent me and in my excited frenzy of arranging and rearranging all of the goodness on my bead table, this gorgeous focal went flying (no joke, it flew) through the air and met its untimely demise on my tile studio floor.

Enter that slo-mo voice where your brain starts shouting....


and it broke....

and you start babbling and mumbling like a complete fool and cursing your (read: my) man hands and overall awkward limbs and lack of coordination. Then I had a slight teary spot and went back to my youth when I wished I could've been a ballerina and was lamenting my overall status as a giantess.

but I digress.....

So I went and boo-hooed to Diana and she generously sent me ummm...more soup. I was hoping I could pay her to send me another focal since I f-ed up the first one....but she was so sweet...she says, NO WORRIES...goody bag in the mail to you! Damn! She sent me DOUBLE SOUP!

So I made LOTS of soup.

Here it is!
I finished off the periwinkle toggle clasp she sent with some copper and a little faceted lapis she sent.

I use several periwinkle porcelain spacers paired with some tin snippets by Lorelei. I thought they looked pretty groovy with the focal and enabled me to bring in some other colors that Diana sent me, namely the teal lampwork

Here are some of the other pieces I on it to make it bigger. I'm in love with those raku dangles. I really want to keep those earrings but....

I'm giving them away! That's right. I'm giving away two pairs of earrings. To enter to win, make sure you read the post below and come back here to comment! I will draw the winner after the auctions end in 7 days! The winner of the auction will receive one of the two pairs of earrings above plus the necklace they were the winning bidder on! All of the proceeds will be donated to Beads of Courage Go HERE to BID on the two necklaces!

Don't forget to read the post below for more details!

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

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 <----YOU ARE HERE!

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  

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


Kristen said...

Oh Barbara you know I love everything you make! This is no exception. I so wish I could bid but I hope everyone that can will bid high! It is so worth it to have one of your gorgeous works. I am so glad you were paired with an awesome and sweet partner to send you a replacement ( I could so see you yelling as it flew ) and she really rocked the soup you sent her!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh NO!!! I also had a ceramic focal and dropped it like 20 times with my man hands - UGH!!! Love that periwinkle color - just plain yummy!!! I am glad it all turned out well.

Happy Hopping!!!

Dee said...

your post had me had such wonderful pieces to work with. They turned out lovely, love the colors and the use of the chain and wire. Beautiful!

Erin's Creations said...

your pieces are gorgeous!!! I love the periwinkle necklace !!

Spirited Earth said...

gorgeous , love the colors,
periwinkle and teal are my favorite combo

Genea said...

OH NO! That would totally be me too. I am kinda clumsy that way. I always have people look at my beads and jewelry OVER the beading table because the hardwood floor of the studio is CERTAIN DEATH for beads :(

I'm excited she sent you more pieces! What a sweet gal!

I love what you created! Very beautiful! I love the pieces with lorelei's tin snippets. Perfect compliments with everyone's work.

Deb said...

Absolutely gorgeous, you have made stunning necklaces, I love them!

Deb x

Rebecca said...

aaaaaaaaargh.....I know that feeling...I have smashed a few lampworkds in my time and cursed and blinded! You've made some really lovely pieces here with some beautiful soup. I will have to check out those auctions!

Rebecca said...

Barbara, i've just bidded (bad???!). Best of luck! I hope to be outbidded soon!

graygirlstudios said...

how nice she sent you more soup! yay! everything turned out well and looks so nice! I love the copper, love the blues, love the love love.

Regina said...

Love the blues and greens, few beads that say so much. Great designs, would love to win one! I pictured the scene of the focal and you like some slow motion movie.... great story telling!

Marie Cramp said...

Beautiful Pieces!! I love them all!!

Lorelei Eurto said...

From one Giantess to another, you still totally rock- man hands at all. LOL you make me laugh so hard. these have been thoughts in my own head about my own self and i truly know we would be best friends if only we weren't so many states away from each other. dammit.
oh the soup? it's totally fabulous! I think it's rad that she sent you more "soup" because you totally rocked it!

Laurie B. said...

Lovely things, great cause, how could I not bid? Hope I win, but also hope that I get WAY outbid--either way, we all win. :)

Beadbug said...

I feel your pain and can see the whole business flying in slow motion. It's amazing how things slow down when they are going to meet their demise.

Kerry said...

Ohhh Noooo!! Your poor bead!! I could totally picture what you described and feel the panic. So glad you were able to get the replacement and your design is lovely. The colors are super and I love the asymetricalness of it. So great, Barbara... AWESOME!

Jana said...


I love the jewelry! You are truly gifted. I also love that you are paying it forward... On that note, PoodleGeek78 (that's me) has bid on one of the necklaces on eBay! Here's to winning a pair of those fabulous earrings, too!

Holly said...

I totally feel for ya, breaking an important something....I did that too, on a particular polymer clay focal. It's devestating! But you more than overcame that problem, that's for sure! Your necklaces and earrings are just beautiful. And kudos to you for doing what you are doing for Beads of Courage!

Francy said...

awesome designs.

Dana said...

#209 here... too bad that piece broke, but you didn't need it you did an amazing job with the other pieces....

TesoriTrovati said...

I bid! It is a great cause. My screen name is calivia811.
So sad about the component, but if you are a giantess, at least I know that your heart is large ;-)So generous of your kind partner to shower you with more soup ingredients! I love each of these necklaces. So pretty and it would be hard to choose! Enjoy the day, Barbara.

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

OH My... You mad a gorgeous job with the pretty beads You got from Your generous partner...
wonderful colors - spring ! here we go..I was lucky to have a silk flower as damage if dropping to the floor :)

Wendy said...

Gorgeous designs and I love the color combinations! :)

Elisabeth said...

I bid on the raku piece - ebay id is twoesas - hope to win on all fronts as your pieces are BEAUTIFUL!

Diana P. said...

LOVE what you did! And as you know I love what you are doing with Beads of Courage! I'll send you more beads anytime you need them! ::hugs::

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

Barbara, you are so funny! And a great designer, you did and awesome job. Love the colors.

Charlene said...

Your pieces are gorgeous and it's nice that you got more soup to work with. The kindness of bead folk is always a lovely thing.

jamberry_song said...

Oh, noes! Sorry to hear about the mishap. Your partner sounds like a complete sweetheart, though, sending you more soup. :) And I love how you can look back on it with a sense of humor; that passage in your post was wonderfully written. :D

Your pieces turned out spectacularly in the end! Beautiful asymmetrical design on the first. The second makes me swoon, though! It's something I'd expect from an ancient tomb or something, it has such a great storytelling character. Wonderful work on both! Here's to a mishap-free future. ;) Good luck with the auctions! Beads of Courage sounds like a great cause.

ViviBijoux said...

I used copper and my pendant broke too!! there, and I thought I was very clumsy and that it probably never ever happened to anyone! You recuperated beautifully and if I may say so, in style too. great!! smile, Virginie

stacilouise said...

I love those raku beads too! Very nice....your post made me laugh (not at you, but at your wonderful that a word?)
Thanks for sharing your soup and story!

Terri said...

I think it is great she sent you a replacement. Love love the color!!! and what you did with it is just wonderful!!!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Hilarious post! Too many instructions though. My brain is about to explode. I bid, but was immediately outbid. I do love BOC, so will probably bid again later when brain isn't fried. ID is jcameron3. I love ALL the pieces. Those earrings are tdf!

moonlitfantaseas said...

I love the necklace with the periwinkle toggle clasp, in fact I just made a bid on it, my id is moonlitfantasea

Beadroe said...

I sent a lampwork flower to my partner and it broke in the mail. I sent her a new one and she was able to use both. I was broken hearted that it had broke. So I completely understand. Great Designs. I probably could not give them away. Such a good cause though.

I LOVE color! said...

Wow!!! I am totally impressed with your design your piece is so lovely.and your soup was yummy too and it pleases me so that you are using copper be blessed

Kate said...

Love it! And that was so sweet of Dianna. The blues are so relaxing in this piece.

Janet said...

OH NO Id hate for that to happen too Barbara. Good good you got another one and more Soup wow that was great. Your designs are wonderful and I love what you made!

BluMoon said...

What a shame the first focal ended up broken but you have certainly done justice to the new one very nice necklace!

Heidi said...

That is so sad about the broken focal! So sweet of your partner to send you more. I love everything you made - love the Lorelei snippets, the blues/teals with the copper. Wonderful stuff :D

SueBeads said...

Oh, wow, beautiful beads and amazing pieces! Really nice!

m.e. said...

Fabulous Soup mix
Generous partner
more wonderful soup mix
m e :)

Boot ~C said...

this is a beautiful example of 'less is more' & elegant simplicity. I love the big chain links & a few well balanced beads.great job

one-eared pig said...

Oh, I've broken so many of my own glass beads; I feel your pain.

Lovely pieces!!!

CraftyHope said...

Oh honey, I'm a clumsy fool myself. I sympathize completely. And so, I knew after your sob story I was going to love your piece(s). And, when I saw that first piece I did. But then I saw that second necklace and OH MY!! Wonderful!

KayzKreationz said...

I had a hard time deciding which one to bid on, but I bid on the first one. Not sure I'm winning, but will check back.


KayzKreationz said...

Just tweeted about your giveaway.

rosebud101 said...

Beautiful job on your 2nd piece! How nice to have a second serving of soup!

vintagesusie & wings said...

So beautiful friend, I love EVERYTHING you made & what you created with your BEAD SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
Thanks for sharing...

Marcie A. said...

Finally getting around to dropping by your piece! I love it and congrats to getting over the break-up and moving on!

Courtney said...

What a frustrating bummer. And how nice to get a second one. Your pieces are really beautiful. I love the blues. Very yummy.

Shirley said...

So, I know you didn't break it on purpose, but...Wow! I love, love, love the periwinkle pieces she sent. Your color combos are gorgeous. So happy you put the clasp where it could be seen too. Fantastic job!!!

Stacey said...

Awesome - two soups - what a generous partner! Although - that seems to be the theme with all these wonderful beaders! :) Love your designs! Excellent work!

Rebecca said...

Hi Barbara, just to let you know that I made a bid the other ebay user name is mercury1604 though so you won't have known it was me!

Fire Phoenix said...

Two soups! Awesome! Shame about the first focal, but you've made excellent pieces with the second soup!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

Ohhh what a pain that the focal broke... but wow you made some gorgeous pieces otherwise. I love them all. Well done!


Lisa Godfrey said...

Doesn't it just break your heart when something breaks? I've had that happen to me too. I have some clumsy hands. That was so nice of Diane to send you more soup! I love what you made. So pretty!

maneki said...

How generous of Diane to send you more soup after that unfortunate incident!

The necklaces are lovely. The first one is a real summer necklace, but my favourite is the darker, moody raku set. It's just yummy!

Patsy Evins said...

I love your creations! Love how the claps echos the focal on the necklace and the earrings are really great!

roseworksjewelry said...

That's so sweet of her :) Lovely pieces!

Heather said...

Wonderful colors; I love copper and especially love it with that deep blue. I also love the little addition of fibers to your pieces. Very, very nice soup!!

Andrew Thornton said...

Diana is fabulous. Sorry to see that the pendant broke. You made up for it in a major way. Good job!

alice said...

I am still hopping around so forgive me that I did not respond earlier but I really like what you did- not the breakage but the final necklace. I love it. The ivory glass on the one side really did it for me. I would not have added it but now I see how it makes all the difference. I really like periwinkle anyway and the teal is way cool. I want to check on the snippets too- Alice's Beads and Baubles

Tara P. said...

Sorry you broke your focal - mine actually went flying once too, but landed on the carpet, thank goodness. I love the necklaces - they're gorgeous!