Wednesday, May 14, 2014

8th Bead Soup Party Blog Hop

I apologize for being late in posting..sometimes things just happen ....
I want to thank both Lori Anderson,Pretty Things Blog  for once again hosting this wonderful event, and my partner Molly Alexander,. for sending such a lovely and challenging soup mix

The soup mix  included lots of copper  pieces..focals ,beads and bead caps, that Molly made and enameled chains, faceted Czech glass, and glass beads. There was so much ,and all of it wonderful, that I just kept making things.. we go...
Molly provided 2 copper focals, I had originally thought to alter this one to make a bracelet ..but changed my mind about that.. I had drilled 2 holes at the bottom for the bracelet  riveted a loop to hold some dangles instead plus, changed the patina color a bit to match the turquoise knotted leather..

5 large glass beads from soup paired with Indonesian glass from my stash, went into this bracelet.

This heart had riveted holes that  were off set and it proved too challenging, so I drilled a centered hole to string the faceted Czech beads and used some of the beautiful chain  and the enameled clasp from the soup mix , I left the riveted hole open as a texture.

and finally this casually knotted leather bracelet used Molly's enameled tubes and one of my large ceramic beads along with another of Molly's enameled clasps.
Thanks everyone for stopping by my blog ...leave a comment if you like...
This link will take you back to Lori's Blog and the links for the other participants.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bead Soup Party sign up this weekend!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

It's time for the Bead Soup Party Blog Hop first reveal..
Many thanks to our host and creator of this wonderful event, Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things Blog

I was thrilled to have Lee Anne Messerschmidt selected as my partner for the 7th Bead Soup Party, she sent a beautiful soup mix of greens and purples in Czech glass and enameled steel that she created.

While I loved everything about this soup mix as I worked along I felt my skill level wasn't quite up to working with the stiffer steel pieces...I did incorporate some but I did hold some back until I have a chance to practice a bit more with steel wire..might sound silly but I just couldn't face ruining them.
I wanted to used the focal that Lee Anne made as a dangle bit..attached that to a ceramic flower I had made..Lee Anne also made the enameled wire beads..

Please visit Lori's blog to find a full list of participants and their links
Please hop over to Lee Anne's blog to see what wonderful things she created from the bead soup I sent ..

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bead Soup

The 7th Bead Soup Party is underway ,created and hosted by Lori Anderson...of Pretty Things Blog

I've been fortunate to have participated in all 7 events..I was also a contributor to Lori's book based on the Bead Soup Party blog hop...if you've not seen this really must check it out..filled with wonderful designs and information.
This time around Lori has paired me with Lee Anne Messerschmidt of
Wired Hammered nworn on wordpress. I'm very excited to work with the soup Lee Anne sent, beautiful Czech beads ,lovely enameled discs, headpins and really cool enameled wire beads...I love the unusual focal too. these arrived wrapped in a lovely hand painted paper ...this will be very best kind of challenge,as  I've never worked with enamel...
Here are the soup ingredients from Lee Anne..I appropriated her group photo that she beautifully organized..

as you all know I take the worst photos..
but  you just have to see a close up of the focal..amazing.

         enameled disc head pins...lime green head pins and enameled wire all these
Below is the bead soup I sent to Lee Anne

ceramic flower pendant, connector focal, ceramic flower connector ,bird,flower and melon beads by me-Spirited Earth jade, faceted brown Czech, turquoise Czech , purple Indonesia glass, fluted metal beads,brown pearls and carved cream beads
Please check back in a few weeks for the first reveal to see what we've created out of these ingredients..also be sure to visit our hosts blog,Pretty Things, for up to date info about the Bead Soup Party blog hop.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bead Soup Party Blog Hop # 7 Sign ups
It's that time again.. Bead Soup Party sign ups begin Friday..Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Party Blog Hop is  amazing..I've been fortunate to have participated in all 6 previous BSBParties, it's soo much fun...Lori is hosting this event only once this really don't want to miss many fine designers creating stunning designs from mystery soup mixes..
follow the link over to Lori's blog to read all about this event...and sign up this weekend.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Memories and Thanks

Welcome to Lori Anderson's Memories and Thanks blog hop.
I had set aside a little redbird nugget for myself, and when I first signed up for Lori's blog hop, I thought it would be a perfect focal, because Marianna was  fond of redbirds..
I love redbirds too ,as does my mom.  There is quite a colony nesting in our neighborhood..their territory doesn't range very far from where they were born...they seem bright and cheery..up early, busy bird..but shy as well and more than just a little territorial ...I hear one peeping in the hedges outside right now..

It started me thinking about my mom and what a funny person she is..neither this or that...grumpy and happy to delight in small things...she is now headed toward 90 and still  amazingly spry and sense like you can't believe...
What started out to be a memory for Marianna has ended up being more of a Thanks to my mom ..I was certainly a challenge for her from the very beginning....a most willful, free thinking, busy child ..somehow different from the rest of her family ..she ( and dad too) took time to teach me about so many things..not so much LIFE in the big way..but how things work in general ..she taught me cursive writing by making the letters into funny images, on road trips, we would have discussions about the crops and animals we passed by, we planted gardens and flowers, and she read to me, everyday. In looking back I realize how fortunate I was to have a mom who would spend so much time with me..even if she didn't "get" me..Thanks mom, you taught me more than you will ever know.

please visit Lori's blog to link to the other Memories and Thanks participants

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I've been remiss keeping up with Blog reading over the Holiday's..
This morning the first one I read was Lorelei's..she is joining her husband in a weight loss challenge using Dr.Oz's week long crash diet..
I like Dr. Oz and I've been dancing around all Fall with dropping some pounds.. one of the things on my Loooong  To Do list ( not resolutions, which seem to fail) for 2013 is to get back to Cooking.. good simple healthy meals. ..Lorelei's diet challenge seems like a good way to start out the new year and start COOKING, yikes..