Saturday, May 10, 2014

Welcome to The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party 2014!

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party 2014 Reveal Day is Here!

Welcome to the BSBP 2014! I had a lot of fun with the beads my partner, Maria, sent. She sent such a lovely variety of beads it was hard to decide what to make at first, but once I sat down with them and played a bit they really spoke to me and I am very happy with what I created! I made four pieces of jewelry and all pieces have been infused with Reiki.

Here are The Beads Maria Sent

The first piece is a Bead Embroidery Pendant with a Daisy Chain Necklace. Except for the turquoise seed and drop beads, all the other beads I used were from Maria. I used a Bone Turtle Fetish for the closure that I've had in my stash since 1978. I love the glass star beads and abalone shell focal Maria sent. 

Next is a bracelet that proved to be a bit of a fun challenge. As you can see, the shells have two holes in them, one at each end. The first idea I had did not work because they wouldn't lay correctly. The second idea worked perfectly and I am happy how it turned out. I used seed beads from my stash to attach the shell beads and the toggle is from Maria.

I made a second bracelet using square stitch with triangle seed beads Maria sent. I had never used triangle seeds beads before and will definitely be ordering some to play with again. They give a really nice smooth texture. 

My last piece is a pair of earrings created with more of the glass stars, and faceted glass roundels from Maria. I will be wearing these a lot this summer. 

Unfortunately, I have to work today during the height of the blog hopping excitement (sigh) but will be  hopping in spirit until I get home. 

Have Fun Hopping! 

Please Stop by my Partner Maria's Blog, Sweet Yarns

- And Here For The BSBP 2014 Participants List -

Friday, March 21, 2014

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party is Underway!

I have joined Lori Anderson's 8th Bead Soup Blog Party and have a wonderful partner who lives in the same State. We have both exchanged beads and I would like to introduce her to you all. My partner's name is Maria of Sweet Yarns. Maria is a very talented artist who works with many mediums, not just beads. Check out her blog to see the great ideas and tutorials she shares.

When it comes to jewelry, Maria loves to work with seed beads. Here are a couple of beautiful necklaces she has made. 

These are the beads Maria sent to me. I love the Summer Theme and can't wait to create with them. 

And these are the beads I sent Maria.

Be sure to come back for the Reveal on May 3, 2014 to see what everyone has made! Bead On!

Update: The Reveal Date has Been Changed to May 10, 2014