Saturday, 26 February 2011

Nothing Like a Bowl of Delicious Soup!!!

It's HERE!!!

{Please read this full & very long post, you won't be dissapointed!!}
Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

Bead Soup sent to my partner: Design by Cassandra

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

 A few years back Lori Anderson of Pretty Things had this fab idea of enlisting a bunch of jewellery designers to swap a bag of beads, each beader who signed up to the soup was parterned with another jewellery designer, the aim was to challenge them to create something inspiring using materials they wouldn't normally use in their everyday beading projects, they were 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, we could also use anything from our own stash as well as {but not compulsory} the beads/spacers sent by our Soup partner.

I was fortunate to be partnered with a gorgeous lady in Canada named Cassandra of Design by Cassandra. Here's what I received from Cassandra...

Zebra Agate Focal, Zebra Agate Beads, Freshwater Pearls, Kitty Clasp, Metal Spacers,
Black Onyx & Crystal Quartz chips

And here's what I made....

...a gorgeous bracelet consisting of zebra jasper rounds, metal spacers, jade coins and the exquisite zebra jasper focal all rounded off with the kitty clasp

One of the stipulations of the Bead Soup was to use the clasp received, as the bar of the clasp didn't fit through the loop of the kitty I had to use my initiative slightly...I used the kitty part as another focal and added the bar, along with another jade coin, as a dangle....rules adhered to, drama avoided!! ;o)

As well as the above soup, I also received the following in my soup stash

Reclaimed pieces: locket, cameo earring, pieces from vintage San Marino bracelet, Amethyst Donut, Milky glass teardrop beads {pink}, Handmade lampwork beads {turquoise}, Crystal quartz beads, Spacer beads {purple & turquoise}, Flower s-clasp, Reclaimed pieces: swallow, feather, vintage charms from Paris bracelet, Silver-plated chain

I only used a fraction of the overall soup Cassandra had sent me....I have SO much to play with over the next few weeks and can't wait to keep creating soup for your enjoyment!!

Pop on over to my partner Cassandra at Design by Cassandra and see what gorgeous-ness she has created using the beads I sent to her, she has teased me with these images and I can't wait for her BIG reveal!!

Soup 1

Soup 2

Before you see what the rest of the 209 participants have created, I wanted to say a HUGE thanks to Lori Anderson for the mammoth task she undertook...I know it was a pleasure for her {program glitches put aside} and that she is already preparing for the next soup {scroll to the bottom of this post} later in the year!!  To add to this awesome feat, Lori has been offered a book deal on this particular bead soup....fantastic reward for a fantastic lady!!

I also have to thank Cassandra, my partner in this soup, for being such a gem with the promotion of both our has been MUCH appreciated given everything that in happening in my personal life right now...


Check back for details of the GIVEAWAY of my Bead Soup!!

So, no more waffling......come see what the rest of us made! 

91.  Sue Hodgkinson, hello gorgeous *** You Are Here!***
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  
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

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

The next party's sign up begins 1-3 August, 2011
If you love creating, you really don't want to miss it!

hello gorgeous xxx


  1. Love that kitty clasp, and what a clever way to work around the bar problem!

  2. Now that's clever. Great way to overcome your obstacle. I love the black and grey and silver mix.

  3. I Love what you did with the Kitty part!

  4. It's really lovely and cute with the kitty clasp :o)

  5. That is a beautiful bracelet, love the clasp! Now thats thinking outside the square :-)

  6. Very beautiful! Really beautiful!

  7. Those jade coins are yummy and the perfect burst of color to frame the zebra agate.

  8. Wonderful bracelet...aren't challenges grand?, but that is how we expand our abilities, yes! Well done!

  9. I love what you did with your "Bead Soup" ingredients. It is so much fun to see what everyone has made.

  10. This is outstanding! I love that kitty clasp! The pop of color is gorgeous with the other yummy stones.

  11. A wonderful bounty of ingredients and beautiful pieces you created using them. I have some left over pieces I will have to work into another design as well. Fun, fun, fun.

  12. ~*Hello Sue!*~
    You did nicely with the beads!
    The effect of the stripes on the large bead goes nicely with the kitty and you did a great job modifying the clasp to work with the final product!
    :o) Happy Bead Soup Sue!!!
    Amber Dawn

  13. Fun! I like how you went with the cat head charm paired with the striped focal; it makes me think of a sleek gray tabby. Very sassy and it has a lot of personality. Nicely done! :D

  14. Both super cute and super clever. In some ways, the Bead Soup Party is all about problem solving, as you did here with the clasp. Good thinking!

  15. Love that clasp! I have never seen one like it! Lovely bracelet :)

  16. It is all about being ingenious! My first soup I used the toggle as a dangle under the pendant that I concocted from my partner's painterly business card! This is beautiful and tasty soup!
    Enjoy the day!

  17. Nice, the zebra jasper is stunning.

  18. I love how you reworked the clasp and I am sure it will not bother anyone. It sounds like you are having a hard time personally and for that I send you hugs! You know what I have to say it.....Gorgeous Work Gorgeous!

  19. It always is a challenge when pieces don't fit together but you sure overcame that and the design is wonderful.

  20. I love the color combination, I would have never thought of that. Really nice bracelet! I hope you had fun!

  21. Those really are gorgeous, Gorgeous! Very nicely done. Really nice job putting that beautious mix together.

  22. Beautiful job I love that focal and as the other ladies have said brilliant use of a kitty head! LOL

    Happy Hopping!

  23. That kitty is COOL! You did an awesome job!

  24. #209 here...great job....lovely

  25. Oh I love your design, very pretty! And I just adore the kitty clasp! :)

  26. great colors together - very cool look

  27. Great, bracelet and I love how you used the clasp - I know you have a lot on your plate these days - you are incredible and very much in my thoughts :-)

  28. *bouncing in my chair!* This is BEAUTIFUL! You have quite a lot going on right now, my dear, so please don't think you've cheated me at all. In fact ... this is BEYOND gorgeous! I love the jade beads with the zebra agate ... and what cleverness with the clasp! The entire soup selection was inspired by a childhood pet, a gray tabby named Thumper. You've certainly brought a new light to a favourite memory!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of the soup ... and I can't wait to show you the other pieces I've made - once I get my own computer back up. :) Great work, love! Absolutely stunning!

  29. Very beautiful. Love the kitty clasp and the way you used it.

  30. Hello Gorgeous! I really love the way you've combined the colours have used. I love the grey and the green together - the silver connectors finish off beautifully. Lovely work ♥

  31. Great job! Beautiful pieces!

  32. Love your pieces...and the kitty clasp.

  33. I lve the bracelet, its very playful, and I love how you incorperated the cat clasp into it, ingenious!

  34. Nice bracelet... Kitty clasp is cute... My bar doesn't go through my toggle either but I made my necklace long enough that it goes over my head so I don't have to undo it! That wouldn't work for a bracelet though! Nice save!

  35. Wonderful, beautiful.....Gorgeous! I love the design.

  36. I love the tiger theme with the focal and the clasp ( I wonder where she got it by the way, cute) You did brillantly to put it all together so well ^_^ Virginie

  37. how lovely!! love the colours, the textures. beautifully done!

  38. i so love that kitty clasp! awesome how you fixed the issue. outcome is gorgeous.

  39. I love the cat clasp and what you did with it...need is the mother of invention... and you solved that easily!!! Beautiful!!!

  40. Zebra jasper...just beautiful!! And the cat clasp is so cute. I love the way you put them together!

  41. Absolutely yummy! I love them both.

  42. You did receive a great stash! I love how you reworked the cat clasp as a design element instead of it's intended use. Great job!

  43. Luv that kitty clasp & your ingenious way of getting around the glitch! And, those teaser pics are great! Take care....enjoyed your soup =)

  44. Woderful beads and the cat he is great!
    Lovely bracelet!!

  45. I am in awe of your bracelet! The colors come together so beautifully and I love the kitty cat.

  46. I love the incorporation of the green...fabulous job!

  47. Lovely the green looks so good and I love the clasp!

  48. Super cute! Way to think outside the box.

  49. I don't think the rules said we had to use the clasp as a clasp!!! LOL!!!
    WONDERFUL work !!! Purr-fect design!!!!
    m.e. :)

  50. Great innovation with the clasp, Sue. I like the addition of the green jade coins, very pretty pop of color with the neutral palette

  51. Oh you are so ingenious! I love the bracelet and I LOVE the way you overcame the size issue! Wonderfully purrrrrrrrrfect, as my cats would say! Congratulations!

  52. I have found sometimes in jewelry design you have to go with the flow. Things don't always go smooth. You came out a winner, great design.

  53. That is really so nice! I would love to wear it!

  54. Like that kitty clasp and the colors of those beads are wonderful with silver. Nice design.

  55. Lovely bracelet, I love the colors!

  56. I love that Zebra Jasper Agate Focal. It turned out really nice. Started following your blog and will be checking back for your giveaway.

  57. I love the focal too, as well as the kitty clasp! So cute! Great bracelet!

  58. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  59. great work w/ the clasp that wouldn't play nicely!

  60. very pretty I am only in the ninetys not sure how some of you get done so fast. Love your creation.

  61. beautiful! I totally love the green with that zebra jasper :)

  62. Very nice! I would have never thought to pair that green with the black/grey of the other beads. You pulled it off beautifully!!

  63. Love the Zebra Jasper and the Kitty clasp. The green is a nice addition and I like the way you adapted with the clasp.

  64. Beautiful bracelet and that kitty clasp is just too cute! You have so many more fantastic goodies to work with! I can't wait to see what you create! :-)

  65. Looks like you have a great stash left over and a wonderful bracelet made from your soup. I haven't made it through all the blogs yet but I have a few favorites too. Thanks for sharing!

  66. I can't wait to see what else you make with your soup. Very pretty!

  67. Hello, Gorgeous! I enjoyed stopping by to see your Bead Soup this evening... your bracelet has a nice exotic flair with the beads and cat clasp. And what a great idea to add in the green pop of color - you made a beautiful design!

  68. Love the bracelet! Great save on the clasp :)

  69. That's a very nice bracelet! I like how you added a touch of green to the greyscale and the cat adds extra interest to the design used like that. Great job!

  70. Wow! What a soup you got! Love the cute bracelet! Love cats!

  71. Interesting color mix, and I love the result! Great job!

  72. Absolutely lovely! Love the green and silver combo :-)

  73. What a great job you have done. Love the focal piece and how you managed to fit all together.

    I would like to thank you for your kind words, it has really meant a lot, specially as I am having a really tough time.

    Just So you know, I have left a thank you note on my blog, and I would love you to read it if you have the time.

    A big hug your way.

  74. Great bracelet and I love working with black and white! Lovely!

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