Saturday, September 17, 2011

BEAD SOUP REVEAL!

IT'S TIME TO REVEAL!

Every now and again in life, you just get lucky. Is it because you have eaten your Lucky Charms for breakfast, did the planets align correctly, or did you possibly pay it forward at some point and the sky opened up its beautiful treasures to warm your heart?

Well, I got lucky.  I was sweet Cindy Wimmer's  partner for my first Bead Soup exchange.  Believe me, that was lucky for so many reasons.  

Cindy and I have been blogging friends for a couple of years now, and I love to hop over to her blog for so many reasons. It is one of those feel good blogs, one that makes you smile, one that touches your heart, and pulls at all your heart strings.  Not only due to the adorable children pictures, but she is such a talented lady.  She is a partner in presenting the East coast retreat, Artbliss, check it out everyone! And she is published, makes amazing jewelry, and well...did I say talented??

She and I have drooled over our antique finds for years. Every time she posts some of the fun finds while antiquing, I lust after everything, you lucky guys on the East coast!

So while on vacation recently, guess who is thinking about wee little me? Cindy of course, because that's the kind of gal she is. Not busy enough chasing three boys around on holiday, she is shopping for the Bead Soup exchange.


So not only did she purchase these amazing pieces, she gave great thought to the careful labeling and creative packaging of my sweet loot! Yes, I am a lucky girl, and I'm on my toes, singing with joy as I opened her thoughtful wrapping, oozing with love. Aren't these pieces to die for?


On top of the amazing antique and vintage, hand selected treasures, she finds this charming jar, and includes that as well.  Cindy, you have spoiled me completely!



This is what I created with Cindy's treasures. 
I hope you like it Cindy,  it was so easy to be inspired by your finds, and sit down and work with all these amazing pieces! Vintage leaves, a leaf broach, beautiful crystals, sari silk, a gorgeous hand made brass clasp, (big sigh here). Wow, a touch of bling, a whisper of silk, vintage chain, wow. 

Thank you to Lori Anderson for coordinating this Bead Soup, you are amazing Lori. I understand this was a record for the number of participants this time. 

I can't wait to go blog hopping and see what all of you have created from your exchange.

115 comments:

Lorelei Eurto said...

I think you got paired up with the best partner! Cindy created wonderful things with your mix. And you did a fantastic job with the goodies she sent you!

Shelby said...

Cindy does make spome great finds! Your necklace is gorgeous!

In the Light of the Moon said...

I was so excited to see what you came up with ....and Girl....I am not dissapointed!!Stunning Riki!!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

The necklace is gorgeous! I love the leaves (my favorite part). Looks like a great year round piece too!

mairedodd said...

you two were a fabulous pairing - this is absolutely beautiful...

Barbara Lewis said...

Beautiful, Riki. You and Cindy were a perfect pair!

Diane said...

Your necklace turned out beautiful Riki! Love the focal, don't you? And, those vintage leaves are just so special. Cindy sent perfect little packages...she is so thoughtful!
Loved seeing your soup....you did a great job my friend =)

DaviniaDesign said...

Stunning is the word that crosses my mind.
The beautiful goodies were placed right where they belong!

Therese's Treasures said...

Riki, your necklace is simply beautiful! I love how you used the mix that Cindy sent to you.
Therese

Cindy said...

Riki! My goodness, what a drop-dead gorgeous necklace!! I knew it would be. When you mentioned that you had finished yours, I was so tempted to ask to see a sneak peak....I couldn't wait! I knew you would design something out-of-the-box as well. I would have never dreamed up a design like this, and the way you attached the rhinestone focal (and I'm wondering how you did that!). The way you attached the leaves is great - it sure moves the eye along the entire design, which is all tied together so beautifully. It was such a joy and what an honor to be paired with you, Riki. I was the luckiest girl in the Bead Soup party. :-) And thank you for all of the kind words you shared here (I'm blushing!). I couldn't help but point out that it's 4 boys that I'm chasing around,...but actually 5 if you count my husband! :-) It was my pleasure putting together these components for you....this was the party has been a true highlight in my life.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Wow - gorgeous! What a lucky gal indeed! I'm drooling and would've been in tears seeing that loot. Beautiful!

Lori's Glassworks said...

Stunning! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of texture and the great vintage leaves. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
Lori

Charlene said...

LUCKY YOU!!! Your pieces from Cindy were amazing!!! And what you did with them should make her proud!!!! STUNNING! But, everything you make always is stunning!!! Have fun settling back in & hanging out with your Art Sisters! WISH I WAS THERE TOO! I really want to come back out for Remenants of the Past in San Luis in October. I bet he says NO since I was just there... :(
HUGS to you & Mad Dog! Elle just left with her Daddy & our GRAND to get a trailer he bought. ANOTHER TOY!!!!
Chrlene

Deci said...

Hello from Los Osos! The necklace is gorgeous.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

What a beautiful necklace! I love the leaves.

Debby ~ Romancing the Bling said...

Riki, your necklace is exquisite! I love your composition of all the delish vintage items Cindy sent you! I hope you will be bringing the necklace to Art Is You so that I can see it in person ~ please, please! :)

I can't wait to meet you my new friend!

Debby

SueAnn said...

Oh my! I am so jealous!! What a beautiful assortment of beads and such!! And your creation is fabulous!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Kristen said...

Yep you two were so meant to be paired! I love both of your creations!

Maija said...

Wow!! You got such a fabulous selection of beads and things and you turned it into something amazing!! You two were perfect partners!!

Shirley said...

You made that seem as if it just came together all on it's own, but the designer is shining thru! What a lovely, romantic feel it evokes.

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

You both did a fabulous job on picking out goodies! Love what you did with the goodies you received! Reminds me of all time Hollywood ladies! Simply stunning work!

la mar de bonita said...

A wonderful necklace, very chic! A piece, which I would wear on a very special day!
Greetings, Michi

rockcreekcreations said...

Well, you did a wonderful job!! But I"m sort of glad you got that mix, because I would have had NOOOO idea what to make!! Awesome Job!!

dorylyn said...

The necklace is beautiful, Riki!

Karyn B said...

A perfect mix of old and modern. SO gorgeous and inspiring!

susie said...

Dear Riki...
What a FABULOUS Bead Soup you have made & Cindy sent you some amazing elements to work with!! the end result is truly scrumptious!!!! Big Hugs,
Susie

Genea said...

How wonderful for you two to be paired up. It's really fantastic that you all share the same love of vintage things and styles. You are both such a compliment to each other!

Beautiful necklace. Such a wonderful vintage and antique feeling to it!

xo Genea

Tracy said...

What a wonderful vintage necklace, just beautiful and very romantic.

farmlady said...

I love the expression "Bead Soup". The assortment of goodies that Cindy sent you has, as always, turned into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Glad you had such a great time with this.
Hope to see you at Art Is You next week.... with Diana??

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Your necklace turned out gorgeous,Riki!!
You and your partner were the perfect match.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs,
Marie

Jules said...

Hi Riki,

Another gorgeous piece! I would expect nothing less. You have outdone yourself with this stunning piece. Cindy was right on with her "soup". Your piece is incredibly beautiful and the epitome of a romantic relic!

Jules

Sandy Navarro said...

Riki, I love this piece! You and Diane have inspired me to jump in nex time.

Hugs!

rosebud101 said...

You did a great job! Wow!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Lucky indeed! What a sweet selection you received from Cindy, and what a perfect design for those gorgeous vintage trinkets. Looks like you had a lot of fun in the process and came out with a really beautiful finished piece.

Charlene said...

What happened to the tutorial on how to solder bling in your workshops??? I went to look & it's gone...??? HUGS!

Astrid said...

What a gorgeous piece Riki, truly. I love vintage. What a beautiful blog you have!

Riki Schumacher said...

Sorry Charlene! Just listed more! Have at it!! Thanks, big hug, Riki

Ann said...

Beautiful necklace, you and Cindy were meant to be paired up. Both of you have such a wonderful vintage eye.

Cassie Donlen said...

What a beautiful necklace. I love what Cindy sent you and the way you incorporated everything together is quite stunning.

Esther said...

One of the most beautiful necklace I've seen!!! you did a wonderful work!! those pieces were for you riki!!congrats !! this piece is amazing!

Serena Trent said...

You know you and your partner made similar pieces that could be part of the same collection.

coffeeaddict said...

you two had so much fun with your soups, the joy shines through :-)

Lois Moon said...

Gorgeous!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Riki can you make anything that isn't stunningly beautiful? I don't think so! Your piece is gorgeous and put together so that the whole piece sings! Bravo!

Maggie said...

Serious vintage envy going on looking at what the two of you sent each other. Makes me want to pull out my collection and start playing. Beautiful!

Maria said...

Wow beautiful, love everything about it! Wonderful job!

Dana said...

Riki, I just love what you have done with the vintage pieces you received. Beautiful.

Courtney said...

Your ingredients are so stunning! Stunning. I love what you created, so graceful and elegant. Beautiful.

Shyme said...

What lovely ingredients you got!! And a stunning necklace came out of it as well! Love it!!

Alice said...

Riki,
What a gorgeous, gorgeous piece!!! I think my heart is beating a bit too fast here.

Are you keeping this treasure to yourself?

Jen Crossley said...

Riki wow really a beautiful piece.

Nancy said...

Wow, how beautiful! This is such a great repurposing of beautiful pieces.

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things said...

Just lovely! I adore how people like you, Cindy, and Diane can make old treasure look so amazing. I'm truly in awe. Well done!

I hope you'll join me for the next party! The badge and dates are up on my blog!

Love, Lori

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Beautiful!

Holly said...

::Sigh:: What amazing work.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh yes it's gorgeous!!!

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Riki, this is stunning! So lovely and romantic. I'm in love just looking at it :-)

Enjoy your week!

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

I love your piece- so elegant and beautiful! I also really, really loved your beautiful writing. It was so moving to see how excited you were about your partner and your beads! Wonderful!

The Gritty Bird said...

GORGEOUS!!!! I adore it. Truly Lovely Work!

Shay Stone said...

That's a great bundle of components you got and your made a stunning piece!

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Beautiful. What an amazing partnering. Your styling and photography are perfect. Thanks for sharing. Cherrie

Boot ~C said...

great photos of a beautiful piece. nice wire wrapping too :)

Melissa Meman said...

Cindy gave you gorgeous components and you created a gorgeous piece from them...after seeing what she created with your components, I believe your partnership was inspired :)

GlassBeadArt said...

I don't know what to say....it is breathtaking!

sharon palac said...

So gorgeous! Have you worn it out and about yet? You're sure to get tons of oooh's and aaaah's!

uptwnsh said...

Vintage delight! This is a super piece!

Wendy said...

So pretty and romantic! Love it!

Shaiha said...

Luscious! I can see a Hollywood star walking down the red carpet wearing this necklace during the 50's.

Jenni said...

Oh your necklace is so pretty...I love all the vintage components Cindy sent you and you put them together in a style that showcased their beauty so perfectly.
jenni

Menno Jeweler said...

Your photography is gorgeous, as is the necklace!

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Barbara said...

Oh wow Riki! I couldn't wait to see what you would make with the unique things that Cindy sent to you! and disappoint, you did not! Great job!

Christine said...

Stunning & romantic! Love your necklace!!

KayzKreationz said...

What a wonderful soup. And you put it together so well. It looks like it's been in your family for years. You did a great job making a totally vintage necklace.

hello gorgeous said...

gorgeous! gorgeous! gorgeous creation....truly stunning sweetie ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

Noemi said...

What a great collection of items! It looks so luxurious.
And your photographs are outstanding!

Lyn Foley said...

Beautiful neckalce! I couldn't quit looking at it, and wanted more photos, more! Was that the clasp Cindy made near the front tucked under the silk? It was all impressive. Lucky you and your partner both.

Laurel said...

So beautiful! Cindy really is a perfect partner for you - great soup!

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

Oh Riki, you did such a beautiful job! Brava!!!

Molly Alexander said...

True to form, you have created a masterpiece! I LOVE this necklace - it is SO beautiful and SO you! :)

Sweet Freedom said...

How wonderful that you and your partner were already friends, and so in sync! You have done a wonderful job creating with your soup!

Beadbug said...

I love all you have cooked up with your soup. Nice job with the design.

Cindy Cima said...

Wow!! Amazing! Love the soup, the necklace, and the photography! Love your style!

Penny said...

You rocked your soup, that is an incredible necklace I could see that in a fashion magazine or worn or the red carpet of the academy awards!!

Burmese Jade said...

I'm in awe! You definitely rule the soup. I love it.

Mylene said...

Riki, you really lucked out with that stash! But you did an awesome job of pulling those beautiful vintage pieces together. I'd wear that piece in a heartbeat.

BahamaDawn said...

amazing jewelry you created!! you and Cindy made perfect partners!

Christine Altmiller said...

so so beautiful! you and your partner can have a line of jewelry together. i love the old styles!

Beadaholique said...

Oh my goodness, you and your partner couldn't have been more perfectly matched! I just LOVE both of the soups you sent to one another, and of course, what you did with them. Such absolutely gorgeous work! And I agree with Christine, you two should start a line of jewelry together ;)

Bobbie said...

Simply spectacular! Boy howdy, that is one fabulous necklace, and a great tribute to kindred spirits who were paired for the swap.

Diana said...

Wow Cindy certainly knows what you love...even down to the antique jar. Your necklace is fabulous my friend...I would expect nothing less from such a talented lady.
Hugs
Diana

LeeLu Creations said...

Love the vintage vibe!

Stacey said...

Oh you were spoiled - but seeing how appreciative you are - it is undoubtedly deserved! Your piece really is a work of art - very green in that you were able to re-purpose...maybe...forgotten pieces and bring them back to life!

CraftyHope said...

It's GORGEOUS! I'm not usually into anything with a gold tone to it, but I would definitely wear this necklace. It's absolute perfection!

Cory said...

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE what more can be said...

SoulsFireDesigns said...

*swoon* What a gorgeous piece!! She sent you such beautiful things and you took them and made magic! Wonderful!

Off the Beadin' Path said...

I'm adding supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to stunning and gorgeous! You made it look easy, the way it all flows together! But lots of forethought precedes the "looks easy" phase! So well done and such unique components, all carefully selected by Cindy! I like the crystals between the linked leaves, just a little extra interest there, perfect!

Heidi said...

What a beautiful creation. I have a pretty fair amount of nice vintage bits, and I have such a hard time trying to figure out how to put things together (without obvious connecting pieces). I'm excited to see what you've done!

Mary K. McGraw said...

It i amazing how you put all those vintage finds to such good use. Fabulous creation.

Terri said...

Vintage-y goodness. What a gorgeous piece! Such talent! You did a soup-er job with your soup mix!

Marie Cramp said...

I think your necklace came out completely and incredibly jaw dropping gorgeous!! You are truly an inspiration!!

Bonnie said...

That's an amazing piece you created from your blog soup! Very creative....fabulous.

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

Such a pretty necklace. That flower focal is awesome!

Andrea said...

She definitely sent something in your style. You made a to-die-for piece out of Cindy's components.

Βάσω Παππά Vasso Pappa said...

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORK!!! CONGRATSULATIONS!!!

maneki said...

Gorgeous necklace! Lovely colours and it has simplicity to the design that I really like but don't always see in vintage-inspired/recycled jewellery. Fab job!

Jennifer said...

Vintage finds, yet a fresh contemporary piece. Lovely work!

Aquariart said...

How wonderful that you two were partners and your creations are vintage treasures!

Skye said...

oh this is just stunning! I think this is one of my top fave pieces I've seen through this hop! Fabulous job!

Prairie Emporium said...

Riki!!! I love vintage and your design is over the top. Great soup to work with.

Sweet Willow Designs said...

I love the way you take all these different pieces and put them together in a cohesive yet funky way.

pinkchapeau said...

gorgeous necklace...wonderful vintage feel..one of my favorites so far :)

Jo said...

Oh that is just so beautiful! I've been looking forward to seeing what you made with the treasures Cindy sent you. All the different elements look as though they were created to be together.
Definitely one of my favourite pieces of the party!

Rebecca said...

This is SO beautiful! Definitely of my favourites in my (very extended) hop. It looks like it has such a story to tell.

chicandfrog said...

Your necklace is a real beauty, so gleaming and delicate.

Ambra