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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bead Soup Reveal 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party

It's finally here, the August 25th Reveal.  This year Lori Anderson had over 400 participants! Wow, way to go Lori, that is amazing.

I'm thrilled to be a part of it, and was paired up with a wonderful artist glass from Germany, Kathrin Lembke.  Her work is amazing!  

Here are the beautiful items she sent me.  Kathrin hand made the lovely glass focal, and all the smaller glass beads.  She incorporated a cream, dark navy and brown hues, so pretty!

So here is what I did with some of those beautiful gifts.
I wrapped her focal, and gave it that vintage look I love. Really challenging for me, since I don't normally work with glass, and it was so much fun!

And here is how the whole necklace looks.  I incorporated a few crystals, a wrapped key, some chain, and voila!

What a fun project.  I used the beautiful toggle in the front, instead of hiding it in the back.
Fun, huh?

And here is what I sent to Kathrin. I made a pendant, with some vintage items, attaching a vintage rhinestone earring!  Then I thought some blue Amazonite and Chalcedony might be fun, with some beautiful pearls and bone, and threw in some crystals and bling.  What Kathrin creating is just amazing!! Go check it out!! It is sooooo beautiful!
Great job partner!

Thank you Lori Anderson!! You did an amazing job with your Bead Soup once again!
Thanks for all your hard work.

Here's the third and final reveal.  You can hop around and see all the amazing creations.
For a full list of all four hundred participants, go to Lori's blog here.

Happy hopping everyone!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry 

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog

Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs

Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Have fun!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paradise in the Northwest

I got through another year of summer shows!

And what a summer it was.  Between the highest temps I can remember, yes I know it isn't really hot to you Southerners, but high for here for sure!  Battling 85 degrees, and a few ladies not wanting to even try jewelry on, my shows were a smashing success.  Thanks to all who came, looked, purchased and signed my guest book.  I loved meeting each and every one of you.

That smile is all about the last day of the show, and it is almost over, ha ha!
Notice the Magnolia Pearl, lovvvveeeee her clothes! 
Need another visit to Round Top I think for a another couple of pieces?? Eh Diane??

And thank you for all the amazing birthday wishes.  
The show happened on my birthday, so that was fun to let everyone know I was celebrating even more.

Fred and I got to take a quick one night break to Victoria to visit my friend Jill Rockwell. It is always so much fun to head out of the country, and all of an hour ferry ride away.

I took a lot of pictures at an amazing tourist attraction, called Buchart Gardens.
This is a place I have heard about all my life, and had never been.
It is worth the wait. oh my.

Here's a little window shopping picture of a grand ball gown, made of napkins, I thought it was amazing.

Just a couple of the grounds. There are about 55 acres I believe. Or was that 500?? I don't know, it went on forever, and was a picture postcard at every turn.

Fred and I couldn't believe how well manicured everything was, just spotless.
Oh to have a green thumb.
I'm such a goofball, but great archway!

Look at the Oriental garden, wow.

Going in to the rose garden. Swoon.

Okay, this is cool. I shot the poster about the Sunken Garden, so you could see it.
This used to be a quarry, and wait until you see what they did with it.  Mrs. Buchart was such an amazing visionary.  This garden was started in 1912, wow.  If she could see it now.

And here is how it looks today, converted from a quarry. 
Just breathtakingly beautiful.  And in full bloom.

That's my little part of paradise up here in the Pacific Northwest.
A pinch of sun, a ferry ride, and beauty.
Such an amazing recipe for smiles.

Lots of hugs and love,