Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Reveal!

Hosted by the amazing Lori Anderson, this go-round of the Bead Soup Blog Party has 400 participants.  Whoa!  That's a lot of blogs to view! Thankfully, the party has been split up into three reveal dates, the first of which is today.

And guess who made the first group?  Me!  And my lovely, generous partner, Stacie Florer of Soul to Substance.  Stacie sent me lovely beads to work with:
A joy to work with, although not my usual bright color palate at all.  I love the focal - reminds me of a full moon at the beach. 
I've been missing my favorite southwest Florida beach lately (Nokomis Beach), so maybe my homesickness informed my choice.  I have so many wonderful memories of this beach - watching dolphins play at sunset, hunting shells, walking for miles down the shore.  Quiet, peaceful times of reflection, when a girl in her 20s was trying to figure out the woman she wanted to become.  It's one of the places I most feel like myself.  And it's one of the places that most haunts me now, as a woman trying to come to terms with some of the decisions and events of her life.

So, the gemstone and pearl chips also seemed to go with this beach theme.  And since I've been enjoying making cuff bracelets lately, that's the format that I chose.

I used seed beads to mimic waves, accented by the stones and pearls found at the tide break.  
Because the metal tucked into the cuff makes a clasp unnecessary, I wanted to use the wonderful spiral clasp that Stacie sent in a different way, as a connector for moon and star charms.
I'm happy with the flow of this bracelet, especially that it symbolizes a place that is so dear to my heart.  When I wear this bracelet, I want it to be an inspiration for my future - full of spirals and motion and gorgeous full moons, dancing on distant shores, connecting with nature - reminding me to keep dreaming and moving forward.

Be sure to take some time and enjoy the rest of the Bead Soup Blog Party!  Here's the other participants revealing their designs today:
 Hostess, Lori Anderson,
Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry
Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Sue Kooiman, Black Tassel Bazaar
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna


  1. This piece really speaks to me - maybe because you invested so much of yourself in it? It is gorgeous. Really gorgeous.

  2. OMG! I LOVE it! I could never have imagined such intricacy when I sent the soup...WOW! Your soup was literally soup for my soul, as my nieces got in on the fun and they helped me design my piece and it was one of the best days of my life...brought me much closer to them and made for memories I will never forget, nor will they. Blessings to you...

  3. Wow! This piece is gorgeous............... 'nuff said!

  4. Wow, great design! I love the color palette! And, the focal is super cool too! Enjoy the hop!

  5. Delightful creation.Love and hugs Tanya

  6. really lovely bracelet, love how you have used the clasp very inspired!

  7. incredible! don't know what else to say...

  8. So perfectly BEAUTIFUL! wow!
    jean yates!

  9. Wow! I cannot believe how stunning this is! A true artist...that's what you are!

  10. I love how it looks like the tides have scattered treasures across this cuff. It's a stunning piece

  11. OMG! Looks at all of the seed beadwork! Cool!

  12. See, I would lose my mind if I tried to do this. XD Amazing work !

  13. Oh my goodness. That is absolutely beautiful and it invokes such peaceful contented feelings in me. You are an amazing artist and I too love the way you used the clasp. Great job!

  14. Lovely bracelet. What a great job with the beadwork. I love it.

  15. I am in awe of your creative work. It is truly calming to look at so I can see how it would remind you of home. Beautiful job!

  16. Oh my heavens what a wonderful work of art! It is a calming pieces with lots of textures and meanings! Love it!

  17. The cuff is gorgeous, and the calming blue colors are dreamy and relaxing. Beautiful work.

  18. I'm a beach girl myself and am always drawn to it's hues. You really did a wonderful job capturing the feel of the water in this bracelet. I like that you stepped outside your comfort zone in regard to the colors and created something so calming and meaningful anyway. It's beautiful!

  19. What an absolutely fantastic bracelet!!! Some of my fondest memories are walking along the ocean, too -- your piece makes me think about all the vacations I spent in Bar Harbor, Maine. :)

  20. I must say that this is one of the best things at this reveal. Everything in your bracelet is beautiful and absolutely perfect :)

  21. Beautiful cuff, love the colors!

  22. Perfect composition, stunning colours! I like it!

  23. Your bracelet is absolutely AMAZING!! Well done :-)

  24. What a beautiful walk on the beach. Love the little bits caught in the waves and sand. Big wow!

  25. Awesome work - you rock that soup!

  26. I have never done this style of beadwork, and I am always gobsmackingly impressed! Lovely cuff!

  27. Lovely. I couldn't make that if my life depended on it.

  28. wow, I am always in awe of such talent to do seed bead work like this

  29. Oh my, absolutely stunning. You are very gifted!

  30. Cool! I like how you used the clasp in an nontraditional manner, and it's great to have a piece that's so sentimental to you :)

  31. I love your embroidered cuff! It is so detailed and intricate!

  32. I love the image of the moonlit beach. And the bracelet is so reflective of that. Very pretty!

  33. WOW! Your cuff is so amazing. I love the detail and the story that went with it.

  34. That bracelet is stunning! It surely carried me away as well! Wonderful piece!

  35. Your cuff is gorgeous! I loved your blog post too. Beautiful work!

  36. That is so stunning. You bead embroiderers must all be very zen people, I'd never have the patience to pull of something like this.

  37. That's absolutely STUNNING! I'm in awe of this sort of work -- it's like a painting!

  38. Your cuff is gorgeous, and that sort of work reminds me of a painting -- truly beautiful!

  39. You did a beautiful job on the cuff, and I love hearing the story of it's inspiration.

  40. That is so beautiful! You definitely achieved the goal of making it look like waves!

  41. Beautiful! It's always a treat to see great seed bead creations among the swap, and this one's a real piece of delicious eye candy!

  42. The cuff is absolutly beautiful. I really love the story!

  43. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. THIS is my favorite so far...besides, I'm a seed bead snob. If it's made in a freeform style with seed beads - I'm lovin' it. This is gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

  44. Hi Skylar,
    I love what you did with your bead soup it is gorgeous. As a bead weaver I am so glad to see that a few in this bead soup party stayed true to their love of seed beads whether they received them in their soup or not.

  45. Absolutely gorgeous pieces!
    Amazing work !

  46. This kind of beadwork is a total mystery to me - all I know is it's amazing!

  47. A beautiful bracelet, so intricate and so evocative of the beach at night!

  48. Beautiful bracelet! That's a lot of work and you got it done so quickly. Love it!

  49. Gorgeous cuff!! You really put a lot of work into this beaded design! Love it!

  50. Beautiful piece! Bead embroidery is something I've been wanting to try my hand at for awhile now! Love it!

  51. bead embroidery fascinates me, you are so talented!
    ciao dall'Italia

  52. You should definitely be happy with the flow of the bracelet. It's stunning! I have complete respect for designers who do bead embroidery. The amount of patience and work that goes into every piece is incredible. But the end result is always gorgeous - great job!

  53. Your beachy blue bracelet is to die for, just beautiful! I love the beach theme and blue is a favorite color. Now I have to learn how to do bead embroidery!

  54. wow,what a wonderful creation! you did a great job with your soup!

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