Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup! It's What's On!

Bead Soup creation - Flora

 My lovely Bead Soup partner, Marie Covert, sent me such a wonderful bevy of goodies that I had a really hard time deciding what to use for the Bead Soup Blog Hop event.  So, I used a bit of everything.


 I started working on my main piece, an embroidered necklace, when there was still 22 inches of snow on the ground.  All I wanted was to see my garden, full of flowers.  I tried really hard to be as zen as this face cabochon, but doubt I ever managed to look as calm as her.  So I surrounded her with a riot of ribbon that Marie hand-dyed, and lucite flowers from my own stash.  Crystals and czech glass from my soup worked well as accents.  Even the butterfly that Marie included fit in well with the design.  I used some of the lampwork Marie sent as well, for the neckpiece, thinking the aqua color mimicked a nice blue spring sky.


 Since part of the challenge is to stretch yourself, making jewelry out of your comfort zone, I'm happy that I incorporated the ribbon.  I think it adds a bit of whimsy, but it might also be too much.  I know, as if flowers and frills could ever be "too much." 

I'm sending the necklace off to a little 2 1/2 year old girl who is currently entranced with beads, and frills, and being a princess.  I think she'll have fun playing dress-up with this piece.


 I made myself a bracelet from the pearls and stone roses that Marie sent, and a pair of earrings that go with the necklace.  I'm fairly certain that when I see the MaMa on Mother's Day, the bracelet will disappear.  Hard to deny the MaMa anything.

I think this is my fourth time enjoying Bead Soup.  So Much Fun, Always.  If you want to check out past creations, go here.  And here. Thank you, Lori Anderson, for bringing all of us beady people together!  And thank you, Marie - for all of your generosity!

Now, I'm off to blog hop!  Here's the list link to join me!


39 comments:

  1. Your soup cooked to perfection. I love the floral and spring look!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a great necklace! It sure screams Spring (which some of us are still waiting for)>

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love what you did! And the colors -- yum! I really like the way you used the ribbons and the flowers and the beads and, well, I just flat out love it.

    T

    ReplyDelete
  4. That necklace is gorgeous! And no, the ribbons definitely weren't too much :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I have to say, that screams of warm sunny days!!! I love what you did, I'm glad you used the stone flowers, the bracelet is really nice! It has been a pleasure meeting you and Thank you so much for the wonderful bead soup you sent to me. I am still having fun playing with it!!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Such a charming and whimsical necklace. Love all the considered details in it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great! What a charming necklace, an eyecatch for sure! There is so much to discover in it - beautiful bead soup, Skylar!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I would so wear this necklace, it is stunning! Beautiful work!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love the very whimsical designs. Nice work.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Absolutely brilliant, your pieces are always so unique, but this is out of this world!

    ReplyDelete
  11. As always your work stuns me in such a good way! You create works of art and I have no doubt that necklace is going to where it'll be enjoyed the most; in the imagination of a vivacious child :)

    Those bracelet and earrings are gorgeous as well! The colors definitely pop and I love how the earrings are mismatched.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow, that necklace is just incredible. And I love the earrings and goodies - what a colorful, whimsical, happy bunch of goodies! And can I just say again, necklace, HOLY WOW. :-D

    ReplyDelete
  13. That necklace is so much fun!! The little one would look very pretty wearing that! Just lovely!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Lovely work! I'm sure the young lady you are sending the necklace too will make good use out of it.

    ReplyDelete
  15. OMG! Before you send it off, I'd send it to a magazine -- that is a piece of art, and very, very freaking cool. I love it.

    I also love those stone flowers. Any time I see flowers like that I snag some, Right now I have some in coral (wait -- I think I used those up) and some that are low-profile in vintage mother of pearl (HOARDING!)

    You did a beautiful job, and I'm so happy to have had you participate over the years.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Lori! Glad to be a part of something so wonderful!

      Delete
  16. The necklace is such a wonderful breath of spring -- it made me think of a Maypole, with the flowers and ribbons and the queen of the May. The bracelet is great, too. I love the stone roses!

    ReplyDelete
  17. The bracelet and earrings set is so pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow! That Necklace just Sings of Spring! I love that bracelet of the stone roses too, but the necklace is awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  19. So breezy and tropical and fun!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love the whimsical piece with the ribbons. That little girl is going to go nuts when she see's it.

    ReplyDelete
  21. you prepared all I love-flowers in romantic designs! superb!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Beautiful necklace! I was just thinking I would love to wear it, when you mentioned this girl... just a bit younger than me!

    ReplyDelete
  23. So imaginative and sure to make a lifelong lover of jewelry in that little friend, Skylar! I adore those beautiful little roses, too :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. The necklace is stunnig, great design. And I love the little roses in the bracelet.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hi Skylar, That little girl is lucky to receive your beautiful necklace. The carved rose bracelet is pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  26. WOW! Sensational! Your floral jewelry is exquisite! Indeed, a beautiful spring garden. With so much snow, you created your own paradise & it is splendid. Your mismatched earrings are very cool -- and I love the gemstone rose bracelet. I'm sure Mom loves it! Wonderful reveal! Happy Hopping! ♥ Rita

    ReplyDelete
  27. Love your floral necklace and the bracelet is really nice. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wonderful designs! I think your princess will be very happy with her gift and I wouldn't be at all surprised if mama claimed that beautiful bracelet :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Its a very different necklace - I wish you had put up a pic showing the full design

    ReplyDelete
  30. So unique =) Love the necklace...

    ReplyDelete
  31. Your rose bracelet is quite sweet and pretty. Makes me want to find some botanic gardens right now. Your necklace is unique and colorful and full of inspiring things to look at. Wonderful designs and use of your soup!

    ReplyDelete
  32. You know, that necklace works out, and to send it to a 2 and 1/2 year old princess is a good idea. You didn't even mention all the seed beads in it. i like the stone roses on the bracelet too

    ReplyDelete
  33. Oooooh, your pieces are super! That frilly necklace is so cool!! It's definitely not my usual style, but something about it just calls out to me. Of course, I also really love the rose bracelet. It's subtle and beautiful! Magnificent work!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I love that the face on your focal is peeking out from such a glorious garden! What a fun necklace! The bracelet is sweet and I do like a pair of unmatched earrings. Asymmetry for the ears. Nice job!

    ReplyDelete
  35. What a festive bouquet of a necklace! Bold and bright! The carved beads in the bracelet are beautifully assembled and I think those mismatched earrings are cool and go with both of your creations!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Love the artsy approach to your work. Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

    ReplyDelete
  37. That sweet 2 and a half year old will believe she's a fairy princess with that awesome necklace. What a gorgeous statement of spring longing.

    ReplyDelete