Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Party Has Begun!

 Today is the Bead Soup Blog Hop!!!  This has been challenging but fun and exciting.  My bead soup came from Natalie McKenna, I used some of her beads and some of my own.  The challenge was to use the focal and the clasp that was sent to you by your partner.  Natalie was kind enough to send me a couple options for the focal. 

For the necklace I used one of her "inchies" and riveted it to a piece of copper that I had cut and pounded and stamped, that became my focal.  I added a couple lampwork beads, enamel beads and some dog tooth amethyst. I like the light feel of this necklace and how I went from light purples in the front to a deep purple in the back. She sent me a leaf inchie too that I also loved, but unfortunately for me, when I was drilling it I had a mishap....I was very sad.

On the bracelet I used the really cool clasp that Natalie made herself out of copper. I also used some of the clay beads and a lot of the czech, seed and pony beads she sent me. I added some of my own lampwork and enamel beads and a bunch of copper spacers and chain.

I love the colors in both of these pieces. I am not usually a purple person, but really came to appreciate all the variations of purple Natalie sent me and happily used them all!!  I did go out of my comfort zone when I decided to rivet the focal.  And after a couple of tries, I am very happy with how it turned out. I did find myself going back to what is comfortable and using lampwork beads and the enameled beads that I have been learning to make myself lately.

I really enjoyed this hop. The uncertainty of putting together a soup for someone I have never met, the excitement of waiting for and getting my box of goodies and then getting down to business and putting it all together.

Click on each name to go to their blogs.
These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

1. Aimee Wheaton and Barbara York
2. Alice Craddick and Sandra Richardson
3. Alison Sachs and Amy Severino
4. Allison Scott and Cynthia Abner
5. Amanda Cargill Austin and Charlene Sevier
6. Amanda Davie and Patsy Evins
7. Amber Dawn and Kim Ballor
8. Ambra Gostoli and Christine Hansen
9. Amy Freeland and Christine Altmiller
10. Ana Krepel-Novak and Eleanor Snare

11. Andrea Morici and Hope Smitherman
12. Andrea Trank and Jayne Capps
13. Andrea Turini and Charlene Jacka
14. Angela May and Emanda Johnson
15. Anitra Gordy and Elizabeth Owens Dwy
16. Ann Rishell and Debbie Price
17. Ann Sherwood and Lynne Bowland
18. Anna Lear and Barbe Saint John
19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel
19. Nan Emmett and Erin Siegel
20. Astrid Boyce and Birgitta Lejonklou

21. B.R. Kuhlman and Deanna Chase
22. Barbara Bechtel and Bryna Lumb
23. Barbara Blaszczyk and DaviniaDesign
24. Barbara Judy and Holly Westfall
25. Barbara Lewis and Cathie Carroll
26. Barrie Edwards and Lyn Foley
27. Becky Fairclough and Jana Tarhala
28. Bella Borgouise and Gillian Lehman
29. Beth and Evie McCord and Erin Prais-Hintz
30. Beth Bricker and Heather Pyle

31. Beth Emery and Cassie Donlen
32. Bobbie Rafferty and Cindy Cima Edwards
33. Candice McGinnis and Sally Anderson
34. Carol Bradley and Cece Cormier
 35.  Cathy Khoury and Molly Alexander
 36. Carol Tannahill and Hilary Frye
37. Carrie Tahquechi and Cris Peacock
38. Cat Pruitt and Cindy Gimbrone
39. Charlene Gary and Doris Stumpf
40. Charlotte Pevny and Kate Gardenghi

41. Cherrie Fickand Cathie Carroll
41. Claire Maunsell and Cherrie Fick
42. Cheryl Roe and Jenny Vidberg
43. Chris White and Norma Turvey
44. Christa Murphy and Kathy Alderfer
45. Christie Murrow and Dana James
46. Christina Miles and Collette Collins
47. Christine Brandel and Elizabeth Woodford
48. Christine Damm and Cynthia Deis
49. Christine Hendrickson and Debbie Goering
50. Christine Stonefield and Dee Wingrove-Smith

51. Cilla Watkins and Johanna Rhodes
52. Cindy Wimmer and Riki Schumacher
53. CJ Baushka and Cory Celaya
54. Courtney Breul and Joanna Matuszczyk
55. Cristi Clothier and Kathleen Robinson Young
56. Cryss Thain and Serena Trent
57. Cynthia Tucker and Kitty Durmaj
58. Dana Johnson Jones and Eva Sherman
59. Davinia Algeri and Janet McDonald
60. Deci Worland and Lara Lutrick

61. Diana Ptaszynski and Kristy Abner
62. Diane Cook and Kerry Bogert
63. Diane Hawkey and Jen Judd Velasquez
64. Dorcas Midkiff and Jill Harris
65. Doris Radlicki and Heather Goldsmith
66. Dot Lewallen and Gaea Cannaday
67. Elisabeth Auld and Jennifer Justman
68. Erin Fickert-Rowland and Geanina Grigore
69. Erin Grant and Julie Jones
70. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz

71. Fiona Christie and Michelle Heim
72. Gail Zwang and Genea Crivello-Knable
73. Geneva Collins and Jana Haag
74. Gretchen Nation and Heidi Post
75. Heather DeSimone and Karin Slaton
76. Heather Marley and Terry Carter
77. Ingrid McCue and Jennifer Pride
78. Jackie Ryan and Nicole Keller
79. Janna Harttgen and Joanne Tinley
80. Jean Yates and Lori Anderson

81. Jelveh Jaferian and Jenny Davies-Reazor
82. Jenni Connolly and Jennifer Heynen
83. Jennifer Cameron and Kristi Bowman
84. Jennifer Geldard and Lisa Liddy
85. Jennifer VanBenschoten and Kim Hora
86. Jess Italia Lincoln and Lori Greenberg
87. Jill MacKay and Lori Bergmann
88. JJ Jacobs and Karen Tremblay
89. Joyce Becker and Kathy Welsh
90. Judy Glende and Karen Sinkowski

91. Judy Riley and Kelly Morgan
92. JuLee Wolfe and Julie Bean
93. Julianna Cannon and Julianna Kis
94. Julie Nordine and Lesley Watt
95. K. Hutchinson and Shea Zukowski
96. Karen Firnberg and Karyn Bonfiglio
97. Karen Williams and Kimberly Roberts
98. Karen Zanco and Polly Barker
99. Kari Carrigan and Laura Twiford
100. Karin von Hoeren and Laura Blanck

101. Kate Richbourg and Lorelei Eurto
102. Kathleen Lange Klik and Maria Clark
103. Kathy Engstrom and Keri Lee Sereika
104. Kay Thomerson and Loretta Carstensen
105. Kelley Fogle and Laurel Bielec
106. Kelly Ramstack and Sally Anderson
107. Kim Stevens and Tiffany Long
108. Kristi Harrison and Mandy Williamson
109. Kristi Kyle and Lana Kinney
110. Kristina Johansson and Sue Hodgkinson

111. Kym Hunter and Laura Sanger
112. Laura Zeiner and Susan Kennedy
113. Laurel Steven and Mary McGraw
114. Laurie Hanna and Lisa Boucher
115. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca
116. Linda Djokic and Tracey Weiser
117. Linda Inhelder and Pam Brisse
118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington
119. Linda Murphy and Lisa Hamilton
119.  Line Labrecque and Marianne Baxter
120. Lisa Lodge and Monica Johnson

121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir
122. Lola Surwillo and Therese Frank
123. Lori Bowring Michaud and Marci Brooks
124. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron
125. Maggie Towne and Marge Beebe
126. Malin de Koning and Susie Hibdon
127. Mallory Hoffman and Shirley Moore
128. Marcie Abney and Patty Miller
129. Marcy Lamberson and Melissa Clarke
130. Margot Potter and Suzann Sladcik Wilson

131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum
132. Maria Horvath and Melinda Orr
133. Maria Rosa Sharrow and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp
134. Marian Hertzog and Melissa Mesara
135. Marianna Boylan and Sandi Lee James
136. Marina Dobrynina and Michaela Pabeschitz
137. Marsha Neal and Miri Agassi
138. Mary Ellen Parker and Melissa Meman
139. Mary Elliott and Tamara Soper
140. Mary Hicks and Laurel Steven

141. Melissa Pynn and Michelle Buettner
142. Michelle Hardy and Niki Meiners
143. Michelle Mach and Moira McEvoy
144. Missy Rappaport and Norma Agron
145. Molly Alexander and Poranna
146. Mylene Hillam and Nicole Rennell
147. Nadezhda Parfyonova and Stacey Curry
148. Nan Emmett and Nancy Peterson
149. Nancy Boylan and Natalie McKenna
150. Natalie Monkivitch and Niky Sayers

151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari
152. Noemi Baena and Penny Ilagan
153. Pamela Petry and Rebecca Sirevaag
154. Pat Haight and Mary McGraw
155. Patty Gasparino and Vonna Maslanka
156. Penny Neville and Sandi Volpe
157. Pepita Bos and Wendy Chamberlain
158. Raida Disbrow and Rebecca Watkins
159. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub
160. Regina Santerre and Rose Binoya

161. Rhea Freitag and Tari Kahrs
162. Rochelle Brisson and Sheryl Stephen
163. Sally Russick and Tracy Bell
164. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams
165. Sandra Wolberg and Sara Hardin
166. Sarah Elder and Salla Small
167. Saskia Kaffenberger and Sharon Gardner
 168. Sharon Palac and Shannon Chomanczuk
169. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley
170. Shiraz Biggie and Tammy Powley

171. Staci Smith and Tracy Stillman
172. Stacie Stamper and Tracy Martin
173. Stefanie Teufel and Vicky Taylor
174. Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie LaRosa
175. Stephanie Haussler and Valerie Norton
176. Suzanne Tate and Terri Wlaschin
177. Sweet Freedom Designs and Tammy Jones
178. Tania Spivey and Tari Sasser
179. Tara Plote and Terry Matuszyk
180. Terri Gauthier and Deana Hager
181. Theresa Fosdick and Tracey Nanstad


  1. Your bracelet item really speaks to me...I love the rustic, earthy colours with a mix of metal and texture...really lovely design.

  2. Oh wow Nancy! You did my stuff a lot of justice!! Love them, especially the bracelet, the toggle looks fab with those colours!!! Should have mine up soon!! xx

  3. wow Nancy! those are gorgeous! I love that copper and riveting the "inchie" was a great idea, it looks awesome! Really great designs! Great job!

  4. Your Bead Soup pieces are just beautiful.

  5. I like the way you riveted that piece to the copper for the focal in the necklace and the graduation of the colors. And the bracelet is lovely. Wonderful job.

  6. Wonderful! You have created two terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture. Thank you for sharing your artistic process with us. Cheers!

  7. I love what you did with the inchie... it's fabulously simple yet so eyecatching.

  8. So beautiful! I love the bracelet especially - all those gorgeous colours!

  9. That bracelet is really special. I love the blend of colors and textures.

  10. Awesome bracelet, bold and colorful! Love the necklace too! Beautiful!

  11. Great job! I'm partial to the bracelet!

  12. Love it all! I love the multistrand bracelet's colors and textures, and I love the metalwork, wirework, and colors in the necklace! Terrific!

  13. Pretty, pretty, pretty! What lovely metalwork you did, and how great the pieces turned out. Congratulations!

  14. WOW but I'm impressed! What an incredible amount of work and creativity! You should really be proud.

    I hope you'll join me next time -- the blog badge and dates are up on my blog now.

    Love, Lori

  15. What Loei said :^) Amazing and thank you for commenting on my blog

  16. Both pieces are gorgeous! I love the colors in the bracelet. I agree about the purples in the necklace, I like the way they go from dark to light.

  17. Great pieces. It looks like you really rose to the challenge and made something out of your normal "box".

  18. Nice work! Looks like you had a good balance of mixing what was familiar and new to come up with some different pieces!

  19. Great items. You certainly seem to have had a good time 'cooking' your soup. XX

  20. Very nice multi-stranded bracelet - a typical must-have for this autumn! Greetings, Michi

  21. Nancy, these are stunning! Well done! I love the multi strand bracelet, the colors, the textures are just so rich and set off that gorgeous clasp beautifully! And the necklace is just so beautiful! Wonderful!

  22. that bracelet would be as fast favorite of mine!!! i love the style and the feel of it! and the necklace too! it is beautiful!

  23. You used some really cool techniques and both pieces are just wonderful.

  24. Artsy and have done something truly unique with your beads soup mix. The bracelet is crazy cool!

  25. I love both pieces. The inchie pendent is fabulous! I love how many of you have taken your focal and done metalwork with it to make it your own. The bracelet is wonderful as well.

  26. both are so eclectic and unique. The toggle on the bracelet is gorgeous and I believe this knid of toggle works best with a bracelet. Great bead soup :-)

  27. Gorgeous! Love both of these! Love the wire work! love that toggle clasp!

  28. I love both of them, but I'm really digging the copper piece you put on the back of the focal. I would totally be wearing that necklace all the time!!

  29. Lovely !! both of the pieces ..and I must admit I am a copper-lover and also those colors are favorites to me! That pendant is stunning JUMM

  30. Both pieces are so pretty! I especially love the bracelet!

    Julie & Andrea

  31. Such lovely pieces made from a fantastic soup mix! I love the riveted focal - great job! :)

  32. I am so sorry I am so late hopping your way. My computer dug it's heels in and said Not gon'a go thaat fast.:^)
    Your designs are nothing short of amazing.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

  33. That bracelet is so lush with so much to see and touch. The necklace is fun! I love the coils. They add a touch of whimsy

  34. Oh my these are gorgeous - I especially love the multistrand bracelet with that large toggle - I think it would look so nice on my wrist!:)

  35. Very unique! I think the bracelet is my fave though. So fun and chunky and that toggle is amazing!

  36. I love the electic look of the bracelet and the beautiful peacock colours. Nice work.

  37. Very pretty! That bracelet is especially fun, like a party on your arm.

  38. Love what you did with the bracelet. That copper clasp needed something bold, and you stepped it up for a stunning design.

  39. I LOVE your style!! Fantastic work. We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,

  40. Fantastic necklace and I LOVE the bracelet.

  41. Beautiful jewellery! The necklace looks great, but it's the bracelet that's my fave. Love the colours, mixed bead shapes and chunky design. Love it! Fab job!

  42. I really like the colours you've combined here, both pieces are great!

  43. Holy smokes! Both of your pieces are very lovely, but I really love that bracelet. The colors are divine and go with everything in my wardrobe. Fantastic!

  44. I love how you created that focal!!! Lovely work!!! Off to check out your Etsy Shop!!

  45. Love the bracelet! great job!

  46. Beautiful pieces! Love your mix of colors in your bracelet! Great job on the focal - looks amazing with the purples!

  47. very lovely, wonderful colors, love love love!!!

  48. Two great pieces. I love the fact they have so many elements to them both. The bracelet is just such a good mix....great colors. Love the focal in the necklace..the clasp looks cool too. May I ask what an inchie is?!

  49. Beautifully done, love your bracelet. The multi strand is so gorgeous, great job! Thanks for swinging by! Riki

  50. Wow wow wow! I love what you made! The bracelet is impressive!

  51. I am still blog hopping! I really like the elements that you added in for both pieces. Nice combination of shapes and colors. The spirals in the necklace are a nice touch. Both pieces are beautiful!