Sunday, April 14, 2013


As I was making some do-dads, I came across these tiny little blue flower shaped beads.  Or they could be spacers, I suppose.  But, as I was looking at them, the tiny flower, Forget-Me-Not's came to mind.  So, after making over 150 wire wrapped blue flowers with yellow centers, this is the bracelet that I ended up with...

Thanks for looking-
Hugs to all,

Friday, April 12, 2013

Bead Soup is DONE!

What a journey!  I have worked and changed my design a million times.  My Bead Soup partner is Cheri Mitchell-Reed from Canton, Ohio.  Her blog is  I was challenged with my ingredients.  I have never worked with fibers of any kind and I don't think I have ever used a heart focal in any of my designs.   Along with the heart was glass beads, silver toned chain and clasp, and a strand of Sari Silk.  So...I was definitely challenged by my ingredients. Just to remind you of what Cheri sent me, see a picture below...
I sent Cherie some of my handmade lampwork beads, a lampwork focal, a selection of Czech glass beads, Greek beads, others beads and then a variety of Bali silver and Hill Tribes silver.  A reminder picture is below...

Bead Soup from Cheri at

Lampwork beads and others sent to Cheri Mitchell-Reed.

Bali and Hill Tribes silver beads and clasps.

Thanks!  Posted at 12:02 EST.


My Bead Soup Blog Party Design...WELCOME!!!

 7th Bead Soup Blog Party!  Welcome to my blog!

I changed my design a couple of times.  Here is the first idea that I had-I just didn't like the fiber along the side of the necklace.  So, it had to go away.

 So, I played a little more and my final design is this---


 I wrapped a filigree piece around the heart to create a necklace that could be worn two ways.  I used azurite beads to pick up the blue and green in the focal heart and faceted crystal quartz to accent the beads.  I created 'heart' looking wire findings to connect the elements.  I made a double strand from the silver tube bead up to where the chain is attached.  I integrated the glass beads into a stack of bracelets.  I used the fiber that Cheri wrapped around my box to create one bracelet-just wrapped the fiber and used copper wire to hold it together.  There are a bunch of other pieces that make up the bunch of bracelets.  It was fun, fun, fun.  I so appreciate what Lori Anderson has done over the years.  This was the first time that I participated in the Bead Soup Blog Party and I hope not my last.  Lori deserves major kudos and praise beyond this world.  I truly do appreciate her dedication and vast amounts of time that she has committed to this project.  Thank you, Lori!
 God Bless You.


Here are the 2nd reveal guests and their sites.  Please visit their blogs/facebook to see what they have created with their Bead Soup ingredients.  Thank you!

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles

Christine Murrow

Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs
Terry Carter
Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

Facebook Participants

D’Arsie Manzella     
Claire Brannigan Hasemeier
Robin Showstack
Melanie Lemen Swope
Beccy Peterson
Kelli Nelson
Chris Schlicht
Shelley Cole-Kuduk

I had fun...I think I said that already!  Thanks for looking-

Hugs to all,