Saturday, February 26, 2011


Today is the day!! I think I made the most of my bead soup, I even made a second bracelet and the earring just this morning! Nothing like leaving inspiration until the last minute! I used almost everything that my bead Partner Claire sent me. Check out her BLOG to see what she made with what I sent her. I have not seen it yet myself, I wanted to save the surprise for after I posted mine!

I did have a struggle with the focal, it is not something I normally work with, but I figured out how it would look best and worked the leather cord in quite nicely!
The bracelet I could picture almost right from the beginning. Although I had some clear glass to work with as well, the Polymer needed to stand on it's own. It turned out to be a rich and earthy bracelet. Claire had sent me a 2pc toggle, but I damaged the second part, so I had to get creative to complete it. I think it looks pretty good this way!
This morning I woke up and instantly had the idea to combine the clear glass with the straight beads. I made those in less than 5 minutes and I have to say I am quite pleased with them! I think perhaps I might keep them...
Last but not least, the bracelet that completed the Bead Soup this morning! I knew I needed to include the amazing MissFickleMedia patinaed chain Claire sent with the soup, so I played for a bit and realized the fun sliced glass beads fit perfectly in the huge Vintaj jumprings! I had struggled all evening with those! I also added the last two long polymer beads and made it a two strand bracelet!

That completes my bead soup! I hope you enjoyed it and found it flavorful!!
Please visit all the other blogs and leave a comment! Every blog that leaves me a comment WILL get one back!

Have a soupfull day!!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
{you are here!}
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bead Soup Preview!

I have been paired up with someone fascinating and unknown to me before this fun experiment. Claire Maunsell. A woman of mystery and astounding talent! I am slowly unraveling the mystery as I travel through some of her blog posts and peruse her lovely Etsy shop. I have never seen work such as hers and find it wonderful and inventive! I love working with original pieces, and these will be no different.

I have honestly never worked with anything like this, but I am absolutely fascinated! Whatever comes from my hands will be like nothing else I have ever created! That makes it extra special! Perhaps I will discover a new side to my art! Maybe a new style will develop from the magical pieces she sent me! Perhaps I will fall flat on my face and not do them justice! I certainly hope it's not the latter. lol

All of Claire's art beads were created with Polymer Clay including the one of a kind toggle and pendant. I am in love with the pod beads, I am picturing a fun eclectic bracelet perhaps... I also see potential in the glass beads! How all things will be combined, no one knows. But perhaps you will be curious enough to follow this story and return for the final installment...

Thanks for joining me and please visit Claire and tell her I said hi!


Friday, February 11, 2011

ARTBEADS bracelet and earring set

I must say I have grown quite fond of these "Grace Lampwork Beads". The more I get the more I like them! There are so many to choose from so as long as she keeps making them, I will always have a special treat to look forward to!

This particular set of Grace beads are called Kaleras, I guess that must be the shape. I love the mix of purple and orange, I love that they vary from one bead to the other, and I love that you can get these in a few different  shapes too!

I can't wait to see what new Grace Beads Artbeads will bring in next...

These would look great with some co-ordinating Swarovski Crystals...

Hope to see you here again soon!


I received the products free of charge from Artbeads and I am honestly reviewing the products and have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

BTW and MissFicklemedia

 Another Edition of BTW Bead Table Wednesday!

I finally thought of it at the beginning of the day instead of the end of the day! lol So I thought I would just go ahead and post it and let you see what I have been up to!

I have been experimenting, throwing a little science into my life and around the studio! I have officially discovered that Miss Ficklemedia's awesome verdigris patina does NOT work well on Vintage keys! Honestly, I did not really believe it would, but I had to try it for myself! lol Oh well, it would have been cool. I do love the few little pieces I have managed to get it to work on. I still need to polish and protect, but I am still pondering doing a couple more pieces before I do that part. Fun! I can't wait to try them out in some new Jewelry!
Here is a messy Closeup of my work! lol I also tried some blue, I have others I want to try, but I started with the patinas that were the easiest. Now as long as I did everything correctly, according to Shannon's Incredible tutorial, they should keep their lovely patina and become small works of Art!
 So here is a broader view of my small disaster, I have so many thing running through my head at one time I sometimes create chaos just because I can not decide what to do first! Wire work, patinas, metal work, stamping, beading, my pendants and charms, more jewelry, handmade clasps, even more jewelry, shopping, blogging, networking, facebook, bnrs, I am forever thinking of the amazing things that I can do and always have a hard time deciding! I need to be more organized, but living in the moment sometimes helps me create some fabulous and fun pieces that are totally unexpected!

Thanks for stopping in again and I can't wait to read your lovely comments!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

And Life Goes on...

Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes you are given trials and you must learn to adapt to a new way of life because of it. Sometimes life is overwhelming and sad. I choose to look at the positive side of things. I am still sad, but I adapt and I work harder and I pray. God gives us trials to make us stronger. He never gives us more than we can handle! Why does it feel so unfair when you try so hard to be a good person? Why does it happen even when you show gratitude everyday and still pay it forward? I don't have answers to these questions, but I push one and I will be a stronger person in the end.
I may shed a few tears and feel like there is nothing left to do, but somewhere in there I feel Hope! I feel a small glimmer of it hiding and trying to push it's way through. A small ray of sunlight on a dark, dark day. There is Hope! No matter how bleak things may be for a moment, no matter if things get even harder for a little while, you have Hope! You Will come out of it stronger and you will become humbled and more grateful for the good things in life. Never lose Hope!

As we struggle through our hard times, I pray that my cyber friends will show kindness and share my shops with their friends. This is the first time in our marriage that my Husband has been out of a job. There are no jobs out there right now, so we will be living on what I can bring in from my small and humble artistic talents. Perhaps you need a gift for someone or you are looking for original supplies, well perhaps I can help! I also have discount codes available if you become a fan on my Facebook page!

I don't like asking for help. I don't like to look needy or desperate. I am humbling myself before you to take care of my family! Nothing in this world is more important than they are! I will do everything in my power to make sure they are well taken care of. I am not looking for a handout, but maybe more of a hand up!

I will be updating my supply shop in the next couple of days. I have over 100 charms and pendants that I started working on, on Saturday and half of them are done. Keep an eye out for those! There are some truly stunning pieces!
Have a great day and remember to never lose hope!