July 27, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party, Part One

There were almost 400 participants signed up for this challenge, so Lori Anderson, Pretty Things, created 3 reveal dates.  The first party starts today, 28 July 2012!  I am so excited.  New blogs to visit and not enough hours to get to them all.  Be sure to stop by the blog of my Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Stacy Alderson.  I can't wait to see what she made with the bead soup I sent to her.

Here is what I made with some of the ingredients from the bead soup I received from Stacy:

The focal bead is so beautiful, that almost any color would work with it, so I used the jet picasso seed beads from the soup and some of my own seed beads in a champagne color. This was also my first attempt at making a spiral rope. 

Here is a list of participants in today's reveal:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com

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 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
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
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
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
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This

Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
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
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau
Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

Wow, that's a long list for the first reveal!  Thank you so much Lori, for hosting the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!  Be sure to stop by Lori's blog for a list of participants for the next two reveals.


July 26, 2012

ABS July Challenge Additions

I just added to more bracelets to the Art Bead Scene July Challenge.  See previous post for addition details.

I used art beads from Carolyn Harmon, Dayton Ohio.  She is regular visitor to the Dayton Art Doll Group as well as my most favorite bead shop in the world, Stash!.  Her bead is the multi-colored bead in cream, brown, blue.  The bracelet (using Carolyn's bead) was done using window rectangle window pane cathedral beads, crystals, and seed beads.  The second art bead was made by BC Lampwork, and the bracelet was made with lime green lentils and sodalite cut rondelles.  Oh, the pink button clasp is handmade porcelain by Pat Antonick of Heliotrope (Studio) Beads.

The next bracelet was me playing with all of the beads I took out for the challenge!  Fun with memory wire.

July 23, 2012

Art Jewelry Elements: Inspired by Design Challenge: Life at the Lake

Don't you just love challenges.  I would have tried the Christmas in July Challenge, but I was already knee-deep in bead soup for the BSBP.  Although the Christmas in July challenge didn't go so well, AJE is trying something else.  How about Life at the lake?  Take a look at the inspiration pic and see what you can come up with!

Art Jewelry Elements: Inspired by Design Challenge: Life at the Lake: Christmas in July was NOT popular at all...haha! Ok, I get it. It's difficult to be inspired by Christmas when it's record breaking high tem...

July 11, 2012

ABS Twofold July Challenge!

The Art Bead Scene July challenge painting is Picasso's Two Acrobats with a Dog, was painted right in the middle of his Rose Period. This was the time when Picasso was slowly coming out of the severe depression that marked his Blue Period, and the colors Picasso used here signify that recovery.  The first thing that caught my attention was the harlequin pattern on the leotard of the man.  The colors I see are varying shades of blue, and some yellow.  For my design, I made a few harlequin beads and only ended up using two.  I also used a handmade porcelain button made by Pat Atonick of Heliotrope Studio and Beads.  If you are ever in the Dayton Ohio area, visit her shop.  I also used a handmade clay bead from Yolanda's Clay (Etsy).  The rest is just Swarovski crystals, filament beads, and a few Czech beads.  The bracelet design was totally inspired by Lesley Watt's tutorial using jump rings and beads.  Here are some pictures of my design.

I call this design Blue Jeans Casual.  I will post more bracelets as my beads arrive in the mail because this months challenge was also to have readers and participants in the challenge make 200 bracelets inspired by the colors in the painting, and donate them to the 7000 Bracelets for Hope project.  Visit the Art Bead Scene blog for details, because this includes a giveaway!

Read about 7000 bracelets for hope here:  http://globalgenes.org/7000-bracelets-for-hope/

Stash: Inspiration on the Loose!

Stash: Inspiration on the Loose!: It all started when Renetha Stanziano told us about a tutorial she found on a wonderful blog by Lesley Watt . (check out and like Lesley's ...

The day is good when you get a mention in another blog.  A blog belonging to my most favorite bead shop ever.  Here is one I did for the Operation Tackle That Bead Stash July Challenge.  This months colors were inspired by ice cream!  Lesley Watt of the Gossiping Goddess, we thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

July 10, 2012

Beads of Clay Blog: Beads of Clay Giveaway

Beads of Clay Blog: Beads of Clay Giveaway: July Beads Of Clay Giveaway Time! Once a month we give you stuff  Just look at these Awesome Beads and Pendant...

Just what I need....more beads!  Stop by the Beads of Clay blog for details on this giveaway.


July 9, 2012

Bead Soup Arrived From Across the Pond!

My bead soup has arrived!

My Bead Soup Blog Party partner is Stacy Alderson, and her bead soup package arrived in today's mail.  I made a quick visit to Stacy's blog, Iridal's Attic and discovered she likes beadweaving, knitting and is now making polymer clay beads.  She is a little nervous about participating in the party, but I don't think she has anything to worry about.  Her beaded hair combs are beautiful.  If I had more hair, I would definitely get one. 


Seed bead and Czech glass mixes
Freshwater Pearls
Jet picasso Rondelles
Jet Picasso 8/0 Seed Beads
Frosted Teal 6/0 Seed Beads

Polymer Clay Beads, Stacy Alderson

And a gorgeous lampwork focal with spacers and a sterling silver clasp.  The lampwork was done by Rob Johnson, Etsy.

Wow, this is great soup!  I already invision fringe of picasso and pearls, and possibly a rope chain.  The blue p/c beads might end up being used in the Art Bead Scene Challenge for this month!  Be sure to come back for the 28 July 2012 reveal!  Visit Pretty Things blog for participants.


July 8, 2012

Before My Bead Soup Arrives

I am so excited about participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party that Lori Anderson of Pretty Things is hosting.

While the party was being organized, participants asked to "Tell us how/why you became a jewelry designer, and what you like best about it."  I considered this for a while and these are my thoughts.  I started crafting early in life under the tutelage of my mother.  If there was something to do with yarn, paint, fabric, clay, wire, etc, I probably did it all through the 70's.  I started quilting when I became pregnant with my first son.  Quilting was fine, but it was a long process, until I discovered art quilts.  Then quilting evolved into dollmaking. 

But it wasn't until I saw my first beaded art doll that it clicked...I can do this!  I stumbled upon group of ladies in Dayton that call themselves The Dayton Art Doll Group, via an internet search.  Here was a group of women that loved dolls and beads.  The funny thing was that most of them didn't sew their own doll forms, and I knew nothing about bead embroidery.  Carole Ohl, yes that Carole Ohl, a designer of the year for Bead & Button handed me a small baggie of bead soup, needle, a bit of Fireline, and a small doll to work with.  I haven't finished that small doll yet, but this just fed my addiction to colors in various forms. 

I found my local bead shop and another designer Julie Walker.  I was very fortunate to be able to learn beading from those ladies in the group and the instructors (shout out to Jann Christiansen) at the Bead Cage.  Unfortunately, the Bead Cage closed, but now Carole Ohl has opened up a new shop, Stash, which is less that 5 minutes from my house!  My doll forms are now in her shop awaiting beaders new and old.
Some of my doll forms beaded by Dayton Art Doll Group
Back to the beginning....I don't consider myself a designer....yet.  I am just a woman who loves learning everything I can about beads, fabric, clay, yarn, wire, etc.

July 7, 2012


Beadwright: NICOLE'S BEADBACKING GIVEAWAY!!!!: Hi Everyone! For the next week I am giving away sample packs of Nicole's BeadBacking. Hey I love giving things away and this is a double up....

July 5, 2012

Knot Just Macrame: Dragon Bracelet Giveaway

Knot Just Macrame: Dragon Bracelet Giveaway: Yep, you read it right!  I'm thinking it's time for a little giveaway, and a little not-so-formal poll of folks on my Facebook page says ...

July 1, 2012

Big Hole Challenge 2.0

I looked at pics of my challenge piece, and wasn't totally happy with the copper chain going through the copper focal.  So I chopped off a length of chain and added a section of crystal copper pearls, shell beads, and ammonite.  Now I am happy with the piece now titled Ocean Treasures.
A list of challenge participants is listed in the post below.  Happy blogging!