Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bead Soup Party and Bead Swap!

**** The Party is Now Closed to Additional Participants ***

Art Bead Scene had a lovely post today about throwing a Bead Soup Party, and I thought it was a fantastic idea! I decided to take that idea and make it a virtual party -- won't you join the fun?

Here's how it will work --

First, you must have a blog!

Next, email me by clicking here or using the address in the above photo to let me know you want to go to the Bead Soup Party.

On January 11th, I'll contact everyone with your Party Partner and list all the Party Blogs. You'll then send that person a Party Pack:

~ A focal
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)

When you get your package of beads, you make something with it, take a picture, and post it on your blog on February 10th. Then everyone hops around to all the Party Blogs to see what you made!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your party invitation (the button below), post it on your blog, tell all your friends, and let's have some fun!

(Be sure to link the Bead Soup Party button back to this page so everyone can find the Party Blog List when it's posted!)

Party Participants

1. Lori, Pretty Things Blog
2. Mallory, For the Love of Beads
3. Terri, Blooming Ideas
4. Cindy, Sweet Bead Studio
5. Lorelei, Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
6. Kerry, Kab's Creative Concepts
7. Erin, Treasures Found
8. Jeannette, Jeannette Blix Wire and Metal Jewelry
9. Adrienne, Adrienne Designs
10. Nan, Spirit Rattles
11. Laurel, Rue's Daftique
12. Nancy, Beading From the Heart
13. Mary, MK's Creative Musings
14. Cassie, The Glass Beadle
15. Dot, Winchell Clayworks
16. Sharon, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
17. Lisa, Lo and Behold
18. Norma, Bead Dreams and Moonlit Fantaseas
19. Judith, Judith B.
20. Debbie, Prairie Emporium
21. Maria, Garden Path Beads
22. Susan, Kaplan Creations Jewelry and Glass Design
23. Melissa, Melissa Meman: Art, Love, Life
24. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things
25. Lisa, Joolz by Lisa
26. Cristi, 2 If By Sea
27. Sandra, Marbella Jewelry Design
28. Maria, Greene Earth Originals
29. Barbara, Jewelry of Distinction
30. Leslie, Bei Mondi
31. Loretta, Designs by Loretta
32. Linda, Bella Bead Jewelry
33. Kathie, The Bead Cult
34. Patty, Plays With Fire
35. Nicki, Nicki's Reef
36. Anne Marie, Heart's Desire
37. Mary, Mary Harding Jewelry
38. Jayne, Mama's Got to Doodle
39. Emanda, Artemesia's Studio
40. Whitney, Whitney Lassini
41. Marcie, La Bella Joya
42. Suzann, Beadphoria
43. Jen, Jen Judd Rocks
44. Julie, Credit River Art Glass
45. Janiece, J Birds Garden
46. Kate, Organic Odysseys
47. Laurie, The Mermaid Tale
48. Michelle, My Crazy Crafty Adventure
49. Sue, Sue Beads
50. Janeen, Wild Vanilla Designs
51. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse
52. Kristie, Artisan Clay
53. Regina, Regina's Writings
54. Tari, Pearl and Pebble
55. Lyn, Lyn Foley
56. Beth, Sunshine Daydreamz
57. Cathryn, Chile Cats
58. Emma, Fred Bean's Nook
59. Connie, Cetta Cheese Chatter
60. Juli, Jul's Beads
61. Julie, RockerJewlz
62. Libby, LibbyLeu and Glass Too
63. Melanie, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
64. Katie, My Life and My Beads
65. Zuleykha, Zuleykha's Polymer Clay
66. Rekella, Me But a Little More in Depth
67. Ricki, What's New at Ricki Voges Design
68. Lisa, Lucid Moon Studio
69. Jo, Daisychain Jewellery
70. Lynette, Rock Hill Designs
71. Lynne, Island Girl's Insights
72. Chas, One Woman's Haven
73. Ruthie, Rose Works Jewelry
74. Elizabeth, Turquoise Sky
75. Maire, Maire Dodd
76. Janet, Singing Woods
77. Eileen, Dorset Hill Beads
78. Julie, Miss Kitten's Jewels
79. Joann, Jo's Jewels
80. Patti, PJ Clark Designs
81. Mel, Kookie Designs
82. Erin, Every Heart Crafts
83. Dale, Flights of Fancy
84. Dee, Runako Designs


  1. This sounds like fun ...count me in! I'll e-mail you shortly.

    Thanks for your visit and your kind words. I love when you stop by the blog!

  2. This sounds like fun! I'm just confused about the clasp. Can you clarify that, please?

  3. Hi rosebud101!

    Here's a link to clasps in general:

    For the Party, we want "party dresses", so something special, like a toggle. NOT "office attire", which would be a standard lobster claw clasp, like this:

    but something more special, like this:

    or this

    Hope that helps!

  4. Thanks, it does! I'm in!

  5. Awesome inspiration Lori! I was thinking of doing something similar, but as long as you have already started the party, count me in!
    Enjoy the day!

  6. Count me in Lori, sounds like so much fun!

  7. This sounds like tons o' fun, so I'm in! Emailing you right now!

  8. Anonymous6:05 PM

    this sounds like fun..
    can you give me an idea about how many spacers or beads will be about the right amount?

  9. Hi Anonymous! :-)

    As to the number of beads or spacers -- that's up to you. The package of beads you send should be something that, if sent to YOU, would inspire your creative juices.

    Some focals are so ornate that they don't need many extra beads to go with them. Some plain gemstone focals perhaps could use some extras.

    Use your best judgement -- make your party package something you'd be proud to give your best friend (but you don't have to send enough beads to make the entire piece of jewelry!!!!)

  10. oh I wish I had your talent. Alas, I have tried beading and do not have that enate ablility.
    The best of the New year to you!


  11. Hi there Lori.

    I'd love to be in on this. I'm international, in South Korea. Is this a problem?

  12. Happy New Year, wishing you much happiness in 2010.


  13. Hi Lori. Thanks for commenting on my blog! This looks like fun. Do all the beads need to be handmade?

  14. No, Jess, they don't. I have some neat gemstone pendants that are a real find -- pretty markings and a neat cut! The key is to put together an inspiring little group to send out.

  15. this sounds like it will be lots of fun, please include me!

  16. Thanks for the invite! I would love to play :)

  17. This seems like fun. Can I join? I also love your blog and the way you delivered- it felt like writing is a medium for quenching the thirst of the artist mind? Hmm, am i clear/ Any way. happy blogging and I'll come to visit you again Lori. HAPPY NEW YEAR - Dita

  18. Oh, sounds like so much fun. Just sent you my email.

  19. I just sent you an email, I would love to participate! And I also added a button to my blog.
    Thanks for hosting

  20. sure thing count me in! this is going to be fun!!

  21. Sounds like fun! I emailed you earlier today....I'm in :)

  22. Hi, I left you an email yesterday. I would love to join, from Germany though - is this a problem?

  23. What a fab idea Lori! If I wasn't heading off for the Bead Cruise I would join in the fun. I can't wait to see the results. Happy Creating.

  24. Just eMailed you, Lori. I'd love to join the party!! Thanks for hosting this bash!

    Credit River Art Glass

  25. Lori-
    I just came back to see the wondeful women who are participating. I feel so blessed to be part of such a great group. This will be such fun!
    Enjoy the day!
    P.S. Now I need to bookmark all these great sites to visit!

  26. Oo Lori,

    I got your invitation through Art Bead Scene's blog. I'd love to play. Count me in! I'll send you and email in a sec, and link your party button to your blog from mine. Can't wait!


  27. Hi Lori!
    I just e-mailed you letting you know I would love to join the party!

    Thank you for all your hard work coordinating this!

    In Beads and Happiness,
    Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  28. What a cool idea! Wish I could make real jewelry, I'd love to participate!

  29. Just sent you an email, looking forward to the fun.

  30. Is this bead soup party still open?

  31. Sounds like fun! I'll send you an e-mail :D

  32. I have never done this and always wanted to so I shot you an email and already have the bead soup photo invite on my blog...weeeeee!

  33. What a great idea! Would love to participate but unfortunately, I don't have a blog - yet. :(

    So I'll be watching from the sidelines waiting to see all the fab creations.

  34. This sounds like a lot of fun!
    Is it open to people overseas? I'm in the UK.

  35. Jo, yes it is -- but hurry, tomorrow is the last day to sign up!

  36. That's fantastic, thanks Lori! I'll email you now!

  37. Ok Ok I need to sign up! Its not too late right? Count me in ok???!!! :)

  38. Oh and thank you for stopping by my blog and your nice words!

  39. This sounds like sooooo much fun, I am sorry I missed the cut off! However, I will have fun checking everyones blog in Feb.!!

    Have a great time Everyone!

  40. What fun! Hopefully I can catch the next one as well:)

  41. Oops - to late, and maybe being in Ireland, a wee bit far away, but I look forward to seeing what you all come up with :)

  42. It was fun to dig around in my bead boxes to find just the right color mix to send to my partner in this contest!

  43. WHAT a fab idea! didn't really take much notice of it until now!! Will def make sure I take part in the next one! ;o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  44. Oh, I wish I had done this. Too late, right? Great idea.


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