You may remember my Bead Soup Blog Party post. The party date is coming closer and closer -- February 10th, to be exact! On that date, you'll be able to hop around all the 84 blogs and see what the beaders made. If you'd like to start taking a look at the "soup" they've already received, you can visit the Flickr Pool Bead Soup Party Swap and see what people are starting with.
I, like everyone else, got one partner, but two people came late to the party and of course I couldn't say no, so I'm actually doing a total of three swaps. Two have arrived, but one is on its way from Korea and hasn't gotten here yet. But here are the first two.
First, from Libby Leuchtman, a lampwork bead maker.....
When she asked me what I might be interested in, I told her "anything, but donuts give me trouble" -- so she decided to challenge me with a donut. She did a smart thing, because this entire exercise is supposed to be about stretching our skills and working outside our comfort level.
She also gifted me with a pendant as a "thank you" for running the blog party -- and I can't tell you how grateful and humbled I am by it.
Next up is a gemstone mix from Dee Gordon, and I already know what I want to do with that fat gemstone on the right:
So there you have it -- two bowls of distinctly different types of soup, neither of which I would have chosen for myself, both destined for (in my opinion!) cool designs.
Be sure to mark you calendars and visit the blog on February 10th to see what all we've made!