Monday, January 24, 2011

Meet My Bead Soup Partner, Susie Hibdon

Today I got my Bead Soup from my partner, Susie Hibdon of Vintagesusie & Wings.  I love Susie's style -- just look at what she creates!


As you can see -- not the sort of thing I make.  The sort of thing I BUY, but not what I'm good at making.  So I was eager to see what she'd send.

I'm a sucker for gorgeous packaging, so when I opened the box and was faced with this, I knew I was in for a treat.


In these pictures, you'll see postcards in the background.  The bags held those cards -- huge bonus!  I love ephemera and they're going onto the walls of my big vintage toolbox.

First up is the focal and clasp.  Now would you LOOK at this bag she made????  It's clever, beautiful, and personal.  I felt very special opening it.


And the goodies....


Oh my goodness, a KEY!  I love keys!  Right now I know my friend Erin is smiling as she reads this because we've had the conversation about my love for old keys.  I also love the Ten Commandments medallion (the postcards in this pack happened to be vintage Mexican madonnas).  Do I have any idea what I'm going to do with these?  Not a single clue.  But I've got time.  And I'm darned tickled to have them.

Next came the coordinating beads -- again, in a color palette I normally don't touch.  VERY excited at how I'm going to be pushed to create!


There's some cool stuff here, to be sure.  Ear wires (thanks!), some intriguing stampings (P and T -- hmmm -- what will they stand for?), copper chain, and gemstones that look like marbled white and milk chocolates.

Then I came to a heavier bag.  What could this be?


A special present, and I'll cherish them.


As I was gathering things up, I realized I'd missed a bag!  A linen bag labeled "SPACERS" was the last to be opened -- more dappled gemstone rondelles in the neutral palette.


I'm thrilled with my beads and excited with the right amount of trepidation.  I love that I'm going to be working well outside my normal comfort zone.  After all, that's what the Bead Soup Blog Party is all about!  

Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, February 26th, to start looking around at all the pretty things the Bead Soup Blog Partiers made!



Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


30 comments:

  1. Wow! That is amazing!!!!

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  2. Lovely beads and packaging. Definitely some intriguing elements for you to play with.

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  3. Oh, you had me at hello with that key. And by gum, I was smiling! ;-)

    What a great bunch of components and fun things. I can't wait to see what you do. My partner and I are mailing things tomorrow. I can't wait to see what I get from Germany!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  4. Awww, my buddy Susie =)

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  5. Those beads look so great and so exciting to work with. Can't wait to see what you end up making with them.

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  6. Looks like quite a haul, what a beautiful selection. I got mine today and am also thrilled.

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  7. Gorgeous!! You're going to have so much fun working with these things. :D And what very special gifts, too.

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  8. I'm drooling over everything!!! Lucky you Lori for all those yummy goodies - I would love to own them myself. LOL

    I recently started collecting skeleton keys and hopefully make my first (and simple) steampunk jewelry soon!

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  9. OMGoodness...What a lovely post, thanks so much friend!! You made my all my goodies look so great with your GREAT photography!!
    PT is for Pretty Things, your blog & what you are a master of creating. Have fun working outside the box & I can't wait to get my goodies when I get back.
    Hugs,
    Susie

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  10. Lori I am the one who wrote HELLO. I read your blog everyday and some times more. I love love your blog today. Your photos are wondrfully clear.Your presentation is aweswome. I got my package on Saturday my pardner Norma Truvey sent a glass vile of seed bead soup I Defiantly have a challenge Be Blessed

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  11. Oh and Congradulations on the BOOK I know it will be wonderful I will certaintly want a copy. signed ofcourse smiles Be Blessed

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  12. So cool Lori, can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  13. I am so excited to see what you make!
    I am also on the edge of my seat waiting for my own bead soup to arrive!

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  14. Lori! Oh you lucky lady to be paired with Susie! She is just as talented with her jewelry as she is with her mixed media and vintage art...oh my heart went pitter patter when I saw what she sent to you! Love it all!!!

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  15. what amazing things! i love the key too! maybe you could make a bead around it. :) i have a friend (anne ricketts) who does that. totally awesome! good luck!

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  16. You are right - way out of your normal colour and material range. I can't wait to see how this inspires you!

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  17. What a wonderful soup. I am very envious! I must say the packaging really is something extra. Wow.

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  18. The packaging was great and full of unusual goodies! I got beads that I don't usually work with too AND copper findings(yeah) which I never touched in my life. Great challenge indeed! smile, Virginie vivibijoux.com

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  19. Oh Lori you were a lucky girl! I can't wait to see what comes out of that lovely bunch of beads!!

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  20. Wow!!! Iam both jealous and relieved. Jealous, having missed the deadline and relieved as now i have a better idea of just how this works. The contents and packaging are wonderful. Just what you need to think outside the box. Can't wait to get a blog going. Laura

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  21. GOOD STUFF! and I think you'll definitely be challenged! So much fun!!!!! I'm really getting excited now!

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  22. Great ingredients!

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  23. Oh Lori!! What beautiful playthings you received!! Simply gorgeous :) Can't wait to see what you create with them...

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  24. Oh Lori! I can't wait to see what you do! I have a key too but I have no idea how to use it. It just sits on the tray waiting and reminding me I need to unlock something. I know this will be an amazing creation and I am sure it put a smile in your day.

    Hugs

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  25. wonderful packaging~she is totally blowing the curve for the rest of us! :P

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  26. Awesome treasures, i love the packaging it came in. Really sets the mood for all the little surprises and bonuses. The designs she came up with that had the keys, I would definitely go for some of those pretty-ful things. Thanks a bunch, and you had a great surprise with this soup!

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  27. Wowzer! This is wonderful and the bead party sounds like so much fun.
    Hugs to you

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