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.