Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Received my Bead Soup from Manuela Wutschke

Oh wow.

I came home from a grueling show to a lovely box from my Bead Soup partner, Manuela Wutschke.  And after you see the beauties I received, I'll explain why I'm terrified.


First, they came beautifully packaged, which made me feel horrible about how I had to package hers.  I used pretty tissue paper but every single time I think, "oh, I'll make pretty boxes" but this time, with Dad so sick all week, I had NO time and wanted to get her goodies to Germany fast, so pretty tissue it was.  I feel like an idiot.  But hopefully she'll like what I sent.  (Ducks head in artistic shame.)


Here's the pretty package...


I read the card first, and I needed this sentiment:


and then the inside:


First, holy smokes.  I'd be happy with just this, but there are two more little packages to open.  I know how long (and how boring) it is to make lampwork spacers, so I have a huge appreciation for receiving so many!  And those funky Czech glass beads (holy crap, she made those TOO) appeal to the texture-lover in me.

Ready for the focal?


I honestly cried.

I mean, I've been crying a lot lately, but this time it was happy tears.  In the Bead Soup Blog Party, you have NO idea what a person will send.  You can look at a person's blog and shop and they can send something that looks NOTHING like what they make.  I've seen it happen time after time.  Manuela's beads are very time-intensive and I didn't expect this much.  Honestly.  But she spent hours on this and it means so much to me.  But you know what?  She could have sent tubes of seed beads and that's all and I would have made something pretty from it and been happy to have met such a cool, creative person.

And oh, she made the clasp, too. 


Now here's why I'm scared to death.

When beads are this gorgeous, it's really hard to make something unique and cool with them.  The beads are so beautiful that making a creative necklace (for me, anyway) feels virtually impossible.  I have my work cut out for me!  The focal is just begging for a beautiful chain and that's all!  But of course I can't do that.  So I have a LOT of work ahead of me.  

Please visit Manuela at the following sites:

Her Blog:  Click here
Her Etsy: Click here
Her Web Site:  Click here





Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog Pretty Things.  She's a contributor to Art Bead Scene and is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

64 comments:

  1. Wow! I cried too! Those are just... well, I don't have the words to say.
    Wonderful doesn't seem to even describe it.

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  2. Dear Lori,

    What a cool set of beads you've just received!!
    Know, that you have received the very right and perfect beads for you!
    Way to go, happy creating.

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  3. Dear Lori, you made my so happy - this is the most wonderful post about my beads I have ever read.
    Your are wonderful and I am pretty sure that you will do something as wonderful as your soul is. Cannot await to see it.

    ♥ Manuela

    P. S. I will enjoy whatever you have send to me, I am sure.
    and .... I have to add a P. S. 2 because there is no chez bead there - it is all lampwork LOL

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  4. Lori, what a wonderful bead soup you received! Manuela is a very talented bead artist!!!

    I can see why you might be a bit intimidated with these lovely beads, but I know in the end you will come up with something fabulous, something that really does these beauties justice.

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  5. Lori, you lucky girl you! I have an addiction to glass artist beads and that focal is just wow -especially since I love birds. All the beads are fabulous and whatever you create will be too!

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  6. Those are beautiful and I know you'll rise to the challenge of doing them justice.

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  7. WOW! WOW! WOW!(Reminds of the beader who posted a very funny video of her grandson, repeatingly saying WOW)

    I am sure you will do something extraordinay with that spectacular focal.

    -Pepita

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  8. Those are absolutely gorgeous. And I'm positive you're up to the challenge. It will be wonderful to see what you do with those unique beads.

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  9. Her work is amazing, and that focal she made is soooo Lori! You will be fine. The necklace will be wonderful. I can't wait to see it!

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  10. jealous!!! I love that bird bead, and the flower shaped ones too - how cool and generous! You are going to make something amazing with them... how FUN.

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  11. Amazing . . .
    I received my package today I have opened it but I need to wait until I am child free to photograph it properly.
    It was a great swap well done organising it all. Now I just have to wait and hope my package arrives ok and is well received. :o)

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  12. Did you hear that gasp? It was me. Those beads are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. In your hands they will make something extraordinary, I'm sure.

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  13. I totally relate to how you feel with regards doing your soup justice Lori! I'm feeling the same about mine. Manuela has sent you an amazing soup! I'm sure whatever you make will be stunning as always :)

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  14. very pretty, have fun with those wonderful colours....

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  15. Oh what a glorious soup! But guess what -- you of ALL people deserve the bestest soup there is! I can't wait to see what you do. What a generous and thoughtful person Manuela is :)

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  16. Great stuff, Lori! Don't let the beauty of the beads intimidate you - I know you can kick some creative patootie with such great materials!

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  17. WOWZERS those are so gorgeous! Take a deep breath, you will make something totally stunning with them :)

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  18. Oh my goodness.
    The best part of this process is the inspirattion in other's work.

    You've collected some really creative souls around you Miss Lori!

    Cathie

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  19. This soup is awesome, Lori!!!!
    But I totally understad the troubles you are in. I am an art bead hoarder because I have the same problems when it comes to creating with extremely beautiful and well made beads and pendants. I always have the feeling that I can't do them justice. They are perfect the way they are.
    Anyway, I am sure you'll create something that will knock us all off our socks!

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  20. Oh wow oh wow! They are so beautiful. Have lots of fun with them!

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  21. Those beads are just incredible and they were sent to an incredible artist which was you. I am positive that you will design up a necklace with them that will take our breathe away.

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  22. My stars but those are incredible beads. It's like she paints with glass. Amazing.

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  23. oh, that focal is incredible!!

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  24. Fantastic soup, beautiful beads, I am sure
    you will make some pretty things:)

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  25. Beautiful soup and that new day sentiment is my new favourite quote. Once you've spent sometime with you treasure you'll know exactly what to do and I can't wait to see.

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  26. What an incredible talent! I have no doubt whatsoever that you will make just incredible jewelry with all that beautiful lampwork. can't wait to see!

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  27. I am in awe of her beads and your cool blog about them.

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  28. Lori,

    This is all the good karma you've sent out coming back to you ;-)

    Manuela's beads are wonderful. I feel it will comfort you to handle and work with them.

    Prayers for you and your dad ...

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  29. Lucky girl! She makes incredible beads! I'm glad she gifted you so abundantly! You deserve it, Lori! I can't wait to see what you make!

    xo Genea

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  30. What can I say that has not already been said Lori, except that you are worthy of this bead soup mix and that you will create a piece that will showcase all of the beautiful beads and the gorgeous focal. Happy creating.
    Therese

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  31. Well, I know it's just totally mean of me, but can I say I'm happy that such a talented person like you is nervous too? Cause that is exactly how I felt when I got my package!! I'm so excited to see what you do with those funky beads, they are awesome!!

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  32. wow that is a stunning soup mix and even better since she made it.

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  33. Yum. Love that focal.

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  34. I can see why you're so excited about these Lori - I had a feeling Manuela would be sending a unique and fun mix. I'm sure you won't have any trouble coming up with some great designs with those!

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  35. I actually reached out and touched my screen. (I would have licked my screen, but I'm trying to set standards for my dog.) :)

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  36. Oh what a wonderful challenge when even the leader gets stumped. Lori I have no doubts that you will enhance these gorgeous beads Manuela has created and sent to you. It will come to you when you are not trying too hard to think about the design. Sorry you have had sad tears. I send you happy thoughts each and every day my dear...

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  37. Lori, those pieces are amazing. LOVE that focal!!! Manuela, you did such a lovely job with the packaging, too.

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  38. Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow! What absolutely gorgeous beads! Breathtaking!

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  39. Stunning, the packaging is so pretty too.

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  40. the sniffles virus must be going around ;-) got a bit misty around the eyes myself.
    I think creativity is so much more than giving the beads the added value or the synergy that comes from combining them into something new and unexpected. Sometimes creativity is taking a bead, stringing it on a chain and the creativity comes from wearing a piece like that.

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  41. Gorgeous! I see why you're terrified, though - I feel the same way! The more beautiful the beads, the more scared I am!

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  42. Absolutely stunning, knock-out beads!! Gasping here too! :-)

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  43. Oh Lori, that is wonderful! And I'm so happy for you that you recieved such fantastic things. That is so deserved for all the work you put in this - so that we can party! Thanks again!

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  44. Those beads are gorgeous! So happy that you had a bright spot in your day... and some awesome beads to create with! I could look at that focal bead all day!

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  45. My first thought was oh thank god I didn't get that! Wow, I just don't think that with my beginner's skills I'd be up to the challenge to improve upon something so incredibly beautiful! However Lori, I too am positive that you will do something amazing!

    Now that I've jinxed myself to receive something equally stunning...I'm still waiting impatiently for my soups to arrive at their respective destinations.

    I have a question; what are we to do with our "creations" once we've made them, photographed them and then blogged them?

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  46. those beads are - i only can say it in german - "hammermäßig"

    Grüßle
    Doris

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  47. Lovely beads! Look forward to seeing what you create! I'm sure it will be spectacular!

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  48. wow, just beautiful, I love her beads! Been stalking Manuela's blog for a while, they are so amazing! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  49. All I can say is "JACKPOT"! Stunning beads. I can not wait to see what you make...

    Courtney

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  50. Oh I see some beautiful designs coming with these Lori!!!

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  51. Yes, "holy smokes" was my first thought, too. Awesome beads! And what are you worrying about, as you will do great. I think those beads were just the right thing for you to receive right now. :-)

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  52. WOW!! :o) Manuela did a beautiful job all the way around & you are definitely deserving of this wonderful soup, Lori. I know you'll create something "just right" w/ these fabulous little works of art!

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  53. That focal bead is absolutely stunning! Enjoy the challenge! :)

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  54. What a lovely post. When we share our hearts overflow with positivity and emotion.

    Beautiful beads, beautiful words and beautiful women.

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  55. Youve worked so hard on everything Lori..so these beads really are for you Specially for you! Really really beautiful Soup. Wow!!

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  56. Beautiful packaging and those beads are so you!

    What's that quote? "Tears are words the heart can't express."

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  57. Oh my they couldn't be more perfect for You I see Lori written all over them!

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  58. Can not wait to see what you make with such a wonderful soup mix...

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  59. Gosh, that focal bead is so pretty that I'd have to just hang it on a pretty leather rope and call it DONE. Drooling...I am drooling.

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  60. I have no idea how I missed this until now!! Manuela makes astounding beads and those look FABULOUS!
    I KNOW you will come up with a design that is qually fabulous.
    Jenni

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  61. Ooooh big fun! Don't worry Lori, you'll do them more than justice!

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