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Saturday the 17th launches the beginning of the 4th Bead Soup Blog Party. And I say "the beginning" because this is the largest party we've ever had, and it's going to take more than a day, or even a weekend, to visit all 362 blogs!
Not only is this the largest BSBP we've had, it's the most international. We have jewelry designers in five continents and twenty-one countries, and in the United States, we're in Hawaii, Alaska, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as well as all over the continental US. In fact, there are only three states not represented by someone (North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, where are you???)
See all those red dots? Those are people! And some of the dots are in the same city, one on top of the other, so if you see one pin, there may actually be five or more!
What countries are we partying in?
Can you believe it? Neither can I (or my husband, who helped me pin all those suckers, twice, because of course the computer had to crash at least once in the process).
In case you're wondering how to manage visiting all those blogs, here's a couple of helpful hints to keep you hydrated and in the party mood for a while. Cut and paste the list (which will be posted on the 17th) into Word and mark the blogs off as you visit them. Pace yourself -- the partners will be listed in groups of ten. And I'll have a permanent link to the list on my Bead Soup Blog Party page (again, posted on the 17th).
Stay tuned -- soup's almost on!