Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Bead Soup is Cooking!

We've finally reached the week of the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party!  This year the group was limited to 200 people (next time, everyone will be accepted and the hop will be staggered over several weeks) -- but still, that's a lot of burners on the stove blasting at high!


I'm always amazed at the number of people who sign up.  Last night I expressed my fear to my husband of the day when the blog hop was no longer interesting.  He said he didn't think that would happen.  I sincerely hope he's right.

To that end, would you comment about why you like the party?  What draws you to it?  And what have you learned from it, if anything?

See you on Saturday at the Party!



Don't forget the giveaway -- click here.
Don't forget the Cup of Bead Soup lottery -- click here 


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.
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30 comments:

  1. Gosh...so many reasons to like BSBP. For me, I love the challenge, and not to mention the opportunity to meet new people, and work with "beads" that I might have never of noticed, or picked out without having BSBP...an opening of the eyes, if you will. Is it Saturday yet? :)

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  2. I'm with your husband on this one. I think the blog party will always be interesting. What I like most is the whole surprise factor - not knowing who you'll end up partnering, or the beads you'll receive, or what your partner will create out of what you sent. I love the anticipation of it all. Connecting with people around the world is another huge plus, as well as discovering bead artists hitherto unkown to me :-).

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  3. I don't think your BSBP will ever fade away. People love you and the concept. They get a chance to work with things that they may not have, or can afford to have. I fm in the smaller bead soup swap in your FB group. It was so fun opening the box my swap partner sent. I learned what she liked and sent something that I how'd she would emjoy. I do admit I have to send a follow up package. I forgot the bigger beads. Maybe undead of having your bigger soup party within the same months brake it up into the 4 seasons. have us pick one season to be inspired by. this way it will not be so hard on you. and you being the lovely hostess. join in all four seasons. sorry for the lack of caps. I am on my iPod with my baby in my lap,

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  4. Lori,

    I don't think you have to worry about the Bead Soup no longer being interesting.

    This is my first time of doing the BSBP, and I love the idea of getting a surprise mix of beads from another artist. I enjoy seeing what others create--which also sparks my imiganiation. And I love visiting all the other blogs and meeting new artists.

    I've got one more piece to make, and then I'm ready for the party!

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  5. I love to see how someone else's stash pushes the participants out of their comfort zone and allows them to try something new. I know that when I have participated I loved the surprise in the mail (always way more generous than I ever thought possible) and how a collaboration of this sort elevates everyone. I am looking forward to seeing all the great soups!
    Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  6. Wow, is it that time again already. Don't worry, the BSBP wont ever stop being interesting. Even not having been lucky with the lottery this time I enjoy seeing the bead soups people have sent out on the blogs and can't wait to see what everyone will come up with. In the meanwhile I find myself being drawn back to the lists of the previous blog hops, admiring the past BSBP entries. Everyone is so creative, and doing unexpected things with their soup ingredients, tackling them in a way completely different from what I would have done.

    Which is why I adore your new "cup of bead soup" project btw. It is just so fascinating how completely different from one another the results are when you give the same ingredients to different artists.

    So, no, I don't think it'll ever get boring. It is inspiring to watch, and each of us is evolving, experimenting, trying out new things - at least I hope so!

    Like, just last week a Dremel rotary tool somehow ended up in my shopping cart (it is a proven fact that tools and craft supplies multiply like rabbits ...), and I'm currently saving up for their torch because I want to give soldering a second try, and (very) basic metal smithing, and maybe torch fired enamels, and, and, and ...! Also I FINALLY found the German equivalent to ICE Resin (I think ...) so that's going to get played with too. And a LOT of the inspiration for all this came from the blogs I have hopped (and quite a few I'm following since then) that joined the BSBP.

    So, no, its not ever going to be not interesting, not for me. On the contrary, in fact I was worried you might lose interest in organizing the BSBP, because maybe it's too stressful with this many people and all.

    xoxo from Germany,
    Sandra

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  7. I loved the blog soup party I participated in and plan to do again after we move to California. What I loved was how it stretched me -- in all ways. First by choosing what to send to my partner(s) and then by what I made. I had some agony over all that but, in the end, I was happy that I'd made something I wouldn't have thought I was capable of doing and that was an awesome feeling. I can't wait to do it again!

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  8. I don't think you ever have to worry about people losing interest...I love it because I love sharing my stash of beads with others...and of course it's fun to get something different in my mail box too...and I love to hop around and find new friends and blogs to follow...can never have too many friends...thanks Miss Lori for all the hard work yu put into this event...love you!!! xox

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  9. Wow! I love so many aspects, meeting new people, creating outside of my comfort zone, discovering new blogs, hopping around on party day and most of all the fun of it!

    Thank you for coordinating all of us. :)

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  10. I've made components for so many years I forgot how it was to actually finish a necklace. Deadlines and not wanting to let anyone down has pushed me out of my comfort zone for sure. I think the soup keeps everyone from being stale. It's wonderful!

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  11. I love the challenge, Lori. My brain needs the stretching of new beads, new colors, new textures, new shapes. I don't want to be one-dimensional or get stale.

    Alesha

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  12. I don't think anyone will ever lose interest in this wonderful party.

    What draws us is the fun of swapping beads with another artist and seeing what that artist creates with those beads. It is sure eye opening to see what someone else does with your components. Things you would never have thought of.

    It is so much fun also seeing what everyone else has created. It is a nice way to see into the minds of other artists!

    I can't wait for this weekend and seeing all the wonderful goodies too!

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  13. Lori, for me, the first Bead Soup that I did was a turning point for my beading career. I began to realize that it (beading, creating, designing, etc.) could be just about the art and doesn't have to always be about the sales. The feedback gave me confidence and the opportunity to network. I'm the type of person who needs a push to try something new, and now thanks to Bead Soup....I love working with copper! HA! That was my push that I needed.

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  14. Well I have not done it yet and took down my blog so I wouldn't be able to do it right now, but I look forward to participating in the future. It's fun for me right now to hop to all the blogs and let my eyes delight over all the creations!! :)

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  15. ……Friendly...Challenging... Place to meet wonderful people...Inspiration for creativity...

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  16. lori, i was just thinking about this the other day. someone said in a group i'm in why people bother with all the hoopla and words to that effect and i was immediately taken aback. and so i began to think... firstly, let me say that i'm not new to jewelry making. i've been playing with beads since 6th grade and selling my jewelry for about 7 years. my style has certainly changed over the years, grown and stretched and blossomed. however, i am *very* new to challenges. my first was one of andrew thornton's reader challenges, and my second was your last bsbp. i like how the bsbp pushed me to grow in a new way. it connects beaders in a way that other challenges do not. it *touched* me to know someone out there was thinking about me as they gathered their little hoard, the same way i was thinking about them. i got to know my partner better, as a designer and as person. and after the bsbp i was moved to start making my own polymer components, so i actually *grew* and changed. the anticipation of it all was wonderful, and then the day of the hop came and that was *thrilling*. so many soups! so many ways of interpreting what they got. i was introduced to like-minded souls. i saw people say, 'i never thought i could make something this good.' so much growing! and that's what i like about the bsbp; connections and stretching, pulling us out of our little worlds. it's a soul thing.

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  17. I love the blog hopping and see how people can take a mix of this and that and turn it into something completely amazing. For some, I love the stories they tell about what was challenging and how they overcame that. I end up finding blogs I never knew existed and become a follower. And, I absolutely love getting new visitors (and followers please) to my site and getting reading their comments about the piece I created and what they like most about it.

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  18. I'm not even participating and I'm excited for so many reasons. Like others have said I enjoy seeing how people are challenged by another persons beads. Often people describe that process and challenge and I love hearing about how they've come to a particular design. I especially like meeting new beaders and seeing what they do. The beading community is such a wonderful place and the BSBP is so good at uniting people and encouraging people to love beading.

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  19. This is my first bead soup and it has certainly stretched me in terms of materials I normally use. I love trying new materials and techniques. It's also great to get to know other people who share the same interests and to see all the beautiful things they create. Thanks Lori for hosting!

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  20. Well, Lori, I can't imagine that people will ever lose interest. There may be one or two here and there that drop away, but there will always be new ones ready to take their place and participate. This is my first time and I'm so excited. I love blog hopping - I probably spend way too much time doing it, but so what. I'm not hurting anyone else. I really enjoy it, both as a participant and a spectator. I wouldn't worry about it if I was you, but if you must worry about something, I suppose this is about as good a thing as any. lol

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  21. TALENT! The sheer amount of TALENT you collect here, in one place, is a HUGE gift to all of us. Thank you Lori.

    I cannot imagine anyone ever finding this uninteresting! Be well ~~T

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  22. I don't think people will lose interest in Bead Soup because there will be different partners and different beads every time, meaning the challenge will always be different.

    I'm excited to participate in Bead Soup because I like the idea of being a part of something. That's why I joined NaNo, too -- there's something incredibly cool about working on something with a bunch of different people, and yet still doing my own thing. :)

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  23. It is a great idea! The surprise factor makes it fun; not knowing who is your partner and what beads you will be getting. Working with materials or medium you are not used to makes it challenging. Above it all, the blog hop promotes camaraderie amongst jewelry artists and makes the whole creating process and journey more enriching. Keep the BSBP going and keep the ideas flowing. Thanks for investing energy and love into these projects.

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  24. I have never participated. I like discovering new artists.

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  25. BSBP is the very best way to have fun, meet fellow beaders, and stay fresh. I love sharing some of my bead stash with someone else and getting a package of their bead stash in the mail. I discovered some new beading techniques and even gained an appreciation for some beads that are new to me. I also love the blogging aspect of this. It gives me some content for my blog and exposure to other really well done blogs.

    I admire your ability to pull all of this together. I hope that you find it as rewarding doing so as I do participating. I certainly appreciate your time.

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  26. I love the community BSBP creates. I've met so many new beady friends - and am inspired by everyone!

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  27. I love the BSBP. Even though I didn't get to participate this time I can't wait to sign up for the next one. For me, I can't imagine it ever becoming uninteresting or boring. From the first one I saw, it is inspiring. It made me want to join, just to try to challenge myself, especiallyl since I haven't really been beading that long. I love the inspiration from all the other beaders, too. I have some amazine awe-inspiring designs and ideas from these people and especially you. Thanks for the party and the opportunities.

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  28. There's so much to love about the BSBP. For me, I enjoy the community it creates - a whole bunch of different people inspiring and motivating each other to create amazing, awesome designs. The sheer amount of talent and creativity is astonishing. On-line friendships are forged, and new blogs are discovered. Love it!

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  29. I LOVE BSBP! It is a delight to blog hop and see all the amazing creations. For someone who lives in a rural area, it becomes a treasure trove of creativity, inspiration and future "must remember to try/do that" ideas.

    Thank you for all the time and energy you invest in making it such a success!
    Christie

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  30. So far I have only done the blog hop and I have found it truly inspirational - in particular it has changed the way I think about toggles. I like to see the soup before I look at the finished piece and consider what I would have done - and then I am amazed at what someone else has done. I also find that because people have been taken out of their comfort zone with the beads they have been sent they document their design process which I find really interesting. It is also great to see artists who work with different media (e.g. metal/glass) as before the BSBP I mostly only looked at polymer clay artists.

    As for taking part - I love surprises and I'd love to see what someone else makes with my beads. (And I wouldn't say no to more blog traffic either.)

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