I have two partners, Marcie Abney and Rebecca Anderson, because par for the course, I messed up and paired two people who had already been pairs in a previous Bead Soup Blog Party. And their soups couldn't be more different!
Marcie sent me two soups. One included two handmade seed-beaded focals, two shades of charoite, and some tiny Czech beads. The toggle is a terrific geometric piece.
A close up of the frame focals, which are one-of-a-kind made for me by Marcie (lucky me!)
I have absolutely no idea how she does these things with little bitty beads. I've already made a necklace, a bracelet, and earrings, but that last rectangular frame has me a little stumped. I like that, though, because it's making me dig into recesses of my bead cabinet that haven't been explored in a long time.
She also sent me an earthy mix -- and this throws me off because I'm not an earthy girl at all. Again -- this is a good thing. The entire point of the Bead Soup Blog Party is to be pushed creatively.
Isn't that jasper focal to die for? There's also some very cool copper rings I've never seen before, Elaine Ray diagonal cubes, and Czech glass beads and leaves. I love that copper toggle, too, because I've not seen it before (love new things!).
(A note about the props. The horse picture was a drawing I found loose, like a bookmark, in the middle of an old book, and the vase is from a friend who visited Turkey and brought it back to us.)
Next comes the soup from Rebecca. Rebecca also sent me a couple of gifts. She knows I devour books like candy, and this particular book is her favorite. She also sent me a fun pair of button earrings.
Rebecca described her soup as a soup stock she kept adding to. I love that, because it's how I mix a lot of my Bead Soups. She included a clever letter with drawings of the beads and descriptions and sources -- very handy!
This is the majority of the soup. As I mentioned before, I am not an earthy girl, and green falls into that category. So again -- work cut out for me -- and I relish that. The silk cord scares me. I stink at cord and fiber. But I'm going to give it my best!
How about a closer look? She said she tried to use all overseas sources, so click their links to buy your own!
OMG, the birds. Love the birds.
Some may have to fly over to Marcie's earthy mix.
I know you can get these from Ornamentea in various metals.
A lovely handmade glass focal by SowZere Beads.
And can I just say how much I love Moogin Mindy's bead pair?
I recently got some beads from her and I'm hoarding them.
In the back is a square lampwork bead that is SO COOL by Helen Jewellery.
And then the awesome copper leaves.
A better shot of the square lampwork bead,
handmade painted fabric beads,
OK. Does it surprise anyone that Zack stole these?
I have to hunt them down now.
They're adorable baby shoes, aren't they?
And lastly, the beads that didn't fit in the first photo.
Lots of Czech glass and other pretties.
Did these ladies spoil me?
Heck to the yes.
But they also threw out the challenge, and I hope I can make them proud.
The Bead Soup Party reveal is March 3rd!!!!