Saturday, May 25, 2013

The WINNERS of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party Contest!

This is going to be a LONG post, so settle in with a cup of something delicious (and some pie, maybe?) and get ready for some serious eye candy!    (Click on each photo for larger views.)




First, I'd like to again thank my panel of judges (read more about them here).  They had a truly huge job to do!  Today, I spent several hours pulling all the badges together and coordinating the emails, photos, and blogs, and while it is indeed a time-consuming task, it was a beautiful one and well worth it.


As with a lot of good things, I started with a plan and it just grew.  I started with these categories for the judges to vote on:



:: Grand Prize ::
(the piece chosen by all judges as the Best in Show)

:: Judge's Choice ::
(favorite of each judge)
:: Best Use of Seed Beads:

:: Best Wire Work ::

 :: Best Use of Fiber ::

:: Best Use of Color ::
  

and then some that Zack and I would pick ...


:: The Out of the Box Award ::
(most creative use of bead soup)

:: Zack's Choice ::
(my son Zack picks his favorite)

:: Out of the Hat Winner ::
(I draw a name out of a hat)



I ended up with one Grand Prize that was pulled out of a hat from all those chosen by the judges, and a Best Use of Seed Beads/Wire Work/Use of Fiber/Use of Color for EACH judge. I then added a "Lori's Hat" category where I picked my personal favorites and then drew a name from THAT hat (as opposed to the "Out of the Hat" which is one winner from ALL the entries).


And then I couldn't stop and had some Runners Up.  I had to stop then or I would have an epic pile of mail to get out the door!  You can click here to see what some of the prizes will be, and since there are (are you ready for this?) ....





.....well, I'm going to beg each winner to post what they get on their own blog and in the Bead Soup Cafe to save me some time!   But here's a big pile of goodies, and it's JUST the beginning.





I hate it when you have to wait and wait to see who wins the Grand Prize, so I'm going to go ahead and list that person first!



by 
Kris Lanae Binsfield

As you can see, Kris won several awards and this earns her bragging rights as the GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party® contest.  Congratulations, Kris!



(see above, Grand Prize winner)











Kalmbach Publishing, 

(voted for entire body of work)








(voted for entire body of work) 




Nina Designs had a tie!















PJ Tool Jewelry & Craft, Melissa Mesara at one-eared pig beads









Both Beaducation AND Kalmbach Publishing chose 









Both Fusion Beads and Nina Designs chose

(that's three wins with two pieces for Debbie -- way to go!)













 PJ Tool Jewelry & Craft, Lily Krist of Handmade by LilK 













Fusion Beads and Lima Beads chose

(see above, Grand Prize winner)





Kalmbach Publishing, Susan of Libellula Jewelry

(voted for entire body of work) 













PJ Tool Jewelry & Craft, 










Beaducation and Lima Beads chose

(a Facebook entrant!)











Kalmbach Publishing, 












PJ Tool Jewelry & Craft, Heidi Kingman of Heidi Kingman Jewelry





















Kalmbach Publishing, Christina Miles of Wings N Scales

(voted for entire body of work)



















PJ Tool Jewelry & Craft, Dana Hickey of Wind Dancer Studios

















Chosen by Zack as his absolute favorite,







Pulled out of a hat of alllllll the entrants,




(a Facebook entrant!)







I took all my absolute favorites
(and that was TOUGH to narrow down)
and then drew one out of a hat.







And last but not least, 


































WOW.


I hope you'll agree this was well worth the wait!  Preparing and writing this blog post took a ton of time, but you guys put in a lot of your creative time as well as your heart and soul into your work, and I hope you'll join me again next year for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party®!




PLEASE take a moment to thank our sponsors -- Beaducation, Kalmbach Publishing, Fusion Beads, Nina Designs, Lima Beads, and PJ Tool Jewelry & Craft for their time and contributions.  This would not be NEARLY as much fun without their hard work and enthusiasm.






Winners, I'll be pinning your photos for you in the contest board, and emailing you over the next couple of days with badges and information about how to claim your prizes!  I'm doing the majority of the mailing, so bear with me!!!






(powered by pie)

Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

64 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this! I look forward to doing it again next year - I've learned some valuable lessons by just looking at the wonderful winners. Thank you s much Lori for all of your hard work.

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  2. OMG I am SO,SO,SO honored!!! Thank you so much, I'm excited beyond words! It's been such an amazing experience and it's wonderful to see all my favorite are winners!!!

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  3. WOW! Those ladies did such a great job. So detailed. The judges did a great job on their choices. Thanks for all the hard work, Lori and judges.

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  4. congradulations to all the winners.

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  5. Great Post! Congratulations to all the winners!

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  6. You rock! Really you do, and the judges too. A lot of work went into this and it shows how much you care.

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  7. Huge grins! I am truly honored, thank you so much!

    Huge Congrats to the other 45 awesome entries and a congrats to everyone who hopped and swapped you are a great group of talented people!

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  8. All I can say is WOW!!! And Great Job Lori. With all you had to go through we thank you! Can't wait til next time!

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  9. Wow!!! That was awesome eye-candy! Thanks Lori!

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  10. I'm so very thrilled for all the prize winners, and would be lying if I wasn't hoping to see my name. But truly, I think we all feel like winners just to be a part of this wonderful Party. Thank you so much Lori, for your thoughtfulness, hard work, and sheer genius in creating this challenge.

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  11. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am so honor to be chosen among all these fabulous works of art! Thank you, Lori, for putting this all together and all the work and dedication you have put forth. Thanks again!

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  13. Wow, what a variety of art to wear! Congratulations to all who submitted to the Bead Soup Blog Party! Big round of applause to all of the winners and thank you to the judges and to Lori! :D
    (((And I see that I am on the list too, :) Nice surprise! Woohoo!)))

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  14. Beautiful things! Congrats to all the winners!

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  15. Oh how exciting! I'm thrilled to be among the winners *does happy dance*... Thank you so much to Lori, Nina Designs, and all of the judges!

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  16. Amazing work Bead Soupers....congrats!!!!!!!!! Thanks Lori and Judges. It was my first time and so much fun!

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  17. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am so honored to have been chosen and to have been included with all these fabulous works of art. Thank you, Lori, for all the hard work and dedication you have put forth. This was an awesome experience. Thanks again!

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  18. Wow! Some amazing talent here!
    A huge congrats to all the winners - they did a wonderful job with their designs!

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  19. Well I had a blast looking and reading about the winners. This whole contest was a blast. I would not have wanted to pick winners out of 900 entries. All you judges did a great job and I thank you for it. Yes I will enter the next bead soup for sure.

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  20. So many gorgeous designs!! Congratulations to all of the winners!!

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  21. Thank you so much Lori, as always you make BSBP such a fun time, and one that I SO look forward to! Thank you to all the judges, and specifically to Lima Beads...I am honored beyond words! There were SO many gorgeous creations that I couldn't have picked! Congrats winners! I hope to see everyone next go-round!!

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  22. Congrats to all the winners, beautiful work.

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  23. congrats to all the winners! xoxo

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  24. Congrats to all the winners - you deserved it! Everyone's pieces were awesome! Even those who didn't win, all the participants I visited your pieces were great! This was my first party and it was exciting! Thanks participants and especially Lori for making it all happen! Can't wait till the next part!
    Bev

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  25. Congratulations to all the winners! Beautiful work!

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  26. A HUGE CONGRATS! to all the winners!! Your work is stunning and I can see why all of you were the winners! Great job and thanks for the wonderful source of inspiration! *Ü*

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  27. Congrats to everyone! I can't believe I missed a lot of these during the hop Some beautiful designs!

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  28. Wow! What fabulous creations! Super congratulations to all the winners!! :-)

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  29. Congratulations to all of the winners!
    The judges really had a tough job with so many creative entries, and they made great choices.
    This was an especially fun blog post. Thank you Lori for all of your hard work to make this happen.

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  30. Oh Wow! I am completely beside myself & so honored to have been chosen amongst such amazing company! I can not even fathom the amount of work it takes to organize and put something of this magnitude together. The sheer volume of creativeness is overwhelming and a huge kudos goes out to you, Lori, and all of the judges for taking on this task. Holy cow ... you guys are amazing!!! Thank you so much for everything - it was definitely an amazing first try at a bead soup party :)

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  31. Thank-you, Lori for hosting THE event of the year and making it so much fun! Congratulations to all the fabulous winners! Your pieces are spectacular. All the designs and soups were wonderful! A huge thank-you to the judges for undertaking the impossible, and gratitude to PJ Tools for selecting my bracelets. I am truly honored.

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  32. Thank you Lori and all of the judges and participants! This was an awesome experience , I now have a real reason to figure out how to start and maintain a blog. I have a whole year to figure it out and get it right, in the mean time what fabulous eye candy I have enjoyed on the blogs of all participants. I look forward to #8

    Beccy

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  33. Wow, some amazing pieces. Congrats to all the winners.

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  34. Such beautiful work!!! Soooo impressed! Mant Congrats to the winners!

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  35. Lori could you correct that I didn't make this winner jewel. Susanna Lehto made it. Her blog address is http://othellehto.blogspot.fi/2013/04/bead-soup-blog-party-welcome-to-arctic.html I'd just put her pictures to Pinterest because she asked it :)
    Gongratulation to all Winners and specially to Susanna ♥

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  36. Congrats to all the winners! All great creations!!!!!
    Love this challenge ^_^

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  37. OMG All this jewelry is soooooo FAB. I can imagine the judges had really a hard job. I'm in awe of the gorgeousness. Congrats to all the winners!! So well deserved.

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  38. Congrats to the winners!! Great choice! Hugs, Doris

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  39. Wow! Amazing work! congrats to all the winners. Now I know what to aspire to next time. :)

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  40. Amazing works of true art! Congrats to all the winners.

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  41. Excellent choices! Congratulations to all the winners, well deserved for such beautiful wirk.

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  42. Congrats to all the winners and a big thanks to Lori and all of the judges!

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  43. I loved seeing the pieces again. <3

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  44. Whew! Congratulations ~ another fantastic Soup event.

    These winners created some fantastic pieces – some of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Really, this collection would make a wonderful Lark Book - “Presenting 50 Soups”. Thank you Judges!

    Lori, Happy Memorial Day. Thank you for serving our Country … and for so much more.

    You deserve to Celebrate … pie, pie and more pie ….

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  45. Wow! I don't know how you do it! Pick winners that is. I'm sure I'd still just be admiring all the pretties!

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  46. I don't envy the judges the hard task they had of choosing between all of those gorgeous pieces, but they did a great job! There are several there I haven't hopped to yet, so I guess I should set my own beads down and get back to hopping some more ;) lol

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  47. Congrats to all the winners, to the judges and to Lori for hosting this amazing event. This was my first year participating and it was just a fabulous event and I look forward to it next year. There was so much gorgeousness that I'm sure it was really hard narrowing it down to the winners.

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  48. Congratulations to my super talented partner K. Hutchinson, I was so very lucky to be paired with you.

    Lori, again thank-you. You are amazing.

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  49. Congratulations to my super talented partner K. Hutchinson, I was so very lucky to be paired with you.

    Lori, again thank-you. You are amazing.

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  50. Congratulations to all of the winners!! All of the pieces are just beautiful!! So inspiring!

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  51. Congratulations to all of the winners!! All of the pieces are just beautiful!! So inspiring!

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  52. There was such an amazing amount of variety and talent involved in the 7th Bead Soup. I am so honored (and shocked) to be among the winners.

    I'd like to give a big thank you to Lori and all the judges for all their hard work.

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  53. Congrats to all the winners and the runners-up! All these designs are just fabulous. Thanks for another great Soup Party Lori - it was fun!

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  54. Congrats to all the winners and all the runners-up! All these desgigns are just fabulous. Thanks for another great "Soup Party", Loir - it was fun!

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  55. I am so thrilled to be a winner on the orange coral and copper necklace. It would not have been possible without Lori organizing such a great event, and Jelveh - my partner who sent me the fantastic bead soup. Thank you PJ Tool for selecting it. I am looking forward to many more Bead Soup parties. Thank you!

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  56. Oh wow. I was so excited to see my ring right towards the start and then as I continued on this epic post - more and more humbled. Congrats to all the winners. Lori, I already had such a wonderful experience this is icing on the icing of the yummy cake. Thank you Lori, Thank you Fusion Beads! And many thanks to my talented partner Cindy Ritchie

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  57. Congrats to all the winners!! Beautiful!!

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  58. Ohhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyyyyy! I can't believe that my necklace made it! I was away from my computer most of the past few days and couldn't believe that I'm on that list when I returned. I'm so,so honored and humbled. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for doing this Lori, and thank you Fusion Beads! I'm over the moon.

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  59. Congratulations to all winners. Everyone did great but kudos to those who did excellent! Good job to Lori and all the judges who went through all the photos over and over again. See ya'll next year!

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  60. Congrats to all the winners! Such great designs. Enjoy those great prizes!
    I can only imagine how hard it was to narrow it down.
    Thanks to Lori and all...this hop was a blast!

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  61. Wow! You would not want the job of deciding the winners! There were so many incredible designs! Congrats to the winners!! Job well done Lori!! I can't wait for the next Bead Soup Party!

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  62. All super and each beader should be so PROUD! I loved seeing them all! CONGRATULATIONS!!! jean

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  63. Congratulations to all the winners! What a wonderful roll call there.

    And thank you again Lori for organizing all of this.

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  64. Lori, I posted a comment the last night of sign ups but it turns out my daughter has somehow connected our Google accounts. So when she deleted her accout she accidentally deleted my blog! So my new blog is
    http://pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com/
    What a mess! I lost years of blogging and can't find it anywhere! Please let me participate. I need this! lol
    patty

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