Very summery, right? That round green beads you see perched in the middle is from one of my partner's soup contributions, and the rest is a mix I literally threw together. Too much green? Add some blue. How about ANOTHER shade of blue? And some fruit... yeah, fruit. There are some lemons and pears in there, and a lime, see?
I'll be showcasing my two partners soon! In the meantime, I'm hustling to get things done and photographed. I take all of my pictures now with natural light, so I keep an eye on the weather forecast the week before the party. If you're a participant in the blog hop, keep that in mind!
I'm so proud of this event, now in its 8th iteration. I think this may be it for a while, though. It's grown so large (nearly 500 people this time, 500 some last time) that the logistics of pairing partners is astonishingly difficult. I have a couple of other ideas up my sleeve, and you'll probably see a variation of the BSBP next year, but it won't involve swapping. I think a year off to freshen it up and take a rest will do me some good, and allow for some other fun things to take place.
This is a map of last year's party. This year's party looks pretty much the same. Only two states didn't have any participants, and the international reach was huge.
That map takes HOURS to pin, with my husband calling out zip codes to me for the US and then the two of us relying on our knowledge of geography to find the cities for the other countries, so this year, I'm going to say, "refer to last year's map". I have a pie chart instead (PIE!) and I'll list out the countries.
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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.