Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's Cooking in Bead Soup Land?

The Bead Soup Blog Party will take place Saturday, May 3rd, and I am finally getting some of my pieces made.  FINALLY!  I've been flat on my back for almost forever, it seems, and in fact, one piece I made in bed, flat on my back!   To give you a hint of what I used, take a look at the bead soup I mixed up.....




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.


OK!  Thank you for reading!




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.

18 comments:

  1. Hi Lori, I think I'm seeing one of my polaris beads in there ... and can't wait to see what will you create!!! That mix is too yummy!!! Love those colors :-)
    Alenka

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  2. Awesome..

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  3. good to hear from you! i have been slowly simmering here and then last night i bubbled over! now I have my two pieces ready to roll. yum!

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  4. That's a tasty looking soup!

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  5. I first read this as "What's cooking in Bead Soup Lard"!

    Do you cook with lard much in the States? we use it a lot in England when making pastry.

    Bead Soup + Pie = Happiness!!!

    On a more serious note - I really appreciate all the work you and your family have been putting in to make this BSBP fun for everyone , thank you so much xxx

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  6. great colours , so festive , so Carmen Miranda!!!
    can't wait to see what you do with all those.
    I'm still simmering mine.

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  7. Your soup looks great. I cannot wait to see the end result. Nice work from bed. Do you take your photos near a window or do you actually go outside? Thank you for the party. I cannot participate this time but I am still having fun.
    Linda

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  8. Oh u missed me n my country - India :(

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  9. Good news, happy to hear you are creating! I'm so glad I joined the party in the last moment - it's such a privilege!

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  10. Finally my second package made it to my Partner just in time. The first one got lost. Now we can cook, too. :)

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  11. Your soup mix looks fun. I bet you crocheted something. I am looking forward to seeing what you create and all of the talent from everyone else too. It is good to see a post from you. Thanx so much for all your efforts to make this hop happen.I look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for next year. I have my first piece done and am starting piece number two today.

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  12. Don't worry, Divya, that is last Guatemala! I'll be listing all the countries soon!

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  13. Wow! I can't believe that it is almost here. I am not satisfied with my pics so I had better find a sunny day and start again. I can't wait to see what everyone makes.

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  14. Your soup ingredients look so FUN! I can't wait to see what everyone makes. Sounds like it might keep me occupied for a good while!

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  15. That mix looks delicious!

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  16. oh that's awesome!
    btw. i'd like to share this post to facebook. no share buttons?

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  17. Such a happyful, sunshiny color mix! Love it & you, too! Can't wait to see your masterpiece. Hugs <3

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