Saturday, January 07, 2017

Announcement of the Bead Soup Blog Party -- Bead Hoarders Edition


It's been a long time, hasn't it? I had to give up holding these massive parties because of my health, and after eight shows, culminating in over 500 people, I had to take a break and concentrate on getting well. This is my baby. I started it in 2010, and look what it became!

the book that came about as a result of the parties

This is the one thing in the beading community I felt I did well. I'm not a particularly innovative beader or bead maker. Occasionally (and usually during the Bead Soup Blog Party, or BSBP as it's known, the "wow, I made THAT?" moment came). To learn more about it, you can scroll through pages by clicking here.

I've decided that each year there will be a new theme. This year's theme is dear to my heart, as I've also run the Bead Hoarder's Blog Hop (here and here) and I believe in bringing beautiful beads out of the back of the drawer and into creations to be worn and admired.

Tomorrow, I'll talk a bit more about what the rules will comprise (as in, what exactly do I send?),  and a button to put on your blog or Facebook or Pinterest or even Instagram! In the meantime, you can keep up to date with things by joining:

or keeping up with me on my newly dusted-off blog, 

A piece I made during one of the older Bead Soup Blog Parties. I made the pendant and used the lampwork beads sent to me.  I augmented the  rest of the piece with things from my own stash, one of the delights of this challenge -- looking through beads in your own stash to use in a new way.

I hope that some of you will come to the party, and that the rest of you will join us on March 25th to visit all the people who swapped beads with each other.

Love to all.


  1. This bead hoarder is excited t join

  2. So glad to see the BSBP back. Part because, well, it's back. And big part because you are feeling well enough to pull it off. *hugs*

    Now to find and dust off my blog ...

  3. Yippee, happy to hear you are feeling stronger!

  4. OH MY GOODNESSSSSS I am so excited that you are feeling better and that you are feeling good enough to do this!! :) I can't wait!!! :) ~KM

  5. Welcome back, Lori! So excited to be a part of this again but more importantly, so happy you're healthier, happier, and heading towards a new adventure! Blessings!

  6. Oh Happy Days are back again!!! I can't wait to party. It is wonderful that you are feeling better, just don't over do. I love the idea of themes to the soups. I'm going to dust off my blog and get prepared for the fun!

  7. I am so very excited Lori and if I can be any help please let me know....I hope I don't forget and miss the sign up date....ty again hun and take care

  8. I simply can't wait for this!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog hop!!! So Happy that you are on your way back!!! Hugs Love and Prayers Sweetheart

  9. Looking forward to the sign up date and participating in the bead hop

  10. Lori, I'm so excited! I've sorely missed participating in your Bead Soup swap. I'm so glad that you're feeling better and I pray your upturn continues ❤️ I'm looking forward to hearing what you have planned for us.

  11. Glad to see you're better and this is coming back, what a way to help winter pass quickly

  12. Don't know why I've come up as Steve Milward - it's Denise...I'm the one who had a stroke in 2013 and asked to be on a later reveal.
    I do intend to sign up , but could you ask those who do so to be prepared, if they draw someone in the UK, to send beads etc. under the value of $50? I won't suggest anyone breaks the rules and puts a lesser value on their declaration, but I got hammered for the equivalent of $40 by UK Customs Duty in 2013.
    On a quick personal note, I'm so pleased that you've at last got your Dx and know what you're dealing with. Since my stroke, I had bilateral kidney stones and a ruptured appendix in 2014. I only had a minor procedure to put some more coils into my brain last year as I was developing another aneurysm, but I had an MRI to check the job was done and then had a lovely letter saying I only have to go back for an MRI every 2 years. All good in 2017 so far...

  13. Looking forward to signing up. I have not participated in a while and I need like others to get back to blogging and joining in with blog related events. I am glad your health is improving and that you are feeling up to an other Bead Soup Blog Party.

  14. Really excited for this great party to return! Thanks Lori!


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