Friday, January 29, 2010

Two Cups of Bead Soup

You may remember my Bead Soup Blog Party post. The party date is coming closer and closer -- February 10th, to be exact! On that date, you'll be able to hop around all the 84 blogs and see what the beaders made. If you'd like to start taking a look at the "soup" they've already received, you can visit the Flickr Pool Bead Soup Party Swap and see what people are starting with.

I, like everyone else, got one partner, but two people came late to the party and of course I couldn't say no, so I'm actually doing a total of three swaps. Two have arrived, but one is on its way from Korea and hasn't gotten here yet. But here are the first two.

First, from Libby Leuchtman, a lampwork bead maker.....

When she asked me what I might be interested in, I told her "anything, but donuts give me trouble" -- so she decided to challenge me with a donut. She did a smart thing, because this entire exercise is supposed to be about stretching our skills and working outside our comfort level.

She also gifted me with a pendant as a "thank you" for running the blog party -- and I can't tell you how grateful and humbled I am by it.

Next up is a gemstone mix from Dee Gordon, and I already know what I want to do with that fat gemstone on the right:

So there you have it -- two bowls of distinctly different types of soup, neither of which I would have chosen for myself, both destined for (in my opinion!) cool designs.

Be sure to mark you calendars and visit the blog on February 10th to see what all we've made!



  1. What awesome cups of soupy wonderfulness! That's what I love about swaps, too - you never know what you're going to get...but, despite the "pain" you sometimes have of working outside of your comfort zone, it ends up being worth it in the end...

    I can't wait to see what you make! I'm hoping my beads are waiting for me when I get home! (they had to travel from Germany...)

  2. Awesome! Soups. that donut is a real beauty.

    I really struggled with mine and made and undid quite a few designs. Last night very late I finaly made something I felt happy with. My mum came in from work today and spied it and said oooh! I love this piece you've made.

    So its a keeper, I just have to take some good photos of it. I am sooooo relieved.

    Thanks again for arranging this, its has been mind expanding, just what I needed :)

  3. o it will be fun to see! what a fabulous fun thing to do!!

  4. Anonymous8:37 PM

    Very nice! I have trouble with donut beads too Looking forward to see what you do with it:)

  5. Totally yummy!
    Can't wait to see how you get inspired as you have inspired us all!
    Enjoy the day!

  6. I'm excited to see what you make too. I hope you overcome your problems with donuts with your soup projects (...hmm it sounds like I'm talking about recipes and not beads). Have fun!

  7. What gorgeous bead sets you received!! I just know you will make some wonderful things with them!
    I just stopped by the Flickr pool and saw so many wonderful Bead Soup sets. What a great group gathered here!

  8. i'm having so much fun with the bead soup was a wonderful idea.
    love that pendant.

  9. The photos look great Lori. I am glad you like everything and can't wait to see what you come up with.
    Off to cook up my soup!

  10. Very cool! The colours in the first mix kind of make my mouth water :-o like I'm looking at lemons and lime or something.

    ♥ Maria-Thérèse

  11. Very different stuff - this is going to be interesting.

  12. Love it! Hope you are having a great weekend!


  13. That is the most beautiful, fat free donut I've ever seen. I know you will make something spectacular with both soups!

  14. Hi Lori, you've got your cup full with mixes, have fun and thanks for organizing the party!

  15. Oh, wow! Those bead soups are really inspiring and I can't wait to see what you make with them! (I really love the lampwork beads...I miss glass!)

  16. Such pretty groupings of beads!



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