Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Bead Soup Blog Party is HERE!


Back in January, I decided to take an idea from www.artbeadscene.com and give it my own spin and start a Bead Soup Blog Party online. My idea was to bring together a group of beaders from around the world, introduce them to each other, and then pair them up for a bead soup trade.

What is bead soup?

~ A focal
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)

When the respective partners got the packages of beads, they were tasked to make something with all or part of the soup, take a picture, and post it on their blog on February 10th -- TODAY!

Now, everyone gets to hop around to all the Party Blogs to see what's been made!

My pieces can be seen by clicking here.

Party Participants

1. Lori, An Artists Year Off
2. Mallory, For the Love of Beads
3. Terri, Blooming Ideas
4. Cindy, Sweet Bead Studio
5. Lorelei, Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
6. Kerry, Kab's Creative Concepts
7. Erin, Treasures Found
8. Jeannette, Jeannette Blix Wire and Metal Jewelry
9. Adrienne, Adrienne Designs
10. Nan, Spirit Rattles
11. Laurel, Rue's Daftique
12. Nancy, Beading From the Heart
13. Mary, MK's Creative Musings
14. Cassie, The Glass Beadle
15. Dot, Winchell Clayworks
16. Sharon, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
17. Lisa, Lo and Behold
18. Norma, Bead Dreams and Moonlit Fantaseas
19. Judith, Judith B.
20. Debbie, Prairie Emporium
21. Maria, Garden Path Beads
22. Susan, Kaplan Creations Jewelry and Glass Design
23. Melissa, Melissa Meman: Art, Love, Life
24. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things
25. Lisa, Joolz by Lisa
26. Cristi, 2 If By Sea
27. Sandra, Marbella Jewelry Design
28. Maria, Greene Earth Originals
29. Barbara, Jewelry of Distinction
30. Leslie, Bei Mondi
31. Loretta, Designs by Loretta
32. Linda, Bella Bead Jewelry
33. Kathie, The Bead Cult
34. Patty, Plays With Fire
35. Nicki, Nicki's Reef
36. Anne Marie, Heart's Desire
37. Mary, Mary Harding Jewelry
38. Jayne, Mama's Got to Doodle
39. Emanda, Artemesia's Studio
40. Whitney, Whitney Lassini
41. Marcie, La Bella Joya
42. Suzann, Beadphoria
43. Jen, Jen Judd Rocks
44. Julie, Credit River Art Glass
45. Janiece, J Birds Garden
46. Kate, Organic Odysseys
47. Laurie, The Mermaid Tale
48. Michelle, My Crazy Crafty Adventure
49. Sue, Sue Beads
50. Janeen, Wild Vanilla Designs
51. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse
52. Kristie, Artisan Clay
53. Regina, Regina's Writings
54. Tari, Pearl and Pebble
55. Lyn, Lyn Foley
56. Beth, Sunshine Daydreamz
57. Cathryn, Chile Cats
58. Emma, Fred Bean's Nook
59. Connie, Cetta Cheese Chatter
60. Juli, Jul's Beads
61. Julie, RockerJewlz
62. Libby, LibbyLeu and Glass Too
63. Melanie, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
64. Katie, My Life and My Beads
65. Zuleykha, Zuleykha's Polymer Clay
66. Rekella, Me But a Little More in Depth
67. Ricki, What's New at Ricki Voges Design
68. Lisa, Lucid Moon Studio
69. Jo, Daisychain Jewellery
70. Lynette, Rock Hill Designs
71. Lynne, Island Girl's Insights
72. Chas, One Woman's Haven
73. Ruthie, Rose Works Jewelry
74. Elizabeth, Turquoise Sky
75. Maire, Maire Dodd
76. Janet, Singing Woods
77. Eileen, Dorset Hill Beads
78. Julie, Miss Kitten's Jewels
79. Joann, Jo's Jewels
80. Patti, PJ Clark Designs
81. Mel, Kookie Designs
82. Erin, Every Heart Crafts
83. Dale, Flights of Fancy
84. Dee, Runako Designs


  1. The big day is finally here!!!! I just couldn't wait to visit...it's 12:01 (you know I'd be up!). Lori, thank you for hosting this fun-filled little journey. I have met some great people along the way, and I can't wait to discover everyone's new creations on their blogs!

  2. Wow Lori, you did three fabulous designs as well as coordinating everything and keeping us all on track--big thank you for all your hard work and thumbs up on the gorgeous design work.

  3. I am hoping to find to look at these today,I am really looking forward to seeing what you have all come up with.

  4. Lori -

    Before I go blog-hopping, I have to say THANK YOU!!! This has been a fantastic experience from "out here" and your leadership/management/creativity is truly appreciated!!!! (It's the AF in me, can't you tell! haaaaaaaaaaaaa)
    I'm echoing other sentiments out there...there'll have to be a Round II!!!!


  5. I have gone through all the different blogs and looked at the final creations and they are wonderful. You all did a wonderful job and I have found new blogs to follow. Lori you did a fantastic job putting this event on.

  6. Great idea and if I was doing more beading right now I'd have given it a whirl. I actually would like to look at everyone of those blogs but that is a lot of blogs!! Will try to peruse a bunch for sure.

  7. Wow! This looks like so much fun. I think that I would really have a blast with it. Are you planning to have a repeat party!

  8. Anonymous3:49 PM

    Your pieces are gorgeous! Thanks for hosting this, I had a great time creating!

  9. Yes, I'm already planning another party, this with a "jewelry box" theme!

  10. Hi Lori! This has been absolutely fabulous! I've not had this much fun at a party in forever--I'd love to repeat this experience!

    I'm totally in awe and humbled by all the wonderful, creative, inspiring talent of the party goers. I think I've hit everyone's blog but will be checking this weekend to be sure.

    Again, thanks a million for organizing this event. I've had so much fun and I can't wait to do this again. You totally Rock and you're the best! Many thanks!

  11. Yay! I've had so much fun with this idea Lori - thank you so much for hosting it! Your wonderful :) Off to see your work!

  12. What a Blast! I just finished reading all the blogs and looking at all the wonderful creativity yoiur challenge inspired. Thank you for all your hard work!

    One thing lesrned: Sometimes you just have listen to the beads!

    Hasn't this been fun?!?


  13. Oh wow, you are doing such a great job. Lovely idea.

  14. thanks again lori - you did a lot of work and it really paid off... you brought so many people together...

  15. I loved your words "...desired funky-beyond-all-reason effect and the ouch-my-eyes debacle... As someone who recycles and redesigns old costume jewelry I often am in this conumdrum...GREAT WORK! I hope to join in on your next party and will have fun perusing the sites.

  16. whew!! I think I'm officially stuffed..i finally finished visiting everyone's post and I'm inspired by it all!! Thanks Lori for putting this together!

  17. What beautiful beaded jewelry. I'll have to hop around and see what other goodies I can find!

  18. Anonymous3:48 PM

    Wow-this was a really great idea. Can't wait to grab a cup of tea and visit all of the blogs. Beautiful! light and love-amanda

  19. Oh my! Everyone has designed such beautiful pieces! Will there be another bead soup swap soon? I certainly hope so, because I fully intend to participate!

  20. Wow, I just finished looking at everyone's posts and creations! Thank you so much for organizing a great party. Happy Valentine's Day ;)

  21. Anonymous4:28 AM

    I stumbled upon your blog. I would very much like to participate in your next Bead Soup Blog Party. Count me and email me the details at kottagekreations2009@yahoo.com

  22. Read about this on someone's blog and had to come check it out. The work everyone has done is inspiring as is this great idea.

    Can't wait to visit everyone's blogs too.

  23. i hope you plan on doing another bead soup party...i am sorry i missed this one.


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