Saturday, February 26, 2011

~~~~ Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party! ~~~~

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

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

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.  The goal -- to push ourselves creatively by using beads we may never have used before, and to meet beaders from around the world. (See that map up there?  That's where everyone comes from!)

My beads came from the lovely Susie Hibdon of Vintage Susie & Wings.  If you click here, you can see her work and all the beads Susie sent me.

Just a few of the things Susie sent me.

I absolutely love Susie's style, but it's not my own.  I WISH it were my own, because I love the vintage look.  I'm a vintage hunter, love watching American Pickers, and have a bunch of vintage goodies in my home.  But vintage jewelry -- I'm just not good at making it.

However, I decided it was time to give it the good ol' college try.

I chose the skeleton key as my pendant, and then dug into my stash of vintage buttons.  And folks, when I say buttons, I am talking POUNDS of buttons.  HUGE cookie tins of buttons.  A bushel basket of buttons, too.  Jars of buttons.  

Just some of my vintage buttons, mostly mother of pearl. 

I feel like the Button Queen.  Yet I've never used them in jewelry.  Every year I've put this on my Jewelry Resolutions list, and every year, they stay in their tins and jars and baskets.

Until now.

Can you guess what I made?  Can you guess what I did?

Well, here you go.  My Victorian treasure, "The Key That Unlocks Everything".

When Susie sent me the copper chain, I was delighted to find that I had more of it in my stash.  I cut a short length and attached it to the top of the key, and then attached the rest to that short length, making a "Y".  I briolette-wrapped a LOT of buttons to the chain, two per link, working to make the weight and "fluff" take the shape you see here.  And let me tell you -- while I was making this, I kept thinking, "This is awful, it looks terrible, this hath much suckage."  Necklaces made like this rarely start to look good until they're almost done.

After I was done, the necklace just NEEDED something.  "Can't go wrong with red," I thought, and added some brilliant 8mm Czech glass rondelles here and there.  I then tried a bit of lace around the top of the key, but it looked awkward and forced, so I tied it up on one shoulder and added a few dangles of red along the bare copper chain around the neckline.

I made a pair of earrings to go with the necklace, keeping it simple since the necklace has so much going on.

Those are the first two pieces.  I used Susie's chain, her key, and the filigree beads in the earrings. 

The next piece features another skill set I'd previously not tackled -- wrapping Vintaj filigree around a gemstone.  I found a filigree piece the PERFECT size for my jasper stone and with some gentle pushing, got the bead wrapped.

 Now came the dilemma -- how to connect it to the rest of my bracelet?

I decided NOT to wire wrap or put a jump ring through the small holes of the filigree setting, as I didn't want to risk ripping through the metal.  So instead, I ran the wire through the hole in the stone, and that left me with a stronger linkage.

Susie had sent a large smoky Swarovski crystal, and I had some smaller ones in my stash, so I added a few more to glam things up.  I also added one vintage brass bead to make things a little unpredictable.

Something you might want to try with your Vintaj findings -- sand them!  I gave this one a light sanding, and it gave more depth.

Susie's components used -- the gemstones and a crystal.

And now for my last piece, which is the polar opposite of my dramatic Victorian button piece.  For this necklace, I took the Vintaj clasp Susie sent -- a large ring and a hook -- and separated them.  I turned the Vintaj ring into part of the pendant.  I found some lampwork beads in my stash, used the gemstone rondelles Susie sent, and went to town with a huge bag of brass jump rings.  And here you go -- "A Walk in the Woods".

Lampwork beads by the lovely Maryse Thillens

Lots of dangles, like the button necklace, but in a totally different format and presented in a totally different way!  This time, I used a 9-10" length of beading wire, strung on about 12 tiny daisy spacers, and then my special soup blend of jump rings.  I made double love knots by looping one ring into another -- easy peasy.  Then I wire wrapped the gemstone charms onto the love knot rings. 

The pattern is single, double, single, double, etc, ending with a single -- and make sure you have strung three sets of bead dangles. The mix of singles and doubles gives a lovely textural quality to the necklace, don't you think?

I finished the neckline of the necklace with red suede cording and the hook closure.

Once again, I sanded the toggle (or rather, pendant, now) and you can REALLY see a difference!  Sanding brings out depth, just as if you hammered a piece of metal and used liver of sulphur and then scrubbed it with steel wool.  Give it a try!

Items from Susie -- toggle ring and hook, gemstone rondelles.

I can't thank you all enough for visiting, and PLEASE visit the blogs below.  There's a lot, but print a list, mark them as you go, and take your time!  Some have giveaways, and EVERYONE worked very hard on their jewelry designs.  Kudos to everyone!

(If you missed participating in this party and would like to be reminded of the sign ups for the next one, [Aug 1-3], then shoot me an email.  And look for the book in 2012!)

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
(You are here!)

2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginie Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Bead and Bread


  1. Fantastic pieces Lori! Thank you again for hosting Bead Soup. I have a new friend thanks to Bead Soup which made it that much more fun! Can't wait to do another of these!

  2. I love them all! The one with the buttons look like it was a pure labor of love!!! It really looks rich and old:)
    Having fun...been hopping since 6:30am...taking a break now! Have a great day.

  3. I was waiting for you to post this morning after visiting all of the soupers I follow and their partners and I will tell you you did not dissappoint at all! Your creations are so remarkable! One of my dream days would be to sit with you in your studio and watch you create. You so totally ROCK!!!!

    Hugs Always!

  4. Love the buttons, the brass and the rings. Isn't it wonderful to step away from the usual. Love all your pieces, and if I to pick one, it would be the rings necklace, like the colors you have brought together so well in this design. Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Each of your pieces is so lucious! You said in an earlier post that you had difficulty with vintage, but I think you really are finding the vintage diva inside of you. I adore those mop buttons and think it was so daring to pair them with ruby red. The copper and the ruby are such a great combo.

    Thanks so much for making the BSP possible and for bringing together creative people around the world. Have a fantastic (and restful) weekend!

  6. Wow! Lori. I love your pieces! Maybe next time I will have the courage to participate. It sure is fun seeing what everyone came up with.

  7. Wow! The button piece truly is amazing! You put in some time on this piece. Thanks for inspiring lots of artists with your party~

  8. First - thank you so much for this awesome party.... I am totally in love with how you wrapped the stone for the bracelet, and I really like the second necklace. It is also really cool that you stretched yourself with using your buttons - I think this is absolutely a special style.

  9. I love the all; the button necklace made cry. Thanks again for all the enthusiasm and hard work you put into this wonderful project. I've been blog-hopping all morning and have seen stunning work.

  10. Yay!! Reveal Day is here!! Thanks so much for being your awesome self, ma'am! I love the variety in your pieces, all the new stuff you incorporated into your skill sets is fantastic. I do have to say that I LOVE the buttons...and I have NEVER liked buttons before. Have an awesome party!

  11. Lori... I think you won the Bead Soup Lottery... what fabulous pieces you designed. I love the vintage feel too.

    You my dear are a hostess with the mostess and I'm thoroughly enjoying hopping! Have a fantastic day!

  12. How much work went into this buttons piece alone!! You must have spent ages, but it is one of a kind necklace, hope it goes to someone who will really show it off! Thanks a million Lori for all the time you spent putting this event together. Very much appreciated. loads of smiles,Virginie

  13. I love all three pieces! How creative and different.

  14. Anonymous9:38 AM

    Holey moley, your pieces are just gorgeous! I have to say the button necklaces is my favorite! It had to be a pure labor of love though! Turned out awesome! I love the Vintaj stuff I have been to their store in IL and those ladies are so NICE!

  15. It's our big day! Thanks for managing us all!! I loooove your pieces and al lthe new ideas you tried.

    My grammy was a tailor forever so I have a lot of wonderful buttons, too. Maybe it's time to get my wire-wrapping on and do something in tribute to good grammies everywhere.

    Enjoy the big day!

  16. Well, you did it again, Lori. I love your button necklace. Thanks for the idea. I have a pile of polymer clay buttons that I might just put to good use.

    Thanks, too, for hosting another smashing successful Bead Soup Party. You get an A plus.

  17. Wow! love your pieces. I, too, have been thinking about using buttons, but really was clueless as to how. I just might have to steal your idea. That necklace turned out fantastic.
    This weekend is such a full one, that I will only be able to hop onto just a couple of blogs,before I dash out, but Monday, I will be dedicating the whole day to visiting blogs. Thanks, Lori for this fun party.

  18. OH WOW! I love to see such pretty things!! (get it?! lol) These beauties obviously have heart and soul poured into them - that must be the happy feeling I get from looking at them! Well done!!!

  19. so spectacular I am gasping with delight! You truly are a very talented and creative designer Lori, as well as a wonderful hostess! Thank you for showing these lovely pieces you have made--they make me fall in love with beading all over again!

    jean xox

  20. Buttons and antique keys are some of my favoite things, I would not have thought to combine them into one piece. Thanks again for hosting this wonderful event. So much fun.

  21. Your pieces are done wonderfully and each one tells a story about you! I love your bead Soup Series , gosh how much work is involved but what great success!! Thank you so much for putting this all together for us all!

  22. WOW!! Lori!! You really went to town... you made enough soup to feed a whole restaurant! And it all looks so delicious. I love your button necklace, just love it.

    Thank you for hosting a wonderful event.

  23. THe necklace with the buttons and the key is awesome... I have buttons... This is a fun way to spent the day after another winter storm... warm and dry visiting soup while my DH shovels!

  24. I have bee wanting to know what you do with BUTTONS well now I know and am soooooooo impressed. I really like everyone but the purplely one especiall Be Blessed

  25. I like them all, the last one is my great favourite <3
    Thank you so much for this Party!!

  26. Well I have been wanting to know just what you do with buttons. Well now I know, and am sooooo impressed. I really like everyone, but especially the purpely one smiles
    Be Blessed

  27. The victorian treasure necklace is a WOW necklace! Love what you did with your stash of buttons and such a labor of love. I alos like the wrapped vintage gemstone and how you combined all the components. I would love to spend a day in your head to see your designs because the "Walk in the Woods" necklace is ingenious! Love, love, love all the pieces you created! Thank you again for all your hard work in putting this party together!

  28. Lori--your talent always blows me out of the water, but this...This levels me flat! I absolutely LOVE the button necklace--it's a stunning work of art that would be fun to wear with old lace! The bracelet is to die for--and something I'd wear. You have me thinking now! The last necklace is a mix of FUN and awesome textures and colors! Who knew you could put purple and red together with success! Thank you!

  29. Lovely! I especially love the button and key necklace. I also often find that when i start a piece I don't necessarily like it, but as I get closer to finish, it all comes together nicely.

    And I also want to master filigree wrapping but haven't done so. Perhaps now I will. :) You make it look so easy.

  30. Lori, love ALLLLLLL your pieces! You rock!

  31. yeaahh, you've outdone yourself, I love all the pieces. I think my favorite is with the rings. I love the texture of this piece and the it..nice job! Thanks for the adventure of this party, it's just what I needed.

  32. Wow wow wow! Lori, those pieces are absolutely stunning! I think I'm in love with the button necklace...I'm in complete awe! The other pieces are amazing, as well--but what else would I expect from you? :) Thank you so much for hosting the Bead Soup Blog Party...I've had a blast so far, and can't wait to see what everyone has made--I've visited only a handful of blogs so far. :D

  33. Each design is fabulous!!!
    The first one almost brings tears to my eyes!
    As a child I LOVED looking though my grandmother's "button drawer"
    She saved the buttons from every cast off piece of clothing to be thrifty.
    But,many of those buttons were tiny works of art.
    They captivated my imagination.
    I must have has a bead brain even then..LOL!
    your button necklace design really touched my heart!!!
    thank you for the memory and thank for for hosting this Wonderful soup party!!!
    m.e. :)

  34. Oh Lori!! I LOVE LOVE your button and key piece. It's great that you took that leap of faith and ability to work buttons into the piece. You got to mark something off your list and it turned out beautifully. Buttons are one of my favorite materials to use also, I've got the tins and jars and boxes of them also.

    You also were able to work in a little tutorial with the sanding of the pieces. You ROCK!

    Thanks so much for hosting the party. I know a lot of work and tears went into it. Where would all of us be without. Well, probably not waking up early on a Saturday to frantically pan through jewelry blogs, but. . .well, it's a labor of love! Thanks again.

  35. Lori you are a genius! All your pieces are so, so clever and drop dead gorgeous! Ohh my, those button-necklace is AWESOME!

  36. Beautiful designs!

  37. You were so prolific and I love the darker colors of this work. Definitely not your style but you made all three items work beautifully!! I especially love the dangels in the last one and all the jump rings- so much delicious texture. BRAV)!! Thanks again for hosting this event! So fun.

  38. PS Thanks again for hosting the party!

  39. Anonymous10:21 AM

    I love your pieces, Lori! Beautiful work. I think we can all agree that you definitely can do the vintage look :)

  40. Wow you have been busy girl! OK first let me say that the button necklace "hath no suckage"... It looks great, and the red beads were a great add. Congrats on finally diving into your button stash. Another thing, I totally agree with you SANDING VINTAJ products is one of my favorite techniques. I love the detail that shows when you relief a the brass, it is an easy way to add extra detail to a design. Great Soup!!

  41. well this wonderful reveal makes me almost speechless.... ! You are a QUEEN for sure !!! and not only over the buttons... WOOOW and thank You <3

  42. Wowser! You went to town with the wire wrapping. My fingers hurt to think of it. The buttons are spectacular and the red is just the right touch. Using the hole in the filigree wrapped bead is a smart move and I really like how it makes the bead reversible. But I think the last necklace is my favourite. It is elegant and earthy at the same time.

  43. Anonymous10:27 AM

    Wonderful, wonderful work! Love how you stayed with the vintage theme.

    Thank you again for helping to showcase so many amazing designers in one place. You are truly a blessing!

    Wishing You Creativity,
    Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  44. You are amazing at making Vintage Styled Jewelry! I think you did incredibly well! The pieces are all outstanding and I would wear that first necklace with pride! My jaw just dropped when I saw it! STUNNING!!

  45. Oh my, I love everything!

  46. For someone who doesn't make vintage, I think you did extremely well. Very yummy soup there. I think I could look at all 3 pieces for a long time and still see something new! Really Fabulous!

  47. Wow! Love the button necklace. Thanks for describing some of your techniques, especially stacking the jump rings so they look like chain - I've seen this with daisy spacers but never with regular jump rings.

  48. Anonymous10:36 AM

    LOVE them all! Especially the button necklace!

  49. You did a wonderful job of doing vintage your own way, and I loved it all!!!Love the button and key necklace! Thank you so much for all you do for us bead soup bloggers!!! its always so much fun, and such a head ache for you

  50. That Button Necklace is spectacular Lori!!! Love all the pieces you made!! Many thanks again for hosting the party.

  51. Lori, you have surpassed yourself and while running the whole Bead Soup project as well! What are you taking for energy pills! I gotta get some! Seriously, the button piece is so inspiring since I am a "button maven" as well. The shape is luscious and full and perfectly balanced. And the piece with the brass spacers-- again, a complete winner, very tribal-- I adore it! You are an artist! And thanks again for presenting such a wonderful opportunity for so many in organizing the BSBP!

  52. Lori, first of all, congrats on this wonderful blog party!
    Your pieces are adorable, all of them. I would LOVE to own the key that unlocks everything! The key... and the necklace ;)
    Have a great party day!

  53. What a perfect morning for the "hop" to begin... another cold day outside! I especially love these earrings and your bracelet. All your pieces are beautiful and unique! Better get hopping!

  54. Anonymous10:49 AM

    all beautiful pieces, you are rocking it!

  55. Lori, The button piece is to die for, it is just glorious. So you can work in other styles. The other pieces are beautiful too!

    Thank you so much for hosting the bead soup party.

  56. That button necklace is TO DIE FOR!!! Love it!! You always do the coolest things with your soup ingredients. :)

  57. Just have to say how impressed I am with what you did with the pieces. Creative and quite lovely!

  58. Oh my what a great job you have done on all those pieces, I think I shall have to get my mums button boxes and tins out. You are so talented Lori, it has been fun doing the blog soup many thanks.

  59. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Wow!!! Lori, your pieces are gorgeous! For someone who doesn't do vintage, you nailed that necklace! STUNNING!

  60. Congrats on getting to use those buttons! Your work is stunning! I look forward to going through all those blogs over this weekend…

  61. Oh, Lori!! The results are fantastic! I love the necklaces, and the texture you created. The briolette wraps on the buttons are brilliant, and the love knots? Wonderful!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  62. Wow I love what you did with the buttons! You have such a unique eye for creating! I've had a blast on this blog hop thank you so much for hosting it!

  63. ..."this hath much suckage"... OMG I cracked up & now have a new catch phrase I can't wait to use~lol Your pieces are beautiful, of course, so lush. Thanks again for being such a fabulous hostess.

  64. Wow, Lori! I love the pieces you made! I think you did a fantastic job with the pieces in this vintage style! I love the skeleton key and how you used your vintage buttons to create such a fantastic piece. I bet it has a lovely weight, and sound as well.

    I love how you sanded the clasps. Very clever and I agree with sanding giving them a spectacular look.

    I love how you did some creative assembly with the vintaj pieces and using the clasp as the focal!

    Thanks so much for assembling this party for us all! It has been such a wonderful experience!

    Much love,


  65. Lori, I know I joked when I wrote early in the a.m. that I'd be the 75th to comment, looks like I'm around the 62nd! :-)
    I LOVE your Victorian button necklace! right up my alley. Those mother of pearl buttons are wonderful, and the pop of red is perfect. This is one stunning art piece, my friend! Love what you did with the brass findings from Vintaj as well - makes me want to go through my Vintaj stash!
    Thank you for hosting this 3rd Bead Soup's been so fun and most importantly, meeting new people was the best!

  66. THANK YOU, Lori, for hosting another successful party! We all know how much work went into your hosting duties & I, for one, truly appreciate it!! These pieces are just lovely, Lori. I'm in love w/ the button necklace... it's quite luscious. Beautiful.

  67. Wowzer! Such impressive pieces Lori! I like how you channeled the vintage girl within! Such imagination in each piece.

  68. Seriously WOW. I was in awe of the button necklace, but the rings??? Just Wow.

  69. Miss Lori! First let me say that it was indeed a treat and an honor to participate in this bead soup. Bigger and better!
    "this hath much suckage"
    Couldn't be farther from the truth (but that little line sent me snorting my coffee!)
    I love the button necklace. Who says you can't do vintage? You just did! Do more! And that last one...such a rich and varied piece. From the colors to the textures... awesome.

    Thanks for being such a great hostess and for inspiring us all.

    Enjoy the day!

  70. I was eagerly waiting to visit your blog today to see what you have made. You are such an amazing artist. I really like all the pieces you have made. The one with so many buttons must have been some effort but it is so beautiful. Thanks again for organizing the bead soup party. Can't tell you how happy I am to be part of this. Looking forward for the next one already!!

  71. So many beautiful pieces!!!
    I love the way you used the buttons. The key necklace is so mysterious and special!
    And thank you for hosting this wonderful party! I'm having so much fun!
    I'm planning to visit all the blogs during the next week.
    Thank you for bringing all of us together!
    Have a great day! ;)

  72. I love the button necklace! Thanks for hosting this fun event! I look forward to future events.

  73. Very nice Lori. I can't say which is my favorite though, they are all special.

  74. well, lori, congratulations on putting together another incredibly uber-successful bead soup party! oh the talent you drew... and the beautiful things that were made - would never have been made were it not for the opportunity... your pieces are wonderful... your button collection had me drooling on flickr... even more so now...
    you deserve a bath and a book!
    speaking of books, did i miss that there is going to be a bead soup book? how cool!

  75. Absolutely amazing to me the ideas you had from your bead soup pieces! May be brave enough to try this next time around, but I am certainly enjoying my Sat morn blog-hop soaking in all this creativity! Have a great weekend! :)

  76. Love the pieces you made and I guess the antique brass and copper was a common theme this year as that is the metal components I received also. Love it and this swap.

  77. "I kept thinking, "This is awful, it looks terrible, this hath much suckage."

    It is gorgeous! Don't you love it when you are wrong? :)\

    Off to the store, then I'm going to post mine later.

  78. Oh wow, how busy were you! I love what you discovered about sanding findings - it really does add that extra touch. :D

  79. I had to laugh at "this hath much suckage". It seems that many of the larger projects go through a prolonged "ugly duckling" stage and you just have to keep believing that it will work out in the end.

    And it certainly did based upon the photo evidence! Great work Lori!

    And thanks for organizing the party. It's fantastic.

  80. I'm really enjoying visiting everyone's blogs...what a wonderful party! Found this one too late to sign up but maybe I can join in next time...

    Your creations are all so amazing!

  81. Lori - so much fun to see what you created! Love the end result with your button necklace. Great combination of the red, copper and pearly white. The other pieces are stunning as well.

  82. Love all of your pieces Lori - what a great way to challenge your self! The button and jumpring ideas in your necklace I'm going to have to give a try. Thanks a zillion times over for putting this togher!

  83. Very impressive - love them all!

  84. Just beautiful! Thank you for being such a lovely hostess...I've made some great friends because of this :)

  85. Wow! three pieces, each as wonderful as the one before! I really like your use of the buttons - love it actually! And the third piece is stunning as well. You had fun!

  86. (Oops, I commented on the wrong post -- your earlier one -- but stand by everything I said: WONDERFUL work, and thank you for doing this for and with us!)

  87. Simply gorgeous, Lori! Thanks again for hosting this wonderful party which gives us all an opportunity to make new friends and challenge our creativity!

  88. every piece you created is gorgeous, Lori! :)

  89. Anonymous12:30 PM

    I love the button necklace, the red definitely adds a certain va-va-voom to it! Excellent!

  90. Lor - everything is so gorgeous! I love what you did with the created so much with this soup! Thanks for hosting and being so helpful and gracious with blogging tips, html, etc!

  91. Gorgeous pieces all, I really love the button necklace!

  92. Wow! That necklace is simply amazing!! Absolutely gorgeous...I am feeling inspired :)

  93. AMAZING WORK!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your creation!!

    Thanks for hosting this party!! I had soooo much fun, it was almost obscene!!


  94. WOW Lori!! Your pieces are all so gorgeous....the red was the perfect touch on the buttons/key necklace - it's beautiful. It looks like you had a ton of fun with all the goodies you received!! Well done!! :)

  95. All of your pieces turned out absolutel gorgeous and each one different and unique. I love them all. Off to check out more blogs.

  96. All of your pieces turned out absolutel gorgeous and each one different and unique. I love them all. Off to check out more blogs.

  97. WOW is all I can say. All of the pieces are gorgeous but I love the Vintage piece the best. The buttons and the Key are just fantastic. Great Job Lori and what a great party1

  98. Wow, Lori...what great pieces...very complex. And your blog post is a work of art (*makes note to add more photos to mine)

  99. {this hath much suckage} NOT. funniest line I read in a long while tho.

    Awesome job Lori. Thanks for all your hard work.


  100. I'm drooling so much I need a bib! Gorgeous!

  101. There is so much goodness here Lori! I adore the buttons, and how you worked them onto your chain! Luscious mounds of mop!! Working with mother of pearl vintage buttons has got to be the best isn't it?
    All of the pieces you made incorporating Susie's gifts are truly gorgeous Lori!
    BTW, poor Susie has has lost her power at home due to a ice storm...and will be visiting and commenting as soon as she has electricity =) She sends her ♥!

  102. Fantastic pieces, I love the button and key necklace the best. You have brought so many people together, you are an inspiration.

    Deb x

  103. for someone who claims they're making vintage pieces isn't their forte you sure did a great job! That necklace is gorgeous silly girl! YOu need to make more :) and the two tones and dangles and mix of colors and textures in that second piece is beautiful! Love it!

  104. Oh my gosh Lori! I LOVE all three pieces! I can't even tell you which is my favorite because they are all amazing! I'm going to have to go back and re-read your technique for the 3rd piece. I've never seen anything like it! Love the idea of sanding the brass pieces too! I never thought of that. Congrats on a very sucessful party! The work that I've seen so for blows me away. What a talented bunch!

  105. amazing and inspiring gave me tons of new ideas

  106. Wow! 106 comments already! I can see why, too! Love what you did with the buttons! Great job!

  107. Just gorgeous! I love all of them, I can't pick a favorite.

  108. Wow - what a bunch of wonderful pieces! Thanks again for doing this :)

  109. Wow Lori, all your pieces just take my breath away. I love them al for totally different reasons. I'm so glad you tried the sanding idea first, 'cause I would never have had the nerve to, in case I messed it up!
    I've had a fantastic time, and can't wait til the next one.

  110. Just love that button necklace! This has been so much fun...can't wait for the next party to begin:)

  111. As usual your pieces are absolutely stunning! I love, love the buttons (and have a stash of my own, hmmmm)

    Thank you for all of the work you did in putting this together.

  112. Lori, wow you were really busy... 3 amazing pieces on top of organizing this blog party! I love everything you made, all unique with a completely different feel. The vintage buttons surrounding the key was a brilliant idea! You did an amazing job for trying new techniques and incorporating a vintage design style - nice job with the filigree wrapping! And the final necklace is great, I love the texture & colors. Thanks for hosting Bead Soup, I'm having a great time!

  113. hey gorgeous, fabulous soup and gorgeous pieces favourite is the middle piece....gorgeous!

    have a great weekend and hopefully you will get some down time soon! ;o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  114. wow these are all amazing, a lot of wire wrapping when into that button necklace, all these pieces are so different and lovely

  115. Lori, all your pieces are stunning. So many details! These must have taken a while to make!

  116. Amazing things ... so beautiful and eye catching! thank you for hosting the Party :o)

  117. Lori, those are fantastic!

  118. Lori first of all you are a genius for coming up with this concept"Bead Soup Party"!! what a great idea getting people together from around the globe. Way to go for creating out of you comfort zone & you did a wonderful job a lot of work went into the wire work. I hope to participate in the next one. Well gotta go i want to check out each & everyone one in the party. Thanks for putting this altogether it must b a lot of work! Cudos to You you ROCK GIRL!!!

  119. You did an amazing job on all pieces :) cant wait til August!!

  120. Oh Lori I am in love with your first necklace! It is simply amazing. I am a nail technician so I have many files around our house and I have been filing my Vintaj pieces for a while, doesn't it look nice?!
    Thanks for putting this together. I was not happy with my beads at first but they stretched me out of my comfort zone for sure. I am just bummed my partner has no pictures up of what she made.
    Thanks again, Shannon C

  121. Everything is beautiful but I really love the buttons, such a neat piece!

  122. Anonymous2:41 PM

    One of the blogs I follow mentioned the "bead soup" party and I have been checking out the blogs of the participants...looks like everyone had a ball...I may have to consider signing up for the next one. As for your pieces...vintage may not be you but you did a fantastic job on your designs...I love them all but especially the button necklace.

  123. Lori-
    First off I want to thank you for organizing this. It's been (and still is!) so much fun. I know it was a ton of work for you.

    I posted my blog in the morning on Pacific Standard Time, so I realized that if you visited in the morning Eastern Standard Time, my post wasn't up. But it's there now and eagerly accepting visitors!

    I love your creative use of vintage buttons in the first necklace. The red gives it just the right amount of zing! Also love the bracelet.

    Again thanks for all your work!

  124. These are all AMAZING!! LOVE THEM!!!!

  125. Beautiful Lori! My favourite is hands down your button can totally work the vintage look! I dread to think just how long it took you to wire wrap all those buttons though....!

  126. PS THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for our wonderful bead soup party!! You are an amazing lady :-)

  127. Wonderful creations and lots of ideas!

    Thanks so much for all the time & effort you have done to cook this soup! This was my first so still trying to learn the ropes but learned a lot and enjoyed!

  128. #209 here....Amazing, what beautiful work you did....

  129. ALL of them are really gorgeous and they do NOT sucketh!

  130. I loved looking at all the all the creations! Talented artists! Your creations are exquisite as always, Lori. I especially loved the bracelet! Looks like everyone had a fun time. I would love to be included in the next one!

  131. Lori, you only thought you couldn't do vintage style! That's proven sooo wrong with all of these lovely pieces, in spades! Wow. Thank you so very much for organizing this very cool party for us. I can't imagine the work you've put into this :) Thanks again!

  132. These are just crazy good ...! Such Talent and skill! Just started with the party. Thanks so much for getting theses bead soup parties stated in the first place.
    Terri G.

  133.! That first necklace falls under the category..."go big or go home" when trying new techniques. I absolutely love it and would never have thought to wrap buttons like that. Hmmm....The rest of the pieces are gorgeous too. Did you use regular 0000 steel wool on the vintaj or something else? I used the fine steel wool on the arte metal piece and it highlighted it a bit, but not a ton. Perhaps I should have done it longer.

  134. Gorgeous pieces! And I love how you break down your thought processes.

  135. Amazing pieces, I just love the buttons and have had fun playing with them myself in the past.

  136. Lori I forgot to mention that I also love sanding our Vintaj components to bring out the depth in both the Natural Brass & Arte Metal... just like you did here on the Open Gear & Hammered Ring. They look great in your designs :)

  137. You are such a talented, creative woman! I love each and every piece...Wonderful use of the beads that were sent to you!

  138. Lori, you amaze me! So much for not doing vintage, right? It's just beautiful. All of those bead soup pieces are beautiful actually! Congratulations on doing them and putting this whole thing together. I'm in awe!

  139. Hi Lori, Thanks for all your hard work -- even through computer blue.screen.of.death HELL. I've only gotten about a quarter of the way through the list and everyone has just outdone themselves. (I decided to start at the bottom of the list).

    I LOVE what you have done with the gorgeous mix you were sent.

    Artemisia's Studio

  140. What tasty fun! I particularly love the rich colors of the last necklace, but everything is very pretty. Thanks for sharing every step of your recipes!

  141. My, oh my...that's some classy stuff!

  142. Lori, those are some beautiful designs! I love them all, great job. Thanks so much for making this so much fun!

  143. Fantastic pieces Lori!
    I Love the First necklace best.
    But when I saw the last necklace I really was amazed about what you did with my humble lampwork beads

  144. Thank you so much fun. Your pieces are fantastic. I am getting quite full of soup..but can't stop eating...LOL

  145. Great, great work! And thank you for the great fun day I am having visiting so many creative people.

  146. They are all fantastic Lori, for someone who doesn't do vintage you did an amazing job of it. So much work in all 3pieces, you are a work horse girl!
    The button necklace is stunning, love the pop of red and when I look at it all I can think about is how well it is layered and how long it must have taken!
    The rings necklace is lovely too and thank you for your mini tutorial, it's really great to have an explanation
    The sanding idea is such a good tip and using the ring as a focal is also thinking out of the box. Thank you for everything you have done since January to pull this all together.

  147. you are so creative, Lori! and doesn't it feel good to use up some things you've been hanging onto forever? I love that!

    thank you so much for organising this, it has been so much fun!!

  148. Anonymous6:03 PM

    Lori, Very nice. The mother of pearl button necklace is just fantastic. How long did it take you to wire wrap all of those buttons? Jump ring knots? Great idea! Love everything. This has been so much fun Thank you loads for all of the planning and work pulling this huge party off!

  149. Love all the pieces but the button necklace is my favorite! Thank You for all your hard work - I can't wait until the next Soup hits the stove, XOXO

  150. Anonymous6:41 PM

    Amazing you got such 3 distinct looks out of one collection ... they are all delightful. And I especially like your detailed insights (and tips) about your process. It's good to know others who go from muttering "This hath much suckage" to squeals of delight.

    Thanks again for being such a generous hostess (and Excel sheet wizard)!

  151. Beautiful pieces!! Love all 3 of them. I can't believe this is the first time you have used buttons - it looks like you do it all the time. It was my favorite. I wish I had a blog and could participate - someday.

  152. Oh what a lovely piece. Loved the vintage buttons that you combined with the key. Just perfect. thanks for all of your work.

  153. Oh what a lovely piece. Loved the vintage buttons that you combined with the key. Just perfect. thanks for all of your work.

  154. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Lori, my bead partner Jayne, and Bead Soup Partiers - I'm up - I'm up! I wholeheartedly apologize for not having my post up earlier. Unfortunately, it was beyond my control. Our modem needed to be replaced today, which was done while I was at work. I'm home now and everything is up and running.

    I hope everyone is having fun. I'm going to go start hopping!!

    Thank you Lori for organizing this event. I admire you!

    Hilary ♡

  155. Wow! You were really busy. Wonderful!

  156. OMG! I've finally waded through all the comments!! WOW! All your pieces are gorgeous! My fav is the first necklace, I totally LOVE red and I just think it's the bomb!
    Thanks for all your hard work. The party is fun, fun!

  157. you rocked it Lori. I really loved the sanding tip. Never knew that! and thank you so much for providing the fun for all of us.

  158. Oh my Lori!!! I love the button necklace!!! My fingers would not work the next day.
    Thanks for everything you did!!!

  159. You are the Hostess with the Mostess!
    Love, love, love the button necklace.
    The V shape is just perfect. You must wear it and bask in the compliments.

  160. Begone with the suckage! That button beauty is my FAVOURITE! Congrats on all your hard work, Lori - take the next few months off! :) I'm looking forward to the next Bead Soup!

  161. Hands down, HANDS DOWN, the most amazing piece...the glorious vintage button necklace. Just makes me reel how wonderful that came out...always trust your instincts Lori!! -Angie

  162. Thanks Lori for this great party! You are awesome!!!

    I just adore your necklace. Those mop buttons are so cool.

  163. I have a ton of buttons and I never thought to use them in jewelry--such an inspiration! Thanks so much for all that you put into hosting the party!

  164. I absolutely love the button necklace, hope you don't mind if I try to make one, although I don't have that many buttons and will have to purchase them. The BSP is fantastic and I'd like to enter for the next one.

  165. The BSP is amazing, congratulations. I love the button necklace. Hope you don't mind if I try and make one, although I'll have to buy buttons.

  166. OK, so I'm new at this, please excuse the numerous comments!

  167. Congratulations, Lori. What a Bead Soup Event this is!
    Love, love, love your button necklace! The necklace with the brass jump rings is a close second, but I am a button nut!

  168. omg, the button necklace <3 loving it <3 <3

  169. WOW Lori -- I don't know where to begin.....each and every one of your pieces are fantastic. Wonderfully creative and inspiring, just like you!

    You are an angel for coordinating all of this and I cannot wait to get your book when it's ready to be published. Thank you for everything -- this was truly a fun experience for me and I appreciate all of your efforts.

  170. All stunning but there is something about that key necklace that is just really special! love the splash of color!

  171. Anonymous6:32 AM

    I was so "hopped up" on being-up and running last night that I forgot to mention your lovely jewelry. Sorry! Where's my head at?! Anyways, I love vintage finds. The found object necklace with the MOP buttons and key is awesome. I can totally relate to your description regarding its process. Sometimes your committed - meaning a lot of work in - and then you start to get this sucky attitude - but I'm glad you persevered. It looks fabulous. I like the weightiness of it (lots of work) and the pops of red. My fav color!

    Clever idea on sanding the Vintaj. It does add depth!

    Thanks again for all your energy in organizing this massive party. It sure has been a lot of fun! ♡

  172. alice'sbeadsandbaubles7:17 AM

    You are one talented lady. I love the button one. I used to collect buttons- now I collect beads...I started with my moms buttons, I used to get her tin out and sort through them for hours........ I would love to have a bracelet like that and the other piece looks great too. All that wirewrapping- whew. My hands can't take it but alas I can do it well, Thanks for a great party!

  173. Thank you so much for hosting Lori! You did an amazing job and I can only guess how much work it is.

    These pieces are gorgeous. Vintage Schmintage, that button piece is my favorite and you are good at it! I love how it almost looks like a bib type with all the buttons!

  174. All of your pieces are so lovely & unique! Love your blog for inspiration!!

  175. Really love the piece with all the buttons, Lori!
    Am truly sorry about the mix-up with my blog- I hope you can enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  176. Looks like you had tons of fun, and I saw no "suckage" at all. Great pieces! Thank so much for organizing this party. It's so much fun!

  177. Lori, they are each uniquely beautiful~ But my fav is A Walk in the Woods. Absolutely LOVE and you've got me looking at jump rings in a whole new light.

    Once again you are the hostess with the mostest~ thank you so much for hosting another wonderful Soup Party. We appreciate you, lady!

  178. WOW, those are amazing! That looks like it would have taken quite some time, along with all the work you put into this "hop". You have really been busy. Thanks again for all your hard work to make this all happen. Nice job!

  179. Love them all! The button necklace is absolutely gorgeous!
    Even though I didn't participate blog hopping has been a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to participating in the next Bead Soup! Thanks Lori!

  180. Lori!!!! OMGOMGOMG I love love love that button necklace! Who says you don't do vintage! Want!
    And thank for being the hostess with the mostest yet again, and for what has become a blog-shaking event. You are awesome.

  181. Oh, I how I love the buttons! Good job on all the pieces but I can't take my eyes off the buttons.

  182. All those pieces are fantastic but Oh My !!! I *love* the key and the buttons.

    Thanks again for organising this, im enjoying every minute of it.

  183. Ohmygoodness...that button necklace. Drool.

  184. Lovely jewellery! I especially fell for the second necklace with the jump rings and spacers.

    Thank you so much for making this happen! This is my first bead soup party, but I have a feeling it won't be my last...

  185. Beautiful - you did a marvelous job with you soup and with organizing this whole event!

  186. All so very nice and all so different too, great work Lori!

  187. Wow, Lori! What a busy girl you've been. My favorite is the button necklace. You've inspired me to dig out my stash of buttons and see what I can create with them. Great job!!

  188. As always you have outdone yourself! 3 so very individual pieces, beautiful! Glad you pushed through the sucky part and continued on, I can hear the gentle swish of all those buttons from here! I need to "shoot you an email" so i don't miss the next signups like I did this one! I'm still mad at myself!

  189. All your pieces turned out fabulous (I'm using that word too much today, for some reason). I especially love the button and key necklace. You can no longer claim that "vintage" is not in you repertoire!
    Thanks for your hard work on the bead soup blog party - what gorgeous soup everyone made!

  190. Oh my gosh! I love,love,love the button necklace. Are you sure you don't do vintage because you seem to have nailed it here. I didn't get in on this bead soup party but I plan to do the next one. It looks like so much fun.

  191. Lori, this was fun! I thank you for creating this bead soup blog party! All of your pieces look time consuming but are very beautiful! I especially like the buttons. I like anything wire wrapped! The other piece with the jumprings...gotta use that technique in something!

  192. Blog hopping has been so much fun! I spent most of yesterday "drooling" and went back for more today. I don't have a blog, maybe someday, and then I'll give it a try. All of your pieces are lovely, but I agree with everyone else--the button necklace is absolutely FAB and does not "sucketh" one bit. Give yourself a pat on the back for all the hard work this BSP took--it was a definite success. CJ

  193. A stunning amount of work you've done, Lori! Now I see, this must have taken forever, but well worth it in the end! I REALLY love the second necklace! That is beautiful and I LOVE the red cording!

  194. Thank you very much Lori for hosting this party and I really appreciate all of your hard work and dedication. I love all three of your pieces but I would have to say that the your necklace with the buttons is so creative and eye catching I would wear it in a heart beat.

  195. You did a stunning job! I especially love the romance you captured with the buttons.

  196. OMGoooodness Miss Lori,
    I'm AMAZED that these awesome designs came from my small little stash!! You did fabulously & I ADORE all of them!!
    Really love the addition of the buttons, but my favorite piece I think is the bracelet...just Yummmmmy!
    Beautiful work sweet friend & your Bead Soup Blog Party has been such fun....thank you hostess with the mostest!


  197. Love all your pieces!
    Thank you for organizing this event, it was great, so much work! I can't wait for the next one, it was fun going from blog to blog looking at everybody's creations.

  198. Wow! You are the Soup Queen in every aspect! My favorite is the button necklace but I like the Walk in the Woods piece too. You are talented! Thank you so much for doing the BSBP. I have really enjoyed every bit of it!


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