Saturday, April 02, 2011

This Month's Cup of Bead Soup -- Genea Beads

This month's Cup of Bead Soup bead artist is Genea Beads.  Give her a nice, warm welcome!

(Rah!  Everyone claps!!!)

For those of you new to my blog, the Cup of Bead Soup project is an extension of my Bead Soup Blog Party -- but for one.  A bead artist sends me beads, sight unseen, and I make something with them during that month.  It's a great way for me to stretch my creativity and introduce you to some awesome artists!

I love bright, fun colors and adore funky designs, and Genea's work typifies that.  But what will challenge me this month is one, the shape of her beads, and two, the accents she sent along with her handmade lampwork beads.

Let's check it all out, shall we?

First, handmade glass head pins (something I've yet to work with but have been dying to), a delicious hollow focal, and a pretty toggle.  The bag in the background is what everything arrived in (I am SUCH a sucker for pretty packaging!)

Next, a length of sari silk, a set of her "wing dings" (what a cute name!), some spacers, and what I've been grooving on ever since seeing it in the Bead Soup Blog Party -- a Tri-Flower Trumpet.  

(We pause while Lori jumps up and down like a little girl.)

Did anyone notice these are all in my web site colors?

And last but not least, the fun set of "extras", all from My Elements.  Chain, tubing, rubber rings -- I'm really going to have to put my thinking cap on.

In the meantime, you can visit Genea Beads at the sites below.....

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


  1. Ooohhh, what a wonderful lot of goodies. I love Genea's beads, so colourful and fun. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with all those treasures.

  2. Anonymous7:58 PM

    Oh wow those are awesome! Can't wait to see what you make and I will definitely check out Genea's Beads!

  3. Awww, thanks Jane!! :)

    YAY!!! I admit, I did cheat and make Lori's beads in "her colors", but I adore pinks and purples(along with all bright colors, but...):D

    Thanks for taking some much better photos than I did with my not so awesome photo set up!

    I hope you have a wonderful time creating with your cup of soup! I can't wait to see what you create!! :D:D:D

  4. Can't wait to see what you do with all your goodies. They are all so pretty.

  5. CreaTiViTy is in the air~~I can feel it way oVer here!! The beads etc. are *U*nique [just my styLe Ha!] {{cLaps}} to *Genea* Can't wait to see the reSuLt ♥

  6. Thanks Mandy and Marilyn :D

    Creativity *IS* in the air! It must be spring! :D

  7. Anonymous9:56 PM

    Pretty assortment Genea! I can't wait to see the finished project Lori makes! Love your beads! Love Lori's work!

  8. Genea Rocks! I can't wait to see what you are going to do with her goodies.

  9. This looks like it is really your cup of te. er... soup!
    I am sure you will create something special with these gorgeous beads...

  10. Ooooh those glass head pins!! I'm drooling!!

  11. I love Genea's beads and those colors are yummy and just SOOOOO Lori!

  12. Anonymous3:39 AM

    What amazing colours! :) I'm really intrigued to see what you'll make with the tubing - I keep seeing it, and wondering what to do with it!

  13. Genea's glass beads are so wonderful!! i cant wait to see what you do with this little treasure box of goodies :)

  14. Cute, cute and cute. The glass pins are precious but I'm especially curious what you'll do with the rubber tubes.

  15. wow - I know you will work your magic but how long do you have??? What a great assortment of funky stuff! Great colors and what a fun challenge!

  16. Those are so pretty! I'm looking forward to seeing the results :D


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