Sunday, July 17, 2011

~~~ Coming Soon! The Bead Soup Blog Party! ~~~

Just a reminder -- the time is coming soon!

Bead Soup Blog Party 
sign ups start 
August 1-3
so mark your calendars!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Here's how it works!
First, you must have a blog!

Second, no, you do NOT have to make your own beads!

Third, YES it is open to International beaders!

SO! During the sign up dates, August 1-3, you'll email me to let me know you want to go to the Bead Soup Party.  (Become a Follower to keep up with when the next Party is -- we have two a year! 

a)  Your full name
b) Your blog address
c) Your shop address, if you have one
d) Your mailing address
e) Are you willing to ship internationally?

 ***   Make sure lori at lorianderson dot net   ***
is on your "safe list" in your spam folder. 

When the sign ups close, I'll contact everyone with their Party Partner and list all the Party Blogs.

You'll then send that person a Party Pack:

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


As you will see, some will send a smaller amount, some will send a larger amount, but you do NOT have to send an entire necklace or bracelet kit.  The idea is you will use the focal and the clasp, and if you wish, some of the coordinating beads, incorporating beads from your own stash.  The idea is to help you think outside the box and work outside your normal comfort zone, pushing you into creative directions you may never have gone.

You ONLY have to use the focal and the clasp,
(although using some of the coordinating beads is encouraged). 

photo by Carol Bradley

my first soup

When you get your package of beads, show your beads on your blog, then you make something with it, take a picture, and post it on your blog on the Party day.  Then everyone hops around to as many Party Blogs as possible to see what people made on Party Day!

Grab a button for your blog!
Just paste the entire button code into a Gadget in Blogger (email me if you need help), or you can just cut and paste the button and link it to

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Bead Soup Blog Party

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Bead Soup Blog Party

Feel free to tell your friends!

An easy way to keep up with Blog Party happenings?
Follow my blog!
 Flickr group 
Facebook Fan Page


The book about the Bead Soup Blog Party, 
written by me and published by Kalmbach of Bead & Button fame,
will be out October 2012!

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.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Oh dear, what an amazingly beautiful post my dear!!!! THANK YOU for coming back to give me the information about that doll in the jar! WOW....Fanciful Twist....oh yes, I am very familiar with her work. I must go take a peek! But I have to tell you, I so enjoyed the tour of your studio yesterday. THANK YOU for coming to let me know the information. ENJOY YOUR NEW WEEK OF CREATING!


  2. Very cool! Definitely want to get in on this one!!

  3. I SO want to try this this time. But I'm not sure I'll have the time or be able to do the beads I get justice. I'm still working on the beads I got in the Bead exchange from the yahoo group. Am going to have to give this some serious thought. I do have your button posted on my blog, though.

  4. Great Post!
    I am so excited to make my first bead soup!! I just bought a clasp this weekend during my holiday for my partner!(Who ever you may be)

  5. I'm SO excited!! I'm thinking I'll spend tomorrow designing & creating my beads for my soon to be bead partner!!

  6. I am so jazzed about this Bead Soup Blog first time! YAY! I already have started collecting some beads and plan to make some too! Can't wait!

  7. Eeek! Is it that time already? I'd love to try it if I have any free time. I will be checking my work calendar :)

  8. I think my comment was lost in cyberspace? I so would love to join in depending upon my work schedule, so I am checking my work calendar :)

  9. Oh, great! I think I will participate again, it's just great fun! You will get an email ;-) Have a nice day! Yours, Doris

  10. Bead Soup is sooooooo much fun !!!
    I can't wait !!!!!
    m.e. :)

  11. I'm so ready for the party. And I will blog about it later this week!

  12. Can't Wait!! I need to get cracking on making some goodie Lampwork beads for my Mystery partner!

  13. Hi, Lori. Yes, I live in northeast PA. It's lovely this time of year.

    Carlisle is about 100+ miles south of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. I've driven by Carlisle many times on my way down South.

    Have a great day!

  14. Wow that's coming fast! Thanks for the reminder, you know i need them! Missed you at Barbara's workshop, thought you might be there, hope to see you soon!

  15. Sounds like you are on a roll, Lori. I will have to see if this one works in my schedule. But to anyone out there afraid to participate, I would say jump on in. You will make a ton of new connections. Have fun!
    Enjoy the day!

  16. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Lori, Congratulations on the book you have coming out! How exciting!!!
    I'm definitely ready for a party!!

  17. Thanks for the heads-up but I don't know how to do "safe list" could you give me a pointer? Be Blessed to be a blessing.
    AND thanks for your encouragement

  18. P.S. I have some really cool beads to share this time !!!can't wait

  19. Anonymous3:00 PM

    I am so excited and a little afraid. I am still a newbie here and I hope I will match up.

    And thanks for the reminder!


  20. Hard to believe it's almost that time again - where has the time gone?? Round 4 will be another great party!

  21. So excited to be a part of this! It will be my first time and so looking forward to it. What an awesome idea!

  22. this will be my first bead soup. cant wait! :)

  23. Anonymous8:11 PM

    I really want to do this soon after you receive your beads, do you have to have your piece finished?


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