Sunday, July 08, 2012

Meet my August 11th's Bead Soup Blog Party partner -- Marcia Dunne

As the hostess for the Bead Soup Blog Party, and this party covering three "mini" parties, I have three partners.  I've already blogged about Patti Vanderbloemen, and today I'm going to show you what my August 11th partner, Marcia Dunne, sent to me.

Marcia Dunne lives in the United Kingdom and I was excited to see what she'd send.  Oftentimes, soups that travel the oceans contain things I've never seen before!

First, the package:

Isn't it lovely?  And a button -- perfect!

Marcia has a talent for using unusual things in her creations, and I had no idea what she'd envision for me.  I'm thrilled with the contents, but if you've been a follower of my jewelry for a while, you'll know this will be a challenge:

Two types of sari silk, an assemblage fan pendant, a handmade copper clasp,dark agate and wood, and cream howlite, bone, and vintage lucite.  This is way out of my comfort zone, which I'm glad for!

Marcia wrote a lovely note about the soup, saying she was going for  a Katherine Hepburn "African Queen" sort of vibe, and that got me thinking.

Here's what I sent Marcia, and after seeing her work, I know this will probably be a challenge for her, too -- and keep in mind, I packaged up all three of my partner's stashes and then forgot what box held what.

There was a brass filigree pendant, a couple of clasps to choose from, Swarovski pearls and Swarovski crystals, garnet, brass, Czech glass, handmade glass, and dyed cultured pearls.   I also included some purple 20-gauge Parawire at the last minute.

I'm looking forward to what BOTH of us make!
Be sure to come back August 11th to see what 
Marcia and I (and over a hundred others!) make!

Where can you find Marcia?


Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party tm  and author of the book Bead Soup.

Join her at the Facebook group Bead Soup Cafe for bead chat, swaps, challenges, and lots of eye candy!


  1. Both mixes look like a lot of fun. The beads you received are a have a very elegant and classic look and color scheme. I'm sure you'll create something beautiful with them.

  2. I would love to receive either of these soups. They are both quite inspiring mixes, different too.

  3. LOVE your soup!! African Queen indeed...she nailed it!

  4. I would be out of my comfort zone also with the "African Queen" soup. Working in neutrals is not something I usually do. I love her packaging for your soup, too cute. I really like what you sent her. Do you remember where you got the brass filigree pendant? I would love to get my hands on one of those.

    I look forward to see what you two come up with. :)

  5. ooooh, both look so fun! can't wait to see what you both do with them!

  6. I can hardly wait to see just what you come up with.

  7. That fan pendant is really interesting! Love the theme she came up with...very fun!

  8. African queen soup indeed. You both have beautiful beads. So looking forward to see the finished products.

    Also , Lori you take amazing photos. Something to learn from you and I love the package she sent. How thoughtful and artistic.

    Again, thank you so much for coming up with this awesome idea of the BEAD SOUP. I am having fun with it. Dita.

  9. So pretty - and I really love that clock toggle component!!!

  10. Anonymous3:46 PM

    I'm loving the rich, vibrant coloured soup you sent me and I hope I can come up with a good design.I'm sure you'll make an amazing piece and you'll soon be getting into the tribal look!

  11. That package she sent you was absolutely darling! I love the detail she put into it :)

    And the inside...We'll just say I'm a fan! No pun intended (okay, maybe a little Lol).

    I LOVE that toggle clasp you sent her! So very unique ^.^

  12. I'm sooo drooling over everything that Marcia sent you - luck girl you! I know you will turn it into something amazing. And what you sent her,...oh wow! I am going to enjoy seeing all the designs on the reveal dates - this is gonna be three fun parties!!

  13. Ciao!
    I totally agree with you!
    This "game" is a very opportunity to know new materials for our creations...sometimes are beads that we don't find in our countries...
    and thanks to this, it's really a funny game!
    I love all you receive...can't wait to see what you will create!

  14. Wow, Lori... what an charming set! Who wouldn't be inspired by that beautiful classic movie, not to mention Kate Hepburn, who was such a wonderful actress and classy human being.

  15. What inspirational soups you got Lori, you will have fun with those! I have put mine up and also what I sent out, hope to get round a lot of the blogs at the great reveal!

  16. Looking at the soup you received I can tell it will be a challenge for you. There's no color. . .I'm positive though that you'll make something exceptional though. You always do. Best wishes and I can't wait for the reveal! :)


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