Friday, March 29, 2013

The 7th Bead Soup Blog Party® -- First Reveal

It's here!

The First Reveal of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party®!

Today 161 people

(out of a total of 541 -- map to come later)

will show you what happens when jewelry designers swap their stash.

My partner for the First Reveal is Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime.   Sally sent me some amazing beads (and buttons!):

... and I ended up with a non-jewelry piece, a total misuse of clasps (ha!), and a necklace that is now my new favorite.  Take a look!

First, the non-jewelry piece, which is either going to end up on the wall or, if Zack has his way, hanging in the VW so we can see it every day.  I adore the birdhouse Sally made, and totally love the head pins.  I happened to have an extra purple flower head pin (what are the odds?) and decided I wanted to try to make a sort of tree for the bird house.  

First, I cut up a bunch of 14-gauge copper wire and just randomly coiled it and swirled it and hammered it.  Then I started layering pieces to see what might fit.  It would have helped if I were talented enough to sketch ideas, but it wasn't happening this time.  Wing it, baby.  First, I wrapped the headpins in a cluster to the top of my copper wire (there's a loop behind the flowers so I can hang this on the wall with the purple silk Sally sent).  Then I used thin-gauge stainless steel wire to bind things together.

I didn't want the bird house to slide, so I cut the bail (eek, sorry) and restrung it with copper.  While I was at it, I topped the purple roof with a vintage green filigree bead cap.  Wrapping the copper around the "stem" of my tree keeps it in place and it doesn't slide down and get banged around.

I strung some of the seed beads on the stainless steel wire and wrapped those around the bottom bell flower.  And there you have it -- non-jewelry, but much-loved.

Next is my total misuse of clasps.  Sally sent me two handmade sterling silver hook clasps, and I had those sets of disks, and *bing*, light bulb went off.  Earrings!  I always, always wear earrings, even in pajamas (I'm stylin' like that).  So I decided to twist the base of each clasp, add an ear wire, and with a simple open-and-close with pliers, I can link on any of the lampwork disks to suit my mood.

Cool, huh?  I just made sure to twist each base in opposition to each other for balance.  And now I can add any number of disks I've hoarded to these wires!

And my final piece is my absolute favorite.  It took me four hours to make, what with all the wire wrapping and moving things this way and that.  Again, I had an idea but not enough of one to sketch -- I envy and admire people who can do that!

I used the "grow" polymer clay connector and the green Czech glass beads to make a very important link to another important handmade bead (this one by Maire Dodd).  The copper "protect" piece was originally a bracelet curve, but I needed it to be in a necklace so I had more room to play.  I struggled with doing this, but I finally decided I would change the curve to a flat, and as gently as one can whack something with a hammer, I used a rawhide mallet to flatten the curve.  I then wired on an enameled flower (by Carol Wingfield) and filled the center with more of Sally's green Czech glass.

There's a reason why this part of the necklace is important to me.  First, these beads lay over my heart when I wear the necklace.  Second, the words have meaning to me.  My life is changing, and I'm growing with it, even though I sometimes fight it all the way.  I need to protect my heart as well, from the self-doubt that has been growing there for years.  So this "garden of words" necklace is going to get the heck worn out of it.

I love this necklace because just like life, it's full of the unexpected.  For instance, I used two of the vintage buttons Sally sent as links.  I'd had entirely different plans for them, but they just fit. 

I used (to me) an unexpected color palette.  I love me some pink and purple, but I wanted a pop, and Sally's green Czech glass beads led me to use some amazing amazonite I'd been hoarding.  I used the purple Czech glass rondelles she sent and as luck would have it, a recent random Ebay purchase of hot pink dyed jade just seemed to beg to play, too.  

I added soldered copper rings, made a bronze clasp, and used bronze to make my links.  I love the mix of bronze and copper together -- adds a bit of subtle depth and texture.

I ended up using everything Sally sent except for the etched gray lampwork spacer beads, and I'm going to use them in another project that's percolating in my brain soon.

THANK YOU, Sally, for sending such inspiring beads.  Thank you, more than I can say.

Please visit Sally at to see what she made with the beads I sent (shown below).

And here is the list of those in the First Reveal --
a permanent list will be kept here.

Alicia Marinache All The Pretty Things
Amber Dawn Goldish Inventive Soul
Barb Solem Vivi Magoo Presents
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry Vault 31
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain
Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deanna Cox Agape Creations
Deb Brooks
Denielle Hagerman Some Beads and Other Things I Like
Denise McCabe Cabewoman
Diana Frey Tattered Adornments
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde Agape Creations
Dolores Raml CraftyD's Creations
Donna Millard Donna Millard Art Glass
Dot Lewallwn Speedie Beadie
Duane Clark dc'z bizzy bead adventures
Dyanne Cantrell Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Eleanor Burian-Mohr The Charmed Life
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy 1996 Shabby Lane
Emily Greer Gaia Copia
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman
Gina Hockett Freestyle Elements
Grace Rotenberg Rivka's Mom
Gretchen Nation Art Food Lodging
Hannah Rosner Good River Gallery
Heather Davis
Heather Marston CSW Designs
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue
Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek Pepper Tree Designs
Janeen Sorensen Wild Vanilla Designs
Jane-Michael Stallings Craft Vacuum
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh Nchantme
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates Snap out of it Jean, There's beading to do!
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry
Joan Williams lilruby jewelry
Jodie Marshall Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs Rigglettes
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller Midnight Kat Productions
Kathy Lindemer Bay Moon Design
Kim Hora KimmyKats
Kim Houston The Pink Martini Boutique
Krafty Max Krafty Max Originals
Kris Lanae Binsfeld Cherish Designs
Kristen Stevens My Bead Journey
Kristi Harrison It's a New Day
Kumi Fisher Malie Kai Designs
Laren Dee Barton Laren Dee Designs
Laura Bracken Laura Bracken Designs
Laura Demoya The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna Laurie's Jewelry Box
Laurie Keefe-Cecere Tree of Life
Lea Avroch lajewelrydesigns
Leanne Loftus First Impression Design
Lee Anne Messerschmidt Adventures in Jewelry
Leslie Schenkel Twisted Chicken
Linda Anderson From the Bead Board
Linda Djokic Lutka and Co.
Linda Sadler Ida Louise Jewelry
Lisa Liddy Metal Me This
Lisa Suver Fanceethat
Liz DeLuca Creative Arty Facts
Liz Engriser Bead Contagion
Lola Surwillo Bead Lola Bead
Loretta Carstensen Designs by Loretta
Lori Anderson Pretty Things
Lori Bergmann Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Bowring Michaud Artfully Ornamental
Lori Poppe Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
Lori Schneider Bead Addict
Lyn Foley Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford Maddy's Stitching Corner
Magdalena Sikora Poranna Gazeta
Mallory Hoffman For the Love of Beads
Marcella Austenfeld Good to Go Jewelry
Marcy Lamberson Studio Marcy
Maria Clark Sweet Willow Designs
Maria Rosa Sharrow Willow Street Shops
Marianna Boylan Star Girl Shop
Marti Conrad Marti's Clay Blog
Mary Ellen Merrigan Mary Ellen Beads
Mary Harding Mary Harding Jewelry Bead Blog
Molly Alexander Beautifully Broken Me
Nan Emmett Spirit Rattles :: Spirited Earth
Niky Sayers Silver Nik Nats
Pam Chesbro A Fortunate Soul
Pam Farren
Pam Sandy Pam's Eclectic Stuff
Pam Traub Klassy Joolz
Pamela Gangler She Always Loved Pink
Patricia Buchanan Bracelets Too
Patricia Johnson Patricia L. Johnson Glass Art
Paula Hisel Simply Stated
Peggy Gabrielson Georgia Mountain Arts
Rachel Baron R. Baron Designs
Rachel Stanley Catching Hummingbirds
Rain Hannah Honey & Ollie
Rana Wilson Rana Lea Designs
Renetha Stanziano Lamplight Crafts
Robin Reed Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson A Creative Chelle
Rose Rushbrooke The Art of Rose Rushbrooke
Ruth Szapa New Things
Sally Russick The Studio Sublime
Sandi Volpe Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon Pendragon Jewelry
Sandy Richardson Sandy's Coloring Box
Sarah Small blog by salla
Shannon Hicks falling into the sky
Shari Replogle Plays With Paper
Sheila Daniels Cheeky Magpie
Sheila Davis Stone Designs
Shiraz Biggie Secret Song Designs
Shirley Moore Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z Brising Beads
Staci Smith Staci Louise Originals
Stacy Pomerleau Craft En Ville
Stephanie Weiss Uniquely Me - Beads, Wire, and Desire
Sumi Rani Hundred Colors
Susan Sheehan Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzette Bentley Ellie's Bijoux
Tamera Norris Beads and Things
Tracy Choy BumbleBeads Designs
Tracy Stillman Tracy Stillman Designs
Valerie Norton Hot Art
Vicki Holliday Flop Cat Design

Learn more about the Bead Soup Blog Party 


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®   and author of the book Bead Soup.


  1. You are so creative and your necklace is perfect for spring if it ever gets here. thank you for all you do!!!!
    Hugs and pie:-)

  2. Oh, wow, Lori! First of all - thank you for organizing this huge event, I am not sure how you manage 500+ people, I'm just happy you do :)

    Sally sent you a gorgeous soup and you did it justice for sure! I love each piece - transforming the hooks into convertible earrings is the most cool idea!

  3. Amazing designs with some lovely beads. The birdhouse is out of this world fabulous. Prayers for healing and thank you for all you do.

  4. I love all three of your pieces!

    I have to agree with Zack, I think the birdhouse would be great hanging in the car.

    The earrings are really fun. The bead colors are dee-lish!

    The color palette for your necklace is beautiful. It's a work of art!

  5. Oh my god I love the birdhouse charm. I agree with Zack, this needs to go in the beetle !

    I love the complete misuse of the clasp, love. Didn't see that coming !

    The last necklace is so, so you darling. You are strong. You are beautiful. Grow and protect your heart - we will all be here to help as best we can. xoxo <3

  6. you had some really delicious soup to work with, and I love every thing you made with it, but totally lover the bird house non jewelry thing you made!

  7. Lori I love everything you made! The birdhouse and the convertible earrings are quite awesome, but that necklace? Oh! My! The colors, the design, the balance -- fantastic!!! Love!!!

  8. You are truly creative, Lori. Everything is so lovely (esp. the necklace) and I, too, agree with Zack. The birdhouse needs to be in the bug!

  9. What a great design in the necklace! I love its colors!

  10. Spring is coming! Love, love and love the colours. The birdhouse handing, the necklace are all so beautiful and cheerful. I vote for Zac's idea. The birdhouse hanging will definitely be a cheerful sight in the VW. I covet the necklace...

  11. Lori, what a creative inspirationhal way to use the things you were sent, I got a bird house too and have thought of a fun way to use it. I love the word necklace with those gorgeous Amazonite I have a definite weakness for beautiful amazonite!

  12. Wow, Lori, I love every single piece you made with the amazing stash from Sally. I was paired with Sally two years ago and also was fascinated by all the stuff she had sent me.
    Your necklace would be my favourite, too, if I had the chance to wear it.
    You are doing such a wonderful job. Thank you so much for letting us jewelry makers come together...
    I will be part of the third reveal and I am already so excited...I can't tell...

  13. Wow, such lovely pieces. You have inspired me to buy some hot pink jade!
    I really like the idea of using words that have meaning for you in jewellery design.
    Looking forward to visiting all the blogs - or at least trying to ;-0

  14. This is such a clever way to use a soup! I love the necklace in particular!!!

  15. Lori, Your necklace is sooo pretty, lve the cheery colors.. How special for you and the meaning it represents.
    That birdhouse - yes, the bug!
    Congratulations on another great Soup Party. You did a fantastic job with the pairings.
    Hope this finds you feeling better!!

  16. Thank you for organizing this huge event. I absolutely love the colors in the necklace. Every piece is so creative!

  17. Great job on Sally's soup and the 7th BSBH! One day I will have to tell you how great of an escape it was for me! Life saver! You?

  18. They are all truly beautiful, Lori. LOVE the birdhouse piece!

  19. I could look at that necklace all day - great job! Love the beads that were sent, the special meaning to you and the colors are making my mouth water :) Be well ~~Tricia

  20. Very creative soup and what a great idea for the earrings! Your necklace is lovely and so meaningful. Everything turned out wonderfully!

  21. So creative Lori - I love the idea of using the clasps for the earrings and the necklace is wonderful - as always very inspiring. I love this group! Thanks for all of your hard work!

  22. Wow! Just wow! I think the little birdhouse charm is inspired, some one might even rock that to wear! Your jewelry pieces are so lovely! Great designs!

  23. I LOVE all the colors and how you paired them all together. The copper and the pinks and teals, mwah!

    Thank you so much for providing this forum for growth and exploration. I truly hope you feel "weller". Hopefully all of the thoughts of you today will contribute to uplifting you.
    Lots of love your way, Lori.
    Emily @ Gaia Copia

  24. Lori, I LOVE your innovative use of the beads and components!! So creative!!! The non-jewelry piece you created with the birdhouse took my breath away. I would have that hanging right in my kitchen window, but I give one vote for Zach's idea of hanging it in the car! :)
    The earrings, how great that the disc can be swapped out, but I have to say that the last piece, the necklace, LOVE IT! The design, composition and bright pops of pink makes that necklace such a feel good happy piece!

    Lori, I so enjoyed being partnered with you and i'm blown away by the wonderful creativity of your designs! Again, thank you so much for hosting this wonderful hop!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  25. Not only do I love playing in your BSBP's, I love getting to see what you create. Zack is right, that birdhouse needs to be in the car, so ya'll can see it every day!
    That is such a great tip about the earwires, I do love those. I'm with you, my favorite piece is that gorgeous necklace. For many of the same reasons as you, because it is a wonderful reminder to you of the hope that is within changing. As well as the fact that I adore all those links and wire wraps, and those bright punches of color.
    Again, thanks so much for creating this wonderful challenge. Much love, Shirley

  26. You are an inspiration to all of us. Love your work !

  27. Lori, thank you again for organizing this event, it's always a great pleasure and challenge to participate!
    The necklace is my favourite piece, too - hope it will bring you just what the words say! And I agree with Zack - the bird house is a perfect lucky charm for the car.

  28. Anonymous8:01 AM

    Lori, love your out of the box thinking. The birdhouse is adorable and would be beautiful in the car. Great idea with the earrings and the necklace is beautiful.

  29. Love those simple yet so versatile. I'm with Zack, the birdhouse needs to be in the car. The necklace is Wow!

  30. Beautiful designs (as always) but I love how you went outside the jewelry box with your first piece!

  31. WoW Lori, as always you did an awesome job. I agree with Zack the birdhouse should go in the VW. Convertible earrings are a wonderful idea. your long necklace just gave me an idea for something I have been working with.

  32. Very creative as always:) I'm with Zack and hanging the birdhouse in the car so you can see it all the time. I love the meaning behind your necklace.

  33. Love your Birdhouse creation. What a fun way to be able to view a favorite bead.

    Thanks for all you do to make this Bead Soup Exchange such a success.

  34. Anonymous8:51 AM

    Oh, that birdhouse charm - love it! The necklace is amazing, and wearing jewelry that actually "speaks' to you in some way is the way it should be..
    Thanks again for creating and organizing this wonderful event!

  35. what fun! love the bird house for sure. :)

  36. I'm with Zack too, the birdhouse goes into the VW~! I just love how cute and whimsical this little ornament is. The convertible earrings are cool, and I love the necklace. The contrast of the hot pink with the green and lavender and turquoise is brill, and I also love the contrast of the copper and the bronze. Always good to see I'm not the only one to love bronze wire out there (But isn't it a stubborn bitch to work with?)

  37. Oh Lori you are one creative dude :^) I really love the necklace. But the birdhouse creation is just so creative. I love it. Be blessed to be a blessing

  38. Thank you so much for all of the work you have put in to this bead Soup Party!

    Oh Wow! I just love the items you made from your beautiful soup! I think the most creative piece is the non jewelry bird house, oh but wait if you hang it in the bug then It is jewelry after all! Totally love the necklace! I admire all you do and I am praying for swift healing for you!

  39. I love it Lori, the necklace is just fantastic!

  40. Lori, some time ago you said something about not having a distinct style, and I couldn't disagree more. All of the things you create, from the jewelry in your store to your bead soup creations, always makes me smile. There is a joy and happiness in your pieces, always.

    I love what you did with the birdhouse and I love Zack's plan for it :-)

  41. So fun, Lori. I second all the wonderful comments about the birdhouse in the car! Thanks for hosting BSBP and being so inspirational in participating as well.

  42. Anonymous9:49 AM

    So creative and so pretty...what can I say about the birdhouse that hasn't already been said?? I adore it. Thanks once again for your hard work and caring ♥

  43. Oh how much do I LOVE what you did! As always, you amaze me, Lori! It is so great to watch you create--I learn so much! = I agree that the pink dyed jade added to your remarkable necklace, and I love the phase you made. It is indeed special. In fact I love everything you did, especially the bird house, as birdhouses and birds represent Robert to us!xox BIG HUGS!!! love, jean

  44. Fabulous jewelry, Lori! Thanks for hosting this!

  45. Love, LOVE, LoVe all of the scrumptious goodies you made with your soup Lori...perfect!!
    I adore the beads PROTECT HEART & your use of color & wire in all your pieces. Have a Happy Easter with your family tomorrow & your gorgeous necklace & earrings will be such a beautiful compliment to you Easter Jammies! Hey, if I could live in jammies & get away with it, I'd be in heaven.
    Thanks friend, for putting on this gigantic festival of beady ROCK!!!

  46. Vibrant colorful, full of life! Perfect for the Spring, for you, my dear! Wear it in health and happiness!

  47. That necklace is so....joyful!! It just seems so bright and happy and fun. So you! I hope you are doing well and can enjoy the hop. :)

  48. Love how you used the clasps in a whole different way. So creative.
    I too agree with Zack that the birdhouse belongs in the bug (I really miss my 72 Super Beatle).
    I can tell that your Grow and Protect Necklace will get a lot of wear - it is so "you",
    I want to thank you for all you do to organize and bring all of us together for this wonderful event.

  49. Brilliant earring design, which I am itching to borrow! And I can't stop admiring your gorgeous necklace - love how you rounded out your palette with those yellow-greens and aqua blues. Perfect!

  50. This post brought a big smile to my face from this amazing creativity..
    birdhouse....earrings ..
    and that stunning necklace
    Colors are fantastic in that last piece !!
    Again, thank you so much for hosting this wonderful hop!


  51. Love all your pieces and especially your necklace and your hanging birdhouse. Thanks for organizing this very special bead soup blog hop.

  52. Thank you so much Lori for this fantastic event. What a wonderful pieces you made, I really love the bird house.

  53. Bridget Torres link doesn't work...
    your pieces are lovely, I love the birdcage and the necklace.
    I'm wearing a tiara, as you suggested, and blog hopping :)
    ciao cara, baci dall'Italia

  54. Totally drooling here! Lori, your work is amazing! Love it!

  55. Everything you made is sooo you, especially that last one. I personally LOVE the birdhouse sculpture. I agree with zac on putting it in the car!!!! Everyone should get to see it. Thanks so much for hosting this party Lori! Now I am off to hop some more.

  56. First & foremost, thank you SOOO much for organizing this monumental blog hop! It's always tons of fun to see the soup & what is ultimately created with it.

    I love the soup your received. So much to work with. Your creativity shows in the pieces you've created from it. I just adore the little birdhouse! Zack is right on! Hang it where everyone can admire it! & I love the meaningful components of the necklace as well. Great job!

  57. Beautiful creations Lori! I love all the creative ways you came up inspiring!

  58. First, THANK YOU. Thank you so very much for the wonderful Party you have created. Second... I love your convertible earrings. You did such an amazing job with all the bead soups!! ~KM

  59. That birdhouse is so darling, you need to put it where you will see it often. Love the (mis)use of the clasp and that necklace is something very special.

    Thank you so much for being such a wonderful hostess. We do not deserve you.

  60. What an absolutely adorable necklace you have made with the wonderful beads you got from Sally! And yes, Zack is right, the birdhouse belongs in the VW. Wish I had one in mine as well

  61. Lori, all your pieces look so great! But I do agree with you on that necklace. It is absolutely super! And the bird house "thingy" inspires me to also sometimes follow my wishes to just combine certain components, without a need for them to become something wearable. Thanks for an once more fantastic event!

  62. talk about thinking outside the box or beads, in this case! you worked your bead soup into some great pieces with a very personal twist.
    thanks for all the trouble and time you have put into this, we all owe you big time!

  63. Thank you Lori for all your hard work in putting this Party are truly amazing!

    The Birdhouse is just so cute and the necklace as well! You are so very talented!

    Thanks again!!!!

    Smiles, Pam

  64. I adore what you did with the birdhouse. I love it when people come up with items that aren't traditional jewelry.
    I too add my gratitude and appreciation for the work you've done in putting these swaps together again and again. Each experience keeps improving!

  65. Love LOVE ***LOVE*** the birdhouse work of art!

  66. Your pieces are amazing but love what you did with the birdhouse. Zach is right it should hang in your car so you can see it all the time when you are out and about.

    Thanks so much for hosting this. I don't know how you manage it all but am so glad that you do. It's been a really fun learning experience for me.

  67. I just love the birdhouse! I'm a big fan of whimsey... :-)

  68. Anonymous2:17 PM

    love the pop of raspberry and teal, such gorgeous details with the copper hoops and the enamel flower.
    The earrings are a very clever innovation and the house ornament is a joy

  69. Thank you so much for organizing such a large is such an undertaking and I know you haven't felt well. Prayers for you!

    That birdhouse is to die for! I envy you receiving that! The "tree" you created for it is just perfect!

    I love love love your necklace...the 4 hours of TLC that went into it definitely shows! A beautiful piece to keep.

  70. Amazing designs from an amazing person—so no surprises here! LOL I love how you were able to use almost every single ingredient from your mix and I think your necklace is so very special too! THANK YOU for making this yet another fantastic Bead Soup experience for me and so many others—YOU ROCK!!! *Ü*

  71. Hey, that's not "mis-use", it is called creative license:) That necklace design is so fresh. Love it. Happy Growing -one of my favorite sayings;)

  72. love the birdhouse and what you did with it! this is a really good bead soup party this year!

  73. Lori, first I would like to thank you for all the time you have putting this BSBP.
    I love how you came up with some fabulous pieces, my favorite it the one you will wear over your heart, wow, it gave me goose bumps.
    Thanks again for all your hard work.

  74. The bird house "ornament" is wonderful. I do think it is begging for a tiny bird though. One could perch right on that top swirl.

    The necklace, as usual for you, is so creative, very interesting, and oh so wearable. You always seem to have something spicy in your creations, and you're up to par with this - the hot pink ups it a notch.

    Thanks again for a fun party, and do hope you are on an extra good feeling day.

    P.S. Necklace #1 of mine has already sold. Necklace #2 is for sale, -you asked. Thank you for you kindness.

  75. Thank you so much for hosting this party. You truly are the hostess with mostest! I love all of your creations... the birdhouse; the convertible earrings (fab idea) and the stunning, lovely necklace. You are truly an artist, Lori.

  76. I am in love with that bird house and adore all the wire wonderment you did around it. Great soup, great pieces, and a great blog hop. Thank you, Lori!

  77. Thank you again for the creation and huge undertaking of an event as big and wonderful as this. Even with Easter events tomorrow, I have been sneaking away every chance I get to see all the wonderful soups! I love your "Garden of Words" necklace. The title even makes it sound so very special, and it is beautiful. I just LOVE that bird house !
    Oh almost forgot the convertible earring idea ,brilliant!

  78. I love everything you made..especially the necklace..thanks for hosting this event, it's always soo much fun

  79. The birdhouse just made me happy, and the necklace was a delightful melange of happiness! Nicely done, as usual, and thanks again for being the blog mom, counselor, arbitrator and general!

  80. Lori,

    The pieces you made are so beautiful! I totally understand why this necklace is of great meaning to you. Let it serve the purpose you meant, but it also shouts out loud that there is no room for self doubt, when you can create something so beautiful and meaningful! There is some overlap between the thought process you went through here, and one of the necklaces in my post. I loved your creations!

  81. Great soup Lori! I hadn't realized you had a partner for each reveal!

  82. I love everything you did but I'm gaga over that awesome necklace!!! I'm a earring lover too so those earrings are super cool what a great idea and fun being able to change them out! Thank you so much for putting on yet another amazing hop!

  83. Your jewelry turned out amazing. I especially love the non-jewelry piece with the birdhouse. I'm going to have to agree with Zack that it ought to be in the VW so you can see it everyday. n_n

  84. Genius Lori! Love that necklace as it looks just like a spring garden in bloom. It should definitely get a lot of wear. The little birdhouse trinket is too cute. I'm with Zack that it should hang somewhere to cheer you every day.

  85. Thank you, Lori, for this wonderful event. I a NEW jewelry designer who has learned a great deal participating in the bead soup party. All these women are INCREDIBLY TALENTED.

    Your necklace is charming and so very versaatile in its design. The earrrings are sooooo clever. The bird house charm is fantastic.


  86. All great pieces! I really like the colors in the "grow" necklace. Thank you for putting together such an awesome event! I'm so happy I signed up for the challenge!!!

  87. Oh, Lori - all of your pieces are so yummy and scrumptious! That birdhouse piece is wonderful - I think you *should* put it in the car - you *need* to see it every day! The earrings are a very clever re-purposing of clasps - I don't think that was inappropriate at all! And the necklace - ooh, Sweetie, it IS fantastic!

  88. thanks Lori for all your effort and hard work put into this soup party! i am not quite sure HOW you do it, but you really do rock!My first bead soup and I had such a great experience, I hope to do it again next time. Love your necklace! the color are just perfect and the copper goes so well! yum!

  89. First Lori I want to thank you for everything you do. You are truly amazing. What a cute birdhouse!! The necklace is beautiful.

  90. Oh Lori, I love all three pieces, you've made. How can you do such amazing work, with all the handicaps from the last weeks? The necklace is breathtaking beautiful, such a nice arrangement of wonderful components!

  91. Love it all Lori. Awesome color combos and I'm with Zack. Hang it in the VW.

  92. Lori - I love what you did with all of your soup goodies! I especially love what you came up with for the bird house - ingenious! Also, the earrings were inspired - that is the great thing about your Party - new ideas! The necklace is just stunning and I love the meaning it has for you!
    I am also with you about sketching ideas - I wish I could sketch out what I see in my head - I just try and make mom understand my idea or I just wing it too :)
    Thank you for putting on this fablous party for all of us!

  93. Awesome necklace! Awesome design! Inspiring for a newbie like me!

  94. You are really creative! And Zach's idea was brilliant! The birdhouse is so cute. 
    The earrings; very clever idea, that the disc can be swapped out.
    The idea of the necklace is amazing, design, beautiful soup of suitable colours with copper and bronze makes that necklace wonderful ! I´m impressed. 

    Thank you very much of being the hostess of this wonderful hop!

  95. You are just so dang greative woman!! Love your necklace and I'd wear the heck out of it too. The earrings are super cool and your 'non-jewelry' item w/the bird house is fantastic - I love it! Looking forward to the other two reveals over the next two weeks - thanks for taking us all on this incredible ride!

  96. I vote for rear view mirror in the bug! Love the bird house!

    Misuse of clasps!l ol Love that too!

    and.....the backstory to your word garden is perfection :)

  97. Beautiful! I especially love the non-jewelry piece. That birdhouse is divine.

  98. Lori,

    I am so glad that someone else decided to use their focal for a non jewelry piece. That bird house it so cute. But that necklace is to die for. It's to gorgeous for mere words.

    Thanks for being our kind and gracious hostess. And working and managing to make so many of us happy. I am not sure how you manage it all and on top of it be in so much pain.

    We are blessed to be a part of this and to "know" you.

    ~Maria Rosa

  99. Anonymous10:38 AM

    Oh Lori, What a beautiful necklace you made and I love the birdhouse.. yes it needs to go in the Beetle..Thank you for all you do for all of us. Hugs

  100. Wow, your creations are just amazing! Thank you so much for doing the Bead Soup Blog Party. I have felt very welcomed and embraced, and totally honored to be among such inspirational artists.

  101. OMG, you are a genius. I love love love the birdhouse and it so has to go in the VW. It is truly a piece of art. And the earrings - what a clever idea and so cute (I think I will shamelessly steal this one) - so so cute. I can see why the necklace is your favorite - it is beautiful, what a piece of art!

  102. Wow! Amazing components and glorious jewelry. This is my first BSBP and aside from the excitement of receiving my soup, I have had a grand time making my soup pieces. But, hopping this first reveal says it all! Happy Hopping to everyone.

  103. I agree with Zach. The birdhouse just has to go into the VW. It so fits it.

    I just love the necklace. I struggle with putting together different elements have having them play so nicely. You have definitely mastered the technique.

  104. What amazing creations ! Thank you so much for hosting this Bead Soup Blog

  105. beautiful work Lori well done!

  106. What a great & innovative use of the beads! Love love the colors & the design, love ♥ the complete soup!

  107. Very nice nice work! Thanks again for doing this for us, what a fun thing to do!

  108. love the little birdhouse--and that you made a non-jewelry piece. the necklace is gorgeous as well

  109. I just love what you did & the birdhouse-so cute!!!!

  110. Oh my gosh - that necklace just made me gasp out loud! Wow! And I love your total "misuse" of the clasps. Totally amazing!

  111. What a wonderful necklace... and the convertible earrings are a great idea. Very nice!

  112. Beautiful as always...
    Love your work...!

  113. Love every single piece you made. And that birdhouse hanging thingie is super cool! Happy belated birthday btw. Hope the year ahead is as pain free as possible - warmest wishes for good health, peace and joy in your 44th year :-)

  114. Anonymous11:50 AM

    The things you do are beautiful and amazing. It's incredible how much you give, and we know how much it takes. Thank you... we love you! mbd

  115. Love all your jewelry! Your wire skills are amazing! Cool Earrings! And thank you for all you have done! Three Cheers!!

  116. Great use of the materials, Miss Lori! I love that necklace. It looks like it has a lot of soul in it and I know that it will look great on you. Wearing jewelry with words and meanings is so very powerful. You know I can't get enough of that! Clever use of the clasps! I like when people use these materials for something other than intended. And the art piece would make a great suncatcher to welcome spring! (It is coming, right?) Enjoy the day. Erin

  117. Great work with wire and colours!

  118. Lori, I know you are not feeling well and I wish you the best. Thank you for all your time and effort as well as your family too. You pieces are wonderful. Love the necklace!

  119. Lori, I always love seeing your work, but that little birdhouse just stole my heart! What a beautiful creation!

  120. Very cool soup! I really like the necklace...perfect for spring. Very cool earrings also!

  121. Wow Lori!!! Great job, all of the piece are seriously cool!!! I love the necklace. So many elements and colors could have been jarring but this necklace goes to prove you are just as gifted and talented with beads as you are with being a wonderfully organized soul and an inspiration to all of us!!! Everything about the necklace worked!!! Love it!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  122. you are just so talented!!!! love it all especially that first piece with the bird house!!!!

  123. What an astonishing array of things! The birdhouse in its tree is darling (I can see why Zack wants to see it every day). The earrings are genius! And the necklace is layered with so much meaning that it only enhances the beauty of the beads and the color combinations.

    Quite by chance (start here, hop there, forget where you were, start at another point in the list), your blog was the last one I needed to visit to complete my hop through this reveal. How appropriate is that?!?

    Hope you're feeling better every day...

  124. I love the Birdhouse, everything is beautiful. Happy Spring, Mary

  125. I love them all, Lori, especially the birdhouse piece and your meaningful necklace. You are so talented...I love your style! Thank you so very much for putting this fun party together!

  126. Hey lori I love what u did with your soup. Also very glad u are feeling better......take care of u bye for now and happy beading

  127. I love, love, love the "creating outside the box!" You're an inspiration! You remind me that things have multiple purposes and we need to look beyond the obvious and be courageous to step over the line!

    Thanks for giving me (us) the opportunity to collaborate with one another in the Bead Soup Blog Parties. Opportunities to share and be inspired by wildly talented and exceptional artists. I know what it takes to implement an event - Your hard work and efforts don't go unnoticed by me! I'm looking forward to your next one with joyful anticipation ;o}

  128. Lori, I love this piece and the meaning behind it. I hope to have time to be involved the next time! Have a great weekend :)

  129. Lori - I love what you did with your soup!!! Creative and different you are girl!!! Glad your feeling better!

  130. I love how you think outside the box. The birdhouse piece is pure genius!

  131. Lori - so interesting when one thing turns into another. Repurposing is a wonderful area to explore. I'll bet your birdhouse will stay in your mind (and on your wall), for a long time.
    Thanks for running this show. Sorry it took so long to get to see your work, traveling interrupted!

  132. Love what you received & love what you created!!!

  133. Anonymous4:07 PM

    Beautiful necklace! Great colors too!


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