Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Falling down the stairs with 90 beads in my hand

Today was the day ALLLLLLL the beads were supposed to be sent out to the partners in the Bead Soup Blog Party, Bead Hoarders edition. Including me, the hostess. But as I've learned in many, many a blog hop, it's kind of like the shoemaker whose kids have no shoes... I'm always the last one to get things done properly.

I was heading out the back door to the yard because we haven't seen sun in I don't know how long, and I needed photos. I took the first photo in the window and then had to PhotoShop the life out of it. I decided I wanted to take the SECOND set of beads (I have two partners) to the backyard and Rick insisted I put on HIS shoes to go down the stairs.

Now, I do not wear a size 11 men's shoe.  No where close. So in my usual graceful manner, I took one step and tripped over my husband's shoe and feel arse over teacup and there went the beads.


Now, this wouldn't have been so bad because the beads didn't break.

However, I had just poured 72 limited edition 4mm Swarovski crystals into the mix, not to mention the rest of the beads.

First we just stood there in shock. Then Rick and I started dancing around going "oh no oh no oh no" and then I got on hands and knees and started picking up beads with the help of the cats. The hard part of it all was making sure none of the beads were chipped. Trust me.... there will be beads discovered from this day forth.

Lesson learned -- take the photos earlier, even if I have to drive to another state to get sun, and don't wear big ol' shoes!

This is for Audrey Belanger.

This is for Loralee Kolton.

You'll get to see the actual beads after they show them off on their blogs!

So that's why I'm a day late, y'all. 

Oh look -- there's a bead on the floor!

Monday, February 06, 2017

BSBP -- What to send, what not to send

I've gotten many messages about this subject -- what to send, how many, how much should they cost -- that I realized my past posts may not been clear enough, and I know all of you are asking because you want to do your partner right. Thank you!

So here you go, as basic as I can make it (but still feel free to message me on Facebook or email me).

hoarded beads from Barbara Bechtel of Second Surf, who hasn't been making beads for a while, so they're extra special

The name "Bead Hoarder" has been used before on Pretty Things -- I've had two blog hops specifically for this universal beader's phenomenon called "bead hoarding".  Click here to see one of the sign ups and you can see some information.

In this instance, though, you are SENDING your hoarded bead. And this can cause some consternation.

Some beads you hoard are hoarded because they were expensive. Some are hoarded, as the beads above, because the designer no longer makes them. (ie: Jade Scott, Nancy Adams, Barbara Bechtel). And these factors can make them very difficult to give away, to intrust to someone else, and hope they will give your bead a good home.

Remember -- everyone has a different income, a different stash, a different reason for using beads (hobby or business). It shouldn't matter where you fall in this.

By MAKURaku, whose beads are always evolving, and no two are the same.

As we're human, we also hope we'll receive equivalent beads to what we sent.  

This is where you have to have a leap of faith, a belief in paying it forward, a true desire to make someone happy with your gift, for it's indeed a selfless gift to send such a special bead to someone you probably don't know.

Vintage beads I carefully picked out during an hour's visit to one booth at Bead and Button
that I then gave away on my blog as a treat.

Please don't judge a book by its cover.  I'd rather you already had your beads packaged and ready to go before you visit your partner's blog page or shop or Pinterest page. It's so easy to judge people when what we're tying to do with this BSBP is not compartmentalize people by perceived talent or stash, and not to base your giving on that -- a perception.

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, these are the basic rules.

:: One bead, if it's a pendant or a focal, is enough.

You may choose to send accompanying beads, but it is not required.
A clasp is NOT required, although it's your choice -- if you want to, you can send one.
It's just not required this time.

:: You only need to use ONE BEAD in the Reveal. Just one is fine. Or use them all. And by all means, dig through your stash to find beads that complement the bead you received.

:: Give what you would like to receive. 

:: If you don't receive what you deem equivalent beads, keep in mind -- this was a gift, and you likewise sent a gift. Don't forget, you can use your own gorgeous stash to round out whatever you choose to make with what you received.

I made this pendant myself using a brass blank and DMC thread.
The rest of the necklace is made with beads from my own stash.

You can make something other than jewelry with the bead/s you were sent! You can make a keychain so that special bead is with you daily. You can make a rear view mirror hanger, so it cheers your day as soon as you head off to work. You can choose to string a special bead on a chain or cord, to keep the focus on the bead. And if you receive a set of beads, you can break it up -- make both earrings and a necklace or bracelet with them!

My own lampwork plant stakes. These became plant stakes because I couldn't get them off the mandrel, but you could alway glue your beads on, or make a creative wire stake that holds the bead in place with a circular dangle.

These adorable beads were sent to me by Rebecca Anderson of SongBeads, and I loved just looking at them like this -- so I added them to a shelf in a glass cabinet full of vintage/antique baby items.

I made this for a Christmas ornament swap. The bead in the center is from one of my more spendy collections of Keysha Koy beads and I wire-wrapped the rest of the beads around a 10ga wire frame.

The important thing is to give well, and from your heart. You don't have to send a ton of beads, although for some, like me, I like to send a bunch of coordinating beads -- as long as you are in communication with your partner that she doesn't have to use any at all (only one for the reveal, of course) and not to worry about making lots of things. All love and creativity -- no worry or fear, OK? 

Lastly, I'd remind you that you do not have to send a handmade bead. In previous posts, I showed commercial beads, gemstones, and vintage beads. They just need to be special to you in some way, and you need to convey why in a note to your partner.

It goes without saying to not send --

:: Plastic beads (ie: pony beads; beads for kiddie crafts)

:: Broken or dirty beads (that has sadly come up before, but only once!)

:: Beads that are commonplace in craft stores (Sending a strand of round Czech beads, not good. Sending a strand of vintage glass beads in a unique style, rather cool).

:: Seed beads as a main component. A beaded pendant, awesome, Seed beads as coordinating beads, OK. Sending only seed beads, no please -- bead weaving is a special skill that can't be learned quickly enough for a blog hop.

Be grateful for meeting a new friend on Facebook, making someone happy,
and getting the pleasure of creating with a new bead
while digging through your own forgotten stash as well!

I hope this is a better, more tidy explanation of what to send and why.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

For Pinterest Posters


If you are going to post via Pinterest, please create a new Board (click the + sign when you are on your Pinterest page) and name it something like Bead Soup Blog Party Bead Hoarder or BSBP Bead Hoarder -- something that will be easily recognizable. Then please send that link to  me!

Then click that board and enter the badge for the party:

Enter comments in the description area. You can then add photos throughout your process -- things like a photo of your package ready to go, a pixelated teaser photo of the beads, like this:

Use Pixlr or PicMonkey and play with various effects, and don't show what you sent your partner until your partner posts first!

by Jennifer Tough

by Karen Mitchell
You can also post a picture of your package when it arrives; a photo of the beads (or if you like, as some people do, you can reveal the beads on the day of the blog hop -- some people like that build up to a big surprise!); a photo of the note that came with your beads and comment about why they were picked by your partner. The only thing you can't post is the beads you sent (wait until your partner posts the picture on their page first) and the final piece/s you made (until reveal day).

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The Participants of the BSBP Bead Hoarders Edition

These are the lovely participants of the Bead Soup Blog Party :: Bead Hoarders Edition!

I have some cleaning up on URL's to do before I can add their links, but those will be posted as soon as possible. Also, if you signed up but do not see your name here, please message me on Facebook or email me  (use CTRL-F to open a dialogue box to type in your name and it will take you to it if you are on the list).

all information about the part will be contained here
and transferred to the dedicated Bead Soup Blog Party at a later date

The list is in order of sign up (using alphabetical can be unfair -- ask me, the mom of the kid whose first name begins with Z and last name begins with A),

Please understand that at this time, I can no longer take late submissions. I do have a couple of people whose information I'm missing, so the list may grow by a few, but only from prior arrangement.

Host:  Lori Anderson

Lori Anderson
Claire Fabian
Jennifer Strehler
Rochelle Brisson
Annita Wilson
Melissa Trudinger
Loralee Kolton
Valerie Tilghman
Mischelle Andrade
Elizabeth Bunn
Marianna DeLuca Wehner
Johana Nunez
Jenny Kyrlach
Elizabeth Hodges
Lennis Carrier
Candida Castleberry
Mary Govaars
Sandi James
Arlene Dean
Kristina Eleniak
Nan Smith
Nadine Edris
Denise McCabe
Donna Marie Hanna
Audrey Belanger
Nicole Rennell
Robin Reed
Gail Zwang
Terry Jeanette Carter
Donna Hoblit
Ann Schroeder
Klaudete Koon
Veralynne Malone
Lorelei Eurto
Ann  Sherwood
Jackie Locantore
Mowse Doyle
Dorit Woldenga
Cheri Reed
Dolores Raml
Palak Udeshi
Laurie Vyselaar
Heather Canepa
Dorothy Supri
Sharyl King
Elaine Robitaille
Heather Marston
Terry Matuszyk
Andra Weber
D'Arsie Manzella
Julia Lund-Trott
Sooz Anzalone
Karin King
Leona Smith
Tania Spivey
Jasvanti Patel
Danielle Kelley
Shai Williams
Jacqueline Marchant
Erin Kenny 
Becky Pancake
Kelly Schermerhorn
Renetha Stanziano
Rana Wilson
Janine Lucas
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Andrea Glick
Joanne Bell
Sarah Strover
Sam Waghorn
Helena Hatten
Jackie Ryan
Bridget Torres
Inge von Roos
Krafty Max
Kelli Nelson
Iveth Caruso
Rebecca Ednie
Amy Severino
Sandra Wollberg
Blanca Medina
Dyanne Everetf-Cantrell
Samantha Wescott
Christine Stonefield
Silke Groeber
Alenka Obid
Lori Bowring Michaud
April Grinaway
Yvette Goodridge
Kathy Lindemer
Kathleen A Breeding
Joyce Becker
Pam Farren
Divya N
Sherri Stokey
Terri DelSignore
Kate Gonska
Kim Hutchinson
Jean Wells
CJ Bauschka
Bonnie Coursolle
Barb Fernald
Christina Hickman
Noemí Baena
Dana Phillips
Karen Firnberg
Michelle  Escano Caballero
Natalie Ettinger
Valerie Norton
Rachel Mallis
Denise Milward
Bobbie Rafferty
Vonna Maslanka
Elisabeth Auld
Hannah Rosner
Carla Fry
Terri Gauthier
Teresa Fischer
Tanya Goodwin
Barbara Judy
Leanne Loftus
Carrie Stalcup
Lori Schneider
Joelyn Bissing
Brenda Sigafoos
Kate Dufour
Gail Poveda
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Pam DeBoer
Dee Elgie
Judy Jacobs
Elisabeth Matouschek
Shawn Elkins
Sally Russick
Susan McClelland
Tracy Stillman
Miranda Ackerley
Robin Lynne Showstack
Marianne Baxter
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Therese Frank
Sandi Volpe
Leslie Scholz
Joan Williams
Laura Guenther
Liz Engriser
Bev Breisinger
Radel Vela
Kim Dworak
Carol Dillman
Alice Craddick
Janeen Burlingame
Leah Curtis
Ann Marie Hodrick
Donna Millard
Hajer Waheed Khalil
Lucy Clasen
Michelle McCarthy
Maria Rios
Babette Cox
Natalie Davidson

Over 160 sign ups, when I expected 40 and hoped for 80.
Thank you.

Partner pairs will be given out early if things keep going the way they're going!
Fingers crossed!
Otherwise, they will be announced as advertised, February 11th.

Please put your packages together now -- 
you don't need to know who your partner is to get that part done.
Like Secret Santa, in a way!

Much love, Lori