Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Hop # 8 - Whoot, whoot.....it's here!

I am sooooo glad this day has arrived! And while I so sorry for Lori being sick....those few extra days helped....

For those who are just checking us out and really don't know what Bead Soup Blog Hop is all about...here is a quick overview...


              What is the Bead Soup Blog Party® ?

Want to know more about this exciting, once a year event?

Detailed information is below, but the basic facts:  

::  I pair you with another jewelry designer.  ::

::  You send each other a quality package of beads.  ::

 ::  You make one or more pieces of jewelry with those beads, 
incorporating beads from your own stash as needed.  
The focal and clasp you were sent MUST be used.  ::

::  You post your creation on your reveal day, 
and you try to visit as many of the other designers' blogs. ::

Last year was my first time, and it was GREAT! Our fearless, and tireless leader is Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog.  She is just a fantabbulous person! Even with the illness she battles she was able with some help from her awesome husband and wonderful close friends to pull this off!   

This year as with last year there are over 500 entries.  It will take time to see them all and I can't wait!

This year my partner was Valerie Cook. Ironically, we are both in the tax business so were pretty busy up until April 15th.  I can't wait to hop over and see what she has done. 

Below is the soup I sent to her.




This is the soup I received from her!


Funny how we both went towards orange and greens!

The first picture are of two sets of earrings I made with beads I had left from the necklaces. Now I have to be honest, there is one necklace I was doing bead weaving on and ran out of the thread...I have it ordered....but I think the snail got lost!

Anyway, here are the earrings:


The yellow pair were made after seeing a yellow and black hat posted on the bead soup web site by Bobbie Rafferty at BeadSong Jewelry, who usually host a Kentucky Derby hat challenge, but since it was at the same time as BSBP, she postponed it. Anyway, there was a yellow and black hat and I just had to use it! Thanks Bobbie!

The other pair of earrings I call my space ship earrings because the two circle disk with "bumps" on them remind me of space ships!

The next picture is two of the necklaces I made with the beads from Valerie. First I used the white heart beads with a necklace I had started but put away because I didn't like it. And wouldn't you know the heart beads were just what they needed. And one of the two clasp she sent worked just perfect!

The second necklace I used the green and amber beads that were wired together along with some darker amber beads wired together that I had. I then used the green pendant and two drop beads and hung them off of a one side of a toggle clasp that I seem to have tons of.  I really like this piece! It is hard to see but there is a hint of amber in the green pendant.


The next picture is of a set I made using some more of the beads. Believe it or not, the golden yellow center piece is a scrapbooking embellishment that I stuck on the black backing and started bead weaving around it!  The outside stitches are from "Bored By Backstitch" by Cindi Lavin at Beading Arts. They are a convoluted brick stitch motif that I created using her directions for the brick stitch. 

I tried to get creative with my stitches and in the center of the pendant, it may be hard to see, I created a "v" and filled with the beads from the design then created a bail from the seed beads I had used.  
The spotted, yellow and green beads are from Valerie's stash also. 

The earrings started out nothing like they ended up....but I strung size 8 seed beads in matching colors on the wire then curled the wire on both ends with the green saucer beads in the center. I ran a small delicate chain through the middle of each spiral on one end of each earring and attached it to the ear wires.  


I still have just a couple of beads left I plan on using and if my thread get here, I will finish the other necklace and post.

This was great fun, and although I KNOW Lori is exhausted!  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Lori and if you are up to it next year, just post the day and I will be there. 

And a big thank you to Valeria for her great beads.

For the rest of the 500+ sites, check out Lori's site!

Till next year!

Keep on Beading!

Veralynne





48 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great time with your soup. I am especially loving those space ship earrings.

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  2. What an awesome soup, i love what you made with it, and like Tammy i think those space ship earrings are fab.

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  3. What a great soup! Some very happy pieces came of it too! :)

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  4. that necklace is stunning, so vibrant, and love the matching earrings!

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  5. love the earrings, so much fun!

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  6. What fun,vibrant designs! They like a little ray of sunshine! Yum.

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  7. What a great "soup"-great designs!

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  8. Great Stuff! I love that focal in the second necklace and you really showed it off well.

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  9. I love the soup you sent. I was happy to watch Valerie create with it. She enjoyed it very much. Hugs and happy blogging. Be sure to stop by ours to see your soup. www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com

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  10. Loving the earrings - esp the swirly yellow ones. So sunshiny and pretty!

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  11. You made ushc fun pieces, I love how colorful they are. Well done!

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  12. Nice soup! My favorite is the earrings with the mismatched lampwork beads.

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  13. Lovely fun designs. I especially like the last necklace and earrings. Such vibrant colors!

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  14. The last earrings are my favorites but I also enjoyed the bright yellowsy ou chose touse

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  15. You've made fun pieces. I'm in love with the embroidered pendant. Great work. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    Ana

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  16. Love your creations! You were busy making so many pieces! Job well-done!

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  17. Your designs are so creative and pretty. I especially like the embroidered pendant. Nice work!

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  18. All your pieces are lovely - I especially like the embroidered pendant and your "spaceship" earrings. You did a great job using your BS ingredients.

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  19. It looks like you had lots of fun creating with your soup! I especially adore the embroidered pendant... so beautiful!!

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  20. I love those spaceship earrings, they are so fun. I also like the wire spirals - I've never thought of bending the wire after putting beads on!

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  21. Lovely creations, the embroidered pendat is so cool!

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  22. Love how the orange and green came together in both your soups. The designs you created are lovely!!

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  23. Very pretty designs, love the color combo. I love the swirled earrings and the pendant is gorgeous.

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  24. Veralynne the soup you received is wonderful and you made great use of it. I really like the focal you stitched the best. I will be back to see what else you make.

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  25. Wow! Bold fabulous color choices!! (:

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  26. Beautiful necklaces and love the fun earrings!

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  27. spiral earrings-what a great idea!!!

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  28. Lovely designs (I am most partial of those spiral earrings) - this year I found more cheerful designs than in other BSBP events. And I love it, we need cheer and happy and smiles - and your pieces are just that: cheerful, and happy, and they make me smile!

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  29. Vera, I love the bright and juicy colors of both the bead soups that you and your partner sent. Your creations turned out so full of joy and delight! I confess that I too, really like those spiral earrings (though everything you made *rocked*!).

    p.s. Many thanks for the sweet comment you left on my BSBP post, Dragonfly's Pond.

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  30. Oh, wow! I love the S-shaped earrings in particular - they have a sort of mosaic thing going on and it's glorious.

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  31. These are all so lovely, Veralynne, but your last collage made my heart sing :)

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  32. Like the necklaces, but love the earrings (especially your spaceship earrings!) I did find it hard to read your blog though. The words were going behind the gadgets for some reason.

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  33. Wow! How beautiful and what a great idea! I love handmade jewelry...it's all I wear now! Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

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  34. Vera, I love your Kentucky Derby yellow & black earrings inspired by Bobbie of Beadsong -- she is my BSBP8 partner! :) And your brick stitch necklace is awesome! Wonderful focal & charming design! My favorite :) Well, off to hop hop on! I'm going to visit every blog this year! Happy Hopping! ♥ Rita

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  35. Love those crazy earrings! Both necklaces are pretty but I really like the second one, especially the way you used beads from the center to make the bale. Nice!

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  36. What delightful pieces! I'm a huge fan of the S shaped ones and the yellow ones inspired by the Derby hat. Such a great place to find inspiration! =)

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  37. All your designs are beautiful but I love most the earrings and the last set - the spirals (cool!) match the pendant by shape and color, yet represent a totally independent design!

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  38. So many different pieces! All lovely! Think I like the beaded ones at the end the best. Fun Soup!

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  39. A little hard to see the real colors but your bead work is very nice. Love how you incorporated it into your pieces and made several different types. Great job!

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  40. I really like the fresh color of all your designs. My favorites are your mis-matched earrings. They're sweet.

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  41. Love your use of color in the earrings and the necklaces. The earrings inspired by the Kentucky Derby challenge are so cool, love those. Also love the innovative green saucer beaded earrings--cool idea! You did an awesome job with your soup! Gina H

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  42. Breath taking ensemble. I love the punch of bright colors.

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  43. Sweet colours... I love the ♥loooooong ♥necklace most!

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  44. Such fun and cheerful designs! They're all great. I especially love those little mismatched spaceship earrings, and the necklace with the green and amber beads with the focal and drops. Yum!

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  45. Your pieces look as if you were having some serious fun putting them all together. Really nice work!

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  46. Everyone else is saying what I was thinking as I looked at your lovely pieces. You look like you were having a blast when you made them! They all really say "fun" to me. Nice job!

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  47. Gorgeous work! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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