Bead Soup Blog Party!

 It's Bead Soup Blog Hop time! This is my third time to play. It is always a treat to get beads in the mail, open up the package and look to see what I received with which to work. THis time, my partner is Laurie Hanna of Laurie's Jewelbox. She has a nice, organic, earthy style. Check her out and see what I sent her.


This is what she sent me. She made the lampwork focal. I never know what I am going to get when the package comes in the mail. I always hope it is something out of my normal color palette. Purples are not a palette I ever choose for myself, and I have received this palette more than once. Are my partners discussing this??


 So, I took one look at these purples and knew I had to use them all. It really is a nice palette, and one I don't normally work in. So, that adds to the challenge and the fun.

 I put Laurie's focal in the center and worked outward using all of the purples.


 The round purples are stone, so the bracelet has some weight. I love that!

 I kept the purple pearls to do a second a bracelet. The clasp Laurie sent is pretty and delicate. It didn't really fit with my first design. Which is OK. It allowed me to make two pieces. 


My normal style is usually bolder than this, so it was fun to make something quiet...more subtle...but with a little sparkle. The clasp is perfect.


Grab a cup of tea, curl up on the porch swing, and visit the rest of the participants! I know I can't wait......


Soak up a little Vitamin C!



 Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com


Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things

Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto Jewelry

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life

Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains

Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry

Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs

Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Patricia Johnson, Patricia L. Johnson Glass Art
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky

Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic

Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau


Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

44 creative thoughts:

Tanya Ozanne { July 28, 2012 at 6:01 AM }
That bracelet is to die for.Lovely Love and hugs Tanya
Pixybug Designs { July 28, 2012 at 6:16 AM }
Both designs are beautiful and very different! Nice job!
Audrey Bélanger { July 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM }
I love the ombre effect in the first piece !
Therese's Treasures { July 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM }
Hi Kim,
Your two pieces are beautiful! I like you do not normally work with purple and I think that you did a great job using the purple pallet. My favorite of the two is the first bracelet, love it!
Therese
Jean A. Wells { July 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM }
Beautiful peaceful pieces. Great job!
AWJewelry { July 28, 2012 at 2:52 PM }
Great job! Love purple! both pieces are lovely
Cornerstoregoddess { July 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM }
Great idea using the focal like that. What a cool bracelet! And in my colors... ;0)
Patti Van { July 28, 2012 at 3:52 PM }
What a gorgeous focal she made you! I love, love, love the bracelet! Nice job!
bailaora { July 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM }
The bracelet is the best!!!!
Lori Anderson { July 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM }
That's funny that you keep getting purple! I hope you enjoyed the challenge, though -- you made beautiful things!
Boot ~C { July 28, 2012 at 6:08 PM }
I don't do much purple either, but you did a really great job, love the ombre aspect to the multi strand bracelet
Jean { July 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM }
These are fab and totally beautiful!
jean yates
Sharon Driscoll { July 28, 2012 at 8:44 PM }
It was a great segway of color to work your way through the shades of purple - very very nice design. Purple is a hard color for me and you seemed to handle it with ease.
Karyn B { July 28, 2012 at 8:47 PM }
You definitely rose to the purple challenge. That 3-strand bracelet really shows off that lovely focal!
Shirley { July 28, 2012 at 9:01 PM }
Purples are my color, and you did them proud! That is a stunning bracelet! I love the second one as well, for the total contrast of styles. Great job!
ChristinaMarieH { July 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM }
I love purple and I think you did a great job on both bracelets, they are very pretty!
kimmykats { July 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM }
Well I for one am glad you got purple! Both pieces are beautiful!
Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® { July 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM }
Pretty in purple!! Beautiful work!
Kim { July 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM }
Thanks to all you purple girls for the encouraging words!!!! It was a fun challenge for me.
lilrubyjewelry { July 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM }
Purple is not a color I normally use either, but both of these pieces are lovely!
Shaiha { July 29, 2012 at 1:18 AM }
You know I am sitting here with a cup of tea even. Actually a rather large much.

I would be stumped with purple but I just love what you did with both of the bracelets.
The Creative Klutz { July 29, 2012 at 2:47 AM }
Lovely pieces - the colours are beautiful =)
Lisa Chapman { July 29, 2012 at 7:48 AM }
I love purple jewelry, clothing, everything! The purple bracelet is perfect!
A Polymer Penchant { July 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM }
I think the purple conspiracy is working out pretty wonderful. great job!
Cheryl { July 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM }
Love the multi strand bracelet. Purple is my favorite color.
pinkchapeau { July 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM }
Purple seems to be your color now!! I love both bracelets, especially the first one.
Patricia L Johnson Glass Art { July 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM }
The bracelets are great. I especially love the first one...stunning design.
Pookledo { July 30, 2012 at 2:07 AM }
The purples are lovely! I love what you have done with them in the bracelet
beadrecipes { July 30, 2012 at 5:02 AM }
Both lovely purple bracelets!
Cilla { July 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM }
Really pretty jewelry. I love the flower clasp you were sent. I don't normally work in purple either but a lot of people as for it. Great job! Now to see what your partner made!
Amy's { July 30, 2012 at 3:54 PM }
I love what you made,they are gorgeous
AntiquityTravelers { July 30, 2012 at 8:31 PM }
beautiful jewels! I adore that purple bracelet and how you made that gorgeous lampworks your centerpiece!
Katherine at Terra Beadworks { July 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM }
You did a splendid job on both pieces. They are both lovely. Good job!
Cindy { July 31, 2012 at 2:51 AM }
What pretty bracelets - loved seeing what you created with your bead soup! I sure like both but I'm really partial to the second with a bit of sparkle and the soft colors!
CraftyHope { July 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM }
Both of your bracelet designs are really great. While you said you don't often work with purples, these definitely came together so well for you. You made it look easy!
WindDancerStudios { July 31, 2012 at 6:23 PM }
Both pieces are beautiful! Love that second one!
KayzKreationz { July 31, 2012 at 10:55 PM }
The multi-strand bracelet is very pretty. And the 2nd bracelet is so delicate and dainty looking. Very nice bracelets.
Lupe Meter { August 2, 2012 at 9:20 PM }
Fabulous job with your bead soup! I absolutely love what you created!
min { August 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM }
purple is a normal colour i work with either.. but i love what you've done with it!!! beautiful bracelets to go with most outfits...
Becky Pancake { August 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM }
Great job on the purple. I really, really like the second bracelet.
pepita { August 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM }
Lovely pieces. So funny you keep getting purple!
Sandra { August 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM }
you made beautiful pieces! i love what you did with the purples.
{ August 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM }
lovely pieces!
ciao dall'Italia
Alicia { August 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM }
These are such lovely and charming pieces! I *love* purple and your first bracelet is a symphony in purple! great job on both bracelets!

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