Saturday, 17 September 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party

Huzzah! And time to pull those party poppers!  

Thank you firstly to Lori Anderson for all her hard work and for giving me the chance to partake of this party!

Secondly, a BIG thank you to my partner Liz DeLuca who makes the most beautiful beads and shared with me the fruits of her talents!

When I received my beads I was like a child receiving a parcel from Down Under, and upon opening it stunned by their inner sparkle and I'm guessing they're a lot like Liz from the correspondence we've had and her blog posts!

I had sat down earlier in the week and typed a whole post including links for when I uploaded pictures of what I'd made, but it was all on my laptop which I've just packed up and sent away with my 9 year old to his Dad's, complete with SD Card containing said, as yet not uploaded pictures!  I was organised because I work nights Thurs, Fri and Saturday and have a propensity for forgetting stuff at weekends! Sadly, I've actually been off sick this week what with one thing and another (details are boring/icky) so I now have time to post and nothing to hand! Those who know me will laugh as that's typical of me ... As Rabbie Burns once wrote, 'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men. Gang aft agley' But I have taken some with the mobile and am rather taken with the 70's porno soft focus it has managed to give them!  I will however, return to decorum and add on the original edited photos when I get my lappy back :)




I didn't want to detract from the loveliness of the selection Liz sent, so I went back to my stringing roots. I added very few small ivory frosted crystals to give a little space and lightness, if one thing was transmuted to my hindbrain when I saw the beads was; how the light played through them was important. I've been beading for just over three years and tried a range of different things to keep me learning and soothe the restless beast that is my creative bint ... multipersonalities? check!  I moved ahead from stringing quickly,  wishing to produce more complex and intricate pieces.  And I don't believe I can do 'chunky ' very well.  So this was a challenge on one hand, and a comfort, like Gran's Mac 'n' Cheese, on the other!

I chose to embellish the focal bead with fringing, because I like it, and thought I could try out Lynn Davy's technique.   I'd do it again, but learned several things ... one, crimps are tricky - why did I not remember this?  Two, doing a project like this for public consumption is not the best time to try out a new thread.  Although I am loving the SoNo ... but it has a little bit more stretch to it than I had thought! Three, beading with toddlers around is hazardous to one's mental health!

Here it is, Liz, I hope you think I've done your selection proud, and thank you once again! 




I am retiring to bed now, but rest assured, I will dig out the silverskin opnions and have a couple of martinis later whilst browsing through all the wonerful Bead Soup Party Blogs!

If you are in a partying mood and not yet had the chance to sign up, please do the next time, and snuffle along the trail to the many, way more talented than I artists! xx


Edited To Add - original photos ...


I think these are possibly more 'true' in colour represetation :)

45 comments:

  1. You're a braver woman than I, I couldn't bead anything under that kind of pressure.
    Which is frustrating because when it comes to cooking, throwing random ingredients together is my kind of challenge.

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  2. How delicate and feminine and love those blues. Very nice work!

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  3. Love those blues too - very elegant!
    Greetings, Michi

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  4. Very lovely. I love it, great work

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  5. Beautiful necklace! Love the colors!

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  6. Wonderful necklace! So dreamy and romantic! Love it!

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  7. How pretty. Very elegant and dainty. I like it.

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  8. That focal bead is beautiful, I love how you pulled it all together.

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  9. I, too, had to resort to cellphone camera shots (thank heavens for photo editing software!) Lovely work.

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  10. Beautiful, you underestimate your talent :O) I too love the blues, so restful x

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  11. OMGoodness...your soup is DELICIOUS my Friend!!! I adore your design, it's truly stunning! Well done, another AMAZING cup of BEAD SOUP from a very talented designer!!! ;)

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  12. thank you all for your very uplifting comments, I have to admit the martinis are still on ice, and the pickled onions didn't go well with the antibiotics ...

    I did get my laptop back today so will edit the orig post for the other photos :)

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  13. This is me, jumping up and down loving that pendant with the tassel!

    And this is me, falling down, because I am tired. But you rocked your necklace!

    I hope you'll join me again next time -- the blog button and dates are on my blog now!

    Love, Lori

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  14. yeah, propping it on a fur help with that kind of effect ;-)
    But seriously, this is a beautiful piece, very elegant and sophisticated.

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  15. admit it, the 'Emannuelle' look rocked it ;) If I'd have had a rattan chair I'd have used it too :D :D Even with the faux fur in the original pictures the colours didn't wash out as 70's style - so the glassy colours stay ... colourful :)

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  16. This is such a great piece! Soft, romantic, lush, and some of my favorite colors. Great design!

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  17. Thanks so much for detailing your process - I love reading the gritty design details! You have created a beautiful necklace!

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  18. Very pretty...so watery and blue. Great job.

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  19. What a sweet necklace. The blues are so pretty.

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  20. The blues are beautiful and you did a good job of setting off the focal. Good photos against the very wintery white background.

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  21. Wow, I love the icy blue colour of this necklace... it seems so fresh, like crystal clear glacial water - icy, but beautiful. I'd wear this in a heartbeat.

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  22. Lovely, elegant, feminine, perfect for an evening out. I love that you didn't try to overdress the gorgeous beads.

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  23. Gorgeous necklace - such a lovely icy blue colour scheme.

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  24. I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to SandysColoringBox.blogspot.com Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  25. Oh my goodness! What a beautifully lush necklace! I love it! So elegant and pretty and cool... wonderful!

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  26. Beautifully assembled...the beautiful shades of blue beads just dance around the neckline! You really did a Soup-er job!

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  27. Great statement piece! Well done!

    Julie and Andrea

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  28. You did a great job complimenting the lovely focal bead (and seriously, the "70s porno soft focus" comment just made my evening!). The necklace is really beautiful!

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  29. This is so feminine and flirty. It's really very pretty! Way to go!

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  30. this is such a pretty piece, & I really don't even like blue so much! great job

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  31. What a beautiful necklace! Blue isn't my favourite colour, but I love this one. The colours feel very fresh and the design frames the focal flower well. The tassel is a fab detail that balance it all. Really great job!

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  32. Oh so soft and pretty and I love the beady tassel.
    Jenni

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  33. so feminine and beautiful :-) love this

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  34. Pretty necklace - your focal is so fun!

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  35. Gorgeous colours. I love your necklace. :o)

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  36. The colours are very delicate, but the composition is really strong. I love this contrast.
    Ambra

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  37. Really pretty, the blues are beautiful. The flower is perfectly showcased-the little bead dangles are lovely!

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  38. As a thanks to all the people who commeted during the 4th Bead Soup Blog Party I had the True Random Number Generator pull a name out of the hat. You are the winner!!! Please contact me with your address in order to send you my bead soup.
    It is here:
    http://savonfeutre.blogspot.com/2011/10/4th-bsbp-thanks.html

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  40. Very pretty. The fringe sets off the flower beautifully.

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