Saturday, February 26, 2011

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

So, glad you could make it!
No that you have arrived, are you wondering, "what is a Bead Soup Blog Party"?

Many talented jewelry artists from around the globe rsvp to the party so graciously hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things (See Link #1, below).   Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads
Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

My partner was Stephanie (#134 on the list below -- don't miss her blog to see what she did with the ingredients that I sent to her).  She sent me some lovely soup ingredients.   I had enough ingredients to make the necklace you see in this picture plus earrings and a bracelet.  I did add the drop part of the pendant from beads in my stash as well as some little hemotite spacers and antiqued silver chain.  I also added the toggle to the bracelet and the ear wires to the earrings.  I wanted to add some wire working, so I wired the pretty cameo that she sent and a couple of dangles that I made up onto the drop.  I snipped a couple of pieces of chain to make the drop earrings to match.  I LOVE the way this turned out.


Now that you have had your fill of my flavor of soup, come and see what the rest of us made:

1.  Lori Anderson, our hostess at Pretty Things
14.  Mary McGraw,
16.  Deci Worland,
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz,
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams,
22.  Janna Harttgen,
23.  Libby Leuchtman,
24.  Rebecca Anderson,
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten,
29.  Cyndi Lavin,
30.  Courtney Breul,
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel,
46.  Melissa Mesara,
47.  Amanda Davie,
49.  Virginia Joste,
58.  Amy Freeland,

60.  Sandi Lee James, -- ME -- YOU ARE HERE!
64.  Elisabeth Auld,
66.  Linda Djokic,
70.  Birgitta Lejonklou,
73.  Jeanette Ryan,
76.  Debbie Goering,
77.  Valerie Norton,
78.  Jana Trupovniece,
79.  Amy Severino,
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson,
87.  Angela Barribea,
90.  Lisa Kavanaugh,
91.  Sue Hodgkinson,
92.  Jenni Connolly,
93.  Nally Parfyonova,
100.  Linda Landig,
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer,
102.  Jacinta Meyers,
104.  Rubiee Hayes,
106.  Elizabeth Freeman,
108.  Lynda Moseley,
109.  Grace Danel,
112.  Terry Carter,
114.  Mary Ellen Parker,
115. Barbara Bechtel,
116.  Charlene Sevier,
122. Susie Hibdon,
123.  Amanda Austin,
124.  Jennifer Velasquez,
128.  Anna Denisova,
129.  Margaret Saari,
130.  Genea Crivello-Knable,
132.  Angela Blasingame,
134. Stephanie LaRosa, MY AWESOME PARTNER

136. Diane Cook,
137.  Maryse Thillens,
138.  Jennifer Pride,
142.  Regina Santerre,
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans,
148.  Shelly Graves,
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln,
151.  Carrie Tahquechi,
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska,
155. Magdalena Sikora,
160.  Barbara Blaszczyk,
161.  Collette Collins,
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk,">Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih,">Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham,">Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz,">Stunning
168.  Susan Kennedy,
170.  Hope Smitherman,
173.  Melissa Rediger,
174.  Marina Dobrynina,
176.  Menka Gupta,
179.  Suzette Bentley,
181.  Lyn Foley,
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp,
192.  Hilary Frye,
198.  Rose Noble,
200.  Claire Maunsell,
204.  Juli Cannon,
207.  Pam Krinski,
208.  Melissa Meman,


The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it (That means YOU Amy)!

Oh, and just in case you are interested in purchasing this or any other of my creations, just drop me an email at and I'm sure we can work something out!


  1. Very pretty design. Love the soup!

  2. Hi Sandi, this is so pretty! I love what you did with the ingredients. Yours is one of the first I have visited, I was so excited to see what you came up with!

  3. I love how that hand is holding onto the ring...what an elegant piece you have created!!!

  4. #209 here...very elegant great job

  5. Lovely necklace - the cameo is highlighted perfectly!

  6. I love the hand and focal with the wire wrap, a very opulent look to your necklace, gorgeous.

  7. a very nice and vintage look - I like the colors and how you paired everything with the focal. really elegant design. have fun hopping.

  8. Very pretty necklace - and I love your coordinating pieces. Great job!

  9. What a sweet set you made! I like how you made the drops.

  10. What a Lovely set !!!
    your design has a wonderful heirlooom feel !

  11. The first "victorian-esque" necklace I have seen on the hop. Great Soup!

  12. You did a lovely job of keeping classic with that gorgeous cameo! I love cameos. The only time I've worked with one, I used a ton of pearls, too!

    I'm so glad you participated!

  13. Rich, oldfashioned and elegant. I like the little hand charm you used near the focal bead, it really adds a modern touch to your piece.

  14. You have every right to love turned out the use of gold in this design, makes it very elegant...great job!

  15. I love the way your necklace turned out too, very Victorian. Love the hand bail. Great set. Well done.

  16. cameos have long been a favorite of mine and you made it look gorgeous! Very vintage- yet modern.

  17. Fun stuff! Love the hand a lot!

  18. Oh I love the mix of old in new in this piece.

  19. I really like your pieces. The fact that you were able to make a coordinating set is fantastic. I really like the Victorian feel of the pieces, and not just because I'm naturally drawn to that. What a good job, you should be proud.

  20. Love the steampunk/Victorian feel of that necklace! Beautiful job with some fun soup!

  21. Your pieces turned out really nice!

  22. gorgeous vintage look-i love it :)


  23. I love how you captured a romantic feel in your piece. Marvelous workmanship!

  24. So beautiful friend, I love EVERYTHING you made & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  25. Beautiful set! Love the cameo! ;)

  26. So beautiful and elegant! VEry nice work with your soup!

  27. Beautiful pieces! I love the deep red you used for a background :)

  28. Very pretty! Love how you used the cameo.

  29. This has such a rich vintage feel to it. I love the simple contrast of black and white, and that is a beautiful focal! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation with all of us!

    Off to hop some more... might be until Easter, but I will get it done! ;-)
    Enjoy the day!

  30. Absolutely love just dont see them that much...they remind me of my did a great job.

  31. Wow what a gorgeous vintage style piece. I love the focal and the hand connecting the piece is just beautiful. Well done!


  32. Oh how I do love a cameo! So classic and chic. Great job.

  33. Love the vintage look of your necklace. The brass ring and clasp that attaches to the ring is very cool. This is something I would wear. Great bead soup.

  34. Very nice! You've done an exceptional job with this challenge.

  35. That's a very nice set! I really like the vintage look and the classical colours. Great job!

  36. Love the romantic look of your creations! I love that wonderful style and do a lot of my jewelry with the vintage look!

  37. I really like the hand & cameo together

  38. Beautiful! LOVE that focal :-)

  39. Very pretty! The cameo reminds me of my grandma!


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