Saturday, 3 March 2012

Bead Soup Blog Hop V (plus a giveaway or two!)

Welcome to the fifth Bead Soup Blog Hop! I'm going to keep this post short and sweet. My partner was Queen Bead herself, Lori Anderson. She totally spoilt me with these two beautiful bead soups! I tried to use at least one of each of the beads; the only one that slipped through was the lovely sterling heart pendant on the right - I just couldn't get it to hang quite how I wanted....but at least one of everything else is featured.

Before:


After:


Lori Necklace



To this pink and purple medley, I added some MissFickleMedia and MetamorphSupplies patinated rings, FallenAngelBrass Erte chain, a freshwater pearl and a Czech glass flower. It's big enough to slip over the head so the clasp (the beautiful silver rose) is used as a link. I really love this necklace and it's partner below....


Lori Bracelet



...it's bracelet counterpart. I've added pearls, a Czech glass flower, more MFM and MS patinated links, a mother-of-pearl button (especially for Lori :-)) and best of all, a tiny Jade Scott 'belonging' drop which I've had for ages. It sits within one of the patinated links, hanging down from the clasp. 


When I posted about the soups I had received, a lot of the comments left said that they thought I would be more drawn to the blue/green/tribal set. Surprisingly, it was this soup that challenged me more than the pink and purples! I found the two pieces above just flowed - whereas, I found the vivid blues and greens actually pretty challenging. I think it was more the tribal elements - the shield pendant, the large dark wood rounded squares....So here's my tribal debut:


Tribal Necklace

 What do you think? I'm pretty pleased with how I've combined these elements and it's definitely a little different from the usual direction in which I would have gone in (which is a GOOD thing!) - I can see that, even if to you it looks like just another sari silk necklace! Stay tuned for the chance to win this tribal baby...

Now onto possibly my favourite piece...


Hearts and Butterflies (available in my etsy shop)
The stunning heart bracelet focal from Shaterra was easier for me. It is pretty big for a bracelet focal though, and it really cried out to be part of a cuff. So I decided a multi-strand piece, full of texture and movement was called for. I had recently placed a far too big order (you know the ones!) from Lima Beads, and picked up loads of these Czech glass flowers. Beautiful, eh? SO I used some of them, some Czech glass nuggets from YashmaCreations, and chain, charms and bead caps from FallenAngelBrass. Those green lampworks are made by Lori herself - aren't they the most beautiful shade? I was going to use the cultured pearls as a knotted strand but their holes were too teeny, so I added them in as dangles and more texture. This is so fun to wear - you can see on Etsy that I took a shot of it 'on' as well. I love jewellery that has colour, movement and texture! 


Earrings


Of course, there had to be some earrings. In case you didn't know, I love earrings. Absolutely truly madly deeply. They are hands down my favourite jewellery to wear. You can win some of these, just keep on reading down to the end. The two top pairs are all mine though!




And last but not least, a bag charm. A very cute lampwork focal (did you make this, Lori?) which I combined with some cute MissFickleMedia patinated beads. Sweet, pretty and always useful. I have them on all my bag zips!
I'm planning on listing some of these in my etsy shop over the weekend, but until then please check out these giveaways:



I made so much with this soup batch I thought it was only right to share :-)

Just leave a comment here, make sure you have your email switched on (or leave me your email in the comment) so that I can get back to you. Bonus entries if you blog/facebook/tweet about it, leave me note of that in a separate comment please! I will draw the winners on Sunday 11th March, 12pm (ish).

As always, a massive, humungous thank you goes out to Lori Anderson, not only the brains and the mental force behind this fantastic event but also my own wonderful and generous partner. I can't wait to see what she has come up with with the soup I sent to her! THANK YOU LORI!!!


And here are the others taking part:

Hostess, Lori AndersonSpecial Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer
1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

108 comments:

moonlitfantaseas said...

wow I just love every thing you made with your bead soup, but I really love the wonderful multi strand bracelet!

Heidi Post said...

How funny - surely I was one of the ones who said you'd take off with the blue greens & the pinks would be the challenge, but you're right. It looks the other way around. Not that you didn't do very well with the tribal necklace, but it is a clear departure from what I expect from you. And that is, in fact, the whole point of this! The pink necklace is just fab though, and looks more like the Rebecca I know and love!

Everything's fun though - and I love those dark wood squares. I've used similar many times, and I'm always so pleased with the feeling they bring to earrings.

Your bracelet though, might provide me with some inspiration for my BSBP bracelet. It was a bit of a failure because of the heavy focal. But I could perhaps save it by adding a couple more strands!

Anyway, well done as always xoxo

Lori Anderson said...

WOW you totally rocked it! I'm in love with the bracelet you made with the ceramic -- that is lush and rich and beautiful! I like the sari silk with the silver triangle focal, and I'm an earring girl, too!

You won't believe it but I made some zipper pulls with your beads, too! And no I didn't make that particular bead, and I'm blanking as to where I got it! It IS an artisan bead, though.

All the pink pieces are totally me. Love them!

Cillaw said...

I just love the big heart bracelet! So beautiful with all the elements working together!
Come by and see my "soup" Saturday.
I am #24

Cilla

Moobie Grace said...

You knocked this out of the park! Lori's soup(s) are fantastic, yet SO completely different, and I can't stop looking at your creations! They are all so beautiful!

adlinah said...

So many lovelies! You did a fabulous job with the fab beads Lori sent. Is it wrong that while I think all the pieces are beautiful, I'm actually pining for that little bag pull? It's darling!

Marianna said...

wow!!! great job! I can't even begin to choose a favorite. I love all the mix of colors and textures you used.

somethingunique said...

Well Rebecca as usual u never disappoint...wowza you outdid yourself...every single creation is abso gorgeous...what a way to start out the hop..with a bang...great job!!!!! Congrats.....

Bobbie said...

They are all so different, yet all so lovely - and you were obviously inspired to be incredibly productive! While they're all great, I'm most drawn to the blue bracelet, probably because I am so challenged to make lush bracelets like that. Brava!

somethingunique said...

I am back and have shared your wonderful post with all my friends
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Cindy said...

Rebecca, what a lovely surprise to find that your Bead Soup post is already up! I was just visiting your blog...then remembered the time difference. So you are offically the very first blog I am visiting on the blog hop! WOW!! You really made some fantastic pieces with your bead soup! My absolute favorite though is the first one - the long necklace. I would wear it in a heartbeat - love it!

Alicia said...

Oh, wow - everything is beautiful; I fell in love with the ceramic bracelets, I just love flowers and butterflies! Lori's heart is a perfect focal for those splendid charms.

I like the tones on the tribal necklace - it's such an unusual combination for me!

Patti Van said...

There is no way I could pick a favorite...every single piece is a work of art! However...that bracelet is phenominal gorgeous! You did a fantastic job!!!!

Cece Cormier said...

That multi strand bracelet is hugely beautiful!

Laurie said...

All these lovely sites...Looks like you enjoyed your time with your soup mix.

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Love the bracelet. That is really vibrant and I would love it. You created so much. Great job.

tappingflamingo said...

Nice pieces!!!!!! Gorgeous bracelet, and by the way, I love earrings too. I think I was born loving earrings. It took forever for me to talk my parents into letting me have my ears pierced, lol.

tappingflamingo said...

I just posted on my personal facebook, AND my Treasures by Terry facebook.

Mary said...

I have to say I am very partial to the bracelet it is Fantastic, it is fun and full of movement. The tribal necklace is really cool, the vibrant sari ribbon makes it pop.

Kashmira said...

The tribal necklace is really really really really really pretty! And I love all those earrings too. Wow! So much fun this must have been!

Natasha said...

The green and blue bracelet with the heart focal is my favorite! You did such a great job with your soup!

maryharding said...

All beautiful pieces. But I especially like the cuff bracelet with the Shaterra heart. Wonderful color combo and heft. Great to see all you made.

Malin de Koning said...

My oh my, you've been productive! Every piece you've made looks absolutely great. I especially love the Lori Necklace and Lori Bracelet. Both so beautifully balanced color wise and in distribution of the beads and components. You sure received a goodie soup from Lori there.

Lovely earrings too. The top left pair and the bottom right one are both favorites of mine!

There's too much to comment in this post Rebecca ;-) I just can't grasp it all. The blue bracelet is also adorable.

Fantastic work!

roomforchange said...

Gosh you have been busy!!! Love all the pieces. Very talented Lady!!

steufel said...

Love all your pieces, but the bracelet and the bag charm - hmmmmmmm. yummie!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Wonderful soup! You had a lot to work with here, and you really did work it! I love the use of the Sari silk- it works so well in that necklace and I bet it's comfy to wear!
Have fun hopping today!

Sabrina said...

Wonderful work rebecca:) every piece is soooo lovely and my favorite is the butterflie bracelet, I love this color;)
Lovely greetings
Sabrina

moonsafari said...

Wow, great job! You've created amazing jewelry, i love thme all - but my favorite one is the hearts and butterflies bracelet! :)

Lois Moon said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the color combos of the beads and how just a little color patina on the MFM copper connectors makes everything pop. The Lori necklace and bracelet are so subtle, but each element seems perfectly placed. The tribal piece is great. I love how one green bead pulls the whole thing together.

I adore the green and blue butterfly/heart bracelet...oh boy, do I ever want to win that one!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Your work is always beautiful, but I have to say that you have outdone yourself! Each piece is special in its own way. I LOVE the hearts and butterflies bracelet. My favorite colors and theme in one piece - awesome!!!

la mar de bonita said...

Rebecca, your pieces are great! I immediately felt in love with the Lori design - so wonderful and harmonizing colours and such a chic style!

Michelle W said...

Wow! You were able to create so many wonderful pieces! Just starting out in jewelry design, it's been great to see the before with just the beads and then the after pieces. The bracelet is gorgeous!
mlb_bowman@yahoo.com

Therese's Treasures said...

Rebecca,
Beautiful pieces! The first set is gorgeous. The tribal necklace is very cool looking I really like it. I am in love with the blue and green bracelet WOW! The earrings are fantastic!
Therese

lynsey said...

Totally gorgeous creations Rebeccca, Love them all

Cindy Cima said...

All of these are beautiful - the hearts and butterflies bracelet is stunning!!!

Perlendschungel said...

They are all so lovely! My favourite is the one with the sari silk ribbon, probably because I used one, too! ;-)))
But, well, honestly I can't really tell which one is the "best"...
They are all one of a kind!
Keep rockin'.
Sabine

Maneki said...

Lovely jewellery! I really fell for the purple/pink necklace and thought that was going to be my fave -- but then I saw that green-and-blue bracelet. Gorgeous! Fab job!

Jenn said...

Ahhhh - you created such a beautiful assortment of pieces I love them all. But...I'm a HUGE fan of green and blue and I'm really drawn to that bracelet you created. It's spectacular!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

Hi Rebecca, I love your designs, I wasn't lucky enough to be a participant this time round so I've shared yours as one of my favourite soups on my blog, hope you don't mind.
Deb x

N Valentine Studio said...

That tribal piece is stunning, the colors, the layout *swoon* I think it is my favorite bead soup piece yet. The bracelet is cool too I can see why you love it. Gorgeous goodies!

Penny said...

I am totally crushing on your heart bracelet and the earrings that you are going to keep for yourself they are fantastic. You did a amazing job with your soup, with all of the pieces you created and with such great style.

Molly Alexander said...

So many beautiful pieces, it is hard to pick a a favorite! If I had to pick, though, it would have to be the "Lori" necklace and bracelet set - I can totally see it in my own personal collection...*sigh*. Fantastic job! :)

Bead-Mused said...

I also love your favorite item. Don't enter me into your give-away - I don't want you to spend on overseas postage, but I had to tell you how wonderful that bracelet is!

Pixiloo said...

My goodness, you were spoiled. I love everything, though the first pink necklace is my favorite, followed by your heart bracelet. I can tell you had as much fun making everything as we did looking at your work.

missficklemedia.com said...

Love them! And I get a little place in that beautiful necklace? How lovely, Rebecca.
Your bracelet is truly a masterpiece!

Alice said...

You made so many beautiful pieces out of those two bead soups. My favorites are the Hearts and Butterflies bracelet and the Lori bracelet.

Marie Cramp said...

Love everything you made :) Like you I think my favorite is the bracelet with all the flowers <3 beautiful!!

Ann said...

Lots and lots of great jewelry. I think the bracelet is my favorite too. The colors are fantastic.

Wendy said...

Incredible! I really love that bracelet! Such luscious colors and textures! :)

Cheryl Brown said...

Lovely designs. The bracelet with the heart was my favorite-great combination of items.

Pelima Jewellery Design said...

Beautiful. You have used all pieces in an unique way. :)

Shyme said...

Wonderful pieces!! I really love the two bracelets!

said...

I love all your pieces, this is one of my favourite work from the ehtire party :)
ciao dall'Italia

vonna said...

I just love all of this! You made so much with all that soup! The contrast in the Tribal Necklace is SWEET! --

jojosbeads said...

Goodness me, you have been busy! I love them all but especially the Lori necklace. Lovely :) x

WindDancerStudios said...

I feel like an echo lol but wow! you were busy! Everything is just great and I think my fav would be the bracelet!

JanelDudleyBeads said...

You made so many beautiful designs, the Lori Necklace is stunning!

CraftyHope said...

I'm guessing you named those first two pieces after Miss Lori herself. I assume this because I totally see her in the colors of those pieces. You really did a great job with those shades that make you uncomfortable. The bracelet in particular is lovely.
As far as the other color palette, the tribal necklace is very cool, but that bracelet is TO DIE FOR! You did an awesome job stepping up to the challenge of the soups!

Cynthia said...

Love what you did with your soups, I especially like the first set, love the colors.

jelveh Designs said...

Love it all specially the triangle necklace..you made so many lovely pieces...

Sharon Driscoll said...

So many beautiful pieces that it's hard to choose. I think I love the flower and heart barcelet the best along with all of those earrings.

Beautiful blog too!

Metal Me This said...

Love what you created! Especially the first necklace and the bracelet with the little flower dangles.

Marcie Abney said...

I'm with you! The bracelet is definitely my favorite as well! Great job on all the pieces! You truly rose to the challenge!

Sally Russick said...

Rebecca! Wow, were you busy!! All of the pieces are gorgeous!! Beautifully done!!

Mama Zen said...

These are all so gorgeous!

Beads2Die4 said...

Oh am loving your favorite piece. All are lovely but that is a knockout to me!!!

Jean A. Wells said...

Everything is really nice. I especially love the bracelet with the Shaterra heart focal. It is just so fun! I would love a chance to win one of your finished pieces. Whoopppeee!

e.mail jeanawells@kc.rr.com
Will also blog and facebook and be back to report about it.

AmandaMade said...

Wow I love everything in your soup! You made such beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. You'll be decked out for the next two weeks if you keep everything! :)

stephanie_mcginley said...

I absolutely love everything that you made with your bead soup....However, I think my favorite is that gorgeous bracelet! You really hit it out of the ball park with that one!!!

stephanie_mcginley@hotmail.com

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Oooooh, Rebecca!!! I am oohing and aahing over here! And I must say, I do love seeing what you've done with the FAB! I can't decide which is my favorite... though I'm currently leaning towards that bracelet!!!! Everything is amazing though and I cannot get over how cool that sari silk necklace looks! YAY!

Traci said...

Wow! That last bracelet was my favorites. All your pieces were beautiful. Great job!!

Shanti Johnson said...

Wow soooooo mucho beautiful designs! Smorgasbord for my eyes! Luv ur Lori Bracelet & Necklace! But really all your pieces are a home run! I mean way outta the park!!! Gorgeous, innovative & a vibe that draws u in!!!!!!

Shanti Johnson said...

PS I've been following your blog via Google RSS Feeder for quite awhile & luv it! TY 4 being a new follower!!! ;-)
Shanti

thisyearsdozen said...

I love your work especially the hearts and butterfly bracelet.

thisyearsdozen said...

oops..

forgot to give you my e-mail.

donna
don_mae2@yahoo.com

thanks for offering one of your gorgeous items.

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Goodness! You came up with some totally amazing creations. I am most certainly infatuated with that bracelet. The color is divine, and I can't help but love those little clusters of flowers.

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

What an amazing collection! Each piece has it's own unique style. My favorite is the tribal necklace; I love the placement of the elements used such as the double pendant and the asymmetric set toggle are. Well done!

Steph L. said...

I just love looking at your designs, they are always so full of color and flower beads (my favorite!!). I think your favorite bracelet is mine too! GReat job with your soup!

Saturday Sequins said...

Beautiful pieces! As I was scrolling down, I was like... that's my favorite! No... that one's my favorite!

Wonderful job. And I love the term Queen Bead! :)

Regina said...

What a great collection of beautiful jewelry. Love the first Lori necklace/bracelet set and the butterfly and heart and flowers bracelet.

Stacey said...

Fun fun fun - two soups and very different!! Gorgeous long necklace! And I adore that blue and green bracelet!!! Such a terrific color combo!

Kat BM said...

I like the first necklace the best because it's just so darn cheerful! amazing range of designs though from your soup, kudos!

Heidi at MyBeadTherapy said...

Your designs are all gorgeous! I really do like that bracelet, too!

FenG Beads said...

OMG, That bracelet is TDF. WOW, can't find any other words...

Courtney said...

I love it all! Your soup is so delicious! The first necklace is my favorite,followed closely by your bracelet. I love all the clustered flowers and that green, wonderful!
Congrats.

Loris Glassworks said...

Great Job - two lovely soups, each very beautiful and different. The long necklace is wonderful and I admire the work that went into the blue and green bracelet. Cheers!
Lori D.

Jean said...

Wonderful items, funny how I had to go back and forth to the before and after, kept seeing new stuff!

Jean A. Wells said...

Have blogged about your giveaway at http://www.jeanawells.blogspot.com

jeanawells@kc.rr.com

Jean A. Wells said...

I have posted a comment on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jean-A-Wells-Handcrafted-Artisan-Jewelry/200195113401272 but I was unable to upload a link. I hate facebook - just so you know.

potterygirl1 said...

Love all your creations!
am going to go tweet about your giveaway next

Mandi said...

I love your bracelet! Great design plus I'm a sucker for butterflies, hehe. Also, I really think those pretty lavender pearl earring were made for me ;)

Prairie Emporium said...

You were busy!! Love the butterfly bracelet, my colors and style.

Rebekah said...

Love your soup and totally love what you made with it all!! My faves would have to be the flower bracelet (bracelets are my favorite jewelry) and the tribal necklace. I like how the one little green bead really brings it all together with the fiber. And of course, the silver mixed with the darker metals is neat too... I have yet to pull off mixing metals.

Shaiha said...

I agree with you about the bracelet. Beautiful colors and it just seems so fun (and noisy) to wear.

Ginger Bishop said...

I like all your pieces. The bracelets though are amazing! I like all the different styles you used in your pieces. The giveaway is a great idea.

SwallowtailJewellery said...

Beautiful bead soup. Love the Hearts and Butterflies Bracelet - stunning!

Julia said...

GORGEOUS work with the soup!!! I'm in love with the "hearts and butterflies" bracelet-- such great colors! and of course your earrings... I'm an earrings kind of gal, like you :)

Anyway, just popping in to say lovely work, and tossing my hat in the ring for your giveaway~ my e-mail address is knitwitjules at gmail dot com.

As usual, fantastic work! <3

~*~ Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com ~*~

Jennifer Cameron said...

Wow! She sent you a ton of soup and you did amazing things with it. Gorgeous! My favorites are the first necklace/bracelet set and the blue/green bracelet with that stunning heart focal and all the swingy jangly fun beads. Yum! The earrings are all so adorable and I think maybe I need to make myself some zipper pulls to make my handbags more fun. Lovely pieces! I am now following your blog.

Erika Nooteboom said...

Wow, you made so much jewelry! Amazing!! Your favorite piece is my favorite piece too :-) I love green and blue beads and butterflies!!

You did an amazing job with your Bead Soup, lovely to see and read about it!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I am amazed at the amount of beautiful jewelry you made. I agree with you my favorite is the bracelet and I love the wrapped pearl earrings. Who doesn't love a great pair of earrings?
Sonya

fay ................................................... said...

Love what you did!! Very nice indeed!!

Charlie said...

I really love both of them. I love how you created two completely independent necklaces from one soup. Beautiful work!

Carolyn said...

Such pretty things. I like the pink and purple one.

Carolyn
carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Sandi Volpe said...

Wow, you made somany beautiful peces!!

LoriF said...

Still hopping! :-) Love your pieces, but especially that bright tribal one. Nice work!

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love all of the pieces that you made, but I love butterflies and hearts the most. I'm still reading the blogs! I do regret being late for your giveaway.

Lisa Michele Creations said...

Wow..very pretty pieces..lovely..all of them are lovely!

Heidi at MyBeadTherapy said...

I went to the post yesterday and found the most wonderful package in there for me! Rebecca, the tribal necklace and the surprise little songbird earrings are so lovely! Thank-you ever so much!!! :)

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