Monday, 1 October 2012

Bead Soup Book Blog Hop Week!

Phew, don't try to say that quickly! Welcome to the most wonderful and gracious Lori Anderson's celebratory week, all geared around her awesome book, Bead Soup.  


This is a fun week of blog hopping, giveaways, prizes including beads, tutorials and much, much more. Are you excited to play along? Because you should be. You definitely should be. 


I was invited to be a part of this fantastic project to be part of the international crowd within this book. I didn't wait to say yes.....Lori used my bead soup to make some really gorgeous jewellery. (I deliberately chose her signature pink and purple colours, especially for her, by the way. Hope she liked them!)Here's a peek at what I sent Lori.

Can't wait to see what she created with it.....are you intrigued????

 Living in the UK, my copy of the book is still swimming it's way across the atlantic to me. But I've seen extracts from the book, and believe me, you won't be disappointed. Lori's brainchild, the Bead Soup Blog Party has been running for a few years now. The idea behind it is that two bead-loving strangers get paired up, and send each other a secret bead soup - a focal, a clasp and some co-ordinating beads. You then turn it into something lovely and post about it on your blog.....it not only is a whole load of fun, but it really stretches each and every one of us creatively. You get beads that someone else has selected but have to turn them into something YOU are happy with....I have participated almost every time and have never been disappointed with the creative push it has given me. This book shows just what can happen when jewellery is created with beads unseen.....a riot of styles, colour and design. I am so excited for my copy to arrive and I hope you will be inspired by this week to grab yourself a copy

Blending a bead soup is a fun project in itself. I like to work on one in a slightly different way from some folk. I put a little of this, a little of that in.....usually starting with a colour scheme in mind, I throw in whatever feels right, rather than equal measures of things. There are always one-off surprises in my bead soups! I think this might be because it's a similar way to how I design. I often work with selections of whatever happens to be on my table/desk etc. Sometimes things land together fortuitously, and you know it was meant to be........I hope my soups are like that too - little pockets of mixed up beady joy, just waiting to become jewellery.

And so in celebration of this fabulous book, I am giving away a specially blended soup, perfectly seasoned here in the UK. The giveaway is open to anyone who wishes to participate - UK-based or anywhere else in the world! I would love to send this soup out to you, and see what you transform it into.....Just leave a comment here to take part. Here's super-sneak peek.....


Here's what you've got in store both today, and over the rest of the week. So many goodies to be won! And don't forget to tune in on the 9th for the grand reveal of all the lucky winners...


Rebecca Anderson -- http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com *you are here!*

Barbara Bechtel -- 



Tuesday, October 2nd

Lori Anderson -- www.PrettyThingsBlog.com

Kerry Bogert --   http://kabsconcepts.com/wp/ 


Jennifer Cameron -- http://glassaddictions.blogspot.com  



Wednesday, October 3rd

Lori Anderson -- www.PrettyThingsBlog.com





Thursday, October 4th

Lori Anderson -- www.PrettyThingsBlog.com 


Jeannie Dukic -- http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog  


Lyn Foley --  http://lynfoleyblog.com  



Friday, October 5th

Lori Anderson -- www.PrettyThingsBlog.com 

Brandi Hussey -- http://www.brandigirlblog.com 

Cindy Wimmer -- www.SweetBeadStudio.com

Barbara Lewis -- Painting With Fire

Libby Leuchtman -http://libbyleu.blogspot.com/




Saturday, October 6th


Lori Anderson www.PrettyThingsBlog.com





Sunday, October 7th



Erin Prais-Hintz -- http://treasures-found.blogspot.com  


Monday, October 8th

Lori Anderson, www.PrettyThingsBlog.com -- grand prize with a TON of goodies to enjoy 

137 comments:

A Polymer Penchant said...

I have my copy! Your soup is awesome and I would love to have a little of my own to play with for sure.

Patti Van said...

You are correct..the book is awesome! Beautiful beads and beautiful, creative designs as well! Congrats to you..and Lori..and all of the contributors in a job well done!

Manik Jawa Inc said...

Count me in please =)

LiliKrist

kat said...

Congrats Rebecca!! Count me in as well :0)

Menka Gupta said...

Great job Rebecca. Please count me in too.

Traci said...

Wow! This is wonderful, would love a surprise bead soup, really gets the creativity flowing. Thank you for the opportunity.

Traci Z.
Getta Gift! Jewellery

Traci said...

Wow! This is wonderful, would love a surprise bead soup, really gets the creativity flowing. Thank you for the opportunity.

Traci Z.
Getta Gift! Jewellery

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

I agree - Bead Soups get the creative juices flowing, for sure. I love the faqceted beads and the pink crystals in the sneak peek you shared. I too am eagerly awaiting to see what Lori does with that yummy pink and purple soup you sent her! TZhis is exciting! Congrats to you for your part and thank you for the opportunity to share with others in the jewelry art community and to possibly win!

Amanda said...

Looking forward to mine arriving too. It's probably swinging with yours!! lol

Skye said...

I couldn't order a copy when I wanted to >.< I'm hoping to eventually nab one though. But I'd love a chance to play your soup! lol

Marlene Cupo said...

Can only reiterate what others have said. The book is great, and bead soups are so inspiring. One from you? Oh yes, please add my name.

Lyn said...

Me too! Love bead soups

Courtney said...

I am sorry you don't have your book yet as it is AMAZING! Congratulations on being a part of it and thanks for the chance here. :)

CATHY said...

What a fun blog hop and such great prizes - thanks so much for the chance to win!

Islandgirl said...

Sounds like fun! WOuld love to play with your bead soup and see what I can come up with!

Shirley said...

I was hooked the first time I heard about the Bead Soup Blog Party. I have learned and grown each time I participated. Getting a Bead soup is the coolest thing ever, and I'd love to win yours! Thanks so much!

Kristen said...

How wonderful for you! I am waiting to purchase my copy only because I have to otherwise I would run over to Lori's right now and grab me one!

KayzKreationz said...

I just got my copy. Haven't gotten too far in it yet. I've gotten to participate twice in her BSBP. It was a blast. Can't wait for next time.

Sherri Stokey said...

I'd love to win your soup:)

SummersStudio said...

That's one mighty handsome blend of pinks and purples in the soup you sent to Lori. You will love this book when you get to see it. It's beautiful and very inspirational.

Ginger Bishop said...

I am always in the mood for soup. What a great write up too. A really enjoyable read.

Creative Atelier said...

What a fun blog hop! I would love to win your bead soup.

Kristi said...

Count me in! Your soup looks awesome, and cant wait to see the book (it is on my wish list).

Robin Reed said...

This is my First Blog Hop and I am sooooo EXCITED!!!! I have never done anything like this so I just can't wait! My daughter and I have been designing jewelry for a few years and we do lots of shows! Thanks so much for letting me join the fun!

Hearthwitch said...

Hello. I've just begun getting serious about beads and making jewellery. I've played around with it a bit for a couple of years, but now the bug has not just bitten, but chomped. I'm obsessed with building my stash now, so I'd be thrilled to win!

Robin Reed said...

Oh Yeah, um... count me in on the contest ...PLEASE!

Lynn Roberts said...

What a great idea to challenge each others creative minds!

Cassi Renee said...

I have my copy too, and I remember thinking those were just Lori's colors, when I got to that page :-)

TesoriTrovati said...

I had to go back and catch up on your blog. Just love what you did with the Lorelei challenge beads. My favorite for sure. And your new birdies are so wee and cute! If I didn't already have my own key tags I would ask Miss D'Arsie to design something special for me! And I am sure that any soup you create is one that I would love to have, but please do not enter me, let someone else win the goodies. I just wanted to pop in and say good day to you!
Enjoy the day, Miss Rebecca.
Erin

Becky Pancake said...

I participated for the first time in the last BSBP & it was great. I just finished reading Lori's wonderful book & I give it an A+. I see pink in the soup you are giving away so count me in please. Pink is my favorite color.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

What a great book. I love the look of your "sneak peak"!

Jen Ren said...

Lovely blog Rebecca!

Abby said...

The bead soup looks like so much fun! I'd love to have one to get me started with a blog again :)

Christine said...

Lovely peak at your soup - would love the chance to create with it! I'm still "on hold" to get my book, but will soon - it sounds Fabulous!!

Shel said...

Soup's one of my favorite things! It truly does get the juices flowing and helps bring out so many wonderful talents!

Tanya said...

I have the book on my wishlist, but I may be buying myself "no reason in particular" present. :) Your bead soup looks great!

quiltingjewel39 said...

I have my copy and it is awesome - so much creativity in it. Count me in.

freshbakeddesigns said...

Thanks so much for sharing a portion of the soup. And inviting others to share in celebrating this wonderful new book.

Kelly said...

I think your jewelry is beautiful and original. I am imagining very interesting items in your surprise bead soup and would love to have a chance to win. As others have said - count me in.

AliMc said...

Gotta love soup!

Vicki said...

Rebecca, you soup looks stunning. Thanks for your generosity.

stregajewellry said...

I have been a spectator of "bead soup parties" for a while now but not had the ooomph to join in. What a great way to meet new people! I love your cup of "soup". Such fun!

sandi m said...

Hope the book lands soon! - you're going to love it, so many soup flavors. Congratulations!

Sandra Young said...

I have my copy of the book and have already made a whole bunch of pieces inspired from it! I would be honored to win your soup surprise!

Erin Kenny said...

Looking forward to getting my own copy - I love bead swaps! Your bead soup looks tasty and I'd love a chance to win it.

Kathy Lindemer said...

I would love a chance to win your glorious soup! You Re very generous. Thank you!

Rosalynn said...

I haven't been fortunate enough to participate in one of the blog hops yet (too scared to start a blog). Would love a chance to win a soup from you Rebecca as I find your designs so lovely. I hope that Lori's book will encourage me to gain the courage to jump in to all the beady excitement of a bead soup blog hop and quit admiring from afar.

Sally Anderson said...

Oh, so fun! I'd love to win some soup! Thank you!

Melissa Meman said...

Your soup mix turned out beautifully in the book! You will love it when you see it!

Manola Maria said...

A beader can't resist to an opportunity like this! Thank you!

Bobbie said...

The book IS great -- hope yours arrives soon! One of the best things is that it encourages the beader to use whatever they have on hand, rather than feeling they must stick to only the beads used in the piece that inspires them. And I would love to have the chance to create something with the soup you've put together!

Klassy Joolz said...

Can't way to see the book up close and personal...love the fun, love the hop and thanks for the giveaways!

kiwiken said...

Hmm, the book does sound interesting... I have never participated in a Bead Soup myself, though I always love to browse the results... Somehow, the thought of assembling a soup for someone else is even more intimidating to me than the thought of creating something wirh someone else's soup - does that make any sense, or am I just weird? Well, I might be... if I won your bead soup though, that might be a great chance to just dip my toe in the water...

Lori Anderson said...

Oh man, I can't wait to see what that soup turns out to be!

Leah Curtis said...

Oh Rebecca, I would love to win your soup! You have a beautiful style. I'm sure the soup is amazing.

windbent said...

I want my own "little pocket of mixed up beady joy" please. I'll take that to go!

Michelle Tucker said...

Fantastic! I'd love to win a soup! How fun!

LuLu said...

Howdy,
I would like to win your bead soup. I've kept a container for years in my jewelry studio labeled 'bead soup!' Your goodies would be perfect for it.

Would love for you to visit my blog when you have a moment or 2.

Peace,
LuLu
222.lulu-too-beaucoup.blogspot.com

LuLu said...

Howdy again
That's a typo of course it should read www.lulu-too-beaucoup.blogspot.com

Hope I win!

Peace,
LuLu
www.www.lulu-too-beaucoup.blogspot.com

CraftyHope said...

Oh this is going to such a fun week of blog hopping to see what each of you have in store. I know I'm already aching for a copy of the book but this week might be my breaking point! :) Thank you for giving us insight into your designing process. I love hearing that kind of info!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I just ordered my copy last night...I would love to win some bead soup.
Sonya

Kimberly, Bakin' Goddess said...

I can't wait to get my copy! I haven't been able to grab one yet! Thanks for such an amazing giveaway! Bead soup of any kind RAWKS!

blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com
Goddessesandbeads.blogspot.com
readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com

Lori Schneider said...

Wouldlovetowin

Sweettooth said...

The bead soup challenge looks so fun - I love looking at everyone's creations. And would love to win the soup.

kmorgan said...

This was my first bead soup blog hop and I had a blast working on it. It is so cool to turn a mystery surprise into something special to wear or use. I would love to participate in your blog hop. Thanks for the opportunity!

Ann said...

I have my book too, but haven't actually read it yet. That's a beautiful mix that you sent to Lori. Maybe I'll just look it up right now:)

Alice said...

What a fun party! Congratulations on your contribution to Lori's book. I'd love to win your lovely bead soup!

Here Bead Dragons said...

Beautiful soup from what I see. Always enjoy the soups.

~cryssT

Charlie said...

Am going to go find this very interesting looking book tomorrow. Am new to your blog and enjoying myself.
thank you for the great opportunity to win your bead soup, I can bet it is amazing!

Debra said...

This is such a fun idea! I would love to win your bead soup! Thank you very much for the opportunity. :-)

Mary K. McGraw said...

What a great giveaway. I would love to win one of your bead soups.

CreatingCures said...

Hope your copy of the book arrives soon, you'll love it. Thanks for the opportunity to share your seasonings! ~~T

Cindy said...

Rebecca, I have to say that the bead soup that you created for the book just about represents the book to me - Lori has used your soup photo in various places and its because it is just such a gorgeous mix of colors and textures!! And of course you mixed in her favorite colors! I'm sorry you didn't get your copy of the book yet but I know you won't be disappointed! It is a beautiful book full of great inspiration on every page.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

This was my first year participating in the party and it really has opened up a whole new world for me! Not only did I get to meet some amazing people including my lovely partner, I got to work with things I wouldn't have normally had a chance to work with AND I was pushed outside my comfort zone.

It really was so much fun and I can't wait to do it again ^.^

Thank you for this great opportunity to win!

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

Liz said...

Congratulations to you on your contribution in the book. I soup you send Lori was wonderful. I would love to win that mystery soup from the U.K.

Tara P. said...

That's the perfect soup for Lori! You're going to love the book!

Janea aka Naya said...

Can't wait to see the entire soup! It looks like fun...

MonaRae said...

How have I never seen your blog!? I'm a subscriber for sure now! That soup makes me hungry for something splashy on New Years Eve!

Freestyle Elements said...

I am looking forward to reading the book! Your soup looks fabulous! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

Bonita Bead said...

Congratulations on being a contributor on the book. Your soup for the giveaway looks cool. Linda

Carolyn said...

Rebecca,

Would love to win one of your Bead Soups. Like your designs and am always glad to see one in the magazines.

Thank you for offering us the chance to win.

Carolyn
carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Tina Vogt said...

Would love to taste your soup!!!

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

The selection looked stunning, and I'm pretty sure that the scratchy image will also be the same when revealed. Love Bead Soup.

Hugs

Kay

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

Hi Rebecca, I'd love to win your bead soup, count me in!
Deb x

Cheryl Roe said...

Great Opportunity, Thanks

Alicia said...

This is such a lovely opportunity... and I wish I could win. Thank you for the chance!

Angi said...

What fun! Count me in!

Marla said...

Would love to win! Thank you.

kristyy said...

Bead soup from across the country! how awesome would that be?? I would love it!

Kristy

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Love that photo of the soup you sent Lori - picture pretty so beads must have been fabulous!
I'd love to win a soup from you! alwys love the color palettes you use in your pieces so I know I wouldn't be disappointed.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Looks delish! Hopefully your book gets there soon and isn't too soggy from such a long swim...

Renetha said...

I love Bead Soup!

Valerie said...

The Bead Soup book is wonderful! I was fortunate to have a photo of my necklace in the back of the book! I would love the opportunity to create something with your bead soup. Count me in! Thank you for the opportunity.
Valerie

Mary said...

Wow how exciting to be included in this fabulous giveaway!!!

Penny Neville said...

I am patiently waiting for my copy to arrive and I can't wait! You are an awesome bead soup creator!

The Creative Klutz said...

I just found your blog through the blog hop book tour and I have to say I just love that bead at the end on your banner ... reminds me of a hot air balloon *runs off to find the follow button* =D

Roxanne Mendoza said...

Love your bead soup giveaway!

Angela said...

I love the concept of working outside your "normal" c!ollection of beads - really stretches your creativity

Jean A. Wells said...

Wow! What an opportunity. You always give away such cool things.

Carol said...

This is so much fun!

Shaiha said...

This book is awesome and looking at the soup that you sent Lori definitely makes me want to toss my name in the hat.

Sandra said...

I live in Germany, I have yet to get my hands on the book somehow, le sigh. *crosses fingers in hopes to win something* =D <3

Saraccino said...

I am so curious with the little sneak peak of your giveaway! Thanks for chance to win a bead soup from you :)

Susan Lloyd said...

would love to win!

donnaj said...

looks like another good book to check out!

Lucid Moon Studio said...

I would love to win some bead soup - yum! Thanks for the giveaway and can't wait to see the book!

She said...

Love all the creativity. Can't wait to purchase my copy of the book.

jhuelskamp said...

Joining late, but count me in!!! Love your jewelry!

Malin de Koning said...

Rebecca, I am not sure if I (as one of the book contributors) am allowed to put my name in. But I am taking a chance anyway. I know the soup you will put together is super gorgeous.

Lululiz said...

I have seen the bead soup swaps mentioned on a couple of blogs I follow and have been so fascinated by the concept, but too chicken to join in, lol. I'd love to receive a bead soup and give it a go, so please add me to the list of hopefuls!

Gypsea said...

Please count me in. Lucky number 111 and your newest follower!

polymerclayfests said...

Hey, Rebecca! I am new to bead soup but not to creating beads (polymer and metal clay.) Would love to win your soup to create even more unique pieces!

Cris Peacock said...

How fun! Thanks for the chance to win :) (your creations are amazing btw!)

Lupe Meter said...

I would love to have a chance to win your bead soup! I am still trying to get my hands on a copy of the book...hoping to win a copy but if not will definitely like to buy one! Excited to see all the beautiful creations in the book...lot's of inspiration for sure!

becca said...

What beautiful soup!!! I love this blog hop. =) Very fun idea.

Barbara Mason said...

Your giveaway is so mysterious and intriguing -hope I win it!

AlysiaJo said...

I love surprises and would love to win your bead soup!!

Maplegirl said...

I loved to hear how you make your bead soup mix. Sounds similarly to how I design - colour scheme and a bit of this and that. We all love the fortuitous placement of an unexpected component which just works.
Andrea

Deana said...

beautiful soup!!

carol smith said...

This one one is awesome. Great color. Not to mention great picture.
Lowara pumps

Wacky said...

great job!!beautiful beads! Hoping to win!!!;) thank you.

rrjane011749 said...

I would so love to win!

Wendy said...

The concept of bead soup is fantastic, and thanks for the insight into how you design, I think I work in a similar way!

Vivi Magoo said...

Thanks for the chance to win your bead soup ingredients! I'd love a chance to create with them!

ArtZhodgepodge said...

What a fun hop.. so excited to get my hands on the book and see your creation.

Patty Woodland said...

This is such fun. Thanks for the opportunity.
kaiminani at gmail dot com

New Moon Scents said...

Thanks for the opportunity! It looks like a fun bead soup!

Nancy said...

Your book looks great...can't wait to get a copy.

Nancy

Prządka said...

Hello,
For a long time I admire your blog and jewelry. And today I'm so excited your fun and wonderful goodies! Enter my name, please:)
Regards!

Regina said...

Great soups, love the book.

CreativityStartsHere said...

please enter me! =)

~Johanna

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

Can't wait to get a copy of the book. Thanks for participating!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

I really need this book. Really. I cannot think of anything quite so fabulous as a book filled with people I adore and respect as this one is! ((HUGS)) You are amazing, Rebecca! Yay Bead Soup! Yay Lori!

Creations by Kari said...

Would love to win! Count me in and thank you!

Doris said...

Your bead soup looks wonderful. Thanks for the fun.

beadrecipes said...

I'm hoping my copy will be in the mail today, can't wait! melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com

ccrider2006 said...

It's cold this morning and I sure could use some soup.

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