Monday, 28 June 2010

Bead Porn

Bead PornTM......*

*Thanks Silver Parrot!!

....if beads are porn then my flat is the Playboy Mansion....

Now, don't think that all these came in the post today (what a good day that would be!) but I just thought I would share part of my vast lampwork colloection with you. As we are all so sad at the end of our Bead Soup Party, I thought it might cheer us all up!! Enjoy....

- I can't quite capture the colours here. They are more magical than here. Tricksy Boro!!

As I was taking the pictures, I piled the beads up next to the spot on my window ledge where I was snapping away and noticed that the bead pile and my wardrobe looked rather similar....

Who knew? Obviously I am drawn to the same colours in all walks of life!

Giveaway winner

So, I wasn't really sure exactly how people draw the winner in their contests as this is my first, but I wrote everyone's names out the requisite number of times, assigned each with a number and then went searching for this random number generator that everyone always talks about! :-) And so the winner is.......

No. 8 Nicki!!!

My bead soup partner!! How funny. Nicki has been a great partner though so it has really made me smile that she's my winner. Congratulations Nicki! I will get the book out to you really soon!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

It's the last day........

.......sob, sob, sniffle! Hasn't it been a great party? I really feel I have met so many lovely people throughout this week. Thanks Lori! Can we do it again soon, pretty please?

85. Melissa, One-Eared Pig Beads
86. Rebecca, 2SistersBeadwork
88. Denise, Bling on the Blog
89. Doris, Glaszwerg
93. Kristie, Artisan Clay
94. Jess, Vintaj
95. Suzann, Beadphoria
97. Michelle, bMichelle

Friday, 25 June 2010

Bead Soup Day 7

We are now on day seven, can you believe it! Here are today's players:

72. Cindy, Cindy Dolezal Designs
73. Valerie, Hot Art
74. Courtney, Beads by Breul
75. Johanna, Fire Phoenix Creations
76. Shea, gr8findings
77. Julie, Pryce Designs
78. Jeannie, Jeannie's Blog
79. Patricia, Verre Design
80. Christa, Adventures of One Beady Woman
81. Heather, My Muse
82. Susan, Night Beader at Large
83. Sonja, Drachenei
84. Jennifer, Glass Addictions by Jennifer

I'm heading off to check out the new pieces right after I post this.

And don't forget!! You have TWO more days to enter my fabulous giveaway....

Just leave a comment and become a follower to be entered into the draw for

***THIS book...***

I will be having the draw on Sunday morning (27th) so get your name in the hat by then!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Bead soup party day something...

So, we're now on day goodness knows what in our fabulous Bead Soup Party and now that I have participated, I can sit back, relax and check out the other partiers without thinking "Oh dear, my soup is still loose on a tray...."

Here are today's players:

I'm off to check them out NOW.

And hey, don't forget my GIVEAWAY! Seems like everyone's having them at the moment (we're all sharing the love) so why not play along? Just leave a comment and become a follower to be entered into the draw for

***THIS book...***

contains Andrew Thornton and Melissa Lee designs amongst many fabulous others! I will be having the draw on Sunday morning (27th) so get your name in the hat by then!

New in my Folksy shop today...


ANOTHER giveaway! Jump over to Lisa's blog and comment for the chance to win these sweet earrings.

And, did I mention MY giveaway...??? Leave a comment here and follow to be in with a chance to win this book!

Check out Virginie's giveaway! Leave a comment by Sunday to be in with a chance.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

My Bead Soup!

So, better late than never, here is what I came up with yesterday (!) with the soup that Nicki sent me. Thanks so much Nicki! I think we both challenged each other but (I hope) in a good way. I don't usually use LOTS of larger elements in one piece although I do like the look of it when other folk do so.

Nicki was SO generous with what she sent me, I just didn't know where to start! I think that's why I procrastinated so much in getting my ass in gear and making something with my German beads...I have made two items so far (still have quite a bit of soup left!) and I do feel quite pleased with them. I was a bit scared of using all the items together as it seemed like it could be too much but my sweetheart said "get over yourself and just do it!". So I did! And here are the results.

What do you think? I am pretty pleased as, like Nicki, I've done a couple of things new to me. One as I've already said, use many larger elements in one piece

and also, use two different metals in one design.

To be honest, I'm still not totally sure what I think about this, somehow I feel it can cheapen the look of the metals to have them side by side but perhaps I'm wrong...Looking at these pictures, I think I will switch the large white bead and the copper filigree in the necklace around to achieve more balance. Any thoughts? I'm open to any suggestions!! Would you switch, or stick?

I got a nasty shock when I first plugged my camera into Cagney (my wee MacBook)....look what the pictures first turned out!!!

Lordy. Thank goodness for iPhoto is all I can say! One click on


and it does what it says on the tin...

I made these pieces sitting at a picnic table at a lovely wee local park after I finished work yesterday and here

is the reason I didn't get around to taking completion pictures yesterday! All I can say is I feel it was well deserved :-)

Check out everybody else's finished pieces for today;

37. Filomena, Pink Velvet Bird
38. Lyn, Lyn Foley
40. Rebecca, Song Beads You are HERE!!!!!!!
41. Regina, Regina's Writings
42. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse
43. Whitney, Whitney Lassini
45. Michelle, Life in the Bead Lane

that's what I'm off to do once I've posted this!

And P.S. Don't forget my GIVEAWAY........

Monday, 21 June 2010

A MONSTER giveaway and today's Bead Soup

Check out Denise's AMAZING, super monster-sized giveaway! Check out this AWESOME pile of gorgeous-ness...what is she thinking??!!! And also, look at just how much of this pile is TURQUOISE. Anyone who knows me, knows that can only be a good thing. Seriously, is ther any colour better than turquoise/teal/aqua? No, I thought not. Beeeeeeautiful.

Don't forget I'm having a (teeny tiny compared with this!!) giveaway myself. You can win THIS BOOK:

if you leave a comment here. And become a follower. I've only got FOUR entries so far so you'd be in with a good chance! It contains lots of art bead designs and quite a few by the lovely Andrew Thornton so why not throw your hat into the ring?

And here are today's bead soups:

27. Lisa, Alterity
28. Dale, Dales' Flights of Fancy
29. Melanie, Kookie Designs
30. Christine, A Hot Piece of Glass
31. Nancy, Beading From the Heart
32. Laurel, Rue's Daftique
33. Sandi, Do Be Do Bead Do
34. Nicki, Nicki's Reef
35. Virginie, ViviBijoux
36. Janeen, Wild Vanilla


PS PLEASE check out NO. 34 and see what my soup partner Nicki did with my selection!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Bead Soup and new pieces in my Folksy Shop

Today's bead soup ladies are:

16. Emanda, Artemisia Studio
17. Marie, Skye Jewels
18. Loretta, Designs By Loretta
19. Stacy, Sissy and Jack's
20. Joanna, Filcowe
21. Diane, Diane Hawkey
22. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things
24. Marcie, La Bella Joya

They are all fabulous and really worth checking out - I think if I was held down at knife point and forced to choose (!) I would have to go for Lois's gorgeous piece - possibly because of the lovely seed bead elements she's included in it. Hey, I'm a sucker for a seed bead; what can I say?

However, here are my pieces I have completed today - seed bead free!

I have had this lovely polka dot button from The Little Bead Shop for months now, just waiting for the perfect piece for it to go into, and I had this sweet green and pink gemstone soup left over from a magazine submission and they just seemed made for each other!

I have used Vintaj and Patina Queen brass to complete the earrings and bracelet. I have also used some HOT pink dyed quartz - isn't it gorgeous??? It has a real glow to it, in real life as well as these pics. Hope you like. Listed here and here in my Folksy shop.

Don't forget to enter my pass on the love giveaway - I'm giving away a beading book edited by Barb Switzer and featuring designs by Andrew Thornton amongst others. Leave a comment here to be entered into the draw :-)


I forgot to tell you...check out Beads Perles blog for my first interview! :-) The top interview is in Spanish (sadly a translation rather than my being bilingual!) but if you scroll beneath the pictures, you will see my original answers in English.

And don't forget about my pass on the love giveaway, drawing next Sunday, 27th June.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Bead Soup Party II

And I should tell you that today's Bead Soup blogs are:

1. Lori, Pretty Things
2. Lorelei, Lorelei1141
5. Katie, KatieBead
6. Kimberly, Bahama Dawn
7. Debbie, Prairie Emporium
8. Lisa, Joolz by Lisa
10. Janet, Singing Woods
11. Julianna, Juls Beads
12. Erin, Treasures Found



I have won a giveaway! Cristi of 2 If By Sea won Andrew Thornton's last giveaway and decided to celebrate by having her own giveaway - but with a twist! To enter you had to have your own giveaway...I had noticed that I had ALMOST reached 50 followers and had been thinking when I reached the big FIVE OH I would have my own giveaway but Cristi's fab competition has pushed me into lucky celebrating lucky 49! Thanks Karyn. Check out my stunning prize:

SO here's what I'm giving away...this fab book edited by the supreme BARB SWITZER and featuring designs by the amazing ANDREW THORNTON amongst others. It features a lot of designs using art beads, stringing and wirework and has some gorgeous photography. Don't you want this book for your very own???!

All you have to do to enter is become (or already be!) a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post. You will get an extra entry if you blog about my giveaway and TWO (my goodness, I'm SO generous!!) extra entries if you have your own giveaway to keep passing on the love. Thanks Cristi for my prize and for giving me the push to organise this giveaway!

***I have realised I haven't put a draw date on this post; oops! I will draw next Sunday morning (27th June), UK time. ***

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Bead Soup

So finally, here's a picture or two of my Bead Soup the Nicki sent to me a few weeks the party starts this Friday, I thought I'd best show you this before the jewellery I am going to make! I'd love to say I'm super organised and that my pieces are already underway but...well, I took these soup pics this morning so clearly not!

The Bead Soup in all its glory!

A Songbead, just for me!

A clasp which Nicki handmade the bail for herself - isn't it sweet?

Hope I can come up with the goods - wish me luck!


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