Friday, September 16, 2011

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party!!!

I was so happy to be paired this time around with Marianna Boylan of the blog Pretty Shiny Things.  She is a talented bead maker and jewelry designer who runs the etsy shop Star Girl Jewelry.  I don't design with lampwork beads too often, so I was beyond thrilled to be partnered with a lampwork artist.  Just look at the lovely things that she sent me.
There is a wonderful set of Marianna's lampwork, a terrific ceramic pendant, a cute little bird charm, a sterling connector, pearls, jasper, twisted silver rings, crystal bling and a wonderful three-strand silver clasp -- deliciousness, I tell you.  The minute I opened the package and saw the pendant and little bird, I had an idea for the focal piece of my design.
 
I had a lovely silver rose bead that my dear friend, Amy, had given me in my stash and the minute I saw it, an idea for the design for my piece came to me.  In fact, I immediately set to work to make the pendant.  I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of the design.  I immediately went to my stash and pulled some lovely mat seed beads in moss greens and some pretty deep pink metallic seeds.  I also raided my stash of crystals for some tiny purple bicones and some really pretty golden yellow rondelles.  Then I hit the box of pearls and pulled some really pretty magenta fresh water pearls that I've been wanting to use.  Then I hit the gemstone box and pulled all of this yellow turquoise that I bought on sale and viola.  Without further explanation, I'll just show you my piece.
I am very proud of this necklace.  In fact, it is the most ambitious piece that I've ever made, using all of my skills and then some.  I put my heart and soul into it and hope you all enjoy.  Now, go and visit the other wonderful designer's blogs who are participating in this wonderful party.  Start with our wonderful host, Lori Anderson and make your way through the entire list of over 300 participants here.  Enjoy!

56 comments:

  1. very nice! love the earthy muted colors!

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  2. It is great when you are so happy with a piece you have made. What a great feeling!
    And you are right to be proud of this one. I really like it.

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  3. Nice work, Sandi! You always pull together such beautiful colors. Great job.

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  4. very pretty. you made a lovely piece.

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  5. oh my gosh that's gorgeous!!! I LOVE all the colors, textures and it's asymetrical!!!! my favorite! I'm so glad we got partnered up, I love chatting with you and feel so blessed to have you has my partner and now friend :) HUGS!!!!

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  6. Sandi, that turned out so great. I love all the color and the "texture" you put into it. It's lovely.

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  7. Oh I love it! Those colors and shapes make for one striking necklace.

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  8. Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments... I'll be visiting all of your blogs soon!!!

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  9. I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

    You did a bang-up job! I love your work!

    I hope you’ll participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  10. I love the colors of the necklace you designed, Sandi! It's just lovely!

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  11. Very pretty piece - you can tell you put a lot of heart and soul into it. Gorgeous colors by the way! :)

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  12. Very nice design, love how you have brought it all together. Very pretty!

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  13. That is truly a beautiful necklace. I'm sure you'll get lots of enjoyment wearing it. Love the silver rose, and all the wonderful colors you mixed in. Great job!

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  14. Lovely necklace! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda
    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  15. 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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  16. All of your hard work definitely paid off. It's a lovely necklace, and the pops of magenta really pull the whole thing together so nicely!

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  17. Wonderful necklace! I love your style!

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  18. Your necklace is super cute! Is lampwork beads the glass beads?

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  19. It's really outstanding. Everything os working...color scheme, balance, the silver rose bead! You rocked it!

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  20. omg that is just so pretty! Wonderful work!

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  21. Beautiful use of all of those beads!! i love the soup that You sent to Marianna as well!!! great job!!

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  22. Love your necklace - very pretty!!

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  23. That turned out just wonderful! Gorgeous! Well done :)

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  24. It is a great feeling when beads speak to you and you know exactly what to do on the moment you see them.
    I see all the work you put in your necklace and I think you did a great job mixing your stash with the beads received.

    Ambra

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  25. What a beautiful necklace you made - so full of texture and color! I love the intricate details you added, and the multiple strands on the right side of the necklace balance out the larger beads on the left perfectly - great job! :)

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  26. The pendant is so pretty and your necklace turned out great. Love the green tones.

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  27. Oh so pretty! I love the little details of the little bird stacked on top of the pendant, the pretty silver flower and the accent of seed beads that sits across the top of one of the strung beads! Very creative!

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  28. Isn't it great that an idea pops into your head the moment you see a bead? It's magic!
    Great work :-)

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  29. Nice work! Wasn't that the point to put your heart and soul in to something you don't normally do... I have really enjoyed the challenge! Thanks for sharing

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  30. Oh wow, your necklace is absolutely beautiful!

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  31. Great job on your necklace! Thanks for posting. Riki

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  32. Your heart and soul definitely show through in this necklace. It's a wonderfully beautiful piece that brought a smile to my face just as soon as I saw it. You really rocked this!

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  33. Happy color plus happy designer equals a happy jewelry piece. Beautiful and wearable for sure!
    You did a Fantastic job with your soup mix. Soup-er Cool!

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  34. Lovely! I feel like the necklace is dancing - full of joy!

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  35. Like the asymmetrical look! Nice job!

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  36. I love all the colors in the necklace - fun!

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  37. The pendant is so sweet! I love how you pulled everything together. Beautiful!

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  38. I am so sorry I am so late hopping your way. My computer dug it's heels in and said Not gon'a go thaat fast.:^)
    Your designs are nothing short of amazing.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  39. Love your necklace design, it's so pretty.

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  40. Truly stunning necklace! Pretty muted earthy colors that would grace many outfits!

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  41. You should be proud! Beautiful necklace :) Love how you put all the soup together.

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  42. Beautiful necklace! I love the colors and design details!

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  43. Beautiful - I love the combination of stones!!!

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  44. Good for you for taking the chance to really stretch yourself with this challenge - nice job!

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  45. Lovely necklace, I really like how you put all your ingredients together; the three strands on one side still a very balanced effect. Great Job!

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  46. Lots going on here, and I love it! The colors, shapes,and textures all come together so nicely. Gorgeous focal!

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  47. Lovely necklace! I like the asymmetry and how well the different beads and colour go together. A really great job!

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  48. Sorry so late in stopping by, I haven't been able (yet) to stop by very many blogs as I'm right in the middle of show season...

    Love your piece! The silver rose made it! Great job...xo

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  49. I love all those colors! A very pretty necklace!

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  50. Love your piece... lots of love there! Have a super day!
    Take care,
    Lisa

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  51. Very interesting and pretty piece. Love what you did with your ingredients.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I truly appreciate each and every one!