Friday, April 9, 2021

To celebrate the reopening of the Bead Soup Café the fabulous Lori McDaniel Anderson is throwing the fun Bead Soup Swap and Create (#beadsoupswapandcreate).  This is basically how Lori set it up: She held sign ups one day for the event and paired people together from all over the world.  Each pair was tasked with sending each other a Bead Soup, consisting of a focal, a special clasp, and some coordinating beads.  The rules are you MUST use the focal and clasp (but not necessarily in the same piece) and that you use all, any, or none of the coordinating beads sent to you. You can make one piece or many.

I was partnered with Lucy Clasen.  Please visit her at: Lucy Clasen | Facebook   Here is what Lucy sent me as Bead Soup - Quite a large and awesome selection of pretty beads.

 1st Design:  Pendant Druzy Necklace

I used the beautiful Druzy Quartz Pendant and Opalite Beads.  I added Faceted Crystal Beads, Small Brass Spacer Beads, Czech Daisy Spacer Beads and a Antique Brass Plated Leaves Hook and Eye Clasp.

2nd Design: 3 Stretch Bracelets

The AB Crystal Faceted Rondell Beads are so lovely in these bracelets.  I added a large Swarovski Crystal as focal in one of the bracelets, Larger Faceted Crystals, Rhinestone Crystal Rondell Spacer Beads and Silver Bead Caps.  The second bracelet I added Silver Bead Caps, smaller Faceted Crystals and a Swarovski Starfish as a dangle.  Third bracelet has the same Silver Bead Caps and Rhinestone Crystal Rondell Spacer Beads.

3rd Design:  Patina Pendant Necklace

This Vintage Style Pendant by Dry Gulch is so sweet.  Love this sweet Birdie!  I patinaed the clasp from the Bead Soup to match the patina on the flowers in the pendant.  I used the pretty Green and Amethyst Faceted Crystals and added Czech Glass Leaves, a Brass Bead Cap, a Ceramic Bead Cap, a Rhinestone Crystal Rondell Spacer Bead, a pretty Floral Brass Bail and Brass Open Link Chain to finish off this lovely necklace.

4th Design:  Agate Gemstone Stretch Bracelet

This cute Bracelet is designed with Frosted Dragon Vein Agate and Miyuki Triangle Beads.  To the bracelet design I added a Floral/Butterfly Cloisonné Focal Bead, Rhinestone Crystal Rondell Beads, a Brass Floral Bail and a dangle of an Artisan Lampwork Bead with Gold Plated Daisy Spacer Beads.

There's still more.  Lucy was so generous with the Bead Soup she give me I felt I had to use as much of the pretties that I could.  I was on a roll with Bracelets.

5th, 6th and 7th Designs:  Bracelets

Lampwork Bracelet:  I had left over AB Faceted Crystals and Amethyst Crystals so I added Artisan Lampwork Beads, Swarovski Crystals, Czech Glass Large Bellflowers, Sterling Silver Bead Caps and finished of the bracelet with a Magnetic Floral Clasp with a wonderful Butterfly dangle.

This fun bracelet is made with Etched Glass Beads - Pretty Purple - and Miyuki Triangle Beads to which I added two Artisan Lampwork Beads and a beautiful Vintage Bird Button.

This Stretch Bracelet I used the last of the AB Faceted Crystals and added two Artisan Lampwork Beads.  The Owl Focal is by Greengirl Studio's and added the cutest butterfly charm dangle.

8th Design:  Botswana Agate Pendant Necklace

Isn't this Pink Botswana Agate Gemstone Pendant Beautiful.  I added a Sterling Silver Bail and from the Bead Soup I used the Silver Tone Southwestern Beads and the Toggle Clasp.  I had these large Freshwater Gray Pearls that are so nice and I added them along with Fuchsia Colored Freshwater Pearls, Amethyst Faceted Crystals, Amethyst Rhinestone Crystal Rondell Spacer Beads and a cute Crystal Fuchsia Dangle.

Last but not least I made some earrings from the Bead Soup Goodness.

9th, 10th and 11th Designs:  Earrings

Southwestern Large Silver Tone Beads, Large Faceted Crystals and Silver Tone Spacer Beads.  I added Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver Filled Handmade Earwires.

Bead Soup Lampwork Beads and Pewter Charms to which I added Swarovski Crystals, Ceramic Bead Caps, Rhinestone Crystal Rondell Spacer Beads, Silver Plated Spacer Beads and Sterling Silver Earwires.

AB Czech Glass French Rose Flowers and Opalite Beads from my Bead Soup.  I added Amethyst Faceted Gemstones, Brass Bead Caps, Brass Handmade Earwires and Vintaj Brass Butterflies. 

12th Design:  Ceramic and Lampwork Bracelet

Final Design:  Matte Glass Beads and Miyuki Triangle Beads from Bead Soup Mix.  I've had these Artisan Ceramic Beads for a long time and love purples and lime green together.  The pretty matte glass beads inspired me to make this fun bracelet.  The Artisan Lampwork Beads are actually Lime Green even though I could not get the color correct in these pictures...sigh!  I, also, used Rhinestone Crystal Rondell Spacer Beads, Czech Mystic Bellflowers, Seed Beads, and the cutest Owl Button.  The Dangle is made with an Artisan Lampwork bead, Czech Glass Maple Leaf and a Swarovski Bicone Crystal.

What I Sent Lucy:

Bead Soup for Lucy.

Bead Soup Ingredients plus a Tea Stained and Perfect Pearls Stained Kraft Gift Box.

Some extra fun goodies.

It was so fun creating these designs.  I may have gotten a little carried away, but just had to do  Hope you all enjoyed stopping by.  Big thank you to Lori!  Thank you bunches to Lucy Clasen for the great Bead Soup.  

Please enjoy visiting the other wonderful Revels by others and their partners.

The Bead Soup Swap & Participants:

Lori Anderson, hostess

Anastasia Urbanski

Andrea Garvens

Ann Snyder Rishell

Bee Kuhlman

Becky Pancake

Birgit Klughardt

Bobbie Rafferty

Bridget Torres

Candida Castleberry

Christina Hickman

Divya N

Donna Hoblit

Dorit Woldenga

Elaine Robitaille

Elisabeth Auld

Ginger Bishop

Heather Canepa

Hope Smitherman

Inge von Roos

Jackie Locantore

Jayne Capps

Jenny Kyrlach

Jennifer Reeb

Jill Bradley

Joan Williams

Jodie Marshall

Joyce Becker

Kate Dufour

Kathleen Breeding

Kathy Lindemer

Katie Nielson-Nunez

Katrina Baslow

Kelly Hosford Patterson

Kim Hutchinson

Lisa Baxa

Lisa Long

Lorelei Eurto

Lucy Clasen

Marianna Wehner

Melissa Trudinger

Monica Dockery

Natalie Ettinger

Natalie Moton

Pamela Traub

Raquel Rosario

Robin Reed

Rochelle Brisson

Sarah Beardslee

Shaiha Williams

Susan Kelly

Terri Gauthier

Terry Jeanette Carter

Valerie Norton

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Hares - the AJE Themed Challenge Reveal

Well to say I love Bunnies is somewhat of a understatement.  I have been collecting them for years.  There was a time when I even raised them.  My favorite Bunny was Inkie!  A beautiful White Bunny with black spots, a black stripe down her back and a black Butterfly Nose marking.  She was so sweet!! These two bunnies are from some of my decorations.

She kind of looked like this "sweetie".

Here's another one of my home decor pieces....

Displaying bracelet with Blueberri Beads...."Hare"...

One of my designs is a necklace using the "Boxing Hares" by Blueberri Beads...Caroline's stunning silhouettes raku ceramics

I used Artisan Lampwork Beads, Pyrite Gemstones, Czech Bellflowers, Sterling Silver Bead Caps, Crystal Spacer Beads, and Ceramic Raku

Here's some more Bunnies....plates I just love!

Bracelet design...Pretty Hare... Blueberri Beads

Artisan Lampwork Beads, Wire Wrapped, Crystal Spacer Beads, Sterling Silver Bunny Charm, Handmade Resin Clasp with Antique Rhinestone Button (by me) and Ceramic Raku 

Here are just a few more of my Bunny Pieces waiting to be???...

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Spring!  Happy Easter!  Bunnies Rule!!!!

To see more about Bunnies, Hare, and Rabbits go to...month of the Hare

Here are the other participants:

AJE Team

Karin Grosset Grange - Ginko et Coquelicot
Pamela Traub - Klassy are here
Michelle McEnroe ( 4 pieces pinned on  the AJE Pinterest page)

Sunday, October 26, 2014


This is the time of the year that I love living in the Desert (Lake Havasu City, AZ) as the extreme heat leaves and the days because beautiful and pleasant.  We have the most amazing Sunsets and Sunrises.  October seems to be one of the busiest months of the year for our little town.  Octoberfest, Pumkpin Patch, Boat and Jet Ski events, Run to the Sun (the most beautiful Classic Cars), Halloween on Main Street and many more outdoor activities.

So perfect timing of Rita's Octoberfest!

So I had to make some October Jewelry:

Artisan Lampwork Bead Pumpkins by , Swarovski Crystals and Gold Plated Lever Back Earrings.  Isn't this color sooo soft and yummy!

Gemstone Acorns Earrings with Vintja Copper Pewter Bead Caps - 14mm Large Earth Toned Organic Agate Rondelles Gemstones - Matte Finish Acid Etched 

"Mr Skully"
Pewter Skull by Green Girl Studio a gift from Andrew Thornton.  Artisan Lampwork Beads by Mandrel 2 on Etsy, Brass Bead Cap, Swarovski Crystals, Czech Glass Fire Polished Crystals and soft Suede Leather from Nina's Designs

A pair of Crystal Skull Earrings

Fabulous Sunflowers from my Niece Rozzie's garden.  Such a different color!

And the most important and special event for this Fall 2014 was the birth of my Great Niece - REECE JEAN!!!  She was born in August and this is her 1st Octoberfest/Halloween.  She is just so precious!!!

Pumpkin Patch Time - My Niece Rozlynn and Great Niece Reece

One Cute Little Goblin!!!

 My HANDSOME "TANGO"  says bye for now!!!


Thank you for stopping by!  I'll leave you with one of our gorgeous Sunsets by our local Photographer:

Here are the other wonderful Participants: 

Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                 

Marybeth Rich                          http:/

Mary Govaars                 

Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi

Karin Grosset Grange     

Andrea Zenith Glick        

Nan Smith                      

Linda Anderson                        http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co

Becky Pancake              

Melissa Trudinger           

Lennis Carrier                 

Sue Kennedy                  

Kim Dworak                  

Jo-Ann Woolverton        

Jennifer Reno                 

Veralynne Malone           

Lori Schneider                

Shaiha Williams              

Alisa Siceloff                  

Pam Traub                     

Cryss Thain                    

Maria Lourdes Rios       

Kathy Lindemer             

Carolyn Lawson            

Blanca Medina              

Debbie Rasmussen        

Heather Richter             

Kathleen Breeding         

Carol Dillman                

Chris Eisenberg             

Rebecca Sirevaag          

Sam Waghorn                

Sherri Stokey                 

Gina Hockett                 

Michelle McCarthy        

Michelle Buettner           

Dana Hickey                  

Claire Fabian                   

Cynthia Abner                

Renetha Stanziano          

Jami Shipp                     


Gloria Allen                   

Lisa Johnson                   

Marde Lowe                  

Jill Bradley                      

Toni Gifford                    

Shawnda D'Arcy            

RaMona Woolson          

Esterina Jagiella              

Sandra McGriff              

Mary McGraw               

Alenka Obid                  

Marianne Baxter            

Ann Schroeder              

Inge von Roos                

Robin Reed                    

Suzanne Berk                 

Mowse Doyle                

Diana Miglionico Shiraishi


Andrea Rivers                

Janine Lucas                  

Tanya McGuire              

Anindita Basu                

Mitzie Crider                 

Deb Fortin                     

Cynthia Kent Machata   

Cheri Reed                    

Laurel Hanson               

Ingrid Anderson            

Karla Morgan                

Lori Anderson               

Louise Mccormick-Glazier

Jasvanti Patel                

Susan Kelly                  

Lee Koopman              

Carol Briody                

Kathy Lindemer          

Renetha Stanziano      

Divya N