Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bead Soup # 1

I am again participating in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.  This one is number 6.  The first one I did was Party number 5.  I had so much fun that there was no question I was definitely going to participate again.  This time the party is broken down into three different reveal dates, July 28th, August 11th and August 28th 2012.   Lori did this because this go around there are 400  party participants .  Lori takes all the participants and pairs us up. We then get in touch with each other and select bead soup that consists of a focal and clasp (not a lobster) and some other beads. We are only required to use the focal and the clasp and these do not have to be used in the same piece of jewelry.  I was paired with Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter .   I sent my email to Michelle and unfortunately did not hear back from her :(. 
I got in touch with Lori and she gave me a new partner, Sara Oehler of  I sent Sara an email and we exchanged our hellos and have a reveal date of August 11th, 2012.   Sara is a jewelry designer from Phoenix, AZ.  She works for Soft Flex company, and you can see some of her designs here   and here.  She adores color and in fact co-authored a book titled  "Show Your Colors"! 
She has written for numerous publications and as "Ask Sara" for SoftFlex Company many of her designs are featured as promotional pieces.  She also teaches and demonstrates her designs at various beads shows. On August 15th and 16th Sara will be on the television program Jewel School between 10am and 12pm (EST).  Since this is so close to our reveal date she might even bring her finished design to show on air.  How exciting! 

This is the wonderful soup I received from Sara.

I am very excited to create with the soup I received from Sara and hope that she enjoys what I sent her. 

A few days after emailing Sara I received an email from Michelle.  She apologized and informed me that she and her family had just moved and there were  issues getting Internet access. She already knew from Lori that I had been given a new partner.  I could not let her miss all the fun and told her that if she was still interested I would gladly be her partner too.  She said yes and we have the 3rd reveal date.  I am very excited that I have two wonderful partners.  I have also received bead soup from Michelle and have sent hers out.  I will do a separate post about Michelle and our soups.

I love this beautiful Andy Ray focal that is signed on the back!

Gorgeous Czech glass!
Beautiful Tierra Cast  toggle clasp.

I wish I could have gotten a better picture of the boro glass beads, they really are beautiful.
 I do not use flexible beading wire very often and I really want to try to use some of it in my design. 

Here is the soup mix I sent Sara.

Enameled Flower I designed.

These are the components of the soup I made.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bead Stash giveaway!

Go over to and check out her amazing organized stash of beads.  She is going to share some of it with 2 lucky winners.  Maybe you and I will be the lucky ones.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

I wish all of you a very happy and safe 4th of July!  We will not only be celebrating our Nation's birthday, but we are also celebrating my Mom's birthday!  Happy birthday Mom!  I love you!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy

"Where were you when the world stopped turning"
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
Mark Twain