Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party!

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party you ask? Well, Lori Anderson of Pretty Things started it and it went like this: Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

This is what I received from Sig Wynne-Evans (be SURE to visit her blog - her piece will BLOW YOUR MIND, it's that good. I'm not kidding!):

She told me the fish was named "Ernie" and she gave me the most beautiful collection of ocean jewels to go with him.

SO... I decided to make something fit for a Mermaid Queen. And here is what I came up with - an asymmetrical design of components surrounding Ernie - an encrusted length of viking knit, layers and layers of strung and wired beads. What do you think?

Now go see what the rest of the Bead Soup Blog Party made!

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3. Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5. Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6. Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8. Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10. Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12. Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14. Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15. Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18. Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22. Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25. Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26. Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27. Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30. Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32. Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33. Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42. Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43. Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45. Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46. Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47. Amanda Davie, Articulations
48. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49. Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54. Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
58. Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59. Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60. Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do

61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63. Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64. Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65. Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68. Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69. Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit

71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72. Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73. Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74. Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77. Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78. Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79. Amy Severino, Amy Beads
80. Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook

81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85. Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86. CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87. Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89. Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss

91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92. Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead
93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94. Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96. Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97. Cindy Dolezal, Cindy Dolezal Designs
98. Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
100. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings

101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102. Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations
103. Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104. Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105. Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106. Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107. Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108. Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109. Grace Danel, Grace Beading
110. Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114. Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
118. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119. Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings
123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125. Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126. Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128. Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129. Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130. Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads

131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132. Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy

141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse
142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143. Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144. Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145. Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions

151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154. Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156. Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157. Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158. Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
160. Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory

161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162. Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163. Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
170. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope

171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
175. Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass
176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179. Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me

181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189. Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190. Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.

191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between (You are HERE!)
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197. Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200. Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend

201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204. Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205. Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207. Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209. Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!


  1. Omgosh it's just beautiful. I'm not much of a choker person but I love this. I think the asymmetrical design is what makes this so wonderful. Love it!

  2. What a fun necklace! Love the fish and the way you used it!

  3. I love how you interpreted the motion of the sea in this necklace - at least it seems as if you did. Beautiful work!

  4. Lovely and, yes, fit for a Mermaid Queen :-D

  5. Pam,

    I absolutely LOVE the necklace!! It is so BEAUTIFUL!! And Ernie looks sooo happy to have such a luxurious home!!

    WELL DONE!!!


  6. Oh, I just LOVE this!!! Ernie is so cute and you really did a great job. I wish I owned this necklace!

  7. *Love* - What a fun beautiful necklace! Love the waviness and the bits and bobs look like they are floating in the ocean!

    Happy Hopping!!!

  8. That is simply beautiful Pam. A perfect ocean theme.

  9. OH MY HEAVENS AND STARS!!!!!! Your neckalce is sooooo GORGEOUS! I love how you can feel the ocean in this necklace! LOVE IT!

  10. Very unique, I love the ocean look to go with the fish.

  11. Oh, it all works perfectly!! I really like your asymmetrical design; you blended everything together so nicely!

  12. It is gorgeous, you wove a treasure!

  13. Pam, love what you did with the Viking Knit. I've not seen that before. The colors meld so well, it is just an awesome necklace.

  14. Hi Pam, If you can't find a mermaid to wear your necklace, I'd be willing to try it on! I love what you have done -- there must be some sort of serendipitus magic going on as I see lots of sea/ocean/beach themed pieces, mine included.

    I decided to start at the bottom of the list (I'm in the middle at #95). I hope you get a really good response from the swap/hop -- So much fun!

    Artemisia's Studio

  15. OK, so when I first clicked on it, I thought YOU made the fish. I was going to be totally mad and jealous that you have time to homeschool, make amazing beads AND do incredible bead weaving. I felt much better when I realized you didn't make Ernie. LOL! Ernie has a beautiful home and maybe I should be jealous about that instead. Fabulous work!

  16. Beautiful colors and elements...I'm a sucker for asymmetrical designs. This is lovely

  17. #209 here...absolutely beautiful...great job...

  18. Stunning piece!! Maybe even more than that :)

  19. Beautiful piece. Another one of my favorites! Great work.

  20. What a fun necklace! Love the flow of it! Thanks for visiting my blog it's been a lot of fun to read everyones comments and see what they made!

  21. Oh my goodness, that's gorgeous! Textural, light, and color -- wonderful, like a coral reef. Just marvelous.

  22. Oh wow - that's wonderful! I LOVE what you did with that :)

  23. Lovely colors! I love the use of the VK.

  24. Motion and color...lovely design work!

  25. There are a few ocean related things in the Bead Soup! Wonderful job!!

  26. So whimsical! and ready for summer! Love it!

  27. WOW Pam, that is one beautiful necklace!!!

  28. I can see the water moving though this piece.

  29. Stunning! Love the all the texture in this necklace and such wonderful colors!

  30. She named the fish Ernie! So cute! I love what you have done. It looks like this little fishy is swimming in the ocean deep.
    Enjoy the day!

  31. Ernie looks so happy in your necklace! (But then again, I would be too if someone decided to string me on a necklace full of aqua blue beads with slight hints of ocean green and gold...some fish have all the fun...)

  32. Absolutely beautiful, Pam! You did a fantastic job! :)

  33. Wow! What an amazing fish you were sent. I love the little watery world you created for Ernie!

  34. omgosh! I love your little fish! that is darling!

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  36. Wow, I love the whimsical character of this piece. What a fun design!

  37. Love what you made with Sig's Ernie. Truly a gorgeous piece that you will love wearing.

  38. That is GORGEOUS! You and Erin Siegel need to have a tropical party so you can both show your gorgeous necklaces off. This makes me want to head right for the beach!

  39. I am mad for that colour mix & I love the asymetrical chunkiness

  40. Fit for a Mermaid Queen, yes it is! Beautiful!

  41. What a fabulous soup you received! I love how you put everything together. I love the multi strands and texture.

  42. Ernie is just adorable, and I'm sure that Sig is thrilled with how you've honored him!

  43. What a darling necklace. Love Ernie, and you did him proud!

  44. Ernie has a perfect home in that gorgeous necklace. You made an amazing necklace!!!

  45. The perfect combination of whimsy and elegance!

  46. How delightful! I love the ocean theme and how you've masterfully mixed the textures and rhythms of the ocean. Nicely done!

  47. Love, love, love! Your piece is beautiful!

  48. The way you used the beaded fish was brilliant-- a very lovely necklace!

  49. Ernie is one lucky fish and adorable too. Absolutely love the home you have provided him.

  50. That is one beautiful necklace!
    Shannon C

  51. This is definitely fit for a queen! I love Ernie and he's gorgeous! You fit him well with the other beads! Lovely, delicate, yet strong and bold! Congratulations!

  52. you did ernie proud. this is gorgeous.

  53. Hi Pam, looks like Ernie is one happy little fishy swim swim swimming along the wonderful ocean of beads u have wonderfully put together Fantastic work!!!

  54. very cool! you totally complimented Ernie with your design! beautiful design!

  55. I dont think anyone else would be able to of taken there beads and done what you have. This is really Ravishing! Wow it is some kinda a beautiful! Your Necklace is just superb.

  56. Just such a lovely design. Your soup mix was really delightful Be Blessed

  57. I'd have had a little stroke if I'd gotten the fish. You did a GREAT job of incorporating it in an interesting a pretty way. Also, I may tray your choc cake. Looks great.

  58. What fun! I love all the textures and that little fish is too adorable. :3 Great way to use the color scheme of the beads. It goes with your blog! XD Fun stuff, looks great. Wonderful work!

  59. That was a pretty cool soup and unique focal! I lve what you did with it!

  60. Ernie looks happy as a in his new home. Love it!

  61. Gorgeous... I love blues, I love the sea, and I love Ernie!! ;) I followed here through Sig's blog. You two made amazing jewelry with your bead soup. Off to go see the others now...

  62. A fab fav! I like the royal look to it, it has an egyptian feel to it!

  63. Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  64. Too fun! Ernie looks quite happy, nestled into his new home. I love seeing all of the different ocean themed pieces. And it was interesting to see how your incorporated the Viking knit. I'd never heard of Viking knit until recently, and I really lover they way you used it.

  65. Beautiful necklace really stunning job well done!

  66. That's just such a beautiful luxurious necklace! Love the design, textures, all of it! Great job!

  67. Very nice job - that fish is amazing and your really did it justice!

  68. That is really pretty I love the colour and the little fish!

  69. Wow! I love how that all came together! Just luxurious

  70. Ohhh my goodness that beaded fish is awesome! How lucky are you! I adore what you have made... the necklace just blends in beautifully with that amazing fish. Well done!


  71. Ernie cracks me up!! I love the combination of fun and elegance that you created!

  72. Awww, Ernie is adorable! Very cute necklace, with gorgeous seaside-y colours

  73. Oh my goodness, I love the necklace and "Ernie"! You captured the ocean perfectly with everything. Stunning!

  74. Wow, I am not into sea themed stuff but the work you have done is really beautiful. Well done!

    I would also like to thank you for your good wishes, it has really meant a lot, specially as I am having a really tough time. You are a star.
    A big hug your way.
    So you know I have left a thank you note on my blog, and I would love you to read it if you have the time.

  75. Very beautiful - love all those little drops of beads!

  76. Wow Pam, what a fun set of beads you got from your partner. And what a cool necklace you made with them. Say hello to Ernie from me. It looks like you used all of her soup ingredients, well done.