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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Soup de Bead!

My Bead Soup Blog Partner, Tracy Choy has received her package so I am now able to reveal the contents!  Please scroll through to see all the luscious beauties that I sent out for Tracy to create with!

Since beginning bead swaps I've been putting away some of my most coveted bead sets just for this purpose.  Given the time of year (busy, busy, busy) Tracy & I didn't get to spend a lot of time getting to know one another before having to send our soup packages off.  So, I went with my gut.  Every girl loves pink doesn't she?  And purple is the color of creativity plus I know she loves pearls.  The idea is to try something new and think out of the box.  So, this is what I put together:

A beautiful Impression Jasper Focal about 2" in length. 

I think it's rather impressive!
A selection of free form or Rough Cut Impression Jasper

Some Muscavite Brio's....there's a hint of green in them that sparkles in the light - so pretty!

I added some cocoa brown Freshwater Pearls, Rhodonite Rounds and Faceted Crazy Lace Agate.

The rules state that the focal bead and clasp must be used in our creation so naturally you want to select a clasp that's a touch above the ordinary.    I hoped that Tracy hadn't seen/used this one before.  I love the simplicity and elegance of this clasp.  It's not overly big either which, for some reason I thought Tracy would like.

To finish off this soup I also included the fixings for earrings!

Impression Jasper drops about 1" or so in length.

Sterling Silver Earring Wires.  A simple, classy design.

Well, what do you think?

Please stop by Tracy's blog at Bumble Bead Designs to see her reaction to her soup contents, okay!

Also:  Tracy & I will be revealing our finished designs on August 11th so bookmark my blog, subscribe or join the network so you don't miss this!!!

Thanks for dropping by today and Namaste!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Bead Soup is Simmering!

Look what has arrived this beautiful, hot Sunday morning in July!

My Bead Soup Package for Lori Anderson's 6th Bead Soup Blog Hop

My partner, Tracy Choy of Bumble Beads Designs, creates with pearls so I half expected to see some when I opened the package but you really don't know what you'll receive!
No time was wasted tearing into my package!  This is Christmas Morning for Bead Junkies!  Poof - pearls everywhere!  Their baggie was torn and much to my delight, beautiful grey pearls bounced off the wood table top landing all over the place!
Soup de Beads!

Tracy Choy is my partner and her blog can be found HERE.

You can shop for her beautiful  jewelry in her ETSY store HERE.

Beautiful light grey mother of pearl pearls.  They are so sparkly and have wonderful weight to them.  They almost feel metallic.  Yummy enough to eat for sure!
As if one clasp isn't enough - I got four (4), count 'em 4.  A small toggle style clasp; a 2-strand magnetic style clasp; a gorgeous crystal encrusted round clasp and last but not least the biggest clasp is encrusted with stones in the shape of a flower.  So generous of you Tracy, thank you!

Here are the focal beads and focal pendant - beautiful large turquoise rounds and a shimmering silver butterfly. 

Call me simple - but this is the best part!  The extras or the spice as I like to call it. 

So, here's the deal.  I must use the focal beads and pendant as well as one of the clasps in my project for this blog hop.  My challenge to myself is to use ALL the beads and findings given to me!  I can add goodies from my stash as well.  This is going to be so much fun!

Thank you Tracy!  You did a wonderful job of assembling this bead soup.  The added touch of the Canadian Maple Leaf is very cool too!

Check back to see what I create with this soup on AUGUST 11, 2012!

Thank you for dropping by and Namaste!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bead Soup Beads In The Mail!

Woo Hoo!  I got my bead soup parcel sent out in today's mail!  Tracy Choy of Bumble Beads Designs is my partner this go around for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.  Meeting creative people to share my beading passion with is very rewarding.  There are a record 400 participants from all over the entire globe participating in this little endeavor.  How cool is that!  I can't wait to receive my package from Tracy and get creating.

Here is a 'preview' of what I sent Tracy. 

We're not allowed to share the actual contents until our partners are in receipt of the package as it's a surprise of sorts!  As soon as Tracy gets it I will post some lovely pictures of the real deal!

Thanks for dropping by and Namaste!