Friday, February 25, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party....The Reveal!!!

My goodies!

Hello all! I have been so very excited for this day to arrive! Today is the big reveal day! First a HUGE "Thank You" to Lori Anderson for organizing this wonderful and enormous event! It grew to monstrous proportions! The rules were to send a focal, a clasp, and other beady goodness to your partner, and then make something using the focal and the clasp as a minimum.

My lovely and wonderful BSBP partner was Kitty Durmaj, and she sent me the most FANTASTIC handmade pendant! Along with the beautiful pendant was also a SS Thai Toggle, heart charms, wire orblink, Vintage Rosette beads, sterling silver beads, copper beads, freshwater pearls, brass nuggets, bell-shaped beads, copper daisy chain, and oxidized copper wire in three gauges! YES! An awesome stash!

Kitty's pendant is SO fantastic that in ALL just needed a chain to be worn, it is THAT beautiful unto itself! But how boring of me if I just left it at that huh? Plus, the vintage rosette beads are, OH, MY, yummy! I HAD to have those in there. I knew I wanted three dangles added to the pendant! Believe me THIS was actually a really hard decision! I changed them five times!!! First ALL pearls. Then all silver (my husband informed me that there needed to be more silver). Anyhoo, a mixture is what my end result was obviously!

I LOVE the copper chain, I used the copper wire to make wrapped connectors using the rosette beads, loved using the toggle and then the brass nuggets as spacers! That is all it needed. I know it may not seem at all that creative considering all the beady goodies I received from Kitty, but that pendant does not need anything to compete with it's beauty! (I just felt the need to explain my design I guess) :)

I hope you like it as much as I do!!!

I can NOT wait to wear it!

*UPDATE* Check out what was made from my daughter's Bead Soup HERE!

Check out the rest of the BSBP peeps! Grab a drink and a snack, use the restroom, because I have a feeling once you start may be on here a while! :)

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things (our hostess)
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 *YOU ARE HERE*
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
Click HERE for the master list and the rest of the links!

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
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, Homeschooling Life

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My Life Under the Bus said...

OMG Those rosettes are to die for! That necklace is stunning Leslie - I'd be pretty excited to to wear it too!!!

Happy Hopping!

ViviBijoux said...

Your piece is really one of a kind, it's gorgeous, and you really do have photographic skills girl! I wish I took as good pics as you do. Fab ^_^ Virginie

Kristen said...

Oh WOW that was a great focal and you made a gorgeous necklace! I hope you love wearing it!

Kitty Durmaj said...

Leslie, thank you so much for the beautiful necklace you made with the "soup" I gave you. I'm so glad you used the Rosettes as I had hoarded them for so they're in the light of day for everyone to enjoy! Your blog post about reveal day was terrific! You've been a wonderful partner and hope we keep in contact.

Marie Cramp said...

WOW! I am in love with the carved rosettes! The necklace is fantastic!! Great job :)

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

very nice - royal, in fact!

Hazel Ward said...

Aahh, gorgeous piece. The warmth of the colours is so pretty! (Plus the collages are really effective)

Deci said...

Fun layered piece, unusual color combo. I like it.

Francy said...

Love that focal. Your design is awesome.

Spirited Earth said...

amazing piece,makes a wonderful statement

Kate said...

You are right about that focal, what a show stopper! But I love what you did with it. The perfect complement to such a gorgeous piece.

Stacey said...

Beautiful - you are right that pendant would be gorgeous all by itself but even more gorgeous in your design. Love the links.

Judy said...

What a nice mix you received and you are right the pendant did not need much to with it. I just LOVE those red floral beads, I have never seen them before. Lovely necklace!

Lisa said...

I love what you came up with!

TesoriTrovati said...

That is the most clever pendant EVER! I love it. And you did it justice Miss Leslie!

P.S. I just saw your BTW... those toggles are so COOL!

Enjoy the day!

Holly said...

Leslie, you are so right - that focal just needed a chain...and *what* a chain! The touches of the red rosettes really finished it off beautifully! I hope you're having fun on this awesome party :)

BeadsByEarthTones said...

majestic! love how you put this together!

Wendy said...

Very unique and gorgeous necklace! :)

Jenni C said...

Stunning pendant, great design and I just adore those rosettes. Your necklace is stunning in it's 'simplicity'

Cherrie Fick of La Lumie're said...

Cool piece. Love the focal.

Cherrie Fick of La Lumie're said...

Cool piece. Love the focal.

Terri said...

The focal is really cool but my favorite part is how you did the chain with the beads...yummmy!

Janet said...

Very Unique! This is beautifully handsome pc! HOT Soup!!

Dana said...

#209 here...wonderful, great work...

rosebud101 said...

Oh, Wow! I love your piece! It's beautiful!

Suzette Bentley said...

Wow, beautiful necklace!

Hopemore Studio said...

Yummy ingredients make for wonderful soup..I really like how this piece turned out.

Elisabeth said...

I think you were so right to let the focal be the star - and it turned out wonderfully!

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wow! I love the red rosettes and the way you worked them into the design. Cheers!

Loretta said...

Absolutely stunning!

somethingunique said...

That focal is so unique, ireally like what you did with yor soup so creative<

moonlitfantaseas said...

Kitty does make some wonderful jewelery, I have three pairs of earrings she has made for me.......I love your necklace you used her components to their advantage....very nice!

Nicki said...

what a pendant - and I love the dark red beads with it. really nice. I can almost feel how heavy it must be when you wear it.

fireflymyst said...

Your necklace design is perfect for that awesome focal. Love it!

gbkoru said...

The focal is stunning and you made a great necklace of it!

ladynoble said...

I definitely like it as much as you do, and would be happy to wear it around my neck. Great soup ingredients!

I LOVE color! said...

I am wild about your piece and love it that you are using copper.
Be Blessed

BluMoon said...

What an unusual focal you have made a wonderful necklace with it.

m.e. said...

I LOVE the dangles you added to that Wonderful focal.Really sets it off perfectly . Great Soup!!!
m.e. :)

Heather said...

That is a fabulous unique pendant and I agree it didn't need much but I like the choices you made in your design very much. Mixing metals gives it such an industrial chic sort of image. Very nice!! Got to check out your partner see if she has more pendants like that one....

Pretty Things said...

Oh gosh, I know what you mean -- when you get something that beautiful, what do you do? But you REALLY did well and I am so proud of you!

Thanks for attending the party, and I hope to see you again in August!

Pat Haight said...

Really gorgeous! I love the wire-wrapping.

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I love the rosettes! I think you did a great job, it is more difficult to make something (I think) when you have such a fabulous pendant.
Shannon C

Dee said... rich!!

maryharding said...

That is a lovely necklace you made for the handmade pendant in your bead soup. Love them together.

maryharding said...

That is a lovely necklace you made for the handmade pendant in your bead soup. Love them together.

SueBeads said...

Wow, that's an amazing necklace! I'm glad you are going to wear it! I love your toggles too, how wonderful!

Laura said...

I'm also a huge fan of copper and brass, and this piece is amazing! Just a knockout!

CAG- Crafts said...

Fantastic necklace! The pendant looks great!

KayzKreationz said...

That turned out great. I love the roses and the focal. Nice job.

Beadbug said...

What an amazing focal piece you did it proud.

French Elegant Jewelry said...

beautiful job love that focal and how you used it.

Everyday Gypsy said...

What a lovely piece. You had a fantastic soup to work with and you created a wonderful piece. I really liked the way you offset the metal stamped and riveted focal piece. Beautiful!

Julianna Cannon said...

Gorgeous necklace with some awesome soup! That focal is fantastic.

Fire Phoenix said...

I like the mix of metals, looks great! Perhaps you can make more lovely things with your left over stash :)

Sarabeth said...



Leigh said...

I love the way your design is a mix of industrial and romantic elements. Marvelous workmanship!

vintagesusie & wings said...

So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
Thanks for sharing...

Helmitarha said...

Beautiful piece!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Very cool Maggie! That pendant is incredible. You do beautiful work. Awesome finished piece. :)

Serena Trent said...

This piece says VINTAGE! Love it!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Patsy Evins said...

What a wonderful soup to create from! Loved the finished necklace! Fabulous!

maneki said...

A pretty necklace that really frames the unique pendant in a flattering way.

Lisa Godfrey said...

Very nice design! Love those vintage rosettes and that focal is amazing! Great work!

Beadroe said...

Very different composition. Beautiful.

Releases by Rufydoof said...

Absolutely gorgeous... those rosettes are so rich in colour. I love what you have created - well done!


Regina said...

Cool beautiful necklace, love the pendant.

roseworksjewelry said...

I love it! I can see why your keeping it :D

LeeLu Creations said...

Who doesn't love hugs and kisses? Great job!

CraftyHope said...

Holy cow! Your necklace is so SUPER COOL!I love the uniqueness of it!

Beth Bricker said...

This is awesome I love the pendant, but I absolutely love those luscious red carved beads, vintage you say, no wonder I love them.

one-eared pig said...

Yummy! So pretty and warm.

Genea said...

Oooo Kitty sent you some sweet beads. I love that pendant!

I love the design and feel of the necklace. Beautiful!

Boot ~C said...

I love the layers in the focal

Rebecca said...

LOVE those rosette beads! Gorgeous.

Lucid Moon Studio said...

I absolutely LOVE the pendant! I just learned cold connections and that is a very clever creation. I also love what you did with your soup and the mix of different metals. This is definitely a necklace I would wear frequently! It was a very nice of Kitty to think of your daughter also. Beady people are some of the nicest, generous and thoughtful people :)


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