After a week away from home, visiting friends in New York and family in Baltimore, I returned to the island to find my beads from Hannah Rossner had arrived! Woo hoo!
I love getting packages in the mail, don’t you?
I think Hannah and I were on the same wavelength when we sent each other some lamp worked beads. Check out Hannah’s blog Good River Beads and Jewelry to see her work and what she said about my contribution. (Remember, we’re participating in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. It’s the bead hoarder’s edition. We’re to send beads that we’ve been hanging on to for a long time and explain why we’ve hoarded them. Okay, so neither one of us remembered to add that little note. I’d say we’re a match!)
Be sure to check out Hannah’s Etsy Shop to view her amazing work. Our styles are so different. I don’t know how she does all that intricate bead work. It’s quite detailed and beautiful. And she is a lamp work artist. Which means she makes her own beads, holding rods of glass and a steel mandrel in and out of a gas flame. I took a two day workshop in this once and believe me, I know it takes years to develop that skill.
Click on Hannah’s photo below for a link to her Etsy site. Get a cup of tea, and get ready to take some time for visual stimulation. You won’t be disappointed!
Below is the photo of the beads I sent to Hannah. (It was camouflaged in the last post.)
The lamp work bead was made by Mindy McGregor who sells on Etsy. The teardrop head pins are made by Jennie Yip, and also purchased on Etsy. The fine silver beads are made by me. (My own Etsy shop is for the jewelry I make, but you would never know because my Etsy shop is bare. Every month I think, “okay, time to remedy that.” And every month something else comes up. I even have the inventory on hand, so what is that all about? Oh. I just remembered. It’s the photography. Something that I can put off as well as I put off cleaning the oven. Once I start, I can totally get into it. I just can’t seem to want to get started.)
Hannah and I and the other participants in the BSBP have until March 25 to reveal our designs with another person’s hoarded beads. That is the big reveal day, now less than 3 weeks away. Not a bad way to jump start my creative process and start to make friends with my own writing.
Earlier this week I received my bead soup from Lori Anderson. It was all wrapped up in a very cute little bag that Lori had crocheted herself. Clever gal that Lori! It was full to the brim with cool stuff. Look!
I am so happy to work with these colors. This photo doesn’t do justice to the periwinkle blue of the glass beads that Lori made herself. (Lamp working is one of those techniques I really wish I had more time to learn. Lori’s beads are great!) The dyed jade beads in the center are such a rich magenta color. They are also faceted in a very pretty subtle way. The pewter jump rings are twisted wire, very bright with a lot of texture. I love working with silver metals. Woo hoo! Check out those shell shapes of the Thai silver beads. Sweet! The silver hook and eye clasp also has a nice twisted texture and a very solid weight to it. The yellow/green dyed jade beads are such a cool shape. I know I’m going to have some funky fun with those. The ceramic focal is gorgeous, and I’ll admit it also scares the heck out of me. I hope I can do it justice as I’ve not worked with anything that size before. But that is what the Bead Soup Blog Party is all about. It’s a chance to think outside the box and work with things that just may not be in my comfort zone. It’s a perfect opportunity for creative growth as a jewelry designer, and I’m happy for the challenge! I’ve also never worked with sari silk, but I like the idea of reusing something that had such a different life before this.
You may have noticed there was also a little purple box that was not part of “the soup” unless I wanted to include it. This is what was in it:
The house/firefly pendant, made by Martha Easton, looks ceramic but it’s quite lightweight. I think it is polymer clay. It has a cream colored flowery texture on the other side. (I forgot to photograph it, duh.) It will make a lovely little pendant. Last but not least, the brass flower shapes are just the kind of thing I have been working with this week. I’ve been either cutting out my own copper and brass pieces to patina, or texturing stamped out metal shapes, like the flowers above, to make my own mark on them before I add patina. I can’t wait to put these little babies on a steel block and have at them with a hammer or two!
Thank you Lori! You are generous and clever and amazing. Yes, in case you missed this information from a previous post, Lori Anderson is the person who created the Bead Soup Blog Party. This party is the 7th one, and it is the largest yet. Over 500 crafty people of all levels are participating in the exchange and challenge, and they are blogging about it. Lori has writtena book called, “Bead Soup,” featuring 32 projects. She has also written an e-book about creative blogging called, “Follow the Path.”
The first BSBP reveal is on March 30, the second reveal is on April 6, and the third reveal (that’s the one I’m in) is on April 13. I’ll post a list of all of the people in each group with a link to their blogs on the reveal dates. It’s fascinating to hop around all the different blogs and see what everyone has done and what their partners have done. Oh, and just in case Lori doesn’t seem busy enough…she also has a 10 year old son named Zack, and she is participating in all three Bead Soup exchanges and reveals! Rock on Lori!
That’s soup with a capital “S” as in Bead Soup Blog Party. I had so much fun doing this last year for my first time, I made sure to sign up again for this year’s BSBP. There are over 500 of us participating, with three different reveal dates.
I am super psyched because my partner this year is the Bead Soup queen herself, Lori Anderson. I call her the queen because she is the originator of the Bead Soup Blog Party. She has done an amazing job matching people from this country and around the world. I can’t even wrap my head around figuring out how she manages it. To read more about the BSBP click on this link.
Lori’s hopes for all of us who participate in this blog hop:
:: To trade beads
:: To design outside your comfort zone
:: To get to know someone new (or better!)
:: To show your work to the world via your blog
: To kick start, revitalize, or continue blogging as a way of self-expression.
I sent my package of goodies to Lori today. I already know, from following Lori’s blog
that she has a 10 year old son named Zack. When I went to the post office today, our postmaster Joy was totally into making sure there was an interesting assortment of stamps on the box in case it was something that might interest Zack. (Joy is a fellow Dip-of-the-Month Club member, too.)
I’m not supposed to show what I’m sending because I want it to be a surprise for Lori. When I receive her package, I’ll post photos to show the “soup” she sent. Meanwhile, here is a hint of what is coming her way…in a box that is loaded with cool stamps.
…bead soup! This is a sneak peak at what’s in the helping of soup that is about to land on B’s doorstep in Texas. I hope she will like the colors of the sea in the batch of goodies I sent to her. It’s fun to think of beads flying around the world to surprise the 399 people who signed up for this event! 399! I don’t know how Lori Anderson does it, but she has paired us all up and given us reveal dates to show what we have made with the beads that are headed our way from our BSBP partners. There will be a lot of creative cooking going on in the next few weeks!
If you want to check out the blogs of people in my reveal group just start clicking the links below.